Feb

11

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 11, 2016

worked up photo DSC_1071 ASHLEY SHAFER WITH PAM WRIGHT

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DSC_1071 ASHLEY SHAFER WITH PAM WRIGHT

Special to The Monitor
FORT WORTH–A Kemp High School junior caught the calf for a chance at a $10,000 scholarship at the Fort Worth Stock Show Feb. 2.
Ashley Shafer, the vice president of the Kemp FFA, caught a calf during the iconic event in the final days of the annual stock show and rodeo, earning a $500 purchase certificate for a show heifer to raise and exhibit next year for the chance for up to $10,000 in scholarship awards.
Ashley is the daughter of Deral Shafer and the $500 award was sponsored by Sue Ann Claudon.
One of the Stock Show’s most popular rodeo events, the Calf Scramble gives 16 students an opportunity to catch eight calves during one of 29 performances of the legendary World’s Original Indoor Rodeo held Jan. 22-Feb. 6. Those not catching calves receive a pair of Justin Boots, courtesy of the western footwear maker and Texas Mutual Insurance Company. The two companies underight the legendary Calf Scramble program.
Shafer will use the purchase certificate toward the purchase of a heifer that she will raise and exhibit at next year’s Stock Show. Exhibitors that submit monthly reports and a final essay to the Stock Show’s Calf Scramble Committee will be eligible for scholarship awards which can range between $500 and $10,000.
The Calf Scramble program has awarded more than $3,385,400 in heifer purchase certificates and granted 1,217 scholarships totaling $1,863,000 over the last 28 years.
Kemp Agricultural teacher submitted Ashley Shafer as a candidate for the scholarship program. Hundreds of high school students apply for the calf scramble each year, Haley Tilson told The Monitor. “We couldn’t be happier,” she said. Shafer is a active as a rodeo team member with FFA, participating in barrel racing, goat tying, roping and steer undecorating. Tilson added that Shafer entered the FFA program as a freshman and is now a junior.
“It was pretty crazy with a bunch of fans up in the stand and I looked up and saw myself upon the big screen. It was pretty exciting,” she said.
Ashley noted the calf was running away from everyone else and it came to me,” Ashley said. “I’ve showed a heifer before but never raised one, but am confident I know what to do because I’ve been around people who’ve raised cows,” she said.
Ashley also hopes to win some rodeo scholarships. “I want to be an ER nurse because I’m good with people and wouldn’t mind wittnessing everything that goes on in an ER,” she said.

Feb

11

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 11, 2016

Mabank 8th grade girls

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Mabank Lady Panthers eighth grade girls basketball team won a thriller against Athens 31-30 to cap off a successful season.
The Lady Panthers went into the fourth quarter down by eight points but refused to quit. They never gave up and Olivia Sullivan ended up hitting the game winning shot with eight seconds left in the game for the thrilling victory.
The Lady Panthers finished the year with a 8-2 district record with both losses to district champion Crandall.
Team members included Maddie Griffith, Lexi Ruthhart, Kylie Smith, Olivia Sullivan, Madeline Turner, Chauntice Reed, Hannah Brady, Samantha Turner, Laney Davenport, Chesley Kirkland, Mallory Lusk and Alyssa Smith. The Lady Panthers were coached by Lindy White.

Feb

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 8, 2016

TYLER, TX – In recognition of February as National Heart Month, The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances and KYTX CBS 19 are preparing to celebrate women who have battled and conquered, cardiac disease with the help of Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital and exude a spirit that has inspired others.

Throughout the month of November, TMFHC and KYTX CBS 19 received nominations and the woman chosen to represent the Gun Barrel City area is Louise Clarkston. Please read a short story about her triumph over heart disease below. One such woman was chosen as an honoree: Louise Clarkston.
According to statistics from the American Heart Association, heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases cause approximately half of all deaths in American women and one out of three women over age 65 has some form of heart disease. No longer is it considered a disease suffered only by men. We hope you will help us spread the word about our ‘Women With Heart’ event to those in your community.

Ms. Clarkston will be honored during a special evening of food, fellowship, and learning Tuesday, February 9, 5:30 p.m. at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. The dinner is free and open to the public. It will educate attendees about the risks for heart disease, and feature door prizes and informational booths. Seating is limited; please call (903) 606-DOCS to reserve your spot today.

Clarkston
Louise Clarkston

Mabank, TX

I am a full-time financial secretary, a church volunteer, a mom, a grandmother, a sister and a daughter. I am a HERO! I love working and don’t ever think about retiring. I have always been healthy and exercised. So, I was pretty surprised when I began experiencing a shortness of breath. After I struggled with getting my groceries in the house and just doing my normal errands, I saw my physician. One stress test, echo, and cath later, I was diagnosed with two blockages. I could not believe it! I had a double bypass surgery and after only three short days of recovery I went home feeling fine. After cardiac rehab, I picked right back up with my busy schedule. Now, I am back to being a HERO with HEART.