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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 26, 2014

Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Mabank High School Student Council and Leadership is hosting a blood drive Wednesday, Oct. 29.
The public is invited to participate between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the high school gym.
This event is a win-win proposition. If at least 140 pints are collected, the student council meets the criteria for a $1,000 grant.
In addition, each time you give blood, the phlebotomist conducts a mini-physical: checking your blood pressure, pulse rate, current temperature and hemoglobin level. Within a week of your donation, you can review your cholesterol level online or by calling 1 (800) 430-2062. Tracking trends in your health information allows you and your doctor to monitor your overall wellness.
Every day, close to 800 patients in North, Central and East Texas require timely blood transfusions. The majority of this blood comes from blood drives organized by groups like MHS Student Council and Leadership.
Someone needs blood every three seconds in America and for every pint of blood donated, three lives may be saved.
Let’s all make a difference. National Make a Difference Day is being held around the country the last week of October.
Together, we all can – Make a Difference.
For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Brandi Sutton at (903) 880-1600 ext. 2216.
Potential blood donors may be 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood. It’s also a good idea to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water at least an hour before giving blood.

Oct

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 26, 2014

Courtesy Photo The Kemp Cross Country team is going to Regionals! Three Yellowjackets were named District Champions after running their way to first place in their respective races. Girls Junior Varsity runner (middle left) Ashley Schafer, Lady ’Jacket Kelsey Gage (middle right) and Yellowjacket Jesus Perez (above Gage) were all named Champions.

Courtesy Photo
The Kemp Cross Country team is going to Regionals! Three Yellowjackets were named District Champions after running their way to first place in their respective races. Girls Junior Varsity runner (middle left) Ashley Schafer, Lady ’Jacket Kelsey Gage (middle right) and Yellowjacket Jesus Perez (above Gage) were all named Champions.


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

PALMER-The Kemp High School Cross County teams ran away with victory Oct. 20 at the District Meet in Palmer, finishing with three individual District Champions, as well as securing a spot for each team at the regional meet in Arlington.
It should come as no surprise to Kemp fans that standout Jesus Perez lead the way for the boys team. Perez claimed the title as District Champion when he crossed the finish line with a time of 15:56. Perez also ran away with the District title last year, defeating some of the best runners in the state from Eustace High School.
Cross Country may have individual performers, but it is a team sport. Perez needed some help for his team to qualify for Regionals and they delivered. James Kimbrell finished in sixth place, Justin Glass eighth, Luis Garcia tenth, John Brooks 13th and Ishmael Morales 22nd.
The girls team may have done even better, also claiming a District Champion and advancing as a team to the Regional Tournament. Kelsey Gage earned the honor as top overall runner and District Champion. Her teammates stepped up to the occasion as well. Mikalia Gutierrez finished in sixth place, Emiley Mullens seventh, Madison Thompson eighth, Maria Galvez 16th, Kayla Hale 21st and Jodi Cox 27th place.
Junior Varsity girls runner Ashley Schafer also finished first and became District Champion. Junior Varsity boys runners Alec Cooper finished fourth and Jay Kohlemeir fifth.
Perez and Gage will set their eyes on a Regional Championship and helping their team earn a spot in the State Meet when they travel to Arlington Nov. 1.

Oct

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 26, 2014

Three Wills Point men arrested

Special to The Monitor
CANTON–Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers has authorized $600 in rewards for tips that led to the recent arrests of three Wills Point men, in separate incidents.
The Crime Stoppers board approved:
• a $250 reward for a tipster who notified authorities about a man wanted for theft, including a stolen camping trailer.
• a $200 reward for a tipster that led to a man sought for violating a protective order in Dallas County. Authorities tracked the man down at a school in Wills Point.
• a $150 reward for a tipster that led to the arrest of a man wanted by Van Zandt County authorities on a fugitive warrant.
“It is important that people know they can get rewards, without ever having to identify themselves, for providing information to local law enforcement agencies,” Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers President Kathy Smith said.
“We are happy to give money to the people who provided us with this latest round of tips and who helped get three criminals off the streets.”
Smith noted that not every tip qualifies for a reward, because some tips don’t have enough helpful information, or sometimes come in after a suspect has already been arrested.
“But if a tip does lead to an arrest, we happily pay the anonymous tipster,” Smith said.
To report an anonymous tip, call the Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (903) 567-7867 or submit information online at vanzandt-crimestoppers.org.
Crime Stoppers gives cash rewards up to $1,000 for tips leading to an arrest.
Rewards are financed by criminal court fines and donations.