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January 6, 2011

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Volunteers needed
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is seeking volunteers to go to the Dallas area adoption sites. A shelter employee will drive. Volunteers are needed for Saturdays and Sundays. Please consider helping find homes for our pets. For information call (903) 432-3422.

Westside senior center
The Westside Senior Center will resume its regular schedule Thursday (today). For information call Faye Rabon at (903) 340-9672.

Poynor music event
The first Thursday musical event in Poynor is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at Country Music at Poynor Civic Center. A free meal prepared by Frankston Healthcare Center starts at 6 p.m. Bring a dessert if you wish. For information call (903) 360-0766 or (903) 876-5448.

49ers Senior Club
The Cedar Creek Lake 49ers hosts their regular dance night to the music of Chuck & the 49ers from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday (tonight and every Thursday night) at the club on Arnold Hills Road, off SH 334. No smoking or alcohol, no shorts or halter tops. For information call or fax to (903) 432-3552.

CCL Garden Club
The Cedar creek Lake Garden Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, in the community room at Tomlinson Funeral Home. The program, “Orchids,” will be presented by Linda Whetsell, accredited horticulture instructor and avid orchid grower. Guests invited. For information call (903) 498-6544.

AL hamburger night
The Sons of the American Legion, Post 310, are hosting a hamburger night Friday, Jan. 7, featuring hamburgers, beans and chips for a fund-raiser benefitting charity events. The SAL thanks everyone who supported 2010 events.

Betty Brown reception
The Kaufman County Republican Party is hosting a reception to honor outgoing State Rep. Betty Brown for her service to House District 4. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the American National Bank community room, 102 W. Moore Street, Terrell. For information call (972) 965-3290.

St. Jude fish fry
It’s back, the popular first Friday of the month all-you-can-eat fish fry. The meal is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at St. Jude Catholic Church on Luther Lane, behind Pizza Hut. Proceeds benefit local, state and national charities.

New Year’s reception
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points, is hosting a New Year’s reception and invites everyone to attend from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the library. Drinks and food provided by the library and Pit Grill in Mabank. Also, enjoy the High School Art Competition, featuring work by students from four area high schools, currently on display in the Community Room. For information call the library at (903) 432-4185.

Shelter ground-breaking
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is hosting its “Raising the Woof” ground-breaking ceremony for the new HSCCL shelter at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at 10200 CR 2403, Tool. For information call (903) 432-3422.

Pancake breakfast
The Gun Barrel City Rainbow Girls are hosting a pancake breakfast fund-raiser from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge (402 Legendary Lane). Donation covers all you can eat.

Talent Box auditions
Auditions for the March production of “Charlotte’s Web” are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, and 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at the Talent Box community theater, 244 N 4th, Wills Point. For information call (903) 873-8945.

CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments, followed by a business meeting and program Tuesday, Jan. 11, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. Guests are welcome. For information call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.

5D Barrel Race
The Rope, Catch & Ride for Christ Cowboy Church Arena Team is sponsoring a 5D Barrel Race, with the exhibition starting at 10 a.m. and racing at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 (rain date Saturday, Jan. 29). Payback 100 percent of entry fee. Concession stand open. North on SH 198, then right on VZCR 2807. Church looks like a red barn and is located on the right. For information contact Mitzi Pyle at (903) 880-8280.

Rootseekers Society
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Tri-County Library, downtown Mabank. Speaker is Skip Gustafson. New board members to be announced.

Sarah Maples DAR
The annual business meeting of the Sarah Maples chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Tri-County Library, Mabank.

Alzheimer’s support
The Greater Cedar Creek Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 (each third Thursday), at 256 Harbor Drive, GBC. For information call Bill Shaw at (903) 887-4789 or (214) 952-8347.

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‘Betty Brown Day’ proclaimed in KC
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Tuesday, family and friends gathered at the Kaufman County commissioners’ meeting to watch former state representative Betty Brown receive a proclamation honoring her for 12 years of service in the legislature.

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AT LEFT: New Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood congratulates former State Rep. Betty Brown for her years of service. Tuesday, commissioners named Friday, Jan. 7, as “Betty Brown Day” in the county.

County Republican chairman Bill Baker read the proclamation, which referred back to 1883, when the property where she was born was purchased by her great-grandparents.
She was married in 1959 to Ron Brown. The couple have three children.
During her time in the Texas Legislature, Brown served on many committees and was named a Taxpayer Hero by a taxpayer watchdog group.
“I appreciate the commissioners court honoring me today,” Brown told the audience. “In earlier days, I would never have imagined Kaufman County naming a Betty Brown Day.”
Newly installed County Judge Bruce Wood presented the proclamation to Brown.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved the 10 official 2011 holidays for county employees.
“The holidays are from Jan. 4 through the end of the budget year,” Wood explained, adding the observed holidays do not include any furlough days.
• approved bonds for newly elected county officials.
• approved the deputation for the County Clerk’s office of Regina Cantrell, Cyndi Davis, Augusta Cascio, Bonita Garvin, Mary Ann Gronewald, Alice Hogue, Kim Kozelski, Karen Jones, Davida Mayfield, Theresa Noble, Cynthia Ramirez, Amanda Reyes, Pam Singleton and Jamie Swagerty.
• approved a request from the office of new District Attorney Mike McLelland to fill a prosecutor’s position.
“This is not a new position. It is not a new addition and will not affect the budget,” McLelland explained.
• tabled the reappointment of officers to the KC Emergency Services District No. 7 board, pending further information.
• approved budget transfers as presented by auditor Hal D. Jones.
• paid bills totaling $361,835.68.


Fire claims another historic building
New Year’s Day blaze leaves several Market Street businesses without a home
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Another old building came down over the weekend in Mabank.
A New Year’s Day fire destroyed 106 Market St., owned by attorney Michael Groom and housing Edward Jones Investments, along with two other tenants, TDK Environmental and Max V Flag Football.
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A ladder truck continues to pump water down on the smouldering ruins of the Michael Groom law offices and Edward Jones Investment building on Market Street in downtown Mabank Saturday. Firefighters were summoned at 7:15 a.m. and soon appeared to have the fire under control, but it flared up later and destroyed the building. Five departments, along with Mabank water and sewer workers, battled the blaze.

The fire call was toned out to Gun Barrel City Fire Department at 7:15 a.m., with Mabank Volunteer Fire Department next responding, with assistance from Payne Springs Fire Rescue.
The first unit on scene reported smoky conditions with flames showing.
Mabank fire marshal Mat Ewaskiw has ruled out arson as a cause for the fire. The most probable cause is being listed as electrical, Ewaskiw said Tuesday.
Though firefighters quickly attacked and knocked the fire down, fire chiefs on scene suspected heat trapped within the asphalt and metal roof would rekindle, so fire units remained at the scene with hoses at the ready.
City workers were on hand with a backhoe and used it to knock holes in the outer wall to help dissipate heat.
As feared, flames reignited and firefighters were able to contain the blaze to just the one building. None the less, the adjoining building, housing BJ’s Ceramic Art Studio, suffered a lot of damage, as firefighters opened up holes in that building to allow built-up heat to escape, in order to avoid allowing the fire to spread.
Owner B.J. Hamilton said it would take her a while (probably two or three years), but she planned to reopen her shop in a new location, possibly on Business 175.
Heavy smoke caused the Victorian Lady Tea Room, one building over, to remain closed the entire week, while staff worked to evacuate and wash away the smoky film and smell. They plan to reopen it Monday, Jan. 10.
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Firefighters begin their investigation into the cause of an early-morning fire that destroyed a historic downtown Mabank building housing the Edward Jones financial services office Saturday.

Groom is working out of his law offices in Athens. He said the destroyed building was remodeled in 2002.
That was before the city established the building inspection process it now has in place, Ewaskiw said.
“Whenever you do a remodel, it seals up voided spaces. Once a fire gets into these spaces, it is very hard to fight it conventionally,” Ewaskiw explained.
On New Year’s Eve, a afternoon fire destroyed a house located at 215 Longleaf in the Tamarack Addition.
The fire was reported at 2:23 p.m. The house had been vacant for some time. No one was hurt, but the house was a total loss.
Gun Barrel City fire marshal Mike Grant is investigating the cause of the fire. Firefighters cleared the scene at 4:16 p.m.
Another fire Dec. 29 was fought in the Tamarack Addition at 310 Baughn St. It also involved an abandoned structure.
Firefighters responded at 7:04 p.m. and was able to confine the fire to one room in the home. They cleared the scene at 8:06 p.m.


New Kaufman officials take their seats
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Retiring County Judge Wayne Gent performed his last official act Saturday.
Leading first with an expression of thanks for all county officials, employees and citizens, Gent said he will be staying home, doing some traveling and then taking up his private law practice as a probate attorney.
Then he swore in his successor and friend, Bruce Wood, as the new county judge.
Wood has been attending commissioners’ court meetings since winning the March Republican Primary unopposed. He will be taking the mandatory state classes in Austin Jan.10-14.
Following Wood’s swearing-in, Gent then removed his name plate and placed his robe on Wood.
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Judge B. Michael Chitty (422nd District Court) administered the oath of office to the new and returning judges for Kaufman County. Pictured are (from left, back row) Chitty, County Judge Bruce Wood, Precinct 3 Justice Mike Smith, Court at Law No. 2 Judge David Lewis and Precinct 1 Justice Eric Williams; (front row) Precinct 2 Justice Patricia Ashcroft and Court at Law Judge Erleigh Norville Wiley.

As his first official duty, Wood took over the swearing-in of county officials, starting with County Clerk Laura Hughes.
He administered the oath of office to Precinct 2 Commissioner Ray Clark and Precinct 4 Commissioner Tom Manning, along with Justices of the Peace, Eric Williams, Precinct 1; Patricia Ashcroft Precinct 2; and Mike Smith, Precinct 3.
86th District Court Judge Howard Tygret was absent, due to a death in the family.
Delivering the oath of office to district officials in Tygret’s place was 422nd District Court Judge B. Michael Chitty.
District officials sworn in included the District Attorney, Mike McLelland, District Clerk Rhonda Hughey, County Court at Law Judge Erleigh Norville Wiley and County Court at Law No. 2 Judge David Lewis.
Chitty praised Hughey as Sandra Featherston’s successor, commenting on her many years as the chief clerk.
Praises were also bestowed on Wiley and Lewis calling their return to office as a “continuation of the fair and impartial judging they both are noted for.”






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