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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

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

Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–The Eustace High School summer league softball team banded together this year after acquiring a new softball coach in Lauren Odom.
Coach Odom called on all girls interested in playing high school softball to build a team and play together to sharpen their skills and team abilities. Coach Odom turned to her summer league Coach Scott Tuley to push the girls during summer practices and games for help.
After the first couple of practices, Coach Tuley along with Coach Ben Lane, decided to continue this summer league all the way to the TTAS STATE high school tournament in Stephenville.
“After seeing the potential in the girls and their determination to get better, it was a must to put the girls to the test of facing tougher opponents,” Tuley said.
The Eustace team played in a summer league in Troupe going 4-0 and outscoring their opponents 21-9.
They also faced teams from Rice, Ferris, Mabank and Canton.
While in Stephenville, the Lady Bulldogs faced Milano, which finished 14-0 in district play and beat them twice. They then played the Kerens Lady Cats and came out successfully in an 8-4 contest.
Next up in bracket play, the Lady Bulldogs faced the future state champions in the Clyde Lady Dogs and went down in defeat 6-0. Saturday morning found Eustace facing Milano again, defeating them 8-4. Up next was a very good Bosqueville team from Waco. The Lady Bulldogs found themselves leading most of the game 2-1. They trailed 3-2 late, but in the top of the 6th inning with one out, Haley Purselley hit a three-run double to put Eustace on top 6-3. In the bottom of the 6th, Bosqueville would take all the air out of the Bulldogs with a walk-off grand slam to win 7-6.
“Finishing the tournament with 3 wins and 2 loses, I was very proud of the fight of this team,” Coach Scott Tuley said. “These young ladies (have) given us everything that they had to the games each and every night we played. There are big things that will happen this coming spring when they continue their journey through district,” Tuley said.