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 for
her 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)
Baked potato luncheon
The First United Methodist Church of Kemp is hosting a baked
potato luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday (today) 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,
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 (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
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
Country Western music is provided by Joe Walenta and the Ranch
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
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,
Following the barrel race at 5 p.m. is a chili dinner and
auction at the Malakoff High School.
For information e-mail to
Boy Scout Pack 333 holds a pancake breakfast fundraiser 8-11
a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the First United Methodist Church in
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
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
For information, call (903) 778-4752.
S–R dinner & auction
Scurry–Rosser FFA and 4–H Parents and Friends annual dinner at
5:30 to 7 p.m. and auction at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the
high school cafeteria. Menu is barbecue brisket and trimmings.
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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Jury returns guilty verdict
in 7 minutes
Lewd behavior leads to arrest and finding 14
grams of meth
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–All it took was seven minutes for a Henderson County jury
of six men and six women to convict Joy Lynn Everett, 47, of a
second-degree felony drug charge Wednesday afternoon.
She was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine more than 4
grams and less than 200 grams on Sept. 14, 2010. Since that
time, she has been charged with another similar drug charge Nov.
17, 2011, which a grand jury is expected to hear Feb. 23.
The verdict came at the conclusion of a trial taking place in
173rd Judicial District Court with Judge Dan Moore presiding.
Assistant district attorneys Justin Weiner and Nancy Rumor
prosecuted the case.
The Jury heard testimony that at 6:22 a.m. Sept. 14, 2010,
police officers Jessie Ison and Kenneth Bee from the Gun Barrel
City Police Department were dispatched to Golden Belle Bingo in
the Gun Barrel City Shopping Village to investigate a call on an
An employee observed Everett asleep in a chair profusely rubbing
her genital area and scratching her face. The employee called
911 after several unsuccessful attempts to get Everett to leave
the premises. Multiple patrons had complained of Everett’s
When the officers made contact with Everett they believed that
she was under the influence of narcotics. A search of her purse
revealed a leather cigarette case containing: 14.55 grams of
methamphetamine, a digital scale, multiple baggies, torch
lighters, and a glass pipe.
Ison testified that the pipe is what he would call “well used.”
Everett was placed under arrest and taken into custody.
The Jury also heard testimony from Department of Public Safety
lab technician Claybian Cloud, who confirmed that the substance
found in her purse was methamphetamine and verified its weight.
In closing arguments, Weiner asked the jury to “use their common
sense” when deliberating. “This is a relatively simple case,”
Weiner said, “the Defendant not only said that the purse and
cigarette case belonged to her, but she also consented to the
District Attorney Scott McKee praised the work of the two Gun
Barrel City officers as well as his prosecutors.
“The officers and prosecutors did a great job;” McKee said. “The
quick verdict is a testament to just how well the case was
investigated and prosecuted.”
McKee indicated that 14 grams is more than the usual amount kept
for personal use and he is extremely pleased that officers were
able to remove it from the street.
Everett has elected to have the Court assess her punishment,
which Judge Moore is set to do April 3.
Everett faces up to 20 years in jail for the 2010 drug felony
Healthcare discussed at chamber breakfast
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–Business leaders from Tool and Seven Points got an
update on the Affordable Healthcare Act and other legislation
awaiting extensions or court decisions Wednesday during its
monthly breakfast meeting Wednesday.
Cedar Creek Pharmacy pharmacist Ron Woody was the featured
Woody said the Supreme Court is due to begin hearing arguments
in early March. From 26 states on the unconstitutionality of one
of the 10 titles, included in what some call Obamacare. A
decision is forecast to be delivered in June, he said.
The Supreme Court could rule on the Act as a whole or on its
titles individually, he said.
People generally don’t like being told they have to have health
insurance, which most feel they don’t have because they can’t
afford it, but do like other parts of the Act, like not being
denied coverage due to preexisting conditions, he said.
“It would be better to have a lawyer or lawmaker here to talk
about all this,” he said.
Most doctors aren’t accepting new patients who depend upon
Medicaid because they feel, reimbursements will continue to be
cut, he said.
“If you are in that scenario, don’t try to change doctors,” he
About 15 percent of Cedar Creek Pharmacy’s customers are
Medicaid patients, so we’re getting by. But other independent
pharmacies where 70 percent of its customers are Medicaid are up
for sale, because they can’t survive in business with the
reimbursements coming in below costs.
Chain pharmacies can continue to compete because their goal is
to get people in the door because they know while they’re there
they will likely purchase other things and so they are ready to
accept the pharmacy as a loss leader, Woody explained. But this
is really going to hurt pharmacies in rural areas, he predicted.
In Texas there are 4,000 independent pharmacies, he said.
Treating a viral infection within 48 hours of symptoms with
TamiFlu or similar medicine can greatly reduce symptoms and cut
the course short, he said.
Since viruses mutate quickly, if trying to treat beyond this
window know that it will just have to run its course. Of course,
we can always treat the symptoms, he added.
“Getting the flu shot has been very effective,” he added. He has
only seen a few flu cases this year.
In other news, chamber members heard Tool Elementary School
principal Bill Morgan announce the district’s plans to add six
more classrooms to the Tool campus beginning construction in the
summer and hoping to complete it by the end of the year.
Starting enrollment for the three-year-old campus was 216 and is
now 270, he said.
The school faces a second round of budget cuts in the 2012-13
school year, which will reduce programs and staffing. Meanwhile
a lawsuit, working its way to the court, may result in budget
relief before a third round of cuts, he said.
City calls May 12 special election
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–On Jan. 24, the city council ordered two
elections for Saturday, May 12. The first will fill two council
seats and mayor’s office, and the second, a special election.
Councilmen Dennis Baade, Place 4, and Melvyn Hayes, Place 2, and
mayor Dennis Wood are completing their terms of office.
In a special election, voters will also be asked whether the
quarter of 1 percent currently being set aside from funds due
the Economic Development Corporation should be renewed, or
whether they should revert back to the EDC.
First instituted by voters in 2004, the measure has to be
renewed every four years or it automatically reverts to the EDC.
The last time this appeared on the ballot was in 2008.
City treasurer Mickie Raney informed the council that presently
the quarter of 1 percent makes up 75 percent of the city’s Road
Fund, totaling $377,197.
EDC board president Steve Webster testified against the special
election being called.
“Every day the EDC gets requests from businesses for (financial)
assistance. In these tough economic times, we need all the funds
we can get to support business and business expansion,” he said.
City secretary Christy Eckert presented council members with
three options for conducting the elections.
The council decided to contract with the county to conduct the
election using city-owned voting machines, rather than the city
do it, which would monopolize Eckert’s time and take her away
from her office all through the early voting period.
She also pointed out that just now, the city didn’t have any
trained election judges or clerks to pool from, whereas the
county did and paid them less money than the city has done in
Even then, to have the county conduct the election will cost
$3,370.13, Eckert reported.
The cost of the city running the election totaled $2,173.33 plus
the cost of a judge and two clerks between $572 and $936, she
The city secretary’s wages to conduct early voting totaled