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
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
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.
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.
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
Each house can accommodate up to 42 family members who share dining,
kitchen and laundry facilities. A professional manager oversees each
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
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
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 Foundation.org for more.
Suspected drug dealers
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
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.