Thursday, July 16, 2009






  Stabbing victim has Kemp ties
Monitor Staff Reports
SEAGOVILLE–Seagoville police are investigating the stabbing of a 41-year-old male with ties to Kemp.
He was transported to a local emergency room Monday morning, where he was pronounced dead, according to a Seagoville Police Department press release.
Police were withholding his name Tuesday, pending notification of next of kin. However, The Monitor has learned his mother lives in Kemp.
Police responded to the 2600 block of Bell Street after receiving an emergency call at 9:15 a.m. Monday.
When emergency personnel arrived, they found the victim lying in front of his house.
Witnesses at the crime scene told police that a known suspect arrived at the residence and confronted the victim.
During the altercation, the victim was apparently stabbed.
Police investigators are interviewing witnesses and in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the victim’s residence, where the death occurred.
Sgt. Steve Davis reported the victim had been held in both state and federal prisons for a long time.

Monitor staff wins ‘Better Newspaper Contest’ awards
Monitor Staff Reports
AUSTIN–The Monitor again brought home awards from the annual Texas Press Association’s “Better Newspaper Contest.”
For the third straight year, editor Kerry Yancey won a first place plaque for his sports photography.
His two-picture entry included an April 12 photo from the District 13-3A track meet with then-sophomore Sharda Bettis of Kemp pulling away from then-junior Chelsea Truitt of Eustace in the 100 meter hurdles, and a June 29 photo of a youth baseball contest between the Malakoff Marlins and the Mabank Longhorns.
Judges from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association gave both photos “excellent” marks for action and composition, and “good” marks for quality of cutline (also known as the caption), enterprise/innovation and reproduction.
Of the youth baseball photo, showing a play at home plate, the judges wrote “The best photo in the category! You got it all – faces, ball, ump, dust, spectator. Well done!”
The Monitor took fourth place in Sports Coverage, which includes all aspects – the variety of sports covered, photos, writing, page layout and reproduction.
Yancey also took third place in the Feature Photo category with a two-shot entry featuring a June 29 photo of the annual Mabank Western Week bed races and a Sept. 7 photo of a worker preparing steel rebar on a bridge support column, part of the State Highway 198 bridge replacement project between Malakoff and Caney City (see above).
“Obviously, the Oregon judges know what we all know, and that is Kerry Yancey’s photography skills are second to none in the small semi-weekly market,” The Monitor general manager Susan Harrison said.
The Monitor took third place in the News Writing category with stories from managing editor Pearl Cantrell (“Cities alarmed over sour gas” from June 29) and Yancey (“Three injured in bridge collapse” from Sept. 14).
Judges wrote about Cantrell’s story: “Important topic that’s explained clearly to readers. Good reporting on history of other places.”
Former Payne Springs city councilman Vic Brazzell said “(The Monitor) does an excellent job of reporting events all around the lake.
“You are always fair and unbiased in your reporting, and I like that,” Brazzell added.
Yancey’s story drew this comment: “Nice structure and organization to the story. Straightforward and clear. Good use of quotes.”
Past Rotary and Chamber officer Ted Igersoll complimented the dedication and skill of staff writer Barbara Gartman.
“She’s obviously a good and dedicated reporter, but what I so appreciate about Barbara is she has been so helpful to suggest good speakers for the Rotary luncheons. She does double duty, and I really appreciate her.”
“The Monitor editorial staff continues to raise the bar in photography and news reporting excellence for the Cedar Creek Lake area,” Harrison noted.
The Malakoff News won two first-place plaques – for General Excellence and News Writing.
The News also took second place in Page Design. The three top awards provided enough points for The News to take third place in the Sweepstakes category.
The Monitor competed in Division 5, small semi-weeklies, while sister publication The Malakoff News competed in Division 10, the smallest weekly category.
Each newspaper submitted two entries from 2008 issues in various categories. For most categories, one entry had to be from either June or December; the other entry could be from any month during the calender year.
The largest daily newspapers competed only in the General Excellence category.
An awards brunch wound up the 130th annual TPA convention June 20 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Austin.

City council makes emergency
buy on used police car

Monitor Staff Reports
PAYNE SPRINGS–In an emergency meeting, the Payne Springs city council approved the purchase of a used car from the City of Seven Points to replace a police car that was wrecked in a motorcycle chase July 4.
On July 7, council members agreed to pay $2,000 for a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria with 163,572 mileage.
Only four council members were present – Ethel Hagin, Rodney Renberg, who conducted the meeting, Linda Carr and Michael McDonald.

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