Baked potato lunch
A baked potato lunch is set for noon Sunday (today) 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.
Tri-County story hour
Tri-County Library will host a story hour at 10 a.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 1, featuring Curious George and his monkey friends,
presented by Leslie Bell. The library is located on Market
Street, downtown Mabank.
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. A gospel group singing old favorites begin
at 7 p.m. The public is invited. The church is located across
from the PS Fire Department on SH 198. For information call
Hensarling town meeting
U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling will give a Washington Legislative
update at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Terrell City Hall
council chambers, 201 Nash Street, Terrell, and at 3:15 p.m. at
the TVCC Cafeteria meeting room, 100 Cardinal Drive, Athens. For
information call Phillip Smith at (903) 675-8288.
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
49ers Senior Club
The Cedar Creek Lake 49ers Senior Citizens Club meets for
dancing to the music of Chuck & the 49ers from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 3 (and every Thursday). Friendly atmosphere, no
alcohol or smoking. Small donation at the door. Located off SH
334, two blocks south on Arnold Hills Road, Seven Points.
Phone or fax to (903) 432-3522.
CCL Garden Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb.
4, in the community room at Tomlinson’s Funeral Home.
“Principles of Design” will be presented by Sandee Walters.
Those interested in design are invited to attend.
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
VFW hosts benefit
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4376, Seven Points, is hosting
a silent auction and bake sale to benefit a returning soldier
who has served three tours in Iraq and was wounded during each
tour. Also, a chili supper will be available for a small
donation. For information call (903) 887-0827.
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
Tickets may be purchased from any choir student, the front desk
at the high school or by calling the Fine Arts Department at
Kaufman County Master Gardener Margaret Ann Trail is presenting
a short workshop on maintaining and cutting back ornamental
grasses at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7. The event, weather
permitting, will be in front of the Garden Learning Center at
the Kaufman County south annex (old jail), 3003 S. Washington.
For information call The Texas AgriLife Extension Office at
Rose pruning workshop
Master Gardener Debra Middleton will present a workshop on
pruning roses, which should be done in February. The workshop is
set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the EarthKind Rose Trial
Garden located in front of the Kaufman County AgriLife Extension
Office at 2471 North SH 34. For information call the Extension
office at (972) 932-9069.
CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets at 9:30 a.m.,
starting with refreshments, Tuesday, Feb. 8, at The Library at
Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. Rose-Mary Rumbley will present
the “History of the Comic Strip.” Guests are welcome, and for
information on membership call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.
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 tower).
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.
Malakoff FFA events
The third annual Run for Roses barrel race is set for 9 a.m.
(taking entries) and exhibition from 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12,
at the Malakoff AG Arena, 15201 FM 3062, behind the high school.
Watch for signs. Following the barrel race, the second annual
chili dinner and auction will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the
crowning of the FFA Sweetheart during the dinner.
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)
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.
CC Civic League
The Cedar Creek Civic League is hosting a Joker Tournament and
luncheon benefit, with doors opening at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14,
at the Lakeshore RV Park recreation room, Seven Points. Prizes
for top players. Profits benefit Special Olympics, Tri-County
Library, The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, ETMC Neo-Natal
Department and Women’s Crisis, plus local Head Start programs,
to name a few.
To register or for information, call Jeanie Hulsey at (903)
432-3341 or Claudett Allsup at (903) 432-3545.
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 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.
Grief counsel meeting
First Assembly of God Church, 116 West Market Street, Mabank, is
holding grief counseling meetings at 10 a.m. each Thursday.
For information, call Pastor Royce Barker at (903) 887-4881 or
the Rev. Kathy Floyd at (903) 880-9692.
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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Hail to the chief
Mabank’s Tim Johnson named Tyler fire chief
Monitor Staff Reports
TYLER–Longtime Mabank resident and City of Tyler firefighter Tim
Johnson, 50, has been named the new Tyler fire chief.
With the Tyler Fire Department for nearly 30 years, Johnson
progressed through the ranks since starting his career in 1981,
and most recently served as district chief.
Johnson, who lost his father at a young age, told the Tyler
Morning Telegraph that his dad had been a Dallas firefighter and
that he had vivid memories of visiting him at Station 34. And
since then, he knew what he’d become.
“Time passed, and I took the test in Tyler and never looked
back,” Johnson is reported as saying.
“The main reason I do this is because I like it. I like the
camaraderie. It always seemed to fit me,” he said.
The selection of Johnson to lead the Tyler Fire Department was
confirmed during a Tyler city council meeting Wednesday. His
wife, Pam, and son Chance accompanied him, along with a dozen
brother firefighters. His daughter, Shae, was away at college
and could not attend.
City manager Mark McDaniel commented on his being a “family man
... who has worked his way up.”
“Chief Johnson’s technical knowledge of professional
firefighting, combined with his leadership skills make him a
natural choice for Tyler’s next fire chief,” McDaniel said.
“It is gratifying to be able to promote from within the
organization,” McDaniel added.
Johnson was promoted to Fire District Chief in 2008 and holds a
Master Certification through the Texas Fire Commission. In fact,
he has earned 10 certifications in firefighting, including
instructor, technical rope rescue, extrication incident command
and management, and high-angle rescue.
He has also served as chairman of the firefighters pension fund
for the past 17 years.
Local friends and neighbors in Mabank know Johnson as their city
councilman, a post he has held for many years, the the last six
as mayor pro-tem.
Johnson has also served as school board trustee for Mabank ISD
and is a current member of the Mabank Economic Development
“He’s been doing his civic duty all his life,” his wife, Pam
said. “I’m glad it’s finally paying off for him.”
The Tyler city manager said Johnson was chosen by a search
committee, which considered a broad range of candidates for the
“I am just so tickled that Tim Johnson, who’s lived here all his
life, served on the school board and paid his dues as a
firefighter in one fire department has risen to the top,” Mabank
school superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall responded.
“I think their trust in him is well deserved. Congratulations,”
Mabank mayor Larry Teague said, “I think it’s great. Tyler’s got
them a good man. He’ll do a good job. This appointment speaks
well of him and reflects positively on the city of Mabank.”
Mabank EDC executive director Scott Confer joined Teague in
congratulating Johnson. “He’s well-deserving. In my opinion,
there is no more qualified leader (for the post) than Tim,”
Confer said. “Mabank’s loss will be Tyler’s gain.”
As fire chief, Tyler expects its new fire chief to relocate to
Tyler within the year.
Drug suspect leads officers on chase
Monitor Staff Reports
CHEROKEE SHORES–Henderson County Deputy David Robertson was led
on a chase after an attempted traffic stop Wednesday night in
Cherokee Shores. The pursuit ran through State Highway 198,
Enchanted Oaks Drive, Farm to Market 316 through Eustace and
into Van Zandt County.
Darryl Lawayne Isom, 49, of Murchison, was finally surrounded by
officers in the Roddy Community, when he attempted to turn
around in the Faith Community Christian Academy parking lot
close to midnight. Isom gave himself up with no further
resistance when five police units had him penned in that
According to a press release from the Henderson County Sheriff’s
Office, throughout the pursuit Isom threw items from the
vehicle, which were later recovered. More than a dozen
prescription bottles containing narcotics and drugs not
prescribed to him were gathered up.
Isom was arrested for Evading Arrest, Possession of a Controlled
Substance, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Reckless
A search of the vehicle revealed suspected methamphetamine,
paraphernalia and more prescription drugs and narcotics not
belonging to Isom.
Police officers from Payne Springs, Eustace and Gun Barrel City
assisted in the pursuit, as well as county sergeant Robert
More narcotics charges are pending, following a lab report. Isom
is being held on bonds totaling $20,500 in the Henderson County
Tolosa Plant to add 2nd new water tank
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL–West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District directors
approved a costly change order to the Tolosa Water Treatment
Plant to meet more stringent state chlorination requirements.
Monday, general manager Tony Ciardo explained the need for a
second 500,000-gallon ground water storage tank in order to
bring the plant up to 100 percent capacity – 4 million
During colder and warmer weather months greater contact time
between the raw water and chlorine is necessary to bring the
plant up to 100 percent capacity, Ciardo explained.
“The current specifications operates the plant at 60 percent
during cold weather months,” Ciardo said. “Now is the time to do
By adding another tank now, while the current new tank is under
construction will save the district about $67,000, Ciardo said.
In the past, the Commission on Environmental Quality gave the
plant credits for the baffling system built into the tanks, but
no longer, Ciardo explained.
Adding a second newly constructed tank will cost $227,086, he
An existing 137,000-ground storage tank will be moved down the
hill to function as a transfer tank for water coming off the
sedimentation pond. In its place using the same foundation, the
new tank will be constructed and plumbed in to link up with two
other 500,000 tanks, one of which is now under construction.
“That will bring us right to 100 percent,” Ciardo said.
Two other smaller clarifier tanks will be moved to the Tool
water plant and used for back-washing operations, Ciardo added.
In other business, directors:
• heard about a successful nine-hour repair of a pipe cap in the
bottom of a clarifier at the Tool plant, damaged from a loose
metal piece broken from a raw water pump sometime ago.
“The repair went very smoothly with all needed parts on hand,”
Ciardo explained. The repair was timed so to not disrupt water
service to any of the utility’s customers.
• called for an audit of Fiscal Year 2010 accounting records.
Smith, Lambright and Associates will conduct the audit.
• heard the final painting inspection on the Seven Points
Elevated Storage Tank went well.
The decal is due to be affixed to the tank this week.