Aug

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 10, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE—Local families and friends are dealing with the outcome of a two-car collision which killed a 16-year-old and ejected two other teenagers.
According to the Department of Public Safety, Wednesday night at approximately 7:35, troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on VZCR-2801 in Van Zandt County, 10 miles north of the city of Mabank.
The preliminary crash investigation revealed a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder driven by James Jones, 16, of Gun Barrel City, was traveling east on VZCR-2801 and disregarded the stop sign at VZCR-2802 into the path of a 2001 Mercury Villager driven by 52-year-old Frances Brasher of Mabank.
The impact caused the Pathfinder to roll, ejecting all three occupants. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene by Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Judge Ronnie Daniell. His body was taken to Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office. Two other victims, 16-year-old Caitlin McElhany of Kemp was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas and 14-year-old Destinie Whitman was taken to Children’s Hospital in Dallas both in stable condition.
Brasher was transported to ETMC-Gun Barrel City, along with her passenger, 53-year-old Theda Lawson of Mabank, both in stable condition.

Aug

09

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 9, 2017

Mabank resident Scott Tuley announces his bid for Henderson County Precinct 2 Commissioner Saturday at Gun Barrel City Park Pavilion.


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–About two dozen family and friends gathered Saturday at the Gun Barrel City Park Pavilion to hear Scott Tuley announce his intention to run for Henderson County Precinct 2 Commissioner.
Current commissioner Wade McKinney announced last week in Commissioners Court that he would not seek re-election this November, pointing out that over his last six terms he’s gathered enough experiences to fill two life times with both memories and lessons.
During Tuley’s heartfelt speech, he said becoming commissioner would fulfill a goal of his to be of greater service to those iving in the southern part of the county.
“I chose this location, the pavilion in Gun Barrel City (to make this announcement), because it is the heart of Precinct 2 and home to the many citizens who have always supported me in the past,” he said.
Tuley retired after 21 years with TXU Energy and has operated businesses, including Titled T Distributors, the last 12 years; and a mobile disco entertainment business for the last 10 years, along with his wife, Angie Harley Tuley.
He is best-known for his eight years of service on the Mabank ISD school board, where he participated in the planning of the high school on U.S. 175 and the remodel of all three elementary schools. He has also served on local youth sports organizations, including the Tri-County Football Association, MLLFA and the Mabank Baseball and Softball Association.
He is a member of Gun Barrel City Toys for Tots and the Cedar Creek Lake Parrot Head Club.
“We are a political powerhouse here in Precinct 2. We need someone with a voice to represent our lake area,” he said, asking for volunteers to help with his Republican campaign. “We already have several people who have volunteered to host events, but we need more.”

Aug

09

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 9, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–This weekend’s tax-free back-to-school shopping days focuses everyone’s mind on the opening of a new school year, which starts earlier for some than for others.
Select students from Kemp ISD are getting a “Blast-off” to the new school year by starting Monday, Aug. 14 at 8 a.m. and going until noon. These students have been identified as those who would profit most from an early start to review basic skills, create study habits and get extra practice in areas of strongest impact.
Many other students in athletics, cheer and band have already returned to practices for the coming year. All other students have their official first day of school on Monday, Aug. 28, starting at 7:50 a.m. and ending at 3:40 p.m., daily.
Students at Malakoff ISD also return officially at 8 a.m., Monday, Aug. 28.
Students in Mabank ISD and Eustace ISD start back at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. Trinidad ISD students go back to school on Thursday, Aug. 24.
Area school districts have opted to be recognized as Districts of Innovation, their instructional requirements are measured in minutes instead of number of days, allowing for greater flexibility in their academic scheduling.
Bus riders for the first day of school should know buses will run two hours late for Mabank ISD to relieve traffic congestion at all the campuses. School will start at 8 a.m. and bus riders will not be counted late. The rest of the time, the buses will return to their normal pick-up times.
Other important dates, parents will want to be made aware of are listed below by school district:
Eustace ISD
Eustace High School freshman orientation Aug. 9.
• Meet the Teacher is set for Monday, Aug. 14 – Primary – 3:30; Intermediate – 4 p.m.; Middle School – 4:30 p.m.
• First Day of Classes – Start of the First 6 Weeks, Wednesday, Aug. 16
• School Board Meeting – 7 p.m. Aug. 21
• Bulldog Bash – 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28
• Labor Day Holiday – Sept. 4.
Kemp ISD
• Silver Jacket Breakfast – 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at junior high cafeteria
• Meet the Teacher Kemp High School, Monday, Aug. 21 at 5:30 -7 p.m. followed by a Community Pep Rally from 7-8 p.m.
• Meet the Teacher— Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the Primary, 5:30-7 p.m.
• Meet the Teacher – Thursday, Aug. 24 at Kemp Junior High 6:30 – 8 p.m. and Intermediate, 5:30-7 p.m.
• First Day of Classes starts of the First 9 Weeks of school, Monday, Aug. 28.
Mabank ISD
• Meet the Teacher is set for Monday, Aug. 14 – Central Elementary, 5 p.m.; Southside and Lakeview Elementary schools, 5:30 p.m.; intermediate campus, junior high school, Freshman orientation, 7 p.m. at the high school.
• MJH students who have registered on line may pick up their class schedule 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 at the Junior High School.
• Meet the Teacher, 3-6 p,m, Aug. 15 at Mabank Intermediate School.
• First Day of Classes Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Malakoff ISD
• Tool Elementary School sets Meet the Teacher for Thursday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m.
• First Day of Classes Monday, Aug. 28.
Trinidad ISD
• Meet the Teacher is set for Thursday, Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students pre-k through fifth grade may bring their school supplies with them.
Grades sixth-12th may pick up their class schedules and complete enrollment forms. High school students who plan to drive to and from school should bring proof of insurance and copy of their driver’s license with them.