Jul

21

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 21, 2017

The Monitor Staff Reports
BROWNSBORO–Residents in the City of Brownsboro have been gathering around elementary music teacher Diana Morris and her husband, Calvin, over the sudden death of their son, Trevor Morris.
Union Hill Baptist Pastor Trevor Morris, also a Burton Oil Services Operations executive died in a plane crash July 13. He was 39 years old. He leaves a wife, Nafisa and their five children.
The Piper Cheyenne PA-31T went down at Pounds Field in Tyler soon after takeoff at 8 a.m. Morris was the vice president of Burton Oil Service Operations and traveled to Midland frequently for his job. It was where he was headed when the plane went down, said Aaron Greenwood, worship pastor for the church.
The pilot was also killed when the plane crashed in a pasture near Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. He was 62-year-old William Walls III of Huntsville and was a retired pilot from Southwest Airlines.
The wreckage was located one mile south of Pleasant Retreat Road by officers searching the area after reports of it going down.
According to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board the plane went down at 8:10 a.m. “The on-site examination of the wreckage revealed the airplane impacted an open field surrounded by trees,” the preliminary report reads. “The wreckage was located on the edge of a small pond about one-half mile from the end of runway 17. There was not a post-crash fire; however, fuel was found at the site.”
The report indicates the airplane was removed from the site and taken to a secure location for further examination.
Morris was lead pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church and worked for the oil services company owned by his best friend Preston Burton. Besides business, the two friends taught the men’s Sunday school class at Union Hill and reared their families together.
“Trevor was a man with great passion to love and serve the Lord first and foremost. If there was one message he wanted to get out, it was that this life was about God and not us,” Burton told the Tyler Telegraph. “His passion was to get the message to men, to disciple their families, to teach them so that the gospel of Jesus Christ would be shared for generations to come.”
His mother posted on Facebook that Trevor loved missions and in lieu of flowers, requests donations be made to the Baptist Missionary Association’s Missions Department, PO. Box 878 Conway AR 72033 or at BMAmissions.org. Trevor served as a missionary to Ecuador where he started a church before he was elected twice as pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church.
A memorial service was held July 18 under the direction of Autry’s Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens. A prayer vigil set for July 14 drew 300 participants, including pastors from churches in Chandler and Brownsboro taking turns praying during the event.

Jul

21

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 21, 2017

Worked up/FM 3486
Kaufman and TxDot officials celebrate the completion of FM 3486.

Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN COUNTY–Kaufman County and local officials, along with TxDOT officials celebrated the completion of FM 3486 with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday.
Judge Bruce Wood said, “Kaufman County continues to grow. And as it does, that puts more stress on our roadway systems. Through our work implementing the 2013 road bond program, we have forged lasting partnerships with TxDOT and our cities. Today’s activities celebrate just one of the types of projects that can be accomplished when we work with our partners.”
The project was initially a county road (formerly known as CR 322) and transferred into the TxDOT Farm-to-Market program in 1987. Funding for the project was awarded last July from Proposition 1 funds, covering the $4.9 million cost. Proposition 1 is a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2014 authorizing a portion of oil and gas revenue to be dedicated to the state highway fund. Kaufman County donated approximately $2 million to acquire the right-of-way in advance of construction.
The project provides an alternative paved route for motorists traveling between FM 986 and SH 34 as well as improved access to Terrell High School which is located on FM 986 at the northern end of the city.
“Our job at TxDOT is to continue to provide mobility, connectivity and safety to the travelling public. We are able to do more with our resources when we have partners at the local levels. Kaufman is one of TxDOT’s best partners in our efforts to improve our state facilities,” Kaufman County Area Engineer Jeff Bush said.
Commissioner Terry Barber, whose precinct is where FM 3486 is located, made brief comments during the ceremony. “Good roads not only improve our economic standing, but it also improves our quality of life. As a road commissioner, I know first-hand how important safe roads are to our citizens.”

Jul

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 19, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS—Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse reports the arrests of two drug suspects in the Cedar Creek Lake area July 11-14.
Wanted fugitive Jeremy Meeks, 33, was arrested late July 11 in Gun Barrel City. Deputy Kyle Pochobradsky spotted Meeks in a vehicle traveling on Welch Lane and followed the vehicle to Harbor Point Road where a traffic stop was attempted. Meeks jumped out of the car and ran into a wooded area, ignoring repeated commands to stop, according to a press release.
The officer chased Meeks and caught him, as Meeks attempted to hide several items in leaves covering the ground. Several small plastic bags used in the distribution of narcotics were found as well as some containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.
Meeks has been charged with felony manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and evading arrest. He also faces charges for outstanding warrants for assault family violence and criminal trespassing of a habitation.
“It is never a smart move to run from our deputies,” Hillhouse said. “We don’t give up. Meeks is now in jail facing a multitude of charges that only got worse when he decided to flee.”
Bonds for Meeks’ release total more than $50,000.
On July 14, Billy Charles Hogue, Jr., 60, was seen walking on State Highway 274 in Seven Points. Deputy Pochobradsky knew Hogue had an outstanding arrest felony arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance. While the deputy was making contact with Hogue, he found him to be in possession of suspected meth and a new charge was added to his tally. Hogue is being held on an $8,500 bond in the Henderson County Jail.