Henderson and Van Zandt county offices will close Good Friday,
April 22. Kaufman County offices will close both Friday and
Monday, April 25.
City offices to close Friday include Eustace, Gun Barrel City,
Mabank and Tool, while Kemp and Seven Points will remain open.
School districts holding class Friday as a bad weather make-up
day are Kemp, Mabank, Eustace and Malakoff.
Tri-County Library invites the public to join its 20th birthday
celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23, in the
Library Community Room.
For information call (903) 887-9622.
Pet food needed
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,
Adopt a happy Tail Inc. (a 501(c)(3) organization).
ETMC-Athens Auxiliary members will hold a “Gold ’N Visions”
jewelry sale in the ETMC dining conference room Thursday (today)
and Friday, April 22. The annual Easter bake sale also will be
held April 22.
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.
Cowboy church dance
The Rope, Catch and Ride for Christ Cowboy Church is hosting a
free dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 23, featuring the
Southern Express Band of Tyler. Donations accepted to pay the
band. Open to the public. Church is located north of Mabank on
SH 198, turn right on VZCR 2807. Church is on the right, and
looks like a red barn. For information call Vicki at (903)
Swingers garage sale
The Log Cabin Swingers are hosting a garage sale through
Saturday, April 23, at Promenade Hall, 1210 North Tool Drive,
Tool. For information call (903) 778-2146.
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.
Lakeview Assembly of God is presenting a live drama Easter
Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 24, along with a children’s
Easter celebration in the church gym, located on SH 334 at Wood
Street, across from Seven Points city hall. For information call
CC Civic League
The Cedar Creek Civic League meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April
25, at Tri-County Library, Mabank. Mary Lou Blunt will present a
program on Indian heritage. For information call Joyce at (903)
Harbor Point POA
Harbor Point POA Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26,
at the Harbor Point Pavilion. Program covers life-saving skills.
For information, call Carol Calkins at (903) 887-1630 or visit
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 forum
A Kemp “meet the candidate night” is set for Thursday, April 28,
in the Kemp High School auditorium. Both city and school
candidates are invited, Kemp Business and Civic League president
Diana Chambers said.
Entries are being accepted through 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28,
for the sixth annual Courtney Howard Memorial Scholarship golf
tournament, set for Saturday, May 14. For entry form, contact
Groom & Sons’ Hardware and Lumber at (903) 887-1689.
CC Republican Club
The Cedar Creek Republican Club meets for dinner at 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 28, followed with a program by retired Henderson
County attorney James Owen at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant, 428
N. Gun Barrel Lane, GBC. Everyone is welcome.
MAGS pasta dinner
The Mabank Area Good Samaritans are hosting a pasta dinner
benefitting the Tri-County MAGS Food Pantry from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. Friday, April 29, at First United Methodist Church, Mabank.
For tickets and information, contact Bill Burnett at (903)
Trinity Valley Community College is hosting a Zumbathon to
benefit the Henderson County Relay for Life. The Zumba class is
set for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Student Union
Building ballroom. The class is taught by Donna Godwin. All
proceeds will benefit the Henderson County Cancer Society. For
information call Godwin at (9030 675-2627.
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, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday,
April 29, at the Garden Learning Center, 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
Styx gospel event
The Styx 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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Local firefighters deploy to North Texas
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Texas Forest Service has called
up firefighters from surrounding towns to help battle wildfires
in North Texas’ Possum Kingdom Lake area about 70 miles west of
These include four from Seven Points, along with two brush
trucks, two from Emergency Service District No. 4 with one brush
truck, and five men and equipment from Payne Springs Fire
All four departments have accepted funding for new brush trucks
from TFS grants. A condition of grant money is to answer the
call when wildfires develop throughout Texas.
Tuesday, weather forecast for North Texas area called for
temperatures in the mid-90s with 35 mph, wind gusts with a
chance of evening thunderstorms.
Without rain, the fires in North Texas are predicted to
continue. Latest estimates put the number of acres scorched at
150,000. They were calling Possum Kingdom Lake the – “ring of
Also Tuesday, Gov. Rick Perry requested national disaster relief
for the state, as firefighters defend three centers of wildfires
in the state.
ESD fire chief Blake Farrar told The Monitor that he and Nathan
Molnar were part of a convoy of firefighters from Payne Springs
and Noonday and made it as far as Merkle by 3 a.m. Monday.
They slept in their trucks until 6 a.m., when they were to fill
Word was also received that Payne Springs fire chief Randy
Harley was tapped to head a unit in the effort to prevent fires
from spreading. Payne Springs provided a tanker and two new
brush trucks with the Compressed Foam System. The Mabank Fire
Department has one truck and two men on standby, fire marshal
Mat Ewaskiw said Tuesday.
Monday night, news reports noted one firefighter death in the
North Texas fires, when the wind shifted and firefighters had to
evacuate quickly from the area.
The Department of Public Safety reported a volunteer
firefighter, who died last Friday, had been hit by a vehicle
after fleeing a truck trapped in a wildfire-consumed pasture
between Fort Worth and Abilene. A memorial service was to be
held Wednesday for Greg Simmons of Eastland.
The fire is the fifth in Texas to have burned at least 100,000
acres in the past two weeks.
Most of the state is in extreme drought, and wildfires in the
past week alone have burned more than 1,000 square miles of
parched Texas ranchland – an area that combined would be the
size of Rhode Island.
Less than 30 homes have been lost due to flames, with
evacuations successful in affected areas.
In addition to firefighters on the ground, military aircraft
have been deployed to help spread water and fire retardant over
City sponsors Farmer’s Market
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–A Farmer’s Market opens for the first time in
Gun Barrel City Saturday, May 7.
The city is already taking applications from vendors for spaces
at the city’s new pavilion behind the fire department.
City council members revised a city ordinance Tuesday to allow
for the sale of seasonal fruits and vegetables and related
botanicals on public property. Previously, such activities were
The sale or giving of live animals and fish or seafood are still
prohibited, as is the sale of second-hand items, food products,
canned goods and concession items.
“This is not a street market or a garage sale. This is strictly
for fresh fruits and vegetables, plants
Would-be vendors must apply for a Farmers Market Permit for each
date intended to sell. Permits may be obtained anytime before
the market date.
Each 10 by 10-foot stall costs $10.
The application requires a release of liability for the city, a
statement of what will be offered for sale and statement of the
“This is so we can insure only those items allowed to be sold
are offered,” code enforcement officer Jacqui Callaway said.
“It’s going to be great.”
The market opens at 7 a.m. and closes at noon each Saturday.
“If it takes off, the city will consider opening it an
additional day,” councilman Marty Goss said.
The council also reset the May 10 regular meeting to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17, in order to avoid having to call a special
meeting to canvass the votes from the May 14 city election.
In other business, the council:
• replatted five lots into three lots in Northern Shores Circle
at 134 Stephens Drive. The lots are to divided equally for the
building of three houses. The request came from property owners
Camille and Lonnie Murphey and Leslie Watson Gunn.
• granted a special use permit to operate a tattoo and piercing
studio at 2308 West Main St., a general business district with
No tattoo art is to be on public display but kept in books, and
applying the services to private body parts is to be done behind
closed doors, in private.
Mabank Special Olympics athletes parade
Monitor Photos/Pearl Cantrell
ABOVE: Mabank Special Panthers, with 35 athletes, lead the
parade of athletes Saturday to start the 11th annual Mabank
Special Olympics and Louann Confer Day, in honor of the former
city administrator who helped plan the first year's event.
BELOW: Kemp athletes warn the competition that they have skills
during the parade of athletes Saturday at Mabank Panther
Stadium. They are one of a dozen teams that gathered to
demonstrate the true meaning of sportsmanship, Scott Confer
announced. The largest team, with 62 athletes, was from
Duncanville, with the second-largest coming from Tyler, with 54