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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 4, 2016

By EmmaLee Doss
Monitor Correspondent
GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Council is sponsoring two local events, beginning with the10th annual Cedar Creek Lake Car Show and Kiwanis Krawfish Boil happening this Saturday, May 7 at the Mabank Park Pavilion. More than 100 vehicles are expected to fill the Pavilion and grounds with classic beauties from the automotive industry. Car tunes, plenty to eat and stiff trophy competition crowns the event. The city council approved platinum sponsorship with the donation of $1,000 from the Econcomic Development Corporation.
The second event it approved sponsoring is a free concert slated for September at the city park pavilion or amphitheater in the amount of $5,000 to $7,000 from promotional funds of the Economic Development Corporation. Councilwoman Linda Rankin had reservations about this expenditure from the EDC budget. However, the motion passed without her support.
City staff is pulling the plans together for the concert with details to be released as they become available.
In other business, council members:
• moved the May meeting to May 17
• heard and approved their annual Financial Report for FY 2015, ending Sept. 30.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 4, 2016

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Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–Eustace High School’s journey in the U.I.L. One-Act Play Contest was a huge success this year with it being named as Alternate Advancing Play for State at the Regional Contest on April 22, at Blinn College in Brenham.  Six schools competed for advancement to the 3A State One-Act Play Contest at Regionals. The state contest is to be held at the Austin Performing Arts Center on May 25. Little River Academy and Woodville High School placed first and second, with Eustace behind by only one point. 
The last time Eustace High School qualified for state competition with their One-Act Play was in 1989 when they were named as runner up for the 2A contest.
“These students are excellent actors. I knew from day one they would go far.  We pushed hard every day to make it happen and I’m very proud of their performances.” EHS Theater Arts Director Tammy Beaty said. 
She and Co-Director Tiffany Miley began working with the students in early January on “Over the River and Through the Woods.” The final performance is at 6 p.m. this Saturday, May 7, Tickets are less than $5 at the door, and would be a great Mother’s Day gift. “Seeing this play would be a great way of showing mom just how much she means to you,” Beaty and Miley agree.
The play is a dramatic comedy that will make you laugh and cry. Centered around Nick, a single Italian American from New Jersey, his grandparents (all four of them) decide to devise a plan to keep Nick from moving away and leaving them alone. For 29 years, Nick has faithfully stayed near his grandparents and eaten Sunday dinner with them; however, he gets a promotion that requires a move to Seattle, Wash. Immigrants from Italy, his grandparents can’t seem to understand his need to move or why he isn’t married and why he doesn’t seem to value family as much as they do. It’s a story of generational differences and how they come to understand one another and just how important family is in life. It’s a story of love, sacrifice and coming to terms with change.
“How much do we truly owe those who care for us? How can you repay someone for their devotion? Can it ever be enough?”- Nick Cristano, excerpt from “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Joe Dipietro, produced by special arrangements with Dramatist Play Service, LLC. New York, NY.
“This is the best production Eustace High School has ever accomplished,” Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe said during the recent employee appreciation dinner. “This is a must see. Bring as many people with you as you can.”
There are six UIL contests: Zone, District, Bi-District, Area, Regional and State. (Zone competition kicks in when there are more than eight schools in their District.) “We’re happy we made it this far,” sophomore Ben Warren said, who was awarded Best Actor from a field of 130 students, competing at the Regional contest. “We didn’t have Bi-District a couple of years ago and had it been the same, this year’s regional contest would have been our State – so we were really pleased.” Other students receiving awards included Zachary Martin and Emma Lopez.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 4, 2016

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Lady Bulldog Whitney Boerner scored a personal best in the pole vault during the regional track meet that took place April 30 on the campus of Baylor University in Waco. Boerner placed third overall in the pole vault.

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
WACO–The Eustace Lady Bulldog track team competed in the regional meet April 30 at Baylor University in Waco.
Members of the team who competed for Eustace were Skye Burns, Molly McAtee, Chanda Westbrook, Shelby White, Samantha Richardson, Marshalla Padgett, Whitney Boerner, Miranda Fontenot and Gabi Cordor.
Burns and Westbrook competed in the 3,200 meter dash and Westbrook finished in fifth place.
Corder threw in discus and had a distance of 10’6”. Boerner tied a personal record in the pole vault and placed third.
Richardson placed sixth in her heat in the 400 meter dash and Padgett placed fifth in the 300 meter hurdles. The mile relay team finished fifth.
Burns and McAtee ran hard in the 1,600 meter dash while Westbrook tied a personal record and placed fourth in the 800 meter dash. White also competed in the 800 meter dash for the Lady Bulldogs.