Apr

30

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

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Funeral services for Mrs. LaVerne Sutton were held Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank, with Brother Chris Sweet officiating. Interment followed at Elm Grove Cemetery.
LaVerne was born May 7, 1925, in Prairieville, to parents James Craft and Alva Sprague Craft, and entered into eternal rest on April 25, 2015, at the age of 89, just 12 days before her 90th birthday.
LaVerne loved her family dearly and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. She especially enjoyed being “Nana” to her four grandchildren.
She always liked to travel and cherished the years after she and her husband, Duane, sold their home and became full time RVers. They traveled extensively around the United States, visiting every state in the contiguous 48 states, and especially enjoying travels into Arizona and New Mexico.
She was an excellent cook and was known for her candy making at Christmas, dumplings at all holiday meals and pies for any occasion.
In later years, LaVerne enjoyed watching westerns and listening to her favorite gospel artists.
She was a very loving and caring lady who will be missed tremendously by her family and friends.
LaVerne was an extremely industrious and entrepreneurial woman who worked in a variety of positions.
While living in Corpus Christi, she was a secretary for a shipping company and enjoyed going on the ships that she worked with, where she would often be invited to eat with the Captain and enjoy the native food from that ship’s country.
In 1969, she moved to Mabank and opened a shoe store, Sutton’s Shoe Inn, which she owned and operated for many years.
After she “retired” from that business, while in her 60’s, LaVerne commuted to Dallas every day where she worked as a secretary for an insurance company while running her own successful Mary Kay business from her home. She continued to sell Mary Kay cosmetics while she and Duane traveled around the country.
LaVerne was a devout Christian woman, who always found time to practice her faith and witness about God’s goodness. As a life-long Baptist, she served in many capacities in her churches, including working in the youth department, teaching Sunday school, serving on various committees, and participating in Bible studies. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Mabank for 46 years.
LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 66 years, Duane, sister Loraine Craft, and brothers A.J. (Buck), Hugh, James, and Leon Craft.
She is survived by her sons, Ronnie Sutton and wife Kathy of Eustace, Paul Sutton and wife Janice of Mabank; grandchildren Mindy Sutton of Oxford, Miss., Stewart Sutton of Eustace, Jeff Sutton and wife Karli of Mabank, Chance Sutton and wife Brandi of Eustace; great-grandchildren Brody Sutton of Eustace, Chloe Morris of Eustace and Lynlee Sutton of Mabank; sister-in-law Ann Sutton of Mabank, and many nieces and nephews.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Apr

26

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 26, 2015

PS-AR-15 officer Matt Foster
By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

PAYNE SPRINGS-Following the meeting of the Payne Springs City Council Tuesday, Police Chief Sam Cummino tendered his resignation from the department.
The city accepted his resignation the following day. Assistant Chief Dan Huckabee is currently leading the department, The Monitor learned. Cummino’s letter of resignation did not indicate a reason for his leaving, the city secretary said.
He was with the department for a little less than two years. During the meeting Cummino introduced newly hired officer Matthew Foster to the council.
Council members also noted that all police officers have completed their certification to use the AR-15 rifle, a term used to refer to semiautomatic-only versions.
According to Wikipedia, the AR-15 is a lightweight, intermediate cartridge magazine-fed, air-cooled rifle with a rotating lock bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation.
The weapon is now on board Payne Springs police patrol vehicles. The Monitor learned other local police officers also tote the AR-15 weapon.
All three rifles were acquired under Chief Lupe Garza in 2013, shortly after the shooting deaths of Kaufman County prosecutors, city secretary Karen Juica explained. More recently, the council was going to sell them, if officers weren’t getting certified to use them, she said.
The main business of the Payne Springs City Council was to take up permit revocation discussions with two businesses, one of which stood up officials Tuesday. However, the owners of another business targeted by city officials reached an agreement with the council.
The owner of the Shell Station on Highway 198 hired a lawyer who wrote a letter to city officials requesting more specific information about alleged ordinance violations. The City Council instructed city staff to refer the letter to the city attorney.
City staff recently sent letters to two businesses instructing them to appear at the meeting to discuss the condition of culverts running under entrances to the businesses where flooding occurred causing damage to city streets.
The letter warned the business owners that their business permits would be revoked unless they complied with city ordinances requiring culvert maintenance.
Tamale Man spokesman Pete Martinez representing the owner said the business, also located on Highway 198, would comply with whatever regulations city officials required. Martinez said Tamale Man, which has operated for more than two decades in Payne Springs, would either close a second entrance to the business that crosses a clogged culvert or replace it within two weeks.
In other action, the council:
• granted a business permit for Jiba Sales to sell fireworks contingent upon the completion of local and state paperwork.
• established an employee review policy at three-month, six-month and one-year evaluations with eligibility for the first raise coming at the six-month interval.
• approved purchasing new flags for City Hall after learning the ones flying for about a year are in need of replacement.
• learned the city is over-budget. Councilman Ron Spahlinger, who serves as treasurer, advised the council and city staff to carefully consider all expenses and capture all of the revenue possible in coming months.
Monitor Staff Writer Pearl Cantrell contributed to this report.

Apr

26

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 26, 2015

Eustace no 11
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs baseball team lost an uphill battle 11-7 after surrendering 10 runs in the first inning against the visiting Rice Bulldogs April 21.
The first inning was a rough one for pitcher Rusty Rogers, who allowed eight runs on four hits and three walks while managing to nail down just one out. Head Coach Chris Powers brought in Hudson McHaffey in relief and was able to finally escape the nightmarish first inning after allowing two more Rice runs.
Eustace got on the board in the second inning when Kelly Ashton was able to tag from third base on a deep fly ball hit by Cody Strawn. The score stood at 10-1.
The hometown Bulldogs had their biggest inning of the game in the third, when they scored five runs and showed Rice they were still in the game. Things got started when McHaffey was hit by a pitch to gain first base, then Cory Strawn singled him over to third base. Next, McHaffey and Cory Stawn double stole, bringing McHaffey home and Strawn to second base. The score was 10-2. James East came up to bat next and plunked a line drive to right field to bring in Strawn from second base to make the score 10-3. Next up, Gannon Kirkhart grounded out to third base, but advanced East to second base. Ashton came to bat and singled East home to make the score 10-4. Juan Maltos continued the rally by hitting a single to left field, advancing Ashton to second base. Hayden Shaddox returned the favor with his own single to load the bases. Cody Strawn was unable to capitalize on the opportunity and hit a fly ball for the second out of the inning. Chris Carlson, however, was able and hit a single to score Ashton and Maltos to make the score 10-6. McHaffey came up to bat for the second time of the inning, but hit a ground ball to end the inning.
That was as close as it got for Eustace, which saw Rice get one more run on the board in the fifth inning while scoring a final run in the seventh on a Shaddox single.
Cory Strawn went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk; East was 1-4 with a run, hit and RBI, Ashton went 2-4 with two runs scored an RBI and Maltos was 2-3 with two runs scored. Shaddox and Cody Strawn added an RBI each and Carlson went 1-4 with two RBI’s.
McHaffey threw 128 pitches in six and two-thirds innings of work, allowing three runs on six hits and six walks. He struck out six batters.