Feb

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 8, 2016

TYLER, TX – In recognition of February as National Heart Month, The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances and KYTX CBS 19 are preparing to celebrate women who have battled and conquered, cardiac disease with the help of Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital and exude a spirit that has inspired others.

Throughout the month of November, TMFHC and KYTX CBS 19 received nominations and the woman chosen to represent the Gun Barrel City area is Louise Clarkston. Please read a short story about her triumph over heart disease below. One such woman was chosen as an honoree: Louise Clarkston.
According to statistics from the American Heart Association, heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases cause approximately half of all deaths in American women and one out of three women over age 65 has some form of heart disease. No longer is it considered a disease suffered only by men. We hope you will help us spread the word about our ‘Women With Heart’ event to those in your community.

Ms. Clarkston will be honored during a special evening of food, fellowship, and learning Tuesday, February 9, 5:30 p.m. at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. The dinner is free and open to the public. It will educate attendees about the risks for heart disease, and feature door prizes and informational booths. Seating is limited; please call (903) 606-DOCS to reserve your spot today.

Clarkston
Louise Clarkston

Mabank, TX

I am a full-time financial secretary, a church volunteer, a mom, a grandmother, a sister and a daughter. I am a HERO! I love working and don’t ever think about retiring. I have always been healthy and exercised. So, I was pretty surprised when I began experiencing a shortness of breath. After I struggled with getting my groceries in the house and just doing my normal errands, I saw my physician. One stress test, echo, and cath later, I was diagnosed with two blockages. I could not believe it! I had a double bypass surgery and after only three short days of recovery I went home feeling fine. After cardiac rehab, I picked right back up with my busy schedule. Now, I am back to being a HERO with HEART.

Feb

07

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 7, 2016

Big Chiefs landing dock

Big Chiefs landing aerial

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation closed on the purchase of Big Chief Landing from mortgage holder The First National Bank of Kemp on Tuesday, according to a press release.
The recreational property includes a boat launch and dock, small motel and restaurant area, bait shop and adjoining green space abutting the SH 334 bridge between the city and Seven Points. The property has been abandoned for some time and presented a safety and security issue for the city, Councilman Rob Rea said in a previous EDC meeting.
The EDC negotiated a $514,000 loan from Southside Bank to be repaid in 10 years at a low interest rate. According to EDC President Steven Schiff the figure reflects a savings of $430,000 below the original asking price. The city council approved the borrowing for the purchase at its Jan. 26 meeting.
Previously, Schiff outlined a plan to immediately demolish all the buildings on the property, leaving just the concrete slabs for inspection by an architect and the boat launch. A local contractor has been contacted and a price agreed upon. The demolition includes the boat dock, which is judged to be unsafe. Since the property went into foreclosure, it is suspected that unsavory business has been transacted there under cover of darkness.
The boat launch will remain open for public use at no charge, he added, and the property, once cleared will be available for picnicking.
“So many violations have been occurring on the property,” Schiff said. “Our goal is to make it safe, especially for the neighbors,” he said.
Plans have been discussed regarding using the property as the site of a civic center, which would have to be transferred over to the city for operation. City officials said it’s too early to announce any definite plans. However, the EDC is in the process of preparing grant requests to construct and support a Civic Center with ideally a two-year timeline before construction would begin. “There will be ample public hearings,” Schiff said to get input on designs, use and purpose.
In the meantime, private funding has been made available for the construction of picnic tables and barbecue grills for public use of the lakeside property between sunrise and sunset, Rea said.

Feb

07

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 7, 2016

Melvin Swift worked up

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–The community of Athens and Trinity Valley Community College are mourning the death of basketball player Melvin Swift. Swift was shot and killed Dec. 29 in Houston. Police say Swift may have been part of a home invasion and the shooting appears to be self defense by the resident.
The shooting happened around 8 p.m. on Jornes Street in South Houston.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant T. Ruland and J. Saldana reported: “The male resident of the address returned to his home with several family members. The resident’s young daughter went to her bedroom and was startled by an unknown black male suspect armed with a knife. As the suspect attempted to exit the house he began fighting with the resident and other family members. The resident, fearing for his family’s safety, then fired a gun at the suspect, striking him in the leg. The suspect was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
Back in Athens the TVCC basketball team was devastated about the news of their fellow player. Head Coach Kris Baumann said he spoke with his players about the shooting but declined to speak on camera.
Marlo Bitter, Director of Communications at TVCC released the following statement: “Today, we were saddened by the news that Melvin Swift has passed away. His warm smile and presence on campus will be sorely missed.”
Swift graduated from Yates High School in Houston and was home for the winter break. His family’s home was less than a block away from where the shooting took place.
Swift was a 6-8, 210 pound sophomore at TVCC who had NBA potential. He had several division one offers including Baylor, SMU, UConn, Oklahoma State, and UMass. He was planning on signing soon.
At the time of the shooting, Swift was not listed on the TVCC roster. Swift played in eight games for TVCC this season and started one.
He averaged seven points per game this season.
He had a season high 11 points in the last game he played this season against the Texas Riders.
Authorities have not brought charges against the homeowner who shot Swift.