Thursday, March 1, 2007
Collision sends one to the hospital
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–A woman from Tool was airlifted to a Tyler hospital following an early-morning collision on Farm-to-Market 85 Tuesday.
Teresa Gordy, 45, said she didn’t see the 18-wheeler gravel hauler she was following had stopped.
About 6 a.m., truck driver Roger Learned of Terrell was preparing to make a left turn onto County Road 2138, leading to the gravel pit, to pick up a load.
That’s when Gordy’s 1993 Chevrolet pickup plowed into the back of the hauler, totalling the truck in the process.
Seven Points police officer Chuck Haverley was first on the scene, assisted by officer Brad Hendricks.
Gordy’s vehicle was towed to Sunshine Used Cars and Wrecker Service on State Highway 198, according to the police report.
Gordy’s condition was unknown at presstime Tuesday.
The driver of this red pickup was airlifted to a hospital in Tyler following an early-morning
collision Tuesday on Farm-to-Market 85.
District calls $23 million bond election
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–A new high school and much needed repairs on several campuses could be on the horizon for Kemp students.
Trustees called a $23 million bond election at a special meeting Monday, with no tax increase.
“We are in a unique window where we can add a bond and lower the tax rate,” Superintendent Dr. Peter Running said.
To delay building the new high school would be to run the risk of construction costs escalating, several trustees agreed.
The bond package will cover a new high school and campus renovations only, as athletic improvements will come from a different source, Running stressed.
Trustees approved a $350,000 maintenance note to cover athletic projects and other needs Feb. 20.
Note payments will be made from interest earned on the current fund balance.
Bond payments will be made similarly, using the interest earned from the $23 million to make payments, Running explained.
“However, we can’t let the $23 million sit in the bank to earn interest over a length of time. We must begin to build,” he said.
There will be a time period when plans are being drawn and bids are let before construction can commence.
Voters will be asked to approve the bond package at the May 12 election.
A lack of citizen participation in school affairs is a concern for Running.
“Some people have said they no longer feel as if the district is theirs,” he said.
“The bond (package) belongs to the community. I perceive this is a great time to give this school back to the community,” Running said.
Educating the public on the bond program and the lack of a tax increase will come between now and the election.
The maintenance and operation fund used to be $1.50 per $100 valuation and the interest and sinking totaled 50 cents per $100 valuation.
The district is in the first year of the mandated tax rate reduction, and have compressed the M&O to $1.33 per $100, Running explained.
Next year the M&O will be compressed again to a maximum of $1.04, with a total drop for both M&O and I&S to a rate lower than taxpayers currently pay, he said.
“Our whole goal is not to raise, but to actually lower the tax rate,” he said.
In other business, trustees:
• heard the report on trustee board training hours completed.
All trustees have exceeded their state requirements, board president Keith Foisey said.
• ordered the board trustee election for May 12.
Seats 5, 6 and 7 are open.
• approved the contract for election services as presented.
• reviewed the upcoming 2007-08 school calendar.
The calendar drafts will be presented to directors and staff at the four main campuses for further input.
• approved the submission of a staff development waiver and an early release waiver to the Texas Education Agency.
The submission is a precautionary measure, and the waivers may not have to be used.
Kidnapping attempt reported
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The Mabank Police Department warn the public to be aware of suspicious activity where children are concerned.
Police Chief Alex Smith reports an 8-year-old boy and his older brother were playing at the Central Elementary playground about 6 p.m. Sunday, when an unidentified man tried to force one of the boys into his car, parked on U.S. Highway 175.
Though the report is unconfirmed, Smith said he’d rather give a precautionary warning than to wait until he was sure of all the facts.
The older brother had hurt his foot, and the 8-year-old decided to go home and get help.
He reported that a white male, about 5-10, weighing 160-170 pounds, wearing grey tennis shoes, blue jeans and a dark blue shirt, grabbed him and tried to put him into a red passenger car, Smith said.
The boy reported the man lost his grip when trying to put him in the car, and he was able to crawl under the car door and run away. He found his brother, and the two boys hid, Smith said.
“We’re checking into the report,” Smith said. “We just want parents to be wary.”
Woman held for murder