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March 29, 2012






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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) 887-8984.

49er’s release cookbook
The Cedar Creek Lake 49er’s Senior Citizens Club cookbook is now available. Dancing to Chuck & the 49er’s is from 7 to 9:30 p.m., any Thursday, two blocks south of SH 334, Arnold Hills Road, Seven Points. For information, call (903) 432-3552.

Legion scholarships
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.

VFW Saturday dance
Dance with Ken Kensey and the Cedar Creek Western Swing Band Saturday, March 31, at the VFW Post 4376. For information call Cmdr. Sid McIntosh at (903) 432-0122.

Tool trash-off
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.

Bee economics
Kaufman County Master Gardener Rebecca Morrow is hosting a program presented by Christi Baughman of, “Bee Economics,” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, at the Forney Fire Department, 104 E. Aimee St., Forney. The event focuses on how the honey bee affects our food supply Free and open to the public. For information call Sharon Burden at (972) 932-9069.

CCL Literary Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Literary Club executive board meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the community room at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points.

El Progresso birthday
The 100th 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.

Kaufman County Fair
The 2012 Kaufman County Fair is set for Tuesday through Saturday, April 3-7, at the Kaufman County Fair Grounds.
The fair is open to all residents of the county and to those that attend school in the county.
For information on categories and judging and the complete rules call Jackie Robertson at (972) 932-9069 or go to

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.

Easter ‘Son’ rise service
A special Easter “Son” rise Service will be held at Melton Rock at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, April 8. The Southern Joy Quartet begins singing at 6 a.m. All denominations welcome. Bro. Brian McWhorter brings the message.
Dress warm and casual and wear tennis shoes. Located off CR 2804, about 8 miles north of Eustace. For information or directions call (903) 425-7625 (ROCK).

FBC Easter musical
The sanctuary choir for the First Baptist Church at Gun Barrel City is presenting “Oh, What a Savior,” at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 9. For information, call (903) 887-6887.

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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Sales staff detain would-be thieves
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–The brashness of two men, who thought shoplifting or theft at Groom’s Hardware was easy, just didn’t pay off Monday.
Their escapade began around 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, when a young man, walked out of Groom’s with two Milwaukee Power Drill kits, without paying for them, store manager Sherry Weaver said.
Employee Wayne Wright saw the man but was busy with a customer. By the time he realized the man had taken the merchandise, it was too late, manager Weaver explained.
However, three cameras recorded his activities. “We actually had a picture of the young man carrying a drill case in each hand,” Weaver proclaimed. The power drill kits are valued at more than $200 each.
Monday, sometime before noon, the man returned to the store.
“Wayne (Wright), who saw the young man that Friday, spotted him as he came in the front door and recognized him instantly,” Weaver said.
Wright immediately passed the word to fellow employee Greg Mosley, who in turn notified Weaver, who had employee Shane Fortner shadow the man around the store.
At that time they were unaware of a second man, as each had entered the store at separately.
When Weaver called the Mabank Police Department, she asked if they could detain the man as they had his picture on the security camera.
The police officer told her she could.
They young man must have suspected trouble, for he and the second man hurriedly departed the store and got into a truck.
Mosley signaled them to stop because he needed to speak to them, but the men ignored him.
Mosley, Weaver and Fortner all took up positions behind the truck, in the parking lot to prevent them from driving away.
She said the young man asked several times what was it they were doing. She said she didn’t answer but kept hoping the police would arrive in a hurry and they did.
“It was just a matter of minutes from when they were called,” Weaver said, admitting she was real glad to see them.
She said there were four pictures on the security cameras of the young man. They were turned over to the police.
As the three alert employees had followed the younger man around the store, she said several items were put in unobtrusive locations, ready to be carried out the door when the opportunity arose.
Another Milwaukee Power Drill, like those stolen March 16, was placed on a shelf that held smaller items. Another power tool was set by the lawn furniture near the front door.
This is a common technique used by someone planning to carry off merchandise, she explained.
Both men were arrested. The younger admitted to selling the first drills stolen, but denied taking them, even though his front-facing picture shows him carrying one drill set in each hand.
James Scott Kimberling, 34, was taken to Kaufman County for three outstanding Class C misdemeanor charges with bail set at $919. Cristopher Harbel, 19, was charged with theft of property and is currently held at the Henderson County jail under a $500 bond. The investigation is ongoing.


Political entities cancel elections
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Several political entities holding May 12 elections have since cancelled them due to candidates running unopposed.
Those cancelling their elections are: Mabank ISD, West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District, and the cities of Log Cabin, Mabank, Malakoff, Seven Points and Star Harbor.
A cancelled election saves money for the entity that doesn’t have to hold one, on the other hand it usually means conducting business as usual, with incumbents reseated. It can also be viewed as a vote of confidence in how things are being managed, or a sign of complacency.
Only four local entities will be holding elections Saturday, May 12. They are Kemp Independent School District for Place 3, between board president Keith Foisey and newcomer Melinda Polk, and the cities of Eustace, Gun Barrel City and Kemp.
Eustace has three council seats available and four candidates. Voters in Gun Barrel City will vote for a mayor and two council members. There are two running for Place 2E and three for Place 4W. In Kemp, three candidates are vying for Place 3, and two hoping to fill Place 5.
At Seven Points City Council meeting in March, Andy Perdue withdrew his candidacy, leaving Cheryl Jones and Bill Hash to fill the two available seats.
The last day to apply for a ballot by Mail is May 4, applications have been accepted since March 13.
April 12 is the last day to register to vote and early voting begins on April 30, ending May 8.









































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