Happy Tails runs a pet food bank and has been hit hard with the
rising gas prices. Please donate if you can by calling (903)
880-4124 or cell (903) 275-5990, Happytailsof GBC.org, Adopt a
happy Tail Inc. (a 501(c)(3) organization).
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 bj4297@ embarqmail.com, or call Mellisa Day at (903)
498-7361, e-mail bandmom email@example.com.
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.
Women’s Club execs
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club Executive Board meets at 1
p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake,
Senior game day
GBC Senior Game Day is set for 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April
19, at Brawner Hall. Light refreshments will be served. For
information call Tanya at city hall (9030887-1087.
Mabank Garden Club
The Mabank Garden Club meets at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, at
Tri-County Library. Members will carpool to Edom Bakery, where
the bakery chef will present the program. Members who wish to
may go to Blue Moon Gardens following the program. For
information contact Donna at (903) 887-7792.
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.”
The city of Kemp is hosting Cody Riley’s fifth annual Crawfish
Festival in downtown Kemp Friday, April 22, featuring a night of
Texas music, food and fun.
ETMC-Athens Auxiliary members will hold a “Gold ’N Visions”
jewelry sale in the ETMC dining conference room Thursday and
Friday, April 21-22. The annual Easter bake sale also will be
held April 22.
Tri-County Library invites the public to join its birthday
celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23, in the
Library Community Room. For information, call (903) 887-9622.
Kemp Easter egg hunt
The annual Kemp Easter Egg Hunt is at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23,
in the Kemp City Park. The hunt is divided into age groups –
toddlers, pre-school and older children.
The Christian Life Center’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza is set
for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Give-aways presented.
The church location is 2611 W. Main, GBC.
HIS life celebration
The First Baptist Church of Eustace Celebration Choir and Youth
Drama Team invites everyone to experience the Easter Celebration
at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, April 24.
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club meets at 11 a.m. (doors open
at 10:30 a.m.) Tuesday, April 26, at the Cedar Creek Country
Club. The program is a style show by Shirley Lybrand of Gilbert
& Jones titled “Be Jeweled and Accessorized,” featuring jewelry
Kemp candidate meet
A candidate forum for Kemp School board and city offices is set
for Thursday, April 28, in the Kemp High School Auditorium.
Vegetable seed sale
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Kaufman County Master
Gardeners sale of vegetable seeds recommended for this area and
a variety of plants, is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 29,
at the Garden Learning Center, at the SW corner of FM 1388 and
SH 34 intersection, Kaufman. For information call (972)
Trinity Valley Community College will host a professional
development workshop for social workers, therapists and
counselors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29. Tuition
charged and need to bring a difficult case for discussion. For
information call (903) 675-6212 or visit www.tvec.edu/communityservices.
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.
Boating garage sale
Friends of Boating are hosting a garage sale benefitting the
Coast Guard Auxiliary, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at
Tom Finley Park. For information call Betty Abbott at (903)
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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School bus window broken by gunshot
No injuries reported, arrests made
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Wednesday morning, around 6:40 a.m., while traveling its
usual route, a Kemp Independent School District bus with three
students on board lost a window to a gunshot.
While no one would confirm exactly what happened, they did say
the students were checked out by district medical personnel.
Glass was blown inside the bus, but none of the students were
A letter from Kemp ISD superintendent Dr. Peter Running
confirmed a .22-caliber rifle was confiscated and arrests were
Later, Running said the person involved was a “younger
individual,” but would not confirm whether he/she was younger or
older than 18.
“At this time, the district is not able to release any names or
any more details, as the investigation is still going on,”
Running said in the letter.
Information Running said he did not know included:
• the ages of the children on the bus.
• the sex and term of employment of the driver.
• the driver’s response, and whom they called and alerted first.
• any possible motive, or reason behind the shooting.
The Monitor confirmed that no charges were filed with either the
Kemp Police Department or the Kaufman County Sheriff’s
“We have our own district police officer, and he handled the
incident and investigation,” Running said.
The Monitor submitted an Open Records Request Thursday to both
the district police chief, Robert Patterson and Running.
According to state rules, the school district has 10 days to
respond to the request.
The letter, posted on the school district website and signed by
Running, stated: “I am very proud of the bus driver and of our
transportation department with the efficient manner the students
were taken care of and how the incident was reported. I am proud
of District law enforcement for the timely and efficient
investigation and apprehension of the suspect and locating the
“We thank you again for entrusting us with your children, and
the District continues with its commitment for the safety of
Redistricting to split lake area
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer
AUSTIN–Can you imagine Seven Points and Gun Barrel City having
different representatives in the Texas House next legislative
How about Malakoff and Athens, or Malakoff and Caney City?
That’s the way things will be, if the preliminary redistricting
map released Wednesday becomes law.
The preliminary map released this week has half of the Cedar
Creek Lake area, including Seven Points, Tool, Trinidad and
Malakoff, aligned with Ellis County. The rest of Henderson
County is still joined with Kaufman County.
The State Legislature is currently going through the
redistricting process; the redrawing of political boundaries it
undertakes every 10 years, based on new census data.
According to state sources, the current House District 4, with
Henderson and Kaufman counties, had to be broken up because it
is too big. Rep. Lance Gooden represents the district.
One of the factors involved, according to Gooden, is the size of
Ellis County. That county is big enough that one of its
surrounding counties will have to be split to produce a
district. That district is represented by Jim Pitts (R),
chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee.
Ellis County is touched by Henderson, Kaufman, Dallas, Tarrant,
Johnson, Hill and Navarro counties.
Rules normally protect a county from being divided unless it is
big enough to have multiple House districts, such as Dallas
County. The Ellis County situation, however, is unusual and will
require something different. It is the only such situation in
Texas, Gooden said.
The preliminary map could – and likely will – change because
redistricting is a continuous process.
Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders said Wednesday the idea
of the county having split House districts was “very
“We are going to make every effort through Commissioners’ Court
to make sure this doesn’t happen,” he said.
Redistricting bills follow the normal legislative process.
According to current rules, the last day to pass bills in the
House is May 12, so the process would have to kick into high
gear in the next couple of weeks to meet the deadline.
If the House and Senate cannot pass redistricting plans in time
– or the plans are found invalid – then the process is taken
over by the Legislative Redistricting Board (LRB).
The LRB is composed of the lieutenant governor, speaker of the
house, attorney general, comptroller and land commissioner.
Kemp mayor at odds with Housing Authority
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Tempers were barely contained in a confrontation between
Kemp Mayor Matt Ganssle, Kemp Housing Authority residents and
director Melinda Oliver at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
The controversy concerned the mayor appointing three members to
the five-member Housing Authority board, including a replacement
for board chairman Gene Mills.
Oliver said her problems with the mayor began when he requested
her to research and write grants for the city.
“I called HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
and was informed that would be a conflict of interest,” she
The KHA is funded by rental income, HUD subsidies and HUD
grants. No funds are provided by the city of Kemp, Oliver
Oliver stated the mayor stood at the KHA March 17 meeting,
attended by 34 tenants, and at that time promised to consult
with her regarding appointments.
She said the terms for the board members have not expired (due
to expire May 4).
Claims and counter-claims abounded as to why the mayor was
taking this action.
Mills had Oliver read a letter for him, in which he stated the
mayor complained that he (Mills) was old and had vision
Mills said he had expected the mayor to be more tolerant of
“He told me he guaranteed I would not be reappointed, because I
was old and visually impaired,” Mills said.
Although the mayor repeatedly claimed Mills’ letter contained
“lies, lies, lies,” several people who attended the meeting
refuted Ganssle’s remarks.
Geri Miller, a KHA tenant who also wrote a letter in support of
Mills and Oliver, said she attended the March 17 meeting.
“Melinda is doing a terrific job,” Miller explained
Ganssle denied that age or disability were reasons for him to
not reappoint Mills.
“I have a problem with him turning the meeting over to Melinda,”
City councilman Todd Weber said he wanted to question individual
KHA tenants, and asked that the appointments be tabled until the
next regular meeting.
Also, Weber said he was not happy the board members being
replaced had not completed their terms.
The mayor protested and refused to table the item.
“As far as the appointments are concerned, my mind is made up,”
“I guess you’re going to do what you want,” Weber replied. “I
still don’t think it’s fair.”
Ganssle appointed Bill Burnett to replace Mills, reappointed
Norma Liggins and named Marvin Hooten to replace Tim Morrison.
According to HUD rulings, the mayor may make appointments, but
tenants questioned whether Ganssle had to wait until asked, or
until a term is completed.
Oliver said later she was under the impression that HUD rules
stipulated the housing authority director (Oliver) issues the
oath to board members, not the mayor.