Toys for Tots Jail-n-Bail
Courtesy Photo/Cheyenne Lyons
Shirley Baade (left), Pat Monroe, Lucille Boyd, Robert
Johnson, Jacqui Calloway and Dusty Bryant make up the
“prisoner” line-up in front of Wal-Mart, in hopes shoppers
will bail them out with a donation to the Gun Barrel City Toys-for-Tots.
Courtesy Photo/Cheyenne Lyons
Jane Horton raises $100 in an hour, working the door in prison garb
the Toys-for-Tots annual Jail-n-Bail fund-raiser May 3. The three-hour
raised $1,712.33 for the Christmas gift program, benefiting needy
families in the area.
Mabank Nursing Home is
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Mabank Nursing Home is celebrating 45 years of service in the
long-term care business this month, along with National Nursing Home
Week, May 11-17.
The celebration started with Mother’s Day Sunday. Monday there was an
open house. The rest of the week was filled with various local singing
entertainments. It ended with a catered barbecue dinner for residents
and their families.
The new co-owner, Brad Smith, was introduced at this time. The turnout
was about 100 people.
The nursing home was established in 1963 by Burton and Thelma Hall. They
opened the home for one resident and it began to grow from there.
The Hall’s children, Carl Lee, Buster and Vivian, all had their part in
making the Mabank Nursing Home the thriving facility it is today.
Assistant administrator Cathy, activity director Gaylene and assistant
activity director Linda are the daughters of the late Carl Lee and
current co-owners Nadine Hall.
Food service supervisor and head of medical records Sandra Penny is the
daughter of the late Buster Hall.
Not only is the third generation still an active part of the nursing
home, but a fourth generation has begun with leadership as well. Amanda
Cline, Gaylene’s daughter, is the administrator and Brad Smith, Cathy’s
son, is the new co-owner of the business.
With so many members of the family being involved with the ins and outs,
Mabank Nursing Home is not just a job for the Hall generations, but it’s
a way of life.
That sense of home, family and dedication is what makes this facility
the highest rated nursing home in Kaufman County.
Black sworn in as new Tool
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL–Following the canvassing of the votes May 15, Tool City Council
members welcomed incumbents Fran Sonka and Red Phillips back as members
of the council and congratulated the newest member, Tracy Bush.
Municipal Judge Rhonda Peterson administered the oath of office to Mayor
Mike Black and then to the council members.
Following the swearing in, the council approved acting mayor and council
member Leland Pitts as mayor pro tem.
“It was an honor to serve as your acting mayor,” Pitts said, adding he
was proud of the employees and officers of the city and thanked them for
In other business, the council approved:
• Black and Pitts to be added to the check signature list, adding their
names to the existing list of Phillips, Peterson and city secretary Neva
• approved the consent agenda which includes the court report, police,
animal control, code enforcement and the financial and expenditure
report as presented.
• heard the fire department report from Captain Molinar.
The department answered 34 calls. Nine were fires and the rest medical
emergencies, he said.
Seven of the firefighters are taking training, he added.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Mike Black is sworn in as mayor of Tool by municipal
Judge Rhonda Peterson at the May 15 council meeting.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
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 Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at