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April 10
, 2011






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NewSong, hosted by First Baptist of Mabank, wants to help post-abortive women find hope, healing, peace and a new song.
For information concerning the Sunday (today) meeting, call Janet Wright at (903) 802-3202 or e-mail
Location is confidential.

Cornbread Festival and Tomahawk

The all-day annual downtown Malakoff festival begins with a 5K Run for the Corn at 8 a.m.Saturday, April 16, while the knife-throwing competition starts with a pancake breakfast at the Malakoff Senior Center 7-10 a.m. the same day. Games, food booths, crafts, demonstrations.
For more information, call Chuck Weems at (903) 677-3581.

The Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments, followed by a short business meeting and program presented by Sharron Lucky Tuesday, April 12. Guests are welcome. For membership information call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.

Bridge tourney
A bridge tournament featuring both duplicate and party bridge, benefitting the Republican Party of Henderson County and the Lone Star Republican Women is set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Cain Center, 915 S. Palestine Street, Athens. To register or for information call (903) 675-2829.

Westside Center
The Westside Senior Citizens Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14 (and every Thursday), at the Cedar Creek Bible Church Activities Building, 700, North Seven Points Boulevard (SH 274), one mile north of the traffic light. Seniors 55 and older are invited to come for a light lunch, coffee, tea, snacks, card and domino games and other activities. For information call (903) 340-9672.

Lenten fish frys
The Knights of Columbus Council 8806 and St. Jude Catholic Church have scheduled Friday fish frys during Lent. All you can eat fish, hush puppies, fries, cole slaw, drinks and home-baked goodies, from 5 to 7 p.m. April 15, at the church on Luther Lane, behind Pizza Hut in GBC. All proceeds benefit local, state and national charities. For information call Paul Ciardo at (903) 432-3529.

GBC candidate forum
The GBC Chapter of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidates forum for city council places 1E, 3W and 5 (at large) from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Brawner Hall, behind city hall. Light snacks will be served. Free and open to the public.

Spring Carnival
The Cedar Creek Bible Church is hosting its free Spring Carnival from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 15. The church is located at 700 N. Seven Points Boulevard (SH 274). More than 30 games for children through sixth grade. Prizes, hot dogs, candy and sodas all free. For information call the church office at (903) 432-2175.

FBC GBC craft fair
The First Baptist Church of GBC is hosting a craft fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16. For information call Judy Turner at (903) 778-2686.

Mabank VFD fish fry
The 24th annual Mabank Fire Department Fish Fry is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the fire station, 111 E. Mason Street (Business 175). All proceeds benefit the Mabank Fire Department.

Kemp golf tourney
The Kemp Band Boosters are hosting their second annual golf tournament at noon Monday, April 18, at Cedar Creek Country Club. For information call Bobbie Jo Taylor at (903) 498-6800, e-mail to,  or call Mellisa Day at (903) 498-7361, e-mail  

Rootseekers Society
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Tri-County Library, Mabank. Prize-winning photographer Kerry Yancey of The Monitor will present a program on “Photography.” Meetings are open to the public.

Sarah Maples DAR
The Sarah Maples Chapter of the DAR will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake. Mae Bruce will present “Women in the Texas Revolution.”

Kemp festival
The city of Kemp is hosting Cody Riley’s fifth annual Crawfish Festival in downtown Kemp Good Friday, April 22, featuring a night of Texas music, food and fun.

Styx gospel event
Due to Brother Frank’s illness, the monthly Gospel singing is set for 7 p.m. Friday, April 29. Everyone is welcome to bring their music, family and friends. For information call (214) 616-4659 or (903) 498-8182.

Gardener is ‘in’
The Henderson County Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions by phone during April and May. Call the AgriLife Extension Office between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at (903) 675-6130, and ask for your Master Gardener.

Meals on Wheels
Kemp Senior Citizen Center is seeking volunteer drivers for its Meals on Wheels program. Only one hour a day, and you can pick the day or days. Call Lisa Stinnett at (903) 498-4046.

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Deputies weed 55 pot plants
Marijuana grows in a Carolyn Estates front yard
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reports the arrest of a 52-year-old woman after finding 55 marijuana plants growing in her front yard and a large plastic bag containing dried plant material suspected of being processed marijuana.
Authorities were alerted to the possible marijuana possession by a complaint of possible narcotics activity at a Carolyn Estates residence.
Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Henderson County Drug Enforcement Unit officers Kalon Rollins and Wick Gabbard arrested Rebecca Joyce White for possession of marijuana more than 2 ounces and less than 4 ounces.
If convicted, the class A misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to a year in jail and possible fine up to $4,000.
White was released on a $5,000 bond Thursday. She has only one other arrest record in Henderson County for suspicion of driving while intoxicated second offense by the Athens Police Department.


Appraisal District seeks building approval
Needs 10 of 13 funding entities to say ‘yes’
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Once again, the Kaufman County Single Appraisal District is asking its 13 funding entities for more room.
This time, the KCSAD is seeking authorization to build approximately 3,000 square feet of additional office space next to the existing facility.
As proposed, the resolution places a $395,000 cap on the project, compared to last year’s $1.2 million request.
The board’s building committee, chaired by James Huffman, has been considering a plan to finance the amount over a 10-year period, with hopes of keeping the annual payments below $50,000.
While the building committee first considered building onto the existing brick office, they found it will be cheaper to stay at the present location but build a separate facility.
The new building, located behind the existing office on Farm-to-Market 1388, across from Kaufman High School, would contain additional restrooms, plus a larger and more comfortable employee breakroom.
For the taxpayers’ benefit, there will be additional conference rooms, allowing for review boards to conduct simultaneous hearings on individual tax issues.
Considering there were approximately 4,000 contested appraisals in 2010, the additional conference space will help speed the hearing process.
The resolution asks taxing entities to vote either “yes” or “no” to the new construction, and word of the new resolution has already reached the entities involved.
Mabank Independent School District trustees were told of the resolution at their regular March 28 meeting.
“So far, it sounds like a reasonable deal,” superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall said.
The need for space and what to do about it has been a concern to the appraisal district’s board for more than a year.
In April, 2010, a resolution to sell the current facility for $350,000 (including furnishings) was proposed, and taxing entities were sent copies of the sales proposal for their approval.
At the time, there was talk about possibly turning the building into a museum, maybe connected with the Veterans’ Memorial Park next door.
The Kaufman County Commissioners agreed with the plan and started making arrangements to buy the building – making an official purchase at their July 12 meeting – before finding out the county already owned the building, not the KCSAD.
Much to everyone’s surprise, the KCSAD didn’t have a deed, just a 99-year lease signed June 1, 1985, by then-county judge Maxine Darst.
While there was only a token payment of $10 from the district, there were stipulations that still prevent the KCSAD from moving out of the building.
Should the KCSAD move, the lease becomes void and the building reverts back to the county.

Rx meds drop-off set in Kaufman
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office and the Kaufman Police Department announces their participation in the nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
Often young people only have to go as far as the medicine cabinet at home to find drugs.
To combat this growing problem, both locally and nationally, the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Kaufman Police Department, is partnering with the DEA and other agencies to offer citizens a place to drop off any unused, unwanted or outdated prescriptions with no questions asked.
Drugs will be collected between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, 1900 E. Highway 175, and the Kaufman Police Department on 105 E. Chestnut St.
County Sheriff David A. Byrnes and Police Chief Michael Holder would like to assure the community they are doing everything within their power to combat the abuse of drugs – both illicit and illegal prescription drugs.
Please use this opportunity to open discussions with the young people in your household about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.













































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