Thursday, November 19, 2009








Resident shoots at road grader
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A resident of Richardson Road near Athens fired shots at a road grader operator Friday.
He’s in jail.
Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of shots fired. When they arrived the person who had fired the shots had gone back inside his house at 8417 Richardson Road.
No injuries were reported. The road grader operator was not affiliated with the county, but with a private contractor.
Occupants of the residence would not respond to officers, a press release stated.
Backup was called in and U.S. Highway 175 West at Richardson Road was shut down for a short time as a precaution.
Finally Chief Deputy Dan Parker made contact with Rose McCullough inside the residence by telephone.
She informed Parker that she and her son Jason Hart, 32, were inside.
Parker learned that it was a pellet gun that had been fired toward the road grader.
Investigator Ceresa Ballard arrested Hart for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. If convicted, Hart faces two to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Tuesday, Hart was being held on a $7,500 bond.


CCVF donates $10,000 to support injured veterans and their families
Air show proceeds benefit Fisher House in Dallas
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Reports

DALLAS–The Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation presented a $10,000 donation to the Fisher House in Dallas Nov. 10.
The Veterans Day donation was raised from proceeds of the July 4 Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake at the Pinnacle Club.


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Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation president Bob O'Neil (center) and board members Linda Thompson (left) and Karen Boyd (right) present a check for $10,000 to Fisher House Program manager Lydia Henderson (center right). Also attending the Nov. 10 presentation are assistant medical center director for the VA Hospital in Dallas Eric Jacobsen (left of center), assistant director of out-patient servces Michael Ojeda (center back) and chief of voluntary services, Bobbie Scoggins.

“We felt it was fitting to give the money raised on Independence Day to the Fisher House, because it offers a home away from home for military families while their loved ones get extensive medical treatment for injuries sustained while serving our country,” CCVF president Bob O’Neil told The Monitor.
“We thank everyone at Cedar Creek Lake who donated their time and monies to make the event a success,” he added.
The Fisher House serves as a “comfort house” to nearby North Texas VA Hospital in Dallas.
The day O’Neil and CCVF board members (and Pinnacle Club residents) Linda Thompson and Karen Boyd visited, two women from Bedford and Flint were guests there.
The Fisher House is one of 43 guesthouses, all built within walking distance to a military healthcare facility.
The 5,000 to 16,000-plus square foot guesthouses, all built from charitable donations, are then donated to the U.S. government and overseen by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.


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Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation board members Linda Thompson, Karen Boyd and Bob O'Neil tour the Fisher House with the program manager Lydia Henderson and present a U.S. flag to the guest house for family members of injured military undergoing treatment or therapy at the VA Hospital in Dallas.

Each house can accommodate up to 42 family members who share dining, kitchen and laundry facilities. A professional manager oversees each Fisher Houses.
The Fisher House Foundation built its first house in 1990 and continues to build new houses, while it encourages and coordinates private support for their maintenance.
No fees are ever charged to families qualifying for the guesthouse, as these costs are underwritten by the Foundation.
Those needing transportation to their nearest VA hospital can also get those costs underwritten by the Foundation, under its Hero Miles program. To date, more than 18,000 airline tickets worth $25 million have been purchased.
In 2007, Fisher Houses nationwide served more than 11,000 military families. Their average length of stay was 16 days.
Those dealing with combat casualties averaged stays between 45 and 60 days.
In 2007, the average occupancy level was 90 percent. This service saved these military families more than $11 million in lodging, transportation and sustenance costs.
Over the past 10 years, Fisher Houses have served more than 120,000 families, offered 3 million days of lodging and saved those families more than $100 million.
As verified by its most recent audit and tax return, only 2.5 percent of donations to Fisher House Foundation is spent on administration and fund-raising.
It’s meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the government, he said.
“The Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation is proud to be able to donate to such a worthy service to our men and women in uniform and their families,” O’Neil said.
See www.CCVeterans for more.


Suspected drug dealers arrested
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Henderson County Sheriffs Drug Enforcement investigators found a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine along with digital scales and packing materials at a residence in Eustace Monday.
James Glenn Gregg, 61, and William Gaylon McCalister, 64, face charges for suspected narcotics use, manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine.
Authorities are very familiar with both suspects, as they have been arrested many times in the past on various charges.
The pair was transported to the Henderson County Justice Center. Gregg is being held without bail for violation of his probation and a $25,000 bond has been set on the drug charge.
McCalister was charged with Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance in penalty group 1 over 4 grams/under 200 grams.
Gregg was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance over 1 gram/under 4 grams. His bond was set at $100,000.

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