Child killed getting off school bus
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMANA 7-year-old Kaufman County boy died in front of his house while getting off
his school bus Jan. 6.
The driver of the pickup truck that struck him was arrested at the scene and later charged
with involuntary manslaughter.
Salvador Hernandez, 47, of Terrell, stopped after hitting the boy around 3:30 p.m. on
State Highway 34 near County Road 2728 between Terrell and Kaufman.
He immediately stopped at the scene, police reported.
Passing a stopped school bus is against the law in Texas. The bus had its warning lights
and its side stop sign extended at the time of the accident.
Msnbc.com reported that Nicolas Garza was a foster child out of Tarrant County, and
initial reports that his siblings were with him was an error.
Texas Department of Public Safety officers worked the scene.
DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel reported the bus was stopped facing north on SH 34 with all
its red lights activated when Hernandez, traveling in the southbound lane, failed to stop.
Hernandez voluntarily submitted a blood sample. Alcohol is not thought to be a factor in
the incident, investigators said.
Hernandez is being held in the Kaufman Law Enforcement Center under a $200,000 bond.
Raise the Woof reaches halfway point
$142,000 collected for groundbreaking ceremony
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTSTears of joy and victory glistened in the eyes of those who have worked
so hard to keep the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake open and functioning during a
touching one-hour groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for construction of a new facility.
Monitor Photos/Pearl Cantrell
Incoming board president Joni Walker, with her rescued dogs Gracie and Mollie B. Good,
thanks everyone for the support the Humane Society received throughout a year of
fund-raising Saturday, and asks for ongoing support to raise the rest of the money needed
to complete the $350,000 project. In the background, Kaufman County animal control officer
Blake Boyd and Peggy Kines hold onto the layout of the new building and fund-marker, so
wind wouldn't carry them off.
There are so many people in this community who have kept us afloat,
incoming board president, Kaufman educator and girls coach Joni Walker said.
Since last January, a 14-member team of fund-raisers, including building contractors Lisa
and Kenneth Schlebach, established the Raise the Woof campaign with at least
one fund-raiser a month.
Nearly one year later to the day, they have raised $142,000, enough funds to begin Phase
One, consisting of a new building. The existing building has been literally falling
down around our ears, Walker said.
They (the Schlebachs) havent received a dime, yet they have answered our many
design questions and put up with us through this whole process, shelter director
Krista McAnally said. Its a miracle that they still want to build it, after
all weve put them through.
Dirtwork was provided by Henderson County Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall, and
preparations for a concrete pad were well underway before Saturdays ceremony,
serving as a sign of a quick building process to come (weather permitting).
The building will cover indoor-outdoor kennels for about 40 dogs, plus a cat room for
about 40 cats, while providing office space to be built out as funds allow, McAnally
explained. Phase One lacks about $30,000 to complete, she added.
Phase Two calls for demolishing the existing building and rebuilding on the same slab to
accommodate an additional 35 dogs.
Finally, Phase Three would provide storage and a quarantine area, for a total of around
$350,000 for the entire project.
Monitor Photos/Pearl Cantrell
Contractor Lisa Schlebach (left), incoming shelter president Joni Walker, Kenneth
Schlebach, shelter director Krista McAnally, shelter secretary Debbie Lumpkins, and
building chairwoman Cynthia Walter ceremoniously shovel dirt to mark a new beginning for
the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake with the construction of a new building.
Until all three phases are completed, we will not have expanded the
shelters capacity, nor addressed our quarantine issues, McAnally explained.
Despite the goal ahead to raise the rest of the funds, those attending the ceremony
Saturday see this halfway point as a huge success and a sign of good things to
Weve had literally thousands of checks pour in, even checks from other states,
where rescues have helped us are supporting our efforts here, she said.
We as an organization are thrilled that so many people have attended the
ceremony, Walker said. And now they can see their donations and hard work is
becoming a reality. For that, we say thank you.
Walker also cited Mary Beth and John Haley for a generous donation in memory of their
friend and colleague, Patty Moore.
Other individuals mentioned included Cynthia Walter (Building Committee chairwoman) and
Debbie Lumpkins (board secretary) who have been my right hands here, helping with
anything I needed, McAnally added.
Representing some of the rescue organizations that have been so helpful to the Humane
Society of Cedar Creek Lake was Lovey Frazier of SPIN.
Rescue groups help us with the hundreds of animals we receive each and every
month, McAnally said.
Also recognized was dog walker Debbie Schubert, who helps McAnally with pit bulls; Amber
England, the Facebook champion, who uses the social network to find homes for countless
dogs and cats; and Sydney and Ed Busch, for the faithful work they do in the operation and
funding of the Friends of the Animals Spay and Neuter Clinic in Gun Barrel City, as well
as Shirley Leonis and Danny Hampel, Seven Points Dairy Queen operators, for their annual
car show fund-raiser for the shelter.
I could stand here all day and rattle off names of those who were instrumental to
bringing us to this point in time, McAnally said. But I wont.
Special recognition was also given to Kaufman County animal control officer Blake Boyd,
who mans the front lines, picking up abused and abandoned animals and bringing them to the
shelter about 1,200 of them annually.
Years ago, there were no such officers and that burden was taken up by volunteers, such as
founding members Barbara Walker and Toni Muirhead, the last of eight original board
members, who included Kaye Kiehl, Dian Allison, R.J. Johnson, Nancy Massingill, Janice
Roberts and Ruth Woods.
We all put our heart and soul into this place, said a tearful Barbara Walker
(no relation to Joni Walker).
Weve come a long way since 83, Muirhead noted. Thank God
yall are here and yall care.
Barbara, more than I, answered those terrible phone calls, Muirhead said.
I remember a case where a kitten was left for dead down a port-a-potty. We did
everything we could to try to get that poor creature out, until finally Barbara was held
by her feet and she got the kitten out, Muirhead said.
Barbara Walker, who was near tears after being reminded of the cruelty shes
witnessed, said, Its just easier now, to stay away.
Aley Methodist minister the Rev. Eston Williams summed up the work of the shelter and the
role pets play in our lives in the words of his invocation.
We want to thank you, Lord, for your kind and generous gift of these creatures who
love us unconditionally, just like You love us, he said.
And we must beg Your forgiveness for our brothers and sisters who do not take
seriously the responsibility that comes with such a gift, who do not return the love our
four-legged furry friends always give, he added.
And we must thank You for those special sons and daughters of Yours who pick up the
burden that others lay down, who feel so strongly Your love for animals that they give of
their time, talents, energies and their money to provide the care that you want every one
of your creatures to have, Williams said.
More specifically, we thank You for the men and women who are the Humane Society of
Cedar Creek Lake. We thank You and them for the enormous sacrifices they make for the
animals of our community, he said.
We thank You for their vision of an improved facility to care for the animals, and
for their hard work to make that dream come true, Williams added. May their
example inspire the people of the Cedar Creek Lake communities to support this work more
faithfully in the years to come.
City gets logo on water tower
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOLWest Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District directors agreed Monday to paint an
altered city logo on its water tower in Seven Points, provided the city pays for the
What will appear on the water tower in Seven Points once the repainting
The directors gave mayor Joe Dobbs until the end of day to give them an answer and a check
for $2,500 to complete the citys request.
WCCMUD secretary Wanda Sanders reported the conditions were met, so most of the
citys logo will be featured on the tower below the districts initials.
On the backside, the districts characteristic eyes and smile will be painted.
Directors got to see the graphics projected through a PowerPoint presentation.
District manager Tony Ciardo told directors it has been their custom to include the place
name of the water tower, adding that from the catwalk on the tower in Seven Points, all
the other water towers owned by the utility can be seen.
Seven Points seems to be a high point (elevation-wise) for the district,
Directors met in a special session Monday morning to make a final decision on the
Dobbs thanked the board members for their patience and consideration of the citys
request, and assured them he would call them as soon as he talked it over with the city
attorney and gained his approval for the expenditure.
Because of the unique situation in Seven Points, I like to run everything by the
city attorney first, Dobbs explained.
The WCC board had obtained a very competitive bid from Tank Pro for painting the water
tower and said they didnt want any delays that might add extra expense to the