Thursday, March 29, 2007




Pit bull fatally mauls toddler
Monitor Staff Reports
COMBINE–Family and neighbors are in shock following the fatal mauling of a 2-year-old girl whose family owned the pit bull that killed her March 22.
Dallas County authorities were not yet releasing the names of those involved.
The incident occurred in the 2200 block of Bois D’Arc Road in Combine, a town of 2,500 on the Dallas-Kaufman county line, according to a Dallas Morning News report.
Her father was reportedly using a weed trimmer in the yard, while his daughter rode a tricycle near where the male pit bull was chained.
The Dallas Sheriff’s Department received the 911 call at 3:45 p.m., and a paramedic talked a man through the CPR procedure until an ambulance could arrive.
“All of a sudden, the neighbors said, the little girl was on the ground, and there was blood all over her and the dog,” The Dallas Morning News reported.
Deputy Ortiz said the girl’s injuries were mainly on her face and head.
Other wounds were also reported on her throat and buttocks.
Combine Senior Patrol Officer Michael Henderson, the first officer on the scene, had been crying all afternoon, following the call.
“It’s a tragedy,” said Mayor Pro-tem Paul Norman, a former pit bull owner who said he would never own another.
Authorities removed the dog involved in the attack to a Balch Springs animal shelter.
The family also has a mother pit bull with puppies at their property, according to the report.
Though the town has a leash law, roaming dogs is a problem for Combine.
“It’s one of the few problems we do have,” Norman, who has lived in Combine about 25 years, said.
Combine has one police officer and relies largely on Dallas and Kaufman counties for law enforcement, depending on which side of town is involved.

Chamber bestows top awards at ‘Taste’
Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey
Mabank branch president Don Richardson (left) introduced Mabank Teachers of the Year – high school teacher/coach Michael Rowland, middle school eighth grade history teacher Charlotte Purl, technology specialist at Central Elementary Janna Parker, Lakeview Elementary fourth grade teacher Barbie Bolin, and Southside Elementary first grade teacher Traci Clark.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–Every year, the Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce seeks out the cremé de la cremé of its membership and the Mabank school district to honor for their impact on the community through service rendered.
This year was no different.
In a very moving and entertaining Taste of Cedar Creek program Monday, dedicated to commitment, service and integrity (C.S.I.), community volunteers of the past and present were praised for the many contributions they make to life at Cedar Creek Lake.
Two of top awards went to relative newcomers.
“Over the last two years, these two honorees have worked very hard and helped with many chamber events. Both are valued and welcome additions to our chamber volunteer base,” Chamber president Jo Ann Hanstrom told The Monitor.
Southside banker Ralph Fortner was recognized as the “Citizen of the Year,” and Edward Jones’ Tony Kalawe was named “Ambassador of the Year.”
“He’s a shining example of the criteria for this award – specific acts of service to the community,” last year’s Citizen of the Year honoree, Johnny Adams, said in introducing Fortner.
“Thank you so much for the way you’ve accepted me and Southside in the two years I’ve been here,” Fortner told the gathering at Lakeview Assembly of God church in Seven Points.
Ambassador president Don Richardson lauded Kalawe for his friendly and dignified representation of all the Chamber stands for.
The third top award of the evening was renamed to memorialize longtime community volunteer and chamber member Jean Nichols, who died in January.
Pacesetter Bruce Easley described Nichols as the “dearest of friends” and the very essence of this year’s theme.
Nichols arrived at Cedar Creek Lake in 1986. She was a tireless volunteer with the American Cancer Society and was named Citizen of the Year in 1989. She also won the Lifetime Service Award in 1993.
Linda Fernald of the Cedar Creek Pilot was awarded the inaugural Jean Nichols Lifetime Service Award for her efforts and support of such community programs as Teen Court, Kiwanis and The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.
Fernald is a CASA advocate, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and is a past president of both the Chamber and Ambassadors.
“If I could do just half of what Jean Nichols did, then I could feel honored,” Fernald said.
Individual chamber branches also celebrated one individual as their Volunteer of the Year.
Mabank rendered its award posthumously to longtime banker and pillar of the community Mary Helen Myrick, and memorialized her life and work by renaming the award the Mary Helen Myrick Award.
Richardson made the presentation to Myrick’s granddaughter, Tonya Roberts.
Mark Chancellor of the Kemp Branch awarded the Don Legg Award to “a very deserving individual,” June Salter.
Salter was described as a woman whose heart and faith was big enough to take in all of Kemp.
The former Kemp city councilwoman was helped onto the stage by her husband, Ed Lipscomb, who is standing by her during her fight with cancer.
Dairy Queen’s Danny Hampel introduced the Tool/Seven Points Volunteer of the Year as Janeen Gledhill for her work with the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake.
Johnson Monroe Realtor Sue Stalcup presented this year’s Kathy Kendrick Award for outstanding volunteerism from the Gun Barrel City branch to Sue Cardin with First State Bank of Athens, GBC branch.
Cardin was recognized for her leadership of the city’s chamber and the initiation of the Lunch & Learn program.
Cardin also is a Rotary member, on the boards of the Habitat for Humanity and The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, and helps organize the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Extraordinary teachers from the Mabank Independent School District campuses were credited for their service to the community through their teaching.
Teacher of the Year awards were presented to high school teacher/coach Michael Rowland, middle school eighth grade history teacher Charlotte Purl, technology specialist at Central Elementary Janna Parker, Lakeview Elementary fourth grade teacher Barbie Bolin, and first grade Southside Elementary teacher Traci Clark.
Throughout the evening, outstanding students were also recognized and awarded scholarships.
Mabank High School student newspaper editor Zack Winton received a scholarship, along with two Eustace High School seniors, Alexandria Bates and Jordan Nixon.
Eustace Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe esteemed a special school volunteer who he described as the “chief cook and bottle washer” of any school function you might care to name, but who is also a school trustee.
Holcombe presented the Eustace School Bell Award to James Cox.
Recognition was also given to those chamber officers who were rotating off their respective boards, and a welcome given to four new members added to the Pacesetters Club.
Those in attendance offered a hearty round of applause to the restaurants participating in this year’s event and for the many businesses who contributed to the beautiful floral centerpieces on each table.

Party raided for underage drinking
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–A large party on Kelly Lane in Seven Points was visited by someone not on the guest list – the police.
A little after midnight Saturday, March 24, Investigator Dusty Bryant located a large party at 214 Kelly Lane, suspected of serving alcohol to minors.
Bryant was joined by two other officers and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Agent Marcus Stokke before approaching the residence.
Drinking was going on outside in the yard of the residence.
When the officers pulled up, those attending the party ran into the residence, throwing down their beverages along the way, Bryant reported.
Stokke arrested homeowner Calvin Ray Kennedy, 21, for furnishing alcohol to minors.
There were more than 20 minors at the party, and 20 citations were issued for minor possession of alcohol.
The fine for Minor in Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage in Seven Points is $328.
Kennedy was transported to the Henderson County Jail and subsequently released on $1,500 bond.

Riding the rails and eating beans
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Log Cabin residents Jenny and Tom Garrett get in the spirit of the CASI chili cookoff and Frontier Day with their “Hobo Chili” entry Saturday. See many more photos and story on page 8B.






Volunteers devoted to boating safety
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 5-14 holds annual banquet
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Auxiliarist of the Year awards went to Al Hardy-Operations and Public Eucation (left), John Griffin-Member Training, Taylor Golden-Courtesy Marine Examination, Royce Brimage-Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Program, and Bill Fackler, for Most Distinctive Auxiliarist.




Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Giles Farmer (right) congratulates David Burch on 30 years of service to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 5-14.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for 10 stouthearted men and women to join them in insuring the safety of recreational boaters and their passengers on Cedar Creek Lake.
CG auxiliary members are called upon to tow boats in trouble, give water assistance to game wardens, teach boating safety, inspect vessels for safety, bring life jacket safety demonstrations to area schools and libraries and assist with search and rescue missions.
The group of volunteers that make up Flotilla 5-14 met together for their annual “pay day” Saturday.
Attired in dress uniform and led by their Flotilla Commander, William Fackler, members were recognized for hours served, member training, vessel examinations, public education and operations during a banquet at the Cedar Creek County Club.
“This is our annual payday,” Fackler said as he introduced the honorees.
David Burch was honored for 30 years of service with the flotilla.
Georgeann and Al Hardy racked up the most hours of service, 147 and 167 hours, respectively.
Other members’ docks went dry early in the season from the drought and subsequent lowering of the lake, while the Hardys were still able to get a boat in the water, Jim Saltzmann said.
With the most operational hours, Al Hardy took the Auxiliarist of the Year in operations award, as well as the public education award.
“It was the first time in 17 years that Chuck Abbott didn’t get the top award, mostly because he couldn’t get his boat into the water most the year,” Saltzmann said.
John Griffin was honored for member training, and Taylor Golden for courtesy marine examinations.
Royce Brimage was awarded Auxiliarist of the Year for his involvement in the Recreational Boating Safety Visitation Program.
Fackler was named “Most Distinctive Auxiliarist.”
Game Warden Tony Norton gave some closing remarks, reporting on a recent International Boating and Water Safety summit held in San Antonio.
“There are some animated folks out there, who are as excited about boat safety as y’all,” Norton said.
He also reported the first boating accident of the season at Cedar Creek Lake had occurred earlier that day, and how two members of the flotilla answered his call for assistance in towing the disabled boat to shore.
In this accident, a passenger was ejected out of the boat and his arm made contact with the propeller blade.
“He may lose his arm,” Norton said.
“Let’s hope this is the last accident this year, and there will be no fatalities. This can only hope to be accomplished if we do our job to train and get the word out about boat safety,” he said.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Neil Pugsley gives Georgeann Hardy a certificate for 147 hours of service rendered. She was surpassed by her husband Al, who recorded 167 hours.