Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006




MHS rated top 15th best school
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Carrying a copy of Texas Monthly, Mabank High School Principal Tommy Wallis said he had something to show the board of trustees Monday.
Opening to a page in the December issue, Wallis told the trustees Mabank High School was 15th on a list of 75 Texas’ best high schools.
The magazine reported number crunchers at Austin-based National Center for Educational Accountability, a research arm of the University of Texas, deduced the various higher-performing list of elementary, middle schools and high schools.
Scores in reading, math, science and writing were considered.
There are more than 1,700 high schools in the state, and the magazine listed the top 75.
Mabank was 15th, listed above such school districts as Plano, Crowley, Arlington, Amarillo, Austin, Dallas and the closest district, Terrell.
This latest honor is just another dip of frosting on Mabank’s academic cake.
This year, superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall was named Region 10 Superintendent of the Year, Wallis was named Region 10 Principal of the Year and also State Principal of the Year.
All is really well in Panther Land.
For more information on how the numbers were determined, visit the Web site

Eustace mayor resigns
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The Eustace City Council accepted Mayor Robert Pickle’s resignation Tuesday.
Five months away from completing his first term as mayor, Pickle cited the decisions made by the council at its Nov. 15 meeting as the reason for his resignation.
At that meeting, the council decided the city employees will take direction from and answer to the council for their performance, and not the mayor.
In a short typed letter, dated Nov. 20, Pickle submitted his resignation, effective immediately along with his keys to city hall.
The council appointed five-year council veteran Laura Ward to fill out the remainder of his term as mayor.
Council members also appointed Cockerell Street resident Scott Purl to fill Ward’s vacated council seat.
Purl is expected to be sworn in at the next council meeting, set for Thursday, Dec. 7.

Domestic violence victims have advocate at Cedar Creek Lake
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–A come-and-go reception at The Library at Cedar Creek welcomed East Texas Crisis Center victims legal advocate Cassie McQuitty to the area.
McQuitty is in Mabank. Her presence is the result of a two-year grant to meet the area’s need for victim services.
She will be organizing a small army of volunteers to help. Training sessions are being planned for January.
McQuitty can be reached by calling the Mabank Police Department at (903) 887-3241, the East Texas Crisis Center in Athens at (903) 675-2137 or the toll-free number 1-800-333-0358.
Many domestic violence victims come from the lake area, Crisis Center outreach coordinator Donna Johnson explained.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Sue Cardin/First State Bank of Gun Barrel City (left) and
Shannon Steakly/Trinity Valley Electric Co-op (right) welcome
Cassie McQuitty, a victims/legal advocate from the East Texas
Crisis Center to the Cedar Creek Lake area. McQuitty met with
local leaders and law enforcement Tuesday at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.