The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4376 is hosting a Lasagna
Dinner from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday (today), benefitting cancer
research. Events include a silent auction, bake sale, lottery
hat (filled with tickets) and seven Easter baskets.
For information call Auxiliary 4376 at (903) 432-2138.
CC Civic League
The Cedar Creek Civic League meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March
26, at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Michaelean Moffit will
present “Birds.” Guests are welcome.
For information call Joyce at (903) 451-3229.
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday,
March 27, at the Cedar Creek Country Club in Kemp. Kay Seamayer
will present “Music of Our Lives.”
Tamarack Ladies sale
The Tamarack Ladies Club rummage and bake sale is at 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. Thursday - Saturday, March 29-31, at the TLC Hall on
Tamarack Drive. Donated items accepted beginning Wednesday,
March 28, at the Hall. For information call Linda at (903)
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 specialty institutes.
CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake is hosting a bridge
tournament benefitting The Library at Cedar Creek Lake,
Thursday, March 29. For information on membership or the bridge
tournament and cost, call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.
The city of Tool Trash-Off is set for 8 a.m. until dumpsters are
full, Saturday, March 31, at the maintenance barn, corner of
Sunset & SH 274. Items not accepted include; paint, freon,
tires, carpet & brush, hazardous items, roofing materials,
batteries, appliances with freon.
For information call the city at (903)432-3522, ext. 1.
El Progresso birthday
The 100th happy birthday celebration of the El Progresso Club is
set for 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the First National bank
of Kemp community room. All members, previous members and
relatives are invited to share fellowship, cake and punch. For
information call Rosalie Randall at (903) 498-8333.
PSUMC fellowship night
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church fellowship night is
set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, with a covered dish
dinner, followed by Sandra Wakefield as Queen Esther of Persia
in costume. Public is invited. Church is located on SH 198,
across from the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department. For
information call (903) 451-3131 or (903) 451-2978.
Senior eye screenings
Free eye screening for seniors (65 and older) sponsored by
Carter Eye Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at
the Senior Center at the Ball Park, 405 West Walnut Street,
Mabank. No appointment necessary.
IRS tax walk-in days
The Tri-County Library in Mabank is hosting two walk-in days on
its tax help program from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 9,
and Friday, April 13. Deadline to file taxes on time is Tuesday,
April 17. For information call the library at (903) 887-9622.
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 area churches and all Kemp school campuses. For information
call Liz Thorne, RN, at Kemp HS – (903) 498-9273.
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Community bids principal
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL-Staying after school was particularly bittersweet
Wednesday. About 100 people gathered to honor the principal of
Tool Elementary School, who has announced he will be leaving
Malakoff ISD the end of the month to become superintendent for
the West Texas school district of Lafors ISD in Region 16, south
Malakoff ISD superintendent Randy Perry said Malakoff High
School assistant principal James Vass will serve as Tool
school’s interim principal. Before coming to Malakoff, Vass
served as an elementary school principal, and as a coach, Perry
added. The search committee hopes to make its recommendations
for a new principal in June.
“(Bill Morgan) is a tremendous instructional leader and it will
be difficult to find someone who can match his charisma and
energy in relating to our teachers and students,” Perry said.
“We change something here every month,” Morgan said. “This month
it will be me, that’s all. Everything else – your dedication to
the kids and to one another – is going to stay the same. There
is too much joy and happiness in this building and it’s not
going to stop.
“The only direction Tool Elementary is going to go is up. Don’t
change your vision, everything you do has got to be because of
kids. Maintain the strong connection between you and these kids.
There is a strong connection between the school, kids and
community,” he said.
School staff members presented Morgan with a memory quilt in the
school’s colors. Former school reading tutor Jo Jordan, who
really enjoys the textile arts, designed and stitched the
keepsake over Spring Break.
Several co-workers and community members wished Morgan well and
thanked him for the impact of success he has made in a place
that hasn’t had a community school in 32 years.
Tool police officer and school liaison Toni Garcia said. “I have
been absolutely honored to be around these amazing kids,
teachers and around someone (Morgan) as crazy as I am,” she
Malakoff Elementary School principal Ronny Snow, who is also
part of the search committee for Morgan’s replacement said,
“Everything here in Tool is in great shape for the next
A spokesperson from Malakoff Middle School thanked Morgan for
coming to her school when morale was lowest with his “Masked
Motivator. It really gave us a boost and his antics and message
stayed with us for a longtime afterwards,” she said.
Former and longtime school board member Homer Trimble spoke of
Morgan’s forthrightness in giving the trustees straight answers
to some hard questions concerning the facility’s structural
integrity when first built.
Morgan, a former Dallas police officer, not known for following
all the rules, told the story of how he came to Tool Elementary,
because at the time he had every intention of pursuing his steer
roping ambition full time. He said his meeting with Snow and Mr.
Hulsey was all about what the men had in common, without a word
“Then we went to an awards presentation, and Mr. Snow had me
assist him in passing out certificates to 60 kids I didn’t know.
But you do what you were meant to do, and I was meant to help
people build strong relationships. I have no regrets. I thought
I’d be here a year, and I stayed for six.” In his time at Tool,
Morgan said he’s come to regard teaching as the most important
job in society.
“I’m impressed with all the people here and how they’ve grown as
people and how much they share and care,” he said.
Before lining up to enjoy an afternoon snack of milk and
cookies, and cake and punch, Morgan opened a few thoughtful
gifts to ease his transition to a new job and staff, including a
new wig, and hot pink feather boa.
Extinguish fire hazards
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Henderson County TRIAD met March 15 at The Gardens of
Athens fire marshal and battalion chief Ronnie Denton spoke to
TRIAD members about fire safety in the home – especially for
Denton suggested smoke alarm batteries be changed twice a year.
When clocks have to be adjusted in fall and spring are good
times to also switch out the batteries in smoke alarm units, he
He also recommended having a detector on each level of the house
(for a split floor design), and outside each bedroom.
Denton suggested using extreme caution around open flames when
working in the kitchen, especially when wearing loose clothing
(house dresses or robes).
He also stressed to never use water on a kitchen fire. Instead,
have a household fire-extinguisher handy, or use baking soda on
a small flame flare-up.
Information pamphlets on candle and tornado safety were handed
out as well as a home fire safety check list.
TRIAD of Henderson County meets at 10 a.m. the third Thursday of
every month in the community room at The Gardens of Athens
located at 314 Wood Street.
TRIAD is a partnership of law enforcement, older adults, and
community groups, working together for the betterment of senior
For more information on TRIAD, call Deputy J.W. Dunnington at