Sunday, January 21, 2007




Arnold falls ill
Kemp police chief rushed to Tyler hospital
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Kemp Police Chief Richard Arnold fell ill in his office Wednesday, just before noon.
Arnold was transported by ambulance to East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City.
Physicians there decided to send him on to Tyler, also by ambulance.
The nature of his illness was not released Thursday.
“All of our city employees are worried about him,” Mayor Billy Teel said.
“The city council members and I are also very concerned for his health,” he added.
Teel promised updates about Arnold’s health for citizens as soon as it becomes available.

Richard Arnold

Icy roads flip patrol car
Monitor Photo/PearlCantrell
Tuesday’s icy conditions contributed to this flipped patrol car on Pritchett Lane in Seven Points. Around 9:30 a.m., Officer Chuck Haverly was responding to a 9-1-1 call when his police cruiser hit a patch of ice and ended upside down in the front yard of this manufactured home. Haverly, who suffered minor injuries, had to kick out a window to escape the vehicle. The car was towed to the Seven Points police station, where repairs were to begin immediately.


Lake level up, nearing full mark
Monitor Staff Reports

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Last weekend’s heavy rains did a world of good for Cedar Creek Lake.
The Monitor contacts the Tarrant Regional Water District office at the lake spillway twice weekly to check on the lake level and temperature.
Thursday morning, the lake was at 319.46 feet above mean sea level, up by nearly a foot since Tuesday’s check, and up by more than three feet in the week since the Jan. 11 check.
The lake is still not full – the official full mark is 322 feet above mean sea level – but it’s up by nearly five feet from an historic low recorded just after Christmas.
In a front-page story back in September, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 5-14 members warned The Monitor readers the lake’s low level was uncovering stumps and revealing sand bars, both of which posed grave danger to unwary boaters.
At that time, the lake level was down to 316.82 feet, the lowest point in 10 years, and the lake level continued to fall as the autumn of 2006 proved to be just as dry as the rest of the year had been.
The lowest point came near Christmas, when the lake dropped to 314.67 feet, the third-lowest mark on record.
“That’s what we’re considering as the record low,” reservoir manager Bucky Butler said Thursday. “That’s the lowest it’s been since the lake filled to its normal pool capacity.”
Officially, the lake began impounding water in 1964, Butler said.
According to the National Weather Service’s website, the lake’s historic low was 277.5 feet, recorded Jan. 4, 1966, when the lake was still forming.
The second-lowest mark was 309.5 feet, recorded March 19, 1967 – again, prior to the lake’s filling to full capacity.