Posted by : December 7, 2013| On :
MABANK–The Cedar Creek Lake area is receiving a special Christmas gift when Dallas-Fort Worth Channel 8 WFAA televison nightly news anchor Gloria Campos will be the guest narrator for the Community Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Mabank High School auditorium.
The program is fun for the entire family and admission for each person is a canned good for donation to the Family Resource Center.
Campos has received numerous professional achievement awards for her journalism. She has also been recognized for her tireless advocacy of education, women’s, and family issues.
For 20 years, Campos has reported and produced WFAA’s weekly Wednesday’s child segment and has given her support to the non-profit “Friends of Wednesday’s Child,” which helps provide services to thousands of children in North Texas foster homes.
Campos and her husband, Lance, reside part-time in the Cedar Creek Lake area.
More than 100 singers representing seven area choirs will present the Christmas cantata, Season of Praise, by Joseph M. Martin.
Children from the Dance Connection of Mabank will also be showcased in the cantata performance.
The Bell Choir from Payne Springs United Methodist Church and the Celebration Ensemble from Celebration on the Lake Church will perform. During the concert, the audience will have a chance to join in singing familiar Christmas carols.
Everyone in the community is invited to attend. It will be a great evening to celebrate the spirit of the season!
Posted by : November 9, 2013| On :
By David Webb
The Monitor Correspondent
TOOL–The Tool City Council appointed Rickey Feist to be the new police chief during a special meeting Thursday.
Feist, who lives in Gun Barrel City, was immediately sworn in by municipal judge Rhonda Peterson. A three-member selection committee unanimously recommended Feist’s appointment from the six finalists for the job.
City Secretary Makenzie Blaser said that she and the other two committee members, councilwomen Fran Sonka and Shelley Ellis, believed he would be the “best candidate for that position.” Blaser said she conducted background and reference checks on the six candidates.
Feist previously worked for the San Saba County Sheriff’s Office in San Saba, as a chief deputy, and he also worked as a law enforcement officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety. The city advertised the job for two weeks, and it received 30 applications.
Feist told the council after being sworn in that he was “ready to get to work” leading the police department. “I’m looking forward to working with you to make this a good department and to making this a good community to live in.”
The Tool Police Department has had significant turnover in the past year that included the position of police chief.
Prior to appointing Feist to the position, the council ended interim police chief Rodney Henderson’s assignment and reappointed him to the position of corporal.
Henderson, who was one of the six finalists for the job, declined to comment about not getting the job other than to compliment Feist. “He’s a good dude,” he said.
Mayor pro tem Nathan Reeder led the special council meeting. He noted that mayor A.J. “Red” Phillips could not attend because of health problems.
Phillips lost the mayor’s seat to Tamra Brickey, who sat in the audience observing the proceedings. She is yet to be sworn in to the position.
In other business, the council interviewed two applicants for the position of city attorney, but it took no action. The law firm of Boyle & Lowry, of Irving, and Athens lawyer James Owen are competing for the position.
Boyle & Lowry specializes in representing municipalities, but Owen touted his local experience that included his serving as the Henderson County Attorney for eight years.
Posted by : November 6, 2013| On :
The Make A Wish Foundation of North Texas is sending 3-year-old Karter Whittenberg and his family to Disney World to meet the real Mickey Mouse and his friends. Karter was surprised when a huge crowd showed up on Sunday to see the look on his face when his wish was granted. His dad, Robert, mom Christin and brothers Kash, Khalon and Kharson (seen above) are all included in his wish, as are his grandparents Eustace fire chief Chris Anthony and wife Caren, the planner behind the big parade and reveal party. Eustace ISD students helped bring the magic by appearing in costume as Disney characters. An estimated 1,200 well-wishers joined in the celebration, hosted on the Eustace Town Square. See the Sunday issue of The Monitor for more pictures from the event.