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April 15, 2012






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Rootseekers Society
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

Food ministry
The Aley United Methodist Church is hosting its One Harvest Food Ministry from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, April 16-19. 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 Seven Points.

Legion golf tourney
The Sons of the American Legion Post 310 are hosting its SAL Spring Golf Tournament starting with registration at 7 a.m. and tee off at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at Indian Oaks Golf Course. For information call Post 310 (903) 887-3532 or Jerry Samonek at (903) 880-7190.

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 (903) 880-1620.

Garden Club workshop
The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club is hosting a workshop on “Building a Better Garden,” at 9 a.m. Friday, April 20, at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake. The varied topics are provided by Kaufman County Certified Master Gardeners. Register at the library or for information or to reserve your place call (903) 498-6544.

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.

HC Master Gardeners
Henderson County Master Gardeners Spring Conference “Great Gardening Ideas,” starts with a plant sale at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Eastern Hills Church of Christ, 1200 East Corsicana and U.S. Highway 175 East, Athens. Speaker is Steven Chamblee of Chandor Gardens, Weatherford. For information and tickets call (903) 675-6130 or visit

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 session. For information and to RSVP, call Donna Dean at (903) 345-2001.

Dalrymple Memorial
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,  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 participants. 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.

Kemp Community Outreach
Kemp Independent School District is hosting its third annual Community Outreach Expo from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the high school. Also Board Buzz is from 6 to 7 p.m. The Expo features health and human service organizations and businesses that offer services to students and families.
All KISD families are invited. For information or to confirm attendance, contact Dr. Joanna Slaton at
Senior Center dance
The Senior Center at the Ball Park in Mabank is hosting its monthly dance starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Joe Walenta and Company will provide country and western music. Bring a covered dish for the pot luck lunch if you wish to eat.
The Center is located at 405 W. Walnut Street, Mabank. Everyone is welcome.

Square dance garage sale
Log Cabin Square and Round Dance club is hosting its annual spring garage sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26-28, rain or shine. Hundreds of items at bargain prices, from furniture and clothing to crafts, tools and fishing equipment. Home made food served all day. For information call Grace Shepherd at (903) 778-2342 or Charles Deckert at (903) 432-2684.

Library benefit
Best Friends of the Library is hosting a Garden Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at McDade’s Nursery benefitting the Library at Cedar Creek Lake. Featured are a string trio, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beverages and a special gift. Tickets are available at the Library. McDade’s $500 gift certificate possible. For information call the library at (903) 432-4185 or visit

Mabank VFD fish fry
The Mabank Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its 25th annual Fish Fry, from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the fire station at 111 E. Mason Street (Business 175). Your donation benefits the fire department.

First Missionary Baptist
The First Missionary Baptist Church is hosting its 22nd homecoming, starting with lunch at 12:45 p.m. and service at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Featured is special music and a message by Bro. Eugene Graham from Spence Park Baptist Church. For information call Pastor Hershell Smith at (903) 498-4588.

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Main break empties Kemp water tower
Boil water notice issued, students released from Kemp ISD
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Residents in Kemp woke up Thursday to no water as they prepared for their day. The outage ultimately affected nearly 2,500 people.
Kemp City Hall issued a boil water notice upon opening for the day, having them hand delivered to Kemp households.
Students from Kemp ISD were released from school before 10 a.m., with buses returning students to their homes, and parents called about the change in plans.
(Monday, Kemp ISD did not hold school in order to use up one of its bad weather days.)
A city crew, with the help of additional manpower from the city of Mabank, worked to replace a 15-foot length of pipe in front of the former junior high.
According to a Kemp Water Department source, sometime around 1 a.m. a major break occurred in a six-inch main, running on Jessie Lee Road. City workers were on the job around 2 a.m., as soon as the leak was reported. Once they ascertained there were no gas, electric or phone lines in the area, they began the repair process.
The major line break follows on the heels of another break the day before on Business 175 near the Kemp Pharmacy. “It was fixed, then it broke again and we had to replace it,” mayor Donald Kile said. “But we were not out of water (then), as we had water in our clear wells,” he added. However, with the major line break, water and pressure loss was the result. Kile said he hoped that water pressure would soon be rebuilt.
“We are also putting in more valves, so we can isolate problems when they occur,” he said.


Income tax filing deadline extended
Monitor Staff Reports
The dreaded hour of midnight, April 15 to file your income tax return, has been extended 48 hours.
Tuesday, April 17 is the new deadline.
The extension is applied due to the observation of Emancipation Day, April 15, a holiday only observed in Washington, D.C.
Those who procrastinate getting the annual chore completed, can procrastinate a little longer.







































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