In honor of Presidents Day, county offices in Van Zandt and
Kaufman are closed. Henderson County offices are open.
Banks and post offices will close.
All area city offices will be open for business.
Memorial services for Tool Councilman
Memorial services for Tool councilman Dennis Candage were set
for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Providence Baptist Church in
The Star Harbor Watercolor Society is hosting an art show and
sale from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday (today), at Star Harbor City Hall,
located on Cedar Creek Lake, Malakoff. Refreshments provided.
For info, call (903) 489-0091.
Malakoff First United Methodist Church is recognizing longtime
Sunday School teacher Kay Mattingly during worship service at 10
a.m. Former students are invited. A reception will follow.
AARP free tax service
AARP tax-aide volunteers offer free income tax help from 8 a.m.
to noon Mondays at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points For info, call Gil Betts at (903) 778-2423.
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society is at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20,
at the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank. Lana Napper will
present, “Our First Congress.” Meetings are open to the public
and to those interested in genealogy.
KC Republican women
The Kaufman County Republican Women are hosting a candidate
forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Kemp High School
Auditorium, 220 SH 274, Kemp. For information call Jody Deller
at (903) 880-6770.
Mabank Garden Club
The Mabank Garden Club meeting is set for 1:45 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 21, at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Rick Hirsch,
Henderson County Extension Agent, will present a program on
trees. Guests are welcome. For information, call Celene at (903)
CCL women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club executive board meeting is at
1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake,
CCL United Methodist
The Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church will celebrate Ash
Wednesday services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Childcare is
provided. The church is located at 100 S. Old Indian Trail,
Neil Sperry program
Keep Athens Beautiful presents an evening with horticulturist
Neil Sperry from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Cain
Center in Athens. The event is sponsored by Super 8 Athens and
Merry Gardens by House Nursery. Tickets available at Keep Athens
Beautiful, 201 W. Corsicana, Suite 4, Athens, TX 75751.
Styx gospel singing
The Styx Baptist Church is hosting its fourth Friday gospel
singing, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. For information, call (214)
K of C fish fry
The Knights of Columbus, Mary Queen of Heaven Council, Malakoff,
is hosting an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24. Meal includes catfish, French fries,
hushpuppies, coleslaw, drinks and home-baked goodies. Take SH
198 to Star Harbor Road (CR 3062) in Malakoff. Follow Catholic
Church sign to CR 1703 (across from Malakoff High School).
Eustace VFD breakfast
The Eustace Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a pancake
breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. and a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the fire station.
VZ Democrats meet
The Van Zandt County Democrats meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
25, at Van Zandt Democratic Headquarters located at 510 S.
Trades Day Blvd, Canton. For information, call (903) 567-8484.
CCL Humane society
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake board meeting is set for
6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. The
public is invited and welcome to attend the meetings every
Kiwanis night at Chili’s
Bring your flyer to Chili’s from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28,
for a 10 percent of sales donated to the Kiwanis Club of Cedar
Creek Lake. Chili’s does the cooking while you support your
club. Chili’s is located at 1261 W. Main St. Gun Barrel City.
For information, call (903) 887-0572.
Annual PS water supply
The Payne Springs Water Supply Corporation annual membership
meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at the PS
Water Supply office, 9116 Frazier Lane, located off SH 198
South. Members are urged to attend. For information, call (903)
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Local candidate forum
May 29 ‘probable’ date for Unified Primary
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The Kaufman County Republican Women’s candidate forum
slated for Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Kemp High School has been
cancelled due to the uncertainty of having an April Primary date
for Texas. Invited candidates included justices for the 5th
Court of Appeals, Place 2; state senate and representative,
state board of education, sheriff, tax assessor-collector and
Precinct 4 Constable.
The forum is tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, April 10,
planner Jody Deller said.
As of Wednesday night, a federal judicial panel in San Antonio
said a unified Texas Primary date would most probably be held
On Tuesday, county clerks and elections administrators testified
88 days of lead time was required to prepare for a primary
election from the date new district maps are issued. Wednesday,
the Texas Secretary of State's office indicated that this
timeline could be shrunk to 77 days and reduced even further if
military ballots were accepted for a short period of time after
the primary. Consequently, new maps need to be in place sometime
between early and mid-March in order to maintain the May 29th
The May 29 date causes some problems for the Republican Party
State Convention set for a week later. According to a Republican
Party report on the proceedings, Chairman Munisteri reiterated
that it is impossible to comply with the current Texas Election
Code as it pertains to delegate selection, with the primary and
convention date a week apart. He strongly urged the Court to
issue an order that would allow the State Republican Executive
Committee (SREC) to adopt a new delegate selection process which
varies from the Election Code. He told the court that if there
is sufficient time for planning, that in consultation with party
leadership, he had several different options in mind which:
would allow district conventions to still occur on schedule,
allow for a May 29th primary, and still allow for a convention
the next week. In general terms, he suggested different options
which would completely de-couple the selection of delegates to
the State Convention from the primary election.
The Court indicated that such a request could be granted
provided it received U.S. Department of Justice pre-clearance.
Chairman Munisteri made the case that DOJ pre-clearance is not
required in a case where the changes are made as a result of
court order. However, the Court indicated that they thought it
was a safer route to obtain pre-clearance. A Department of
Justice attorney testified that his office would expedite such a
request and anticipated that the approval time could be reduced
from a couple of months to a couple of weeks, thereby allowing
the change to occur.
The Court instructed both political parties to consult on a new
schedule for a May 29th primary. It also invited the state
parties to put forth separate proposals as to how they would
select delegates and conduct their conventions. Chairman
Munisteri said he plans within the next few days, to have a
separate telephone conference with the entire SREC to go over
recommendations from the Officials Committee. It is his hope
that a consensus can be arrived at. I
It is the Chairman’s goal to develop a process around existing
Senatorial and County conventions so as to minimize
inconvenience and logistical problems. It remains his objective
to keep the State Republican Convention scheduled as planned
during the first week of June.
Also on Wednesday, Chairman Munisteri, RPT lawyers and staff
spent another day in the courtroom listening to final arguments
in the redistricting case. It appears as though there may be an
agreement between the Attorney General and the Democrats on a
new Texas State Senate map.
At the time the hearing concluded, AG Gregg Abbott’s team had
not reached agreement with all the plaintiffs on all districts
pertaining to the Texas House map.
Chairman Munisteri issued the following statement regarding
Tuesday’s proceedings. “I am disappointed that the San Antonio
three-judge panel again delayed the Texas Primary Election. The
Secretary of State’s witness today indicated that if the panel
would issue maps within the next few days - that an April 24th
primary could still be accomplished. However, now that it is
apparent that April is out, the RPT will continue to fight to
oppose any further slippage in the primary schedule. We will
work hard with our Party leadership to come up with a plan to
preserve our State convention.”
At this juncture, it appears that there will not be an agreement
between all parties regarding all districts. Therefore, it
appears that the three-judge panel will have to decide where the
final lines are for the Texas House and Congressional districts.
Ethics complaint filed against Spitzer
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–A former Kaufman County commissioner issued a press
release Thursday saying he filed a Texas Ethics Commission
complaint against District 4 State Representative candidate Dr.
Jim Deller, of Kemp, said he filed the complaint based on
campaign material for Spitzer which used video originally
produced by the State Legislature.
“The Texas Government Code is very clear about using audio or
video materials produced by the legislature in political
advertising,” Deller wrote. “There is not a lot of ambiguity and
Dr. Spitzer was in clear violation of the law. It is difficult
for me to believe this was an oversight on his part.”
Specifically, Deller said Spitzer used the prohibited video as
part of an e-mail sent out on Feb. 14. He said it was also on
Spitzer’s website and Youtube page.
The Monitor could not locate the video in either place on
The Spitzer campaign would not confirm the existence of the
video and didn't have much to say about the allegations.
“We have not received anything from the ethics commission
regarding Dr. Spitzer,” said political consultant Luke Macias,
“so there's nothing to comment on at this time.”
Macias did say the campaign wasn't looking to engage in petty
“Dr. Spitzer is too busy talking about the issues,” he said.
The Monitor could not confirm the complaint with the Texas
Ethics Commission before presstime.