Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 17, 2016

U.S. 175 wrong-way crash kills 21-year-old

Monitor Staff Reports
CRANDALL–Two are dead after a fiery, wrong-way crash on U.S. Highway 175 in Kaufman County late Friday night.
Crandall police said the wrong-way driver was spotted driving recklessly in the City of Kaufman prior to the crash.
Police had both directions of Highway 175 closed, but it was reopened by Saturday morning.
Crandall police confirm that an SUV was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 175 in Crandall when it struck a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle struck was 21-year-old Juan Coreas who was on his way home from work, driving behind his friend and co-worker. His friend was able to swerve and avoid the collision.
Eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 175 were closed in between Farm-to-Market (FM) 148 and Bud Stoy Road. Westbound was reopened at approximately 12:30 a.m. and eastbound was reopened at 3:05 a.m.
The Crandall Fire Department, Kaufman Fire Department, and Seagoville Fire Department responded to the crash along with the Crandall Police Department, Kaufman Police Department, and Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office.
The identity of the SUV driver had not been released by press time, Tuesday.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 8, 2016

Kane dashes down court

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
DALLAS–The Kemp Yellowjackets came back from a 22 point deficit to make the lead with 4:35 left but it wasn’t enough and the “Jackets fell to the Life Oak Cliff Lions 65-54 in their district opener Jan. 2.
The Lions got off to a very fast start and put Kemp in a 10-0 hole early. The Yellowjackets didn’t hit a single shot from the floor in the first quarter and the only basket they could muster came on a made Jay Kohlmeier free throw.
The score was 16-1 after the first quarter and Kemp needed to wake up fast. The second quarter was much better for Kemp. They outscored the Lions 17-15 and finally started to cut into the lead. Kemp trailed 31-18 at halftime.
The third quarter may have been the best quarter Kemp played all season long. With their backs against the wall the Yellowjackets played well on both sides of the court and outscored the Lions 23-11.
Kemp took their first lead of the game with 2:31 left in the third quarter and the Kemp fans who made the trip to Dallas were ecstatic. The two teams went back and forth and Kemp trailed by one when the fourth quarter started.
The teams continued to battle back and fourth. Kemp was finally able to take the lead when Kris Wrenn hit a shot and was fouled. His free throw attempt was also good to put the Yellowjackets up by one with 4:35 remaining.
Unfortunately for Kemp the Lions hit a 3-pointer on their next trip up the court and never lost the lead after that. Clutch free throw shooting late helped Life Oak Cliff complete the 11 point win.
“After we fell down and didn’t look very good we made adjustments,” Kemp coach Jordan Bedford said. “We stayed calm and started playing team basketball. We were able to attack the lanes and use our speed and quickness to make plays. The third quarter was the big thing for us because it showed how well we can compete. We just need to do a better job at closing teams out.”
“We know that we can play with these charter schools,” Kemp guard Dylan Dennis said. “We just need to do a better job of starting fast and finishing fast. “Our team chemistry allowed us to make this comeback,” added Brandon Shipp “We know that we can rely on each other and we know what we have to do to win any game against any team.”
Kemp was led in scoring by Wrenn and Josiah Brewington who each finished with 11 points. Also scoring for Kemp was Shipp with 10, Alec Cooper with seven, Kohlmeier with six, Kane Johnson with five and Boomer Irvin with four. The loss brings Kemp’s record to 9-6 overall and 0-1 in district play.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 7, 2016

Worked up photosKimberly Chance

Memorial Service for Kimberly Rebecca Chance, 22, of Hawkins, formerly of Canton, was held Jan. 4, 2016, in the Eubank Funeral Chapel in Canton with Justin Boone, Stephanie Chance and Stan Morrow, III officiating.
Kimberly passed away Dec. 30, 2015, in Tyler. She was born Sept. 20, 1993, in Harlingen.
Kimberly attended the First Baptist Church in Hawkins. She graduated from Canton High School in 2012 where she was in the band. She worked at McDonald’s in Tyler.
Kimberly enjoyed soccer as a child and officiated games. She loved kids, dogs and cats.
Kimberly is preceded in death by her great-grandparents Byron and Lois Leonhart and Steve and Mary Dobecka; aunt Mary Malone, cousins Hayleigh Simpson and Alydia Murphree; and her dear friend, William Tyler Grant.
She is survived by her mother, Melissa Chance, of Hawkins; father Michael Chance of Appleton, Minn., sons Marcus Chance and Jaden McKibben; daughter Anna McKibben, sister Stephanie Chance of White Oak, niece Espyn Boone, nephew Lexton Trueblood, grandparents Marie and Jodie Dobecka of Hawkins, Kathy Chance of Maryland and Roy Chance of Arizona; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives; Travis McKibben, and numerous other friends.