Thursday, June 26, 2008




  Gun Barrel City mayor
runoff election is Saturday

Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–If you didn’t vote in the early election for the Gun Barrel City mayor’s runoff election, Saturday is your last chance to make your vote count.
The poll will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Brawner Hall.
Choices for mayor are Paul Eaton, the current seat holder, and challenger Marty Goss, former councilman.
A runoff became necessary when no one drew more than 51 percent of the vote in a three-way race.
Eaton missed the critical 51 percent by just a handful of votes in the local election held May 10.

Eustace mayor indicted
Charge stems from Sept. 23, 2007, brawl outside Gaters Bar
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Henderson County Grand Jury brought down an indictment against Eustace mayor Laura Ward for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury Tuesday.
The offense occurred Sept. 23, 2007, outside Gaters Bar and Grill in Gun Barrel City.
The young woman on the receiving end was airlifted to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler in critical condition and later transferred to Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman.
The incident was the second time Ward was charged with aggravated assault. The first time was in April, 2005, when she allegedly struck her friend Twanna Brewer, who fell sustaining a fractured pelvis.
Alcohol consumption were factors in both instances.
Eustace citizens were split over the incident, some calling for Ward’s immediate resignation from the council, while others defended her citing her six years of public service to the city.
The incident played a role in the recent election.
Newly seated councilman Mark Sanders said he ran for the seat expressly to see Ward taken out of office.
“This has been a black eye on the city,” Sanders said. “I’ll repeat what I said before, she needs to immediately step down because what hangs over the mayor hangs over the community.”
Members of the council disagreed and had not asked for the mayor’s resignation.
The only comment Ward made in regard to her arrest at any public meeting was that she’s leaving it up to the judicial system to establish her guilt or innocence, and will not pander to the court of public opinion.

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Laura Ward

Mabank High School gets new leadership
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–A new principal and assistant principal will step up to the helm of Mabank High School beginning Tuesday, July 1.
The appointments were announced Monday at the Mabank Independent School District board meeting.
Brad Koskelin has been named high school principal and Jess Satterwhite has been named assistant principal.
Koskelin has served as one of the assistant principals for the past four years.
He has 15 years experience in education, 12 of those with Mabank ISD, superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall said.
Koskelin could not be reached for comment. He was at the Grand Canyon vacationing with his family.
His wife, Shela, is also employed with the district as the director of Career and Technology.
Satterwhite also comes up through the ranks from being a coach and teacher. He’s been in education six years – all of them with Mabank ISD.
His wife Cindy chairs the History and Social Studies department.
“We’re very pleased to be able to fill these positions from the talented and experienced staff here in the district,” Marshall said.

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Brad Koskelin

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