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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 28, 2016

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Funeral services for James Roy Reed Sr., of Chatfield, were held Sept. 23, 2016 at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
James was born March 8, 1925 in Killeen to parents George Lewis and Mary Francis (Wilson) Reed and entered into eternal rest on Sept. 18, 2016 at the age of 91.
James grew up in the former State Orphan’s Home in Corsicana. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Army and asked to be in the Calvary so he could ride the horses. They accepted him in the Army but he got to drive a tank instead of riding a horse. He served in the United States Army during WWII under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge and helped to liberate several concentration camps during his service.
He married Jewel Virginia Lee Lawson in February of 1950. That began the love story that lasted, unseparated and never-ending for over 66 years. James enjoyed fishing, hunting and raising cattle. He loved his family very much and wrote songs and poems to them all through the years.
James was the minister at Trinity Full Gospel Church in Seven Points since 1995 where he touched many people’s lives with his preaching and knowledge of The Word. He was a loving, caring man who will be tremendously missed by all who knew him.
James was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, George, Albert, Kelton and a set of twin boys, sisters Blanche, Dovie, Lorene, Jewel and Louise, grandsons Robert Glen Turner, Jason Leon Reed and Mark Anthony Deramee and great-grandson Maddox Alexander Nagnwai.
He is survived by his loving wife Jewel Reed of Chatfield, sons Roland Reed of Mabank, James Reed Jr. and Huyen “Wee” of Kemp, a nephew that was like a son “Petalo” Price of Mexia, daughters Debra Turner and Harold of Kemp, Brenda Deremee and Don of Garland, Donna Renfro and Jim of Irving, Bonnie Anita Jones and Larry of Gun Barrel City, Carolyn Reed of Gun Barrel City, an acquired child Robbin Drake of Tool, an adopted sister-in-law Shirley Wood, 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and one on the way, numerous other nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.
A personal tribute can be made online at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com .

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 28, 2016

Sonny Hodges (right) receives a plaque from Dr. Coy Holcombe for his long service on the Eustace ISD Board.

Sonny Hodges (right) receives a plaque from Dr. Coy Holcombe for his long service on the Eustace ISD Board.

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–First on the agenda at the Eustace ISD Sept. 19 meeting was to consider the resignation of long-time board member Sonny Hodge. After accepting Hodges resignation, David Morton was appointed to fill the vacant position. Morton, of Eustace, has a son attending school in the district in second grade. He said he felt this opportunity would allow him to become more involved and keep him up-to-date on what’s going on at the district. Hodge accepted a plaque for his dedication and many of his family members were in attendance.
After a brief financial report, EISD Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe discussed the Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) Report which showed the district received top scores (zeroes) in all categories except in special education.
“We will get the kids the help they need. We will do right by our students, even if that means scoring threes and fours,” Holcombe said. Area superintendents feel that the way progress is measured for special ed students by the state set them up to fail.
School principals spoke to board members about the 2016-17 Campus Improvement Plans. The intermediate school reported a 97 percent attendance rate and all schools reported parent involvement challenges. The intermediate school is offering free breakfast and lunch meals as well as offering several field trips to larger towns so children can see more of the state and the way others live. The school is also making an effort to teach the children about morals and ethics, in and out of school. The middle school has recently created a middle school Facebook page for engaging parents which has already received 10,000 likes to posts. The primary school’s Love & Logistics program teaches students practical ways of dealing with all areas of life. The class is free, lasts six weeks and the workbook is $10. The school has also implemented a new snack program called Building Bulldog Bodies, which offers extra fruits and vegetables to the kids. “We are impacting family structures and the community from the bottom up,” Principal Dianne Shaffer said.
The high school is offering a computer science class this year and also brought in a part-time science teacher. A Principal Leadership Team has been created so students have a direct line to the principal.
In other news, board members:
• accepted a big for $21,000 from J & L Technology for fiber optic upgrades throughout the district. The current cables were installed 16 years ago. With the slow speed, amount of devices currently in the district, Holcombe said the district will see a significant difference in performance.
• approved the bid for teacher laptop replacements from Region VII vendor, CDI. Veteran teachers whose laptops they were issued as new teachers will get the replacements.
• approved EHBAF (local) for Special Education Video/Audio monitoring. If the district receives one video request it triggers all classrooms in the district to get them. The recording may never stop even if the person who requested it changes their mind and retracts the request. The recordings will cost the district local money as no funding is available yet for this type of procedure.
• heard enrollment decreased at primary and middle schools and increased at intermediate. Total enrollment for the end of August was 1,547.
• heard all campuses met standards on all areas of the TEA accountability. The high school was one of 432 school that earned every distinctions possible. Holcombe said all schools in the district received post-secondary readiness but the district did not. “I don’t understand and have no explanation for it,” he said.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 28, 2016

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By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers remain winless on the season after hosting the Athens Hornets in the first District 8-4A game of the season Sept. 23 at Panther Stadium.
Mabank (0-5) were bested by the Hornets (1-4) by the tune of 41-14 and hope to get in the win column this week when they travel to Brownsboro to face the Bears.
The Hornets got scoring underway with just 2:21 remaining in the first quarter when Noah Bush ran the ball in the end zone for a two-yard touchdown. After the missed PAT, Athens led 6-0.
A Panthers miscue handed the ball back to the Hornets, when Panthers return man Jacob Collinsworth fumbled the kickoff, with Athens recovering on the Mabank 35-yard line.
Fifteen yards later on fourth down, Junior quarterback Xavius Fulton ran the ball to the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown. Fulton also converted the two-point play to take a 14-0 Athens lead.
The Panthers threatened to cut the lead in half at the 7:14 mark, but Collinsworth fumbled again, giving the ball over to Athens at the 10-yard line.
The Hornets punished the Panthers on the resulting drive, as Bush powered his way into the end zone for the second touchdown of the night to make the score 21-0 after the PAT.
Athens wasn’t done. Before the halftime buzzer sounded, Fulton ran in 1-yard touchdown with just five second remaining, followed by a successful PAT, to give Athens a 28-0 lead at the break.
The Panthers got their only touchdown of the game in the third quarter when quarterback Clay Conway ran the ball into the endzone for a 1-yard touchdown. After the PAT, the score was 28-7.
The Hornets scored two touchdowns in the final quarter, a 7-yard run by Fulton and a 28-yard run by Kamion Tanner to bring the score to 14-7. Mabank’s final points came on a Ty Mathis touchdown run with 40 seconds remaining.
Panthers Head Coach Mikey Thompson was pleased with the boys effort, but says the Panthers have to cut out giving away turnovers if they are going to win.
“Our kids played extremely hard for all four quarters of the game,” Thompson said. “We have got to get over the hump of being a ‘young team’ and quit making mistakes.  Turnovers and penalties at key moments of the game have cost us all year.”
According to Thompson the Panthers are averaging a healthy 5.6 yards per rush, and are, on average, giving up less than 300 yards defensively per game.
“I am proud of our kid’s effort,” he said.  “We don’t give up!  Rebuilding this program is a process.”
Joey Schmidt led Mabank in rushing with 41 yards on four carries. Its defense was led by Hunter Caves with 12.5 tackles, including one for a loss.