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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 7, 2017

New office holders Eustace Mayor Dustin Shelton (left) and Councilman Tim Meyer are presented with certificates of their election along with Councilman Daniel Smith, who was re-elected in the May 6 local election

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–June 1, a drilling company hit a six-inch water line in Eustace, causing the city to be without water and a boil water notice issued.
City utility director Gene Burns told the Eustace City Council that night he anticipated a clean lab report to be returned on Monday, when the boil water notice was expected to be lifted (and was). However, a heavy down pour during the meeting and the thickness of the concrete being jack-hammered to allow access to the broken water main were all hampering efforts at a speedy fix.
The Eustace Fire Department had put out the word that it had free bottled drinking water at the station along with four port-a-potties for residents’ use.
Under newly elected Mayor Dustin Shelton, the council agreed to close the city hall for a 30-minute lunch period daily from 12:30 to 1 p.m. It is hoped those visiting the city on their lunch hour will be able to do so between 11:30 a.m. and noon.
The council also deliberated over setting a date for Pioneer Day, finally settling on the last Saturday in September, the 30th. It is hoped that with the change from June to September, cooler temperatures will make it easier on pets, horses, mules and people participating in and attending the event. City secretary Sandy Lane is looking forward to working with community members to organize and put on the annual celebration with fun and games, harking back to the area’s ranching and farming roots.
Police business took up the remainder of the meeting, as council members discussed the need for cell phones, two new police vehicles, extra help during the summer months, and an offer from the City of Seven Points.
Mayor Shelton presented two bids he received on the purchase of a Ford Explorer to replace a damaged 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. “I’m expecting more bids from reputable vendors,” Shelton said.
It was estimated a fully-equipped police vehicle would run the city between $42,000 and $44,000. The city realized an insurance settlement on the Tahoe of $2,300. In addition to the damage, the Tahoe has 230,000 miles on it and has electrical issues causing the lights and siren to be inoperable.
The city is currently making $900 monthly payments on a three-year note for a truck, which now has 60,000 miles on it. It was noted that a third vehicle, a Dodge Charger, was approved for purchase under the previous budget but was never executed.
The council decided to sell the Tahoe and together with the insurance settlement to put up a down payment, while approving the best deal on the purchase of a Ford Explorer with all the police accompaniments for $44,000 or less, authorizing the mayor to execute the purchase. It was noted that even with a (highly unlikely) purchase the following day, it would take six the eight weeks before the vehicle could be put into service.
A discussion on hiring extra police help during the summer months covered the fact that there weren’t enough vehicles to go around, as the city currently has just one in operation. In addition to the chief, there are two full-time officers. So, the council agreed to contract with an officer for vacation relief. This officer will take up shift work during vacation time taken by any officer over the summer, until the second vehicle can be delivered. The council OKd the action to take immediate effect, so the officer can be adequately trained before being put into service. Call volume tends to go up during the summer months, it was noted.
In another police matter, the council determined it would be more cost-efficient to replace the use of “air cards” with a cell phone and have calls to the station forwarded. The phone would be turned over to the next officer at the end of a duty shift. In a related move, the council also agreed to discontinue using Copsync, a program offered by the state and used infrequently.
Finally, the council accepted an offer from the Seven Points Police Department for warrant housing for $10 per warrant and $20 a day for housing inmates with the first 1,000 warrants free of charge, as a token of good faith. Eustace had experienced some trouble with this service in the past under different management. Eustace has been paying the City of Tool $13 per warrant and sending all its Class C warrants to Henderson County for housing at $50/day. The offer also includes $25 per arraignment. Class C citations cover unpaid traffic violations, public intoxication and other such charges. Class A and B crimes are felony charges and automatically get handed over to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.
In other business, council members:
• renamed Chuck Powers as Mayor Pro-Tem
• designated the city secretary, mayor and mayor pro-tem as authorized signers on city bank accounts – Lane, Shelton and Powers.
• heard $90,000 had been transferred into savings from the water department’s account, leaving a balance of $58,000. The city is saving funds to match a community grant for the sinking of a new well and other wastewater improvements.
• heard after the payment of bills, the general fund balance is $82,000, and general fund savings totals $22,041.

Jun

07

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 7, 2017


Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–It’s time to polish your boots and dust off your chaps. Western Week in Mabank is coming!
Game Night is always a must attend event for laughter, fun and camaraderie. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, with the ever-popular bed races set for 7:30 p.m. Organizations and businesses are forming their teams now to compete in this uproarious event, where the lightest team member gets on the hospital bed and hangs on for dear life, while four burly, speedy team member rush the wheeled metal bed around a race course under the Mabank Pavilion without dumping out their “patient.” The teams vie for cash and prizes! Don’t miss out on this team-building competition. For more information, contact Johnny Adams at (903) 880-3858. Other games such as the boot toss, wagon races and stick horse gallop are offered, so there is something for everyone in the family. Come on out. It’s a blast.
On Saturday, June 17 the third annual CASI Chili Cook-Off gets down to serious business with registration at the pavilion starting at 9 a.m., with beans being handed to judges at noon and chili at 1 p.m.
The Rodeo Queen Rehearsal will be held at the arena Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. Swing by to check out all the rodeo queen nominees as they go through their paces.
Wednesday at 7 p.m. the Queen’s Dinner is held at B-n-R Country. Come early. This event fills up fast.
Rodeo action starts at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Alene and Andrew Gibbs Memorial Arena on Mason Street in Mabank and continues Saturday after the parade with calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc, ranch bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, ladies’ open barrels, bull riding, bareback and calf scrambles.
The Parade kicks off at 4 p.m. starting at the arena. Line-up begins at 3 p.m. Horses, rodeo queen and court, floats, cute kids thread their way through Mabank streets hitting Troup, where the Mabank Nursing Home is, and historic downtown Market Street, circling back to the rodeo arena where pre-show activities with concessions and vendors are ready to serve the rodeo spectators with souvenirs, good eats and various Western wear accoutrements. The rodeo starts time is 8 p.m., with a barn dance after the rodeo at the pavilion.
Come celebrate the rich heritage of Mabank at the Rodeo and Western Week activities.

Jun

07

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 7, 2017

Special to The Monitor
FLORENCE, Ala.–The Mabank High School duo of Justin Shelton of Seven Points and Dakota Pfoh, of Eustace, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, seven ounces to win the 2017 TBF/FLW High School Fishing National Championship on Wheeler Lake in Florence, Ala. The win earned the team trophies, the title of national champions and each angler a $5,000 scholarship to their college of choice.
A field of 13 teams competed in the event, which launched from Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville. The Mabank High School duo won by an eight pound, two ounce margin over second place Harmony High School from St. Cloud, Fla, who weighed in five bass totaling nine pounds, five ounces. Mabank’s 17 pound, seven ounce limit was greater than any limit weighed in by the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship teams that fished Wheeler for three days prior to the high school event.
The key to the Mabank pair’s win was one key area on the main lake of Wheeler that was loaded with bait. They camped on the spot all day long.
“We found one place in practice and kind of left it alone,” Shelton said. “We went in there today and wore them out.”
The spot was located near some large barge tie-offs. A ledge sloped up to a shell bed that was about five feet deep on top. Above the shell bed was a two-foot-deep island. Pfoh and Shelton positioned above the shell bed and cast out, dragging jigs back up the slope. They also circled the island, which produced a key fish but also gave the shell bed time to replenish. Each time they fished through the main spot again produced another keeper.
Their jigs were either black and blue or green-pumpkin and rigged with matching Strike King Rage Craw trailers. While the jig bite was key, according to Pfoh the team also caught a couple of fish on a Strike King 5XD crankbait and a Bass Pro Shops Speed Shad swimbait, Texas-rigged with a screw-in weight, which they worked through some grass.
Both anglers graduated in 2016 – the year they qualified for this championship. Shelton is attending community college and working, while focusing on his fishing. Pfoh is angling for a fishing career as well. Both hope to land on a YETI FLW College Fishing club.
Cole Thompson and Nick Cora, both of Harmony High School in St. Cloud, Fla, finished second. Hunter Schneider and William Halbig from Lawrenceburg Tigers finished third, Cole Drummond and Piercen Lynch of South Caroline were fourth and Parker Davis and Aaron Stephens of Alabama rounded out the top five.