Mabank school employees lauded
at annual banquet
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Mabank Independent School District campus paraprofessionals of the year
Traci Johnson (left) – administration, Misty Davis – Lakeview, Janice
Armstrong – Mabank High School and Vickie Zabojnik (far right) – Mabank
Middle School, celebrate with the overall designate Vicki Shelton of
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–About 100 teachers, administrators,
paraprofessionals and support personnel were recognized for years of
service and contributions of excellence during the Mabank school
district Employee Appreciation dinner Thursday.
The coveted Teacher of the Year award went to high school science
teacher/coach Michael Rowland, who has been with the district four
MHS principal Dr. Tommy Wallis called Rowland “the epitome of the
teacher-coach,” and praised him on bringing a great deal of college
scholarship to Mabank athletes.
Wallis added that in his 16 years in education, Rowland is one of the
best teachers he’s seen.
“He’s taken the science department to a whole other level,” Wallis said.
Attendees also learned Rowland is newly engaged to be married to Robin
Powell, a 2004 Mabank graduate and Texas A&M at Commerce student. A
wedding date is set for June, 2008, Powell told The Monitor.
Campus teachers of the year were lauded by their school principals.
Charlotte Purl has been with the district 23 years and has wanted to
become a teacher since seventh grade, MMS principal Gary Jacobs said.
Purl brings history to life for seventh graders, Jacobs said.
Janna Parker, 17 years with the district, is the Central Elementary
technologist, but she has done it all, retiring Principal Elizabeth
Horton said. She’s taught third and fourth grade, math, and she’s also
served as school librarian.
Parker said the rewards of being a teacher are innumerable as one helps
children reach their full potential.
Traci Clark has been with the district 10 years and teaches first grade.
She began as a pre-kindergarten teacher.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Mabank assistant superintendent Linda McKee (back) named the Employee of
the Year from each department as Weldon Reid (left) – custodial,
Theressa Henderson – food service, Tommy Dobbs – maintenance, and Sondra
Caffey – transportation.
The last three Southside teachers of the year have
come from the first grade, and four out of 11 have come from the first
grade, Southside Elementary Principal James Pate said.
It was said of Barbie Bolin that she has been teaching in the barn her
whole life, Lakeview Elementary School Principal Kevyn Pate said.
“She loves to teach and excels at motivating kids to do their best,”
Pate added. She’s been with the school five years and teaches fourth
Of the finalists for paraprofessional of the year, Vicki Shelton, a
reading and math intervention specialist at Central, received the top
“Shelton goes out of her way to help children succeed,” reaching coach
Jodi Dowdy told The Monitor.
Employees also received pins for years of service.
Ralaine Manning, a reading intervention specialist at Southside
Elementary, was recognized for 30 years of service.
Sherry Ann Brown, Billie Jennings and Janis Jones, an American studies
teacher at the MMS, marked 25 years, while Judeen Downing, Karen Jones,
Doyle Lewis and Mary Scarborough received 20-year pins.
Many more were recognized for five, 10 and 15 years of service.
Those recognized for their retirement at the end of this school year
were Jeannie Gurley – Lakeview, Robert Hood and Lewis both of MHS,
William Rehl – MMS, Bickie Roberts – Southside, B.J. Shackelford –
transportation, Horton, Marvilou Walters and Dorothy Warms, all of
The Mabank Independent School District has 550 employees.
Malakoff Cornbread Festival
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Trinidad twins Zachary (left) and Zanthany Jackson, both 3, feast on
orange shaved ice Saturday at Malakoff’s Cornbread Festival. They are
the sons of Zachary and Deneicia Jackson Jr. of Trinidad.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Grandmother Matsy Walker holds 2-year-old Janie Crosby as she tastes a
traditional gordita at the Rivera family booth Saturday at the Cornbread
Annual garage sale supports
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Friends of Safe Boating are holding its annual
garage sale 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Tom Finley Park.
The annual event has been held 15 times, garage chairwoman Glenna
However the last two years, it hasn’t been held.
That means a lot of great stuff has accumulated for the garage sale,
Mid-cities Storage provides the group with a storage unit for the garage
This year the sale will include used clothing, something it hasn’t had
in the past, she said.
It will also feature water sports equipment such as wet suits and one
paddleboat, Roodhouse said.
Funds raised through the garage sale supports the work of the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 5-14.
The flotilla helps patrol the lake on weekends to insure people are
practicing safe boating.
“We’re not law enforcement,” Roodhouse said. “We’re educators.”
That’s why the flotilla also conducts ABC Public Education classes on
safe boating, visits schools and libraries telling children how
important it is to wear life jackets while on the lake.
U.S.C.G. members conduct courtesy boat safety inspections, and its
members assist game wardens at boat accident scenes, she said.
Manage your working capital to maintain
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–As the owner of a small business, you may think it has
little in common with a large corporation.
While it is true that you will likely rely more on trade credit, bank
financing, lease financing and personal equity, your long-term
investment decisions require the same kind of analysis used by large
The key is understanding those factors that affect financial decisions,
how they apply to your business’s short- and long-term goals and
strategies, and any other influences that may be unique to your
Working capital is the difference between current assets and current
liabilities. Lack of close control on working capital is one cause of
business failure. The small business owner must be constantly alert to
changes in working capital, the reasons for them, and any resulting
It is helpful for the owner to think of working capital in terms of its
1) Cash and equivalents. This most liquid form of working capital
requires constant supervision.
A good cash budgeting system addresses many important considerations:
whether the cash level is adequate to meet current expenses as they come
due; timing of cash inflow, cash outflow and peak cash needs; amount to
borrow to meet cash shortfalls; and the timing of repayment of loans.
2) Accounts receivable. Almost all businesses extend credit to their
Make sure the amount of accounts receivable is reasonable in relation to
sales and that receivables are being collected promptly. Identify
slow-paying customers and have a strategy for dealing with them.
3) Inventory. Inventory often constitutes as much as 50 percent of a
firm’s current assets.
Is the inventory level reasonable compared with sales and the nature of
the business? Know the rate of inventory turnover compared with other
companies in your type of business.
4) Accounts payable. Financing by trade is common in small business and
is one of the major sources of funds for entrepreneurs.
Understand whether your business’s payment policy is helping or hurting
your credit rating. Know the timing pattern between payment of accounts
payable and collections of accounts receivable.
5) Notes payable. Notes to banks or other financial sources represent a
popular alternative financing source.
Note whether the amount of borrowing is reasonable compared to the
equity financing of the firm. Look at when payments are due and whether
the money will be there to make these payments on schedule.
6) Accrued expenses and taxes payable. These are obligations of the firm
at any given time, and represent expenses already obligated, even if
payment is not yet issued.
If you would like to discuss business financing, understanding financial
statements or budgeting, contact SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small
SCORE is a nonprofit organization of more than 10,500 volunteer business
counselors who provide free and confidential advice to veteran
entrepreneurs and those just starting out.
There is a SCORE Chapter at The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of
Commerce. Call (903) 887-3152 for an appointment.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
ABOVE–My name is Reverse. I am a beautiful male 3-4 years old
Min-Pin mix. I am fixed and current on my shots. I walk on a
leash and absolutely adore people and I get along well with
others. I was adopted out last year and brought back to the
shelter by animal control. The girls who work here remembered
who I was. I love to lay in your lap and am just a wonderful
boy. I do get a little upset when left alone, so I sometimes
chew things up. It is best to have a fenced yard or a good size
run/crate to place me in when you’re not home. Unfortunately, I
am heart-worm positive. I am in need to gain weight and
attention to my coat, I have lost some hair. I would make a
wonderful pet to someone of any age. I am a wonderful boy in
need of a wonderful loving family who will be there for me
ABOVE–My name is Baby. I am a beautiful 6-7 years old female
Terrier mix. I am fixed and in need of my rabies shot. I walk on
a leash and am still very playful. I was brought to the shelter
by animal control looking so pitiful. I had a pretty good spell
of the mange. I have received a few mange baths and am looking
good now. I really had a rough time. I am now growing my coat
back and am getting plenty to eat and the girls at the shelter
spoil me pretty good. I am a wonderful loving old girl looking
for my new loving forever family.
Pictured are just a few
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 Wednesdays.
For further information
visit our website at