Apr

03

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

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler Jan and Gerald Countryman stand on the front porch of their Tool-based store Country Garden Nursery & Hardware located at 918 S. Tool Dr.

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
Jan and Gerald Countryman stand on the front porch of their Tool-based store Country Garden Nursery & Hardware located at 918 S. Tool Dr.


Giveaways, hot dogs and more

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–Country Garden Nursery & Hardware is hosting an open house celebrating the opening of their new hardware addition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 4-5 at 918 S. Tool Dr. across from the water tower in Tool.
There will be refreshments and drawings for prizes, first prize being a circular skill saw.
In 1969, Jan open their first nursery with the help of family and friends, while Gerald managed a 15,000 pecan and peach tree operation along with a registered cattle operation.
The Countrymans continue to provide a wide range of services including landscape design and installation, custom fencing and an extensive hardware line.
Country Garden Nursery & Hardware can be reached at (903) 432-9547.
Come out and meet their family and see their new addition.

Mar

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 27, 2014

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler Friedreich’s Ataxia research advocate Natalie Newman, 16, of Mabank, speaks to Rotarians at the Cedar Creek Country Club during their March 21 meeting.

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
Friedreich’s Ataxia research advocate Natalie Newman, 16, of Mabank, speaks to Rotarians at the Cedar Creek Country Club during their March 21 meeting.

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Mabank teenager Natalie Newman continues to inspire others despite her battle with Friedreich’s Axatia.
Newman spoke to Rotarians about her worsening health condition at the Cedar Creek Country Club during the March 21 meeting.
Newman, 16, was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a progressive, neuro-muscular diesease, when she was 10 years old.
“I fall and ask myself why should I get up,” Newman said. “I remind myself to get back up, not just for me, but for everyone who has Friedreich’s Ataxia,” she added.
Newman says her whole life has been a blessing and she is inspired by others.
Newman has had her share of ups and downs including undergoing surgery to straighten out her crooked spine from scolosis and a continuous battle with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease that attacks the muscle of the heart and is common among those who suffer from FA.
Newman, now using a walker, shares a bedroom with two other siblings and her parents are currently looking for a house to make it easier for her to get around.
“I don’t want to use a walker especially when I go outside. However, I am excited about having my own room,” Newman said.
Newman held a Friedriech’s Ataxia motorcycle fun run and carnival fundraiser March 23 and will participate in the Ride Ataxia: Dallas benefit Saturday, March 29.
“Together we are going to cure FA,” Newman said.
In other news, Rotarians heard:
• member Erin Osborn was named Citizen of the Year by the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and member Abdul Abdin received the Mary Helen Myrick award by the chamber for his spirit and positive influence.
• tickets are available for a man or woman’s Rolex watch. All proceeds go toward the Rotary Club’s effort to end polio.
• the 11th annual Rotary of Cedar Creek Lake Golf Tournament is Friday, April 25 at the Pinnacle Golf Club. Sign-in is at 11 a.m., tee off is at noon. Prizes awarded for first and second place, lucky team, longest drive and closest to the pin. Event features auction and door prizes. Teams and sponsors are needed.
• Mabank Education Foundation is holding a fundraiser for $5 a ticket. Follow your favorite March Madness team and win various prizes.
• District 5830 Governor will attend the March 28 meeting.

Mar

16

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 16, 2014

Gun discharges during an argument, alleged shooter calls 9-1-1

Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–William Raymond Simons, 67, is charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife and is being held in the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center with a $500,000 bond.
The shooting took place Tuesday night at the couple’s Kemp area home on Farm-to-Market 3396, the result of an argument between the couple.
“A man called 9-1-1 and told officials he discharged a weapon during a domestic dispute,” said Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Fred Klingel-berger.
The call came in at 8:36 p.m.
Authorities had not released the woman’s name by presstime Thursday.