May

25

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 25, 2014

W. Dwayne Garner

W. Dwayne Garner

2011 Regional Citizen of the Year honoree dies in truck collision

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–A prominent Brownsboro citizen is dead following a collision Tuesday in Eustace.
W. Dwayne Garner, 79, was pronounced dead shortly after his eastbound Toyota Corolla crossed the center lane and collided with a flatbed truck in the far westbound lane, according to Eustace Police Chief Ken Holder.
The wreck occurred just 300 yards east of the FM 316 traffic signal on US 175. Garner was pronounced dead at the ETMC emergency in Gun Barrel City.
Traffic was stopped for a full four hours after the 10 a.m. crash, while investigators sifted through 100 yards of a debris field. Garner may have experienced a health crisis shortly before the collision, causing his car to cross from the far right eastbound lane into the far left westbound lane into the empty 18-wheel flatbed truck.
Garner’s car struck the truck in the driver’s side fuel storage tank just behind the cab and also damaged a tire assembly.
Services for Garner were scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at the Rock Hill Baptist Church in LaRue with a graveside service with full military honors to follow in the Rock Hill Cemetery.
Garner graduated from Malakoff High School and completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force before serving the county as an adult probation officer.
During his 20-year military service he was awarded the Bronze Star, two Commendation Medals and the Presidential Unit Citation.
After retiring yet again from public service, he volunteered with several organizations. In 2011 his volunteer services were recognized by the East Texas Council of Governments, which awarded him with the title – Regional Citizen of the Year.

May

18

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 18, 2014

Dr. Doug Curran

Dr. Doug Curran


Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Henderson County Democratic Women’s Club’s monthly meeting and luncheon is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Hunan’s Restaurant on Robbins Road in Athens and will include a presentation by Dr. Doug Curran concerning the Affordable Health Care Act.
Curran is a much loved and highly respected family care physician who has been practicing medicine in Athens since 1979.
“Health Care in America costs too much, and the Affordable Care Act is the beginning of changing how we deliver medicine. I think it is going to change a whole lot over the next few years. I hope people can see it as a beginning. The good parts of it, we need to keep and the bad parts, we need to fix,” Curran said.
A limited number of seats for non-members will be available to those individuals who would like to hear Curran’s presentation and/or ask questions concerning the new healthcare law.
There is no charge for attending the meeting. Lunch is on you.

May

18

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 18, 2014

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler April Petty’s staff includes (front row, from left) stylist Joshua Fluker, receptionist Diana Hathcock, stylist Starla Stone, Petty, nail technician Brenda Lee, stylist Nathan King, (back row, from left) stylist Carrie Samford and stylist Karen Eberlein.

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
April Petty’s staff includes (front row, from left) stylist Joshua Fluker, receptionist Diana Hathcock, stylist Starla Stone, Petty, nail technician Brenda Lee, stylist Nathan King, (back row, from left) stylist Carrie Samford and stylist Karen Eberlein.

An upscale salon with a down-to-earth attitude

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–April Petty’s Salon & Spa began in 2013 by owner April Petty in a small space inside the Family Fitness at the corner of SH 198 and SH 334.
“We moved to our new location on Main St., next to Hector’s Restaurant last month because it is a more convenient location for our customers, and more spacious and easier to find,” Petty said.
Petty needs the extra space because her full-service salon offers not only haircuts, perms and highlights for men, women and children, but also manicures, pedicures, a variety of massages, aromatherapy, eyelash extensions and reflexology.
“Our mission is to offer our clients all the services they need in one convenient location. We are an upscale salon with a down-to-earth attitude,” Petty said.
Petty employs five stylists including Nathan King, Starla Stone, Joshua Fluker, Carrie Samford and Karen Eberlein as well as nail tech Brenda Lee, massage therapist Melinda Claiborn, LMT, and receptionist Diana Hathcock.
Petty graduated Metroplex Beauty School of Gun Barrel City in 1996.
King is a graduate of Paul Mitchell in California and a 2009 graduate of the Aveda Institute in San Antonio.
Fluker is a 2008 graduate of TONI&GUY Academy and Samford is a 2013 graduate of Trinity Valley Community College in Athens.
Lee owned Classy Nail, Tanning and Hair of Gun Barrel City before retiring and is now a part-time nail tech at April Petty’s Salon & Spa.
Claiborn performs detox, prenatal, reflex, stone, Swedish and trigger massage by appointment only. For an appointment, call Claiborn at (903) 603-8888.
April Petty’s Salon & Spa is located at 1918 W. Main St. in Gun Barrel City and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Early and late appointments, and “on location” services for special events are available.
April Petty’s Salon & Spa can be reached at (903) 887-6096.