Many Boys and Girls Clubs are running a car donation campaign.
Donated cars are sold at auction and the funds generated help
support their many programs.
For information or to donate call toll-free (800) 246-0493.
Kemp Cowboy Church
The first meeting of the new Kemp Cowboy Church, a
non-denominational church, is set for 10:30 a.m. Sunday (today)
in the council chambers, Kemp City Hall, located at 304 North
Pastor Gary Hooper welcomes all. For information call Wendy at
Kemp senior center
The Kemp Senior Citizens Center is hosting a chili luncheon from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday (today). For a small fee there will be
chili and all the trimmings and dessert.
For information call (903) 498-4046.
Civic League meeting
The Cedar Creek Civic League meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24,
at Tri-County Library, Mabank. Program is by Marilyn May of the
Environmental Co-op. Guests are welcome. For information call
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan.
25, at the Cedar Creek Country Club. Sharon Lucky will present
“Divas of the Desert.” Doors open at 10:15 a.m. For information
call (903) 451-2619.
Harbor Point POA
The Harbor Point POA Crime Watch group will meet at noon
Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Ranch House Restaurant in GBC for a
dutch treat luncheon. Henderson County District Attorney Scott
McKee will speak on “Identity Theft and Other Public Scams.”
Other Crime Watch groups are invited to come and hear McKee. For
information or to RSVP, call (903) 887-1630.
Grief counsel meeting
First Assembly of God Church, 116 West Market Street, Mabank, is
beginning grief counseling meetings at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27
(each Thursday). For information call Pastor Royce Barker at
(903) 887-4881 or the Rev. Kathy Floyd at (903) 880-9692.
Styx gospel singing
The Styx Baptist Church is hosting a gospel singing starting at
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the church, located at 31800 FM 85,
west of Seven Points. Everyone is welcome. If you play and
instrument or can sing, bring your music, friends and family.
For information call (214) 616-4659. Everyone is welcome every
Masonic chili lunch
The Malakoff Masonic Lodge No. 759 is hosting a chili lunch with
all the fixins’ from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the
Masonic Hall, 110 Jackson Street. Donation requested.
Cowboy church race
The Rope, Catch & Ride for Christ Cowboy Church Arena Team is
sponsoring a 5D Barrel Race starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
29, at the church located north of Mabank, SH 198, right on CR
2807. Church is on the right and looks like a red barn. For
information call Mitzi Pyle at (903) 880-8280.
Baked potato lunch
A baked potato lunch is set for noon Sunday, Jan. 30, at the
First Methodist Church, Kemp, benefitting the children’s summer
camp. For information call (903) 498-3827.
Tamarack Ladies Club
The Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in
the TLC Hall. A potluck luncheon follows the meeting. All ladies
residing in Tamarack are invited. For information call (903)
St. Jude Friday fish fry
The Knights of Columbus and St. Jude Catholic Church is hosting
an “all-you-can-eat” first Friday fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 4, at the St. Jude Church on Luther Lane, behind
the Pizza Hut. All profits benefit local, state and national
Early Valentine dinner
The annual “That’s Amore” Valentine’s Day dinner show is set for
6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Mabank High School Cafeteria. Choir
students will serve as wait staff and will provide
entertainment. Tickets may be purchased from any choir student,
the front desk at the high school or by calling the Fine Arts
Department at (903) 880-1620.
Kemp Senior Citizens
The Kemp Senior Citizens Center, 300 North Dallas Street, Kemp,
serves lunch for a small donation at noon weekdays. Seniors can
enjoy games, quilting, puzzles, exercise class, Bible study and
a lot more from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information call Lisa Smith
at (903) 498-4046.
Free tax help
Free tax help is available at Tri-County Library, Mabank, with
Peggy Rogers, VITA. Rogers worked for the IRS for many years and
keeps up with current changes. Call the library at (903)
887-9622, leaving name, local phone number (calls from cells
with long distance numbers will not be returned), and the best
time for her to return your call to set up an appointment.
AARP free tax help
AARP free tax services will be available from 8 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, Feb. 2, through Wednesday, April 13, at the following
locations: Fridays at the Henderson County Senior Center,
Athens; Mondays at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven
Points, and Wednesdays at the Senior Citizens Center, Malakoff.
For information call (903) 778-2423.
Flu shots available
Flu shots are available for adults and children. Contact the
Texas Department of State Health Services at (972) 932-2038 for
an appointment. Medicare/Medicaid accepted, sliding fee scale or
$20 for adults. The clinic is located at 3001 S. Washington,
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New interim super says he’s
‘Ready to dig in’
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Corey Jenkins, a longtime Trinidad ISD teacher, was named
interim superintendent last month, replacing David Atkeisson.
Atkeisson unexpectedly announced he was leaving the district to
take a job in the Palestine ISD business office in November.
Atkeisson left a big job for Jenkins, considering TISD was rated
“Unacceptable” by the Texas Education Agency last year.
TEA claimed that eight of the 19 seniors who graduated in 2009
did not complete their requirements for graduation. Atkeisson
said he was appealing the rating.
“It’s not even based on this year’s TAKS scores, in which 70
percent of the scores were either Recognized or Exemplary,”
“Sure, there are areas where we’d like to improve, but when all
student scores for reading fall in the Recognized category and
writing and social studies scores match Exemplary, and when all
science scores come up to Recognized and math is Academically
Acceptable, well that’s something to be proud of,” Atkeisson
told The Monitor in August.
The Monitor caught up with Jenkins, whose titles include
Reverend, at a candlelight service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Day Monday at the courthouse in Athens, and had the
following conversation with him.
TM: How does it feel to be the interim superintendent after all
Jenkins: It is very humbling, but it is very exciting as well.
TM: Trinidad has some issues. Any idea about where you’re going,
what you’re trying to do?
Jenkins: Basically, right now I’m just trying to look at all the
I’m looking at all the academic data first of all, and then also
data about staff makeup and things of that nature. Hope to just
take it from where it is now and improve it. We don’t know where
that’s going to go at this particular point, but I’m just ready
to dig in my heels.
TM: You’ve been in Trinidad a long time. Can you tell us a
little bit about how you feel about the City of Trinidad itself?
Jenkins: Trinidad is my heart. I always tell people I bleed blue
and gold. I was born and raised in Trinidad. I love it. I hope
to build in Trinidad one day, and I’m actually flattered that
they’ve entrusted me to this position. I’m ready, I’m just
TM: Considering the national holiday to honor Dr. King, can you
tell me what he means to you?
Jenkins: A symbol of hope; a symbol of pride; a symbol of
justice. He said, “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming
of the Lord.” And I believe he is a forerunner of a lot of
things happening now and the culmination of a lot of things
happening. For me he is one of the names that just transcends
time, no matter what generation you come up with, you’re going
to hear his name and you’re going to hear his speeches and
you’re going to see the movement, and that’s been special for
TM: I have to ask because of the day it is, have we had any
other black superintendent in Henderson County?
Jenkins: I really haven’t done that research, somebody else
asked me that same question the other day. I said I really don’t
know; I know I’ll be one of very few, if we have had any, and to
me that’s very special. That tells me that anything is possible.
Trinidad ISD school board set 7 p.m. Tuesday as its next regular
monthly meeting at the school’s auditorium.
Kemp man charged with continuous ‘sexual
abuse of a child’
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–A Kemp man is still in jail after being arrested for
continuous sexual abuse. Kaufman County investigators began an
investigation in the last days of December and initial findings
resulted in the arrest of Jeramiah David Bryan, 26.
Investigators found Bryan had been sexually abusing several
female victims over a period of the last year.
Bryan was charged with two counts of continuous sexual abuse of
a young child/children, and one count of sexual performance by a
Bryan was originally arrested Dec. 18, 2010, and charged with
indecency with a child by sexual contact by the Kemp Police
He remains incarcerated in the Kaufman County Law Enforcement
Center with bond set at $400,000.
Vigil honors Dr. Martin Luther King
Monitor Photo/Michael Hannigan
Marva Barker pours out her heart in song as grandson Jaden
keeps his eyes on the flame during the annual Henderson County
History Committee candlelight vigil held at the Henderson County
Jan. 17 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Both grandmother
grandson are from Athens.