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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 26, 2015

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler Eustace ISD newly appointed board member James Kirkhart Jr. is sworn-in Feb. 17 at the monthly board meeting.

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
Eustace ISD newly appointed board member James Kirkhart Jr. is sworn-in Feb. 17 at the monthly board meeting.

Maximizes competitive edge in 2016; discuss championship commemerative marker

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees met Feb. 17 to discuss the 2015-16 calendar, induct a new board member and modify the Cheerleader Handbook to enable cheerleaders to compete in 2016.
Board members opened the meeting with the swearing-in of newly appointed board member James Kirkhart Jr., who was appointed Jan. 20 to fill a vacant seat until the May 9 election.
Board members also heard Eustace ISD Cheerleaders will compete in the inaugural UIL Texas State Spirit Championship competition January 2016 in Arlington.
The competition is open to all schools that want to compete, allowing each team 20 participants with two or fewer males.
“It is not a tumbling thing. It is to see what your team looks like at a Friday night football game,” Eustace ISD Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe said.
Board members agreed to modify a few items in the Cheerleading Handbook to maximize the teams competitiveness. “Thirty-five ladies are trying out this year and eight are trying out for mascot,” Holcombe said.
Varsity squad membership will be increased from 12 to 16 with two mascots, and junior varsity will be bumped up to 12 members and one mascot.
“This allows us to take 20 participants to the competition. The 20 best girls at tryouts will get to go whether they are varsity or junior varsity. This gives the JV team something to work for and look forward to,” Holcombe explained.
Board members also approved next year’s calendar with Monday, Aug. 24, being the first of day of school.
“The 2015-16 school calendar looks the same. It is the easiest calendar we’ve done in 14 years,” Holcombe said.
Many comments were received about the ease and likability of this year’s calendar and many staff members wanted the new calendar to be similar.
The 2015-16 state waivers were approved, giving four comp days to teachers; and six early release days, including two at the end of the semester, one before spring break and one before Easter.
Holcombe also presented a brief overview of the district’s bond indebtness, interest earned and monthly revenue stating the fund balance was healthy with enough money to cover the monthly payments. He also stated January’s interest was the highest of the school year so far.
“We do not have any unexpected expenses. Everything was done purposely. The report is boring but that is good. It means things are going well,” Holcombe said.
Expenditures did not include anything out-of-the-ordinary, with bills going toward:
• bus fuel,
• payments on the March 2014 purchase of two buses,
• round kitchen tables for the high school,
• calculators for the middle school,
• golf apparel,
• track meet medals and ribbons,
• counter tops in the computer lab at the middle school, and
• new baseball uniforms.
In other action, trustees:
• reset the Tuesday, March 17 meeting to Thursday, March 5.
• heard enrollment is up by 28 students from this time last year for a total of 1,515 students.
• reviewed the preliminary drawing of the state championship marquee. Estimated costs and location of the structure are still under discussion. Suggested locations included the grassy area by the old marquee, in the park, or in front of Bulldog stadium.
“I want people to be able to read it when they drive by,” Holcombe said.
The new marquee will have individual student’s and coach’s names for championship commemoration on multiple side plaques, while the center section could highlight current championship information and be interchangeable.
The preliminary plans are for a 10-15-foot high structure with an arch bridging two pillars.
“I envision a historical marker-type of thing,” Holcombe said.
• heard most staff members are agreeable to enrolling in graduate classes related to their area of teaching in a staff Post Graduate Interest survey. A hundred percent of those surveyed said they would need financial assistance with tuition and 85 percent agreed to commit to staying with the district for another five years if financial assistance was provided.
• approved Holcombe’s certification as the superintendent for the Regional Advisory Committee for Region 7.
• unanimously supported HB 384, which would allow residents in common law cities (less than 5,000 residents) to restrict access as to where registered sex offenders can reside.

Feb

26

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 26, 2015

Archie Lewis

Archie Lewis

Memorial service for Mr. Archie Edgar Lewis, of Trinidad, will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel with Rev. Steve Glossup officiating.
Archie was born Aug. 16, 1922, in Bronx, N.Y. to parents Alvah Clayburn Lewis and Margaret Shertz Lewis, and entered into eternal rest Feb. 21, 2015, at the age of 92.
Archie graduated from Sunset High school and attended Southwestern College – Oklahoma and SMU.
Archie was a veteran and served in the United States Army during World War II during the Battle of the Bulge.
He worked for Southwestern Bell for 38 years before retiring in 1984.
Archie was a member of Buckner Masonic Lodge and Log Cabin Swingers Square Dance Club.
He enjoyed fishing, dancing and traveling in his RV.
Archie was a loving caring man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Archie was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Ester Lewis, granddaughter Deana Lewis, brothers Maurice Lewis and A.C. Lewis.
He is survived by his wife, Penny, of Trinidad, sons Greg Lewis and wife Brenda of Seven Points, Mark Lewis and wife Judy of Canton; daughter Annette Lewis of Denison, step-son Eddie Connor and wife Lacy of Trinidad, grandchildren Brian, Kassi, Bristal “Katie”, Marci, Shannon, Maddy and Lukas; eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews, other relative and friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Feb

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 26, 2015

Gene Atkins

Gene Atkins

A memorial service for Gene Lee Atkins, 89, is set for 2 p.m. Thursday (today) Feb. 26, 2015, at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool.
Atkins was born May 23, 1925, in Oklahoma City, Okla., and died Feb. 17, 2015.
He retired from the Maxwell House Coffee Division of General Foods Corporation in 1980. He began his career in Enid, Okla., in 1954. He transferred to Tulsa in 1960 and Dallas in 1962, where he advanced to Account Manager, Sales Supervisor, and Area Sales Manager.
Gene served in the U.S. Navy in World War II aboard the USS Montrose and USS Goodhue and was a survivor after the ship was hit by a Japanese suicide plane.
He was also on a beach party communications team and made a landing on le Shima, Ryukyu Archipelago Island in Japan and was only a short distance away from famed Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ernie Pyle when he was killed by a machine gun sniper.
He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He moved to his “Gene’s Haven” lake home in 1979. He was an active member of Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool.
Both he and his wife, Johnnie, joined the church choir in the early ’80s with Johnnie remaining active for the next 20 years.
He served as “Grill Sergeant, Brunch Supervisor” for 18 years in charge of the Fellowship Brunch Ministry serving from 60 – 100 members and guests each Sunday after the morning service.
He served as Kitchen Administrator and chaired the Committee for the Fellowship Hall and Kitchen Renovation Project.
He was an active fisherman and hunter, hunting near Breckenridge for many years.
He was an avid golfer and belonged to Brookhaven, Pecan Valley and Forrest Oaks Country Clubs in Dallas. He later joined Cedar Creek Country Club in Kemp, where he served as Tournament Director and later two terms as President of the Men’s Golf Association.
Some of his golf accomplishments were two holes in one, a double eagle and a trio of 68s all on different courses.
He won many tournaments in Oklahoma and Texas and shot his age many times.
He served on the Board of Directors for the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District (ECCFWSD). He was also a 55-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree Mason.
Survivors include his loving wife of 68 years, Johnnie Atkins, of Gun Barrel City, sons Greg Atkins and wife Cathy, Ted Atkins; daughter Janet Rutherford and husband Mike of Celina, grandchildren Wendi Roundy and husband Mark of Celina, Bryan Rutherford of Melissa, Steve Atkins and Rebecca Atkins both of Dallas; great-grand children Collin Rutherford of Nacogdoches, Aaron Roundy of Celina and Hayley Jo Rutherford of Princeton; many nieces and nephews.