Posted by : October 30, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Eustace Intermediate School sixth grader Nicole Bechard, 10, and her mom, Gail, rescued an injured kitten in early July.
The gray tabby kitten, named Lucky by Bechard, was recently adopted by a Mesquite women and has a playmate named Samson, a black amputee kitten adopted from the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake (HSCCL) last spring.
Bechard heard Lucky crying under an abandoned building in the Mabank area but was unable to coax it out.
Her mom crawled under the building and upon rescuing the kitten, noticed it had wire wrapped around its left hind leg, nearly cutting it off. The leg was severely infected.
A neighbor helped them remove the wire, and the wound was cleaned and bandaged.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake Cat Team heard about the situation via social media and contacted the family to offer their assistance.
Lucky was taken to the Kaufman Veterinary Center by HSCCL Volunteer Cat Team Lead Lynn Ackerman for evaluation and treatment.
Lucky underwent surgery for an amputation of the left hind limb.
Lucky’s surgical costs were covered by a grant given to HSCCL from Trinity Valley Electric Co-op for feline medical care.
Ackerman picked up Lucky the next morning, took her in as a foster kitten and provided post-operative care while she recuperated.
After Lucky recovered and was spayed, Ackerman took Lucky back to see Bechard and her mom.
They were very happy to see Lucky had survived and was thriving, due in no small part to their rescue efforts.
Lucky was adopted soon afterwards.
Lucky is now in her new home in Mesquite and Bechard knows the good feeling that comes after helping an animal in distress.
Posted by : September 25, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Sons of the American Legion Post 310 in Gun Barrel City is hosting a program celebrating the accomplishments of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) in Dallas at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Cedar Creek American Legion Post facility.
The event is open to the public and light refreshments will begin at 6 p.m.
Businesses, individuals and American Legion members are invited to attend.
TSRHC prosthetist Dwight Putnam, a former commercial sculptor, will speak about how the organization benefits children around the country.
A prosthetist is an individual who measures, designs, fabricates and fits a prosthesis as a replacement of external parts of the human body lost due to amputation, absences or congenital deformity.
Prosthetic limbs are usually designed with a glass or carbon fiber infused acrylic.
Prosthetists are certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthiscs, Inc.
Cedar Creek American Legion Post 310 is located at 754 South Gun Barrel Lane (SH 198) in Gun Barrel City.
For more information, call Chuck Andrews at (903) 603-4181 or the Cedar Creek American Legion Post 310 at (903) 887-3532.
Posted by : September 14, 2014| On :
Kyle McAfee to join Kaufman Fire Department
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Mabank City Council members regrettably accepted the resignation of Police Chief Kyle McAfee Tuesday. His last day with the department is Sept. 24. He has headed the eight-member staff since 2005.
In a letter submitted to the council, McAfee states that he has accepted a position with the Kaufman Fire Department that will further his growth and passion for serving through fire suppression and prevention. He will also be assisting in the Fire Marshal’s Office, he said.
“I have enjoyed working with the Mabank Police Department and will miss my colleagues,” he writes. “Serving the citizens of Mabank as the police chief and being recognized throughout both Henderson and Kaufman counties as being part of one of the best departments, has been a great experience.”
News of McAfee’s resignation falls hard on the heels of an earlier announcement that Capt. Lee Orr is leaving the department to take up a bailiff post in Kaufman County. Orr’s farewell reception was set for noon, Sept. 11.
McAfee, who also is the Mabank Fire Department clown, called Q2, after the wind-up siren, said he would continue performing with the Fire Safety Clowns and keep his post as assistant fire chief – a volunteer position – with the Mabank Fire Department.
“I hope the city will continue to support the department as it has always done,” he closed his resignation letter.