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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 1, 2015

Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–A Dallas report of the shutdown of Interstate 635 Tuesday involved the death of a local man.
Confirmed through a social media message from the deceased’s sister, Dylan Chas Gunderson, 26, was killed during the incident.
All northbound lanes of the Interstate were closed at Highway 80 at the height of rush hour in Mesquite in the aftermath of a police arrest of two suspects.
The North Texas Fugitive Task Force, led by the U.S. Marshals Service, attempted to arrest one of the suspects when he entered a vehicle driven by Gunderson. The pair fled the scene. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, the passenger was wanted in connection with the investigation into the death of a man who had been struck in the head by a brick during a fight in Arlington on Jan. 5.
Derek Livingston, who died Monday of his injury, had sought medical treatment on his own at the time, but his health deteriorated and he was removed from life support.
Balch Springs police spotted the suspect’s vehicle just before 5 p.m. and attempted to make a traffic stop.
As the officer approached the door, the driver (Gunderson) is reported to have shot himself.
The other man was taken into custody.
Authorities had withheld the identity of the two men, but word went out on social media identifying the “self inflicted gun shot” victim as Gunderson.

Feb

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 1, 2015

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

MABANK–The Mabank Panthers basketball team is getting hot at just the right time after defeating the Kaufman Lions 60-42 to claim their second consecutive district win Jan. 27 at home.
The Panthers (12-12 overall, 2-1 in District 13) entered the game on an upswing after defeating district rival Athens the previous Thursday. In that game, Dalton Burleson scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Mabank to victory. Burleson and the Panthers looked to build on the solid performance and recover in the standings after losing its first district match up Jan. 12.
The mission was a success. Burleson’s energy ignited the Panthers to a 21-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. He scored eight of his game-high 17 points in the first frame to help the Panthers to the 13-point advantage.
Kaufman managed to make up some ground in the second quarter, outscoring the Panthers 13-8. However, Mabank was still profiting from its outstanding start and led at halftime 29-21.
The short halftime break was all the Panthers needed to get things back under control. Mabank scored 18 points in the third quarter and surrendered just 10 to take a commanding 47-31 lead at the end of quarter three. The fourth quarter was smooth sailing, and Mabank coasted to victory.
Top scorers for Mabank include Burleson with 17 points, Cole Smith with 12 and Jordan Thomas with nine. Peyton Lee added six points, Mark Driskell, five; Elliot Jackson, four; Blayne Rowe, three and Corey Flores and Miguel Hollis, two.
The Panthers find themselves with an opportunity to take sole possession of first place in District 13 if they defeat their next opponent, Ferris, in a Jan. 30 away game. Mabank and Ferris were both 2-1 going into the game.
Following are the District 13-4A standings before Friday night’s games: 1) Mabank, 2-1; 1) Ferris, 2-1; 3) Crandall, 2-2; 4) Athens, 1-2 and 4) Kaufman, 1-2.

Feb

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 1, 2015

Courtesy Photo Rootseekers Genealogical Society President Margaret Ann Trail (right) and member Julie Gustafson (left) present Henderson County Historical Commission member Phyllis Vermillion with a Certificate of Appreciation at their meeting Jan. 19.

Courtesy Photo
Rootseekers Genealogical Society President Margaret Ann Trail (right) and member Julie Gustafson (left) present Henderson County Historical Commission member Phyllis Vermillion with a Certificate of Appreciation at their meeting Jan. 19.


Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Henderson County Historical Commission representative Phyllis Vermillion spoke to the Rootseekers Genealogical Society at the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank Jan. 19.
The historical commission, in accordance with the State Historical Commission, works to protect and preserve Henderson County’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future generations.
Members, appointed by the Henderson County Commissioners’ Court, serve two-year terms.
Vermillion said the commission is in possession of 7,200 old marriage records and is seeking family members to claim them.
The records were never picked up after being recorded beginning in 1893 and span several counties including Van Zandt, Smith, Anderson, Henderson, Navarro and Kaufman.
To receive a marriage record, fill out an application stating how you are related.
The commission also possesses Civil War pension records and approves the more than 16,000 historical markers posted throughout Texas near landmarks on the side of roads, in parks, cemeteries, and in front of old homes and courthouses.
To receive a historical marker, you must do your research and the commission will even help you.
Vermillion was a teacher and school librarian until she retired in 2008.
She went to work for the commission because she did not enjoy being retired.
Rootseekers meetings are held at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Anyone interested in knowing more about their ancestors is welcome.
Research assistance is available from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday mornings in the genealogy room.
The Henderson County Historical Commission is located in the old jail at 201 East Larkin Street, in Athens one block north from the courthouse. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.