Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 23, 2014

Wills Point ISD impacted by the news; motorists cautioned to use seat belts

Monitor Staff Reports
OUACHITA PARISH, LA.–Tragedy struck a Terrell family Wednesday night when a single car crash left five family members dead and three injured in Ouachita Parish, La.
The family was headed eastbound on Interstate 20 on the way to Walt Disney World in Florida to vacation when the 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe veered into the median, ejecting six from the vehicle. According to police reports, the driver, a 16-year-old, overcorrected and the vehicle rolled.
Trudi Hardman, a kindergarten teacher at Wills Point ISD, and her husband Michael Hardman, a second-grade teacher at Terrell ISD, were killed in the crash. Michael Hardman was also a former teacher at Wills Point.
Three of their children, ages 4, 7 and 15 were also killed in the wreck. The 15-year-old was a sophomore at Wills Point High School and the 7-year-old attended the intermediate school there.
The driver, a junior at Wills Point ISD, and the two remaining passengers were taken to a hospital with minor to moderate injuries. None of the ejected passengers were wearing a seat belt.
Wills Point ISD released this statement in response to the crash:
“Words cannot express the sadness in our hearts today. The Hardman family was in a serious accident in Louisiana last night. Five family members were lost in the accident and three survived.
“Mrs. Hardman was a Kindergarten teacher at our Primary. Please keep the family and their friends in your thoughts and prayers. The impact of the tragedy is far reaching and has effected each campus. Also, keep the family of Jami Johnson, another teacher, in your prayers as this has also impacted her family as well with the loss of one son and two others injured.” Counselors have been made available on each campus for students and staff, it continued.
Police believe the driver may have fallen asleep prior to the crash and impairment is not suspected as a cause of the wreck.
The crash remains under investigation.
The Lousiana State Police released a statement following the crash, cautioning drivers to buckle up.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 6, 2014

Larry Moran

Larry Moran

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–The volunteers at the Tool Fire Department, Inc. are mourning the loss of the Emergency Service District No. 4 secretary/treasurer Larry Moran, 78.
Moran, who suffered from Muscular Dystrophy, died Oct. 31 at his desk at the ESD No.4 office in Tool, of which he was a founding officer.
He also had a heart for youth. In his younger days he participated as a leader of a Royal Rangers chapter, sharing his expertise and love for woodworking, among other interests.
He remained interested and supportive of youth organizations his life long.
His funeral was set for Wednesday, Nov. 5 under the direction of Eubanks Funeral Home.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 30, 2014

Courtesy Photo Lucky, after being adoption, relaxes in her “furrever” home in Mesquite.

Courtesy Photo
Lucky, after being adoption, relaxes in her “furrever” home in Mesquite.

Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Eustace Intermediate School sixth grader Nicole Bechard, 10, and her mom, Gail, rescued an injured kitten in early July.
The gray tabby kitten, named Lucky by Bechard, was recently adopted by a Mesquite women and has a playmate named Samson, a black amputee kitten adopted from the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake (HSCCL) last spring.
Bechard heard Lucky crying under an abandoned building in the Mabank area but was unable to coax it out.
Her mom crawled under the building and upon rescuing the kitten, noticed it had wire wrapped around its left hind leg, nearly cutting it off. The leg was severely infected.
A neighbor helped them remove the wire, and the wound was cleaned and bandaged.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake Cat Team heard about the situation via social media and contacted the family to offer their assistance.
Lucky was taken to the Kaufman Veterinary Center by HSCCL Volunteer Cat Team Lead Lynn Ackerman for evaluation and treatment.
Lucky underwent surgery for an amputation of the left hind limb.
Lucky’s surgical costs were covered by a grant given to HSCCL from Trinity Valley Electric Co-op for feline medical care.
Ackerman picked up Lucky the next morning, took her in as a foster kitten and provided post-operative care while she recuperated.
After Lucky recovered and was spayed, Ackerman took Lucky back to see Bechard and her mom.
They were very happy to see Lucky had survived and was thriving, due in no small part to their rescue efforts.
Lucky was adopted soon afterwards.
Lucky is now in her new home in Mesquite and Bechard knows the good feeling that comes after helping an animal in distress.