Jun

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 10, 2016

Pinto2By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KERENS–An online video of Kerens horse “Pinto,” fooling a contract worker by playing possum, has gone viral on Facebook with over 9 million views.
A couple under the Facebook account Mark N Kelley, who live just outside Kerens, posted a video of an electrical contractor telling them that he found a dead horse on the couple’s property. The woman said that the horse, Pinto, isn’t dead, just playing possum.
“Is his leg straight in the air?” she asked in the video. He said it was, and explained it was because rigor mortis set in. “I know horses,” he said.
The video has been shared 200,000 times and viewed nearly 9 million. It’s getting hits in regions across Texas, the continental U.S., and even the U.K. and Australia.

Jun

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 10, 2016

By Emmalee Doss
Monitor Correspondent
MABANK–The Mabank City Council discussed placing speed bumps and new speed limit signs through the Prairie Hill addition, giving clarification on garage sale restrictions, the use of the senior citizen’s building for an outreach food program, and held a public hearing to determine if the structure located at 307 Creekside is dangerous.
Council members heard from several people, including Mary Bookman, concerning the placement of speed bumps and more 15 mph signs throughout the neighborhood. Those concerned had noticed that most of the people going down their street sped and would disregard the stop signs. With the number of children at play in the neighborhood streets, along with the cars that are typically parked, safety of the neighborhood children is a huge concern. Council members agreed to put more speed limit signs, along with children at play signs. They also entertained the idea of speed bumps if the problems persist.
Gary Fulfer came in to discuss the new garage sale policy. The items he is interested in selling will require more than the limit of two garage sales per year. However, because they are in a commercial building and a tax ID number is used, Fulfer is allowed to open up and sell the items on any and all weekends he desires. At that point he will be a business owner and not an individual holding a garage sale.
Council members spoke with Patricia Coleman concerning her desire to begin an outreach food program in the senior citizen’s building. Coleman’s program will supply a hot meal to children who need it. The council was very supportive of her idea, however the senior citizen building can only be used if the kitchen is not used, per their building use agreement. Council members advised Coleman to speak to representatives of the similar program in Rosser to come up with more of a game plan and return to solidify the plans. Council Member Larry Teague said he was “for it if you can figure out how to do it.”
The council discussed, and decided to demolish, the structure on Creekside in an open public hearing. The location is vacant, and has been for six years, it constantly has to be cleared by local police, and is used by local kids to stash “stuff.” Tony Jenkins said his “only recommendation would be to just tear it down.”

Jun

03

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 3, 2016

BOTIE
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
HENDERSON COUNTY-There’s a new sheriff in town.
Botie Hillhouse made it official June 1 when he took the oath of office at the Henderson County Courthouse Annex. Hillhouse took the oath before a packed room of witnesses, cementing his climb to the top office in the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department after becoming chief deputy in 2014.
It’s been a long road for the Athens High School graduate, who has been with the department for 18 years. His career in law enforcement began in 1998 when he worked as a detention officer, then moving to patrol deputy. After a brief time as a criminal investigator, Hillhouse spent five years, from 2003-2008, as a narcotics investigator.
Narcotics investigation remain a priority for Hillhouse. According to his campaign website ‘Botie Hillhouse for Henderson County Sheriff,’ Hillhouse will “focus on narcotics investigations in order to reduce crimes against person and property.”
After moving on from narcotics he worked as patrol lieutenant, major and patrol Sgt., before being assigned chief deputy.
After taking the oath, former sheriff Ray Nutt got a warm send off with appreciation for his years of service as the top law man. Nutt held the Sheriff position in Henderson county since 2009. His career in law enforcement spanned over six decades.
“He’s been a great leader for the sheriff’s department,” Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders said. “It’s been great working with him and Hillhouse.”
Hillhouse announced in June of 2015 that he was seeking the office of sheriff and claimed Nutt’s endorsement. In the Republican Primary last March Hilhouse won a closely contested vote over Investigator Billy Jack Valentine. Hillhouse was the winner by 6,862 votes to 6,801.
Hillhouse and his wife, Stacy, have four daughters. Stacy is the chief of police at Malakoff Independent School District.