Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 20, 2016


Services for Ruby Jean Schoeni, of Mabank, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2016, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank, with Mr. Edward Rogers officiating.
Visitation will be held Thursday (today), April 21, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank.
Ruby was born in Brashear, June 26, 1931, to parents Cleburne F. Robertson and Sarah Bessie Wallace, and entered into eternal rest April 17, 2016, at the age of 84.
Ruby’s hobby was her family. She was a precious lady who was much loved.
Ruby loved baking cakes; and was known for her carrot and Italian cream cakes.
She enjoyed being outdoors working in flowers beds and gardening; and canning the vegetables she grew.
Ruby loved traveling; family vacations to New Mexico, Carlsbad Cavern, White Sand Hills, N.M., and Monahan’s State Park in Texas.
She was very active; she loved dancing at the Senior Citizen Center, exercising and playing piano. Ruby liked garage sales and going to thrift stores.
She went to church at Jackson Church of Christ. Ruby was a loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She will be missed tremendously by all those who knew and loved her.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 42 years before his passing in 1992, Ray Payne and son Arvin Payne.
She is survived by her daughter, Terry Bookman and husband Bobby, son Mark Payne and wife Tyann, granddaughter Misty Buchanan, grandsons Jacob Payne and wife Amanda, Bronson Payne and wife Krista and Dustin Payne and wife Dawn; granddaughter Novalene Payne, grandson Creed Payne, great-grandsons Dyland White and wife Nichole and Jordan Aslin and wife Sarah; great-grandchildren Lyra, Faye, Aurin, Vash, Senai, Ikara, Dante, Sebastian, Trinnean, and Rayford; great-great-granddaughter Abigail White, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 10, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
MALAKOFF–The Eustace Bulldog baseball team dropped an offensive battle to the Malakoff Tigers 12-9, April 5 in Malakoff.
Tristan Tobey started on the mound for Malakoff and Rusty Rodgers started for Eustace.
In the first inning, Malakoff didn’t allow Eustace to score and also scored one run to take an early 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, Eustace quickly loaded the bases. Tobey walked Juan Maltos in for a run to tie the game and then hit Hayden Shaddox with a pitch that got Gannon Kirkhart home.
Later in the inning, Zach Compton knocked in Cory Strawn and Chris Carlson for a 4-1 lead. Shaddox stole home for a 5-1 lead. Eustace scored five runs in the inning but Malakoff answered back with three runs of their own due to errors. Eustace had a 5-4 lead going into the third inning.
In the third inning, Z Bailey checked in for Malakoff at pitcher. He walked a few batters and Shaddox loaded the bases. Kelly Ashton knocked in TJ Howard to make the score 6-4 and Howard batted in Cory Strawn and Shaddox to make it 8-4. Tyler Crawford came in to pitch and got the last out.
Eustace put Cory Strawn in at pitcher. Dylan Grim and Crawford led off the inning for Malakoff with singles and Trevor Martin walked to load the bases. Grim and Crawford got home on a walk and a sacrifice fly to make the score 8-6. Hunter Snow hit a single to get Martin home and to make the score 8-7. Malakoff would hit two more singles to tie the game at eight. Shaddox came in to pitch for the Bulldogs and got the final two outs.
Things slowed down for both teams in the fourth inning. Cody Strawn got a base hit for Eustace but they didn’t score. Grim led off the inning with a walk for Malakoff but they couldn’t get anything going either.
In the fifth inning, Howard hit a single with two outs to get on base. Maltos then singled to move Howard to second. Kirkhart stepped up and hit a double to get Howard home and help Eustace take the lead back 9-8.
Malakoff almost scored when a wild pitch got away from the Eustace catcher. Dustin Miller almost stole home but Shaddox tagged him out just in time to keep the score at 9-8 going into the sixth inning.
Eustace went down in order in the sixth. Grim scored for Malakoff in the bottom of the sixth on an overthrow error by Shaddox that tied the game at nine. Malakoff loaded the bases and Snow knocked in Crawford and Martin to put Malakoff up 11-9. Ford Sugai singled to get Miller home for the last run that made the game 12-9. Eustace had two big errors in the inning that hurt them.
The Bulldogs needed three runs to stay alive in the top of the seventh. Compton led things off with a single but it would not be enough and the game ended on a fly ball.
The loss dropped Eustace to 10-7 on the season and 5-3 in district play. Malakoff also won the first meeting this season 21-11 in Eustace. Eustace is third in district.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 16, 2016

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–After a recount of votes in the Henderson County Sheriff’s race over the weekend, the final tally separates the two Republican candidates by just 61 votes. Chief Deputy Botie Hillhouse won over Investigator Billy Jack Valentine by the slimmest of percentages.
The tally for Hillhouse came to 6,862 votes to Valentine’s 6,801, after a recount that started on Saturday. On Monday, final tallies were posted at the Henderson County site. With less than 1 percent difference between the tallies, Valentine requested a recount with Republican Chairwoman Betty Holland last Friday and put down a deposit to pay for it.
Sheriff Ray Nutt had announced Thursday, that he had put the two candidates on administrative leave while the issue was being resolved to spare the department “political pressure.” Both men were back at work on Monday.
There is no Democratic candidate to face in November. The new sheriff will be sworn in and installed in office on Jan. 1, 2017.
“It turned out just the way I thought it would. I had all the faith in the world in the election system,” Hillhouse told The Monitor. “I’m humble and grateful to everyone who supported me and I’m looking forward to my next steps.”