Apr

13

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 13, 2014

Courtesy Photo Eustace mother of six, Tristan Rhys, (second from left) holds her daughter, Seven, after picking up litter in a vacant Gun Barrel City lot. Also pictured are (from left) Sailor, Sassy, Pirate, and Tuesday (standing) holding Rad.

Courtesy Photo
Eustace mother of six, Tristan Rhys, (second from left) holds her daughter, Seven, after picking up litter in a vacant Gun Barrel City lot. Also pictured are (from left) Sailor, Sassy, Pirate, and Tuesday (standing) holding Rad.

Mom and children pick up litter in vacant lot

Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–It’s often been said that laughter is contagious, but a Eustace woman and her six children learned a couple of weeks ago that good deeds are also contagious.
While traveling on State Highway 334 from Eustace into Gun Barrel City with her children, Tristan Rhys, of Eustace, saw something that needed attention.
After several days of windy weather, Rhys noticed a vacant lot next to Boots Liquor was strewn with trash and was an unsightly mess.
Before Rhys’ children knew what was happening, Sassy, 8, Pirate, 7, Sailor, 5, Rad, 3 and Seven, 2, their mother stopped at the vacant lot.
Rhys and her children did not know that Gun Barrel City adopted “The 10 on Tuesday” campaign (everyone picks up at least 10 pieces of trash every Tuesday), a project related to the Litter Reversal program and Don’t Mess with Texas.
Thanks to the conscientious Rhys, her children, and Boots Liquor store owner, an unsightly view soon became a nice clean field, no longer littered with trash.
All from one family, from another community who cared.

Apr

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 10, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell


Bobby Rosenbalm and his wife, Carrie check on the brisket they’ve been smoking since 1 a.m. Saturday for the three-meat cookoff benefit at the Eustace fire station. This is the first event the Athens couple has entered. They and their 13-year-old daughter, Cassidy, spent the night in sleeping bags huddled on lawn chairs to prepare their mouthwatering entries of ribs, chicken and brisket. Bobby works for Atmos Energy, one of the event sponsors.
Many more photos from this event can be found in the April 10, 2014 issue of The Monitor.

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.