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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 15, 2016

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The Monitor Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is putting more suspected drug offenders in jail.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said his office arrested two more suspects on drug charges June 14.
Jerry Wayne Morris was arrested July 14 in Cherokee Shores after a traffic stop was conducted and he was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamines.
On July 13, Investigator Kay Langford and Investigator Brad Beddingfield arrested Tommy Joe Walker on Hwy 31 West in Athens. He too was charged with possession of suspected methamphetamines.
“We’ve conducted house raids in the middle of the night, day-long stake outs, stops by the roadside, and all that is leading to arrests in the campaign against illegal drugs,” Hillhouse said.
Since taking office at the beginning of June, 20 drug users or dealers have been arrested.
“And it will not stop until those folks realize they need to take their illegal business elsewhere,” he said. “Because the simple fact is I will not tolerate illegal drugs in any amount, large or small, in my county.”

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 15, 2016

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Special to The Monitor
TOOL–Texas’s Heath Kirkland just made his dream come true again.
The 43-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 35th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL, to be held this August at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch in Tennessee.
Kirkland took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,482 qualifying positions.
“The Amateur National at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” said Event Director Tim Cotter. “A win at Loretta’s gives a racer instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”
Most of America’s top professional motocross racers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Ryan Dungey, have won AMA Amateur National titles at Loretta Lynn’s.
Kirkland, who works at Heath Kirkland Motorcross Academy as an instructor and mentor, has been riding dirt bikes since he was 12 years old. He has won several titles and competed with the very best in the sport.
He believes in giving back to the sport one child at a time. Kirkland now lives in Tool while training for a comeback into the sport as a senior rider. Many people have told him he wouldn’t be able to do this, but he did it all while recovering with a broken arm.
With the help of many sponsors who help pay his way to the races, Kirkland has had the opportunity to pursue his dreams. He has won several races in the last year and competes nearly every weekend at tracks across the state of Texas.
Heath was featured in Motorcross Action Magazine in 1988 at the World Mini Grand Prix.
Kirkland will make the long journey to Hurricane Mills, Tenn. along with his wife Michelle, daughter Lillie and some close family. The race is August 1-6. Kirkland and his family will be camping onsite for the week-long event and will participate in many non-racing evening activities.
Kirkland is just one of the over 22,000 racers across the country who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top finishers in Area Qualifiers and Regional Championships earn a gate position in the National Championship race at the Loretta Lynn ranch.
Racers may enter a wide variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as four, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 50.
There are also classes for women and classes for both stock and modified machines. In total, there are 38 different classes of competition. Kirkland will compete in the highly competitive Senior 40+ Class.
The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers. The motocross track is used only once a year for motorcycles, so there is no hometown advantage. Racers compete in three 15-20 minute races over the course of the week per class, sometimes in grueling temperatures. Proper training and preparation are paramount.
Most riders attend the event with the help of their families. In fact, many consider the event their family’s summer trip, nicknaming it the “World’s Greatest Motocross Vacation.” Besides the races, the week-long event hosts many family-friendly activities, including swimming, talent show, concerts and live entertainment.
The race action will be broadcast live daily at www.RacerTV.com, August 1-6, for a total of 40 hours of live coverage. In addition, two highlight shows featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network in the fall.
For additional information on the Amateur National, visit the official website at www.mxsports.com or call (304) 284-0101.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 15, 2016

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank City Council discussed business ranging from possible employee insurance changes, conditions to join Kaufman County’s 9-1-1 system and listening to resident concerns during their July 12 meeting in downtown Mabank.
The meeting’s intensity hit its height during the council’s discussion on joining Kaufman County’s 9-1-1 system. While the system is primed to become one of the best in East Texas, joining is not without its financial complications. The council’s unanimous opinion is the $36,950 cost of joining the 9-1-1 system is too steep compared to the City of Mabank’s population size.
When discussion ended, Councilman Larry Teague summed up the council’s thoughts.
“For us to join the system we would need 100 percent participation from every city in the county and the cost scaled based on our population,” Teague said. “We want our residents to pay the same price per person as any other city.”
Mayor Jeff Norman agreed. “If every city is in and paying their part, then Mabank is in. But the numbers have to be right.”
The council agreed to table the issue until they can meet with the Kaufman County lawyers representing the 9-1-1 system and communicate their concerns.
City Manager Bryant Morris spoke with The Monitor after discussing the council’s concerns with the Kaufman lawyers. He said they are “redoing the contract to be more favorable for smaller cities,” but won’t have numbers to report until next week. Norman said the more cities that agree to pay into the 9-1-1 system, the better deal and more affordable it will be for everyone.
“We understand we will have one of the greatest 9-1-1 services around,” Morris said. “But we want to be responsible and be good stewards of the taxpayer money.”
In other agenda items, the council took no action after a lengthy presentation and discussion with Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company to discuss insurance options for city employees.
“Our budget is coming up soon, and we will discuss these matters then,” Norman said.
The council did take action agreeing to pay Star Transit $260 a month in financial assistance. Star Transit is a service that helps Kaufman County residents commute across the county anywhere from Terrell to Mabank. The council’s unanimous agreement with Star Transit was conditional pending verification that the deal’s length is no longer than one year.
Council members also took the time to listen to a disgruntled resident that is unhappy with the amount of traffic flowing through his neighborhood from the local schools.
Gary Fulfter lives on Kempner street between the Mabank ISD administration building and Central Elementary. He says during peak traffic hours his “road becomes a freeway,” and asked the council to help put it to a stop.
Mayor Norman told Fulfer he would look into asking Mabank ISD Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall to get some flyers out to the children to take home, but added that two council members have homes on Kempner Street and have no complaints about the traffic situation.