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recognize Law and the STAR youthful offenders program
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMANYouthful Kaufman County offenders, ages 9 to 21, have faced a different kind
of community service for their offenses.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
AT LEFT: In five years, STAR (Start Today Accepting Responsibility) has taught youthful
offenders to do just that. Kaufman County Precinct 2 Constable Joe Don Law reported the
statistics to commissioners Monday. Pictured are (from left) Judge Wayne Gent, Law and
assistant Angela Miller.
At their final meeting of 2010 Dec. 20, county commissioners praised the STAR (Start
Today Accepting Responsibilities) program and Precinct 2 Constable Joe Don Law for its
Law explained while parents were being fined or otherwise chastised for their children,
often the child was not being held responsible for their actions until the STAR program
was instigated in December, 2005.
The commissioners recognized Law for completing five successful years.
Law talked about the dedicated people who have worked with the offenders, such as Angela
His people helped youthful offenders learn to face their responsibilities and to work, Law
They never have washed a police or fire vehicle instead, they work
maintaining county property and work at county events, Law said. The offenders
maintain Blackland and Dolph cemeteries and many other county projects.
During the five years of the program, 437 offenders have enrolled (128 females and 309
males). Of that number, 322 were referred by the Precinct 2 Justice Court, 98 were
referred by the Forney Municipal Court and 17 were referred by other courts.
There have been only 37 second-timer enrollees, meaning 400, so far, have learned a
valuable lesson, Law said.
The total number of community service hours performed by the 437 equaled
9,702, Law said.
In other business, commissioners:
nominated incoming County Judge Bruce Wood as a candidate to fill a vacancy on the
Urban Counties Board of Directors. The position will be filled by an election, to be held
in Austin Wednesday, Jan. 12.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Jerry Rowden and Precinct 2 Commissioner Ray Clark said they would
try to attend the election and vote for Wood.
accepted the tax assessor-collectors report for November, as presented by
Murphy said the general fund collection totaled $1,523,475, a total of 5 percent of
However, the first 17 days of December, another $3.5 million was collected, he
said, noting over the holiday period, boxes of mail have come in and are ready to be
He said the mortgage companies have probably sent their payments, but those will not be
counted until after Jan. 1.
officially proclaimed Dec. 16 as John Long Day in the county.
officially proclaimed Dec. 24 as Judge Wayne Gent Day in the county.
accepted $3,144 from the BuyBoard Cooperative Program, presented by purchasing
agent Jack Sebastian.
tabled awarding the inmate healthcare services contract for the county jail.
The negotiations are almost complete, Sebastian explained, and asked
commissioners to delay action until after the holidays.
agreed to allow incoming District Attorney Mike Mclelland to hire a replacement
investigator for a vacated position, effective Jan. 1.
The request was made by outgoing DA Rick Harrison, who explained he was aware the
investigator would be retiring. The retirement would leave the office with only three
denied a request for payment to Marion Porter for work performed at the South
Campus for the Master Gardeners.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Deller stated the Master Gardeners earned their own money, and
therefore should pay for the work.
accepted the financial statements from KC Rural Emergency Services Districts No. 7
Commissioners said the reports were done well and in a timely fashion.
tabled action on creating Fresh Water Supply Districts No. 5 and No. 6, and seating
their temporary supervisors.
approved the sale of 16 lots of tax resale property in Precinct 3.
rejected one sale, as the bidder asked to opt out.
paid bills totaling $178,827.47.
All You Can Eat fish fry set Jan. 7
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITYBack by popular demand, the Knights of Columbus and St. Jude Catholic
Church will host an All You Can Eat fish fry to be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday,
Jan. 7, at the St. Jude Catholic Church, located on Luther Lane behind Pizza Hut in Gun
The fare includes catfish, french fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, drink and home-baked
goodies as long as they last.
The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 6-12 and younger children eat free. All profits
will benefit local state and national charities.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
information visit our website at petfinder.com