Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 3, 2015

Funeral services for Celia Carole Bridges Weeks were held Nov. 4, 2015, at Wise Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating was longtime friend and former pastor of the Lannius Church of God, Rev. Roy Burpo. Burial followed at Smyrna Cemetery in Lannius.
Celia passed away early morning, November 1, 2015, at her residence.
Celia Carole Bridges Weeks was born in Kaufman, Oct, 19, 1960.
Growing up in Kemp, she excelled in multiple sports and was awarded a sports scholarship to play basketball at Ranger Junior College. After three semesters there, she transferred to East Texas State University in Commerce, where she played volleyball for one season as a member of the Lady Lions Team.
While there, she met her husband, Nick Weeks, whom she married Aug. 15, 1981.
In 1983, Celia graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and began her coaching/teaching career that spanned 29 years.
Her first two years were at Roxton ISD and the last 27 years were at Dodd City ISD, where she coached a very successful volleyball team and taught a variety of subjects.
On April 1, 1984, Nick and Celia welcomed their first child, Joey, into the family and later on Oct. 12, 1986, the second son, Justin, joined the group.
If there was anyone Celia loved more than Nick, it was Joey and Justin. When grandsons Radney, Raiden, Ramsey, Henry and Grady came along, Celia adored them more than anything and cherished every moment she spent with them.
Celia loved hunting, fishing, gardening and other outdoor activities. She always looked forward to ski season and traveling to beautiful beaches in Florida. Nick and Celia traveled multiple times to Europe when Justin was in the military in Germany.
During one excursion, they returned to Gnarrenburg, Germany, where Celia’s great-grandparents and grandmother had immigrated from in the mid-1800s.
Celia was preceded in death by her loving grandparents, Horace and Charlene Williamson; father-in-law, Don Richard Weeks and mother-in-law, JoAnn Thomas; and a special cousin who died in Vietnam, Douglas Dupree.
Celia is survived by husband Nick; son Joey and wife Danielle of Dodd City; son Justin and wife Jessica of Pensacola, Fla.; grandsons Radney, Raiden, Henry, Grady and Ramsey; parents G.C. and Linda Bridges of Dodd City; Shannon Krakoski and husband Mark of Sachse, and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, former students and colleagues.
Serving as pallbearers were Danny Crow, Chad Knight, John Burpo, Daniel Garcia, Alan Dickson, Landon Darwin, Connor Reed, and Jaylen Wallace.
Karen Garcia and Mary Jo Nees were honorary pallbearers.
Celia went through many trials in this life, but she never lost her faith. Her strength was in her Lord and Savior on whom she relied each day.
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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 1, 2015

Monitor Staff Reports
PINNACLE CLUB–The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two suspects in connection with the theft of more than $100,000 worth of jewelry from a Pinnacle Club residence.
According to a press release, Deputy Duane Sanders spoke with the victim Oct. 20, who was able to provide detailed descriptions and photos of some of the jewelry.
The case was assigned to Investigator Bradley Gray, who located some of the jewelry at East Texas Gold and Silver in Gun Barrel City. The recovered jewelry had been sold there by Amanda Brewer, 25, and Brandon Miller, 26, both of Log Cabin. The pair had done some work at the victim’s home in August.
Gray obtained arrest warrants and HCSO Deputy Cynthia Clements located the vehicle Miller had been seen in at the Pinnacle Club Oct. 27.
Miller fled on foot once Clements made contact with him and a manhunt ensued.
Miller was later located in the Log Cabin area, placed under arrest and charged with theft $2,500-$30,000. This is the third time this year Miller had been taken to the Henderson County Jail, where he is being held with a $15,000 bond on the charge.
Brewer’s warrant was served at the jail where she had been in custody since Oct. 21 on unrelated charges. She has an arrest record going back to 2005 on numerous charges. She is being held in lieu of bonds totaling $26,840.
Both are awaiting arraignment and additional charges are expected.
In a separate incident, Deputy Brad Beddingfield made arrests following a traffic stop on Oct. 27 on State Highway 198 in Payne Springs.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Adaniel Martinez, 25, and the passenger was identified as Amanda Kay Owens, 31. Martinez was driving without a valid license and had been previously convicted of driving while license invalid. Also during the traffic stop, Beddingfield found Owens to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. Her criminal record shows three prior drug possession convictions, all in 2014.
Martinez was arrested on the traffic violation and held on $4,500 bond; and Owens was charged for possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram with bail set at $6,500.
Both were transported to the Henderson County Jail.
If convicted, Owens will face up to 2 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 18, 2015

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By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–Eustace High School senior Brittney Neitzel Williams has been recognized with an Award of Excellence by the newly created National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. Those selected had to have demonstrated an aptitude and interest in science and technology, high academic performance and have leadership potential.
Brittney is enrolled in two dual-credit courses, a scientific research class, pre-calculus, a fourth year in Spanish and plays clarinet with the band. She’d like to attend either Texas A&M University or Texas Christian University.
In connection with the recognition she was invited last March to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders at Harvard University in Boston this past summer.
Besides achieving a 3.5 GPA or higher to qualify (Brittney has a 3.9 GPA), what makes this young lady stand out from her 4,500 Conference peers is she raised the nearly $2,000 to attend the June 28-30 event.
“I was interviewed at the Congress because I was the only one who fund-raised to get there,” she told The Monitor. “My parents and I did the fundraising,” she said. Brittney is the daughter of Log Cabin residents Jennifer and Bruce Williams. One of the things they did after making sure the organization and Congress was legitimate was to hold a spaghetti dinner benefit, which resulted in about half the funding.
“It taught me humility and gratitude for the support that came my way, even from those you’d think could not afford to give.” She also noted the many donations she received, especially from some of her teachers.
“Thank you to everyone who donated or helped with my spaghetti dinner, it was very beneficial for me and my trip to Boston,” she said.
The three-day event included a robotics demonstration, which gave a glimpse into the future. It also included inspirational speeches from Bell Laboratory Executive Cherry Murray, who related some of the many obstacles she had to overcome in order to follow her dream of becoming a scientist; and Neil Gershenfeld, the director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. However, the highlight of the weekend was when engineer and former NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin took the stage. “He revealed little-known facts from his Apollo 11 mission that put the first man on the moon,” she said.
One of these was that the famous photo that everyone thinks was the moment Cmdr. Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon is really a photo of Aldrin, taken by Armstrong from the moon’s surface, Brittney explained. Aldrin said he also took the first selfie in space, July 20, 1969 of his footprint on the moon. Aldrin said his first impression of (experiencing the moon close up) was one of “magnificent desolation.”
Aldrin is the Academy Science Director and together with veteran creator of programs for the high-achieving high school student Richard Rossi launched The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists last year in order to identify prospective tal