The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club monthly dance is set for 7
p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Henderson County Senior Center in
Athens. Joe Walenta and the Ranch Hands will provide the music.
A baked potato supper benefiting the VFW 4376 Auxiliary will be
held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the post.
A free vegetable workshop is set for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday,
March 10, at the East Texas Arboretum, 1601 Patterson Road,
Athens. Patty Leander will speak on “Year-Round Gardening.” Also
presentations on” Easy Composting & Seed Saving.” For directions
or information call (903) 675-9462.
Legion Spaghetti lunch
The American Legion Post 310, Gun Barrel City is hosting a
benefit spaghetti lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday,
March 10, during the no charge to go, Cedar Creek Coin and
Currency show the same day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Junior Livestock benefit
The Kaufman County Junior Livestock Show board is hosting a
barbecue cook off with all proceeds benefitting the KC Junior
Livestock Show scholarship fund. The event is set for Saturday,
March 10, at the county fairgrounds on South 34, Kaufman. Judges
needed. E-mail Jackie Robertson at
or call Bill Thornton at (972) 452-3290 or (214) 729-4522.
HC Democratic women
The Texas Democratic Women of Henderson County (TDWHC) meets at
11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Stephen’s Church, 2101
College St. Athens. The TDWHC is hosting a special “taste test”
luncheon with dishes prepared by its members. Bring recipe. For
information or to attend call Linda Mroske, after 6 p.m. at
(903) 451-5535 or e-mail to
Masonic blood drive
The Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge No. 1431 is hosting a blood drive
from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Gun Barrel
City Walmart parking lot, benefitting the Texas Scottish Rite
Hospital for Children. For information call Steve Herrick at
HSCCL Art Auction
The third annual Art Auction benefitting the Humane Society of
Cedar Creek Lake is set for 2 to 7 p.m. for a silent auction and
6:30 p.m. live auction, Saturday, March 10, at the Library at
Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Drinks and appetizers plus $1
million fuzzy bucks included with ticket. For information call
Krista at (903) 432-3422 or Sue at (903) 887-2234.
Overcomers Choir event
The Lakeview Assembly of God Church is hosting the Overcomers
Choir at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11. The church is located on
the corner of SH 334 and Wood Street, Seven Points. For
information call between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through
Friday, at (903) 432-2682.
All day walk-in tax day
Free tax help! First come, first served. An all-Day Walk-in Tax
day is set for Monday, March 12, at Tri-County Library, Mabank.
Bring all your information. For other times, call the library at
(903) 887-9622, and someone will call you back to make an
Eustace ISD tax office
The Eustace ISD tax office will close Monday through Friday,
March 12-16, for spring break. For information call (903)
Orders for Low Cost Food Ministries are being taken from 9 a.m.
to noon, Monday through Thursday, March 12-15. For information
call James at (903) 603-5309.
CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets, beginning with
refreshments at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, at The Library at
Cedar Creek Lake. Lee Gary will present the program, “Three
MHS blood drive
Mabank High School is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the MHS auxiliary gym. For info,
contact Cris Cary at (903) 880-1600.
McDade’s open house
McDade’s Nursery invites the community to celebrate its open
house, “Spring in the Garden,” from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, March 16-18. Free chili dogs daily from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. The nursery is located at 1000 N. Tool Drive, SH
274, Tool. For information call (903) 432-0106.
Methodist garage sale
The first United Methodist Church, Mabank, is hosting a “huge”
garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, and from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the church located at 501
South Third Street (SH 198).
AL dinner benefits
The American Legion Post 310 Auxiliary is hosting a salad dinner
from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, and a corned beef and cabbage
dinner with all the fixings, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17
(Saint Patrick’s Day). Proceeds from both meals benefit the
youth activities in the Cedar Creek Lake Community.
Rosser VFD chili supper
The Rosser Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual chili
and stew supper with doors opening at 5 p.m. and the auction
starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the station in
Spaghetti dinner benefit
Blessed Mother Teresa outreach of St Jude Catholic Church,
formerly Saint Vincent de Paul society, is sponsoring at Saint
Patrick’s Day spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday,
March 17, in the parish hall to benefit a fellow parishioner
that needed emergency medical help. Donations sought. For
information call Jerry Samonck at (903) 887-0031.
VFW homeless vet benefit
A benefit for the local VFW Post 4376 and the homeless veterans
home being built near the Dallas VA hospital, will feature the
Stephen Pride Show on Saint Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17 at
the VFW Post 4376, Seven Points.
Natalie’s carnival benefit
A Carnival benefit for Natalie Newman, 13, suffering from
Freidreich’s Ataxia is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at
Mabank Pavilion. Events include bounce house, train ride,
dunking booth, clowns, petting zoo and concession stand. Natalie
will take the funds raised to the Ride Ataxia benefit Saturday,
March 24, in Dallas.
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society meets at 7 p.m. Monday, March
19, at Tri-County Library, downtown Mabank. Clifton Smith will
review his book, “John McDougald, His Descendents from Florida
to Texas,” one of the first families in the Kemp area. Meetings
are open to the public. For information visit
Sarah Maples DAR
The Sarah Maples chapter of DAR is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March
21, at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. Speaker is
Lee Lloyd TSDAR vice chairman volunteer genealogist on “My
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Murder suspect sought
By Julie Vaughan
Monitor Staff Writer
CANTON–The suspect in a weekend murder last week is still at
large, as investigators attempt to piece together the scene.
Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sam Mayer said he
was called out to a residence on Farm-to-Market 1861 Sunday
morning just before 4:30 Feb. 26.
Mayer said due to the location, Henderson County Sheriff’s
deputies were first called to the scene, but later Van Zandt
County was notified when it was learned the incident had
occurred within the Van Zandt County boundary.
Investigators believe the offense occurred sometime between 1
and 2 a.m.
“The victim was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Athens,
where he was pronounced dead,” Mayer explained.
Luis Rodriguez, 21, Athens, is believed to have been at an
illegal cock fight, when it is presumed he and some other men
got into an argument, Van Zandt County Chief Deputy John Turner
Rodriguez was shot an unknown number of times in an unknown
location, and transported to the hospital by friends, Mayer
“The hospital notified Henderson County because they had a gun
shot victim,” Mayer said.
Once Mayer and his team took over the investigation they were
able to get statements from the friends and scour the location
,where the cock fight took place.
The suspect had fled the location, but anyone with information
is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at (903) 567-7867.
Also assisting in the investigation are the Texas Rangers, Van
Zandt County District Attorney’s Office, Henderson County
Sheriff’s Office and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to
SPCA Senior Investigator Art Munoz, who also serves as a reserve
deputy for the sheriff’s office, said 27 live roosters, one
injured rooster, 80 eggs in an incubator and some chicks were
seized from the scene.
He said that all 28 grown roosters taken from the scene were
euthanized, and once the eggs are hatched they will separate the
males and females and adopt them out.
“When you are at an illegal activity and things start going
south, the consequences may become deadly as they did in this
case,” Van Zandt County Sheriff R.P. “Pat” Burnett said.
“Anyone who knows of any illegal activity is encouraged to
report it to Crimestoppers and you can remain anonymous,”
Pharmacy hit in Kemp
K-9 unit uncovers guns in truck parked at high
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp Police Chief Richard Clemmo reports two criminal
incidences in Kemp occurring the end of February.
The Kemp Family Pharmacy was broken into Feb. 28, and a random
cruise of the Kemp High School parking lot by a police dog
resulted in the arrest of an 18 year-old student Feb. 22.
The first employees to open the Kemp Family Pharmacy around 7
a.m. Feb. 28 found a broken window and a 50-pound concrete chunk
in the store.
The burglar or burglars had taken two bottles of a pain killer
medication, containing hydrocodone.
The alarm system didn’t go off, Clemmo said, but it has since
been repaired and is in good working order, he said.
The break-in most likely occurred between 4:45 a.m. and 7 a.m.,
If anyone remembers seeing anything suspicious in the vicinity
at that time, they should call the Kemp Police Department at
Hydrocodone addiction is a serious problem in the United States
and tends to happen quickly and to unsuspecting individuals who
have been prescribed the drug for legitimate pain reasons.
According to opiates.com, the
addiction creeps up quickly and once you have a hydrocodone
addiction, chances are it’s too late to find an easy solution to
get off it.
A week prior to the break-in, Kemp police officer Steven Crawley
found some firearms in a vehicle parked at Kemp High School.
At around 3 p.m. Feb. 22, a Kaufman County K-9 deputy conducted
a random open air search in the parking lot at Kemp High School
for the presence of narcotics.
The police dog alerted his handler to a yellow Ford there. Kemp
ISD personnel assisted authorities in locating the student who
parked it there.
At the beginning of a search of the inside of the truck, Crawley
found several shotgun rounds and asked the student if there were
weapons on board.
The student replied that there may be a shotgun in the back.
Firearms are prohibited from school property under the federal
1990 Gun-Free School Act.
The officer found a Remington 870 Express 12-gauge shotgun and a
KSA Inc. 22-caliber rifle, which the student said he used while
Kyle William Kimberling, 18, was charged with a third-degree
felony and was released on a $5,000 bond two days later.
Crawley also located drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, which
the dog had first sniffed out.
“The police will continue doing random sweeps of school parking
lots (with drug-sniffing dogs) in the future,” chief Clemmo