Apr

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 30, 2015

Fire-flames

Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–A large fire sprouted from the longtime warehouse once owned by the Mabank ISD and used for storage.
Since then, it has passed into several hands, no one business staying open for very long at that location at the beginning of Pritchett Lane, close to the main thoroughfare along State Highway 334.
Most recently, it was advertised as the Spotlight Seven Event Center. One of several spectators gathered to watch the action, commented that she had held her wedding reception in the building.
The Monitor has gathered unconfirmed reports that the building was undergoing renovations under the newest owner and that a workman or small group of workers had been in the building earlier Sunday, April 26. However, the building was secured several hours before smoke and flames were seen erupting from its innards around 6 p.m.
Due to its large size, the Payne Springs Fire Rescue responded with its ladder truck and several pumper trucks. Gun Barrel City, Trinidad and Tool also responded to assist Seven Points in fighting the blaze inside the cavernous building with more than 15,000 square feet.
Locals recall that back in the ’70s, the building was regarded as the “largest honky tonk in East Texas,” welcoming the great country western performers of the day under the auspices of The Western Club.
Twelve hoses, six pumper trucks and two fire hydrants were employed in the battle, as scores of spectators watched from nearby locations.
Seven Points Fire Chief A.J. Kirksey reported three young firefighters were taken to the emergency room having been overwhelmed by heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. They were treated and released.
A cause for the blaze is under investigation by the fire marshal and insurance company.
Kirksey said the fire was fought on all sides, allowing no firefighter to enter the building for fear of roof collapse.” It was a very hot fire,” he said with a furniture in the back and foam insulation attributed for a lot of the smoke.
Explosions heard earlier were attributed to buckets of paint and paint thinner, as well as compressed tanks from a hot water heater. Amazingly a tank on a forklift inside the building and another oxygen tank used as part of a torch rig did not explode, Kirksey reported.
The site was cleared at around 11 p.m. he said, with another hour used to roll up hoses.
“It cost a lot to fight this very dangerous fire,” Kirksey said. “Everyone should support their local firefighters (with donations).”

Apr

30

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 30, 2015

Kane Johnson
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

SUNNYVALE–The Kemp boys and girls track and field teams qualified for the area contest in 19 events at the district 12-3A meet in Sunnyvale April 17.
Both teams finished third in a field of eight teams, with the boys acquiring 92 points and the girls 76. Host Sunnyvale left the competition in the dust with 178.5 points for the boys and 239 point for the girls.
Athletes become eligible to advance to the area meet by placing among the top four in the district meet. Kemp students fared well in the competition with many first place finishes. Among them are Zach Wilson’s top pole vault, Jesus Perez’s 800 and 1600 meter victory and Madison Kerr’s elite shot put toss. Following are complete Kemp results.

Boys Team Standings
1. Sunnyvale, 178.5
2. Life Red Oak, 130.0
3. Kemp, 92.0
4. Maypearl, 57.5
5. Life Oak Cliff, 43.0
6. Fort Worth Harmony, 42.0
7. Palmer37.0
7. Scurry-Rosser37.0

Boys Individual
High Jump: Klayton Kent,second place, 6-0
Shot put: Maverick McDowell, second place, 45-9 1/2
Pole vault: Zach Wilson, first place, 11-0
800 meter run: Jesus Perez, first place, 1:58.76
1600 meter run: Jesus Perez, first place, 4:40.94
3200 meter run: Justin Glass, second, 11:17.43
300 hurdles: Jay Kohlmeier, third place, 42.01
4X100 relay, fourth place, 44.18
4X200 relay: fourth place, 1:32.43
4X400 relay: fourth place, 3:37.17

Girls Team Standings
1. Sunnyvale, 239.0
2. Life Red Oak, 172.5
3. Kemp, 76.0
4. Life Oak Cliff, 50.0
5. Palmer, 32.0
6. Scurry-Rosser, 31.0
7. Maypearl, 17.5
8. Fort Worth Harmony, 1.0

Girls Individual
Discus: Hailey Scott, second place, 90-5; Julissa Lopez, fourth place, 82-5
Shot put: Madison Kerr, first place, 42-4
Pole vault: Emily Mullens, second place, 8-0;
400 meter run: Madison Thompson, fourth place, 1:07.53
800 meter run: Kelsey Gage, second place, 2:30.56
3200 meter run: Jordan Cox, third place, 13:54.72
4X100 relay: fourth place, 52.41
4X400 relay: fourth place, 4:32.06

Apr

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 30, 2015

kimpix PledgerOBIT
Funeral services for Mary Stracener Gilfoy Coil Pledger are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton with Bros. Steve Glosup and Mike Dean officiating. Special Thanks to Bro. Kenneth and Sis. Dorothy Hensley for their years of Pastorial Friendship.
Burial will follow at Haven of Memories Cemetery.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1.
Pledger was born July 26, 1935, in Pittsburg, to Mae Julie Tucker Huggins and Samuel William Stracener, and died April 24, 2015, in Tyler.
Mary loved the Lord. She was Saved and Baptized at Wildwood Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas at the age of 23. She was a long time member of Central Baptist Church of Mabank, Texas. At the time she went to be with the Lord she was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Athens, Texas. Mary was a very out-going, loving, and happy person that will be missed by all who knew her.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, husbands Ed Gilfoy, A.J. Coil, and Bill Pledger, son-in-law Larry Gottlieb, granddaughter Sarah Gilfoy, five brothers and eight Sisters.
Survivors include her son, Russell Gilfoy and wife Betty, daughter Cynthia Gottlieb, granddaughter Trinity Gilfoy, brother Melton Stracener and wife Lucille and sister Melba Luther.
Condolences may be posted at eubankfuneral.com.