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February 20, 2011






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Holiday closings
Kaufman County and Van Zandt County offices will close Monday, Feb. 21, for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Henderson County offices will remain open. Post offices and banks will be closed Monday, and there will be no mail delivery. The Seven Points Post Office will be open for customers to make purchases. All city offices will remain open.

Church revival
The Cedar Creek Church is holding a revival starting at 6 p.m. Sunday (tonight) and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 20-23, with Bishop John T. Chism. The church is located at 142 Rodney Drive, GBC. For information call (903) 887-2591.

Cowboy Church revival
Living for the Brand Cowboy Church revival is set for 10 a.m. Sunday (today, followed by dinner on the grounds, and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 21-23, at 902 NE Loop 7, Athens. Come as you are. For information call (903) 675-9177.

5th annual Art Show
The Star Harbor Watercolor Society is hosting its fifth annual “For the Love of Art” show and sale from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday (today) at the Star Harbor City Hall building. View more than 100 art pieces, meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. Located just north of Malakoff. At the Malakoff Fire Station, turn onto FM 3062, continue past the high school 1.4 miles into Star Harbor, veer left at the “Y.” City Hall is at 99 Sunset Blvd., right off the golf course.

Sweetheart Playday
The Rope, Catch & Ride for Christ Cowboy Church arena team is hosting its Playday Series, starting at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 26 and March 5, with a rain date of March 12. Five events offered – must make two out of three. Negative Coggins required. Age groups – lead line 12 and under, 13-18, and 19 and over. Concession stand open. North on SH 198, right on CR 2807. Cowboy Church looks like a red barn on the right. For information call (903) 880-2695.

Methodist OWLS study
Mabank First United Methodist Church OWLS (Older, Wiser, Loving Seniors) are sponsoring “From Age-ing to Sage-ing,” a study by Zalman Schichter-Shalome and Ronald S. Miller, taught by the Rev. Eston Williams, pastor of Aley UMC. Four sessions are planned for 7 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 21, 28, March 7 and 14, at Mabank FUMC. Free except for study book.

CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Cedar Creek Country Club. Past presidents to be honored. Rose-Mary Rumbley brings the program “Is it a Collection, or is it Clutter?” Doors open at 10:15 a.m.

PS Water Supply meeting
The Payne Springs Water Supply Corporation’s annual membership meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the PSWSC office, 9116 Frazier Lane, located off SH 198 South. Members are urged to attend. For information call (903) 451-5300.

HC United Way lunch
The Henderson County United Way Award Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Athens Country Club.

Westside Senior Center
The Westside Senior Citizens Center meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 (every Thursday), at the Cedar Creek Bible Church activities building, 700 North Seven Points Boulevard (SH 274). Seniors 55 and older in the area are invited for fellowship, domino and card games, other games, coffee and snacks. A light lunch will be served. For information call (903) 340-9672.

Henderson County POA
The Henderson County Property Owners Association meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Indian Harbor Community Center. County Attorney Clint Davis will discuss the Nuisance Law and how to make it work. For a map to the location, go to

Grief counseling meeting
Restoration House Ministry is hosting grief counseling meetings at 6 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 24, March 3, 17 and 24 (first, third and fourth Thursdays of each month). All in need of healing are welcome, as grief comes in many forms – death, divorce, separation or a major change. For information call Pastor Barker at (903) 887-4881, or the Rev. Kathey Floyd at (903) 880-9692.

Healing Through Grief
The support group, “Healing Through Grief,” needs RSVP by Friday, Feb. 25, for its lunch Wednesday, March 2. Speaker is David Hennessee. Location is Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice Office, 104 S. Terry. To RSVP or for information, call Fran or Teressa at (903) 489-2023.

Prairieville Crime Watch
The Prairieville Neighborhood Crime Watch is hosting its annual barbecue and auction benefitting the Mabank Fire Department from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Mabank Fire Station No. 3, 17522 FM 1836, Prairieville. For information call the Mabank Fire Station at (903) 887-4747.

Pancake breakfast
The Eustace Masonic Lodge, East Wheeler Street, located under the water tower in Eustace, just south of U.S. 175, is hosting its sixth annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee, milk and orange juice – all you can eat for a specified donation.
For information call Steve Bledsoe at (903) 340-9137.

Crisis Center training
The East Texas Crisis Center hosts sexual assault volunteer training for Van Zandt and Henderson counties the next four Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Feb. 26 at the Mabank Fire Department. Call (903) 675-2137 or e-mail to register for the no-cost 40-hour training.

Basic Internet class
Navigating the Internet classes, taught by A.J. Amyx, marketing director of A New Way to Market, are set for 6 p.m. Tuesdays, March 1, 8 and 15, at Tri-County Library. Class fee charged. To register or for information, call the library at (9030 887-9622.

AARP Driver Safety
A one-day AARP Driver safety Course is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway, Seven Points. Designed for drivers age 50 and over, it is open to anyone. Drivers may qualify for reductions in auto insurance. For information call Jean Dirks at (903) 887-3836 or the library at (903) 432-4185.

K of C Fish Fry
The Knights of Columbus Mary Queen of Heaven Council 12253, Malakoff, is hosting an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 11. Meal includes catfish, French fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, drinks and home-baked goods. Take SH 198 to Star Harbor Road (CR 3062) in Malakoff. Follow Catholic Church sign to CR 1703.

PS Fire Rescue benefit
The annual all-you-can-eat fish fry benefitting the Payne Springs Fire Rescue is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9. A 2007 Harley Davidson FX/ST is a part of the fund-raiser. View pictures at www.psfire For information, call the fire station at (903) 451-4511 and leave a message.

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 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.


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Dogs detect guns in truck at school
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer

MALAKOFF–Officials at Malakoff ISD are wrestling with how to discipline a student who brought weapons to school this week.
Superintendent Dr. John Spies confirmed the district had an incident involving weapons at the campus, “which, of course, is against the law.”
The name of the student and some of the details of the incident were not released because of confidentiality laws.
On Monday, drug dogs were doing a routine sweep through the high school campus when they “hit” on a car in the parking lot, Spies said.
The dogs did not alert to drugs, but rather to snuff, a form of smokeless tobacco.
Following the school’s procedures, the student came out and unlocked the vehicle. At that time weapons, including more than one rifle, were found.
The weapons were likely used for hunting or farm work, Spies said.
“We do not believe students or teachers were ever in danger,” he said.
There have been no arrests as of this time, but the law enforcement is looking at the case.
Spies said the district is handling the incident step-by-step.
“We want to send a strong message to the students,” he said. “But we also want to do the right thing for this individual.”



Chase suspect shot, child suffers bruises
Constable recovers toy gun thrown from window
By Larry Briscoe
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN COUNTY–A 35-year-old Caddo Mills man was shot twice in the abdomen at the end of a chase through two counties Valentine’s Day.
A child in the backseat was hospitalized with bruises.
Stephen Capps was flown by medical helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas from where the pursuit ended on FM 986 in Kaufman County, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Cpl. Robert White.
White reported Capps in stable condition the following day.
A child in the back seat was not hit by gunfire, White said, however she was bruised on her back by the booster seat and was flown by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Dallas.
He said the child was expected to be released Tuesday from the hospital.
A Dallas newspaper reported the child had been grazed by a bullet.
White said a DPS trooper attempted to stop the white Nissan for speeding on Interstate 30 in the eastbound lane at 2:15 p.m. Feb. 14. “He activated his light, and the driver failed to stop.”
He said the pursuit passed through Greenville to Commerce and back to Greenville, where spikes were put into place in an attempt to stop the vehicle. “The suspect avoided the spikes, and he tried to hit the trooper,” White said.
The pursuit continued down FM 1565 through south Hunt County and into Kaufman County.
Spikes were again deployed on FM 986. White said the suspect ran into the ditch while trying to avoid the spikes and then tried to hit the trooper again.
“The trooper fired several rounds into the vehicle,” White said and the suspect was hit twice in the abdomen.
White said a substance believed to be illegal drugs was recovered from the vehicle.
Constable Kent Layton said he and Deputy Constable Ash Harmon joined the pursuit, along with four units of the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department as it crossed south Hunt County.
Layton said the suspect threw an object from the vehicle on FM 1565. Layton and Harmon pulled off from the chase to recover the item. He said the object turned out to be a toy gun, which he turned over to a sheriff’s deputy.

Road damage debate raises ire
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Safety issues, road damage, dust and speeding rock haulers were the subjects of a room full of concerned citizens, who faced off against attorneys and representatives for a rock mining company Monday.
During a public hearing, Kaufman County commissioners got an earful of complaints from citizens who were asking for County Roads 314, 317, 346, 347, 348, 349 and 350 to be closed to through rock hauler truck traffic.
Counter-remarks were heard from the quarry company representatives.
Speakers from both sides of the issue were allowed three minutes, with county clerk Laura Hughes carefully monitoring the time with a stopwatch.
Speakers were:
• John Neil, County Road 347 resident, said his family has owned property there since 1880, and the roads, thanks to the rock quarries, are in better shape than ever.
• Mark Streetman, CR 346 resident, said he works in construction and knows quarry owners could use water trucks to help control the dust.
Family members have breathing issues with the dust, he said.
“I don’t want this dust blowing all over,” he added.
• Bob Mitchell said he sells and delivers tractors, and has a problem with closing any public roads.
He believes regulations would serve citizens better, he added.
• Joe Rice used his three minutes to provide statistics, saying there were four rock pits, and there have been two recorded deaths involving the rock haulers and smaller vehicles.
• Betty Sanderson said she lives on CR 348, about a quarter-mile from the rock pits, and has a huge problem with the dust, not just from the roads but also from when blasting occurs.
• Russell Limoges resides near the corner of CR 343 and CR 346.
“The rock haulers can’t make the sharp corner, and have taken out fencing, as well as damaged the drainage ditch,” Limoges told the commissioners.
Rock haulers make makeshift repairs by piling in dirt, covering the fence. Since 1990, Limoges said he has had no fence – due to the dirt pile, he can’t get to it – and no drainage, plus it is dangerous for school bus traffic, he explained.
• Larry Hones with British American Delivery Corporation (a quarry owner), said “We (the county) need all the commerce we can get. I urge you not to close the roads.”
• John Long, Kaufman County assistant District Attorney, advised the commissioners to proceed with caution.
“I have two concerns with closing the roads today,” Long said.
1.) “I’m not sure of the county’s authority to regulate the (rock haulers) as opposed to state involvement,” he said.
The state regulates the truck cargo weight and their speeds while carrying heavy loads, Long pointed out.
2.) “When closing roads related to one specific business, the county needs to consider the landowners’ right to sell the rock located on their property,” he said.
Sheriff David Byrnes said the problem with overweight trucks may be coming to a head.
“Precinct 4 Constable Bryant Morris will be using a seized vehicle and portable scales, once he is trained in the proper use, to check the load on some of theses trucks,” Byrnes said.
Constables are not limited to their precincts, so Morris will be checking truck weights throughout the county, he added.
A workshop on finding a solution will be scheduled in the next 30 days, county judge Bruce Wood said.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved an updated and amended interlocal agreement with the cities of Cottonwood, Post Oak Bend, Grays Prairie, Oak Ridge, Oak Grove and Rosser to regulate and permit on-site sewage facilities (septic tanks).
• accepted racial profiling reports from Precinct 2 Constable Joe Don Law, Precinct 3 Constable Lowrie Sanders and Byrnes.
• set Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, for the county-wide clean-up.
• accepted the January auditor’s report from county auditor Hal D. Jones.
• paid bills totaling $884,887.






























































































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