Posted by : November 30, 2013
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Eustace police officer Court Sutton (right) receives the Community Service Medal from Eustace police chief Kenneth Holder. “I am honored to serve with these upstanding police officers,” Holder said. “Their actions reflect the finest traditions of true public servants and they are rarely recognized for the many selfless acts they perform in our community. And more importantly, their actions earned the smile of a terminally ill child!” See more award pictures on page 4A.
Officers recognized for civic spirit
By David Webb
The Monitor Correspondent
EUSTACE -The Eustace City Council approved spending $5,401 to renovate the municipal court entryway at a special meeting Nov. 21.
The improvements are being made to enhance security for the court, with funding coming from the security building fund.
City officials said the glass in the current doors is cracked in several places, and the entry is not considered secure enough for a municipal court. The entry is also not considered compliant with regulations concerning people with disabilities, they said.
In other action, council members:
• approved annual incentive payments to city employees based on performance.
• approved radio advertising of the annual Christmas on the Square event on Saturday, Dec. 14 at a cost of $1,500. The radio station will promote the event for a week on the air and do a live remote broadcast from the event.
• recognized law enforcement officers for their voluntary attendance at the recent Make a Wish event on the town square. That event drew more than 1,000 people to reveal a family Disney World trip wished by little Karter Whittenberg, grandson of Eustace Fire Chief Chris and Caren Anthony. He suffers from Nephrotic Syndrome, a treatable condition where the kidneys leak protein instead of keeping it in the blood stream.
Posted by : November 27, 2013
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By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Photos/Pearl Cantrell
The next day, police tape warn intruders off while investigaters look for cause and origin. The entire inside is blackened. The eatery had closed up at 10 p.m.
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–In the tradition of “bad news travels fast,” by Saturday morning it seemed everyone was talking about the Friday night fire that gutted the Hippie Hut in Mabank.
Owner Leann Chamness told The Monitor that she received a call at around 11:45 p.m. Friday informing her of the fire.
The restaurant had closed at 10 p.m. and all was well.
On Monday morning, the cause of the fire was still unknown, with an insurance adjuster expected on site on Tuesday.
Depending on the outcome with the insurance, Chamness said she planned to rebuild.
Some have reported on Facebook, seeing a red pickup truck pulling out of the parking lot after closing. Police had put up crime scene tape all around the property right after the fire was extinguished.
Mabank Police Chief Kyle McAfee reports the fire department was toned out at 11:23 p.m. and fire departments from Kemp and Gun Barrel City assisted in quenching the flames. An investigation was still underway Monday to determine the cause and origin of the blaze.
The Hippie Hut provided not only another culinary choice for great burgers, it served up color and memories of the late ’60s and early ’70s, with its bright yellow facade, handpainted murals and annual talent contest hosted on its own outdoor stage.
Two days earlier, a favorite Mexican restaurant in Athens was gutted by fire on Pinkerton Street. The El San Luis fire was reported around 4 a.m. Nov. 20.
No injuries were reported in either fire.
Posted by : November 27, 2013
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Monitor Photo/Susan Harrison
Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home owners and staff (from left) Jerry and Jamie Moorhead, Savannah Fegter and John Epps stand in front of the memorial Christmas tree Nov. 19 as they host the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Tributes to loved ones can be written on a paper dove and placed on the tree during the holiday season. After the season, Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home will laminate the tribute and mail it to the person placing the memorial. Moorhead-Epps is located at 750 E. Main in Gun Barrel City and can be reached by calling (903) 880-0200.
More photos from this event can be found in the November 28, 2013 issue of The Monitor.