By Britne Hammons
Monitor Staff Writer
CANTON–It was tears and cheers during a remembrance event Tuesday for the late Precinct 2 Constable C. B. Wiley. Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Ronnie Daniell addressed a packed room at the Van Zandt County Courthouse Annex to commemorate Wiley’s service. The commemoration was combined with an open house after extensive restoration work was completed at the Annex.
Wiley was an officer of the law for more than 50 years – first in Dallas and then in Van Zandt County. He and his wife, Mary, moved to Canton in 1972.
A tribute wall has been created in the JP office to honor Wiley and his law enforcement legacy. The date for the open house also honors him, JP Pct. 2 Clerk Sandra Plaster said. Aug. 16 would have been Wiley’s 80th birthday.
About 150 people attended the event with several notable figures having a few words to say to the family about Constable Wiley.
Wiley’s wife, Mary, daughter Pam Hinton and son David Wiley accepted plaques and certificates on behalf of deceased family member.
JP Daniell said that Wiley “fulfilled his call in law enforcement and gave so much to the county. He and his family gave so much of themselves when he was called to service.”
The Rev. Mike Burns of Word of Victory Church in Canton led the invocation, asking for healing and strength for the Wiley family.
Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett read a proclamation highlighting Wiley’s long service.
“The City of Canton deeply mourns the loss of Constable Wiley. It is with genuine sadness that we join together and commemorate his passing,” Everett said.
County Judge Don Kirkpatrick said that Wiley had been a cornerstone in his own career.
“When I first was elected into office as JP Pct. 1, Constable Wiley helped train me. I knew that at any time, I could call on him and he would offer help. I know in a lot of elected positions; the family also has to sacrifice time with their loved one who is serving the county. I just want to say thank you, to Constable Wiley’s family for sharing him with the county.”
State Constable Association Representative Wayne Pierce, State Rep. Dan Flynn and State Sen. Bob Hall also presented plaques to the Wiley family.
State Sen. Bob Ball read a proclamation designating Aug. 16 as “C. B. Wiley Day.”
Daniell also recognized Judge Don Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Pct. 4 Tim West and Carl Waddell for their help in the restoration efforts of the County Courthouse Annex building.
In closing, Daniell said that Constable Wiley was an original.
“He was just one of a kind,” Daniell said. “We certainly lost a storehouse of information when we lost C.B.”
Pct. 2 Court Clerk Sandra Plaster said Wiley’s concern for his community and the people he served will make him hard to replace. “He truly cared about the people in this precinct and this county,” she said. “You could give him just about any address in the precinct and he would know who lived there. He made it his business to know.”
At the end of the ceremony, a portrait was unveiled of Constable Wiley (at left) that now hangs in the Precinct 2 JP Office, occupied by Justice of the Peace Daniell.
“This was our way of saying thanks to the Wiley family for sharing such an awesome man, husband and father. The court and county is going to miss this man so much. He was a hero to the many people that he helped,” Plaster said.
That kind of service does not go unnoticed. Sen. Hall suggested that “something be done to honor such a devoted man.”
“It was Memorial Day and Senator Hall and I talked about doing something to honor Constable Wiley. At that time, we both decided to put the wheels in motion. So, we planned an honorary event,” Plaster said.
Plaster was not alone in recognizing Wiley, sparking the formation of a committee to honor the lawman.
“Without the committee, we could not have honored him in such a great way. The committee went above and beyond to help put this together for Constable Wiley’s family.”
Plaster said the committee was comprised of Gina Cantrell, Jan Donaldson, Patty Hunter, Sandra Jones and herself.
Posted by : August 19, 2016| On :
By Britne Hammons
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By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL–Tool Chief of Police Rickye Feist reports the arrest of a Tool man for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence Wednesday, Aug. 10. The first-degree felony charge stemmed from a death threat to his wife the day before.
Kenneth Paul Barnes, 50, has been charged and is being held in the Henderson County Jail on a $50,000 bond. At the time of his arrest he was also on parole in connection with a 2003 murder charge out of Dallas County according to a Department of Public Safety report. He also has a lengthy arrest record in Henderson County which includes repeated charges of public intoxication, aggravated assault and burglary.
According to the victim’s complaint drawn out the same day, Barnes had allegedly put a box cutter knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.
During a follow-up interview the next day with the victim, she explained that she had received a phone call from a family member warning her that her husband was in a rage and had been drinking whiskey for the past two days.
When Barnes arrived at the residence just before 8 p.m., the victim said he began yelling at her and making threats over an extended period of time. According to the press release: “The victim advised while she was sitting in the living room her husband allegedly pulled a box cutter knife out of his pocket, extended the blade, stood over her and held the blade close to her throat while continuously making threats to kill her.”
She left the home and went to the Tool Police Department to file a complaint and stayed with a friend overnight. She told police he threated to kill her or any police officer that showed up as well as burn the house down.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Kevin Pollack issued an arrest warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and Barnes was arrested at his place of employment in Malakoff the following day.
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By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ENCHANTED OAKS—It’s been a long fruitful run for the mayor of Enchanted Oaks. After having served 13 years in the small community’s top office, Don Warner is moving to Arlington to be near family. The community and city council held a farewell reception for him and his wife, Darlene, Tuesday, Aug. 9 following the city council meeting.
Around 70 people crowded into the community center to express their gratitude and well wishes to the energetic leader who consistently guarded the community’s safety over the years. Even those he had strong disagreements with came to wish him well, former council member Alan Bell observed. “That speaks clearly of Don’s character and reputation,” he said.
The couple have lived in the Cedar Creek Lake area for more than 20 years, having relocated here in 1992. Don followed his 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, with work on the super collider and then as a general engineer for DART.
Bell served with Warner on the council for 17 years. “He poured all his energy into being mayor,” Bell said. “He worked it eight hours a day, six days a week for no pay. Come to think of it he recruited me to run for the council.”
Bell attributes Warner with the reason the small community has its own fire department with two grant-funded vehicles and currently is developing a large park project to include a wilderness walking trail through 13 acres, through grant funding from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. The $147,000 project includes a city match of $73,500.
“He led the acquisition of the park property by proposing a trade with East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District,” Bell noted.
“He’s been excellent to work with; a very strong manager and communicator. I don’t think we’ll find another [mayor] with the energy and willingness to work as hard as he has for the city.”
City Secretary Pamela Foster recalls his community service mindedness didn’t just respond on the large issues but took on the daily tasks that vexed his neighbors. “He responded to all kinds of calls made to the city, including responding to skunks, wild hogs and snakes on boat docks,” Foster said. “He never hesitated to serve his neighbors in any capacity.”
About half dozen years ago, Warner led the fight to prevent the operation of a sour gas well in nearby Payne Springs. His main concern was there was no exit strategy for the area should something go terribly wrong at the wellhead. Most recently, he opposed another effort at a sour gas well going in under Cedar Creek Reservoir. “Through his efforts, we have beat that back two times now,” Bell said.
“He’s definitely leaving large shoes to fill.”