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30

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 30, 2015

Hagler Obit

Billy Watson Hagler, 90, was born April 7, 1925, to the home of Percy Lee Hagler Sr., and Ina Golden Gilliam, and was called home Aug. 23, 2015.
Billy is survived by his three daughters, Debra and Carey McKinney, Molly and Steve Pace, Nancy and Randy Greene; grandchildren Michael Pace, Amanda Hollingsworth and Kevin, Bradley Greene, Casey McKinney and Amy, Jacob McKinney; great-grandchildren Luke, Rilyn and Emma Hollingsworth, Tate, Coye, and Ava McKinney, and Braxton Greene; special friend and caretaker Barbara Brown, special caretakers Fred Johnson, who was his special buddy; LaTonya Fleming, April Toler, and Velma Roberts.
Services were held Aug. 26, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Mabank. Interment followed at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Aug

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 27, 2015

8-19 PS wreck

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
PAYNE SPRINGS–The bridge between Gun Barrel and Payne Springs was closed for two hours while first responders worked to cut a woman out of her vehicle near the entrance of the Baywood Subdivision on State Higheway 198 on Aug. 19.
A helicopter touched down own the pavement ready to wisk her away to the trauma center in Tyler, but stood by so long, that bystanders reported it shutting down its engines.
Though reports that the lone woman driver of the black 2001 Chevy Blazer was in stable condition Monday and likely to be released from the hospital by early next week, at the time witnesses feared the worst.
Joan Simmons, 75, of Payne Springs rearended a high-riding flatbed delivery truck belonging to Groom & Sons, wedging herself under the truck.
The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. and a business owner at the scene called it into 9-1-1 at 2:58 p.m. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Both vehicles were southbound and had cleared the lengthy bridge when the truck driver slowed to turn right into the Baywood Subdivision Assistant Police Chief Dan Huckabee reported. That’s when Simmons who was behind the truck failed to slow down and collided into and under the flatbed.
The woman was airlifted to the ETMC-Tyler Trauma Center and traffic flow resumed shortly after 5 p.m. The driver was reported in stable condition.

Aug

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 27, 2015

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By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
MABANK–First year Head Football Coach Mikey Thompson is ready to lead Mabank to new heights with a fresh outlook.
Thompson and company recognize the challenge that lays before them, as they are in the rock-solid District 8-4A with Athens and Van, and couldn’t find much success with a 1-9 record last year under former Athletic Director Jared Wingfield.
For the Panthers, all of that is water under the bridge. To help turn things around for the boys in green, Thompson has brought in former Mabank District MVP quarterback and Sunbelt Offensive Player of the Year Kolton Browning as quarterback coach. Browning’s presence will be a spark and inspiration to the players.
The Panthers were a successful team in Browning’s era taking the snaps. He brings with him a pedigree of winning. As a Panther, he still holds the Mabank High School single-game records for total offense (507), rushing yards (228), passing yards (456) and passing touchdowns (6); as well as the single-season records for passing yards (3,126), completions (240), attempts (409) and touchdown passes (28); and a career record for passing yardage (7,352) and passing touchdowns (63).
As far as Mabank football is concered, Browning is a living legend and is back to help right the ship.
Thompson served as the Panthers Offensive Coordinator last year, but found himself as the top candidate for the head coaching role when former Lago Vista Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Alan Haire left Mabank for an Athletic Director position in Stephenville.
The Panthers will field five returning starters on offense and five on defense. Top players include defensive lineman Xavier Ewing, linebacker Zane Koskelin, running backs Clay Carson and Tony Ogburn, offensive lineman Noel Rojo and All-District tight end Blayne Rowe.
“We have a talented, hard-working bunch of players here in Mabank, and they are determined to play their hearts out on every snap,” Thompson said.