Sunday, April 12, 2009




  City honors Groom and church
First Presbyterian Church Day proclaimed in Mabank
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–The Mabank city council adopted a resolution to rename Champion Drive to E.L. Groom Parkway after the late Estle Leon Groom Tuesday.
The east-west roadway is located opposite the U.S. Post Office on State Highway 198. The long-range plans call for both widening the road and extending it to intersect with 9th Street, city manager Louann Confer said.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Two years in the planning, the new First Presbyterian Church sanctuary blends seamlessly with the historic original structure in Mabank set for an public showing May 2.

The Estle H. Groom Unitrust donated the right-of-way with the stipulation that the road be renamed within three years of the property transfer.
“My family thanks the council very much,” Jan Groom said, following the action.
The council also recognized the new sanctuary, built to blend seamlessly with the historic building of the First Presbyterian Church, with a proclamation naming May 2 First Presbyterian Church Day in the city.
An open house is planned that afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. “We hope all of you will come,” minister Dr. Ron Halloman said.
“I promise there won’t be any preaching. There may be some singing but no preaching,” he jokingly added.
The 113-year-old First Presbyterian Church was founded in Lawndale in 1896 with 13 members and moved to Mabank in 1900.
Its original sanctuary was built in 1903 and is designated a National Historical Site. Plans for adding a new sanctuary began in 2004 and was completed with its first worship service held March 29.
In other business, council members:
• amended the city’s towing and wrecker service ordinance, changing the words “Wrecker Rotation List” to “Permitted Wrecker List.” It also added a section requiring drivers of vehicles impounded by the police to provide proof of insurance before releasing the vehicle from impound.
• heard the fire department served about 600 people during its fish fry fundraiser April 4 and raised about $4,200.
• heard a complaint from a North Park resident about the number of speeders and suggested several roads be marked as one way.
The council directed utility supervisor Ronnie Tuttle to conduct a traffic study and police chief Kyle McAfee to increase patrols in the addition to slow traffic. The posted speed limit throughout North Park is 20 mph, Teague noted.
• accepted the bid price of $70,200 for the purchase of a used 2007 maintainer. • tabled consideration of making changes to the city’s personnel policy.
• received a copies of the city’s audit for review. Confer noted the general fund for last year was over budget.
• heard an afternoon car accident on Third Street (State Highway 198) badly snarled traffic. McAfee reported the car needing to be towed was treated as a consent tow, which slowed up its removal causing a severe backlog of cars trying to move through the area on the two-lane highway.
Police were reminded that where public safety and right of way is affected, they have the right by ordinance to call on the closest wrecker service to remove the obstruction.

JCPenney to open catalog center
Special to The Monitor
PLANO– JCPenney will provide a catalog merchant in Mabank through the JCPenney Catalog Merchant Center, located at 122 East Market Street.
Beginning April 30, customers will be able to satisfy all their catalog needs at the facility, operated by Patricia Gallagher of Primadata, Inc.
The center will offer convenient shop-at-home and online ordering services. Customers’ orders may be picked up at the service center and delivered directly to homes, offices or anywhere in the United States.
“JCPenney is pleased to continue offering catalog services to our loyal Mabank customers,” said Veronica Jackson, JCPenney Catalog Merchant coordinator. “The JCPenney Catalog Merchant Center will provide the same customer services provided by the catalog desks in our department stores, ranging from processing of credit card payments to the sale of gift cards.”
Copies of the Springand Summer Book will be available when the service center opens. JCPenney specialty catalogs, offering clothing for women’s plus sizes, big and tall men, baby items, home fashions and accessories and more will also be available.
The JCPenney Catalog Service Center will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
JCPenney is one of the America’s leading retailers, operating 1,093 department stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as one of the largest apparel and home furnishing sites on the Internet,, and the nation’s largest general merchandise catalog business. Through these integrated channels, JCPenney offers a wide array of national, private and exclusive brands which reflect the Company’s commitment to providing customers with style and quality at a smart price.
Traded as “JCP” on the New York Stock Exchange, the Company posted revenue of $19.9 billion in 2007 and is executing its strategic plan to be the growth leader in the retail industry. Key to this strategy is JCPenney’s “Every Day Matters” brand positioning, intended to generate deeper, more emotionally driven relationships with customers by fully engaging the Company’s 155,000 Associates to offer encouragement, provide ideas and inspire customers every time they shop with JCPenney.
J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc, is a contributor to JCPenney Afterschool Fund, a charitable organization committed to providing children with high quality after school programs to help them reach their full potential.

Wrong-way driver was drunk
Blood alcohol measured at four times the legal limit
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Authorities have released the identity of the second adult killed in a head-on collision in Kemp March 29.
Minerva Andrade Martinez of Dallas, a 46-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the East Texas Medical Center emergency room in Gun Barrel City after she was pulled out of her 2001 Kia SUV just before it burst into flames.
The medical examiner’s report concluded that Martinez, who was driving west in the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 175, had a blood alcohol level of .283, almost four times the legal limit of .08, Kemp Police Chief Richard Clemmo said.
The medical examiner in Dallas released the information Wednesday.
Vernon Ray Hamilton, 41, of Tyler, who was driving a Lincoln Town Car, also died in the crash.
Hamilton’s passengers – Angela Hamilton and four children, ages 4, 8 and two 14-year-olds – were transported to Dallas hospitals in serious condition. Their condition had not changed at presstime late Thursday, and authorities were still withholding their names.
The accident was witnessed by another driver and a Kemp police officer, who both tried to prevent it.
At 10:56 p.m. Sunday, a motorist, who was almost struck by the wrong-way driver, called the Kaufman Sheriff’s Department dispatcher.
The caller stayed in contact with the dispatcher as he followed the westbound progress of the car in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 175.
It was only a few minutes later, at 11:02 p.m., when the caller told the dispatcher the SUV had collided head-on with a 2001 Lincoln Town Car.
“It’s a tragic accident,” Clemmo said.
There were no alcoholic beverage containers in Martinez’s SUV, open or otherwise, which is somewhat unusual under these circumstances, Clemmo said.
Kemp police officer Damon Smith and the motorist who called it in witnessed the horrific accident.
Although Smith had been trying to get in front of the woman’s car to get her to stop, she continued until she collided with the Lincoln Town Car near Farm-to-Market 1391.
Fire rescue units and police from Kemp and Mabank responded to the scene.
Also dispatched were officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, who assisted with the accident investigation.
Some of the occupants of the Lincoln were pulled free by emergency personnel, but others were outside on the roadway, having been ejected from the vehicle.
Three of the children were airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Dallas.
Angela Hamilton and another child were transported by ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.


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