Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A beer theft led to an early-morning pursuit through Mabank’s
residential streets Saturday, ending when the suspect’s vehicle hit a
The incident began around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, when the suspect attempted
to purchase a 30-pack of beer at the Shell convenience store at the U.S.
Highway 175/State Highway 198 interchange.
As state law bans the sale of alcohol after midnight, the store clerk
refused to sell the beer, whereupon the suspect grabbed his money back,
as well as the 30-pack, and exited the store, Mabank Police Chief Kyle
Responding to the clerk’s call, police officer Keith Bradshaw located
the suspect’s vehicle eastbound on E. Mason Street (Business 175), and
attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect refused to pull
over, McAfee said.
Bradshaw pursued the suspect vehicle along a number of residential
streets in the eastern portion of the city until the suspect lost
control of his vehicle and struck a tree in the 700 block of East
Market, McAfee reported.
The suspect, identified as Mabank resident Tommy Barnes, 25, was
seriously injured in the accident, and was transported to Parkland
Hospital in Dallas by helicopter.
McAfee said Barnes faces a number of charges, including fleeing from an
officer, driving with a suspended license and theft, when he is released
from the hospital.
Teachers of the Year named
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK– It was another first for the new Mabank High School, as more
than 500 teachers, staff, friends and their families attended the annual
Employee Awards Banquet.
Thursday, the huge crowd gathered in the commons area for a meal of
Italian food, including various types of pizza and luscious desserts.
Gary Sapp, Mabank Independent School Board president, welcomed the group
and introduced the trustees in attendance
Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall welcomed those in attendance and
then turned to Opal Toney, Mabank graduate and The Monitor column
“Miss Opal, how big was your graduating class?” he asked.
“About 20,” she softly replied.
“Did you ever think a MHS cafeteria would be this full?”
Toney just shook her head.
Marshall then proceeded with the presentation of the awards, beginning
with recognition of the selection committees.
Para of the Year committee members were Bruce Easley, Joann Hanstrom and
Teacher of the Year committee members were Karen Jentzen, Leland Pitts
and Lew Talbot.
The campus teachers of the year were introduced by their principals.
Campus teachers of the year were High School Mary Dunn, Middle School
Laurie Springer, Central Elementary Mary Ann Gregg, Lakeview Elementary
Melissa Sullivan and Southside Elementary Carole Jordan.
Dunn was also named District Teacher of the Year.
Campus Para of the Year were High School Shannon Kemp, Middle School
Debbie Hammack, Central Elementary Kimberly Hicks, Lakeview Elementary
Tracy Shaw, Southside Elementary Linda Cross and administration Karen
Employee of the Year for food service was Yolanda Hodges, maintenance
Gene Askew and transportation Alice Woods.
Employees retiring were Middle School Brenda Lindsey, Sue Powell and
Sharon Shaw, and from Lakeview Elementary Jeanne Shelton.
Service pins awarded were:
• 35 years to Kathie Hyde, not present.
• 30 years, Barbara Bevill.
• 25 years, Sherrie Beck, Linda Engel, Rhonda Manning and Cynthia Saenz.
• 20 years, Brenda Jones, Nancy McDonald, Debra Morgan, Adreanne Rogers
and Daniel Smith.
• 15 years, Leah Barton, Debbie Lynn, Rhonda Marrinan, Hunter Fisher,
Karylene McWhorter, Debbie Hammock, Pamela Hyde, Marsha Morse, Patti
Jordan, Nancy Smith, Catherine Lindsey and Vickie Wells.
• 10 years, Karen Bowers, Sandy Chasteen, Lezlee Cheek, Tricia Corder,
Edna Duncan, Kimberley Ferrell, Juanita Franklin, Karen Godby,
Georgeanne Harding, Theresa Henderson, JK Hyde, Glenda Jump, Annette
McKee, Tina Monus, Martha Phillips, Suzie Shankle, Sue Shelton, Judy
Spivey and Meredith Williams.
• five years, Julie Boothe, Joann Burnett, Jimmy Cantrell, Johnny
Chisolm, Rex Criggar, Cynthia Doze, Connie Gibbs, James Good, Debra
Gordon, Debbie Hammack, Danielle Hartsell, Sandra Harvey, Diana Kostiuk,
Maria Ledezma, Russell Marshall, Terrie Parmeter, Christian Reed, Bob
Schoonover, Rebecca Smith, Melissa Sullivan, Paul Swerline, Matthew
Teague, Zan Tidmore and Thomas Wallis.
Photo by Charles Stiff
Mabank named Teachers of the Year including
high school teacher Mary Dunn (left), middle school
teacher Laurie Springer, Central Elementary’s
Mary Ann Gregg, Southside’s Carole Jordan and
Lakeview’s Melissa Sullivan.
Mid-Cities Storage burns in
Tuesday morning blaze
Monitor Photo/Janice Grubbs
Area firefighters converged on the 2100 block of S. Third Street (SH
Mabank 7 a.m. Tuesday to fight a blaze that destroyed a building housing
office and several units of Mid-Cities Storage, mostly due to water and
damage. The suspect arsonist was transferred by ambulance to
Hospital of Kaufman and then flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas for
of his injuries, Mabank Fire Marshal John Holcomb told The Monitor.
the fire snarled traffic during peak school drop-off times and continued
only one southbound lane until lunchtime. More will be reported as
information becomes available.