Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 2, 2017

Teri Caswell (left) of Faith in Action receives personal care items from the Henderson County Republican Club members, represented by President Anne Sherrill and Caron and Delbert Yelsma.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Henderson County Attorney Clint Davis brought an entertainment slide presentation going over the changes in recent gun laws to educate members of the Henderson County Republicans Club at their monthly dinner meeting Jan. 26 at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.
Texas is one of 15 states requiring a license to carry a handgun beyond one’s private property, 30 other states do not require one, Davis said.
Those qualifying for a handgun license are Texas residents for at least six month, the age of 21 or over without any felony convictions, and certified during a 4-6 hour gun safety class.
Non-license holders may have guns at their home or property properly stored without access to any under the age of 17. If carried in your vehicle or watercraft, it must be concealed. And the person in possession of a handgun must not be engaged in the commission of a crime greater than a Class C. (This excludes speeding tickets, Davis explained.) A charge of D.W.I is considered a Class A or B Misdemeanor and would be a problem for a non-licensed handgun holder. Also, you must not be a criminal gang member and have a handgun in your vehicle, Davis said. They are lawful to have while hunting or fishing.
No guns whatsoever are allowed at amusement parks, places of worship, courts, polling places, at any meeting of a governmental body, sporting events, race tracks, any federal property (including Post Offices), on public transportation, bars and night clubs where 51 percent of their revenues come from the sale of alcohol, hospitals, nursing homes and airports, unless checked and unloaded.
CHL holders may carry any caliber, open or concealed, holstered in belt or shoulder belt. Carrying in the hand is not allowed. CHL is a proper form of ID. There is no limit to the number of guns being carried in holsters on waist or shoulder belts.
Guns may be carried at public universities; not on junior colleges until Aug. 1, this year to give time for colleges to establish reasonable rules.
Businesses and Private Property may forbid guns by posting one of two signs with specified language in a conspicuous place in block lettering one-inch high in both English and Spanish. Signs preventing open carry are specified by statute 30.06 and those preventing concealed carry is 30.07. Absolutely no unlicensed gun carrier is allowed to carry into businesses selling alcohol. Also, a business owner may give personal notice to someone through speech or handing them a small lettered notice, such as a calling card. Employees of such businesses may carry their guns in their vehicles but not in company-owned vehicles if they have a policy against the possession of guns on their premises.
Government can’t limit guns in mixed-use buildings, only in the courtrooms or meeting rooms in those buildings. The Attorney General handles gun complaints, adjudicates them and collects a hefty fine for their trespass. Seems a bit self-serving, Davis pointed out.
Look for more proposed bills regarding guns, especially from those in support of constitutional carry, which means no license should be necessary to carry, he said.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 14, 2016

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff City Council members were informed of shelters to which homeless may be referred on these cold winter nights.
In the public comment portion of the Jan. 11 meeting, Teri Caswell of Faith in Action Outreach told council members about a ministry to homeless people which started this month. First United Methodist Church of Athens will begin opening its doors to homeless men to spend the night out of the elements each Thursday night beginning Jan. 14 through Feb. 25. The Methodist church will provide a meal, a warm, safe place to sleep, and breakfast. Caswell also said the Room in the Inn program will start in February at Gun Barrel City’s Church of the Nazarene (on a night to be decided) and hopes to find other area churches willing to donate one night of shelter per week. Women who need shelter also have access to “The Farm” run by Judy Seaton. “If you come across any homeless folks, send them our way, we can get them the resources they need,” Caswell said.
If you would like more information on how to help, send an email to tcaswell@fiaoutreach.org or call (903)489-7500.
She also reported the local kettle drive benefiting the Salvation Army raised $6,800. “All of that money will stay in the area,” she added. Faith in Action in Malakoff serves about 120 people per week, Caswell said, and is affiliated with the Salvation Army as well as the Henderson County Needs Network.
Delanda Johnson talked about upcoming events celebrating the life and achievements of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The federal holiday marking his birth is Monday, Jan. 18. That night, at 7 p.m., the Henderson County Black History Committee will host a candlelight vigil at New Hope CME Church at 120 N. Havana St.
Johnson Chapel AME Church will host the annual Gospel Explosion” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Johnson Chapel is located at 1403 W. Royall Blvd. (State Highway 31).



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 26, 2015

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The members of Flotilla 5-14 held their annual awards dinner Saturday night. Enthusiasm is high for the year ahead starting with a full lake at the Cedar Creek Reservoir.
“We expect to have a very big summer,” Cmdr. Bill Fackler said. “I look forward to a great year,” increasing membership and boasting certification,” Vice Cmdr. Bob Schillo said. “I’m excited.”
The highest award, Auxiliarist of the Year, went to longtime member John Steele, with the most service hours, despite lake levels being too low to get a boat into the water.
Flotilla 5-14 excelled in five of the nine mission areas of the Silver Oar award, marking its 35th program year.

“The flotilla had to qualify without patrols on the water, so members focused attention on the areas it could excel, and it did by more than 100 percent in such areas as Public Education, Program Visitor, Member Training, Vessel Examiner, Public Affairs and Qualifications.”
Out of 85 flotillas in the Eighth Coastal Region, Flotilla 5-14 was one of 29 which qualified for the Silver Oar award this year.

It was noted that two flotilla members, Giles Farmer and Stan Fernald, both one-time District commodores, initiated the Silver Oar award 35 years ago as an incentive program, Farmer explained.
“We’re the only district in the country to have the Silver Oar program,” he said.
Current District Commodore Al Hardy told the membership of a recent e-mail from the national commodore of his desire to take the Silver Oar program national. “That’s quite an accolade to the locally initiated incentive program,” Hardy said.

Besides Hardy, Fernald and Farmer, Flotilla 5-14 member Joe Taylor has lead the district as commodore.
“This year, with water in the lake and the ability to run patrols on the weekend, we can do even better this year toward the Silver Oar award,” Fackler said.

Those named to other top awards included Joe Erwin in Operations, John Steele for Member Training and Public Education; Bob Schillo for Vessel Examinations, Royce Brimmage in Program Visitation, Jim Salzmann in Public Affairs; Chris Daley for Information Systems, Jean Steele, Materials; Howard Nicholas for Newsletter, Betty Abbott, Social Chairman; Giles Farmer as Flotilla Commander and Rusty Washam for special support.

Game Warden Dustin Balfanz thanked the Coast Guard Auxiliary for being willing to share the load.
“With all that water there goes a lot of work along with it. We’re going to have our work cut out for us. We’ll bring in a lot of game wardens on the lake to bump up safety on the lake,” Balfanz said. “I’m looking forward to continuing efforts between the Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary. Let’s be safe out there.”