East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office
on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7
p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information,
please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High
School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is invited to
Gun Barrel City Council meets in
Brawner Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information,
please call 887-1087. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.
For more information, please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioners Court meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the
Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
Kaufman County Commissioners Court meets the first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45
a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp
City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call
498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District
meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building.
For more information, please call 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the
third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more information, please call 489-2195. The
public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7
p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please
call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information,
please call 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets
at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please
call 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets
the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center, located
at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets
at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the second Tuesday of each month. For more
information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council meets at 6
p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information,
please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information,
please call 432-3704. The public is invited.
||Rain, snow hamper
needed road repairs
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKECounty commissioners in all three area counties are answering a lot
of calls concerning roads.
Constant rain, near-record snowfall, near-record freezing temperatures early in the winter
and just plain bad weather since midsummer last year have prevented proper road
Monday, Kaufman County commissioners heard complaints from Kaufman Independent School
District bus No. 14 driver Michael Clamssen.
He said the condition of the county roads are not only in bad shape, but dangerous,
particularly on county roads 147 and 102 in Precinct 1.
It becomes a safety issue when two children are bounced from their seats,
Buses are having to go in for repairs due to road damage, he added.
County Judge Wayne Gent pointed out that all roads not just county thoroughfares
are in bad shape, due to heavy rain.
Gent said he would advise bus drivers to decrease their speed when traveling the county
roads until they are repaired, but Clamssen countered that buses already are slowed to 25
Clamssen said he understood the commissioners problems, but added he wanted to go on
record about the road conditions.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Jerry Rowden agreed with Clamssen, stating the roads are in bad
shape and the weather refuses to cooperate.
This is the worst Ive ever seen, weather-wise, Rowden said. It has
rained at least 80 days out of the past 100, he pointed out.
The rain not only prevents workers from repairing the roads, it slows you down by
causing delays while the ground dries up, he said.
Another problem occurs when workers go out and fill the holes created by the bad weather,
It uses up the road materials that we were going to use to fix another road
with, he explained.
Costs for materials have escalated since Rowden took office in 2004, he pointed out.
Oil was $28 a barrel when I took office, he said. Now, it is $82 a
barrel, and our budgets have not increased with it.
Its the most frustrating time I have ever seen, Rowden added.
Workers are currently patching county roads 147 and 120, Rowden said.
There are two kinds of people who call in those who call and politely report
their roads need fixing, and those who call in just wanting to gripe at somebody,
Rowden said. I know how frustrating this can be. I am (frustrated) too, so please
just have patience.
Henderson County is in the same boat.
Primarily, all we can do is patch and repair for now, Precinct 1 Commissioner
Joe Hall said. I have 327 miles of roads and a $1 million budget half of that
When the weather gets drier, we will begin to do the major repairs we have to
do, Hall added. First thing will be to try and get the road base stabilized.
If you dont, you dont have a road.
A lot of people dont understand how complicated this can be, he said.
We ask them to slow way down until the repairs can be made.
Halls precinct includes eight school districts, seven cities and approximately 250
smaller subdivisions and communities on the west side of Henderson County.
Most of the people in my precinct are very understanding, he said.
Kaufman County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Deller has in excess of 300 miles of roads.
Even the roads we repaired back before August, the rain is breaking up, Deller
said. And when it started raining in August, the time we had for working on the
roads was cut in half.
As an example, Deller said rainfall totaled 30 inches for 2008.
In 2009, rainfall more than doubled to 70 inches, and the weather forecast for 2010 is
saying it will be an unusually wet spring.
The rain has destroyed the base on our roads, forcing us to put rock down, he
said. People are going to be upset, because they think were going back to rock
roads when we are just trying to build back the road base.
Once the base is laid, workers can then begin the task of chip-sealing the roads. But with
rain still in the forecast, his employees may find themselves unable to complete the
process, he said.
We just may not be able to get much chip-sealing done, Deller added.
Like Hall and Rowden, Deller said constant patching is quickly depleting his materials
Every truck carries about $500 worth of patch material, and five to six trucks a day
are out trying to fill in the holes in the roads, he said. Just do the
Every commissioner makes interlocal agreements with cities to help them with their roads,
but by state law, the contracts say the work is only to be done when crews and equipment
are not needed in the rural areas of the county.
Dellers agreements include the cities of Combine, Rosser and Scurry.
We probably wont be able to get to those cities for quite a while. We are more
than 10 to 15 roads behind, Deller explained.
I just want our people to realize they need to be patient. We are going as fast as
we can, but were looking at another heavy rain forecast, he said.
Commissioners hear fuel-card program
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMANKaufman County Commissioners heard a second presentation on a fuel-purchase
system for county vehicles Monday.
Leesa Patterson, with Exxon Mobile Fleet Sales, explained the advantages of the
companys fuel management program.
Our Universal Card program allows drivers access to any major companys
stations, she explained. More than 90 percent of the stations (in the state)
accept the cards.
Each vehicle will have its own card. Cards can be assigned to the various departments, or
the cards can be set up on separate accounts, whatever system the county wants to use,
The gasoline will cost approximately 4 cents less per gallon than retail, and the cost
also will be minus the federal tax normally levied for non-government customers, she
The commissioners took no action, noting they were continuing to do research.
In other business, commissioners;
contracted with Browns River Marotti Company for book preservation services
in the county clerks office.
To demonstrate the need for the preservation process, County Clerk Laura Hughes brought in
a 102-year-old ledger to show commissioners.
The edge of the pages are crumbling and the ink is eating through the paper,
Hughes explained once the information on the ledgers pages are scanned and
digitized, the pages themselves will be encapsulated (placed in protective sleeves) and
The clerks office can pay for the process from already budgeted preservation funds,
so it wont cost the county any additional money, Hughes pointed out.
approved hiring two employees for Precinct 2.
named Kevin Hopkins as a reserve constable for Precinct 4.
heard the Childrens Shelter directors report as presented by LaReta Williams
for November and December, 2009, and for January and February. She said there is still a
shortage of foster homes, especially for special needs children.
approved a 5-cent increase for jail inmate meals up to $1.03 per meal
as requested by Five Star Correctional Services.
Sheriff David Byrnes explained with the low number of inmates currently held
at the jail, the company said it could not make a profit without a price increase.
heard the Riter C. Hulsey Library (Terrell) quarterly report as presented by
accepted a Racial Profiling report from Precinct 3 Constable Lowrie Sanders.
heard several reports from Internet Technology (IT) director George York, who
reported on the IT committees recent meetings.
York suggested the countys long distance dialing procedure needed an overhaul,
adding he will pursue a consolidation program.
York said a review showed the county had 7,522 minutes of long-distance calls, costing
approximately $3,228. A recent telephone audit produced a savings of $53,605, he said.
York also discussed extending the countys agreement with certified payments.com to
include the countys Justice of the Peace courts.
consolidated voting precincts 1, 13, 14, 21, 23, 24, 28, 35 and 36 with voting
precinct 2 (at First Baptist Church, Kaufman) for the May 8 Precinct 1 local option
accepted the treasurers report for February as presented by Johnny
agreed to purchase two motor graders for Precinct 3 through the BuyBoard
Cooperative, one taking advantage of a buy-back agreement (on a grader that has a year to
go on its contract), and the other purchased outright.
agreed to purchase a dump truck for Precinct 2.
agreed to repair a drainage problem on Tarrant Regional Water District Land,
subject to legal approval.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Deller said the TRWD has berms that hold water in yards and on
County Road 4019, actually covering a property owners septic system.
The District provided Deller a letter of permission to dig a drainage ditch leading to a
nearby creek, but he wants legal approval first.
named April 5-11 as National Health Week in Kaufman County.
named April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.
paid bills totaling $701,974.48.
3 convicted on drug charges
DA McKee monitors cases from Iraq
Special to The Monitor
ATHENSEven though Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee is in Iraq, his
office successfully prosecuted three drug cases this past week.
McKee considers cracking down on methamphetamine vital to the health of the community.
Five Assistant District Attorneys teamed up to prosecute three cases in front of 36 county
jurors. Two men and one woman were convicted of meth-related crimes.
McKee followed the cases closely from Al Asad, Iraq, where he serves as the Battle Captain
for the 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Battalion.
With todays technology, I am in constant contact with the office and could
follow these cases, McKee said in a prepared news release issued Monday.
I was very pleased with the verdicts handed down by the citizens of our
county, McKee said. We are lucky enough to have a great staff of prosecutors
in our county and concerned jurors who truly care about the community.
McKee also praised law enforcement, specifically the Henderson County Sheriffs
Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), in their ability to investigate and track down these
Aimee Lynn Mooneyham, 29, of Kemp was convicted on a Possession of Methamphetamine, less
than one gram, charge that stemmed from a DEU investigation in August, 2009.
Mooneyham was arrested inside a game room in Seven Points by DEU investigator Kenny
Collard, also of the Gun Barrel City Police Department, and DEU Investigator Darrell
Waller of the HCSO.
Assistant DAs Bridget Bateman and Chris Martin prosecuted the case in Judge Carter
Tarrances 392nd District Court. The jury was out less than 20 minutes before
returning the guilty verdict.
Since this was Mooneyhams first conviction for a drug-related offense, the court was
required by law to sentence her to probation. Mooneyham will be on probation for three
Darrell Gene Blankenship, 45, of Mabank was convicted of Possession of Methamphetamine,
less than one gram, after a routine traffic stop in Gun Barrel City.
Blankenship was driving his Toyota Land Cruiser when he was stopped by Sgt. Patrick
Johnson of the Gun Barrel City PD for a defective tail lamp.
During the stop, Johnson discovered that Blankenships license was suspended.
Blankenship was placed under arrest and during a search of the vehicle, officers
discovered a small black case containing three baggies with less than a gram of meth.
First Assistant DA Mark Hall and Assistant DA Lauren Melhart prosecuted the case in Dan
Moores 173rd District Court. After conviction, Blankenship was sentenced to two
years confinement in a state jail facility, plus a $5,000 fine.
James Noel Nelson Jr., 23, of Gun Barrel City was convicted of a first degree felony
charge of Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
The charges stemmed from a DEU investigation into narcotics sales at Nelsons
residence in July, 2009. During a warrant search of the home, investigators recovered
cash, drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, baggies and scales.
Melhart and Assistant DA Nancy Rumar prosecuted the case.
Nelson is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Moore Friday, May 7. Nelson could receive
from five to 99 years or life in prison for the offense.
|Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
|The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small
change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and
so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because Im black and white like
a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie
roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the
kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get
along great with kitties. Ive had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If
youd like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your
face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at
the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can
also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have many animals at
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information visit our
website at petfinder.com