People, Places & Events


TISD Superintendent moves to Athens
Monitor Staff Reports
TRINIDAD– After more than 10 years, and having watched nearly a generation of students enter and graduate from Trinidad Independent School District, Superintendent Michael Green is leaving.
Green has accepted the position of director of personnel with Athens ISD, beginning July 1.
The board of trustees has been informed of his decision and is already making their own preparations, beginning with contacting several search firms.
Green will formally submit his resignation at the Monday, June 19 regular board meeting.
With Athens only being an estimated 15 to 20 miles away, Green said he will not be moving.
Green is replacing retiring director of personnel Judith Austin.
The search for a new superintendent for Trinidad is expected to take no more than three months.


Chamber gets a peek at Extension services
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Those attending the monthly Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, heard a lengthy list of services provided by the Family and Consumer Sciences of the Texas Cooperative Extension.
Services range from parenting classes to health, both physical and financial, Henderson County Agent Kristen DeLong said.
DeLong is a Mabank High School graduate and a graduate of Texas A&M University.
Through programs such as “Better Living for Texans,” teaches nutrition and other health related subjects and “How to Make the Food Dollar Stretch,” those in low-income situations learn better living tactics, she said.
“The Texas Cooperative Extension is the largest informal educational agency in the world,” DeLong said.
The Extension office is divided into three departments, agricultural (County Agent Rick Hirsch), family services (DeLong) and 4-H (Hilary Grider).
In other business, members were:
• introduced to the first Chamber Leadership graduating class.
Ronnie Davis gave a short explanation of the project and then listed the following graduates: city of Mabank fireman Mat Ewaskiw, from Mabank School District Zan Tidmore, AG Edwards representative Mitch West, from Southside Bank of Gun Barrel City Ralph Fortner, with Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative Shannon Steakley and with East Texas Medical Center Lesa Ooten.
• informed Brookshires of Mabank and Seven Points was named the Business of the Month.
Ambassador President Rick Brown introduced representatives from both stores..
• heard a short presentation by Rusty Workman, representing Franklin Family Community Banks – the host of the June luncheon.
Workman said the company will soon have an open house recognizing the merger of three banks into Franklin Banks; Cedar Creek Bank, First National of Athens and Jackson Savings.
• heard by Scott Six, president of the Gun Barrel City Chamber Branch report on the $500 scholarships awarded to graduates Stacey Barnett and Catlin Cermak.