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The Monitor says farewell to Ronda
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANKThe Monitor and Lake Area Leader bids a fond farewell to one of its own
office/ billing manager Ronda Pennington.
AT LEFT: The Monitor and Lake Area Leader says farewell to Ronda Pennington.
To many of our customers, Ronda has been the voice at the other end of the telephone
when it came to placing legal announcements, answering billing questions or renewing
Her departure ends an 11-year service with the newspaper, who has come to rely upon her
friendly customer service, motherly supervision and professionalism.
Rondas been my go-to person for years, and I will dearly miss her. She was
able to formulate solutions and process all the tasks that the paper encountered,
general manager Susan Harrison said. I will miss her friendship too, but wish her
all the best.
Rondas been using her last weeks with the paper to train her replacement, Keron
Walker. Shell do a great job for our customers, Ronda said.
Longtime Kemp residents, she and husband Robert are moving to Paris, where their daughter
Rhyan will be finishing up her last year of high school and getting ready to enter Paris
Junior College in the fall.
Im looking forward to new opportunities and pursuing other interests,
Ill miss everything, but especially (five weekly) deadlines. I think Ive
become an adrenaline junkie, she laughed.
Having joined The Monitor and Lake Area Leader in August, 1999, Ronda has become a
mainstay for 11 years.
Before coming to work here, Ronda worked on the classified ads of the Marshall News
Messenger and the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
The Cedar Creek Lake community has also benefited from her service in connection with the
many activities her children, Ruston and Rhyan have been involved in over the years,
including Cub Scouting, 4-H club and supporting the Kemp High School Band.
As a longtime band booster, Ronda has held every office and toted enough equipment to open
a music store.
She has also coordinated and operated the concession booth at enough football games to
give her the experience to run a small restaurant not to mention the many batches
of beans shes prepared.
Her coworkers will miss her friendly smile, her party planning for their birthdays and
Christmas, encouraging ways, and high level of efficiency.
She will be greatly missed.
Theft by check most committed crime in 2010
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS What was the No. 1 misdemeanor offense prosecuted by theCounty
Attorneys Office in 2010? Theft by check, and it wasnt even close.
County Attorney Clint Davis last week released a summary of case activity for 2010,
tracking the disposition of cases filed through his office in the County Court at Law,
County Court at Law No. 2, and the County Court.
Statistics do not include cases filed through Henderson Countys Justice of the Peace
This is the first time weve done this type of report for a full year,
There were 852 cases of theft by check filed, according to the figures, making it the top
misdemeanor crime filed in 2010. Second was Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) at 396 and
assaults were third at 296.
As expected, theft by check would be the No. 1 by leaps and bounds, Davis told
The Monitor, but I would have thought that DWI and assaults would have been
Davis said he has been told by sources with the local Department of Public Service (DPS)
office that locally the number of intoxicated drivers is dropping.
Currently they are seeing more and more designated drivers and people who are not
over the legal limit on stops, Davis said. To furtherthis, countywide we did
not have a single DWI arrest on New Years Eve.
Davis said the DWI numbers could be seasonal and could reverse in the summer.
DWI has gotten a significant amount of attention with the coverage of felony cases
in our county, and so I guess I was being too optimistic that our numbers wouldnt be
so high in 2010, he said.
Davis reported the following activity in the disposition of cases filed through his office
for the year of 2010 (listed alphabetically):
Accident Involving Damage to Vehicle, 8; Assaults, 212; Boating While Intoxicated, 3;
Burglary of Vehicle, 40; Criminal Mischief, 76; Consumption of Alcohol by Minor, 11;
Criminal Trespass, 55; Cruelty to Animals 14, Disorderly Conduct, 5; Deadly Conduct, 5;
Driving While Intoxicated, 396; Driving While License Suspended/Invalid, 118; Duty on
Striking Fixture/Highway Landscape, 7; Escape from Custody, 4; Evading Arrest/Detention,
Also, Fail To Appear, 29; Fail to Show Proof of Financial Responsibility or No Financial
Responsibility, 17; Fail to Identify Giving False/Fictitious Information, 32; Failure to
Identify Fugitive From Justice, 13; False Report to Police Officer, 4; Fleeing Police
Officer, 4; Gambling Promotion, 4; Minor In Possession of Alcohol or Tobacco, 11;
Possession of a Gambling Device, 3.
Also, Harrassment, 9; Illegal Dumping, 3; Hunting Deer at Night, 4; Indecent Exposure, 4;
Interfere with Emergency Call, 14; Interference with Public Duties, 4; Official
Oppression, 10; Possession of Dangerous Drug, 25; Possession of a Controlled Substance,
32; Possession Of Marijuana, 197; Prohibited Weapon, 12.
Also, Reckless Driving, 37; Public Intoxication, 6; Public Nuisance, 5; Purchase or
Furnish Alcohol to a Minor, 14; Resisting Arrest Search or Transport, 25; Speeding, 214;
Tamper with a Government Record, 4; Terroristic Threat, 36; Theft By Check, 852; Theft Of
Service, 21; Theft Of Property, 84; Unlawful Carrying a Weapon, 12; Violation of
Protective Order, 9; Wrong/Fictitious/Altered/Obscure Vehicle Registration, 11; Other,
Total number of dispositions for the year 2010 3,053.
Total amount of fines and court costs assessed $1,463,573.90
Number of Individuals sentenced to the Henderson County Jail 1,163.
Number of Individuals who have had their probation revoked and were sentenced to
the Henderson County Jail 124.
Amount of money collected & returned to merchants by the Hot Check Division
High School Art Show opens at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTSFor the third year, student artists from all four area high schools
participated in the High School Art Show Jan. 9.
Hosted by The Library of Cedar Creek Lake, the show gives attention to art and brings the
About 75 students participated, with each school providing an outside judge to score the
The library provided one judge to tabulate the scores and rank the top five entries from
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Library visitors view artwork from Kemp High School on the west wall of the community room
Jan. 9 for the start of the third annual High School Art Show. Refreshments were also
The top five won special recognition with placement ribbons and all others were awarded
Every year we expect and have seen improvement in the quality of art work
submitted, library representative Elian Haan said.
The show is designed to bring more art to the community from the community for
friendly competition and recognition, she added.
The artwork remains on display in the community room through the end of January.
This years top scorers are:
Eustace High School
Kemp High School
Mabank High School
Savanah Owen, who also took Best of Show honors. (See page 4A of the Jan. 16 issue
of The Monitor)
Malakoff High School
Gina Cook (1st and 2nd place)
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
We have 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.
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