Overcomers Choir event
The Lakeview Assembly of God Church is hosting the Overcomers
Choir at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (today). 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)
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
appointments or information 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
Favorite Places to go On the World Wide Web.”
Senior supplies needed
The Kemp Certified Nurse Aide class seeks help with “Supplies
for Seniors” benefitting Kemp Care Center, full size hygiene
products include shampoo, body wash, deodorant, shaving cream,
razors, toothpaste and denture care products. Red boxes are
placed at Kemp Family Pharmacy, First National Bank of Kemp,
many are churches and all Kemp school campuses. For information
call Liz Thorne, RN, at Kemp HS – (903) 498-9273.
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Fugitive, drugs flushed from hotel room
Suspect climbs out window with bag containing
semi-auto pistol, weed & meth
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–A Kemp man was arrested and charged in an
ongoing narcotics investigation Tuesday.
Damon Lance Ward, 32, was already wanted on a felony indictment
for Assault Family Violence, when a narcotics team moved on his
suspected location at the American Inn & Suites at 2916 W. Main
St. in Gun Barrel City.
Based on a tip, officers believed Ward to be there and armed
with a handgun.
When Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bryan Tower and
Deputy Greg Hill attempted to make contact with persons inside
the hotel room, more deputies stationed behind the building saw
Ward climbing out of a window and heading into the woods.
According to a press release, Ward was carrying a medium-sized
Gun Barrel City police officers were called in to assist in
creating a perimeter.
Deputies Jonathan Halbert and Hill located Ward hiding in the
woods and positively identified him before taking him into
Inside the bag, they found quantities of suspected marijuana,
methamphetamine and a scale and packaging supplies used in the
distribution of narcotics. Also found was a semiautomatic
Ward was transported to the Henderson County Detention Center
and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon,
manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance less than 4 grams
and the original felony assault warrant.
He was released March 7 on bonds totaling $40,000.
Three other persons were identified in the room and were
released after a search of the room.
Regional communication center to serve
By Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office
Special to the Monitor
KAUFMAN–The newly proposed Regional Emergency Communication
Center and Emergency Operations Center for Kaufman will provide
emergency police, fire and ambulance dispatch to every city in
the county, with the exception of Forney which has its own
In today’s economy, state, regional and local government
agencies face a pressing need to provide exceptional citizen
services in an effective and efficient manner, all the while
working under constant resource constraints.
To meet these challenges, public agencies are constantly trying
to increase productivity and efficiency at lower costs.
While city governments and counties are faced with the need to
do more with less, public safety still remains a priority.
“The need for public support is vitally important as this
project proceeds,” Sheriff David A. Byrnes said.
Byrnes expects the Center to serve the county for the next 25
The Federal Communication Commission will require every public
safety element to convert existing systems to what is referred
to as “narrow-band” by midnight Dec. 31. The penalty for not
meeting the deadline is to face fines up to $21,000 per day.
The FCC will also require upgraded digital emergency
communications technology by 2018.
This is a huge, unavoidable expense for local municipalities and
the county to take on individually.
Currently, emergency communications within the county are
fragmented to say the least. Police radios do not easily connect
with firefighter radios, and most law enforcement personnel
radios cannot talk to other law enforcement personnel radios in
This makes coordination difficult and results in longer
emergency response time, when timely action is most necessary.
Once the regionalized emergency communication center is
activated, citizens will see a significant drop in emergency
By its nature, the center will present a more coordinated,
focused effort when emergency responders from multiple counties
and jurisdictions are required.
The new communications center will provide professional public
safety communications to each agency as they work together to
preserve and improve the quality of life for Kaufman County
This will be accomplished through the prompt, efficient, and
accurate collection and dissemination of information.
“We need a robust infrastructure that can handle multiple kinds
of disasters,” Kaufman Counties Emergency Management coordinator
Steve Howie said.
“That is clearly not feasible with multiple independent dispatch
“This is an excellent move where every nickel counts,” he added.
Both supporters and critics of the plan, agree the dawn of a new
era is approaching.
“This will be an effective tool to make our county more
efficient and affordable,” Howie said.
“We will get a state-of-the-art facility with state-of-the-art
equipment and emergency medical dispatch personnel that the
smaller municipalities in our county would never be able to
afford individually,” county judge Bruce Wood said.
“The quality of service the new center will provide cannot be
realized without a combined effort between county and local
municipalities,” he added.
The automotive industry realized many years ago it is not
cost-effective to have an automobile manufacturing plant
everywhere to sell cars.
You build a centralized, commonly tooled and staffed
manufacturing plant in one location that meets the needs of
dealers all over the country.
From a very simple perspective, this is the approach of a
regional communications center. We construct, equip, staff and
operate one facility that services the needs of public safety
throughout the entire county, at the same level of quality,
capability and effectiveness.
Pooling resources will not only save money for the various
communities who would otherwise have to duplicate the expensive
facility, equipment and staffing requirements for emergency
communications, but will build asset awareness and comprehensive
response to public safety situations alone. This will vastly
improve our effectiveness in Kaufman County.
“Consolidation of expensive government services is now a new
trend and it is certainly a smart trend in these lean times,”
Terrell Police Department Chief Jody Lay stated.
“More importantly though, it produces more effective allocation
of public safety resources.”
“Being more effective is what we must continue to focus on in
this County,” Lay added.
“I am very excited about the many possibilities that could come
from this proposed project and look forward to doing my part to
make it happen for our citizens.”
“Every community in Kaufman County is facing serious issues
regarding the updating of their existing systems, and unless we
take a proactive stance in solving the problem ahead of us, we
will be short changing the citizens of Kaufman,” Kaufman City
Mayor William Fortner said.
The idea of a new regionalized communications center will not
only be a prudent move for the citizens of Kaufman, but will be
good for every city within Kaufman County.
“Rather than duplicate expense and systems in the various
cities, it makes good business sense to consolidate this
government service. This will significantly enhance public
safety for all citizens in the County.”