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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 2, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse reports on a high-speed chase on the wrong side of U.S. Highway 175 at 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 and on a separate traffic stop in Chandler. Both incidents involved illegal drugs.
Santiago Hernandez, 32, was arrested after narrowly avoiding several head-on collisions. Deputies were able to bring him to a stop after a minor collision with a pursuing Eustace Police Department vehicle. Deputies David Robertson and Josh Palmer made the arrest,and located cocaine in the vehicle. Hernandez was charged with manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance and with evading arrest, possession of unlawful weapons, and two outstanding warrants from Dallas County for driving while intoxicated and striking an unattended vehicle.
The following day, three were arrested during a traffic violation for possession of suspected methamphetamine.
Driver John Doty, 46, along with passengers Jacoby Juarez, 26, and Rachel Meador, 29, were arrested near Chandler on Farm-to-Market 315. Besides suspected meth, items commonly used in the distribution of illegal narcotics were also located.
Each were charged with possession of a controlled substance not less than 1 gram or greater than 4 grams. The second-degree felony could result in up to 20 years in a Texas prison for each, upon conviction. They are being held on bonds totaling $12,500, and each have multiple arrests on their record.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 2, 2017

Teri Caswell (left) of Faith in Action receives personal care items from the Henderson County Republican Club members, represented by President Anne Sherrill and Caron and Delbert Yelsma.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Henderson County Attorney Clint Davis brought an entertainment slide presentation going over the changes in recent gun laws to educate members of the Henderson County Republicans Club at their monthly dinner meeting Jan. 26 at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.
Texas is one of 15 states requiring a license to carry a handgun beyond one’s private property, 30 other states do not require one, Davis said.
Those qualifying for a handgun license are Texas residents for at least six month, the age of 21 or over without any felony convictions, and certified during a 4-6 hour gun safety class.
Non-license holders may have guns at their home or property properly stored without access to any under the age of 17. If carried in your vehicle or watercraft, it must be concealed. And the person in possession of a handgun must not be engaged in the commission of a crime greater than a Class C. (This excludes speeding tickets, Davis explained.) A charge of D.W.I is considered a Class A or B Misdemeanor and would be a problem for a non-licensed handgun holder. Also, you must not be a criminal gang member and have a handgun in your vehicle, Davis said. They are lawful to have while hunting or fishing.
No guns whatsoever are allowed at amusement parks, places of worship, courts, polling places, at any meeting of a governmental body, sporting events, race tracks, any federal property (including Post Offices), on public transportation, bars and night clubs where 51 percent of their revenues come from the sale of alcohol, hospitals, nursing homes and airports, unless checked and unloaded.
CHL holders may carry any caliber, open or concealed, holstered in belt or shoulder belt. Carrying in the hand is not allowed. CHL is a proper form of ID. There is no limit to the number of guns being carried in holsters on waist or shoulder belts.
Guns may be carried at public universities; not on junior colleges until Aug. 1, this year to give time for colleges to establish reasonable rules.
Businesses and Private Property may forbid guns by posting one of two signs with specified language in a conspicuous place in block lettering one-inch high in both English and Spanish. Signs preventing open carry are specified by statute 30.06 and those preventing concealed carry is 30.07. Absolutely no unlicensed gun carrier is allowed to carry into businesses selling alcohol. Also, a business owner may give personal notice to someone through speech or handing them a small lettered notice, such as a calling card. Employees of such businesses may carry their guns in their vehicles but not in company-owned vehicles if they have a policy against the possession of guns on their premises.
Government can’t limit guns in mixed-use buildings, only in the courtrooms or meeting rooms in those buildings. The Attorney General handles gun complaints, adjudicates them and collects a hefty fine for their trespass. Seems a bit self-serving, Davis pointed out.
Look for more proposed bills regarding guns, especially from those in support of constitutional carry, which means no license should be necessary to carry, he said.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 2, 2017

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Yellowjacket wide receiver Elijah Gardiner is going to be a Buckeye after committing to Ohio State Jan. 30.
With National Signing Day looming Feb, 1, the decision by Gardiner and his family was a quick one. Just last week Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer and Offensive Coordinator Kevin Wilson made the trip to Kemp to speak with Gardiner personally and make an impression. It worked. Gardiner followed up with his own trip to the Ohio State campus and committed to the program as its 20th player in the ’17 recruiting class.
Gardiner originally committed to the University of Missouri last November and flew under the radar for many teams because he was rated 3-stars and hailed from a small school. Despite those disadvantages, Gardiners’ height (six-foot-five) and athleticism made him an attractive recruit.
Ohio State and Gardiner were a great match for each other. The Buckeyes were a top-five Division I NCAA football team last year with a head coach that has won three National Championships. That kind of environment offers a lot for any football player to maximize his growth and Gardiner jumped at the opportunity. Gardiner himself fills out an outstanding receiving corps at Ohio State that already boasts top athletes that are 6’ 5” and 6’ 4”. He adds another target and makes the other receivers more dangerous.
He announced his commitment on Twitter Jan. 30. “Thanks to all the schools that have recruited me but my family and I have decided to further my career at The Ohio State University,” he said. Gardiner also declined an offer from the Texas Longhorns in order to become a Buckeye
Gardiner will have to bulk up his 185 pound frame if he wants to compete on the next level.
According to the Ohio State fansite, eleven warriors, Ohio State seemed set at wide receiver just two weeks ago, as it held commitments from Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey and awaited a decision from Jaylen Harris. But Lindsey reopened his recruitment out of nowhere, leaving the Buckeyes to find another wideout with only three weeks left until National Signing Day.
His visit was mostly for the two sides to get to know each other, but with National Signing Day just around the corner, the Buckeyes had to be proactive with an offer. Shortly after it was extended, Gardiner made the flip.
Quick Facts:
• Many consider Gardiner an underrated prospect.
• He is the 170th-best receiver and No. 1,204 prospect overall in the Class of 2017
• Just got on the Buckeyes recruiting radar about two weeks ago.