May

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 19, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank High School junior Ray Martin and his brother, sophomore Cole Martin, will be traveling to Abilene June 4-10 to compete in the Texas High School Rodeo Association State Finals.
The state finals rodeo is an annual, week-long event where high school students across Texas and surrounding states come and compete for numerous awards, scholarships and the opportunity to represent Texas at the National High School Finals Rodeo held each July.
Contestants compete in rodeos throughout the year in one of 10 regions across the state. At the last rodeo of regional level competition, the top 10 competitors in each event are announced. The events for the cowboys and cowgirls include bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and shooting sports among other events.
These contestants are then given the opportunity to represent their region on the state level at the THSRA state finals.
Both Ray and Cole will be competing on the state level in the steer wrestling event.
Rodeo performances as well as other events held throughout the week are open to the public each morning and afternoon.
Shuttle services will be offered on the Taylor County Expo Center grounds, and tickets will be sold at the gates.
Schedule updates will be posted to the THSRA Facebook and Twitter pages regularly throughout the week.
The Texas High School Rodeo Association is a 501-C non-profit organization, which is the largest, most prestigious state high school rodeo association in the nation. The Texas High School Rodeo Association sponsors over 125 rodeos per year throughout 10 regions across Texas.
The rodeo year begins in August and concludes with the Texas High School Finals Rodeo in June. It is here, at the largest rodeo in the state of Texas, where “The Elite” compete, featuring the top high school cowboys and cowgirls from each region.
They compete for numerous awards, scholarships as well as the coveted honor of representing the state at the National High School Finals Rodeo held each July in Wyoming.
The National High School Finals Rodeo will be held July 16-22 in Gillette, Wyo.
For additional information visit www.thsra.org or contact Holly DeLaune at delaune.holly@gmail.com. See photos of the Martins on page 2B.

May

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 19, 2017

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–A massive 56-foot barge was safely planted into Cedar Creek Lake Tuesday after a brief shutdown of the bridge between Seven Points and Gun Barrel City to make room for the hulking structure.
The barge project was funded by Morgan Marine Construction and built by Dwight Eshpach, of Kemp. From there, it was loaded onto a freighter and driven to Big Chief Landing in Gun Barrel City. That’s where things got tricky.
The barge itself is 18 feet wide and the loading ramp is only 20-foot wide. That left a narrow margin to back the massive work boat into the lake. The crew guided the driver expertly and the transition went off without a hitch.
From there, Morgan Marine crewman Daniel Etheridge drove the boat to Payne Springs, where spuds were installed. The next day, it was taken to Tom Finley park in Gun Barrel City, where it still resides until its first job. According to Etheridge, that job will be in Caney City’s clear water bay.
The big boat and freighter caught the attention of passers-by on a golf carts, stopping to watch the drama unfold. Gun Barrel City police assisted in shutting down the bridge for its arrival.

May

17

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

Lisa Kay Benedek was born on Oct. 11, 1954 in Dallas to parents Cecil Roy Spoon and Betty Joyce Hardin and entered into eternal rest on May 10, 2017 at the age of 62.
Lisa loved her family and spending time with them. She loved dogs, watching movies and sitting down to read a good book. Lisa was Christian by faith. She was a very loving and caring lady who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Lisa was preceded in death by her parents and husband George Benedek.
She is survived by her son Billy Spurgeon and spouse Duane Farner of Galveston, sister Pamela Silva and spouse Rene of Seven Points, brother Roy Spoon, Sr. of Gun Barrel City, nephew Roy Spoon, Jr. of Caddo Mills, nephew Keith Spoon, best friends Cookie, Cindy, Sheryl and Jeff Harcourt, friend of the family Lee, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.