Kenny Dawson, Christian soloist, song writer and musician will
perform at 11 a.m. Sunday (today) at the First Assembly of God,
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake board meeting is set for
6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at HSCCL, 10200 CR 2403, Tool. The
community is invited and welcome to attend. For information,
call (903) 451-0184.
CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets starting with
refreshments at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Library at
Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Mike Howard will present
“Protecting Our First Families.” For information regarding
membership, call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.
Kemp council meeting
The regular Kemp City Council meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Jan. 10. All citizens are cordially invited.
HC Republican women
The Henderson County Republican Women meet at 9:30 a.m. for
coffee and 10 a.m. for program, Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the
Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Speaker is Lance
Gooden. For information call (903) 519-3635.
VZ Senior citizens
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club monthly dance is at 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 13, at the Henderson County Senior Center, Athens.
Joe Walenta and the Ranch Hands will provide country western
music. Everyone is welcome.
Kemp community prayer
A community prayer with the mayor of Kemp is set for 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16 (every third Monday) at Kemp City Hall. All
citizens are invited.
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society is at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16,
at the Tri-county Library in Mabank. Meetings are open to the
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club executive board meets at 1
p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven
Sarah Maples meeting
The Sarah Maples Chapter DAR, Daughters of the American
Revolution, is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Tri-County
Library in Mabank. This is the annual business meeting.
Welcome home the troops
The Monitor would like to recognize returning troops with a
special tribute and asks readers to submit photos and stories
about their loved ones recently returned from overseas as a
result of the President’s troop recall. E-mail your stories and
photos by Friday, Jan. 20 to email@example.com, or mail
to The Monitor, P.O. Box 48, Mabank TX 75147, or simply drop it
off at 1316 S. Third St. next to Groom & Sons Ace Hardware
between 8:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m. M-F. All submissions should
include a contact name and phone number, details of military
service and a photo.
Mabank VFD chili supper
Mabank Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its 18th annual
chili supper from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Mabank
Fire Station (111 E. Mason/Business 175). All donations benefit
the Mabank Fire Department.
Log Cabin square dance
Square dancing from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 and country and
wester dance to a live band from Dallas, at Promenade Hall in
Tool. Beginner square dance lessons start Wednesday, Feb. 1. For
information, call Phil at (903) 880-8822 or Cindy at (214)
Kemp teen account set
An account is open at First National Bank in Kemp for Alyssa
Olivarez, 14. She was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma.
Needs outreach sought
Calling all churches to participate in a needs outreach planning
session for Henderson County at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Sand
Springs Baptist Church in Athens, located at 1212 FM 1616. For
information, call Pastor Erick Graham at (903) 675-4387.
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Collision sends five to
Early morning frost on windshield obscures SH
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TRINIDAD–Traffic came to a standstill on State Highway 274
Thursday, as authorities moved the injured from a morning rush
hour wreck at the intersection of Key Ranch Road. One adult and
two children from one vehicle were airlifted to Dallas
hospitals, while two adults in a second southbound truck were
taken to ETMC Athens. No fatalities were reported.
Trinidad police chief Dennis Causey told The Monitor that the
driver of a blue Ford Taurus drove with frost across his
windsheild. “He didn’t think he was at the intersection yet,”
Monitor Photos/Kim Breeze
First Responders move quickly to transport the injured to
emergency transport after a serious collision at Key Ranch Road
and State Highway 274 Thursday morning.
He estimated the driver was going about 40 mph when he collided
with the southbound black Chevy truck. “He was taking two
children to school,” Causey said.
One helicopter transported the two children to Children’s
Medical Center and a second helicopter took the driver to
Parkland Hospital, he said.
Causey identified the Ford driver as Jason Tatom, in his 30s.
The driver of the Chevy truck was in his 70s and identified as
Julius Rivers with a Kemp mailing address. Causey refrained from
identifying the others involved in the accident.
Traffic was blocked for about an hour, he estimated before tow
trucks were able to clear the debris.
Temperatures overnight dipped into the low 30s. Causey said when
he arrived shortly before 8 a.m., the windshield on the Ford
Taurus was still icy.
Library building lease to continue
EDC interested in smart phone commerce future
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–The Economic Development Corporation of Seven
Points announced that a purchase clause on a performance
agreement for the library building has been eliminated and the
library will continue on a lease basis. The performance
agreement had stipulated the library be purchased outright by
the library board. “We are very happy with the outcome,” library
board member Jim Taylor told The Monitor.
For the past several years, the library has been contributing
$400 a month toward the building’s expenses, with the EDC
picking up the remainder each month. That looks to continue
under this new action. An agreement will likely extend the lease
in five year increments, Taylor said.
“Details are still under negotiation,” EDC president N. Jean
Hulsey said Dec. 28, “but we know it will continue to be
Taylor said there were issues with the building not meeting ADA
requirements, and substantial repairs needing to be addressed.
The EDC board members also discussed advertising strategies for
the city’s future, with a lengthy conversation about smart phone
apps and the ease it will allow customers to find information
about Seven Points businesses.
“It’s the yellow pages on steroids,” EDC vice president Jay
Patel said about the smart phone apps.
The application, which is still in development, would give
anyone with a smart phone instant access to anything happening
in Seven Points, from entertainment to food reservations. This
would help residents and tourists get to the businesses they
desire easier. The city, however, it not quite ready for this
“We’re not ready for this yet,” treasurer Mac McKinsey said.
“Seven Point’s website needs to be up to date if we are going to
be working with this kind of technology, and right now its not.”
Besides the web needing updating, the application itself is very
expensive with a high-end price tag over $20,000. Businesses to
be in the system would split the bill. Patel expressed optimism
about Seven Points chances to get this going in the future.
“We don’t need a Cadillac right now when we can get a Chevy,” he
said, referring to the size and scope of the application package
the city may look into.
“We need to make a meeting with this company to find a model
that fits Seven Point’s size,” McKinsey said.
The idea was well received by all EDC members and tabled for
In other action, board members:
• approved the minutes of the special board meeting on Nov. 23
• approved the financial report for November, 2011.
• purchased office equipment totaling $1,274, including a
printer, laptop, Microsoft Office, a mouse and flash drive.
(Pearl Cantrell contributed to this report.)
Car stuck in mud nets drug arrest
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–Deputies in the Van Zandt County found approximately 30
grams of methamphetamines, scales used to weigh and measure
drugs and small baggies used to distribute narcotics while
responding to a trespassing call Dec. 29, 2011. When deputies
arrived to a private property located on VZ CR 1804 they found a
red car stuck in the mud. The vehicle was registered to an owner
The car had two occupants, Ashley Gill, and Michael Lee Herrera,
both of Quitman.
According to a press release, deputies determined Herrera was
wanted on a Dallas County narcotics warrant involving meth.
He was taken into custody and transported to the Van Zandt
Sheriff’s office and the vehicle was searched.
Gill was released; Herrera was booked on the Dallas County
charge and is being held without bond.
Additional charges of possession, manufacturing and delivery of
more than 4 grams and less than 200 grams are being filed.
The charges carry a fine up to $10,000 and from five to 99 years
Assisting the VZ Sheriff’s office was the Precinct 1 Constable.