Jan

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 18, 2017


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–A bomb threat caused the Walmart Store in Gun Barrel City to close Sunday night. Local police and fire departments were called to the scene. Sales associates and customers were evacuated and not allowed to return until it was determined that the premises were safe around 2:45 a.m.
According to police, the call came in at 10:45 p.m. A bomb threat code was enacted throughout the store; and customers and sales associates were turned out into the foggy parking lot.
Investigators learned an unknown female had called the electronics department and stated there was a bomb inside the store. Police contacted the Dallas PD Bomb Squad and a bomb-sniffing dog team conducted a search, but located no explosives, Gun Barrel City Police Chief Damon Boswell reported.
There were reports that the threat was possibly a diversion for a break-into the Sears Outlet near the old Chief’s Landing on the west end of town,but The Monitor confirmed there was no break-in. However, the repercussion of the store’s closure didn’t just include lost sales opportunities. The store was unable to be restocked completely for the Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday which had some customers inconvenienced and disgruntled.

Jan

18

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 18, 2017

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets won the Highway 175 rivalry game in dominating fashion Jan. 13, defeating the Eustace Bulldogs 72-24 in Kemp.
The Yellowjackets sprinted to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, going up 16-6 and never looked back. The game got out of reach for the Bulldogs for good in the second quarter when Kemp outscored Eustace 20-8 to build a 36-14 halftime lead.
Kemp’s offense kept up the same blistering pace in the third quarter by putting up 23 points, while holding Eustace to just three. The scoring in the final quarter was 13-7 in Kemp’s favor for the 72-24 final score.
Eight Yellowjackets made the books in the scoring department, starting with Peyton Irvin’s game-high 16 points, followed by Alec Cooper and Kane Johnson’s 14 each. Next came Josiah Brewington with nine points, Cameron Clamon with eight, Darel Booker’s six, Austin Williams’ three, and Jaise Bowie’s two.
Eustace was led by Clifton Johnson with seven points, followed by Ethan Austin with six, Jason Losiewicz’s five points, Joey Harris’ five, and Tucker Reeve one.
The big Kemp win came after the Yellowjackets lost its previous two games by a combined three points.
Kemp lost to Scurry on Jan. 6 by the score of 53-51. In that game, Kemp fought back from a 34-22 half time deficit, nearly coming back to steal the win.
Leading scorers for Kemp were: Johnson, 15; Irvin, 9; Bowie, 7; Brewington, 7; Cooper, 6; Booker, 4; and Junior Brooks, 1. Scurry’s James Stephens had a game-high 18 points to help his team to the win.
The Yellowjackets lost a heartbreaker 61-60 to Edgewood Jan. 10 after building a 15-point lead in the first quarter.
Kemp was up 20-5 when the first quarter buzzer sounded but could not hold the lead.
Edgewood slowly chipped away from its deficit in the second quarter, outpacing Kemp 14-9 to bring the game in striking distance by halftime with the score 29-21. Edgewood took control in the third quarter after an impressive 24-11 quarter to take a 45-40 lead. Kemp fought back hard in the fourth quarter, but Edgewood took the game by a single point, 61-60.
Leading scorers for Kemp included Johnson, 20; Brewington, 20; Irvin. 9; Booker, 5; Alec Cooper, 4; and Bowie, 2. Edgewood was led by its power forward Trey Erwin with a game-high 30 points.
The Yellowjackets are back in action Jan. 20 when they hit to road to take on the Grand Saline Indians.

Jan

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 18, 2017

Shirley Collier McFaul, 75, of Combine passed quietly away on Jan. 10, 2017 in the home she shared with her husband of 57 years, Robert A. McFaul.
Shirley was born to Oran and Opal Tubb Collier in Kaufman County on Sept. 7, 1941. She attended schools in Crandall and Kaufman.
Shirley married Robert McFaul on Jan. 16, 1960 and they lived in the Urbandale neighborhood of Dallas for 32 years, where they raised three children.
Daughter Sylvia McFaul of Tampa, Fla., survives her mother, as does son Marcus McFaul of Chapel Hill, N.C. and daughter-in-law Amy McFaul of Austin.
Son Bob McFaul preceded her in death.
Shirley was a homemaker and for 20 years was a supportive partner to her husband’s masonry contracting firm, RAM Masonry of Dallas. She enjoyed watching her sports teams, the Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys.
As the niece to country music star Ernest Tubb, The Texas Troubadour, she delighted in being both family member and true fan of his music.
Known as Darlin’ and Grandma Bunny, she was a devoted, loving, generous and fun-loving grandmother to eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Shirley was one of 11 children. Surviving siblings are two brothers Carroll Collier, Gary Dean Collier, and one sister Gloria Collier Thomasson. Countless nieces and nephews mourn the loss of their Aunt Shirley. For the last 25 years she lived in Combine.
She and husband Robert enjoyed their lake-house on Cedar Creek Lake for over 30 years. She is already deeply missed by many who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held at Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home in Kaufman.
Rev. Kyle Childress of Nacogdoches presided.
Pallbearers included grandsons Mitchell Todd and Griffin McFaul, nephews Bart Ray and Heath Huffman. Burial was at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas.