Thursday, July 5, 2007






  Marshall repeats as Region 10 ‘Superintendent of the Year’
Special to the Monitor
MABANK–Mabank ISD Superintendent Dr. Russell D. Marshall has been named the 2007 Superintendent of the Year for Region 10.
Marshall was nominated by the Mabank Board of Trustees.
“Dr. Russell Marshall has been named Superintendent of the Year for Region 10 for the second year in a row,” Board President Gary Sapp said.
The Superintendent of the Year program was developed to recognize Texas superintendents for achievement and excellence in public school administration.
Winning this award two years in a row is a remarkable accomplishment, especially considering his competition this year included superintendents from such districts as Plano and Coppell, Sapp said.
“This award brings a positive recognition to Mabank ISD and all the communities of our district.
“We congratulate Dr. Marshall for receiving this well-deserved award and thank him for his continued leadership of our school district, ” Sapp said
Region 10 Education Service Center serves eight counties and 81 school districts in north Texas.
Dr. Buddy Echols, Executive Director of Region 10, expressed appreciation for the boards that participated in the Superintendent of the Year process. Echols particularly thanked the Mabank ISD Board and its president, Gary Sapp, for nominating Marshall as a “qualified and deserving candidate who represents all the superintendents of Region 10 very well.”
“I’m honored and humbled by this award.” Marshall said.
He credits the board for developing an environment for student achievement, focusing on what is best for students and supporting the shared vision and team approach.
He also praised his staff for their implementation of successful programs.
He accepted the award on behalf of the MISD teachers and staff who work hard every day for the children of the district.
Marshall has 17 years of administrative experience, serving the last four years as Mabank ISD superintendent. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin University and earned his doctorate from Baylor University in 1997.
Marshall is an active school board trainer and serves as an adjunct professor of education administration at Texas A&M Commerce. He has done extensive research and presentations on education.
Marshall’s selection will now move on to the next level for consideration.
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) state selection committee will interview regional winners in August and select five finalists.
From the five finalists one will be chosen the 2007 Texas Superintendent of the Year.
The award presentation will be made in September at the TASB/TASA Convention in Dallas.

Police officer accused of theft
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A Mabank police officer is fired and suspected of stealing items from the Mabank school district.
Mabank Mayor Larry Teague confirmed Monday that Officer Darrell Dean has been terminated from the Mabank Police Department, effective June 27.
His case is being referred to the grand jury for possible indictment.
The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case.
Dean was a school resource officer for the Mabank school district the majority of his six and a half years employment.
Investigators Sgt. Richard Gaddis and Sgt. Bryan Morris report computers, fax machines and miscellaneous school items were reported stolen from a safe on the alternative school campus, along with an undisclosed amount of cash.
“Nobody saw him take it,” Gaddis said, and surveillance images are inconclusive.
However, Dean was seen going into the safe where some of the stuff was kept, and he had access to the safe, Gaddis explained, as reasons for sending the case to the grand jury.
So far, none of the stolen goods has been recovered, Gaddis added.
Mabank ISD contracts with the city’s police department for campus resource officers. But Dean had other duties with the department as well, especially in the summer, Teague said.

‘Concert for the Cause’ set July 7
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Join 106.9 The Ranch for “The Concert for the Cause,” Saturday July 7, at Gaters Concert Hall in Gun Barrel City.
A full day of music to benefit the families of the two fallen Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies.
Music starts at 1 p.m. and continues to 1 a.m. Tickets are $10.
Featured musical artists incude: Michael Klein, Stewart Mann, Blacktop Gypsy, Mandy Hutchins, Randy Brown, Stephen Pointer, Wes Ball, Native Texas Band, Texas Highway Band, Robin English, Lauren Alexander, JD Clark, Floyd Tolston, Jimmy Nash and Eddie Eggleston with more being added daily.
Up to the moment details can be viewed at 106.9 Ranch Myspace or by listening to the radio station.
The concert hall can hold up to 2,000 with ample parking available.
There will be a silent auction, food and lots of great music.
Donations for the silent auction and offers to help are being accepted by The Ranch at (903) 874-8884.
“The Concert for the Cause” is brought to you by Gaters Concert Hall, The Monitor, The Lake Area Leader, Franklin Bank, Southern Hunter, Beall’s in Gun Barrel City, Hoot-N-Holler, Texas Tan, Lake City Music, J&L Printing and your hometown station, 106.9 The Ranch.
On Friday, the day before the benefit concert, country music performer Kevin Fowler appears in concert at Gater’s for a blowout celebration weekend.

Henrys promote patriotism in 4th of July party
By Tere Hatcher
Special to The Monitor

GUN BARREL CITY–I’ve been privileged to be in attendance at some spectacular fireworks displays before – including a large Texas military base – but retired Col. Bud Henry and his wife Linda make a fourth of July celebration a heartfelt tribute to America.
It is truly the most special of all Independence Day celebrations I have ever attended.
There is such pride and heart in every patriotic detail of their gala that one would not want to miss a moment.
The entertainment reached all different age groups – everyone from seniors to juniors had a great time.
Years have passed since citizens were rocked by the horror of 9-11 and for us in the United States wars are fought on foreign soil. But to veterans, like Bud – who were brave beyond our imaginings – defending this country and its ideals are at the heart of the freedom we enjoy.
Pride in your country takes on a new light when you have risked your life to defend it or if one is in the presence of its defenders.
The Henry celebration elevates the spirit of America to a most personal level.
It is the very spirit of our nation that Linda and Bud Henry seek to convey with words, poetry, and music that make the fireworks so very special.
The pinnacle of the evening is the spectacular display built around the flag and the backdrop of poetic tribute and praise to Ol’ Glory and all she represents.
It is the Henry personal touch that makes this celebration come alive in Cedar Creek Lake with greater flare than most.
It’s great to be an American, and it’s great to be in the company of other great Americans!

Bud Henry friend Betty White provided musical entertainment, singing such standards as “I’m Proud To Be An American.” Tony Kalawe (left) and Tere Hatcher were among the close to 200 guests who enjoyed the 9th year, Linda and Bud Henry have treated the neighborhood, friends, family and dignitaries to a 4th of July celebration at their Lakewood home.


Bill Watson, the next Dallas Cowboys placekicker, offered comic relief to the evening’s proceedings and greatly enjoyed by all the kids, especially 2-year-old Jordan, who was trying to figure out what to make of Watson’s big shoe and short leg.















Host “Bud” E.H. Henry (center in hat) joins his guests in the chow line. A Texas barbecue was a standout amongst the assortment of side dishes and sumptious desserts. Among the guest list were Athens Mayor Randy Daniels, veteran volunteer Sally Rambo, former Tool mayor Fran Sonka, Democratic candidate Charlie Thompson, Chamber of Commerce staffers Jo Ann Hanstrom and Doreen Watts, Gun Barrel City treasurer Mickie Raney, CPA Don Kinney and real estate agents Janice and Terry Ellis.