Councilman Buckley earns
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KEMP–At a very young-at-heart age of 72, Leodis Buckley, Kemp city
councilman, earned his bachelor of science degree from Devry University.
Buckley studied technical management and computer forensics to earn his
“But, I have no plans at this time to use the degree,” he said.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed Fort Lee, Va. where he
also studied computer technology at William & Mary University.
The time in the service gave him the opportunity to attend several other
He studied psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin and computer
technology at the University of Southern California.
He was discharged in Mississippi in 1979, where he studied more computer
technology at the Gulf Coast Junior College.
“From 1980 to 1987 I worked at Northern Telecom in Garland,” Buckley
They reorganized and Buckley was laid off, he explained.
“I married my wife, Mildred Mosley, in 1988. She was from Kemp, born and
raised there,” he said.
He worked as a substitute teacher in Kemp and worked for seven years in
the Dallas District Attorney’s office in medical administration.
Following an illness, Mildred Buckley passed away three years ago.
“After my wife died, I decided to not just sit around so I went back to
college,” Buckley said.
Buckley was sworn in as a city councilman in May, 2008.
It is his second term – he served on the Kemp City Council from
1995-1997, he explained.
Mayor Billy Teel declared Dec. 20, 2008, Leodis Buckley Day, in honor of
Buckley currently is a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, where he
serves as the church clerk.
He is also a member of the Kemp Crime Watch and serves on the board of
selection for the Kemp Police Department.
All but one of the couple’s five children live in Texas – Darrell Mosley
in Cedar Hill, Mary Love, Mabank, Mark Mosley, Garland and Lori Bishop,
Frisco. A daughter, Sharon Miles, lives in Arkansas.
“And I have a whole bunch of grandkids,” he added.
Kemp city councilman Leodis Buckley is honored with his own special day
20, and presented with a certificate marking the day by Mayor Billy Teel
Buckley went back to college after retirement, and recently earned his
of science degree.
Post office clerks wear PJs to
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KEMP–Technology has changed even the way folks visit the post office.
A trip to the post office may now be accomplished by sitting down at the
computer – something one can even do in pajamas.
Postal workers at the Kemp Post Office wore their pajamas to work
recently to remind customers of the many services offered over the
A flyer lists the top five things one can do from the comfort of home:
• order stamps and free eco-friendly shipping supplies and have them
delivered to your door,
• print postage for packages and large envelopes right from one’s
• schedule a parcel(s) pick-up with a few clicks of the mouse, and
• change your address or have your mail held during a trip away from the
comfort of home.
Once one is finished, they can curl up on the couch with a big bowl of
popcorn and watch a favorite movie. For more information on U.S. Postal
Service Internet services, visit usps.com.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Kemp postal employees call attention to the fact customers may wear
while requesting and receiving postal supplies and services via the
dressing in their pajamas at the Kemp Post Office recently. Pictured are
Camille Collinsworth, Margie Houston and Marsha Gooch.
Resolve to be green and save
green in 2009
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–In 2009, why not make some resolutions to keep Kaufman County
clean and green?
Simple changes can make a world of difference to our environment, and
might even $ave you some green in your wallet.
Use durable shopping bags to cut down on the number of plastic bags you
take from the store – and not just the grocery store. Many stores give a
small credit for bringing your own bags.
If you get plastic shopping bags, be sure to recycle them at the store
where you get them, reuse them as wastebasket liners, use as shoe covers
in your suitcase, keep one in your car to collect litter, or give them
to a local food pantry to put groceries in.
While you are shopping with your reusable bag, look for products that
contain recycled content, such as refilled ink jet cartridges, printer
paper or school notebooks.
Switch to natural, homemade cleaning products instead of chemical
You can work wonders around the house with vinegar and baking soda.
Recycle your paper, plastic bottles and cans. About 60 percent of what
we throw away can be recycled, and will save landfill space.
Besides, the recycled materials get turned into new products. Resolve to
visit your nearest recycling center in Kaufman County:
• Terrell Drop-off Recycling Center, located N. Delphine at High St.
• Precinct 2 Drop-off Recycling Center, located at the Precinct 2
maintenance barn in Forney, open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through
• City of Forney curbside recycling – check with city for your recycling
• Kemp Eco-Station, located at U.S. Highway 175 and Plainview Dr. in
Kemp, open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Kaufman Trash and Recycling Center, located at East First North St.
and Alton Street, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Resolve to save energy by replacing at least one incandescent light bulb
in your house with a compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb.
CFLs use less energy, last longer and will $ave you money on your
Resolve to save even more energy by turning off lights and televisions
when not in use.
Resolve to save heating and cooling costs by turning down your
thermostat one degree in winter and up one degree in summer. Small
adjustments mean big $avings.
Resolve to conserve water by turning off the water faucet when brushing
your teeth and taking shorter showers.
Resolve to give a $10 gift membership to the Environmental Co-op (or
become a member yourself) for a gift that keeps on giving to the
Log on to www.trashbusters.org for membership information, or call (972)
If you have made changes in your daily habits that help the environment,
we want to hear from you. E-mail us at
We will publish your tips in the next edition of the Co-op’s newsletter,
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
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.
For further information
visit our website at