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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 13, 2016

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
HENDERSON COUNTY–It’s been nearly a week since five police officers were fatally shot in the line of duty in Dallas. Since then, negative attitudes and perceptions about law enforcement have once again taken center stage in the national media. Henderson County, however, breaks from this trend with overwhelming support for law enforcement.
“The past few years have been tough nationally for law enforcement,” said Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse. “But the residents of Henderson County have been here for us.”
Since the horrific targeted attack on Dallas officers July 7, Henderson County residents have come out in droves supporting the “boys in blue.” Members of the Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement have gotten free lunches, folks have taken the time to thank police officers for their service, and even a cake was sent to the Gun Barrel City police.
There has also been an outpouring of support on social media. People have been changing their profiles to reflect their support.
“At times of tragedy people reach out a lot more and say thank you,” Hillhouse said. “We’ve gotten emails, Facebook messages and personal thank yous.”
The day after the shootings, Hillhouse wrote a letter to his staff at the sheriff’s office. The letter projected purpose and respect to the officers that work for Henderson County on a daily basic.
“In the letter I told them weather you believe it or not, our citizens support us in Henderson County,” Hillhouse said. “We shouldn’t forget that while we take care of each other and the citizens we swore to protect.
The support for law enforcement was matched with grieving for the days following the attacks, including Texas flags across the state getting lowered to half-staff in honor of the Dallas police shooting victims until sunset on July 12.
“The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has extended our deepest and sincerest condolences to them and offering our assistance to their city,” Hillhouse said.
“We will assist them in any way we can. Law enforcement needs the support of the citizens. If we come together we can and will make a difference. Please continue to pray for the families and agencies that have been affected by this tragedy.”
Congressman Jeb Hensarling released a statement regarding to tragedy.
“This tragedy literally hits close to home. This act of evil and cowardice took place just a few miles away from where my family goes to sleep every night—a place I’ve called home for more than 30 years. This tragic event reminds us that so much of our safety depends on that thin blue line—those that put their lives on the line for us each and every day.
“This is a day of mourning, a day of prayer, but it is also a day to say ‘thank you’ to every man and women who wears the law enforcement uniform. Our hearts are broken for the loved ones of the victims. We pray for their families. We pray for healing hands on those who have been wounded. And, we pray for swift justice on the perpetrators of evil.
“As Texans and Americans mourn the loss of our men and women in uniform, we must continue to remember that police officers put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety and our freedoms,” said State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “Today we honor those who selflessly placed themselves in harm’s way to protect their fellow citizens. I ask everyone to keep the families of those who lost their lives, as well as those who have been seriously injured and the entire Dallas law enforcement community, in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 13, 2016

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By Sariah Kendall
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Positive vibes and laughter flow throughout the room as program leader Caren Anthony initiates an exercise class designed for helping people with Parkinson’s disease, stroke or traumatic brain injury.
There’s a feeling that everyone really wants to be there. The gentlemen are cracking jokes with one another, spouses are laughing back-and-forth. There’s something in the air. It’s a vibrant hope that these individuals in the free program hosted at Family Fitness in Gun Barrel City will get better.
“We laugh, cry and are loud,” Anthony says.
The program was created by Colorado resident Gary Sobol, who himself experienced severe motor skill loss from Parkinson’s disease in 2008 – and gained it back with regular exercise. He eventually founded GZSobol’s Parkinson’s Network in 2013 with the mission to help others. The network has three main principles: overcome challenges, improve quality of life and restore functions. After receiving training, Anthony runs the same class in Henderson County.
Anthony is also an emergency service first responder from Eustace and makes a living as the Marketing Director at Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice in Malakoff and Corsicana. She is one of only ten certified Parkinson’s instructors in Texas.
Anthony first learned of Sobol’s network at a conference she attended through another hospice care, and when the opportunity arose to change job positions, she made it a priority to bring Sobol to Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice and receive training. She wasted no time becoming certified and jump-starting classes.
Family Fitness owners Eric Castro and Steve Steerman have encouraged Anthony to offer the free classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week from 12:30-2 p.m.
As a first responder, Anthony also provides “Vial of Life” packets for emergency planning and promotes fire escape plans.
This class was initially planned for six weeks, but because of the success rate, Anthony plans to keep the class going.
“If we can change one person’s life in this room, which I think we’ve changed several, that’s what it’s all about,” Anthony said. “You just have to care about people and change their life. And that’s what we do, that’s what we’re up to.”
The Parkinson’s Network also provides exercise classes for people with MS, TBI, neurological disorders and for those that want to age well.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 13, 2016

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By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets summer league baseball team is making waves this off-season.
The team is currently 8-2. This is a very impressive mark when you consider that the team only won four games all of last season including just one district win.
The team is much improved this summer. They are led by ace pitcher Colton Breeze who had an impressive sophomore campaign despite Kemp’s losing record. He will be looked at as a leader and spark plug for the Yellowjackets next season.
Kemp will be forced to replace several seniors from last year’s team including Dylan Dennis, Blake Underwood, Beau Dancer, Jay Kohlmeier and Matt Deddie. Lots of younger players will need to step up for coach Kellen Monreal in his second season.
Cameron Clamon, Dreyson Watters and Noah Herring all saw playing time on varsity as freshman last season. The three will be back with a year of experience and will be hoping to get more wins in their sophomore season.
Players for Kemp agree that this year’s team has greatly improved. The Yellowjackets are out to prove doubters wrong and make a run at the playoffs.
Kemp will be in a district with Alba-Golden, Edgewood, Eustace, Grand Saline, Mineola, Quitman and Scurry-Rosser. They only return one district foe in Scurry-Rosser, who beat them twice this season.
If the players keep buying into Monreal’s system and improving, Kemp has a great chance to ride Breeze’s arm into the post season next year.