Posted by : September 23, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–A Kemp woman sustained critical injuries in a single-vehicle accident shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
Kemp Police Chief Jimmy Council reported that Peggy Wright Kines, 79, was traveling south on State Highway 274 by the high school in a 1996 Mazda pickup truck when she veered slightly off the road. “She overcorrected to get back on the road,” Council said.
The truck then rolled nine times over a 415-foot distance, he said.
Council said speed was a contributing factor, along with some distraction.
“She sustained critical injuries, including head and face trauma as well as a punctured lung,” Council reported.
She was transported by ETMC ambulance to Baylor Hospital in Dallas, where she remains sedated.
The Monitor learned that Peggy Wright Kines is the mother of the Tool animal shelter director, Krista McAnally.
She was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. First Responders were on the scene two minutes after it was called in.
Posted by : September 18, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Cedar Creek Domino Club, along with the Senior Center at the Ballpark, is hosting a Birthday Bash for two special members passing the century mark.
Club president Patsy Black and center director Lisa Smith have planned a special birthday cake for Gladys Forrester and Dolly Holland. The festivities are set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. A special luncheon and tree-planting ceremony are part of the celebration that will include presentations of certificates from the White House and governor’s office.
It is hoped that many of the area’s seniors will join them at the center and check out all the activities and camaraderie there is to be had at 405 West Walnut St. Calls are received at (903) 887-0067. The center is open five days a week and offers a nutritious low-cost lunch.
Both women are avid domino players, full of vim and vigor. Forrester marked her centennial Aug. 9 and Holland’s 100th birthday comes Oct. 4.
They agree that playing dominoes is a highlight of their week and helps them keep their wits sharp and their social skills polished.
The domino club is actively seeking new members to join the fun at the senior center every Wednesday. Tournament play begins right after lunch, at around 11:30 a.m. Prior to lunch, players warm up in friendly competition starting at 9 a.m., picking up tips from one another.
Unique to the “42” tournament as the club hosts it is the changing of partners after each game. This virtually eliminates the problems with “cheating” that many other tournaments have. In addition, the club has found that it could relax some of the rules adopted from the Halletsville Texas Tournament, considered by many the largest and most prestigious tournament worldwide. This practic has produced a friendlier atmosphere, which has resulted in a growing membership over the years.
Begun in 1998 as a nonprofit with just 12 members, the club first met at the fire station in Mabank and was able to collect dues and donate more than $15,000 to support the firefighters.
The move to the Senior Center in 2011 proved to be a good one, as the roomier space can accommodate more tables. Today the club averages five to six foursomes.
Over the years, the club has sponsored several tournaments around the lake and annual holiday luncheons. However, the straight domino players faded away, and the current players just want to play “42.”
Club vice president Lanny Roberts says if a few straight domino players wished to join they would be welcome to resume their favorite game.
Those unfamiliar with the game of 42, might be interested to know that it is most likely that it was invented by some young card-playing Baptists, who eventually gave up the corrupting influence of cards and replaced it with the game of 42, which they invented.
The name refers to the maximum points that can be scored in a given game, while it follows rules similar to such card games as canasta, spades and bridge. It is also considered by proud Texans to be the state’s most cherished and one of the oldest family table games, dating back to 1887.
Posted by : September 14, 2013| On :
MABANK–Gun Barrel City’s Anytime Fitness is pumping out plenty of results in its brief, two-year history.
Adorning the hall of the gym are “before-and-after” pictures of individuals, and the results are astonishing.
One woman, 2007 Kemp High School graduate Jennifer Collum quickly grabs your attention.
Collum competes in figure competition.
Figure competition is more concerned about body symmetry and tone, unlike traditional body building which looks more for size and definition.
Her efforts have paid off for her in a big way. From December 2012 to August this year, she went from lean to powerful and shapely. Collum took first place at the Central Texas Showdown competition in Waco on Aug. 31.
Sure, she was athletic in high school. She was a cheerleader, a track athlete and was on the powerlifting team.
After high school, however, she gained around 50 pounds, and her petite frame turned soft.
“I just got comfortable and busy,” Collum said. “Then it came to a point that I realized I had gained too much weight and lost my edge.”
Collum turned to one thing she did in high school – running.
She began to run and lost plenty of weight. She even competed in the Dallas Marathon in December, 2012.
She then noticed that she was lean, but had no “shape.” It was at that point she decided to begin some weight training to get her form in better condition.
Between December 2012, and August 2013, she worked hard at the gym with her trainer Jeffery Eads.
She joined the “Maxt” classes that were being offered at the time.
“Those classes really helped me get started,” she said.
She then decided to go “full-on into figure competition.”
The competition in Waco was an experience of a lifetime, and one she looks to repeat.
“It was a very emotional and amazing experience,” Collum said.
“My whole family was there, and I think they really appreciated all my work and time more after the event.”
It wasn’t all fun and glamor though. “It was scary, but at the same time you’re in a ‘zone,’ and don’t notice mush of anything,” she explained.
Winners at the competition are also invited to compete at the 2014 Arnold Amateur Classic in Columbus, Ohio. That event will be held Feb. 27 through March 1.
With her win in Waco, Collum is also qualified to compete at the national level, in addition to the regional level.
Helping her every inch of the way was her trainer, Jeffery Eads.
Eads is a 2001 graduate of Eustace High School.
He competed at the same event in Waco, and took fourth place in his weight class.
While fourth place isn’t impressive sounding, when you look at the competition and the number of competitors, it is an outstanding achievement.
In high school, Eads played football, baseball and was on the track team.
His activity level increased when he joined the Army, where he flew Blackhawk Helicopters.
“I got even more active when I got out of the Army,” he said.
He currently works as an EMS Helicopter Pilot, and is a trainer at Anytime Fitness.
He helped Collum see a drastic transformation, and he firmly believes everybody can see vast improvements, but it takes a lot of determination and effort to get there.
“Everything we do is based on discipline, self-integrity and hard work. We pride ourselves that everything we do is quality work,” Eads explained about his role as a personal trainer.
“It takes time and work – it’s a journey.”
He works out five days a week, focusing on different muscle group each day.
His experience at the competition was a mix of feelings.
“It is so hard to explain what goes through your head. It’s a culmination of everything you’ve worked on for so long, and you put it on display for five minutes,” he said. “It’s intense and it takes a lot of mental fortitude.”
Of course, part the judges’ job is to offer critiques to the competitors. What they see that can be worked on and improved on is vital information to a body builder.
“It’s definitely constructive criticism. I see it as a challenge to do better,” Eads commented.
“I strive to see better success, and I don’t set unreal expectations. I train people to set attainable goals, as well.”
Eads also believes a fitness assessment is a vital tool whenever anybody begins a workout regimen.
When he does a fitness assessment, he looks at weight, body mass (BMI), size, diet and hears what his client’s goals are.
He then writes a “prescription” of things the client needs to do to achieve their goals – such as diet changes, weight training, cardiovascular workouts and will help with setting goals.
“A fitness assessment is a great thing,” Collum said. “A trainer can then recommend where to go and what to do next.”
Collum is proof that the right attitude and plenty of work can make a big difference with the right plan.