Posted by : July 24, 2014| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp ISD informed the newspaper of the passing of longtime educator Betty Reasonover. She died Monday.
Her family recently marked her 104th birthday, July 15. She was born in Kaufman County on that date in 1910.
Kemp administrative assistant Evelyn Carter stated that Reasonover had taught for the district for 34 years and that she spent most all her long life in Kemp.
A visitation with the family is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday (tomorrow) at the Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp, with a service to follow at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel.
She is to be buried at the Kemp Cemetery, directly afterward.
Posted by : July 24, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The torch of the most successful National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) women’s basketball program has been passed to Gerald Ewing.
Ewing has claimed the last three national titles at TVCC with eight overall.
The coaching veteran of 19 years, replaces Elena Lovato, who resigned in June to become an assistant coach at Mississippi State University after leading the Lady Cardinals to back-to-back national crowns during her TVCC career from 2012-2014.
Ewing was on Lovato’s coaching staff both seasons.
As position coach, Ewing was instrumental in the development of the 2014 NJCAA and WBCA Player of the Year Adut Bulgak, who transferred to Florida State University. Bulgak was a two-time All-American.
In addition to claiming back-to-back national titles in his tenure as assistant coach, the Lady Cardinals posted a 72-2 (72-1 on the court) record.
They will carry a 29-game winning streak into his first season, having also won 54 straight conference and 57 straight home games.
“I’m truly blessed and excited to be the new head coach of such a tradition-rich program,” Ewing said.
“I thank Dr. Glendon Forgey and the administration for this opportunity.
“I would also like to thank Elena for allowing me to be on her staff and introducing me to a special place like Athens and the ‘Valley.’ Working with her the past two years has prepared me for this opportunity.
“I understand the expectations of the Lady Cardinal program from our fans and the community. Our goal will be to maintain the high level of excellence both on and off court.”
Prior to his arrival at TVCC, Ewing served four seasons as a member of the Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Lady Cavaliers basketball coaching staff, serving as head coach Ben Conrad’s top assistant. He was responsible for recruiting and academics.
During his four seasons, the Lady Cavaliers won more games in a four-year span than at any time in Johnson County history.
JCCC posted a record of 113-26 over that span, including three straight 30-win seasons, helping JCCC become just the second school in Kansas Jayhawk Conference history to reach that milestone.
He helped the program win four straight Region VI titles, three District titles, make three NJCAA Division II appearances and post three top-10 finishes, including a top five finish in 2010-11.
Academically, the Lady Cavaliers were ranked in the WBCA Top 20 in three of the four years of his tenure.
Overall, Ewing has mentored 10 NJCAA All-American performers, four WBCA State Farm All-Americans, eight NJCAA All-Tournament selections, 17 NJCAA All-Region D-II picks, 11 All-East Jayhawk Conference selections and the 2010 East Jayhawk Freshman of the Year, a first in team history.
Ewing went to JCCC after spending six seasons as head coach at George Washington High School (GWHS), in Chicago, Ill.
He also served six seasons at the school as the assistant prior to taking over as head coach.
During Ewing’s association as head coach with the George Washington High program, the Minutewomen won back-to-back Illinois Regional Championships in 2007 and 2008.
Additionally, Ewing was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District 3 Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
He also was bestowed the 2007 Illinois Times Coach of the Year, and named the Chicago Public Schools Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2004, 2007 and 2008.
Ewing compiled a 120-60 record in his six seasons as head coach, all resulting in playoff appearances.
As an assistant coach at GWHS, Ewing was the top assistant for Chicago Public School Hall of Fame coach Willie Byrd. Ewing helped lead Washington to a 33-5 record, a city championship and a second place finish in the state in 2000.
The Minutewomen compiled a 134-61 record in Ewing’s first six seasons with the program.
Ewing was also successful helping his players advance to the next level. Seventy-five percent of the athletes he coached went on to play collegiate basketball, including NCAA Division I players Angelina Williams, Leslie Hill and Brianna Kulas.
Williams was a WBCA High School All-American who went to the University of Illinois. She went on to help the WNBA’s Detroit Shock win the 2006 WNBA title.
Hill played for the University of Minnesota and helped the Gophers to a Final Four appearance in 2004. She is now employed by the Big 10 Network as color analyst for women’s basketball.
Kulas played at the University of Missouri and was selected in the 2014 WNBA draft by San Antonio.
Posted by : July 24, 2014| On :
One-year program helps women get back on their feet
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Genesis Center in Kaufman Pastor Nancy Schoenle and Genesis Center resident Amanda spoke to Rotary Club members at the Cedar Creek Country Club July 18.
“The Genesis Center is a faith based, shelter for women and children,” Schoenle said.
“We have room for up to 44 residents. Currently, we have 33 women and 13 children,” she added.
The Genesis Center residents seek help and shelter to recover from domestic violence and chemical dependency.
During recovery, women must commit to a structured one-year program which includes regular counseling, working at the Genesis Center thrift store, Twice Around, and assisting with community activities such as painting nails, helping with Bingo at nursing homes and at the chamber of commerce.
“The Genesis Center does not receive any government funding or grants,” Schoenle said.
“Our thrift store provides 50 percent of our funding, and churches, individuals and our fundraisers provide the other half,” she added.
“We are about making them a success and being able to go farther,” Schoenle said.
The Genesis Center offers their services at no cost to the residents; however, residents must obey all the rules and take their recovery seriously.
“We are up at 6 a.m. and when we are not in classes, we are working at thrift store,” Amanda said.
“I am going to college and want to help others do something with their life,” she said.
Residents may work toward earning their GED and attend classes at TVCC during their stay.
On weekends, the residents have free time for movie night, games and relaxing.
“Some residents have never played games with their family before,” Schoenle said.
“When residents leave, many of them continue to have a family night,” she added.
“Years ago it felt like we were putting a Band-Aid on the problem. Now we have a high success rate and other shelters are asking us to help them implement our program,” Schoenle said.
“If our program is not making a substantial change, it is a waste of time,” she added.
Genesis Center classes are designed around the residents needs and provide essential skills in anger management, life skills, parenting and creating resumes.
The center provides a peaceful and safe environment with 24 hour supervision and camera monitoring in most areas of the facility.
The Genesis Center has added three new offices for their counselors, a new gym, daycare, prayer room and multipurpose room.
With the purchase of the property next door, the center moved their thrift store from the housing facility to make room for more residents.
“The Genesis Center taught me how to live and the support from the classes showed me what I needed to change in my life,” Amanda said.
“They go above and beyond to meet our needs physically, mentally and spiritually. They put us back on our feet,” she added.
Twice Around thrift store is open Monday-Saturday and sells appliances, clothing, books, at discount prices.
The Genesis Center also installed a new septic system which allowed for more bedrooms to be built. Within the next year or two, the center hopes to be able to take in more residents.
“We take in women from all different faiths. Nothing is forced upon anybody. The spiritual aspect helps with building self-esteem but it is not a condition to be there,” Schoenle said.
After graduating, residents may come back to the center to attend year-after-care programs, sit in on classes, and visit with counselors.