Nov

09

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 9, 2014

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

ATHENS–After bomb-sniffing dogs went through every Athens ISD campus Wednesday, the all clear was given by 5 p.m. Of course, by then every student had been safely relocated to his or her home.
Students had to be relocated shortly after arriving to school due to a bomb threat called into the Athens Police Department around 9:30 a.m. The caller had told police that a bomb was planted at each campus.
Athens ISD wasn’t the only school to deal with terroristic threats Wednesday.
A Brownsboro High School student was arrested and charged with Terroristic Threat in response to satanic graffiti claiming “10 students would be sacrificed.”
In Navarro County, a Mildred ISD student told the bus driver, he intended on blowing up the school. The student was taken into custody and the threat was found to be an empty one.
Though probably a hoax, the bomb threat was taken seriously. Athens ISD spokesperson Toni Garrard Clay said every precaution had to be taken and buses, teachers and administrator started relocating students to various churches, The Cain Center and Trinity Valley Community College under very rainy conditions.
Word was spread via social and electronic media to keep parents informed and to avoid widespread panic and ensuing traffic jams, which would hinder the evacuation effort.
“Within an hour and a half of the initial phone call, all five of our campuses were safely relocated,” Clay posted in a day-after account.
Local law enforcement met with school officials as well as representatives of every campus to plan a sweep of every campus. KIDS (Kontraband Interdiction and Detection Services) also arrived with trained personnel and a bomb-sniffing dog.
They started with the two largest schools: Athens High School and Athens Middle School. By 3 p.m., the high school was cleared. By 5 p.m., every campus was declared safe.

Nov

09

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 9, 2014

Courtesy Photo Mabank Junior High School Principal Barbie Conrad delivers the opening remarks for the Mabank Junior High School Anti-Bullying Assembly.

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Mabank Junior High School Principal Barbie Conrad delivers the opening remarks for the Mabank Junior High School Anti-Bullying Assembly.


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MABANK–Mabank Junior High School observed Anti-Bullying Awareness Month with an assembly featuring guest speaker MISD Police Department Chief Joey Rich and HELP Center in Athens representative Claudia Oliver Oct. 9.
The assembly aimed to increase student awareness the many forms of bullying and how to prevent it.
Emphasis on anti-bullying continued throughout the month of October with students receiving additional information each day through daily announcements.
MJH takes a strong stand against bullying and strives to ensure that students feel safe and comfortable during their learning experience.

Nov

06

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

Courtesy Photo Eustace FFA Show Team members (from left) Helen Bobbitt, Jodie Costlow, Jordyn Costlow, Chad Tindel, Kelly Ashton, Brooke Reynolds and Sunni Goodell placed in the Van Livestock Show.

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Eustace FFA Show Team members (from left) Helen Bobbitt, Jodie Costlow, Jordyn Costlow, Chad Tindel, Kelly Ashton, Brooke Reynolds and Sunni Goodell placed in the Van Livestock Show.


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EUSTACE–The Eustace FFA Show Team participated in at the Van Livestock Show.
Jordyn Costlow won Grand and Reserve Champion American Heifer and Champion Prospect Steer.
Chad Tindel took first place with his progress steer and two second places with his prospect steers.
In the market lamb show, Sunni Goodell placed second in class and Helen Bobbitt placed third in class.
In the market goat show, Jodie Costlow placed third, junior member Madison Hunt placed fifth, Kelly Ashton placed sixth and Brooke Reynolds placed seventh.