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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 18, 2015

Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Henderson County deputies recovered a stolen truck, truck parts and a Kubota tractor, reported stolen from Gun Barrel City, valued at $25,000. They also arrested three suspects believed to be connected to the thefts.
The case included two vehicle chases through Van Zandt County, aerial surveillance and assistance from the Department of Public Safety troopers to establish a perimeter.
In custody, are Tiffany Nicole Williams, 34 of Kemp, Kyle Justin Morton, 23 of Brownsboro, James Douglas Hutcherson, 31, and Kari Renea Meyer, 36, both of Eustace.
According to a press release from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Ray Nutt and a handful of his best investigators were following leads to locate a stolen Ford F-250 on Jan. 7. Their leads included the names of Morton and Williams, who was a fugitive on several warrants issued by the county. Three of the investigators spotted the stolen vehicle just north of the county line on State Highway 19, however when they attempted to detain the truck, which Morton was driving, Morton fled and a chase began.
Investigators lost sight of the stolen vehicle in a pursuit through Van Zandt County, but continued to search the area, when they observed Williams driving the same route Morton had taken to get away from the law. While attempting to stop Williams, she also was able to give her pursuers the slip.
Chief Botie Hillhouse and Capt. Bryon Tower tried another tact. They headed to an address where Morton previously lived on CR 2804, close to CR 2803. Not far from where Morton and Williams had eluded officers, they observed that the gate to the property had been crashed and fresh tire tracks marked the ground onto the property and into a wooded area. Several deputies DPS units, included air support and a Texas Ranger responded to the area to establish a perimeter.
A short time later, officers located Morton and arrested him on CR 2804. The stolen F250 he was driving was recovered from concealment in the wooded area. Inside the stolen truck were vehicle parts belonging to a second stolen vehicle, this time a 2003 Chevrolet four-door truck.
Meanwhile, the search for Williams continued. Investigators Michael Shelley, John Long and Brad Gray went to a residence off CR 3909 in an attempt to locate Williams. While at this property, Shelley observed and recovered the stolen Kubota tractor, valued at $25,000. Last year, just such a tractor was reported stolen from East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District while at the site of a main water break in Gun Barrel City on its Main Street. The Monitor was unable to confirm whether this was indeed the same tractor by presstime.
Later that evening, investigators Kay Langford, Kendell Wellman, Wick Gabbard lead a team to a third residence connected to the actors on Farm to Market 2709 near CR 2804. Williams was found hiding underneath the mobile home, along with a man named James Hutcherson. Williams was arrested on outstanding warrants and for possession of a controlled substance. Hutcherson also had outstanding warrants; and the homeowner, Kari meyer, was arrested for hindering apprehension of a known felon and for possession of marijuana.
Meyer remains in custody with bonds totaling $6,500. Hutcherson has bonds totaling $2,354 for a handful of charges and fines totaling $677. Morton was charged with evading arrest or detention in a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. His bonds total $35,000. Williams remains in custody on seven outstanding warrants and a drug charge. Her bonds total $135,500.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 18, 2015

Courtesy Photo Largemouth bass angler Mark Stevenson, of Alba, caught Ethel, the first entry into the ShareLunker program, in 1986. More than 500 13-pound or larger largemouth bass have been entered into the program.

Courtesy Photo
Largemouth bass angler Mark Stevenson, of Alba, caught Ethel, the first entry into the ShareLunker program, in 1986. More than 500 13-pound or larger largemouth bass have been entered into the program.

Caught first ShareLunker entry, Ethel

Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The angler who caught the first entry into Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) ground-breaking big bass angler recognition program and the organization responsible for Texas having a year-around rainbow trout fishery will be inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in June in Athens.
Fishing guide Mark Stevenson of Alba is best known for his catch of the first entry into TPWD’s ShareLunker program in 1986.
The 17.67-pound largemouth bass from Lake Fork, known as Ethel, was the state record at the time and achieved international fame during her subsequent residence at the Bass Pro Shops store in Springfield, Mo.
Her presence there fueled a growing nationwide interest in bass fishing, resulting in an economic impact of billions of dollars.
Two-thirds of Texas’ 1.7 million anglers are primarily bass fishers, and sales of fishing licenses and taxes on fishing-related items generate millions of dollars for conservation.
Also to be inducted is Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited (GRTU), the largest Trout Unlimited chapter in the nation with more than 5,000 members.
GRTU has been the driving force behind the development of a year-round rainbow trout fishery on the Guadalupe River, listed as one of America’s top 100 trout streams in 2013.
TPWD studies show this fishery has an annual economic impact of $1.9 million on the local economy, but GRTU’s contributions go much further. The organization maintains a leadership role in conservation and development of public access to the fishery.
GRTU leases access points along the river from landowners and businesses, and uses fees from anglers to pay the lease fees and purchase approximately 12,000 pounds of large rainbow trout for stocking into the river each year.
These fish become public property and are available for anyone to catch. GRTU also funds scientific studies of the fishery and supports a number of educational programs for young people, including Trout in the Classroom and Trout Camp.
The organization also contributes to such programs as Casting for Recovery, Reel Recovery and Project Healing Waters. GRTU also supports conservation efforts nationwide, working with other Trout Unlimited chapters.
Stevenson has organized fishing trips for numerous charitable organizations, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Dallas CAN Academy, Project Action Benefit and Turning POINT.
He has worked with the Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association to enhance the Lake Fork fishery.
Stevenson’s name will forever be associated with arguably the most famous fish ever caught.
Ethel’s presence at Bass Pro Shops brought millions of visitors to see her and sparked a rise in the company’s fortunes, which now has more than 60 stores.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 18, 2015

Tickets and sponsorships available

Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The Library at Cedar Creek Lake will hold its annual Denim & Diamonds dinner and fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Athens Country Club.
The dinner will be followed by music, dancing, live and silent auctions.
The library depends heavily on Denim & Diamonds to provide critically-needed operating funds. Last year’s event generated half of the library’s annual operating budget. Without such success, the library would be in dire financial condition.
As in past years, there will be entertainment, dancing, a fabulous dinner, refreshments, live and silent auctions featuring incredible trips, jewelry, event tickets, and much, much more, along with a number of surprise guests.
The dress code is casual but many attendees will likely wear western attire complimented with baubles and bling.
“What a great opportunity to have a fun evening, while also making a difference in the community,” Denim & Diamonds Chairperson Cherry Rigley said.
Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points, or www.denimanddiamondsevent.com.