By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
MABANK–Coaches often get into their profession because of a combined passion for sports and helping kids. This is no different for Mabank’s new Head Softball Coach, Brent Achorn.
Achorn spent 11 years in law enforcement as a police officer before he decided the best way to impact the lives of young people was to become a coach and teacher.
“I got tired of seeing all the crimes committed against kids,” Achorn told The Monitor. “I had always been a sports person so I decided I could affect more lives as a coach.”
At the time, Achorn was assigned to the Stephenville police force. He enrolled at Tarleton State University and eventually became the graduate assistant and helped with the football team.
Now, 10 years later, he finds himself in Mabank, teaching U.S. history after nearly getting hired for the same job in Athens.
“I originally applied to the Athens position,” Achorn said. “I was among the two finalists for the job, but they couldn’t get my teaching field lined up with their needs, so I was left looking for other positions throughout Texas.”
That’s when Mabank Athletic Director Tracy Carter got a call from Athens Athletic Director Paul Essary, who was impressed with Achorn and recommended Mabank’s open softball position to Achorn. The rest, they say, is history.
“I got the call from Coach Carter on the way home from an interview in Wichita Falls,” Achorn said. “I’m excited about coaching in Mabank because I get to keep teaching U.S. history and inherit a group of hungry girls that are excited to play softball.”
Achorn brings 10 years of head softball coaching experience to Mabank after spending time at Granbury, Fossil Ridge and Abilene high schools. In his initial season at Fossil Ridge, he helped bring the team to the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Achorn will also chip in coaching volleyball as the freshman coach in Mabank. He has six years of volleyball coaching experience.
Now Achorn and his wife are making the transition to Mabank. “We just got a contract on a house last weekend,” he said. “I am excited to meet the girls and their parents.”
Posted by : July 23, 2015| On :
By Erik Walsh
Posted by : July 23, 2015| On :
My loving husband of 49 years, Thomas Brady Bynum, is now with his Heavenly Father. He passed away July 4, 2015, at Trinity Mother Frances hospital in Tyler.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service for Tom at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
He will be honored with a Navy Veterans ceremony, Mason’s service, and a eulogy and hymn by his nephew, Jesse Bynum.
Tom served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1964. He was involved in the early stages of the Vietnam war on the USS Bennington.
We were married in East Troy, Wis., Feb. 12, 1966, and lived in East Troy and Delavan, Wis., for 21 years. He was active in the Delavan Chapter of the Jaycees and served as president.
Tom worked at the General Motors (GM) plant in Janesville, Wis., for 10 years then transferred to the Fort Wayne, Ind., GM assembly plant, working for an additional 20 years.
After 30 years at General Motors, he retired to Mabank, in 2007.
He became a member of the Mason’s Roddy Lodge, Mabank in 2010 and served as Master of the lodge in 2013, He was also a member of the Mason lodge in Eustace. He was a member of the American Legion in Wisconsin, Indiana and Texas.
Tom was born Sept. 4 1943, in Okemah, Okla.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Gillihan Bynum, sisters Lois Bynum Abourzk, Rita Evans, Derry (James), Carol Evans, Haggard (Larry).
He was proceeded in death by his father, Jess Bynum, mother Nellie Holt Bynum Evans, stepfather, Olen C. Evans, brothers Virgil, Levie, John and Ray Bynum, John Calvin (Jake) and David Evans, sisters Ruth Bynum, Greenlee Louwana Bynum Foster, Sharon Evans, Bernard and Patricia Evans Anderson.
There are many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends who mourn his passing.
Posted by : July 19, 2015| On :
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–A few months ago, Aqua World USA owner Jacques Van der Plas set out to rebrand and reorganize the newly-formed local water park to offer more services and attract people from all over Texas.
“We have seven boats including a Hobie Cat, pontoons and sail boats, and seven jet skis,” he said. “And we are open for large corporate event rentals or private parties.”
All day rentals include all water equipment, vendors, restrooms, and fishing and camping sites.
Aqua World USA rents stand-up paddle boats and kayaks as well as being a dealer for both forms of water toys.
Aqua World USA offers food seven days a week, a dining area and bait shop.
“We are located right next door to Coconut Bar & Grill so you can boat to Coconut or Aqua World and use both facilities in one stop,” Van der Plas said.
He is partnering with local entertainment business Shelton Live Event Services to bring more interaction and enjoyment to the community.
Shelton Live owners Robbie and Cory Shelton of Kemp will schedule live entertainment at the pavilion and create a floating stage on the water.
“We are building a foundation for community members of all ages,” Van der Plas said.
New additions to the resort include a gazebo, water volleyball court and windsurfing lessons, and a new kitchen. Individual and group rates are available for any size party or water sports lessons.
“I want high school and college age youth in the area to have somewhere to go and something to do,” Van der Plas said.
Debrey Balwin of Ennis brings her daughters and grandchildren to Aqua World often to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
“We enjoy the atmosphere and the people here,” she said. “My grandchildren love to swim in the lake.”
Van der Plas invites locals to check it out. “Drop by to see the beautiful sunset, the romantic lights and feel the summer breeze on your face.”
Also offered are kids movies and events, night time movies, dancing and sunset cruises.
Aqua World USA opens at 6 a.m. every day of the week. Rental water toys must be back by 8 p.m., holidays included.
“We will have holiday celebrations several time throughout the year. We had prize giveaways, fireworks, face painting and silk screening on demand on July 4. We will continue to have various fun activities on each holiday of the year,” Van de Plas said.
Aqua World USA is located at 2001 E. Cedar Creek Parkway in Seven Points and is equipt with restrooms (no showers) for their guests’ convenience.
For more information, contact (903) 802-0323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.