Jun

09

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 9, 2017

By Becca Morin
Monitor Correspondent
GUN BARREL CITY –A resident of the Sundrift Subdivision pleaded with the Gun Barrel City Council to take a while longer to decide on the replat of lots 71 and 72 belonging to Joseph Hevey Jr into one lot 71-R. The May 23 agenda item had been tabled item from April’s regular meeting.
The resident cited that deed restrictions were being violated and that the property owner was conducting commercial business inside the residential subdivision. After a long discussion, Councilman Rob Rea stated, “We are not here to vote on what goes onto the lot nor its previous violations, if the “Tiny Homes” are violating deed restrictions then it is between the HOA and the residents. We are here to vote on the replat of two lots into one lot.” Rea added granting such requests is common practice and tends to result in a rise in property value.
The request was granted over opposition from Councilwoman Linda Rankin. The council also considered two other Planning and Zoning recommendations for similar lot consolidations.
The council approved the final replat for the Tamarack Venture Subdivision that combined three lots belonging to Keith Bond and the POA into two. Lots 875, 876, 877 are reset as lots 875R and 877R. The lots are located at 262 Overlook Trail. The council also approved the replat of Lots 15 and 16 in the Harbor Point Subdivision located at 332 Backlash Dr. into one lot 15-R at the request of David Patrick.
A more complicated zoning change request on the replat of Margaret Hicks 22.18 acres and her 1 acre track into a Recreational Vehicle Park District would change the area from agriculture to a commercial.
The motion to approve the request died for lack of a supporting motion.
During public comments, Stacy Flowers told the council she was concerned and saddened by the recent circus being a fundraiser for the city’s first responders.
She expressed her concern about animal cruelty and suggested circuses with solely human performers would do well for the city. She provided a list of such circuses and volunteered her time and energy to bring such events to the city in the future.
The council thanked her for her input.
In other business, the council:
• approved a consent agenda
• received a request from Jeffery Glascow to obtain a vendor’s license for selling produce next to Hoot-N-Holler liquor store on Hwy 198.
• approved a Façade Improvement Program Grant for W. Haus Designs, Inc. for $5,000.

Mar

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 17, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers had trouble getting anything going against the North Lamar pitching staff in a 10-1 loss March 14 at home.
The North Lamar Panthers used steady pitching and broke the game open in the top of the seventh inning to pull away for the win.
North Lamar got the scoring started in the top of the third inning with a walk and two singles, the last one scoring the first runs of the game and giving North Lamar a 2-0 lead.
Mabank answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Dalton Penix laced a two-out double and senior Hunter Caves drove Penix in with a double of his own to make it a 2-1 game.
North Lamar threatened again in the fourth inning, but Mabank got out of the inning after throwing out a runner trying to take second base after a walk.
Mabank put two men on in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out, but after a strikeout, the North Lamar defense halted the rally after a Clay Conway line drive to left field was caught on a great sliding catch by the left fielder.
North Lamar added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to take a 3-1 lead, and then added another run in the sixth to go up 4-1.
North Lamar had bases loaded with two outs, but senior Braden Rich induced a grounder to first to end the inning.
Mabank loaded the bases again in the bottom half of the sixth inning, on a hit by pitch and two walks, but could not get the timely hit.
North Lamar added six runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Rich had two hits for the Panthers, Caves had a double and an RBI, sophomore Alynn Gentry had a single and a walk, Penix doubled and scored a run. Sophomore Kobey Roberts had a hit and sophomore Bradley Reynolds had a walk in the game.
The Panthers will be back in action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 when they travel to Wills Point to take on the Tigers in a district matchup.

Mar

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 17, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Lady Panthers exacted a little revenge on the Kaufman Lady Lions with their 1-0 home win March 14 at Mabank’s Panther Stadium.
The Lady Lions beat Mabank in a shootout earlier in the season. Regulation ended in a tie, but Kaufman won the shootout 6-5. It was the only District 12-4A loss for the Lady Panthers this season.
As the district winners, the Lady Panthers will play the fourth-seeded team from District 11, which is yet to be determined, in bi-district to be held March 23-25.
Although this game could have had major implications on the seeding for the state playoffs, it didn’t turn out that way as Kaufman lost last Friday, and the Lady Panthers earned the district title. This game did mean something to both teams however, as the play was physical throughout the game.
After a scoreless first half of play in which the ball was kept at the Kaufman end of the field, the Lady Panthers struck with 25 minutes left to play in the game as sophomore Juliet Pridgen took a pass and scored from 10 yards out into the corner of the net for the lone score of the match.
The Lady Panthers kept the pressure on the Kaufman defense for the rest of the match, giving them the 1-0 win.
The Lady Panthers end the regular season with a 16-5 record overall and 11-1 in District 12-4A play.