Sep

21

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 21, 2016

 Special to The Monitor
AUSTIN–The Texas Education Agency this week announced that 24 school districts and charters that achieved a Met Standard rating in the 2016 state accountability ratings have also received a distinction designation for postsecondary readiness. Among them is Malakoff ISD.
 “We are very excited to receive this news from the TEA,” Malakoff Superintendent Randy Perry said. “Postsecondary readiness is any area that has been a focus for Malakoff ISD.”
The postsecondary readiness distinction – the only distinction at the district level under the state accountability system – takes into account factors such as graduation rates, ACT/SAT participation and performance, Career and Technical Education (CTE) graduates, and dual-credit course completion rates.
Other school districts and charters earning a postsecondary readiness distinction in 2016 are as Carroll ISD, Cisco ISD, Clifton ISD, Cross Plains ISD, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Harmony School of Excellence (Houston), Harmony School of Science (Houston), Haskell ISD, Kerrville ISD, Los Fresnos CISD, Lovejoy ISD, Milano ISD, Miles ISD, NYOS Charter School (Austin), Panola Charter School, Pilot Point ISD, Prairie Valley ISD, Sharyland ISD, Smyer ISD, South Texas ISD, Sundown ISD, Vanguard Academy (Pharr) and Wall ISD.
 Carroll ISD, Kerrville ISD, Los Fresnos CISD, Sharyland ISD, and South Texas ISD earned the postsecondary distinction for the third consecutive year. These districts have earned the distinction every year it has been part of the state accountability system.
 Last month, TEA released the 2016 state accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, as well as more than 8,600 campuses statewide. The ratings revealed that approximately 94 percent of school districts and charters across Texas have achieved the rating of Met Standard.
 To view the 2016 state accountability ratings and distinction designations for districts, charters and campuses, visit the Texas Education Agency website, tea. texas.gov/2016 Accountability.aspx.

Sep

16

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 16, 2016

Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–During a two-day operation, Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse and his team of narcotics investigators swarmed across acres of land finding 9,000 marijuana plants.
“This was a massive, coordinated production/growing operation,” Hillhouse said Thursday. “Too many people think having pot is a harmless crime, but this is a criminal organization that damages property owners’ land; and marijuana leads to other drugs.”
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has been recently operating in East Texas, targeting hidden marijuana-growing undertakings. Smith, Anderson, Van Zandt and now Henderson counties have been targeted.
“We found evidence of people recently at the scene of the crimes here,” the Sheriff said.
There were 6,387 individual plants growing at one site alone and 2,623 individual plants in various stages of maturity at another site nearby.
“This is no fly-by-night venture. These are professional criminals who hide their activities on the land of unsuspecting ranch owners,” Hillhouse said.
Because many properties in the county are used for hunting only or are owned by people who do not live here full-time, large swaths of property provide the perfect place for this sort of illegal activity.
This was a major multi-agency operation.
“The DEA has been very helpful locating these fields from the air and these teams of officers from multiple agencies have done a wonderful job handling the especially dangerous ground operation,” the Sheriff said. “Make no mistake, these are dangerous criminals who are too often heavily armed and willing to fight to protect their operations.”

Sep

16

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 16, 2016

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By Larry Briscoe
Monitor Correspondent
ROYSE CITY–A Quinlan man and the wife of a Royse City man who is the victim in a murder investigation were charged this week and held in Hunt County.
The victim, Robert Poynter, served as captain in the University Park Fire Department.
Chacey Tyler Poynter, 29, of Royse City is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and is being held in the Hunt County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
Michael Glen Garza, 37, of Quinlan is charged with murder and is held in the Hunt County jail in lieu of a $1 million bond.
Royse City Chief of Police Jeff Stapleton said his officers were dispatched at approximately 10:40 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, to the area of Farm-to-Market 35 near Hunt County Road 2595 “regarding a female in the roadway attempting to stop vehicles.”
In a press release, Chief Stapleton stated, his officers made contact with a woman near the roadway, who told them her husband had been shot and was in a vehicle located on CR 2595. Officers placed the woman in a police vehicle and went to investigate.
“A male subject who is believed to be the female’s husband was discovered in a vehicle with a single gunshot wound,” Stapleton said.
The man was already dead when officers arrived. “Officers investigating this incident discovered suspicious and conflicting information that was provided by the female,” the police chief said. “Further investigation revealed that a third party is believed to have been at the location at the time of the incident.”
Later police identified the deceased as Robert Poynter. Initially, Robert’s wife, Chacey Poynter was detained, while an arrest warrant was sought for conspiracy to commit murder.
Further investigation led officers to believe that a second person, Michael Garza, of Quinlan was involved in the man’s shooting death and an arrest warrant for murder was issued.
“During the early morning hours of Sept.11, Mr. Garza turned himself in to the Hunt County Sheriff Office,” a press release reported. The investigation continues. “This is still a very active investigation and investigators are working to process many elements of this crime,” Stapleton said.
The University Park Fire Department issued this statement on Saturday, “Saturday morning, the University Park Fire Department was notified concerning the death of UPFD Capt. Robert Poynter and subsequent investigation by the Royse City Police Department. The members of the University Park Fire Department were deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

A long-tenured firefighter-paramedic, Capt. Poynter began his service with the department in 1997. He was promoted to lieutenant in April 2002 and became a captain in May 2012.”