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School board recognized
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–January is School Board Recognition Month in Texas.
Mabank Independent School District is joining other districts
across the state to gratefully acknowledge local trustees’
unfailing commitment to our communities and schools.
This month, we encourage our community to help honor the
contributions and dedication of our local school board members.
Mabank ISD school board members are recognized for their
“These locally elected
citizens, who work without pay, make decisions that influence
and direct the education of our youth,” MISD Superintendent, Dr.
Russell D. Marshall said.
“Our board is made up of local leaders who understand the Cedar
Creek Lake area culture, values and challenges. They are a vital
link between the community and the classroom. They bear
responsibility for an annual budget of $31.5 million. Their job
is not an easy one, but they have a commitment to serve their
community and ensure that all students are given every
opportunity to excel through education.” Marshall said.
“We need to take a moment to thank the MISD board for making the
time to share their vision and voice about the future of our
children. We proudly salute these men as they provide leadership
for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and
school facilities,” he said.
The members serving Mabank ISD and their years of service are:
• president Kenneth Odom, 17 yrs.
• vice-president Dr. Darrell Kinnard, 26 yrs.
• secretary Michael Cathey, 10 yrs.
• Gary Sapp, 13 yrs.
• Todd Grimes, 4 yrs.
• Tyson Johnson, 4 yrs.
• Dr. Jeff Gaddis, 2 yrs.
welcomes Phantom jet
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON-The Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Committee is
hosting a parade to celebrate the meeting of a longtime dream
At 10 a.m Saturday, Jan. 14. A refurbished F-4-D Phantom Jet
will make its way to its new home in the Memorial Plaza at the
intersection of state highways 243 and 19.
For years, volunteers have been working to raise funds to
purchase and repaint the jet. Now the Van Zandt County Veterans
Memorial Committee would like to show everyone this
accomplishment by hosting this parade.
The Bringing the Jet Home Parade will start at State Highway 64
and SH 243, and proceed to the Plaza located at SH 243 and SH
The Grand Marshall will be Field McConnell, former pilot of the
F4, who flew it more than seven years.
All Van Zandt County school marching bands will be performing
together under the direction of Rob Toups, weather permitting.
Everyone is invited to come celebrate.
Beginning in 1959, the F-4 Phantom jet set 15 world records,
including an absolute speed record, and an absolute altitude
The F-4 was used extensively during the Vietnam War, serving as
the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air
Force, as well as being important in the ground-attack and
reconnaissance roles by the close of U.S. involvement in the
Wikipedia reports the Phantom has the distinction of being the
last U.S. fighter flown to attain status in the 20th century.
The F-4 continued to form a major part of U.S. military air
power throughout the 1970s and 1980s, being gradually replaced
by more modern and remained in use by the U.S. in reconnaissance
and suppression of enemy air defenses in the 1991 Gulf War,
finally leaving U.S. service in 1996. Phantoms remain in front
line service with seven countries. Phantom production ran from
1958 to 1981, with a total of 5,195 built, making it the most
numerous American supersonic military aircraft.
breakfast talks taxes
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS-Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce chairman
Tate Cramm introduced breakfast speaker Don Kinney to business
leaders at Dairy Queen in Seven Points Wednesday. The certified
public accountant warned Seven Points-Tool Chapter members of
changes to income tax rules.
The IRS are going after what they view as “low-hanging fruit” in
the way of the mileage deduction and contract labor that’s
really employees, McKinney warned.
“If you put down a flat (mileage) rate, like 20,000 miles,
they’ll know you don’t have the records to back it up,” he said.
Also since for half of 2011 the federal rate was set at 51 cents
per mile and the rest of the time at 55 cents per mile, they’ll
be looking for two separate mileage totals, no averaging, he
“I’m asking my clients to show me a log book that they’ve been
using to track their mileage,” he added.
And miles driven to and from the work site are not deductible,
In addition “The Bush tax cuts are expiring,” he said. “They
were meant to be temporary and now they’re going away.” In 2012,
deductions for sales tax, higher education payments,
distributions from IRAs directly to charities (for those over 70
years of age) and $200 for teachers expense will not be allowed.
The residential energy credit is capped at $500 and may only be
taken once in a lifetime, he said.
The IRS has also gotten more stringent on contract labor. There
are about 22 characteristics to help taxpayers decide whether or
not they have an employee or a contract laborer, among them are:
They have and use their own tools and work without supervision
and work for others, in addition to you.
“At this point you can voluntarily change the status without too
much grief,” Kinney said, adding he wasn’t sure how much longer
the amnesty program would last.
The 15-year depreciation period allowed in 2011 on new
construction or major repairs is gone for 2012 he said, extended
to a 39-year period on commercial buildings and 27 years on
residential ones, he said.
“I don’t see any changes to make a positive effect on the
economy,” he concluded.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
information visit our website at