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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 322.03 Water Temperature:
49  degrees - top
degrees - bottom


Kemp grad now coaching Malakoff
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer

MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tiger softball team has a new leader with a familiar name this season – head coach Thelma Jedlicka.
Jedlicka is entering her first year as a head coach.
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New Malakoff Lady Tiger softball coach Thelma Jedlicka hits a ball during fielding drills at a recent practice. A 2000 Kemp High School graduate, Jedlicka taught special education students and was an assistant softball coach at Mabank before moving to her first head coaching position at Malakoff.

“I am very excited,” she said. “I never thought I would be coaching when I started going to college, but God works in mysterious ways. I am excited about having my first head coaching job at Malakoff.”
The coach is no stranger to the Cedar Creek Lake area. She grew up in Kemp and played catcher for the Kemp High School Lady Yellowjacket softball team before graduating in 2000 and moving on to play at Ranger College for two years.
She finished her education at Texas A&M-Commerce, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education.
After graduating from college, she worked at the Mabank Independent School District, spending time as the Life Skills teacher and serving as assistant softball coach for three years. She comes to Malakoff from Mabank.
Her father, Dan, is a Kemp ISD school trustee, while her mother, Barbara, teaches at Mabank. Her sister, Patricia Riley, is a counselor at Mabank.
“I try to teach the girls that it is not about winning and losing, but that what they learn from the game, like teamwork, is more important,” she said.
Looking past sports, Jedlicka displays a humble spirit of service. For instance, although she teaches health at Malakoff, she still has a heart for Life Skills kids.
“Those students have always been my passion, besides softball,” she said. “I keep in touch with my previous students in Mabank on a regular basis.
“Since I am not in Special Ed. this year, I have asked to have some of the students from the Life Skills class here at school to come into my classroom,” she added. “I feel these students need to be more involved with ‘regular’ education students, and this helps every student all around.”
Her faith also plays a large part in her life, strengthened in part through her own hardships. The summer before her senior year, she was involved in a 4-wheeler accident which devastated her knee.
“The doctors told me I would never play again,” she said, “but with extensive therapy I was able to play my senior year and two years in college.
“Through this, I don’t know how I couldn’t believe,” she added. “I was raised in the Methodist Church in Kemp and continue to go there now. I am getting married in July in the church I was raised in.”
The Lady Tigers were scheduled to be on the road against Athens Friday.


KCKL Big Bass tournament set March 27-28
Monitor Staff Reports
LOG CABIN–The 27th annual KCKL Big Bass tournament will be held on Cedar Creek Lake Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28.
The tournament offers more than 120 cash prizes, with $5,000 going to the winner in the overall standings.
All fish caught will be returned to the lake under the “live release program.”
Entry fee is $65 per day. Youth (under 16) entry is discounted to $10 per day, even though youth contestants are eligible for all prizes.
Contestants may enter by mail or at the lake. The tournament will be headquartered at the Log Cabin City Park.
For more information and entry forms, call KCKL Bass at (903) 489-1518, or check the tournament website at


Check signal flares for damage before leaving the dock
Special to The Monitor
ALEXANDRIA, Va.–Out of sight, out of mind?
Unfortunately for a lot of recreational boaters, that’s the reality when it comes to handheld signal flares.
Stored aboard in some dark corner of the boat, most boaters don’t think twice about the condition of their signal flares until they really need them.
However, a feature in the latest issue of Boat Owners Association of The United States’ Seaworthy Magazine reveals that failing to periodically inspect flares could have serious consequences.
This past summer, a BoatU.S. employee opened a sealed orange storage canister located in his own 34-foot sailboat’s cabin, and found three handheld flares inside were ruined.
Long cracks had developed along their length. The flares’ combustive ingredients were exposed and spilling out, rendering them useless.
There were no signs of moisture inside or outside the canister. In an unexplained twist, three flares with older manufacturing dates – stored in the same sealed orange canister – were found undamaged.
BoatU.S. first learned of this issue three years ago, when a BoatU.S. member in Washington State reported a similar problem.
In that case, an O-ring sealed the flare container tightly, along with a band of duct tape, in an attempt to further prevent any moisture from entering, yet three unexpired flares inside were destroyed.
“Most boaters know that emergency signal flares have expiration dates,” BoatU.S. Seaworthy editor Bob Adriance said.
“However, these two puzzling stories tell us that it’s also best to check your flares a few times a season,” he added. “I would also add flare guns to the list, too.”
The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety also offers a full report with real-world tests of aerial, smoke and handheld flares at
To view video footage of the tests, go to


Upcoming games


March 9
MHS g/b @ Lindale*
EHS g/b @ Athens*

March 12
MHS g/b vs Athens*
EHS g/b vs Chapel Hill*
(end regular season)
(*District contest)

Semi-pro Football

March 13
Xtreme @ Longview


March 11
KHS @ Athens
EHS @ Athens

March 9
MHS g/b @ Crandall

March 15
MHS @ Garland


March 8
MHS vs A+ Academy

March 9
MHS bye*
EHS @ Hawkins

March 12
MHS @ Terrell*
KHS @ Athens
EHS @ Athens Christian
(*District contest)


March 9
MHS @ Kaufman
KHS vs Maypearl
EHS idle

March 11-13
MHS @ I-20 tourn.
KHS hosts tournament
EHS @ Athens tourn.

March 15
KHS vs John Tyler

March 16
MHS @ Terrell*
EHS @ Tyler All Saints
(*District contest)

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