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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 23, 2014

Wills Point ISD impacted by the news; motorists cautioned to use seat belts

Monitor Staff Reports
OUACHITA PARISH, LA.–Tragedy struck a Terrell family Wednesday night when a single car crash left five family members dead and three injured in Ouachita Parish, La.
The family was headed eastbound on Interstate 20 on the way to Walt Disney World in Florida to vacation when the 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe veered into the median, ejecting six from the vehicle. According to police reports, the driver, a 16-year-old, overcorrected and the vehicle rolled.
Trudi Hardman, a kindergarten teacher at Wills Point ISD, and her husband Michael Hardman, a second-grade teacher at Terrell ISD, were killed in the crash. Michael Hardman was also a former teacher at Wills Point.
Three of their children, ages 4, 7 and 15 were also killed in the wreck. The 15-year-old was a sophomore at Wills Point High School and the 7-year-old attended the intermediate school there.
The driver, a junior at Wills Point ISD, and the two remaining passengers were taken to a hospital with minor to moderate injuries. None of the ejected passengers were wearing a seat belt.
Wills Point ISD released this statement in response to the crash:
“Words cannot express the sadness in our hearts today. The Hardman family was in a serious accident in Louisiana last night. Five family members were lost in the accident and three survived.
“Mrs. Hardman was a Kindergarten teacher at our Primary. Please keep the family and their friends in your thoughts and prayers. The impact of the tragedy is far reaching and has effected each campus. Also, keep the family of Jami Johnson, another teacher, in your prayers as this has also impacted her family as well with the loss of one son and two others injured.” Counselors have been made available on each campus for students and staff, it continued.
Police believe the driver may have fallen asleep prior to the crash and impairment is not suspected as a cause of the wreck.
The crash remains under investigation.
The Lousiana State Police released a statement following the crash, cautioning drivers to buckle up.

Nov

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 23, 2014

Courtesy Photo The U12 Renegades finished second in the fall Tri-County Soccer season.

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The U12 Renegades finished second in the fall Tri-County Soccer season.

Six teams compete Nov. 30

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MABANK–The Tri-County Soccer Association finished its final games of the season Nov. 15, and six talented teams earned the right to compete in the Dallas Tournament of Champions starting Nov. 30.
Teams earned the right to compete at the Tournament of Champions by winning first place in their division with Tri-County Soccer. The Tournament of Champions is hosted by North Texas Soccer each year.
Teams competing at the 2014 Tournament of Champions and represent Tri-County Soccer this year are:

•U10 Boys Destroyers
•U10 Girls Eliminators
•U12 Boys Legends
•U12 Girls Lady Destroyers
•U14 Boys Panthers
•U14 Girls Phantoms
•U16 Boys Skyhawks
•U16 Girls Lady Defeeters
•U19 Boys Texas Heat
•U19 Girls Lady Titans

Nov

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 23, 2014

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler Band instructor Jeff Dubose (right) recognizes  baritonist Grayson Jackson (from left), drum major Alden Marshall, drum major Haley Ward, and drum major and flute soloist Tori Rose at the Nov. 17 MISD Board meeting.

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Band instructor Jeff Dubose (right) recognizes baritonist Grayson Jackson (from left), drum major Alden Marshall, drum major Haley Ward, and drum major and flute soloist Tori Rose at the Nov. 17 MISD Board meeting.


By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–The Mabank Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 17 was short and sweet.
Coaches recognized the varsity volleyball team and the high school band, and trustees approved several measures prior to closing.
Varsity volleyball Coach Stacy Shelton acknowledged the team. “We are 28 and 14. We had a fantastic season and I couldn’t ask for finer group,” Shelton said.
The varsity volleyball team placed second in championships at Eustace and in the top eight out of 32 teams in Tyler. The team includes Madison Holyfield, Gabby Duncan, Meagan Holyfield, Payton Costlow, Maddie Park, Cheyenne Vincent, Miranda Gonzales, Bailey Swain and Brii Young. Academic All-State nominees were Madison and Meagan Holyfield, Park and Duncan.
High School band instructor Jeff Dubose recognized four students including drum major Julianna Rose, saxophonist Hallie Ward, drum major Alton Marshall and baritonist Grayson Jackson.
In other news, trustees:
• heard the district Christmas party is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the MISD Board Room.
• approved the next board meeting date of Tuesday, Jan. 20 due to the mid-winter conference.
• nominated trustee Erik Tijerina to serve on the MISD Education Foundation Committee.
• approved the interlocal agreement with the City of Mabank regarding the new parking lots at Central Elementary School. The city will provide the machinery and labor and MISD will provide the supplies needed.
• approved a local policy exempting students with medical problems from being required to do the same activities as other students until their medical condition improves.
• heard a special board meeting will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 to discuss the superintendent’s contract.
• heard the district has received five of the six new buses purchased.