Posted by : September 11, 2014| On :
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.
Posted by : August 3, 2014| On :
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.
Posted by : July 31, 2014| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–A Eustace High School student died as a result of a swimming outing in Cedar Creek Lake July 24. His funeral was held Sunday at Moorhead Epps Chapel in Gun Barrel City. He was buried at the Moorhead Melton Cemetery in Eustace.
According to a report from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Erik Michael Rhodes, 15, was swimming with friends at the Timber Bay addition in the Payne Springs area. He jumped from the second story of a boat dock and ingested some water. He was unresponsive when he came up from the water.
A call was made shortly after 5 p.m. to summon help. A medical emergency crew and Payne Springs Fire Rescue responded. Rhodes was taken to the East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City and then to ETMC-Tyler, where he died. A vigil was held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Eustace High School parking lot.
He is survived by his parents, Michael Rhodes, and Carolyn Rodgers and step-father Bryan, sister Amanda Rhodes, grandparents Robert and Tresa Rhodes, great grandparents Marie and Buddy Moore, and Donald Dollar.