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24

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 24, 2016

D. Pfoh, W. Pfoh, J. Shelton
By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
MABANK–The Mabank finishing team competed in the Texas High School Bass Association State Championship Tournament in Toledo Bend June 18-19.
Mabank had one team finish 4th place for Angler of the Year out of 142 teams in the central division. Team Advisor Wally Pfoh received Advisor of the Year for the central division.
There were 174 teams across four divisions that competed. Seniors Justin Shelton and Dakota Pfoh took 2nd place overall in the tournament.
On day one, they weighed in 15.22 pounds and were sitting in 6th place overall. On day two, they came out working hard and brought in the biggest bag of the tournament with a whopping 20.62 pounds, which gave them a two day grand total of 35.84 pounds.
Both boys received a trophy, an Abu Garcia Revo STX reel, and a $5,000 scholarship towards college. Ricky Phillips was the boat captain and both boys called him a great mentor on fishing and in life.
The Mabank Fishing Team is sponsored by, Teague Chevrolet, Nickleson Heat & Air, Cedar Creek Fiberglass, McAfee Insurance, Tri-County Ford, Hobb’s Pest Management, K & M Commercial Services, Lakeside Collision Center, Brookshire’s of Mabank and Walmart

Jun

24

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 24, 2016

FD Resources2016

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
HENDERSON COUNTY–Firefighters in Henderson County provide a valuable service to their communities as medical and fire first responders. While the large majority of fire fighters work on a volunteer basis, the money for the equipment and buildings has to come from somewhere. That’s where the tax dollars of Henderson County residents come in.
Enchanted Oaks Mayor and Fire Lieutenant Donald Warner was concerned about these tax dollars and researched how much tax money the emergency service districts and city fire departments gather from the public and compared that data to their total resources on hand (fire engines, other emergency service vehicles and buildings) and reported service calls.
Warner documented his results and presented a packet to The Monitor in hopes of informing the general population on how their tax dollars were spent. Using public information databases and a few phone calls to the department chiefs, he acquired tax dollars gained from all seven emergency service districts (#1 Trinidad, #2 Payne Springs and Enchanted Oaks, #3 LaRue/New York and Poyner, #4 Tool, #5 Brownsboro, #6 West Side, #7 North 19) and the three city fire departments (Athens, Gun Barrel City and Mabank). Things got insightful when those numbers were compared to the amount of resources each department has at their disposal in labor, apparatus and how many reported responses each department made.
Much of the findings are communicated more clearly in the graph (see page 2A ) than in a written summary. However, Warner did point out a few noteworthy numbers.
He said that it appears the Gun Barrel City Fire Department is doing a lot good work with less resources than the other city departments. The most recent tax dollar information he obtained was from 2016, and in that year GBC collected $76, 005 in tax revenue. Athens and Mabank collected over $200,000 in revenue, but Gun Barrel responded to more calls (977) than any other reporting district or fire department in the entire county.
There was one instance of misfiling and another reported number the Payne Springs Fire Department says isn’t accurate. The Tool Volunteer Fire Department didn’t report their 2015 calls to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), so the department had no public information on its emergency responses for the year. According to the NFIRS, the Payne Springs Fire Department in Emergency Service District #2 responded to 666 calls, but their chief claims the number is actually about twice that high. The Payne Springs Fire Department collected $217,885, the most tax revenue of all seven emergency service districts and second most of all departments. Athens had the most with $242,614.
Warner stressed that reporting these findings wasn’t for pointing fingers or raising hostility toward any fire department, but only to make public information on tax dollars more easily available to residents.
“I’m not throwing anyone under the bus here,” Warner said. “I think it’s important to know where our tax dollars are being spent.”
Warner said that 80 percent of all fire departments work on a volunteer basis, receiving only pride in serving their community as compensation for the labor. He is proud of all fire fighters and the departments for putting in blood, sweat and tears into a second job with no pay.

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23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 23, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
EUSTACE–120 local long distace runners came to Eustace June 18 to run in the Pioneer Days’ 5K. Runners came from all over the Henderson and Kaufman county areas. The overall winner of the event was Evan Arambula who finished with a time of 16:41.09 minutes.
In the females divison, the top overall runner was Brandi Russell with a time of 20:33.90. The top female runner in the 0-12 years of age range was Grace Ferrell with a time of 38:09.78. Kyer Avery won the 13-14 range with a time of 23:45.47.
Shelby White ran a 22:32.43 to finish first in the 15-16 range. The 17-19 range was won by Taylor Marshall who ran a 21:42.00. The 20-29 range was won by Tanita Watson who ran a 26:42.53. The 30-39 range was won by Marta Morgan who ran a 27:35.61. Jennifer Warner won the 40-49 range with a time of 27:39.10. Tammy Rooney won the 50-59 range with a time of 30:50.22. The 60-69 range was won by Jean Bogardus with a time of 31:26.5. Ashley McKee finished things off by winning the Female Masters division with a time of 26:37.39.
Noah Russell finished first in the guys 0-12 range. He had a finish time of 28:21.02. Dalton Page finished first in the 13-14 male range with a time of 19:39.77. Ericsen Gudjohnsen finished with a time of 17:39.53 and won the 15-16 division. Andrew Page was first in the 17-19 range with a time of 18:23.23.
Taylor Humphrey won the 30-39 male range with a time of 21:40.12.
Mark Moore won the 40-49 range with a time of 20:41.49. Cecilio Escamilla ran a 19:40.83 to win first place in the 50-59 range. Lester Patton ran a 25:19.89 to win the 60-69 range and Kenneth Roden ran a 29:36.80 to win the 70 and older range. The Master winner for the men was Scott Olden who had time of 19:23.53.