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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 24, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
DALLAS–Kemp junior pitcher John Brooks did everything in the Yellowjackets’ 14-0 win over Madison March 21 in Dallas. Brooks went 3-4 at the plate, scoring three runs and driving in a run. But his pitching was the highlight of the night. Brooks went the distance in the win, giving up no hits and striking out 12 Madison hitters in the shutout. The only baserunners came on four walks and two Kemp errors.
Brooks didn’t need much offense with the way he was pitching, but the rest of the team gave him plenty. The offense got started early in the game. Brooks reached on an error, promptly stole second and third and scored on Cameron Clamon’s groundout.
In the top of the second inning, the ’Jackets added another run when Dakota Price reached on an error, stole second base, went to third on the overthrow and scored on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Garrett to make it 2-0.
The ’Jackets broke the game open with a six-run third inning. Nate Mendoza started the inning with a bunt single to third. Jack Griffin hit a fly ball that the center fielder could not handle, allowing him to reach base and sending Mendoza to third on the error. Mendoza came home on a passed ball, with Griffin going all the way to third base on the play. Brooks singled home Griffin to make it 4-0. Clamon tripled to right center field to score Brooks, and after a Noah Herring walk, scored on an error by the second baseman. A Price single drove in the fifth run of the inning, and a Cameron Fiatte fly-ball drove in Price to make it 8-0.
Kemp added another run in the fifth inning on a Nate Crim groundout scored Price, who had reached on a single, stole second and moved to third on a Colton Breeze grounder.
The ’Jackets added five more runs in the top half of the sixth inning. Brooks hit a triple to left field and Clamon singled to score Brooks with the 10th run of the game. Herring reached on an error and Rexx Claxton doubled to drive in Clamon and move Herring to third. Another error on the shortstop allowed Herring and Claxton to score on a line drive by Price. Price stole third base and scored on an error to make it 14-0.
Just for good measure, Brooks struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth, after a walk, to end the game and get his no-hitter. Brooks threw 93 pitches in the game.
Price finished the night 3-4 with four runs scored and three runs batted in. Clamon went 2-4 with three runs and two RBI. Mendoza had two hits and scored a run, Fiatte and Griffin had a hit each, with Griffin also scoring a run and Claxton went 1-4 with two runs scored and drove in a run. Herring scored a run and Garrett and Crim each drove in one run in the game.
The ’Jackets will be back in action at 6 p.m. March 28 when they travel to Palmer.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 24, 2017

Calvert B. Shelton, age 81, passed away March 10, 2017. Born in St. Petersburg, Fla. Sept. 13, 1935, he was nicknamed “Jinx” by the nursing staff, and forever after was so known to relatives and close friends alike. As if to balance the evil omen of the being born on the 13th, he weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, a lucky throw of the dice.
In 1942, his father was called to active service as an Army Finance Corps. Officer, and after the war transferred to the Air Force as a comptroller.
At the age of seven, Calvert began traveling with his parents to various U.S. Army posts and later U.S. Air Force bases. His father was assigned to Barksdale AFB for four years, which gave Calvert time to graduate from Bossier City High School in Bossier City, La.
He volunteered for the draft in 1955. He took basic training at Fort Carson, Colo. and was sent to San Antonio to the Army Medical Service School and trained as a medic. After completing the basic medical laboratory procedures course, he was sent to the Second Army Medical Laboratory at Ft. Meade, Md., where he was assigned to the Microbiology Division.
After release from active duty, he obtained a job as St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta as a medical laboratory technician in the clinical laboratory. He worked in all sections of the lab for four years. He returned to the reference lab at Ft. Mead as a civilian and worked in the microbiology lab for seventeen years.
After spending six years in the active Army and Army Reserves, he transferred to the U.S. Naval Reserve and became a Navy corpsman upon completing the required courses. Over a period of 29 years, he rose to the rank of Master Chief Hospital Corpsman. He supported many USMCR mobilization and amphibious exercises as a corpsman in a Marine Air Wind Medical (MAWMED) unit from NAS Atlanta, in addition to serving in several Navy composite units while drilling at NAD, Washington.
Calvert received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1972 and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) form American University, a Methodist Church affiliated school in Washington, D.C. At that point, he left the medical laboratory field and entered the resource management field as a management analyst, in part, entering the same field as his father.
He transferred to the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga. In 1983 to work in the Directorate of Resource Management, Management Analysis Division. He retired in 1995, ten years earlier than planned to re-enter the medical field. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Health Information Management.
Calvert moved to Kemp in 2004.
He is survived by brother Frank Shelton of Orlando, Fla. and sisters Sherrie Thomas of Houston, Pamela Roach of Justin and Marilyn Ciociola of Mooresville, N.C. Nine nephews, two nieces and several grand-nephews and grand-nieces also survive him.
Funeral services will be held March 30, 2017 at the First Methodist Church in Mabank. Interment will be in Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, Fla., alongside his parents and in the soil of his native state.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 24, 2017

The daughter and widow of Payne Springs Fire Rescue tanker driver Richard Stein, Leann (left) and Linda present a $4,000 check to fire chief Randy Harley, who presented them with a memorial shadowbox to honor Dick, who died in January.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
PAYNE SPRINGS–The Payne Springs Fire Rescue organization recognized its volunteers during an awards banquet Saturday, March 18 at its newest station on State Highway 198.
Fire Chief Randy Harley addressed his fellow firefighters congratulating them on answering 1100 calls for service in 2016 and for the professionalism with which each carried out their assignments and ongoing training. The organization is immediately responsible to answer calls within its 36-square mile area with its all-volunteer membership.
“I am so proud to be called your fire chief,” he said. He also spoke of the importance of the families of the 25 volunteers, who also roll up their sleeves and help out with jobs, small and great, from organizing fundraisers to keeping the bays swept to making runs to the store to restock bottled water and Gatorade.
Harley recognized longtime fire department water tanker driver Dick Stein, who died in January at the age of 78. With tears in his eyes and a catch in his throat, Harley noted Stein’s dedication and commitment to the Payne Springs Fire Rescue family and presented his wife and daughter with a shadowbox of memorabilia, including Dick’s badge and a photo of the last truck he drove.
Stein’s family in turn presented a memorial donation from monies raised on social media to the department in the form of a $4,000 check. “We asked everyone that in lieu of flowers they make a donation,” his widow, Linda, explained.
“Working with the firefighters gave my husband a meaningful way to serve his community,” Linda told The Monitor. “He just loved the guys up here. There’s a real camaraderie among firefighters,” she said, recounting the beautiful funeral service the Payne Springs Fire Rescue members prepared for her husband, which included a last fire truck ride to the cemetery, with a long line of fire trucks as escort.
“He said, ‘I can’t fight a fire but I can drive a truck. I’ll get the water to you,’” Linda repeated in tears. She recounted there were more than 300 people in attendance at the traditional fireman’s funeral set at the First Presbyterian Church in Mabank. Stein served as a volunteer for eight years, having retired to the lake from the dry-cleaning industry. “He really loved being a part of the PSFR. He just loved all the guys and the fellowship they share,” Linda said.
Harley pointed out that the department has mutual aid agreements with Gun Barrel City and Eustace and praised all involved for making the relationship strong and reliable. Harley recognized Gun Barrel City Fire Chief Joey Lindaman with a certificate of appreciation.
Most residents in the Cedar Creek Lake area depend on volunteers when it comes to fighting fires. Recruiting, training and retaining able-bodied fire fighters is an ongoing challenge for every fire department here and across the country. So, the importance of volunteer firefighters hits close to home. That’s why every firefighter was presented with a certificate of appreciation for their service. Harley also ceremonially promoted Hilton Brown to lieutenant during the evening.
Chosen by his fellow firefighters, Dustin Bird was named Firefighter of the Year. “He exemplifies the mission of Payne Springs Fire Rescue,” Harley said in presenting the honorary axe because of his unselfish acts in the field, compassion and dedication. Officer of the Year Captain Bradon Cotton and 2016 Top Responder Assistant Chief Adam Robinson were also hailed for the excellence of their service.
Harley also presented certificates to local businesses in recognition of their faithful support of the fire department.
The fire department is actively taking applications for new volunteer members. The firefighters meet weekly for training on Monday nights at the main station located at 12650 State Highway 198 in Payne Springs. For more information, email info@psfirerescue.com.
The Sons of the American Legion Post 310 is hosting the Bi-annual Benny P. Thomas Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit local fire departments. Register at the post by 5 p.m. April 10 for the April 13 tourney to be held at The Pinnacle Country Club Golf Course with tee time at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $50, includes golf cart and lunch at post afterwards. For more information call (903) 887-3532. There will be no registrations accepted after April 10.