Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 4, 2016

Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Mabank High School proudly presents PETER PAN! With more than 70 students from campuses throughout the District, this classic production is shaping up to be a real crowd pleaser. Mabank School District has once again brought in ZFX flying effects to make the show come to life.
The cast and crew have been hard at work learning songs and lines, building sets and creating costumes. The fall musical has become an exciting tradition at the lake right before the Thanksgiving school break.
MHS is again entering the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards contest and is looking forward to reactions from audiences and judges. This year’s presentation is full of fun and surprises.
Don’t miss this treat, Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 17-20, with evening performances at 7 p.m. and matinees at 2 p.m. on Nov. 19-20. Matinee only on Sunday. Senior citizens get a special price (double – ha-ha – told you there were lots of surprises).
Reserve your seats at or by calling director Glenda Gregory at (903) 880-1601.

ember 17th, 7:00 p.m., November 18th, 7:00 p. m., November 19th, 2:00 p.m. (special price for senior citizens at this show), November 19th, 7:00 p.m., and November 20th, 2:00 p.m.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 19, 2016

worked up photos mugshots James Bedard

worked up photos
James Bedard

worked up photos mugshots Jerry Thomas

worked up photos
Jerry Thomas

Special to The Monitor
ATHENS – With more than 700 arrests made in his first four months in office, Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse continues his campaign against illegal drugs with the arrest of two men Monday, one a felon with methamphetamines and a firearm.
“Lead Narcotics Investigator Kay Langford, and investigators Brad Beddingfield and Josh Rickman are leading the charge in this war on illegal drugs,” Hillhouse said. “With the rest of my fine team, hundreds of drug dealers and users have been pulled off the street, put in jail and are facing serious time for their crimes.”
James Bedard, 42, has been charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance believed to be methamphetamines between 4 and 200 grams, a first degree felony.
He was also charged for the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third degree felony.
Bedard faces up to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the first degree felony charge if convicted. He is being held on bonds totaling $14,000
Jerry Thomas Jr., 52, was arrested at an address on FM 2494 in Athens for possession of marijuana.
“It was during that initial arrest of Jerry Thomas for an outstanding warrant that the investigators saw the suspected methamphetamines,” Hillhouse said. “We obtained a search warrant from Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Milton Adams, and arrested Bedard.”
Thomas was released the following day with a $1,500 bond.
Hillhouse took office June 1, promising to lead a campaign against illegal drugs in Henderson County. His efforts have won the praise of civic and community groups.
“The people told me their biggest concern was illegal drugs – especially the devastating impact of methamphetamines on the community,” Hillhouse said. “So, I made it this Office’s mission to spend every hour fighting drugs on the streets, and in homes, hotels, motels and trailer parks.
“To the dealers and users who don’t believe me, rest assured I have plenty of beds in the jail and if you bring your poison to my county, I’ll find you,” Hillhouse said.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 14, 2016


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Community members are looking forward to the weeklong revival now in its fourth year. The Movement planners Larry Reneau and Hugh Roberts tell how everywhere they go, people come up to them and either request a banner be put up in their yard or press a check or cash into their hands to help fund the life-changing presentations. “The favor in this community toward The Movement has been more than outstanding,” Roberts said.
This year, The Movement will host the nationally acclaimed Outcast BMX, featuring some of the top pro and amateur BMX riders in the country. Their back flips, superman seat grabs, and other jaw dropping stunts demand focused attention – and their testimonies about Christ keep it.
Outcast BMX shows are mind blowing events. “We had a great show at Brentwood Academy in Nashville. Rian Berger, the Director of Spiritual Life, exclaimed “On a scale from 1-10 they were a 17!! Their show was FANTASTIC and their presentation of the Gospel was even better! I couldn’t have been more pleased!”
In addition, pro skateboarder and pastor, Tim Byrne, will perform his amazing skills while proclaiming the good news youth will find meets their needs for a savior, Reneau said. “His message is so timely and he has the skills to gain him a hearing.”
These will fit the bill for youth night on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Starting at 5:30 p.m. pizza and beverages will be served to all youth attending (and their family members). “You won’t want to miss this, believe me,” Reneau said. “We’ve had some amazing performers in the past, but this will beat all. And with Gun Barrel City recently opening their skate park, we expect a lot of turnout for this very powerful night.”
“Every night will be powerful,” Roberts interjects. Local people will have moving testimonies of deliverance from human trafficking, addictions, pornography, offenses of child abuse and loss of loved ones to cancer. “We have a great God and we need to hear these stories of his deliverance from sin, sickness, bitterness and addiction,” Roberts said. “It’s what The Movement is all about.”
On Tuesday night Reneau will bring his message of breaking the chains through accepting and offering forgiveness.
Mabank’s First Baptist Church Pastor Larry Strandberg will kick off the event Sunday night with a message of hope, defining and practicing a saving faith and sharing that faith with others.
Those able to support the upcoming revival in prayer are invited to meet with the prayer team every Wednesday at noon at the new Mabank Pavilion Stage, Reneau invited.
All the messages will reflect on some aspect of the theme verse — John 10:10: “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Last year, the event counted 8,000 attending over the week. This year, the planners are expecting up to 2,400 each night. The Movement runs from Oct. 23-27. Starting at 5:30 p.m. a free meal will be available, as well as bounce houses for the youngest ones. The formal program begins at 6 p.m. with special musical performers, testimonies, skits and the message, ending at 8 p.m.
“The Movement reveals the very real damage done by sin which God warns against and the deliverance He offers in His Son, the man-God Jesus Christ,” Roberts said.

Tim Byrne, pro skateboarder and pastor, will present on Wednesday along with nationally-acclaimed Outcast BMX stunt riders.