New CVS opens
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The new CVS store, located next to Chili’s Restaurant
opened for business Sunday.
“It’s larger, it’s brighter, it’s prettier. We are excited to be here,”
store manager Misty Holland said.
The store is located at 1279 W. Main, GBC and can be reached by calling
(903) 887-6498, the same number as the former store in Mabank.
Gun Barrel City manager Gerry Boren (holding left shirt sleeve) presents
a city T-shirt to Misty Holland (behind the shirt) at the grand opening
and ribbon cutting for the new CVS Pharmacy in Gun Barrel City. The
event was attended by pharmacy officials and employees, citizens, and
customers Wednesday. The store offered discounts, prizes and snacks to
Assistant manager Scott Rosser said the store features
a new line of products, pharmacy services, makeup and even dairy
Special services include a pharmacy drive through for customer
convenience, all insurance accepted, a large photo lab and related
products such as cameras and supplies for sale.
Store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
County awarded $227,500 for
Mays capital murder case
Monitor Staff Reports
AUSTIN– Gov. Rick Perry announced the award of $227,500 to Henderson
County as financial assistance for the capital murder trial of Randall
Mays, who is accused of fatally shooting investigator Paul Habelt and
deputy sheriff Tony Ogburn in May, 2007.
The announcement was made late Wednesday.
Henderson County Commissioners had already set aside $350,000 in its FY
’08 budget for capital murder prosecutions and a little more than
$94,000 had already been spent.
County Judge David Holstein was attending a conference and unable to
comment by presstime. However, he has repeatedly said the best estimate
given him to the cost of such cases is between $250,000 and $300,00.
The county is also seeking assistance with two other capital murder
cases occurring in 2007.
The grant is awarded through the County Essential Services Program and
is administered by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).
“This grant program is an important part of our state’s criminal justice
system because it helps counties pursue costly and time-consuming
prosecution of capital crimes,” Perry said.
“Without such assistance, victims of these crimes would be denied
justice,” he said.
Each year, CJD awards more than $113 million in grants for a variety of
juvenile and criminal justice programs as well as victim services.
Kemp rebuilds police
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Following several resignations for various reasons, the Kemp Police
Department is in recovery and getting stronger.
In his report Tuesday, Police Chief Richard Clemmo brought Kemp City
Council members up to date on what has been accomplished since October.
He listed two regular officers, three reserve officers and three pending
New officers will also be sporting a new look. “We are updating our
uniforms, as the old ones are worn and falling apart,” Clemmo said.
He presented officers Damon Smith and Steven Crawley, who modeled new
“We are trying to get some color, too,” Clemmo said, pointing out the
gold and green on the newly designed police patches to identify the
Officer Steven Crawley displays the new Kemp
Police uniform and its patches.
accomplishments include installing computers in the cars and an
Internet-based report writing system. New portable radios and new car
radios have also been purchased.
“All cars are up and operational, and we have completed the paperwork on
a surveillance vehicle,” he said.
The report also included detailed statistics on the 341 calls the Kemp
Police Department has responded to since January.
“I think you are doing an absolute excellent job. I have received a lot
of good reports (about Clemmo and the department),” councilwoman Barbara
In other business, council members:
• discussed a problem with excessive comp time being paid.
“On behalf of the whole council, we apologize to you (Kemp citizens),”
Mayor Billy Teel said.
“We are going to run it (the city) like a business,” McFaul said.
• heard a presentation by Judy Bell consulting services.
• approved a settlement agreement with Atmos Energy Corporation
concerning a rate adjustment.
• approved a contract with Kaufman County election officer Dick Murphy
for election services.
• called for an election for the purpose of electing three at-large
council seats, and approved the actions necessary to hold such an
• adopted the 2006 International Building Code and the 2005 Electrical
• heard reports from city administrator James Stroman.
“I talked with (Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim) Deller and things are set
for repair work to begin on 10th and 11th streets, as soon as the
weather is warm enough, Stroman reported.