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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 24, 2014

John Garsjo

John Garsjo

Funeral services for John Douglas Garsjo, 57, were held Aug. 16, at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank.
A Celebration of Life and balloon release followed.
Douglas was born Nov. 19, 1956, in Glasgow, Mont., to Wilma and Victor Garsjo, and died Aug. 11, 2014, in Tyler, after complications arising from a stroke.
His family lived in Glasgow located in northeastern Montana, and his parents owned and operated the Fort Peck Bar in Nashua.
He attended Nashua High School, graduating in 1975.
He spent summers at his aunt and uncle’s house with their eight children and learned to ride horses, brand cattle, pick rocks out of the fields and drive tractors.
He was introduced Norwegian delicacies such as lutefisk and lefse.
He joined the U.S. Army after high school and was stationed in Germany, working as a helicopter mechanic.
When he returned to northern Montana, he moved to Malta, and met and married JoAnne Jones from Wagner.
He got a job on a seismic crew, and left Montana for Louisiana.
He moved to Grand Prairie, in the early 1980s, and got a job as an equipment operator with the city.
He later married Darla Vaughn and became the stepfather to Christy, David and Sonya.
The children would help him work on cars and the family enjoyed many Saturday afternoon picnics in the park.
He also took them shooting with bb and pellet guns. He taught the children how to drive a car, fish, and bait their own hook.
He was shy, funny, a hard worker and mechanic.
He was good with his hands and he loved animals.
He was a good father, grandfather and a great guy who cared about the people around him. He would help anyone in need.
He most recently worked for Larry Partridge Construction.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Darla Vaughn; daughters Christie, Sonya Lightfoot and husband John; son David and wife Porscha; grandchildren Sarah, Summer, and David Jr., Nevaeh, and Dakota; brother Mike and wife Marie of Fort Worth; neice Landon of Belgrade, Mont.; many other Garsjo family members. We will all miss him terribly.

Aug

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 22, 2014

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Scurry resident Nathan Chance Neighbors, 30, was arrested Sunday and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
He is being held in the Kaufman County jail on a $25,000 bond.
According to an unidentified source, Neighbors carried his still sleeping girlfriend out to the pool of the rental house they shared and threw her in and then proceeded to hit her with pool cleaning equipment and dump pool chemicals on her, threatening her life.
When he went back into the house, the victim escaped to a nearby house and called the police.
The victim was transported by ambulance to Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman and was treated and released.
Deputies opened an investigation and a felony charge against Neighbors resulted.
A public information request has been submitted to the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office to verify the information in this report.

Aug

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 22, 2014

Courtesy Photo The Mabank Lady Panthers pose in celebratory excitment after winning the Gold bracket at the Van volleyball tournament Aug. 16.

Courtesy Photo
The Mabank Lady Panthers pose in celebratory excitment after winning the Gold bracket at the Van volleyball tournament Aug. 16.


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

VAN–The Mabank Lady Panthers picked up some key wins in the Van volleyball tournament Aug. 15-16, en route to a Gold bracket victory.
The tournament began with a pool play round, where the 24 teams are seperated into six “pools” of four teams each. The squads in each pool battle each other one time, then are seperated based on results to one of three playoff brackets: Championship, Gold and Silver.
In pool play Mabank defeated Edgewood 25-21, 25-17 and lost to Spring Hill 25-15, 25-15 and Cayuga 25-16, 20-25, 26-28.
Spring Hill, the four-time defending tournament champion, went on to defeat Van to extend their tournament championship record to five years.
The Lady Panthers dominated the Gold bracket on the second day of play, crushing Harmony 25-8, 25-16 and Chapel Hill 23-25, 25-18, 25-11. The Lady Panthers took a load off their chests when they defeated district opponent Crandall in the Gold bracket 20-25, 25-23, 25-21.
“This was our first test against a district opponent,” head coach Stacy Shelton said about the match against Crandall. “It was a huge relief to everybody to beat them. It gives us some early confidence for district play.”