Free tax help
The Tri-County Library free tax lady is taking names and phone
numbers (no long distance or cell numbers) and the best time to
call to set up an appointment. She will call twice only. Some,
not all forms are at the library, limit two please.
Forms are received as the IRS sends them.
For information or to leave name for an appointment call (903)
49er’s Seniors Club
The 49er’s Senior Citizens Club features Country and Western
dancing to the music of Chuck & the 49er’s from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2, or any Thursday. No smoking or alcohol.
The club is located in Seven Points, two blocks south of SH 334
on Arnold Hills Road.
For information, call or fax to (903) 432-3552.
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
For information, call Gail Haynes at (903) 498-6544.
Baked potato luncheon
The First United Methodist Church of Kemp is hosting a baked
potato luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 and a to-go
tray is available. Funds earned benefit the church youth camp.
The church is located at Ninth and Dallas streets in Kemp. For
information, call (903) 498-3155.
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,
homepage/kempintermediate. For information, contact
Debbie Floyd at
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
VZ Senior Citizens Club
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club will host their monthly dance
at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Henderson County Senior Center
in Athens. Country Western music is provided by Joe Walenta and
the Ranch Hands.
Putting on the Ritz
Sons of the American Legion, Post 310, are hosting a dinner and
dance, “Putting on the Ritz,” dinner from 7 to 9 p.m., followed
by a dance, Saturday, Feb. 11, benefitting local charities. The
menu features pork tenderloin, potatoes, green beans, salad and
cheesecake. Tickets available at the Post, located at 111
Leeway, Gun Barrel City. For information, call (903) 887-3532.
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
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.
Bluegrass gospel music
The Prairie Wind Band of bluegrass gospel music will present the
11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, program at Memorial Baptist Church
located on CR 3094, one mile off FM 148 past the Peel Town
curve. For information, call (903) 498-3310.
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
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.
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Fire burns log house near
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
STYX–A father and his three sons lost their log house and
everything inside Saturday to a fire.
The cause of the Styx area blaze at 5992 County Road 4057 A,
just before the CR 2613 cutoff was still undetermined Tuesday.
Rodney Hosch and his three sons were attending a ball game at
the time of the fire.
“The first dispatch call was at 5:36 p.m. to the Kemp Fire
Department,” Kaufman County fire marshal Larry Ewing said.
Kemp, Mabank, Scurry and Kaufman fire departments responded and
32 firefighters fought a roaring blaze until 10 p.m.
“One fourth of the log home was already in flames and the fire
was blazing through the roof when the first firefighters
arrived,” Ewing said.
“Those logs kept everything inside burning. The heat was too
much for anyone to get inside,” he added.
Although a dog died in the fire, another dog in the garage was
rescued, along with some equipment and all-terrain vehicles
before the heat became too much for those trying to save the
contents of the garage.
The house is located in a rural area.
Although it is policy to investigate every fire for the
possibility of arson, Ewing said any monetary motive was ruled
out, as the family had no insurance on the property or its
He said inspectors returned Monday to take necessary samples.
Hosch grew up in Kemp and is the son of Jean Ann McDougald Hosch
and Billy Hosch.
An account to help the family has been set up at First National
Bank of Kemp.
Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 587, Kemp, TX, 75143 or
deposited at the bank.
For more information, call (903) 498-8541.
Man indicted in shooting standoff
Shady Oaks fire chief, president charged with
theft and fudiciary misapplication
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–A Henderson County Grand Jury recently indicted Seven
Points resident Myles Christopher Gray, 27, on four counts of
Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant with a Deadly Weapon.
Last May 31, Gray was involved in a shooting confrontation with
Gun Barrel City police officers and as a result received
multiple gunshot wounds. The incident began at Big Chief’s
Landing and ended at Forest Oaks Street in the Loon Bay
According to the indictment, he intentionally tried to strike
officers Patrick Johnson, Roger Collum, Cody Dickerson and Steve
Whitten with a motor vehicle and exhibited a deadly weapon.
At the time, police responded to a “man with a gun” report. Upon
arrival, Gray was told to show his hands and exit the vehicle,
according to investigator Monte Mansfield. After repeated
instructions, he refused to comply. That’s when Gray attempted
to drive away, which would put him on a collision course with
surrounding officers, who fired on the vehicle.
Gray was later found in the nearby Loon Bay subdivision with
multiple gunshot wounds.
The indictment was one of 199 true bills returned Jan. 18-20.
Among those were also indictments against Shady Oaks fire chief
Timothy W. Jones, 44, and the fire department president Betty J.
Wilson, 67, both of Athens.
The fire department leaders were indicted for Misapplication of
Fiduciary Property, and Theft which includes a 2001 Chevy truck
equipped to operate as a fire truck valued between $20,000 and
Jones was also indicted for Tampering with Physical Evidence.
According to the indictment, the charge against Jones covers a
time period of January 2008 through November, 2010.
Descrepencies in the bookkeeping were uncovered during an audit
conducted by Henderson County, prior to the release of annual
funds, meant to help compensate fire departments that serve the
county to defray fuel costs.
Also, Gene Malloy Dotson, 46, from Gun Barrel, was indicted for
The defendant is charged with intent to damage or destroy a
house in Rolling Oaks addition with a Kemp zipcode.
According to the indictment he purposely ignited gasoline with a
match to property belonging to Jerry Dotson. The accused also
suffered injury as a result of his actions.
Vases stolen from cemetery recovered
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Akin to grave robbers, police are seeking two white males
in connection with the theft of 40 brass vases from two local
The vases are part of flat metal grave markers, designating the
final resting place of the community’s dead. They were reported
missing from the Eubank’s Cedar Creek Cemetery, located on State
Highway 198 and from the Oaklawn cemetery on US 175, Jan. 24.
Mabank Lt. Keith Bradshaw investigated the theft, calling
several metal recyclers in the area and was able to locate 32
vases, which were safely returned to the Eubank cemetery.
The funeral home is working with Oaklawn Cemetery to replace
eight more stolen vases. The estimated cost is $160 each, police
chief Kyle McAfee said.
From the Mabank recycler, Bradshaw learned that receipts were
issued to two men on three separate occasions for the vases.
In addition, an unknown number of vases are also missing from a
cemetery in Elm Grove, Eubank funeral home general manager J.D.
Jennings said. The Van Zandt Sheriff’s Office is also
investigating these cases.
Theft from a corpse or grave is a state jail felony and each
defendant may be facing multiple charges.
“We appreciate the thorough investigation and quick action to
recover the vases,” Jennings said.