Sep

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 22, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Mabank Lady Panthers wrapped up non-district play with a three-set victory over the Athens Lady Hornets Tuesday at AHS Gymnasium.
Mabank won by scores of 25-13, 25-7 and 25-12.
Athens returns to action Friday in the District 18-4A opener against Madisonville at Athens. The varsity is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
Mabank is set to host Wills Point in the District 13-4A opener Friday. The freshmen are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
In varsity action, the Lady Hornets had a hard time with senior outside hitter Kailey Currington.
Currington finished with 14 kills and five service aces.
In the first set, Mabank jumped out to an 8-1 lead behind the serving of seniors Hanna Smith and Lauren Thomas.
The two players combined for three aces during the run. Senior Danielle Sinclair had two kills during the run.
Athens scored its first point of the set on a kill by Kaitlin Costlow for the 4-1 deficit.
Athens got to within 10-8 as Jordan Ickes had a nice service run, which consisted of two aces.
The Lady Hornets trailed 12-10 midway through the set as Kara Smith had an ace for Athens.
Mabank then went on an 8-0 run with four straight service aces by Currington for a 17-10 lead.
The final points of the first set came on a service run by Thomas, which ended with an Athens mishit for the 25-13 victory.
In the second set, Mabank came out on fire scoring the first nine points of the set.
Smith had the service run, which consisted of three aces and two kills from Currington.
Senior Riley Andrews also had a kill for Mabank during the run.
Athens scored its first points of the second set with a kill from Reiley Spears off an assist from Ramona Hutson.
The Lady Hornets then had a kill from Ickes off an assist from Emilee Vasquez for the 10-2 deficit.
Following a kill by Currington, senior Nicole Johnson had three straight aces to extend the lead to 14-3.
The final point of the second set came on a kill from junior Madison Brown off an assist from Andrews.
In the third set, Athens tied the set at 1 as Caitlin Bomer had a block of Currington.
It was the closest Athens would get in the third set.
Junior Emma Compoc extended the lead to 10-2 with two aces and kills by Currington and Brown during the run.
Mabank would extend the lead to 16-5 as freshman Drew Neighbors had three aces during a four point run for the Lady Panthers.
The final point of the third set came on an ace from Andrews for the 25-12 finale.

Sep

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 22, 2017

Funeral services for Amanda Gayle Lawrence are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 (today) in the chapel at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Amanda was born Dec. 7, 1991 in Kaufman to parents Doug and Diana Lawrence and entered into eternal rest Sept. 16, 2017 at the age of 25.
Amanda was a cheerful and athletic person who loved fishing, animals, drawing and painting. She graduated from Kemp High School and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Amanda enjoyed going to and watching sporting events, especially football and her favorite sport volleyball, which she loved to play. She also loved playing outdoors with her daughter. She was an exceptional person who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Amanda was preceded in death by her grandmother Faye Lawrence, cousin Andy Lawrence and grandfathers Hoyt Lawrence and James Cox.
She is survived by her daughter Ava, parents Doug and Diana Lawrence of Kemp, sister Heather Garcia and spouse Jeff of Rockwall, sister Sarah Lawrence of Dallas, grandmother Mickey Cox of Kemp, uncle Marty Lawrence and spouse Jean of Flint, uncle Scott Cheshire and spouse Karen of Kaufman, numerous other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com.

Sep

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 22, 2017

By Nicole Sprabary
Monitor Correspondent
SEVEN POINTS – Seven Points citizens can expect to see a new sign in front of the Seven Points City Hall soon. The city council approved the purchase of a digital sign that is to be installed replacing the current one. The current sign is already in the process of being removed due to corrosion and safety concerns.
The new sign can post a specific message the city wants to display, in full color as well as numerous different icon type images such as an American flag. City secretary Shirley Kirksey will be able to change the message remotely via Wi-Fi from her office. Mayor Bill Hash described it as very similar to the one in front of Whatz-Up Family Fun Park and would be able to do similar messaging.
Mac McKinsey, treasurer of the Economic Development Corporation board, updated the council on the sign’s installation and pricing. The cost came out about $10K more than anticipated, bringing the total to $60,000. McKinsey suggested funds allocated to New Business Marketing in the EDC budget, which showed a surplus be utilized for the sign. He said the EDC Board formed this as a solution during its Sept. 7 meeting.
City council approved the budget change as well as took McKinsey’s idea to create a new budget for the next year to reflect more organized line items.
The council approved an interlocal agreement with new terms for housing inmates from area police departments. Police Chief Administrator Raymond Wennerstrom presented suggested changes. Instead of paying $20 per inmate as the City of Tool currently does, it would pay a retainer fee of $200 per month. Last year, Tool paid a total of $2,200, Wennerstrom said. “This would be $200 more.” Also, Seven Points would have the right of refusal due to current situations, and may request a medical clearance without penalty before housing the inmate.
Wennerstrom assured the council the police department will diligently track each inmate housed, as it currently does, to insure the service does not become a detriment to the City of Seven Points. If at any point it becomes burdensome to the city, the program will be reevaluated.
The new contract reflects how the City of Seven Points will work with other cities needing short-term inmate housing.
Council member Cheryl Jones made a point that due to the nature of the Interlocal agreement and the paperwork needed, the legalities of the title of the Chief of Police needed to be considered. The Chief of Police has to be the one to sign the actual contract. Council put naming the current head of the department on their October agenda for the regular meeting. The title will just be a formality to go with the already assumed position.
In other business, council members:
• approved resignations of dispatchers Elizabeth Watson and Chelsea Bee.
• amended the current personnel policy. The city will now put in place a policy that reflects any employee that terminates employment for any reason before one (1) year, will be subject to their last pay being absorbed so the city doesn’t have to eat the cost associated with training and uniforms.
• denied permit request to Wanda Nichols, who wanted a game room and to utilize a commercially zoned area in B-2 for the city, as a residence. Nichols was not in attendance to comment or speak to the council.
• discussed progression of a proposed 7,300 square-foot building BUY-LO in Seven Points plans to construct. Groundbreaking is yet to occur but the construction is “still a go” with activity to commence shortly. The location is on the south side of the E. Cedar Creek Parkway.