Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006



  Driver Overturns Car on FM 90 Bridge
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK-Mabank First Responders answered a call five miles north of the city Tuesday, when a car driven by Tammie Lowe, 45, of Kaufman failed to negotiate a deep curve.
Lowe's vehicle slid off the roadway, hit a guardrail and dropped about 20 feet into the dry creek bed below, landing on its roof.
Lowe was driving east on Farm-to-Market 90 between Prairieville and Mabank at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Traffic was stopped on both sides of the roadway for a little more than an hour while rescue crews worked to transport her to Air One West out of Athens for a helicopter ride to the East Texas Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center in Tyler.
Mabank EMT Darryl West and volunteer firefighter David Owen extracted Lowe from the car, who was conscious during the rescue.
State Trooper David McMurran studied the scene and deduced the driver had either fallen asleep at the wheel, or had taken the curve at an unsafe speed.

Courtesy photo/Jim McKee
Emergency responders transport the driver of an overturned vehicle from a dry creek bed to a waiting helicopter Tuesday north of Mabank. Traffic was stopped for an hour in both directions on Farm-to-Market 90 during the late-afternoon rescue.

First responders take every precaution against possible spinal injury in loading the driver of the overturned car into AirOne for a quick trip to Tyler's ETMC Trauma Center.


Property Tax Bills Mailed
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE-It's time for property owners to be checking their mailboxes for the annual property tax bill.
Kaufman County has already sent out notices. Though due as of October, penalties do not start to accrue until Feb. 1.
Henderson County Tax Collector Milburn Chaney sent out notices Friday.
Van Zandt property owners can also expect notices in the mail this coming week.
Taxes paid to Henderson County October through December earn a discount for early payment. All three counties begin accessing 7 percent interest to payments received after Jan. 31.
Though tax rates from school districts were reduced as a result of the special legislative session held this summer to reform school funding, many taxpayers will see an increase in their tax bills over last year, because of rising property values.
Gov. Rick Perry has commissioned a task force to study the problem of rising property values in relation to property tax funding.
The task force is to report its results to the Legislature when it resumes business in mid-January, 2007.