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Gospel singing
Styx Baptist Church is hosting a gospel singing at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the church located at 31800 Farm-to-Market 85, approximately six miles from Seven Points. Everyone welcome.
Bring your instruments, music, CD’s friends and family. Refreshments follow.
For information, call (214) 616-4659.

49er’s seniors club
The Cedar Creek Lake 49er’s Senior Citizens Club is hosting country and western dancing and a potluck meal from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday (tonight) and any Thursday night for dancing to Chuck & the 49er’s.
The club is smoke and alcohol free, located off SH 334, two blocks south on Arnold Hills Road.
For information, phone or fax to (903) 432-3552.

Free skating returns
The Cedar Creek Bible Church is hosting free Friday nights of skating, skits and snacks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. during February and the first three Friday nights of March. Skates, sodas, popcorn, hot chocolate and sno-cones are all free.
The church is located one mile north of the traffic light in Seven Points on SH 274.
For information, call (903) 432-2175.

Free ’70s concert
“Super Hits of the 70s” benefit concert is sponsored by area United Methodist churches at Mabank High School, 7-10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27. Admission is free. A bake sale begins at 6 p.m. and those attending may make an offering to help end malaria in South Africa. Musicians are nearly all church pastors from the Dallas area.

Annual chili luncheon
The Malakoff Masonic Lodge is hosting its annual chili luncheon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Lodge, 110 Jackson St., Malakoff, across from the elementary school. Menu features homemade chili, ice tea and coffee. Donation requested.

Tri-County soccer
The Tri-County Soccer Association 2012 spring sign-up is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 and for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at McDonalds in Gun Barrel City. Players must have turned 4 years old by Jan. 1. For information call Candi Conner (903) 887-3138.

PSUMC fellowship
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church fellowship night is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, with a covered dish dinner followed by “Beloved” a group led by Chris Hobgood. The public is invited. For information call (903) 451-2978.

CCL Garden Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. A program on making special valentines to take home and cards for residents of local nursing homes will be presented by Donna Malik. For information, call Gail Haynes at (903) 498-6544.

CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake executive board meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points.

Mabank art show
The Mabank District Art Show viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the MHS Commons area, grades 2 through 12.

Valentine’s fundraiser
Members of Friends of Tri-County Library are rapidly selling out of tickets for the fundraising dinner set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at First Methodist Church, Mabank. Tickets are available at Tri-County Library.

heaters needed
The Family Resource Center, located at 107 Spring Valley, Gun Barrel City, is looking for your help with providing heaters for babies, the elderly and people without heat. For information, call Debbie at (903) 887-4711.
Donations are greatly appreciated.

Meals drivers needed
The Senior Center at the Ball Park is in desperate need for “Meals on Wheels,” drivers in Kemp and Mabank.
For information, call Lisa Smith, director, at (903) 887-0067

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Council backs off rate hike
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Once again, a meeting of the Kemp City Council drew a room full of citizens wanting to see if their water rate increase was going to remain in effect.
City council members unanimously decided Jan. 19 to make changes to the 100 percent rate increase that has residents up in arms.
Following a two-and-a-half hour closed session, a slight adjustment downward was approved. But no one seemed particularly happy with the results.
Minimum rates were decreased by $5.76 on the water side and the flat sewer rate was decreased by $1.50 per 1,000 gallons. The adjusted rates mean city residents will be charged a minimum of $32.24 for water, $27.57 for sewer with flat rates of $4.50 per 1,000 for water and $3.50 per 1,000 gallons for sewer. Utility bills also contain a monthly trash pickup charge of $11.44 and a $2 charge with half designated to the fire fund and the other to the tornado siren fund for a total of $73.25.
The increase in November listed $38 for water and $42.52 for sewer, totalling $81.52 plus the trash and $2 designated funds fee.
Out-of-town meter holder’s minimum payment will remain at the $48 approved in November.
In-town commercial meters will be charged $1 more on their minimum bills, than residential customers, with the cost per 1,000 gallons remaining the same for commercial and residential meters.
In town large meters will increase from the $38 minimum for water, on the regular inch line, by each half-inch increments, with the cost finally topping at $195 for the minimum for a six-inch-line meter.
Speaking of the several meetings the city has held on the subject, Mayor Donald Kile expressed his frustration.
“We have beat this into the ground. We are putting this into action,” he declared.
The increase will provide about $100,000 he said and suggested the city set aside approximately $10,000 when submitting applications for grants.
“This will give us a better opportunity, especially when applying for a matching grant,” he added.
In other business, councilmen:
• heard several dissatisfied residents complain on the increased rates.
“There’s no way the elderly can afford a 100 percent increase,” James Golightly said.
He also spoke on water leaks the water department seemed to ignore for lengthy periods of time.
Paula Hatterson, on the Kemp Oversight Committee, suggested the city use its opportunity to access qualified individuals in the area to help with the water problems.
Keith Lowry suggested ways to collect rain water by using cisterns and someone from the audience asked why folks in the area couldn’t uncover their wells used in the past.
That remark drew an answer from councilman Jesse Morton, who reminded those present that the water table (depth) in private wells would be low due to the prolonged drought.
• approved a variance needed by a resident trying to rebuild his house after its destruction by a fire.
No action was taken on other items (personnel and resumes for a city administrator), following the closed session.

 

Mabank supports ‘Imagine No Malaria’ week
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–In conjunction with a benefit concert set to raise funds for the eradication of malaria, the leading cause of death in African children, Mabank Mayor Larry Teague proclaimed Jan. 22 - 27, as “Imagine No Malaria Week.
“A child dies every 30 seconds from malaria in Africa,” The Rev. Eston Williams explained.
“And it’s entirely preventable,” he said.
“Because of this, we want to support the Connections Band and their concert at Mabank High School,” Williams said.
The concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.
The Connections Band a group of United Methodist ministers, musicians and lay members who have donated their time and talents since 2004.
The group has raised more than $100,000 to end the dread.
Last year the appearance of the band at MHS, earned almost $15,000 for the campaign.
It is hoped the concert will bring in more than the amount raised last year.

 

Kemp students attend Beta Club Convention
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–The Kemp High School Beta Club attended the Texas State Beta Club Convention in Dallas, Jan.13-14.
Beta Club State President Caleb Murray, a senior at Kemp High School, conducted the first general session.
Junior Ben Dillon ran for state president.
The following students competed in academic, talent, campaign skit, and art competitions: Bryan Szczerba, Cassie Valentin, Katy Mast, Jennifer Dickson, Christine Day, Bill Neighbors, Jared Hulick, Larry Martinez, Drake Barnica, Garrett Haley, Jessica Van Pamel, Cody Parker, Rosa Ornelas, Kristen Airheart, Kalee Anderson, Nikki Fisher, Taylor Hennig, Payton Bray, Kelsey Lamb, Colten Love, James Forrest, Scout Rogers, Alicia Wakeland, Lauren Morton, Josh Shipp, Garrett Smith, and Dayton Chambers.
Junior Samantha Clark won third place in spelling and will compete at the National Beta Club Convention this summer in Greensboro, N.C.
KHS Beta Club sponsor Rhonda Jones received a gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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