Apr

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 20, 2016

Big Tip-$1,000

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant food server Alesha Palmer, 18, received an unexpected act of kindness April 9. When a patron overheard Palmer, a Kemp High School senior, talking to another table of guests about how much money it will cost for her to attend college. He spoke with the manager about giving Palmer a $1,000 tip. Palmer saw the customer talking to the manager and thought she had done something wrong. After the man left, she asked the restaurant manager if the man was filing a complaint. The manager informed her he had left her a large tip to help pay her college expenses. The tipper requested to remain anonymous. His check for the meal was only $9.69. That amounts to a 10,000 percent tip for Palmer, who wasn’t even his waitress. Palmer plans on attending Tyler Junior College in the fall to study culinary arts. Vetoni’s restuarant is located at 428 N. Gun Barrel Lane in Gun Barrel City.

Apr

15

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 15, 2016

By Emmalee Doss
Monitor Correspondent
MABANK–The Mabank City Council agreed to raise the speed limit on State Highway 198, north of U.S. 175 from 65 mph to speed limits being set by the state up to 75 mph for law enforcement purposes. Watch for change of speed limit signs.
“The city really didn’t have a choice in the matter,” city secretary Laurie Neustupa told The Monitor. “We received a notice from TxDOT informing of the change in speed limits that it was setting and if we were to enforce the new limit, an ordinance would need to be passed.”
After a lengthy discussion about the lack of a shoulder and the road work accomplished on the stretch of highway within the city limits, contributed to the agreement to adopt an ordinance raising the speed limit. Once the signs are put up by TxDOT, the new speed limit will take effect.
The Daughters of the American Revolution local chapter president, Susan Cothran, met with the council April 5 to discuss improvements for the Mabank Gardens Memorial, west of the park pavilion. Cothran pointed out the need for handicapped parking placed closer to the memorial as well as providing benches and permanent plaques to honor those who helped establish and who help maintain the memorial. Potentially, area businesses could sponsor the placement of a concrete benches, Cothran suggested. Some council members expressed concern about commercializing the memorial, but they agreed the memorial needed benches. The costs are yet to be estimated.
Council members ultimately took action to have a small parking area for the disabled put in, along with a walkway up to the memorial for ease of access to the memorial.
In other business, the council:
• agreed to condemn the structure at 115 Mt Vernon St., due to safety issues. The process was started in February and the demolition date has not been set.
• heard the new Animal Control truck was being fitted with a six-dog cage
• took, photos with a Girl Scout troop excited to earn their local government and citizenship badges.

Apr

14

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 14, 2016

TXU Enegery representatives Connie Schaefer and Kim Campbell (at right) stand next to some of the 20 Live Oak trees the company is donating to the City of Mabank to replace trees lost during the drought. Parks manager Ricky Myrick (center right) and city administrator Bryant Morris are happy to receive the donation April 12.

TXU Enegery representatives Connie Schaefer and Kim Campbell (at right) stand next to some of the 20 Live Oak trees the company is donating to the City of Mabank to replace trees lost during the drought. Parks manager Ricky Myrick (center right) and city administrator Bryant Morris are happy to receive the donation April 12.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
TXU Energy representatives Connie Schaefer and Kim Campbell (at right) stand next to some of the 20 Live Oak trees the company is donating to the City of Mabank to replace trees lost during the drought. Parks manager Ricky Myrick (center right) and city administrator Bryant Morris are happy to receive the donation April 12.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Visitors to the Mabank ball parks will notice the addition of 20 young Live Oak trees, compliments of TXU Energy. Ten 30-gallon specimens and 10 more 15-gallon trees will be placed along the back side of the baseball fields in George Watts Memorial Park as well as around the softball fields.
TXU Energy serves the retail electricity needs of more Texans than any other provider, and through its Committed to Community Growth program, it helps maintain the TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm and Education Center at Richland College, the largest known urban tree farm in the United States. It also works with the Texas Trees Foundation to plant and distribute trees across the state.
The program planted its 200,000th tree at the State Capitol in 2015.
“Trees are something we offer to our commercial customers to replace trees they may have lost during the drought,” company representative Connie Schaefer said. “TXU is proud to partner with the City of Mabank to help beautify the ball parks.”
“We hope the community will come to enjoy this shady addition for many years to come,” TXU Energy representative Kim Campbell added.
Mabank City Administrator Bryant Morris expressed gratitude on the part of the city for the utility provider’s donation. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to work with TXU, today,” he said. “And we will certainly see the benefits now and in the generations to come.”