arrested while moving stolen road material
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENSTwo men employed on the U.S. Highway 175 road-widening project have been
arrested on theft charges.
Scott Daniel Larson, 38, employed with Brazos Valley Contracting for 18 years, and Alba
Bailey White, 28, RK Hall Construction employee for four years, were arrested earlier this
They were both released from the Henderson County jail after posting $50,000 bonds.
RK Hall and Brazos Valley are working together to add traffic lanes on U.S. 175 between
Mabank and Eustace.
Construction managers advised the Henderson County Sheriffs office that they
suspected two of their employees of stealing road materials, according to a press release
from Sheriff Ray Nutt.
Managers told deputies they had noticed large quantities of road base and other road
materials missing from their stockpiles.
When investigators arrived at the construction scene, they observed several dump trucks
waiting to be loaded.
After an initial investigation, White and Larson were found in possession of $2,500 cash
The investigation revealed the pair had recently received $5,000 in cash from a private
party for the sale of several loads of road material that was in the process of being
RK Hall and Brazos Valley estimated more than 200 truckloads of material were taken from
the job site, putting the losses between $40,000 and $50,000.
White and Larson were each charged with theft more than $20,000 and under $100,000.
Thanksgiving marks 60th wedding anniversary
for bowling couple
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKEThough theyve lived at Cedar Creek Lake for the past 30 years,
Margie and Johnny Marshall arent going to be here for their 60th wedding
anniversary. They are meeting with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren
in San Marcos for the momentous Thanksgiving holiday milestone.
I want to make one thing perfectly clear, Johnny (who marks his 80th year the
day before his anniversary) tells The Monitor. I didnt chase her, she chased
And, I caught you, too didnt I? Margie replies.
Thats true, Johnny answers.
Johnny was playing in minor league baseball for the Cardinal organization in Hondo when
Margie was a junior in high school there. The baseball league used the high school fields
for training, and Margie wasnt the only girl with her eye toward catching herself a
baseball player husband.
We were cruising on a Sunday afternoon, my girlfriends and I, when I saw Johnny
walking down the street, so we stopped to talk to him, Margie relates. He
invited me to evening church services, but I stood him up. I had something else I wanted
to do that night.
The next day, Margie and friends tracked Johnny down to a pool hall after school, but he
wouldnt come out and Margie wouldnt go in. So she and a girlfriend went by his
dormitory later and picked him and another ballplayer up.
We went parking, Margie said. That was our first real date.
Two and a half years later, Johnny was playing ball up in Oklahoma. He sent me an
engagement ring in the mail, she said.
By that time, her mother and he had firmly decided they wouldnt be getting along.
But my mother she owned a flower shop said we could marry if she could
do up the biggest wedding Hondo had ever seen, Margie recalled.
They agreed. She did, and the rest is history, as they say.
Because everyone could get off for the Thanksgiving weekend, it was deemed the best time
to have a wedding. Johnnys folks were from West Texas and came in on the bus for the
Margie was an only child, reared by her mom, with two aunts living and grandparents near
Growing up, she never learned how to keep house, do laundry or cook, Johnny relates.
My mother taught her how to cook while I was away in the Navy, Johnny laughs.
She never really got the hang of housework, though weve always gotten by.
Being married 60 years aint no big thing, Johnny added. Her
god-parents were married for 70 years. Seems to me if you just keep living, you can keep
Whats the secret to your energetic longevity, then?
Good genes, he said.
He may have something there. Johnny is now about 5-11, though he was six feet tall when
they married. He weighs 235 pounds and is the picture of health and vitality.
Margie, who weighed 92 pounds on her wedding day and stood 4-11, is slightly heavier and a
little shorter, but can still live up to her high school nickname of Mighty (as in
Besides the anniversary falling on Thanksgiving this year, the couple is unique in that
they have both enjoyed bowling much of their wedded lives.
Currently, Johnny bowls on two leagues a week, while Margie bowls on five leagues and
serves as secretary for three.
That means she bowls every day of the week, except on Saturdays and Sundays. Those are the
days she works where else? at Lakeplex Lanes.
I like the people you meet and the fun you can have, Margie explained.
Its good exercise, too, Johnny added. Bowling three games is equal
to walking a mile. I knew a man whose health regime was to bowl 10 games a day.
The couple bowls together on the Gutterdusters league on Thursday nights. When asked what
he does while she works, Johnny answers, Anything I want to.
His bowling average is 180. Margie tops out at about 145, though she admits to not bowling
as well lately, noting her average has dropped to 135.
If Johnny has any regrets, its that he passed up a college scholarship to play ball.
He couldnt finish college on the G.I. Bill after his four years in the Navy as a
flight crew chief during the Korean War.
By then, the couple had a couple of kids (two girls and two boys, all within a six-year
span) and going to school full-time while working full-time to support his family proved
to be too heart-wrenching.
We were poor a lot of years, Margie joins in.
So, when the opportunity came to work for Texas Instruments, Johnny took it and has never
looked back. Margie joined him there, and they both put in 30 years with the company, most
of those in Mesquite.
Johnny is most proud that three of his four children have graduated from college, two with
advanced degrees. In fact, his daughter has also purchased college educations for all of
her children and grandchildren.
Among those great-grandchildren, Johnny has spied a budding ballplayer.
One can tell that for this couple, life is good and has been good for some time. The
satisfaction and anticipation of more good things in the future is evident even after a
short conversation with them.
Happy anniversary, Johnny and Margie Marshall. May you have many more!
EDC OKs funding for pavilion
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITYThe Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation agreed to fund
the construction of a city pavilion on a section of city property referred to as the 40
Previously, EDC members approved up to $130,000 for the construction, which included a
$5,000 pad on the $125,000 estimate.
However, after soil sampling and the decision to upgrade the concrete base to six inches,
the lowest bid for the project from Athens Steel came in at $177,000.
Also, the bid amount increased due to the heavy wind shear to which that area is subject,
city manager Gerry Boren explained.
EDC member Larry Spiegel motioned that the EDC fund the project up to $200,000 at
You know well be back here again if we dont, Spiegel reasoned to
his fellow members. This is a practical thing we can fund right now.
I just wish the city would do its homework first before asking us to fund their
project, member Linda Rankin responded.
The motion passed with Sandy Janow the lone dissenter.
EDC treasurer Dennis Baade will offer an amendment to the EDCs 2011 budget in a
follow-up meeting. The necessary amendment was already approved by the city council
earlier this month, when they accepted Athens Steels bid for the project.
Were going to have to scrape down four inches of dirt and replace with
engineered fill dirt, Boren further explained.
The dirt being removed is to be used to build up other areas needing fill dirt, he said.
Well use all of it, Boren said.
In other business, the EDC directors:
heard Orasi Consulting will be representing the city, along with two other very
different cities, at the Gaylord Convention Center this week for the International Council
of Shopping Centers convention held there.
Jack Thompson, along with co-worker Drew Martin, will try to generate interest among
shopping center developers in Heritage Cove and properties at the east end of town, where
U.S. 175 and State Highway 334 converge.
EDC president Steve Webster said he has a meeting with a representative of the bank which
owns the Heritage Cove lots in December.
Martin said city officials should also expect representatives from Dallas brokerage houses
to be looking the city over between Thanksgiving and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, typically
a slow time for brokers.
discussed marketing priorities. EDC member pat Cassady said shed work with
the city to finalize a merge between the citys and EDCs websites.