Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 10, 2015

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Monitor Staff Reports

MABANK–The Mabank Panthers baseball team joins three other Henderson County schools in playoff matchups.
Mabank (5-10) enters the playoffs as the No. 4-seed in District 13-4A and will open its playoff series against District 14-4A champion Van in a best of three series.

The series began last Thursday, May 7 at Lindale High School and Game 2 on Friday at 5 p.m. Game 3, if needed would follow 30 minutes later.

Malakoff joins Mabank as the only other Cedar Creek Lake area team to compete in post season play. The Tigers (16-8) join the 3A Region III playoffs and face Elysian Fields in a best of three series after wrapping up a district title last week

Game 1 of the series was set for Friday at 7 p.m. at Longview Pine Tree High School. Game 2 of the series is set for 2 p.m. Saturday with Game 3 to follow if necessary.

Mabank’s class 4A district rivals, the Athens Hornets (20-7) qualified for the playoffs again after winning their third consecutive district title, going undefeated in district play under the direction of coach Dallas Robertson. They faced the No. 4-seed Canton Eagles (9-7) in a one-game playoff May 7. The winner will face Bullard or Atlanta in the area round next week.

Brownsboro (11-8) comes in as the final Hendreson County team to battle in the playoffs. They are under the watchful eye of Coach Josh Turner’s and enter its best-of-three playoff series as District 14-4A’s No. 2-seed.
The Bears will battle the Kaufman Lions, who finished as the No. 3-seed in District 14-4A , with a 5-14 overall record.

The two teams are set to begin a best-of-three series Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Eustace High School. Game 2 is set for Friday at Eustace, with Game 3 set for Saturday at noon.
The winner of the series faces Pleasant Grove or Kilgore in the area round.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 6, 2015

Mabank— This Saturday, May 9, the National Association of Letter Carriers, United States Postal Service, the United Way, Feeding America and other partners are asking the people of Mabank, Gun Barrel City, and surrounding areas to help Stamp Out Hunger. Now in its 23rd year, the annual food drive has grown into a national effort that assists millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2014, generous Americans donated 72.5 million pounds of food, feeding 30 million people. This was the 11th consecutive year of at least 70 million pounds collected by letter carriers.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food since it began. “We’re proud to support this food drive,” said Postmaster Janet Campbell. “We’re asking residents for their support to help make this another successful year. It’s easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items by the mailbox to help your neighbors in need.”

The need for food assistance exists in every community in America. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. Perhaps most alarming is the fact that nearly 16 million children in America are struggling with hunger. In addition, 4.8 million seniors face choices between paying rent, utilities, and having nutritious food.

To participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable food items, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 9. Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to local food banks.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 3, 2015


Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Police take down names of Malakoff ISD junior high and high school students riding on a school bus that turned over on State Highway 274 Thursday. According to the school superintendent five students were transported by ambulance to an area hospital as a precautionary measure and that no life-threatening injuries were incurred. He added that a full investigation into the incident is underway.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–Students from Tool and Trinidad got more than they bargained for on their way to school Thursday morning. Their bus swerved from one side of the road to the other turning over on its side, along State Highway 274 near the Key Ranch Road’s southern access.
Five bus riders were transported by ambulance to ETMC-Athens with non-life-threatening injuries. So was the Malakoff ISD bus driver, who has been suspended, pending an investigation.
Schools superintendent Randy Perry said the five students were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure and that a full scale investigation is underway.
Perry said some of the students were allowed to leave with their parents. The rest of the students were picked up and bused to the middle school and high school. The principals from those schools met with students’ families at the hospital.
The Department of Public Safety reports that bus No. 59 was traveling southbound on SH 274 when it went off the roadway onto the soft dirt shoulder. The driver got back on the pavement but seemed to overcorrect sending the bus to cross to the other side of the roadway where it turned over onto its side.
News spread quickly with parents and other relatives who were able converging on the site. Other traffic was turned around, as the road through was blocked for several hours following the wreck. No other vehicles were involved and the weather was fair and clear.
Last year, narrow paved shoulders were added to the roadway in that area to aid in vehicle turnarounds, pedestrians, bicycles and collision avoidance.