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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 29, 2015

Courtesy Photo City of Mabank officials and chamber of commerce members attend the Silver Spur Homes groundbreaking ceremony in Mabank Jan. 20. Pictured are (from left) Mabank City Secretary Fairy Gonzalez, Mabank Mayor Jeff Norman, Cedar Lux representative Gary Payne, Cedar Lux salesperson Chelsea Payne, Silver Spur investor Daniel Hill, Mabank City Council member Shannon Steakley, Silver Spur manager Jack Woodward and construction manager Garrett Woodward.

Courtesy Photo
City of Mabank officials and chamber of commerce members attend the Silver Spur Homes groundbreaking ceremony in Mabank Jan. 20. Pictured are (from left) Mabank City Secretary Fairy Gonzalez, Mabank Mayor Jeff Norman, Cedar Lux representative Gary Payne, Cedar Lux salesperson Chelsea Payne, Silver Spur investor Daniel Hill, Mabank City Council member Shannon Steakley, Silver Spur manager Jack Woodward and construction manager Garrett Woodward.

Purchase or lease units near country club

Special to The Monitor
MABANK–City of Mabank officials and chamber of commerce members joined Silver Spur Homes for a groundbreaking ceremony for new apartment homes located on CR 4022 just off State Highway 175 on the road to the Cedar Creek Country Club Jan. 20.
The development is comprised of 10 duplexes situated on large individual lots on two streets off of 4022. Each street will contain two single-story duplexes and three two-story duplexes.
Each unit includes an attached garage with living areas ranging from 1,084 to 1,362 square feet.
Each unit will also have a substantial yard area that exceeds most new single-family homes.
Silver Spur Homes manager Jack Woodward said the apartment homes were designed for families who want the feel and security of a single-family home but not the financial commitment associated with home ownership.
The duplexes, half of which are already sold, are available for purchase by investors, or home buyers looking for rental income to reduce their monthly ownership costs. Leasing of the units begins by early March with an anticipated move-in date sometime in May.
“When people wonder why business owners from other states are moving their businesses and investments to Texas, you have only to look at the attitude shown by Mabank to understand why,” Woodward said.
Mabank Mayor Jeff Norman expressed his support for the project and hopes its success will bring more Silver Spur developments to Mabank in the future.
Construction management and site supervision for the project will be provided by Cedar Lux Development of Mabank.

Jan

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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.

Jan

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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.