Eustace ISD tax office
The Eustace ISD tax office will close through Friday, March 16,
for spring break. For information call (903) 425-5232.
The Cedar Creek Bible Church is hosting free skating from 7 to
8:30 p.m. Fridays March 16 and 23. Parents may drop off children
ages 4 through sixth grade. Skates, sodas, popcorn, hot
chocolate and sno-cones provided free. The church is located one
mile north of the traffic light in Seven Points on SH 274. For
information call the church office at (903) 432-2175.
Orders for Low Cost Food Ministries are being taken from 9 a.m.
to noon, through Thursday, (today). For information call James
at (903) 603-5309.
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
Rosser. To make a donation call Pam Corder at (972) 486-4471.
Spaghetti dinner benefit
Blessed Mother Teresa outreach of St Jude Catholic Church,
formerly Saint Vincent de Paul Society, is sponsoring a 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 needs 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 (Charlie Pride’s brother) on Saint Patrick’s
Day, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the VFW Post 4376, Seven
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
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club executive board meets at 1
p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in
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.”
VFW sock hop
The VFW Post 4376, Seven Points is hosting an old-fashioned sock
hop, Friday, March 23 with prizes and hot dogs. Dance music
provided by D.J. Sweetpea Vanderburg.
For information and time, call (903) 432-2138.
Trinity Baptist women
The Trinity Baptist Church is hosting a women’s conference, “In
His Steps,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. A
continental breakfast is at 8 a.m. and a lunch will be served.
For information call Maxine Tart at (903) 477-1474, Claudine
Hoover at (903) 773-2411, or Betty Lee at (903) 778-2832.
Special Olympics benefit
A Special Olympics dinner, dance and auction is set for 6:30 to
10 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Mabank Intermediate School.
VFW cancer benefit
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4376 are hosting a Lasagna
Dinner at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, benefitting cancer research.
Events include a silent auction bake sale and baskets. For
information call Auxiliary 4376 at (903) 432-2138.
The American Legion Auxiliary scholarship applications are now
available in the counselor offices at Eustace, Kemp, Mabank,
Malakoff and Trinidad high schools.
Application deadline is Thursday, March 29. Scholarships may be
used for any type of post high school training or education,
such as 2 or 4 year universities, trade schools, or speciality
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)
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Digging in for a new
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Blessed with a beautiful, warm day, about 100 citizens,
dignitaries and Brookshire grocery staff marked the official
start of a new facility in Mabank Tuesday.
The store, set to be completed sometime in the fall, will be
almost 10,000 square feet larger than the current outlet.
The present facility covers 28,000 square feet and the new store
will total 37,400 square feet, Mabank Economic Development
Corporation executive director Scott Confer announced.
“We have been working on this since 2007, hoping this would come
to pass,” Confer said.
Mabank Mayor Larry Teague expressed his appreciation for those
who turned out in attendance.
“We welcome everyone to this event,” he said, adding it was a
great day for the city of Mabank.
The family-owned business has several stores in Henderson
County, county judge Richard Sanders noted.
“They are doing a great job. They are great neighbors,” Sanders
added as he commended Confer and the EDC for bringing businesses
to the area.
Mabank Store manager Dean Fannin introduced his management staff
and commented on changes customers would be seeing.
“New produce islands and frozen food coolers, new seafood and
dairy cases will give customers more selection and variety than
ever before,” he said.
The addition of nearly a dozen aisles will provide 1,400 linear
feet for groceries and general merchandise, much of which
haven’t been carried before,” Fannin added.
Store hours will remain the same – 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days
“I think this new store stays true to our company’s mission of
providing a great food and shopping experience,” Fannin
Kaufman County Precinct 4 Commissioner Tom Manning commented on
what the new store would contribute to Mabank.
His remarks included the accomplishments and ability of Mabank
officials and citizens to make their plans and to, “get it
Brad Brookshire, grandson of company founder W. T. Brookshire,
recounted the beginnings of the company, almost 84 years ago.
Company president and CEO Rick Rayford summarized the company’s
plans and accomplishments.
Business members attending included Andrea Pickens from
Tri-County Ford, Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
president Jo Ann Hanstrom and personnel from Solar Turbines.
Others in attending were Leigh Poole from state Rep. Lance
Gooden’s office, Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Johnny Adams,
regional representative for U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s office
Phillip Smith, local bankers Ronnie Davis, Ralph Fortner and
Tate Cramm, plus many other guests.
Dept. of Justice rejects Texas voter-ID law
Response is rapid and vocal
Monitor Staff Reports
AUSTIN–Monday the United States Department of Justice refused to
approve Texas’ Voter ID law signed by Gov. Rick Perry in July
2011, to prevent voter fraud.
Negative response to both the refusal and also the delay in
gaining an answer from the DOJ was fast and furious.
Texas submitted its application for preclearance to the Justice
Department in July, 2011 and had expected an answer by the end
Perry, who deemed the legislation among other emergency matters
during the 82nd Texas Legislature, said “Texas has a
responsibility to ensure elections are fair, beyond reproach and
accurately reflect the will of voters.
“The DOJ has no valid reason for rejecting this important law,
which requires nothing more extensive than the type of photo
identification necessary to receive a library card or board an
airplane. The denial is yet another example of the Obama
Administration’s continuing and pervasive federal overreach,”
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn called the rejection “purely political.”
Cornyn, who serves on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration,
Refugees and Border Security subcommittee and is a former Texas
Attorney General said, “Voter identification laws are
constitutional and vital to protecting the integrity of the
“Today’s decision reeks of politics and appears to be an effort
by the Department of Justice to carry water for the President’s
reelection campaign,” Cornyn concluded.
Dems on the other hand applauded the news. Katie O’Connor, staff
lawyer with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project stated: “The Texas’
voter ID law would prevent countless Latinos, African-Americans,
elderly citizens, and others from casting their ballot. We’re
pleased the Department of Justice has recognized the harms this
discriminatory law would have on people’s fundamental right to
According to a recent Texas Tribune article by Julian Aguilar,
the DOJ argued that Texas did not meet its burden of proof under
Section 5 of the Voters Right Act to show the measure “would not
have a discriminatory effect on minority voters, and therefore
the department objects to the Texas voter identification law,”
said Xochitl Hinojosa, a Justice Department spokeswoman.
“According to the state’s own data, a Hispanic registered voter
is at least 46.5 percent, and potentially 120 percent, more
likely than a non-Hispanic registered voter to lack the required
identification,” she pointed out.
The article further reports that Assistant U.S. Attorney General
Thomas E. Perez wrote in a letter to Keith Ingram, the director
of Texas’ elections division, on Monday that there are three
considerations in rejecting the application.
“First, according to the most recent American Community Survey
three-year estimates, 7.3 percent of Hispanic or Latino
households do not have an available vehicle, as compared with
only 3.8 percent of non-Hispanic white households that lack an
“Second, in 81 of the state’s 254 counties, there are no
operational driver’s license offices. The disparity in the rates
between Hispanics and non-Hispanics with regard to the
possession of either a driver’s license or personal
identification card issued by DPS is particularly stark in
counties without driver’s license offices.
According to the September 2011 data, 10.0 percent of Hispanics
in counties without driver’s license offices do not have either
form of identification, compared to 5.5 percent of
And according to January data, that comparison is 14.6 percent
of Hispanics in counties without driver’s license offices, as
compared to 8.8 percent of non-Hispanics. During the legislative
hearings, one senator stated that some voters in his district
could have to travel up to 176 miles roundtrip in order to reach
a driver’s license office.
The legislature tabled amendments that would have, for example,
provided reimbursement to voters who live below the poverty line
for travel expenses incurred in applying for the requisite
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who expected the federal
government’s rejection, said late last week he plans to forge
ahead with the lawsuit he filed last month to have the bill
implemented immediately. The Justice Department has until April
9 to respond to the lawsuit.
“The Department of Justice’s decision is extremely
disappointing, especially since the data they demanded came from
matching two separate data sets never designed to be matched,
and their agency was warned that matches from these data sets
would be misleading, Secretary of State Hope Andrade stated in a
press release Monday..
In an op-ed by Rich Lowry of The New York Post titled “The
make-believe tyranny of photo ID” says DOJ head Eric Holder
should bone up on the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in a 2008
case upholding Indiana’s voter-ID law.
The liberal Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the majority
opinion. The court held that “there is no question about the
legitimacy or importance of the state’s interest in counting
only the votes of eligible voters,” and “we cannot conclude that
the statute imposes ‘excessively burdensome requirements’ on any
class of voters.”
In addition, Lowry points to Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage
Foundation that reported that black turnout increased in Georgia
in 2008, the first election under a voter-ID law, more than it
did in Mississippi, which didn’t have such a law. A study by the
University of Delaware and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
concluded that “concerns about voter-identification laws
affecting turnout are much ado about nothing.”