Thursday, December 24, 2009







  Fire forces Fiesta Grill evacuation
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A hard-to-reach fire forced the shutdown of a new Mabank restaurant near 5 p.m. Dec. 17.
The Fiesta Grill restaurant, located on S. Third Street (State Highway 198), had been experiencing flickering lights and loss of power before an electrician discovered smoke in the attic above the kitchen.
“It was up by the vent-a-hood in the insulation,” Mabank Fire Marshal Mat Ewaskiw said. “There was smoke in the attic when we got here.”
He explained the fire was located in the narrow angle between the roof edge and the ceiling.
“It’s in a hard spot to get to,” he said.
The restaurant was evacuated, he added.
Ewaskiw narrowly escaped injury when he fell through the restaurant ceiling to the kitchen floor while seeking the cause of the fire, and still was covered in sawdust and insulation shavings when he spoke to reporters.
Kemp and Gun Barrel City firefighters joined Mabank firemen, as per long-standing mutual aid agreements, bringing the total response to eight pieces of apparatus and approximately 40 firefighters.
The number of personnel on hand made it possible to quickly shift new firefighters into position in the confined attic space.
It didn’t take long to get the small blaze under control, as firefighters cleared the scene within 90 minutes, according to Mabank Fire Chief Ricky Myrick.
With the reports of electrical disturbances prior to the discovery of the fire, it’s likely that was the cause, Myrick noted.

Living Christmas Tree: “One of Us”

Monitor Photos/Pearl Cantrell
The First Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City presented the musical performance of
“One of Us: The Miracle and the Mystery” under the direction of Laura DeLay and
choir director Teddy King Dec. 13. The holy family (below) was played by Dottie and
Richard Hawthorne and little Wesley Hudson.

H1N1 clinics planned for area
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Northeast Texas Public Health District is holding H1N1 Clinics for the general public in Athens, Malakoff and Canton this week.
“Since there has been a shortage of the seasonal flu vaccine in East Texas, due to the increased demand, we want to make sure that our community also receives the H1N1 vaccination, while it is still available now to the general public,” program director Harold Higgins stated in a press release Dec. 18.
With the regular flu season on the horizon, it is a necessity for families to prepare for what the future will hold for influenza illness in East Texas, he added.
The best way to protect against the flu is to receive your vaccination and follow health precautions, such as frequently washing hands, sneezing into your elbow and staying home from work or school while ill.
The state public health department is encourage everyone to get the H1N1 vaccine, especially those who are:
• 6 months of age to 24,
• pregnant,
• dealing with underlying health conditions,
• healthcare workers, who provide direct patient care, and
• those in close contact with infants 6 months old or younger.
See the scheduled H1N1 clinics in your area. There is no charge for the H1N1 vaccine from these public health sponsored clinics.
For more information, call (877) 244-9641, or in Athens (903) 675-2092.

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