People, Places & Events


Mabank Spirit Week begins Sept. 18
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MABANK–Mabank ISD’s Sixth Annual Spirit Week event is set to begin Monday Sept. 18, with students and community members gearing up for what they hope will be another successful year.
Spirit Week is a weeklong community-wide fund-raising effort designed to raise money for a designated charity. All proceeds from Mabank’s fund-raising efforts this year will benefit the American Diabetes Association.
In the past five years Mabank ISD and its surrounding communities have raised more than $80,000 for five deserving charities including the American Red Cross, the Veteran’s Memorial at Cedar Creek Lake, the American Cancer Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas and Kidd’s Kids.
“This is an exciting experience; being involved and giving our schools an opportunity to give of themselves to others,” MHS Student Council President Emily Hyde said.
“Every year the energy builds up and the adrenaline drives us to continue another year,” she added.
Two different events will kickoff the fund-raising efforts beginning Monday Sept. 18.
The first event, at 11 a.m., MHS Student Council and Beta members host their second annual Spirit of Charity Golf Tournament at Cedar Creek Country Club in Kemp.
Entry fee of $60 per person includes the four-man scramble, shotgun start tournament, including prizes, green fees, food and assorted contests.
“Last year’s tournament was a huge success,” Council advisor Tonya Chapman said.
“This tournament was an opportunity to involve more community members in our fund-raising efforts. We had a such a great time and we were able to raise money for a great cause,” she added.
Sponsorships for prizes and holes are available.
The second event is the annual Spirit Week Kick-Off Rally from 6-8 p.m., Monday Sept. 18. It will be held at the Andrew Gibbs Rodeo Arena and Pavilion in Mabank. Admission is $1.
Numerous activities are planned for young and old.
“We really encourage everyone to come to the rally. It would be super to start the week off with a slew of people and tons of fun,” Hyde said.
The rally will feature performances, bake sales, contests, assorted games, food, bounce houses and sale items.
“Clubs, organizations and community member set up various booths. This event provides entertainment for the entire family providing fun ways to give,” Hyde said.
During the week, schools and businesses will continue the fund-raising efforts.
All campuses within the district will host a variety of activities to boost fund-raising efforts and local businesses will be asked to display donation jars.
“This annual event is more than just beating Rockwall-Heath, our ‘opponent.’ It is about giving to organizations, foundations and causes that we believe can make a difference in the world and make it a better place to live,” Hyde said.
Fund-raising efforts officially begin Monday Sept. 18, and will continue through Friday Sept. 22.
Those wanting to participate in the activities should contact Tonya Chapman at (903) 887-9355 for more information.
For information about the golf tournament, contact Chapman or Joanna Slaton at Mabank High School (903) 880-9423.

Kemp man wins prize
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KEMP–Dewayne Taylor of Kemp was a recent winner in the Simple Simon’s Pizza “Slice of $10,000 Giveaway” sweepstakes.
The store, one of more than 230 in the Midwest, announced that Taylor’s name was randomly selected at their Kemp store.
Taylor was awarded a check for $250 by Mike Cathey and Dave Maddox, store owners and operators and Travis Edmondson, Corporate Representative of Simple Simon’s Pizza.
The “Slice of $10,000 Giveaway” sweepstakes is an eight week promotion offering customers a chance to win $250 every week from July 1 to Aug. 26.
For more information or to enter for your chance to win a slice of $10,000, on-line please go to


McCreary honored at meeting
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MALAKOFF–The Pinnacle Women’s Club held its general meeting Aug. 14 at the Pinnacle Clubhouse.
Honored at this meeting was member, Barbara McCreary, as she was recently selected Malakoff Teacher of the Year.
Barbara has taught high school math for 15 years and the Women’s Club paid special tribute to her years of dedication to teaching.
Malakoff School Superintendent Larry Hulsey was the guest speaker, and joined in the congratulations of McCreary’s accomplishment.
He also expressed appreciation on behalf of the school district for the assistance the Women’s Club provided to the alternative school campus site after the middle school burned last year, as well as, all the books donated to the book fair, and the college scholarships made available to Malakoff students.
Hulsey addressed and answered questions regarding school accountability, the progress related to the rebuilding of Malakoff Middle School, the anticipated opening of the new Tool campus, the proposed school budget to be discussed at their Aug. 28 meeting, and an explanation of the new State tax laws and how they will affect the district and the proposed rate recommendations.