Thursday, September 24, 2009








Spirit Week raises nearly $44,600
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank Independent School District and the Cedar Creek Lake community presented a check for $44,599.50 to the Children’s Miracle Network Friday, capping the ninth annual Spirit Week.
Accepting the check on behalf of the Children’s Miracle Network was Angela Bynum.
What started out as a small gesture to remember the dead and injured in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. “has indeed ballooned into something that is bigger than us all,” Spirit Week coordinator Tonya Chapman told fans during pre-game presentation ceremonies at Panther Stadium.
“In addition to remembering the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a patch of countryside in Pennsylvania, our district and community was invited to hear a presentation about a young woman named Rachel Joy Scott,” Chapman said.
Scott was the first student killed during the Columbine High School shootings April 20, 1999, but she left behind an essay that forms the core of “Rachel’s Challenge,” recently presented to Mabank and Kemp students.
“Rachel’s wish and ethical code in her short life was to change the world one person at a time by offering kindness and compassion,” Chapman said. “I believe the people of Mabank ISD exemplify the spirit of Rachel’s Challenge by overcoming the adversity in our own lives and pursuing the idea that an act of kindness will start, and continue, a chain reaction that will reach further than any of us could comprehend.”
The Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals.
“Our donations to Children’s Miracle Network tonight will create miracles at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of children each year,” Chapman said.
Mabank High School, through daily hot dog vending, powder-puff football players and golfers that didn’t know to come out of the rain helped bring in $11,153.35 under the leadership of principal Brad Koskelin and Spirit Week campus coordinator Cris Cary.
Mabank Junior High School, led by principal Darin Jolly (who was found one day hanging by duct tape on his cafeteria door) and campus coordinator Rhonda Manning, put together a lot of cotton candy and cheese nachos to bring in twice as much as they raised last year, $6,742.09.
At the Mabank Intermediate School, housing fifth- and sixth-graders, principal James Pate and campus coordinator Vickie Cowin were green from the pickle juice, splattered by face paint and pounded by pies in the face in order to bring in almost twice as much as the school did last year, $6,693.13.
At Lakeview Elementary, principal Kevyn Pate and campus coordinator Melissa Sullivan, their staff and the campus sold hot dogs in the rain, bashed in a car and put up with being dunked in a frigid dunking booth. For their efforts, Lakeview’s fund-raising increased by more than $500 to total $5,530.00.
Southside Elementary principal Julie Wiebersch and brand-new campus coordinators Jennifer Williams and Tina Peebles helped sponsor a full-blown carnival and a bounce house that did not want to bounce, generating $6,564.91.
Central Elementary principal Terri Watson and assistant principal Chelsea Capehart, who also served as the campus coordinator, helped the campus put together a number of fund-raisers, including plate-toting waitresses, sign-selling vendors and hamburger-flipping teachers, generating a remarkable $13,737.72, almost twice as much as last year.
“Our administrative offices also helped out this year by bringing in $199, and I was just handed $49 out in the parking lot,” Chapman noted.


Burglary suspects surrender
Monitor Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The suspects in a Sept. 1 home burglary in Malakoff turned themselves in as law enforcement closed in.
Gun Barrel City resident Randy Lee Moore, 18, and Malakoff resident Keith Lee Morris, 27, turned themselves in Sept. 14.
Moore was charged with burglary of a habitation, and at last report remained in the Henderson County jail under a $5,000 bond.
Morris, who was charged with theft of service and credit card abuse, put up $10,000 bail and was released within the hour.
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reported that shortly after midnight Sept. 1, more than $8,000 in property and several credit cards were reported missing.
Deputies Robert Powers and Kendell Wellman responded to a burglary call in the Point La Vista subdivision in Malakoff, along with Sgt. Brad Gray.
Law enforcement officials confirmed entrance into the residence had been forced, Nutt stated.
Investigator Bryan Tower was assigned to the case, and learned that three of the stolen credit cards had been used in 25 transactions throughout Henderson and Dallas counties following the burglary.
The purchases totaled $1,000.
Morris was identified as the one making purchases with the credit cards, and subsequently made a confession.
Tower also identified the second suspect in the burglary.
Moore made a confession pertaining to the burglary, and Tower was able to recover 12 items stolen from the residence.
Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Milton Adams issued arrest warrants on the two men, and Moore and Morris presented themselves to Tower at the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.


Sanders seeks HC judge’s seat
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Following last week’s announcement that Henderson County Judge David Holstein will not seek another term in office, congressional aide Richard Sanders announced his candidacy for the office.
Sanders narrowly lost his bid for county judge to Holstein in a runoff election in 2002.
A local business owner, conservative and longtime Athens resident, Sanders believes his business and political experience as aide to Republican conservative Jeb Hensarling will make him an effective county judge.
“I believe it is time to chart a course for prosperity and opportunity for Henderson County in the next decade, and I’m asking Henderson County to support my campaign to provide conservative leadership for the county,” Sanders said.
Hensarling has endorsed Sanders’ run for the office, calling him his friend.
“I know Richard well, because he has been at my side since I first went to Congress, and he has helped me every step of the way,” Hensarling said during a recent press conference.
Calling Sanders a “true conservative” and a man of “impeccable integrity,” Hensarling said he plans to campaign vigorously for him.
“I hope everyone in the county who believe in and who supports my work in Congress will, in turn, support Richard Sanders for county judge,” he said.
Sanders said he appreciates the congressman’s strong endorsement.
“Through the years, I have learned about the budget process from one of the most conservative members of the House Budget Committee and United States Congress. Henderson County residents deserve a transparent budget and accountable county government, and that’s what I will deliver,” Sanders said.
Besides his six years at Hensarling’s side as his East Texas regional director, Sanders has chalked up 20 years as a homebuilder and real estate developer.
“My background in construction management and budgeting has taught me to prioritize, and will be invaluable as I work to do the same for Henderson County,” Sanders said.
As a lifelong conservative, Sanders said he’s committed to “limited government and unlimited opportunities.”
“My experience as a job creator, who has met a budget and signed the front of a paycheck, will help guide me as I work to keep taxes low and economic growth prospects high for our county,” he said.
Sanders and his wife Kathy have two daughters, and have been county residents for 24 years.
“We have worshiped alongside our neighbors, built a successful business and served our community. At a time in our nation’s history when families in Henderson County are tightening their belts, why should the county’s budget ever grow more than a family budget?” Sanders asked.
“I have also had the pleasure of meeting with and helping Henderson County residents with issues concerning the federal government,” he added. “This invaluable experience has prepared me to be a successful county judge, because every Henderson County resident deserves to be heard and offered a helping hand when dealing with their government.
“I look forward to discussing the challenges and opportunities facing Henderson County, and I look forward to earning your support,” Sanders said.



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