Sunday, December 27, 2009

     

 

 

 

 

  Woman slides into jail after hidden ‘ice’ discovered
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A routine traffic stop Dec. 17 led to the discovery of a large cache of “ice” methamphetamine stashed underneath the vehicle.
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reported narcotics investigator Darrell Waller initiated a traffic stop about 1:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of Farm-to-Market 2495 on the east side of Athens.
The female driver, who was alone in the car, gave her name and said she lived in the Richardson area.
A check showed the name the woman gave was false, Nutt reported in a prepared news release issued Dec. 18.
The woman was identified as Donna Kathline Stewart, 43, who was sought on warrants out of Rockwall County for revocation of probation on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, more than four grams and less than 200 grams, as well as forgery.
Waller arrested Stewart, who was jailed on a charge of failure to identify as a fugitive, plus the outstanding warrants.
While Stewart’s car was being processed, investigators Ronnie Halbert and David Faught discovered a small magnetic metal container attached underneath the vehicle.
Inside the container was a large amount of suspected “ice” methamphetamine, and a charge of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, more than four grams and less than 200 grams, was added to Stewart’s list of offenses.
The manufacture/delivery charge is a first degree felony, which is punishable by up to 99 years in prison, Nutt reported.
Investigators involved in the action included Maj. Kevin Hanes, Capt. Kay Langford, Lt. Botie Hillhouse and District Attorney’s Investigator Jody Miller.
 

Wells retires from Kemp post office after 31 years
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–When Thursday, Dec. 31, rolls around, it will mean more than a new year for Keros Wells and wife Carol.
Wells retires after serving nearly 31 years with the postal service, all of it in Kemp.
“It will be 31 years come February,” Wells said.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Kemp postal employee Keros Wells (left) holds a belt buckle with the U.S. Postal Service logo in his right hand, presented to him for his retirement, and a sugar-free cake. Helping to hold the cake is Kemp Post Office OIC (officer in charge) Nate Witcher.

Well’s retirement was combined with the annual Christmas celebration.
His co-workers brought in favorite scrumptious holiday dishes, filling the post office with the smells of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings.
The delicious odors prompted one customer picking up her mail in the foyer to facetiously comment, “They’re having entirely too much fun back there.”
And indeed the employees had arrived at 6 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. to put up the day’s mail early to give them a chance to enjoy the meal, OIC (officer in charge) Nate Witcher explained.
Wells and Carol are longtime residents of Kemp.
“We plan to wait for warmer weather, and then take three or four weeks to travel and see the Northwest,” Wells said.

Gun Barrel City looks for a great 2010
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor StaffWriter

GUN BARREL CITY–Walmart store manager Paul Edmondson is anticipating a healthy retail business come summer.
That’s part of the reason he’s remodeling his store in February with a completion date by Memorial Day, he told fellow chamber members during a breakfast chamber branch meeting earlier this month.
“The lake will be full, and we expect to see a lot of people vacationing close to home,” Edmondson said.
He added Christmas shoppers this year were buying more practical basic items and much less electronics.
Gun Barrel City manager Gerry Boren announced the clearing of land for a Denny’s to go up across the street from the Gun Barrel City Village Shopping Center, and the anticipated opening of CiCi’s Restaurant and an eight-plex movie theater in January.
“You’re going to want to check out the theater. They’re putting in seats that are 22 inches wide to accomodate big fellas, like me. It’s going to be really nice,” he said.
He also mentioned the opening of a bingo hall in the old Beall’s location.
GUN BARREL CITY–Walmart store manager Paul Edmondson is anticipating a healthy retail business come summer.
That’s part of the reason he’s remodeling his store in February with a completion date by Memorial Day, he told fellow chamber members during a breakfast chamber branch meeting earlier this month.
“The lake will be full, and we expect to see a lot of people vacationing close to home,” Edmondson said.
He added Christmas shoppers this year were buying more practical basic items and much less electronics.
Gun Barrel City manager Gerry Boren announced the clearing of land for a Denny’s to go up across the street from the Gun Barrel City Village Shopping Center, and the anticipated opening of CiCi’s Restaurant and an eight-plex movie theater in January.
“You’re going to want to check out the theater. They’re putting in seats that are 22 inches wide to accomodate big fellas, like me. It’s going to be really nice,” he said.
He also mentioned the opening of a bingo hall in the old Beall’s location.


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