Aug

31

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 31, 2014

Peggy Thornbrue

Peggy Thornbrue

Funeral services for Peggy Lou Thornbrue, 79, were held Aug. 28, 2014, at Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City. Interment followed at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Thornbrue was born May 18, 1935, in Drumright, Okla., to Mattie Lowrean (Miligan) and Charles Miller, and died Aug. 23, 2014.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Thornbrue,  son Billy Thornbrue, brother Billy Miller and parents.
Survivors include her sisters,  Della Frazier, Johnnie Turner, son Gary Thornbrue and wife Barbara; daughters Bonnie Lapioli and husband Tony, Rhonda Marrinan and husband Jim; grandchildren Michael Thornbrue and wife Julie, Anthony Lapioli and wife Danielle, Charlotte Marrinan, Sean Marrinan and wife Ashley; great-grandchildren James, Jamie, Jennifer, Quinton and Estella; many other nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be posted to www.moorheadepps.com.

Aug

28

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 28, 2014

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

GUN BARREL CITY–The southern segment of a petroleum pipeline running through the Cedar Creek Lake area that ruptured in Mayflower, Ark., in March 2013 has reopened between Corsicana and refineries on the South Texas Coast.
The reactivation of the southern segment of the 60-year-old Pegasus Pipeline by ExxonMobil is raising concerns among Cedar Creek Lake residents that the northern segment between Patoka, Ill., and Corsicana will also be returned to service. The pipeline runs through the Cedar Creek Lake area by the airport, through Harbor Point residents’ yards, under the lake and through Tom Finley Park on its way to Corsicana.
When the pipeline carrying Canadian tar sands bitumen ruptured in Arkansas it polluted Lake Conway and forced evacuation of residents in a Mayflower neighborhood. About 210,000 gallons of the Canadian crude leaked from the large rupture, and residents complained that the lingering pollution caused health problems.
The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration closed down the pipeline, but the southern section was allowed to reopen in July after officials approved ExxonMobil’s reactivation plan in March.
Safe Community Alliance opposes the reopening of the pipeline, and its members hosted a town hall meeting in Seven Points in October 2013 to warn about the pipeline’s threat to the Cedar Creek Lake area if it resumes operation. Several residents from Arkansas traveled to Texas to tell their stories.
“There are too many unknowns for the public to feel comfortable with the Pegasus Pipeline restarting,” according to the organization’s website. “There is more than enough history with this pipeline, and with ExxonMobil’s “profits first” attitude for the public to feel comfortable.”
An independent report in August attributed the rupture to manufacturing defects in the aging pipeline. Critics of the pipeline complain that it was not built to transport heavy Canadian crude, and the Safe Community Alliance website features numerous photos of exposed areas of the pipeline.
City officials and business leaders in the Cedar Creek Lake Area have joined in the effort to prevent the pipeline from reopening.
Texas State Rep. Lance Gooden of District 4 said he opposed the reopening of the pipeline, and he contacted ExxonMobil for information about its plans. The company has not responded yet to his request, according to the Texas Tribune.
Texas State Sen. Robert Nichols of District 3 told the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce in August he would contact the Texas Railroad Commission that regulates the petroleum industry in the state to ensure the pipeline is proven to be safe before it is allowed to be reactivated. He agreed a rupture of the pipeline would pose a significant hazard to the area, saying “It would be a disaster.”
Cedar Creek Lake supplies water to Tarrant County in addition to lake area cities. The Integrated Pipeline Project from Lake Palestine to water customers in both Tarrant and Dallas Counties will be connected through Cedar Creek Lake facilities.
Nichols stopped short of saying he would repeat Gooden’s call for the pipeline’s permanent closure. “I can’t impact ExxonMobil’s business, but I will contact the Railroad Commissioner.”
ExxonMobil officials said the northern section of the pipeline would be reopened only “when we are convinced it is safe to do so” and have the permission of federal officials, according to the Texas Tribune.
ExxonMobil is contesting a $2.6 million fine ordered last November by federal officials.

Aug

28

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 28, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson The Mabank Lady Panthers volleyball team took second place in the championship bracket at the Eustace Tournament Aug. 23. Pictured are: (front row, left to right)  Gabby Duncan, Brii Young, Katie Gilbert, Miranda Gonzales, Meagan Holyfield, (back row, left to right) Kailey Currington, Haley Mashburn, Maddie Park, Bailey Swain, Madison Holyfield, Shyanne Vinson and Payton Costlow.

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson
The Mabank Lady Panthers volleyball team took second place in the championship bracket at the Eustace Tournament Aug. 23. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Gabby Duncan, Brii Young, Katie Gilbert, Miranda Gonzales, Meagan Holyfield, (back row, left to right) Kailey Currington, Haley Mashburn, Maddie Park, Bailey Swain, Madison Holyfield, Shyanne Vinson and Payton Costlow.


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

MABANK–Only former district rival Canton stood in the Lady Panthers way of taking the top spot at the Eustace Tournament last weekend. Mabank (10-5) finished the tournament with a second place finish in the championship bracket.
Mabank went 2-1 in pool play Aug. 21 against opponents Jacksonville, Canton and Scurry-Rosser. The Lady Panthers blew out Jacksonville 25-8, 25-12 and Scurry-Rosser 25-7, 25-15 before losing to the eventual champion Canton 23-25, 23-25.
Canton took first place in the pool with a 3-0 record, but Mabank finished as the top overall second place team due to its dominating wins against Jacksonville and Scurry-Rosser. The performance earned them a spot in the championship bracket.
Mabank returned to the court Aug. 23 for championship bracket play. The Lady Panthers faired well against the tournament’s best teams, defeating Brookhill 25-16, 25-16 and Palmer 25-22, 25-22 before facing Canton again in the championship bracket final. Canton bested Mabank again 14-25, 16-25.
Head Coach Stacy Shelton said the pool play series against Canton was very competitive and could have gone either way. Shelton attributed Canton’s success to their powerful middle blocker and hitter.
“Their middle blocker and hitter played a great game,” Shelton said. “We couldn’t keep up with her size and they took advantage of our weakness. Our size is our biggest handicap when we play big teams.”
Shelton noted the preseason is all about adaptation and is moving Bailey Swain back to the middle (where she has played for the past three seasons). In the meantime players are competing for Swain’s former outside hitter spot.
Shelton is proud of the way the Lady Panthers are playing.
“They played more cohesive in the past two tournaments than I thought they would this time of year,” she said. “It bodes well for the future. I can just imagine how we may be doing when district play comes around. We are really gelling.”
The Lady Panthers travel to the Tyler Tournament this weekend, Aug. 28-30 and face some of their toughest competition of the year. They will compete against Longview, Lufkin and Arp in pool play.
“We won the silver bracket last year,” Selton said about the Tyler Tournament. “We are looking to do the same or better this year.”
Mabank volleyball Eustace Tournament stats:
Meagan Holyfield: 7 kills, 3 digs, 2 aces, 48 assists
Madison Holyfield: 16 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace, 1 assist
Payton Costlow: 10 kills, 3 blocks
Brii Young: 9 kills, 3 digs, 2 aces, 1 assist
Bailey Swain: 14 kills, 20 digs, 1 block, 2 aces
Shyanne Vinson: 6 kills, 1 ace
Maddie Park: 12 digs, 3 aces
Gabby Duncan: 8 digs