Students raise $121,288 for
Monitor Staff Reports
School kids from across Kaufman County raised $121,288 to help shelter kids
coming out of an abusive home.
Checks were presented in a program Wednesday to the A. Fern Norville Center
The funds were raised as part of a month-long “Spirit Challenge” involving
six county school districts: Crandall, Forney, Kaufman, Terrell,
Scurry-Rosser and Kemp.
Students from Kemp intermediate, junior high and high school raised
$5,043.88 of that amount.
Kemp Independent School District superintendent Dr. Peter Running presented
the check to center director LaReta Williams.
She said the funds will cover shortfalls caused by reduced state funding,
and help the center stay open at least two more years. The shelter can house
up to 20 children for 90 days before they are moved to foster homes or
returned to their families.
Pizza Hut murder charges dropped
By Timna Rutledge
Monitor Staff Writer
TERRELL–Terrell police released the last two suspects in connection with the
Sept. 3 robbery and double homicide at the Pizza Hut Saturday and Monday.
Capitol murder charges against Anthony Hollimon, 18, and Darias Hubbard, 20,
have been dropped. They are the last of four suspects police were holding in
Two other suspects were previously released.
Bianca Newman, 23, was removed from the suspect list the last week of
September, when she passed a polygraph test.
Justin Prox, 19, was released when a witness against him failed a
The four suspects were held for the murders of Wills Point resident Patricia
Offerosky, 40, and Steven Mitchelltree, 47, of Terrell, and all were current
or former employees of the restaurant in the 700 block of West Moore Street.
The victims were found shot to death in what police think was a late-night
robbery Sept. 2 that netted about $1,500.
Terrell police have declined to comment on the withdrawal of charges and
released the following statement:
“The Terrell Police Service wishes to assure the families of the victims, as
well as the public at large that, while we are all disappointed over the
circumstances that required the release of the above individuals, the
investigation will continue until justice in this matter is served, and
those responsible are apprehended and successfully prosecuted.”
Kaufman County District Attorney Ed Walton announced in a written statement
Monday his office had not been consulted prior to this decision by Terrell
investigators, and played no part in the decision to release the four
Malakoff band directer
charged with improper relationship
Monitor Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Malakoff High School band director Jeremy Robert Jordan, 28, was
arrested Wednesday and charged with improper relationship between
Jordan was released from the Henderson County jail after posting a $10,000
The alleged victim is a 17-year-old female student, according to public
information officer Lt. Pat McWilliams.
The Malakoff ISD has suspended Jordan with pay while the investigation
Superintendent Larry Hulsey expects the investigation to conclude by the
school district’s trustee meeting Monday, Nov. 27.
“We’ll make our decision on what direction we’re going to take at that
time,” he said.
Jordan was hired by the school district this summer.
Bustin’ out Bulldogs
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
A trio of ferocious Eustace Bulldog mascots “burst” out of a wall next to
the Eustace High School band hall. The mural was painted recently by Cary
Clawson of Meridian, who painted another Bulldog mascot in the high school’s