Apr

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 20, 2014

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler Seven Points Volunteer Fire and Rescue responds to a 9-1-1 call received by Henderson County Sheriff’s Department the morning of April 16 to rescue a boating accident survivor and search for a missing person.  Seven Points VFD launches its pontoon rescue boat from Causeway Marina and an hour later locates the nephew of the missing man at the wildlife refuge island, close to the first bridge crossing Cedar Creek Lake between Kemp and Mabank.

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
Seven Points Volunteer Fire and Rescue responds to a 9-1-1 call received by Henderson County Sheriff’s Department the morning of April 16 to rescue a boating accident survivor and search for a missing person. Seven Points VFD launches its pontoon rescue boat from Causeway Marina and an hour later locates the nephew of the missing man at the wildlife refuge island, close to the first bridge crossing Cedar Creek Lake between Kemp and Mabank.

Local fisherman surprised by waves,boat capsizes,vests float away

By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Reporter

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–After searching for more than a day and half, game wardens located the drowned body of Darin Karl, 42, of Kemp, Thursday. He was found by the wildlife refuge island, close to the first set of bridges going across the lake from Kemp to Mabank.
On Wednesday morning, Karl and his nephew, a 24-year-old college student from Mabank, put Karl’s 14-foot boat with an eight-horsepower motor in the lake at the public boat ramp at Tom Finley Park to fish that day.
According to Game Warden Captain Tony Norton with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division, who oversaw the search, Karl and his nephew kept close to the shoreline. They attempted to make their way to the upper northwest end of the lake to catch fish from the mouth of Kings Creek.
The nephew indicated the men fished frequently and were pretty experienced fishermen, Norton reported.
“The nephew said that once they encountered stumps in the low water area, they moved into more open water and a high wave hit the boat and started filling it with water,” Norton said. “He then said another wave hit the boat and it began to sink, then it capsized.”
Norton said the nephew went to retrieve the life jackets that floated out of the boat and when he returned to the boat, he could not find his uncle.
“They were in water anywhere between six and 12 feet deep,” Norton said.
The nephew was able to call 9-1-1 with his cell phone, to which Henderson County’s system answered and dispatched Seven Points Volunteer Fire Department. They launched a pontoon boat to locate and retrieve the nephew. About an hour later, they found the nephew who had made his way to the island.
The nephew was treated for hypothermia, but was not injured and is at home recovering.
The game warden first initialized a rescue search for Karl in the area where the nephew was found. Shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Kemp Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue found Karl’s boat on the other side of the island from where the nephew was located.
Sometime during the early evening Wednesday, the search became a recovery mission and the search teams stayed out on the lake until about 11 p.m.
About 8 a.m. Thursday, the game warden had three boats with scanners and sonar equipment resuming the search.
“We have mapped out grids to search the lake floor based on where the boat was found and taking into account the flow of the water,” Norton explained. Two of the search boats were equipped with Hummingbird scanners and one boat had equipment worth between $60K and $70K that is capable of producing pictures of the bottom of the lake, he explained.
At about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Karl’s body was found and retrieved by a diver.
“The body was found not too far from where the boat was found.” Norton said.
“We notified the family and the Justice of the Peace, Johnny Adams.”

Apr

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 20, 2014

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh Lady Yellowjacket Madison Thompson finishes the last leg of the girls 1600m relay April 16 at the Area 13 and 14 2A track meet in Kemp. The Kemp girls finished third in the 1600m. Individually, Thompson finished third in the 400m run.

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh
Lady Yellowjacket Madison Thompson finishes the last leg of the girls 1600m relay April 16 at the Area 13 and 14 2A track meet in Kemp. The Kemp girls finished third in the 1600m. Individually, Thompson finished third in the 400m run.

Lady Bulldogs finish second place, travel to Stephenville April 25

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP-The Eustace girl’s track team came within one event from finishing first at the Area 13 and 14 2A track meet April 16 in Kemp, but several Bulldogs and Yellowjackets athletes excelled in their individual events.
The Eustace girl’s team needed at least a fourth place finish in the 1600m relay, the final event of the day, to secure the meet’s top spot. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to place in the top four. Hampton Prep (104 points) finished first to give them the Area Championship. The Eustace girls finished second overall (96.5 points) and advance to the Regional meet April 25 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. The Kemp girls finished in sixth place with 46 points. The Eustace boy’s track team finished in fifth place (56 points) and Kemp tenth place (24 points).
The girls’ teams had some outstanding individual finishes. Kemp’s Madison Kerr finished first in the shot put with a throw of 35’ 9” and Eustace’s Caitlyn Culp was just inches behind with 35’6”.
The Lady Bulldogs dominated the discus event. Three Eustace girls finished in the top five, including Grace Holcombe 110’ 8” (first place), Kasey Lopez 103’ 10” (fourth place) and Makenzie Abbott 97’ 4” (fifth place).
Kemp’s Audra Jones finished fifth in the high jump with a leap of 4’ 10”.
Eustace’s Whitney Boerner finished the pole vault event, clearing two feet higher than any other contestant from another school (8’ 6”). Meagan Gunter, of Eustace, finished second with a 7’ 0” vault.
The Lady ’Dogs Skye Burns took the top spot in the 3200m run with a time of 12:44. EHS runner Chloe Moore finished fourth with a 13:15 pace.
The Kemp girl’s sprinters were sharp, placing fifth in the 400m and 800m relays.
Many lake area athletes placed in the 800m run. Kemp’s Kelsey Gage finished second (2:33.05), and Eustace runners Shelby White (2:35.78) and Molly McAtee (2:37:67) were third and fifth.
Lady Bulldog Madi Allen finished first in the 300m hurdles (47.2) and fourth in the 100m hurdles (17.13).
Lady Yellowjacket Madison Thompson finished third in the 400m run (63:46).
Eustace placed three runners in the top five in the 1600m run, as Burns finished first (5:50.00), Moore second (5:56:97) and Brianna Ragan third (6:01:56).
The boy’s action, the long distance races were once again closely contested by Kemp’s Jesus Perez and Eustace’s Mark Zimmerer. Perez won the 3200m run with a time of 10:09:38, with Zimmerer a couple of seconds behind at 10:12. Eustace’s Preston Schwartz and Brandon Richardson finished fourth (11:02) and fifth (11:24).
Even more exciting was the 1600m run. Perez claimed the victory in this race too (4:41:17), but not before Zimmerer (4:41:85) briefly took the lead. With just a few steps to the finish line Perez turned on the last bit of reserve and took the lead again for the victory. Eustace’s Preston Schwartz and Cade Yates finished third (4:47:75) and fifth (5:12:91).
EHS athlete Steven Stine finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18’ 7” and fifth in the 300m hurdles (43:34).
The Bulldogs showed that pole vaulting is another one of the schools strengths, as Cody Duncan and Lance Rodgers tied for first with a 11’ 0” clear.
In the 800m run, Cade Yates, of Eustace, finished second (2:06:37) and Kemp’s Jimmy Kimbrell fifth (2:12:84).

Apr

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 20, 2014

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler Friedreich’s Ataxia sufferer Natalie Newman, 15,  (right) enjoys the sunshine with her brother, Noah, (left) and friend Micah Stone of Eustace during the fundraiser in her honor at Floors4U April 11. Floors4U raised more than $6,300 for Newman for Friedrich’s Ataxia research.

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
Friedreich’s Ataxia sufferer Natalie Newman, 15, (right) enjoys the sunshine with her brother, Noah, (left) and friend Micah Stone of Eustace during the fundraiser in her honor at Floors4U April 11. Floors4U raised more than $6,300 for Newman for Friedrich’s Ataxia research.

Customers win cash and prizes

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Mabank businessman Abdul Abdin held a customer appreciation day at Floors4U in Mabank April 11.
The event doubled as the third annual fundraiser for Friederich’s Ataxia sufferer Natalie Newman, 15.
Abdin, a Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake member, and his mother, Sahar, from Arizona, cooked a large Mediterranean buffet of lamb, rice, salad and eggplant.
Customers submitted their name to win a 51 inch Samsung television and $500 cash.
The event raised more than $6,300 for Newman, a $600 increase from last year.
Donations for the cause were collected from many local businesses and families including Christi Barrett, Trout’s Appliances, Stop-N-Gogh Art Studio, Hobbs Pest Control, Tri-County Ford, Teague Chevrolet, BnR Pit Grill, Total Look II hair stylists Kelly Hamilton, Cherie Steveson and Paula Petty, Lakeway Chiropractic, Texas Tan, Cedar Creek Country Club, Jaime Perrelli, Legacy Plumbing’s Scott Smith and First Call Restoration owner Tim Lilly.
Musical guests included Blaq Label and T-Bone Stearns.

More photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, April 20, 2014 issue of The Monitor.