Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 5, 2015

Andrew Keheley

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
HEARNE–A Trinidad family is grieving the loss of a son and brother today, as are many in the Malakoff ISD circle. Early Sunday morning (Nov. 1, 2015), 2011 Malakoff High School graduate Andrew Keheley was killed in a head-on collision just outside of Hearne.
His mother, Ruth Keheley, and father, John Keheley, both having residences in Trinidad, received the news from DPS Troopers on Sunday. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 5, 2015 (today) at the First Baptist Church in the “Cotton Patch” on State Highway 274 in Trinidad. Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home is overseeing the arrangements for the lifelong Trinidad resident.
The family also received a condolence visit from Trinidad Mayor Larry Estes.
Andrew, 23, was visiting friends in College Station, his mother said, and had risen early to bring back fresh-baked donuts. He was on the return trip, driving his friend’s Dodge Dart on State Highway 190.
The crash report stated that he was driving east toward Bryan when he crossed into the westbound lane and attempted to correct his vehicle but not before colliding head on with a F-150 Ford pickup at 5:38 a.m. A First Responder at the scene said the “crash was really bad.”
Trooper Jimmy Morgan said there is a curve in that section of roadway and also a center turn lane equipped with a rumble strip.
“I have two radio shows, and I always tell young people that when driving, things can change just so quickly,” Morgan said in a phone interview with The Monitor. “There is evidence that the deceased took evasive action, trying to correct and get back on his side of the road,” he added.
Officials say the pavement was wet at the time of the crash, but have not determined a cause.
Andrew was pronounced dead at the scene. The two occupants of the pickup suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the crash report and were taken to a local hospital.
While at Malakoff High School, Andrew was known as a talented football player and also was the first student to ever qualify for a state power lifting competition, which he did in 2011. After high school, he attended Kansas Weslyan College, but later transferred to a junior college in San Antonio, where he played semi-pro football as a San Antonio Texas Tiger. His last game was played in Cowboy Stadium, Oct. 25, according to a post on Facebook.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 15, 2015

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler Cars, vans and trucks at O & J Auto Sales are priced from $1,500 to $5,000.

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
Cars, vans and trucks at O & J Auto Sales are priced from $1,500 to $5,000.

Look for $100-off coupon in The Monitor

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–O & J Auto Sales has expanded its inventory of pre-owned vehicles at its new location in Seven Points.
“We appreciate the support of our new and returning customers thoughout our transition from Cap City to Seven Points,” owner Oakley Blevins said.
The lot, located next to McClain’s Restaurant, is larger and offers greater convenience.
“It feels great to know our customers are returning and recommending us to their friends and family,” he added.
In appreciation, O & J is offering $100 off a car purchase with the coupon in this issue of The Monitor.
O & J understands a car payment can drain a person’s pocketbook. That’s why most sales are priced between $1,500 and $5,000 and are cash transactions.
“Our mission is to sell cars everyone can afford,” Blevins said.
With that in mind, Blevins does not finance vehicle sales and customers deal directly with Blevins or his wife, Jamie.
“It’s a family business,” he said.
O & J doesn’t normally buy cars or accept trade-ins, except under certain rare circumstances.
O & J Auto Sales is open during tax refund season from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
They can be reached by calling (903) 432-0600.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 12, 2015

Tommy Hallett

Tommy Hallett

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The owner of a favorite barbecue shop has gone to his home in the skies. Tommy Hallett, of Tommy’s Bar-B-Que in Gun Barrel City died Feb. 6, 2015 of complications associated with COPD in a Dallas hospital. He was 74 years old and had spent the last 17 years as a nonsmoker.
According to his staff and children, he leaves more than a legacy of fine barbecue, for which people line up every lunch hour to receive. He left a legacy of faith.
Business manager Vicky Monroy said what she will miss most is the morning coffee hour that centered around prayer.
“Every morning, he’d come in here for his coffee and whenever we (the employees) came in he’d make sure we had our coffee and then he’d lead us in prayer. That’s what I’ll miss most,” she said. “And if an employee came in an hour later, he’d just do it all over again, just for them,” Monroy added.
Nearby, employees on the line chime in their agreement with that statement as they embellish it with how his dog, Jed, wouldn’t be left out, either. The Dachshund got his blessing and coffee too — with cream and sugar. His six-member staff has been with the restaurant from three to 13 years.
Tommy was a generous man, sponsoring numerous youth sports teams over the years since 1997 when he opened Tommy’s in his “semi-retirement.” He was always glad to give back to the community, Monroy said.
Sons Tommy and Leland and daughter Sherry recall the many family holidays celebrated at the restaurant on Thanksgiving and Christmas. “If anyone came by to get food, they were invited to join us in our family celebration,” Sherry said. “He loved to fish for crappie and would fry up a mess of them, inviting others to join in the eating.”
Leland said of his father that he taught him to be self-reliant and a strong and growing individual. “I’ll always look up to him with respect,” he said. Sherry said she will always remember his Christian example of a soft, forgiving heart. Hallett and Debbie have been active members of the Lakeview Assembly of God Church in Seven Points.
Hallett also enjoyed hunting. His trophies are displayed on the walls of Tommy’s Bar-B-Que, along with a host of Western memorabilia and pioneering artifacts.
He poured everything he’d learned about good barbecue and restaurant management into his Gun Barrel City location. He learned it alongside his brother, Don, owner of Soul Man’s BBQ in Pleasant Grove, where Tommy started as a meat carver in 1976. Seventeen years later, he and his wife Debbie, opened their own place on Irving Boulevard and prospered for four years, before selling it and moving to Gun Barrel City where he opened Tommy’s on Old Gun Barrel Lane.
He built an old-fashioned brick barbecue pit where he slow cooked his meats.
Though plans have not yet been formed, family members are confident that the restaurant will continue to operate under its faithful and able staff.
Visitation and a memorial service were set for Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Eubank’s Funeral Home in Mabank.