Sep

14

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 14, 2014

Mabank Police Chief Kyle McAfee leaves office Sept. 27.

Mabank Police Chief
Kyle McAfee
leaves office Sept. 27.

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.

Sep

11

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 11, 2014

Courtesy Photo Saturday, Eustace Volunteer Firefighters (from left) Trey Smith, Nick Redkin, Cade Anthony, Danny Smith and Jody Marcum band together for a group photo before attempting the 110 Dallas 9/11 Stair Climb choreographed to correspond with events and times of Sept. 11, 2001.

Courtesy Photo
Saturday, Eustace Volunteer Firefighters (from left) Trey Smith, Nick Redkin, Cade Anthony, Danny Smith and Jody Marcum band together for a group photo before attempting the 110 Dallas 9/11 Stair Climb choreographed to correspond with events and times of Sept. 11, 2001.


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

DALLAS–Firefighters from Eustace got to participate in a very special Patriot’s Day memorial event Saturday held just for First Responders.
The Dallas 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb is limited to just 343 firefighters, 70 law enforcement officers and nine EMTs, the very number of those who climbed the World Trade Center Towers and did not return.
Each wore full bunker gear and went up 110 flights at the Renaissance Tower in Dallas.
Each participant wore around his or her neck a photo badge of one of those 9-11 heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty and after returning to the ground floor, placed a metal pin in a memorial board, honoring that fallen comrade by name.
“It was very touching, all of it,” Eustace Fire Captain Cade Anthony said.
More photos from this event can be found in the September 11, 2014 issue of The Monitor.

Aug

03

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 3, 2014

Courtesy Photo Scoots ’n Scoops Ice Cream shop and Vintage Motorcycle Museum is located at 1560 FM 279, Suite A in Ben Wheeler and may be reached at (903) 603-3118.

Courtesy Photo
Scoots ’n Scoops Ice Cream shop and Vintage Motorcycle Museum is located at 1560 FM 279, Suite A in Ben Wheeler and may be reached at (903) 603-3118.

Enjoy sundaes and shakes, and a vintage motorcycle museum

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
BEN WHEELER–Ben Wheeler’s only ice cream shop and vintage motorcycle museum, Scoots ’n Scoops, is bringing cool new ideas to the area.
“We will be carrying new products and hosting fundraisers for the Ben Wheeler Historical & Arts Foundation and other worthy causes such as the Children’s Library,” Scoots ’n Scoops owner Lynn Dugger said.
Scoots ’n Scoops is holding a bike wash fundraiser for the Children’s Library from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
Entrance fee is $15 per vehicle and the event will feature hot dogs and live music by Billy Bob’s house band Midnight Thunder.
“We want to raise as much money as possible since we are unincorporated and depend solely on donations to keep the doors open for the young ones,” Dugger said.
Bikes will be washed courtesy of the BnR Pit Grill girls of Mabank.
Scoots ’n Scoops carries 10 flavors of ice cream but will introducing at least one new flavor a week.
“The shop’s most popular ice cream flavors include butter pecan, southern blackberry cobbler and homemade vanilla,” Dugger said.
And don’t forget the toppings. Patrons may choose from pineapple, milk and dark chocolate syrups, hot fudge, caramel, marshmallow, walnuts, almonds, whipped cream and of course, cherries on the top.
With the Scoots ’n Scoops Frequent Flyer Punch Card, the more you eat the more you save. Just purchase 10 scoops and the next scoop is free.
“We will also be offering foods geared to the cooler climate,” Dugger said.
So in the wintertime when you feel like having a hot meal while sitting on the couch watching your favorite movie, drop by Scoots ’n Scoops first for homemade dishes like chicken and dumplings, chili, gourmet coffees and gourmet flavored hot chocolates.
And for dessert, don’t forget the delicious cupcakes, banana pudding, sundaes, banana splits, fresh squeezed lemonade, and rich and creamy shakes.
Scoots ’n Scoops also features a one-of-a-kind vintage motorcycle collection begun by Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association Hall of Famer Brooks Gremmels.
In the museum, patrons may purchase motorcycle and town-related T-shirts, leather bags by Adiya Creations owner Tammy Pruitt of Marshall and wooden carvings by DJ Chainsaw Carvings of Frankston.
Dugger and her husband, Kerry, were in partnership discussions with former owner Brooks Gremmels when he died in January.
“We signed the lease in May and will carry out the plans we made with him for growing Scoots ’n Scoops,” Dugger said.
Scoots ’n Scoops is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
They are located at 1560 FM 279, Suite A in Ben Wheeler and may be reached at (903) 603-3118.