People, Places & Events


Shaw takes awards in modeling contest
Special to the Monitor
MABANK–Christian Shaw, 11, of Mabank took top honors at a recent Modeling Acting Association International competition held in Dallas.
Shaw was awarded five trophies and one medal, qualifying him to go on to compete in New York.
More than 700 kids in different age groups competed in TV, monologue, cold reading, voice over, runway, photo shoot and other categories.
Judges from all over the world included talent scouts, agents, casting directors from New York, California, Italy, Japan and Puerto Rico.
Shaw is in the honors program at Mabank Middle School, where he is finishing the sixth grade.
Shaw is the son of local attorney Diane Shaw.

Cancer survivors wanted
Special to The Monitor
TERRELL–The Relay For Life of Kaufman County is currently seeking cancer survivors for a special honorary reception and participation in its upcoming event.
The special reception will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11 at the Recreation and Outreach Center at First Baptist Church of Terrell.
In addition to meeting other cancer survivors, attendees will pick up Relay t-shirts and special parking passes.
Survivors, their caregivers, doctors and nurses will kick off this year’s June 3rd Relay event by walking the first lap around the Herman Furlough track in Terrell.
A special “Survivors” tent will be set up and participants will receive many freebies in addition to a special t-shirt for those unable to attend the reception.
Team members are currently selling luminaries for $5 in memory of and in honor of those who have fought cancer.
The luminaries will line the entire football field and the names of the individuals represented on the bags will be read aloud during a special candle light ceremony.
Contact Joan Moore at (972) 524-8185 for more information on the survivor reception and Relay team.

Screenings to reduce the risk of stroke set for Mabank
Special to The Monitor
DALLAS–Residents living in and around the Mabank community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke.
Life Line Screening will be at the First Baptist Church of Mabank May 12.
The site is located at 110 E. Mount Vernon St. in Mabank. Appointments will begin at 9 a.m.
A stroke, also known as a “brain attack”, is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the second among women. Through preventive screenings, the risk of having a stroke can be greatly reduced.
Screenings are fast, painless and low cost.
They involve the use of ultrasound technology, and scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which are a strong predictor of heart disease.
Also offered for men and women, is a bone density screening to assess their risk for osteoporosis.
“Both of Donald’s doctors said your screening may well have saved his life,” Donald and Mary Butler of Corsicana said.
Each screening requires 10 minutes or less to complete.
A complete vascular screening package, including the Stroke/Carotid Artery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Ankle Brachial Index (hardening of the arteries) screenings is $109.
Sign-up for a complete vascular package; include the osteoporosis screening and pay only $129.
Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of vascular screenings.
More than 60 ultrasound teams are on staff to travel to your local community, bringing the screenings to you.
These non-invasive, inexpensive and painless, ultrasound tests help people identify their risk for stroke, vascular diseases or osteoporosis early enough for their physician to begin preventive procedures.
For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721.
Pre-registration is required.

McLelland seeks runoff recount in Kaufman D.A. race
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Although Rick Harrison was named winner of the runoff election for the office of Kaufman County District Attorney, opponent Mike McLelland considered the race too close to ignore.
McLelland filed for a recount on the grounds the difference between Harrison and himself was less than 10 percent.
In the runoff election, Harrison garnered 50.86 percent of the vote with 1,891 ballots.
McLelland earned 49.14 percent of the vote with 1,827 ballots cast in his favor, a difference of 64 votes.
“That is his right,” County Republican Party Chairman Jody Deller explained, adding McLelland paid the $1,249 in necessary fees.
Deller accepted his application at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday.
“The recount will take place at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the office of Precinct 1 Commissioner Jerry Rowdin, at the Annex,” she said.
The process will require more than 1,000 ballots to be hand counted and will take most of the day to complete,” Deller said.
Those present will include each candidate, a recount committee (not appointed at press time), Deller, and possibly from the voter registrar’s office Richard Murphy and Paula Cawthon.