By Britne Hammons
Monitor Staff Writer
CANTON–Van Zandt County Commissioners officially declared October Domestic Violence Abuse Awareness Month and also Nov. 12 as First Responders Day. East Texas Crisis Center representative Crystal Mayer asked that Canton Fire Captain Brian Horton be recognized as the recipient of the Center’s HOPE award. The award highlights law enforcement’s efforts to combat domestic violence. Mayer presented the award during Commissioners Court Oct. 11.
Judge Don Kirkpatrick read the proclamation designating October as a time to increase awareness about this oft-time hidden crime. Related to this, a candlelight vigil was set for the VZC courthouse Tuesday for those most affected by domestic violence. The event was sponsored by the ETCC and the VZC Criminal District Attorney’s office. Mayer said 158 candles were to be lit, each representing a victim in Texas who died in 2015 from domestic violence.
First Responders Day
Attorney Joshua Wintters informed the court a five-star dinner with entertainment was planned to honor First Responders in the county to be held at the Canton Civic Center on Nov. 12.
Cloy Richards of GrantWork updated the commissioners on procedures of obtaining Community Development Block Grants. Richards said state law “requires counties procure engineering and administrative services before block grants are announced.”
Richards explained the new process stating that “commissioners must submit a request for proposals. If the county does not receive a block grant, the county is not billed for service. It is a different process, but it is the same type of CDBG grant.” The commissioners approved the procurement of engineering and administrative services for VZC 2017-’18 TxCDBG fund and implementation.
Richards also advised the commissioners to have a separate checking account for grants because a state audit would be required.
VZC Sheriff’s Office Chief Mike Bates asked the commissioners to approve a partnership to benefit deputies. “We are asking to get into an agreement with Frisco so we get a big discount on our uniforms. The agreement may extend into other areas as well. We will still continue with our basic uniform design,” Bates said. Commissioners approved Bates’ request.
County Auditor Freddy Thomas also said that he and Chief Bates had prepared a salary structure for the sheriff’s office.
“We are trying to get on the same page in FY 2017. We have structured the employees by name and titles. We are going to lower or increase salaries accordingly. The net affect that this will have on the budget is a decrease of $2,600 for the year. We are trying to match up titles and salaries.”
“What we have is people with the same title but different salaries. They make anywhere from a penny to $800 more or less than the other person. Of course, that causes conflict,” Bates said.
The commissioners approved the sheriff’s office employee salary changes.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved the 2016 tax roll for VZC for the total tax amount of $13,851,434;
• adopted an order for use of the general fund instead of the salary fund per local government code;
• approved the sheriff’s office to have regular plates on a Chevy Tahoe and Chevy 1500 pickup. “These vehicles will be used in undercover operations,” Bates said.
• approved budget amendments for FY 2016 and FY 2017.
• approved the monthly reports of county government. Commissioner Tim West said that only four of the reports had been submitted. “We only have four in, and we have 13 more to get in before the end of October.”
The next commissioners meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 25.
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By Britne Hammons
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Graveside services for Lena Mae Graham were held Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at Cottonwood Cemetery in Eustace with Rev. Eric Graham officiating.
Lena was born on May 26, 1919 in Eustace to parents Joseph Edward and Ella Lou (Partin) Slider and entered into eternal rest on Oct. 13, 2016 at the age of 97.
Lena was known as “Granny” by most of the children in the community and church. She loved arts and crafts; working with beads.
Lena would make wooden Christmas tree cutouts and decorate them with beads. She enjoyed quilting. Lena was known for her cooking; peas and cornbread and especially her dressing at Thanksgiving and Christmas. She was a member of Eustace Methodist Church of Christ. Lena was a very loving and caring lady who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Lena was preceded in death by her parents, husband Derwin Graham, son Scott Graham and brother Joe Slider.
She is survived by her daughter Phyllis Graham of Eustace, grandchildren Kari Johnson and husband Jerry of Allen, Matt Rogers and wife Jennifer of McKinney, Stephanie Graham of Mesquite, Shaun Graham and wife Anna of Mesquite and Joseph Graham and wife Tabitha of Mesquite, great-grandchildren Rhett and Riley Rogers, Abigail, Joseph Scott II and William Graham, Evan Danvers and Charlie Graham, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.
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Shirley Jean Burch, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 8 2016.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at St. Jude Catholic Church, 172 Luther Lane, Gun Barrel City. The Rosary will precede the Mass at 9:40 a.m.
Interment will follow at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas.
Shirley was born June 30, 1928 in Detroit, Mich. one of four children of Margaret and Ernest Lacey.
After graduation from St. Cecilia’s High School in Detroit, she worked for General Motors in the public relations department. She married the love of her life, David Burch, on May 30, 1950 at Gesu Catholic Church on the campus of the University of Detroit.
They settled in Detroit near family and friends, and started their family with twin boys, a third son, and a daughter. David and Shirley moved their family to Dallas in 1960, where their fifth child, a girl was born. Shirley was a wonderful wife and homemaker. She and David celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in 2016.
In 1974, Shirley and David treated their family to a weekend lake house that they built in Enchanted Oaks on Cedar Creek Lake. Every weekend and holiday was spent at their beloved lake house until deciding to move there permanently the summer of 1976. She loved gardening, boating and swimming.
They became active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Shirley served many hours, day and night, as a crew member for safety patrols, on search and rescue missions, and as radio watch coordinating water operations over the marine radio. She enjoyed being an instructor, teaching water safety to elementary school children and boaters. She truly enjoyed being a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and working with the many dedicated volunteers and dear friends throughout her 30 years of service.
Shirley had a giving and caring heart. She was very active in her community, church, and the children’s schools. She spent a lifetime teaching by example the importance of giving of your time and talent to help others. She was a past president of the Ladies Club of Enchanted Oaks and served on many of the various committees.
She was among the founding families of St. Jude Catholic Church and was a member of the Ladies Guild. She gave her time and skills to the local Animal Shelter and the Spay Neuter Clinic. She loved volunteering in the elementary school nurse’s office and local hospitals. When her youngest child was in high school Shirley went to college and earned her nursing degree. She worked as an LVN for many years.
Shirley loved to travel with David, to meet people from all over the world, to learn their customs, explore their cities and try new food. From camping trips across America with the five children, to the fabulous cruises for just the two of them; she was always ready for an adventure.
Shirley loved her home and family.
Shirley is survived by her beloved husband, David, sons Michael (Frances), Patrick (Joan), and Daniel (Josie). daughters Colleen Reynolds, and Kelly Curtis (Mike), her brothers Gerry Lacey and Jim Lacey (Barbara), her sister Sharyn Sullivan, her 16 grandchildren, Stefani Nielsen (Darin), Michael Burch, Jaimi Cook, Sydni Burch, Lacey Brady (Buck), Matthew Burch (Lizzy), Candice Gainer (Shane), Eric Burch (Amy), Damon Burch (Marielle), Zachary Burch, Warren Burch, Cynthia Burch, Jennifer Vaughn (Aaron), Kimberly Morgan (Jason), Emily Curtis, Kathryn Curtis, her 20 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Shirley is united in heaven with her sweet little great-grandchild Declan Burch.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers please, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.