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January 29, 2012






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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.

Tri-County soccer
The Tri-County Soccer Association 2012 spring sign-up is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 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.

Kemp book fair
Family night is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in conjunction with the Kemp Intermediate School Scholastic Book Fair set for Monday through Friday, Feb. 6-10. To preview books, visit
For information, contact Debbie Floyd at  or call (903) 498-1367.

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.

Grief support group
The Fragile Hearts Grief support Group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday (the first Tuesday of each month), Feb. 7, at 215 N. Coleman St., Mabank, the home of Eric and Sonya Ward. For directions or information call Sonya at (903) 386-0443 or Beth Landrum at (903) 880-4975.

Mabank art show
The Mabank District Art Show viewing is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the MHS Commons area for 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.

Run for Roses race
The “Run for Roses” fourth annual barrel race starts with exhibition from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and open to start at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Malakoff Ag Arena, 15201 FM 3062, Malakoff. Following the barrel Race at 5 p.m. is a chili dinner and auction at the Malakoff High School. For information e-mail to
Pancake breakfast
Boy Scout Pack 333 holds a pancake breakfast fundraiser 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank. Door prizes included. For reduced price on advance tickets, call (214) 796-0491.

CCL literary club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. Rose-Mary Rumbley will present the program, “Texas Love Affairs.” For information, call (903) 778-4752.

Confederate Rose meets
The Confederate Rose chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the home of Johna Lamb. Women interested in investigating their family history in relation to the UDC are welcome. For information, see chapter website at

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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Tip leads to marijuana and cash
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–This is the second time Mark Wayne Davis has been charged with possessing or delivering marijuana.
This time, the 44-year-old was caught with more than five pounds, or several bundles of the dried cannabis. In addition, officers located around $3,000, on his person – $2,000 in bills were in his top left shirt pocket and another $1,000 in his wallet.
An anonymous tip at 4:30 p.m. Sunday alerted Gun Barrel City police to possible drug activity in progress at a La Quinta Hotel room, assistant chief Larry Warrick told The Monitor. The caller also described a vehicle, he added.
Two officers responded to the location and spotted the described maroon 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse leaving the hotel and entering the MovieStar Cinema parking lot, where officers intercepted it.
When asked if he was involved in any illegal activity or in possession of any illegal substances, the driver, Davis, denied doing anything wrong, according to a police report.
Officers detected a strong odor and proceeded to search the vehicle and Davis.
In the trunk two bags were located, both contained a large quantity of marijuana. Two compressed bricks were in one bag and several medium sized bags of loose material were in a second bag.
A second officer intercepted two female suspects at the hotel room, one was found in possession of a small quantity of marijuana in a pill bottle.
Tamijo Butcher was arrested and was detained in the Gun Barrel City jail. The second suspect was not detained.
Davis, with a Kemp mailing address, was charged with a similar charge March, 4, 2010, and released the next day on a $50,000 bond. He was indicted in June, 2010, and placed on probation until his court date.
However, twice he tested positive for marijuana, which landed Davis back in jail, this time for a month.
At the Sept. 13, 2010, hearing before Judge Carter Tarrance, Davis was sentenced to two years confinement for the state jail felony, but given probation for five years, 300 hours of community service and a fine of $750.
In December, 2011, a probation violation report was filed and community supervision was revoked and a warrant issued.
When he was arrested Sunday, the outstanding warrant came to light. As of Wednesday, he is being held without bond, in the Henderson County Jail.
Davis is charged with delivery of marijuana greater than five pounds and less than 50 pounds, a second-degree felony.
If convicted, he faces two-20 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
Movie theater manager Jennifer Brown has had several calls about the incident since the story broke Wednesday.
Brown said none of those involved in the bust were associated in any way with the theater.


No penalty on property taxes paid by Jan. 31
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Tax Assessor Collector Dick Murphy is urging residents to be aware of the Tuesday, Jan. 31, deadline for paying taxes in Kaufman County.
As of Wednesday, Feb. 1, a 7 percent penalty and interest will be assessed.
“Even if you can’t pay your entire bill, consider paying as much as you can,” Murphy said.
“The penalty and interest increase each month, and with a partial payment, you will be reducing the amount that accrues penalty and interest.”
Kaufman County tax offices in Kaufman, Forney and Terrell are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Kemp office is open at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closing for lunch between noon and 1 p.m daily.
Residents can also pay online at or by phone at 1(800) 272-9829, using Jurisdiction Code 6382.
Regular mail must be postmarked by midnight Jan. 31 to be considered on time. For more information, contact the tax office at (972) 932-0288.
Addresses for the tax offices are Kaufman, 100 N. Washington, Forney, 200 E. Main, Terrell, 408 E. College and Kemp, 103 N. Main.


City to contract with event promoter for two festivals
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY-Gun Barrel City is putting two city festivals in the hands of a professional promoter this year.
Tuesday, the city council unanimously voted to spend up to $50,000 from the Hotel-Motel Fund on two events, a three-day Memorial Day event and a one-day July 4th Festival. The city manager is authorized to sign a contract with Brad Weiss of B-Weiss Entertainment Group to produce and promote both events.
City treasurer and last year’s event planner Mickie Raney told council members that Weiss had attended a city festival last July and saw a lot of potential. “This is small fry compared to what he does elsewhere,” Raney said, as she encouraged the council to “go big, or not at all.”
“Let’s roll the dice to fill our hotels and motels and get people to spend money in our restaurants and stores. They’re hurting. We have to do something,” she said.
Weiss will sign up event sponsors, which may well mean a beer company, city manager Gerry Boren said. He already has a top Texas Music performer lined up, Boren added.
This performer (whose identity is kept under wraps until a contract is signed) would need an amphitheater, Raney said.
Building one is not a problem, as it was included in the park grant plan, Boren said. The only thing holding up the release of grant funding was the transfer of property deed from the Economic Development Corporation to the city and the deed being recorded with the county, something that could be completed this by the end of the January, mayor pro-tem Curtis Webster said.
(Mayor Don Wood was absent, as this is the busiest 30 days for tax preparers, he said.)
Park Board chairwoman Carol Strickland asked the council if changing the order of what was to be developed in the park first would affect the grant monies. Boren answered, “no.”
Putting up a shell-type structure to reflect back the sound should be able to be accomplished before Memorial Day, he added. And if for some reason it won’t be completed, the city can rent a sound stage, he added for about $12,500.
Raney explained why using the park pavilion for the performer wouldn’t work due to taking up prime electrified booth space for audience seating and other restrictions on the performance itself.
In similar action, the council allocated another $4,500 from the Hotel-Motel Fund to sponsor the KCKL Bass Tournament to be held March 24-25. In exchange, the city expects to receive 50 radio spots a month for three months, Boren said.
These spots can highlight our businesses, hotels and community, he added.
In other business, council members:
• approved a zoning change to accommodate the Country Living assisted living facility planned to be situated at 2.06 acres of agricultural-zoned acreage.
The two acres are part of a 91-acre parcel purchased by the Economic Development Corporation situated just behind Ivan Smith Furniture. The zoning was changed to Multi-family residential zoning after a discussion and public hearing was held Tuesday.
• appointed Larry Moon, James W. Osborne and Marty Goss to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Linda Rankin to the Park Board.
• accepted lowest bids for the purchase of various road materials. Winning bids were submitted by S&S Trucking, King Sand & Gravel, Ergon Asphalt, Advanced Paving, Texana Land & Asphalt and Michael’s Patio and Landscaping.















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