Sep

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 14, 2014

Mabank Police Chief Kyle McAfee leaves office Sept. 27.

Mabank Police Chief
Kyle McAfee
leaves office Sept. 27.

Kyle McAfee to join Kaufman Fire Department

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Mabank City Council members regrettably accepted the resignation of Police Chief Kyle McAfee Tuesday. His last day with the department is Sept. 24. He has headed the eight-member staff since 2005.
In a letter submitted to the council, McAfee states that he has accepted a position with the Kaufman Fire Department that will further his growth and passion for serving through fire suppression and prevention. He will also be assisting in the Fire Marshal’s Office, he said.
“I have enjoyed working with the Mabank Police Department and will miss my colleagues,” he writes. “Serving the citizens of Mabank as the police chief and being recognized throughout both Henderson and Kaufman counties as being part of one of the best departments, has been a great experience.”
News of McAfee’s resignation falls hard on the heels of an earlier announcement that Capt. Lee Orr is leaving the department to take up a bailiff post in Kaufman County. Orr’s farewell reception was set for noon, Sept. 11.
McAfee, who also is the Mabank Fire Department clown, called Q2, after the wind-up siren, said he would continue performing with the Fire Safety Clowns and keep his post as assistant fire chief – a volunteer position – with the Mabank Fire Department.
“I hope the city will continue to support the department as it has always done,” he closed his resignation letter.

Sep

14

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 14, 2014

Monitor Staff Reports
TYLER–The Eustace girls cross country team won the Tyler Lee Classic Sept.6 in Tyler, as the Lady Bulldogs crossed the finish line in first, second and fifth place. The boys team finished the meet in second place.
The girls team dominated the 4A and under division winning the meet with a total of 31 points. The next best team 69 points. Among the competitors were 17 teams and 116 individuals. Leading the pack for the Lady Bulldogs was overall champion Chanda Westbrook, who completed the course in 12:23 minutes. Finishing closely behind her in second place was Skye Burns (12:26), and Shelby White (12:41) in fifth. Chloe Moore (13:02) placed ninth, Molly McAtee 14th (13:25), and Cara Henson 17th (13:37).
The boys team competed in the 5A/6A division and finished with an overall second place with 96 points. Top finisher Longview Pine Tree scored 92 points. A total of 19 teams and 157 individuals competed. The boys were lead by Mark Zimmerer, placing third overall with a time of 17:04. Finishing next for the Bulldogs was Preston Schwartz 17th, Ericsen Gudjohnsen 19th, Zane Arambula 34th, Ayden Reed 35th, Cade Yates 44th, Hunter Rose 47th, Brandon Richardson 49th, Hunter Norris 78th, Andrew Page 86th, Temple Hendrickson 104th, Bucky Womble 108th, and Gabe Purselley 119th.
The JV boys also ran in the 1A-6A combined race and placed 10th out of 20 teams among 210 individuals. They were lead by Elijah Rogers and Thomas Henderson who placed 20th and 21st, freshman Cameron Carpenter who placed 41st, Mathew Melton 122nd, Micah Zimmerer 131st, and Collin Rogers 176th.
The JV girls ran with the combined 1A-6A, taking first place among 17 teams and 153 individuals. Top finishers were Breanna Ragan (second), Harley Kile (third), and Samantha Phillips (fourth), finishing next were Arian McDonald (eighth), Jacey Warner (14th) and Brooke Caldwell (39th).

Sep

14

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 14, 2014

Lots of food, fun and amusement

Monitor Staff Reports
TYLER–It’s time for the East Texas State Fair again, which will run Friday-Sunday, Sept. 19-Sept. 28 at the East Texas State Fairgrounds in Tyler.
Fair gates open at 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Carnival and Midway opens at 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and at noon Saturday-Sunday.
Unlimited ride armbands are available. Armband sales stop one hour prior to closing.
Senior Day is Friday, Sept. 19, Student night for children kindergarten through 12th grade is Monday-Wednesday Sept. 22-24, and College Night is Saturday, Sept. 27.
The East Texas Fair offers plenty of activities, a variety of foods and entertainment for all ages.
Live concerts are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Performers include Lauren Alexander, Jerrod Niemann, Texas Rebellion, Jerrett Zoch, Coffey Anderson, Frank Foster, and JB and the Moonshine Band.
Children can enjoy a petting zoo, sand sculputing, a Wild About Monkeys show and much more.
Adults can enjoy the Budweiser Beer Garden, shopping at The Marketplace, and more.
Other attractions include an extreme high dive show, Wasde Henry, Cosmo Universal Art, Kachunga the Alligator show, AgriWorld and a musical showcase.
Livestock shows are set for Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 23-25 and Saturday-Sunday Sept. 27-28.
Texas youth will be showing Boer goats as well as Beefalo, Belted Galloway, Herford and Limousin cattle.
The East Texas Fairgrounds are located at 2112 W. Front St. and can be reached at (903) 597-2501.