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

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–Seven Points City Mayor Pro-tem Bill Hash introduced an idea several women have proposed for a Seven Points Police Department Auxiliary during the city’s July 13 meeting. The group hopes to raise funds for officers needing equipment, such as protective vests and other equipment. It also hopes to increase good relations between the public and the department though a number of events and activities, involving police officers.
Wanda Hager has agreed to serve as president with Valerie Hager as secretary, Micalea Bee as vice president and City Court Clerk Tammy Thompson, as treasurer. Those interested in joining this group, should call Valerie at (903) 441-8297.
The group is working on hosting a monthly outdoor movie night at the park pavilion starting at the end of summer with a concession stand. Other projects include reviving the Blue Santa toy drive and provide a full uncooked Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner to two needy families in the city.
In other business, the council:
• hired Jason Dyer as a new police officer and Danny Richards for the city’s maintenance department.
• agreed to pay the bills as far as the money goes.
• approved financial reports subject to audit and minutes of previous meetings.

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

Jeffrey Crouch was born August 8, 1950 in Dangerfield, and entered into eternal rest on July 14, 2017 at the age of 66.
Jeffrey was known as “PePaw” to his grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Jeffrey was an interesting man, who was laid back, but very caring. He was always there for you when you needed help.
Jeffrey liked going to the movies. Some of his favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek and his favorite TV show was Gunsmoke. He worked some in real estate and retired after being a truck driver.
Jeffrey was an amazing man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jeffrey was preceded in death by his wife Janet Crouch, grandmother Marianna Keasler, granddaughter Heather Crouch, mother-in-law Syble Fisher and sister-in-law Deborah Vaught.
He is survived by his daughter Tabitha DeLeon of Kemp, daughter Amanda Crouch of Dallas, granddaughters Marianna DeLeon of Frankston, Anna Lovetta DeLeon of Kemp and Presley Dotson of Dallas, grandson Jeffrey Charles Crouch of Kemp, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

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

Newt Shands Trail of Kemp was born April 20, 1925 in Forney to Scott Henry Trail and Essie Lee Beckworth. He died of a stroke at age 92 on July 11, 2017 at Seasons Hospice in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
In 1942, Newt graduated from Kaufman High School and attended Texas A&M University until he was 18 and old enough to enlist in the U.S. Marines. He served in the 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division. He was in the third wave of troops in amphibious tanks to land on Iwo Jima. After pushing inland for three days, he received a blast concussion and was evacuated to Hawaii, then was among the first troops to land on Kyushu, Japan after the atomic bomb in Nagasaki. There he witnessed the devastation as his unit worked to rebuild airport runways. He was honorably discharged shortly before his twenty-first birthday.
Newt returned to Kaufman County to begin ranching, which included work at the Star Brand Ranch. He enlisted in the Air Force as a cadet instructor in the Training Command prior to the start of the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi. After the Conflict ended, he flew 30 years for Braniff Airlines. He moved to Manhattan in the 1970’s, then to San Francisco to fly military air transports to Danang and Saigon as a volunteer civilian contractor. Later he flew 747s all over the world for Tower Air based at Kennedy Airport in New York
While in Kaufman, Newt served on the City Council. He was a leader in the pilot’s union. He partnered with his brother Scott Trail to run the Trail Gin in Talty.
After retiring, he traveled the United States in his motor home. He met the love of his life, Margaret Ann, on a ferry in San Francisco. They married in 1989 and lived in Avon, Conn. They retired to Kaufman County to produce black Angus cattle. Newt enjoyed visiting with friends at the Kemp Dairy Queen, Harvey’s Exxon and the Tolosa Feed Store.
Newt remained active his entire life. He was a Master Mason, Bloomfield Lodge No. 117, for more than 60 years. He accompanied Margaret Ann as she participated in Master Gardeners, Cedar Creek Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Root Seekers Genealogical Society, First Presbyterian Church of Mabank, Meals on Wheels, the Mabank Area Good Samaritans Food Bank, Tai Chi and yoga practice.
He is survived by his wife Margaret Ann of Kemp, son Newt Jr. and wife Joy Campbell-Trail of Kaufman, son-in-Law Randy Bailey of Ola, stepdaughter Gretchen Jolly and husband Steve of Nashville, Tenn., brother James Trail of Phoenix; and his granddaughters Melissa Rodriguez and husband Abe of Denton, Tami Brown and husband Heath of Houston and Hannah Bailey of Mesquite, step-grandchildren Alex and Lauren Jolly of Nashville, great-grandchildren Dylan and Miles Rodriguez of Denton and Lawson and Teagan Brown of Houston, and many nieces, nephews and loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Emmy Bailey and siblings Scott Trail, Melvin Trail and Mary Jane Kiser.
UT Southwestern Medical School students will benefit from his participation in the Willed Body Program.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made in Newt’s honor to the Mabank Area Good Samaritans Food Bank or to the charity of your choice.