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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 13, 2014

Courtesy Photo Michele Milligan, a quilter from Mesquite, is collecting T-shirts and patches to create special quilts for the Kemp family members of First Responder William Scott Tanksley, who died in the line of duty while assisting a motorist on an icy overpass Feb. 10 in Dallas.

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Michele Milligan, a quilter from Mesquite, is collecting T-shirts and patches to create special quilts for the Kemp family members of First Responder William Scott Tanksley, who died in the line of duty while assisting a motorist on an icy overpass Feb. 10 in Dallas.

Mesquite quilter responds to Tanksley funeral with comforting craft

Monitor Staff Reports
MESQUITE–A quilter, who was touched by the expression of grief and respect at the loss of Kemp resident and First Responder William Scott Tanksley answered a call from the Heroes Memorial Foundation to make a quilt for Scott’s family.
Michele Milligan, 41, read a Facebook message from a man seeking the creation of a quilt to honor Tanksley and she responded.
You see Milligan had seen the line of cars and emergency vehicles, police motorcycles and flags displayed on Feb. 17 for Tanksley motorcade on Northwest Highway.
The funeral procession for the Dallas firefighter passed right in front of her.
“I literally pulled over into the parking lot of the Jack in the Box and cried,” she told WFAA News. “I don’t know him; never met his family; but it touched me that all these people would honor this man in that way.”
So when the opportunity presented itself to do something, she did.
So far she has been able to collect T-shirts and patches from fire and police departments across Texas and the nation.
She put the work out online, and the message has spread to New York, California, Disneyland Arizona, Indianapolis and Andover, she said.
“These aren’t even all of them. I continue to get boxes and envelopes every day with patches and T-shirts in them. She’s going to continue to accept donations for the quilts through June 1.
“Then we will begin the planning phase for the quilts,” she said.
She plans to create one quilt for Scott’s widow and three smaller ones for his children. “It will be something they can hold on to,” she said.
One of her favorite T-shirts comes from Mississippi State University, where Scott played college baseball.
She expects the work to take six to eight months to complete with a few willing hands.
If anyone wants to donate a patch, they can be sent to Pieced Together Studios, C/O Michele Milligan, 15330 LBJ Frwy, Suite 421, Mesquite, TX 75150.

Apr

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 13, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson Parker Johannesen slides safely into third base for Mabank April 8.

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Parker Johannesen slides safely into third base for Mabank April 8.

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK-The Mabank Panthers baseball team offense was on a tear Tuesday night, scoring 15 runs in just six innings for a 15-8 victory over the visiting Brownsboro Bears April 8.
Mabank’s offense got going early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the early 2-0 lead. The second inning was quiet, but it was the calm before the storm.
Brownsboro got one back in the top of the third to make the score 2-1 but the Panthers bottom half of the inning essentially won the game for them. Eight Mabank runners crossed home plate in the third inning, giving the Panthers a 10-1 lead moving into the fourth inning.
One big inning was not enough for Mabank’s offense. The Panthers scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to bring the score to 13-1. Brownsboro finally found the mark in the fifth inning, scoring four times and avoiding a run-rule defeat. Mabank answered with one run in the bottom of the fifth to bring the score to 14-5.
In the sixth inning both teams scored one run, making the score 15-6. The bats were silent in the seventh and final inning.
Mabank scored 15 runs on 11 hits and three Brownsboro errors. The Bears scored six runs on 10 hits and one Panther error.
Offensively Adam Penix led the way with two runs on two hits and a walk with two RBIs. Parker Johanneson crossed home plate three times on two hits and a walk. Ty Winkelvoss scored two hits for Mabank, while Colt Conway, Kaleb Mandeville, Winkelvoss and Cody Thompson scored two runs each. Nathan Henderson and Pearson Johannesen drove in two RBIs each.
Pitcher Cody Thompson threw seven innings of work, allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 Brownsboro hits, while walking two and striking out four.
The Mabank Panthers baseball team is back in action April 15 at home against Athens. Game time is 6:30.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 13, 2014

Courtesy Photo Eustace mother of six, Tristan Rhys, (second from left) holds her daughter, Seven, after picking up litter in a vacant Gun Barrel City lot. Also pictured are (from left) Sailor, Sassy, Pirate, and Tuesday (standing) holding Rad.

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Eustace mother of six, Tristan Rhys, (second from left) holds her daughter, Seven, after picking up litter in a vacant Gun Barrel City lot. Also pictured are (from left) Sailor, Sassy, Pirate, and Tuesday (standing) holding Rad.

Mom and children pick up litter in vacant lot

Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–It’s often been said that laughter is contagious, but a Eustace woman and her six children learned a couple of weeks ago that good deeds are also contagious.
While traveling on State Highway 334 from Eustace into Gun Barrel City with her children, Tristan Rhys, of Eustace, saw something that needed attention.
After several days of windy weather, Rhys noticed a vacant lot next to Boots Liquor was strewn with trash and was an unsightly mess.
Before Rhys’ children knew what was happening, Sassy, 8, Pirate, 7, Sailor, 5, Rad, 3 and Seven, 2, their mother stopped at the vacant lot.
Rhys and her children did not know that Gun Barrel City adopted “The 10 on Tuesday” campaign (everyone picks up at least 10 pieces of trash every Tuesday), a project related to the Litter Reversal program and Don’t Mess with Texas.
Thanks to the conscientious Rhys, her children, and Boots Liquor store owner, an unsightly view soon became a nice clean field, no longer littered with trash.
All from one family, from another community who cared.