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.
Grief counsel meeting
First Assembly of God Church, 116 West Market Street, Mabank, is
beginning grief counseling meetings at 10 a.m. Thursday (today
and 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. Exhibition
starting at 10 a.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.
Literary Club board
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake executive board meeting is
set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at The Library at Cedar Creek
Lake, Seven Points.
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)
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church monthly fellowship
night is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, starting with a
covered dish dinner. The program a gospel group singing old
favorites begins at 7 p.m. The public is invited. The church is
located across from the PS Fire Department on SH 198. For
information call (903) 451-3131.
Tea Party meeting
A Tea Party meeting for the west side of Henderson County is set
for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Dairy Queen, Seven
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.
Wild Olive Branch sale
The Wild Olive Branch Ministry is hosting a garment sale of
gently loved linens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through
Friday, Feb. 9-11, with a salad buffet luncheon both Thursday
and Friday, featuring salads, croissants, sandwiches, tea
breads, scones, decadent cookies, cakes and tarts. The church is
located at 1008 South Tool Drive (across from the Tool water
The Friends of the Tri-County Library are sponsoring a
fund-raiser for the library from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday
and Friday, Feb. 10-11, in the library community room. Items
include plants, baked goods, jewelry, etc. For information call
Jackie Groom at (903) 887-8545.
A Valentine’s sit-down dinner hosted by American Legion Post 310
on SH 198 South is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. The
dinner (prime rib and trimmings) is followed by Big Band DJ
music. Dressy casual attire. Reservations required (only 72
seats available) and a charge. For information call Marcia or
Benny at the Post, (903) 887-3532.
The Rope, Catch and Ride for Christ Cowboy church is hosting a
free Sweetheart Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12,
featuring John Spivey and his band. Donations accepted to pay
the band. Prizes for kids and adults. Concession stand open to
the public. North on SH 198 to CR 2807, turn right. Cowboy
Church is on the right and looks like a red barn. For
information call Vickie at (9030 880-2695.
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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Kemp ISD OKs $800K
artificial turf buy
Sixth grade moves to Junior High campus
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp school board officially approved to move the sixth
grade to the junior high campus and agreed to pay up to $800,000
to install artificial turf for Yellowjacket Stadium.
Junior High principal Phil Edwards explained at previously held
public hearings on the issue that sixth graders will be grouped
in their own hallway of classrooms, with limited contact with
older students on campus.
The Kemp Independent School District is the third Cedar Creek
Lake school district to install artificial turf to its playing
Trustees named Hellas Construction, Inc., to install the
synthetic turf at their Jan. 18 meeting.
As a service provider listed with a buying co-op used by
schools, the contractor guarantees to deliver the lowest cost
for the work, superintendent Dr. Peter Running explained.
Randy Bullock of Hellas Construction, Inc., listed artificial
turf’s advantages for the trustees, explaining he was a former
educator and the athletic director at Midlothian ISD.
“They (Midlothian) added two synthetic fields, and overnight,
the fields bettered the community,” Bullock said.
A synthetic field increases practice time for all sports and
band activities, as the fields are available 24/7, 365 days a
year, he pointed out.
“The fields are built with a base that lasts about 30 years,”
Bullock continued. “After a rain, the water drains out. There is
no need to wait following the rain, because the teams can play
ball almost immediately.”
Currently, the high school band buses students over to the
junior high parking lot for marching band practice to conserve
the grassy field for play, trustees heard.
The fiber process to produce the “grass” of the turf was
described and its toughness emphasized.
“The ‘grass’ can’t be pulled out,” Bullock said.
“Hellas has been in business for eight years, has approximately
350 employees and does not sub out any portion of the job,”
Bullock pointed out.
Running presented the board with the opportunity for accepting
low-interest federal Stimulus Funding, administered through a
state program to pay for the renovation to ’Jacket Stadium.
Kemp ISD qualifies for $5.5 million of Qualified School
Construction Bond funds, he explained.
Through the program, the IRS credits around 5 percent toward the
interest amount on the bond, lowering the effective interest
rate to between 1 percent and 2 percent over the 15-year loan
period, business manager Kim Johnson elaborated.
Board president Keith Foisey told The Monitor the board has been
conducting financial studies of the upkeep of the field for the
last two to three years.
Last year, along with the interruption in water service and the
homecoming celebrations, the district spent around $100,000 to
maintain the field, Foisey said.
“We expect to have an eight- to nine-year payback period on the
installation,” he said.
Renovating the turf is just one of various renovation projects
where the district is going to use about $2.2 million of the
QSCB Funds for which the district qualifies, Johnson explained.
Repairs to roofs, parking lots and replacing stadium bleachers
are also on this list of renovations.
Kemp ISD has until April to apply for the funding before the
opportunity will be lost, Running said.
Johnson estimated the annual payment on the $2.2 million would
be around $175,000, to be distributed from the district’s
Capital Improvement Projects fund, which currently contains
around $1.8 million.
Installing artificial turf will enable the field to be used for
band practice and the new soccer program, Foisey said.
“It also opens opportunities for the district to rent the field
out for marching band events, little league and opportunities
for district playoff games,” he added.
In other business, trustees:
• heard the annual outside audit report, presented by J.W.
Lambright of Smith, Lambright and Associates, P.C.
The report stated the district fund balance is acceptable.
“However, 2011 is the last year for the federal stimulus money,
and quite a bit of the state money is funneled through the
stimulus money,” Lambright told trustees.
“We can only hope the state replaces the lost funds dollar for
dollar,” he added. “The (district’s successful) tax ratification
election will go into effect next year, too.”
• heard total property tax collections for December, 2010, was
40 percent, compared to 32 percent in 2009.
• agreed to undesignate $200,000 held in the fund balance for
buses. The district was able to get the buses it needed and this
is what’s left over, so it was undesignated and remains in the
fund balance, Running said.
The move puts the district within the parameters set by FIRST
(Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas), which seeks
optimum undesignated fund balances between 50 percent and 150
percent of actual fund balance (savings).
• heard reports from individual campuses on their yearlong
• adopted a mission statement – “Kemp ISD will provide
innovative educational opportunities so students achieve their
• heard a report of the average daily attendance for the first
semester, averaging 1,455 students for all campuses.
• approved a revision to figuring grade point averages that
streamlines the process and doesn’t interfere with the way
universities view GPA. Any score 69 or below will be averaged in
as a zero. Before, those scores were averaged in at numerical
• congratulated the January Students of the Month for each
campus – Primary student Napanael (Nathan) Salazar,
Intermediate, Calli Camacho; Junior High, Kyle Keathley; and
High School, Caitline Garcia.
• introduced the ad hoc board members, students taking part in
the school board meetings – Kim Nieto, Jesse Wasek and Brandon
Fannin resigns at
MISD; trustees tap Sapp to fill seat
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–With the resignation of trustee Dean Fannin, the Mabank
School Board voted unanimously to appoint veteran trustee Gary
Sapp to fill the position until the May board election.
Citing time concerns, Fannin submitted his resignation from
Place 7 on the board Jan. 17. Fannin has been serving as a
school trustee for seven years.
Sapp, a long-time trustee and former board president who chose
not to seek re-election in May, 2010, will serve until the May
14 school board election. Whoever is elected to fill the seat
will serve the final year of Fannin’s term.
In a related action, the trustees officially called the May 14
election to fill Place 4, now held by Michael Cathey, and Place
5, held by Todd Grimes, along with a special election to fill
Fannin’s one-year unexpired Place 7 term.
Trustees also named Cathey as the new board secretary to replace
In other business, trustees:
• heard Mabank Intermediate School UIL academic winners lead the
gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Intermediate principal James Pate noted each of the students
place first in his/her event during the UIL contest, as Mabank
finished second overall.
Students taking part in the pledge included Sadia Akhtar, Mahala
Bayless, Jamike Amanambu, Christopher Fellows, John Carter
Teague, Taylor Godwin, Carley Reedy, Jace Capehart and Cole
Plunkett. Set to appear but not present were Casey Washington,
Breanna Tullos and Shelby White.
• approved an interlocal agreement with the Texas Association of
School Boards (TASB) to handle third-party unemployment
Another company had been providing the service, business manager
Scott Adams explained, adding the cost would be about the same.
• held a brief required public hearing for a report from
curriculum director Dena Mojica on the Academic Excellence
Indicator System, covering information from the 2009-10 school
• approved a budget amendment accepting a donation from the
Mabank Youth Basketball Association to modify the sideline
basketball goals in the Junior High gym, enabling them to be
moved out of the way during games.
• authorized a number of tax sales, several of them involving
properties being sold to the city of Mabank.
As the sale amounts will cover fees, but not back taxes, if the
city ever sells the properties, any profits would be shared,
“We get these off our (back tax) list, and we’re being a good
neighbor at the same time,” superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall
• heard Adams report school expenditures were tracking as
expected. Tax collections are actually up – 43 percent.
“That’s exceptionally high for us,” Adams said.
Other taxing entities around the area are also reporting
unusually high collections through December, he added, although
there’s no clear reason why payments are coming in relatively
• heard Mojica announce an Internet safety seminar for parents
and students will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at the
Junior High campus.
• hired Kristin Tucker as a teacher at Lakeview Elementary,
subject to assignment.
Artwork playfully recognizes school board
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank School Board members look over framed artwork with their
portraits, presented to them as part of a “School Board Member
Recognition Month” package at their Jan. 20 meeting. Pictured
are (from left) board president Kenneth Odom, new board
secretary Mike Cathey, Tyson Johnson and Dr. Jeff Gaddis.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
A close-up of the artwork by Mabank Junior High art teacher
Erica Dossett given to each member of the Mabank School Board
Jan. 20. See the full story and more photos on page 4A.