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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 13, 2017

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Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Lady Bulldog senior post Sydnee Wynn scored 31 points and pulled down 25 rebounds to lead the Eustace Lady Bulldogs to a 59-55 overtime victory over Mineola Jan. 9 at E.L. Kirk gymnasium. The Lady Bulldogs have now won three games in a row with the victory.
The Lady Bulldogs also got eight points and seven rebounds from Sophomore Madison Holbert. Sophomore Lily Sorrels had seven points and nine rebounds. Junior Zoie Bailey chipped in five points and two rebounds, sophomore Miranda Fontenot added three points and nine rebounds, Johnsynn Luckey added two points and six boards and senior Hana Abuhatub added two points for the Lady Bulldogs in the victory.
Wynn, the University of Incarnate Word signee, also had two blocked shots to go with her double-double. Fontenot also added a blocked shot in the win.
In other action, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Grand Saline 46-40 behind 17 points from Sorrels in a game played Jan. 6 at Grand Saline High School gym.
The Lady bulldogs led 10-9 after one period of play, but Grand Saline came back to take a four-point lead into halftime at 22-18. Eustace got going defensively in the third quarter, holding the Lady Indians to just four points in the quarter and heading to the final frame with a six-point advantage at 32-26. The two teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter and Eustace walked away with the six-point victory.
Wynn chipped in 13 points, while Luckey, Fontenot and Bailey each scored four points. Holbert and sophomore Sadie Cates had two points each in the victory.
The Lady Bulldogs improve to 13-11 overall and 3-2 in district play. The Lady Bulldogs will be in action at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 when they travel to Scurry-Rosser to battle the Lady Wildcats in a district matchup.

Jan

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 13, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The cities of Mabank and Kemp have entered into an interlocal agreement. Mabank is going to sell water to Kemp, though Kemp officials report its plant is currently producing water, just not enough all the time.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District stopped sending water to the city Dec. 20, according to City of Kemp city administrator Regina Kaiser. “They threatened to shut off the water if we didn’t do something by the 21st but then they shut if off on the 20th, so it didn’t matter whether we complied or not,” she told The Monitor following a city council meeting Tuesday.
The interlocal agreement was signed that same day by both parties and became effective immediately, Kemp Mayor Laura Peace said. During a blistering summer of 2012, the Mabank utility employees worked night and day to complete a two-inch line to Kemp, when its plant failed, water leaks drained the water tower and the town was left high and dry for four days.
A query to WCCMUD about why water service was terminated Dec. 20 went unanswered by press time.
The interlocal agreement was one of three agenda items pertaining to the Kemp’s water system.
Kemp officials are also seeking a grant-funding package from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build a new water plant, totaling $1.5 million. Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. has agreed to provide engineering services for the design phase and plan to revisit the plant Jan. 24 with city officials to study the aged plant and site for a new one.
The city also approved an agreement with the Heritage Institute of Sustainability for engineering consulting services. The city has a working relationship with the institute’s prime representative, Valerie Shoup, and Shoup has a strong relationship with Alan Plummer Associates, Inc.
Kaiser said that relationship and understanding the city’s need has motivated the engineering firm to discount its design services.
City officials are working from a three to six-month scenario for getting the funding package in place and a three-month window to construct a new plant. Officials did not address in open session its plans for repayment of a loan for a plant serving 710 water meters. However, the city continues to seek grants and low-interest funding sources, Kaiser said.
Tuesday’s meeting went immediately into a brief executive session before addressing the rest of the agenda.
With surcharges to help pay down existing debt, Kemp water customers are already seeing water bills climb, it was reported. At last estimate, there were around 700 water connections to the Kemp water system.
No discussion of the agreement the city has with WCCMUD was offered and no representatives from the utility were present at the meeting. On Dec. 16 the PUC approved the application for WCCMUD to be the City’s water provider with adjustments made to Kemp’s license (CCN). However, the same day, the application was also dismissed, per request of the City of Kemp and WCCMUD.
In other business, council members:
• noted a 2.37 percent rate hike in services from Progressive Waste Solutions. The city plans to absorb the increase and not pass this onto its customers, Peace said.
• approved the sale of residential lot now owned by the city’s Economic Development Corporation to the neighboring land owner.
• named the second and fourth Tuesdays as regularly scheduled city council meetings, giving the council two opportunities to take care of city business with greater timeliness. The council plans to continue meeting at 7 p.m., primarily on the second Tuesday, but with the option to add another meeting on the fourth Tuesday as necessary, without having to call for a special meeting and the super majority that requires, Peace explained.
• agreed to provide animal control services for the City of Tool for one year, in exchange for the transfer of ownership of their animal control truck and equipment. “This is an opportunity to be a good neighbor,” Councilman Barry Lummus commented.
• announced the Wildflower Festival is set for Saturday, April 8, with reservations already being taken by city hall. Last year, about 50 vendors participated in the spring gathering. Entertainment is being lined up with local performers Kadie Lynn and her band, and the Road Weary Travelers.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 13, 2017

Puroff, Sean Anthony

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL–The Tool Police Department returned a parolee back to jail Wednesday after a high-speed chase that knocked one car off the roadway and endangered a dozen others. Tool officer Jenny Engle with back-up from her husband, officer Garrett Engle, and a Seven Points officer chased Sean Puroff, 35, starting from Arnold Hills through Seven Points and then Kemp on State Highway 274 to the service road Eastbound on U.S. 175 where the trio were able to box in the subject, who had been driving a silver 2004 Kia Amanti with fraudulent paper tags.
At one point during the chase affecting 6 p.m. traffic, Puroff came up on an 18-wheeler and proceeded to pass him on the two-lane highway by King’s Creek Golf Course. Vehicles were warned by the flashing lights of the pursuing police cars and pulled off and stopped on the sides of the road.
Puroff was just out of jail, and gothis cousin to help him find his wife in Arnold Hills, he told the officer who was responding to a suspicious car in the neighborhood. At the time, Puroff was the passenger and the officer had asked the driver to step out of the car and tell her what was going on. When the temporary tags on the vehicle were traced, they were found to be fraudulent. The driver said the car belonged to his aunt and he had borrowed it. The driver was in possession of a suspended Florida driver’s license and was having financial trouble that was preventing him from getting a Texas driver’s license.
While Officer Jenny Engles was talking to the driver outside the car, Puroff, 5-2, with an alias of ‘Shorty’ had gotten into the driver’s side, buckled up and then took off, the officer reported.
Puroff is in the Henderson County Jail on bonds totaling $43,500, facing charges of evading arrest, aggravated assault with a vehicle and possession of controlled substance penalty group 1 less than a gram.
Puroff was last arrested in the Groom & Sons parking lot May 13, 2015, at which time he was charged with two counts of evading arrest, family violence, credit card abuse, theft of property and possessing fraudulent identifying information.
Puroff’s cousin was not charged and proved to be cooperative with police throughout the incident.
Monitor Staff Reports
TOOL–Tool Police took a burglary suspect into custody Monday, after a tip from a local business on where to find Richard Dean Garner, 22. Garner was wanted in connection with a break-in at The Learning Express Preschool and Daycare on W. Will White Road in Tool on Dec. 27.
Surveillance video shows a man in an orange UT college jacket on the premises, which sustained a great deal of damage, including a rock through the back glass door, electronics torn off walls and the internet, phone and electricity lines cut.
During the investigation, the jacket was found on a nearby barbed-wire fence. In the pocket was a membership card to The Arcade. Police showed a photo of the suspect and asked if the business knows him. They said they did. And the next time he came in, police arrested him. Personnel from the business later picked him out of a police lineup.
Garner was still being held on bonds totaling $25,000 for Burglary of a Building.
MABANK—On Jan. 8, the Athens Police Department took a man into custody on an active trespass, who was also identified in connection with a break-in at the Mabank Junior High the day before. Billy Gene Robinson, 34, was arrested and bonded out the same day posting $1,750.
From a Facebook post of surveillance photos, Mabank ISD Police Chief Joey Rich was able to identify his subject as the same Robinson, but shortly after he had been released. Mabank Police Chief Keith Bradshaw said his department got the call at 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 7. The suspect had come around to the workout room where Mabank personnel have access to, asking about a woman. The man who was working out there conversed briefly with the suspect and followed him out, noticing a window had been broken and called it in, Bradshaw told The Monitor.
At that point, “I handed the case over to Joey. He put the word out there and discovered later that weekend that his suspect had been arrested in Athens on a trespassing charge,” he said. Mabank ISD Chief Rich was unavailable for comment on the case.