U.S. Congress update
Congressman Jeb Hensarling will present a Washington Update at
8:30 a.m. Thursday, (today), at Mabank City Hall, 129 East
Books & Bargains sale
The Friends of the Kaufman County Library are hosting the 15th
annual Books and Bargains sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday,
April 13, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, plus
their very popular bake sale, at the library located at 3790 S.
Houston St. Kaufman.
KHS offers ‘Gloria Mundi’
The Kaufman High school Theater Arts Program presents “Gloria
Mundi” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the KHS
Cafetorium, 3205 S. Houston Street, Kaufman.
Following the program a discussion led by Kathryn Griffin, RN,
from Terrell State Hospital, will take place.
ALA taco stew day
The American Legion Post 310, Gun Barrel City Auxiliary is
hosting a homemade taco stew day from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April
13. The proceeds benefit the Poppy Fund which provides for area
veterans and their families.
For information call (903) 887-4980.
Annual kids day
The third annual Kids Day, in conjunction with CASA’s 5K run at
the Cain Center in Athens, is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, April 14.
Eustace city garage sale
The third annual Eustace Chamber of Commerce Community Garage
Sale is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Town
To reserve a space call Pat Cupit at (903) 676-2042 or Michelle
Feltcher at (903) 676-2068 or come by Prosperity Bank.
Proceeds benefit the senior scholarship and Eustace Volunteer
Fire Department. Humane Society will be available for pet
Gun Barrel trash off
The Gun Barrel City trash off is set for 8 a.m. to noon
Saturday, April 14, rain or shine, at 332 Maintenance Drive
(behind the street department facility).
A proof of residence (utility receipt or driver’s license) is
required. Items not accepted are: brush & tree limbs, paint,
batteries, used oil, shingles, freon and items containing freon,
tires, antifreeze, household garbage and medical or hazardous
The Rootseekers Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. Monday,
April 16, at the Tri-County Library, downtown Mabank. Margaret
Ann Trail will talk on the new library computer system. Someone
will be available from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays for those who
wish to research their family history.
For information visit
The Aley United Methodist Church is hosting its One Harvest Food
Ministry from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, April
For information call James at (903) 603-5309.
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club executive board meets at 1
p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in
MHS ‘Destination Red’
The Mabank High School Panther Edition Choir is hosting concert
which is free and open to the public. “Destination Red,” starts
at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the MHS Auditorium. The music
earned them First Runner Up at competition in February.
Also featured is a cake auction, benefitting the choir’s summer
trip. For information contact the MHS fine arts department at
Beautiful Acres sale
The Beautiful Acres Missionary Baptist Church WMA is hosting a
garage sale starting at 8 a.m. Friday - Saturday, April 20 - 2,
at the intersection of FM 148 and SH 34, Scurry. Donations for
the sale are being sought.
Masonic youth membership
The Athens Masonic Youth Rainbow Girls and Pledges membership
party is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Athens
Masonic Lodge (2030 U.S. 175 East, Athens). Girls from age 8 to
20 and their parent/guardian are welcome.
There will be games and refreshments and an informational
For information and to RSVP, call Donna Dean at (903) 345-2001.
The Clyde Dalrymple memorial, an open/youth rodeo, is set for 7
p.m. (kids and 8 p.m. (open/youth) Saturday, April 21, at Joe
Faulk Arena, behind Malakoff High school. All high school and
under must wear a helmet and vest for all rough stock. Forms and
flyer available on website, www.malakoffyoung farmers.weebly.com.
Books open at 5 p.m. for walk-ups and close at 6:30 p.m.
Women Friends sale
The inaugural Women Friends rummage sale is set for Friday and
Saturday, April 20-21, at Mabank Pavilion. More than 20
All proceeds earned benefit the Tri- County Library.
Senior Citizen Center
The Senior Citizen Center in Kemp is hosting a covered dish
dinner - food furnished, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
Adult and children’s prices.
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Man gets two life sentences
Guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–A Kaufman man received two life sentences in connection
with an August 2011 incident involving the sexual assault of a
child in Kaufman.
A Kaufman County jury deliberated less than an hour before
finding Donald Allen McKnight, 48, guilty March 28, on charges
of aggravated sexual assault of a child and prohibited sexual
The jury again deliberated less than an hour following the
punishment phase of the trial the next day before returning the
two life sentences.
An allegation of sexual assault was made against McKnight by a
6-year-old Kaufman boy on Aug. 23, 2011.
McKnight was arrested on active misdemeanor warrants that day by
the Kaufman Police Department. Investigators levied aggravated
sexual assault charges the next day.
First Assistant District Attorney Brandi Fernandez led the
prosecution team, assisted by Assistant District Attorney
Shelton Gibbs, during the four day trial.
Jurors heard evidence of two previous allegations of sexual
assault against McKnight that occurred in the state of
Washington, as well as evidence of prior felony convictions
McKnight received on unrelated charges.
McKnight’s prior criminal history enhanced the prohibited sexual
conduct charge (which is normally a third degree felony) to the
level of a first degree felony, leading to the second life
sentence in addition to the life sentence for the original
charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland spoke of the
teamwork displayed by the multiple investigative units involved
in this prosecution.
“The initial and follow-up investigations by the Kaufman Police
Department and the various child advocates in Kaufman County,
along with the work done by the investigators and prosecutors in
this office allowed a case to be presented to the jury that was
complete and thorough,” he said.
“This trial is an excellent example of how teamwork can
successfully take an initial report all the way through
prosecution, resulting in a verdict and sentence that is just
and proper for all involved” McLelland added.
McLelland went on to praise the dedication and attentiveness of
the jury that decided the outcome of the case.
“I am proud that a jury in Kaufman County will stay attentive
over four days of testimony in a tough case such as this,”
“It would be easy to turn their heads away from some of the
evidence they had to hear and see during this trial, but they
didn’t. They stayed focused and paid great attention to the
facts, and then sent a strong message to other predators that
the citizens of this county will not stand for those who prey on
our innocent children; that they will be punished and they will
be punished harshly.”
City approves SilverLeaf’s final plans
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–In a joint meeting with the Gun Barrel City
Council April 2, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a
final plat and site plan for the SilverLeaf senior housing
development on 10 acres of property behind the Ivan Smith
The Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation is putting
up the acreage as an assist to the developer, who is bringing in
80 housing units in a planned community.
The joint meeting was to expedite approval of changes to include
fire hydrants along a paved strip, which will also ease access
for emergency vehicles.
The housing development entrance is to come off Church Street,
an east-west two-lane beginning at the Luther Lane extension and
continuing east to Municipal Drive about 1,400 feet.
The cost to construct Church Street will be split equally
between the city, EDC and the developer with all parties paying
about $52,000 for a total of $156,000.
As part of a 380 agreement between the developer, the city, and
EDC, the developer is setting aside $28,000 for drainage
improvements and provide water and sewer infrastructure.
The agreement also describes the four-lane extension of Luther
Lane to cross Main Street 948 feet, along the entire western
edge of the property.
The developer will pay the city $63,500 as an escrow payment to
construct the extension when the 16th certificate of occupancy
is issued. The city will use the funds to do the work for the
extension within 10 years, or refund the money to the developer.
The city is responsible for paying the engineering of the road
extension, estimated to be $21,500.
Further, the EDC will construct an eight-inch water line to the
boundary of the property to be completed before April 15. This
cost is estimated to total $53,195.
The developer will lay in a two-inch force main sewer line to
the boundary of the property from Municipal Drive in a sewer
easement and develop all on-site sewer infrastructure estimated
to cost nearly $270,000.