Henderson, Kaufman and Van Zandt county offices closed for Good
Friday. Kaufman County offices will remain closed Monday, April
Pet transport sought
With the increase in gasoline prices, the Humane Society of
Cedar Creek Lake is seeking help on Mondays transporting animals
to Crandall for spay/neuter services. It’s possible to use the
shelter van if necessary. For information call (903) 432-3422.
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, Happytailsof GBC.org, Adopt a
happy Tail Inc. (a 501(c)(3) organization).
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 (today)
Lakeview Assembly of God is presenting a live drama Easter
Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (today), 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 by a program from 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 www.tvec.edu/communityservices.
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)
Bring outdated, unused prescription drugs, no questions asked,
between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, to the Kaufman
City Police Department, 105 Chestnut St., or the Kaufman County
Sheriff’s Office at 1900 U.S. 175. The program’s goal is to
prevent pill abuse and theft, a growing problem.
TVCC free concert
A farewell concert featuring the compositions of Velma Burnett
will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Dogwood Church at
6467 FM 2494 in Athens. Burnett leaves TVCC after a decade. TVCC
students will be performing under the direction of choir
director Dr. Byron McGilvray.
AL hot dog supper
The American Legion Post 310 Auxiliary offers Coney Island style
hot dogs with all the trimmings, plus homemade desserts from 5
to 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, benefitting various veteran-related
activities. The Post is located on south SH 198, GBC.
MHS car show
The Mabank High School Automotive Department is hosting a Car
Show fundraiser from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the
automotive department parking lot at Mabank Junior High.
Proceeds benefit the high school automotive department. For
information or to register, call (903) 340-9105. Leave name and
The Retro Student Ministries presents “Unleashed Youth Summit
2011,” a lock-in set for 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday/Saturday, May
6-7, at the Cain Center, Athens. A jam-packed service with
games, dramas, give-a-ways, worship and national speaker Trammel
Orr is planned. The night includes pizza, bungee run, sumo
wrestling, jousting, boxing, swimming and tons more. For
information and price, call (903) 887-5429 or visit
The Trinidad Church of Christ is hosting a Gospel Lectureship at
7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the church, located at 241 West
Scruggs, Trinidad, featuring the format, “Seven Men for Seven
Minutes,” with the theme “Unity of Spirit.” For information call
the church (903) 778-2536.
CCL Car Show
The annual Cedar Creek Lake Car Show and Krawfish Boil starts at
8 a.m. for car registration, with awards at 3 p.m. Saturday, May
7, at the Pavilion in Mabank. Crawfish served starting at 10:30
a.m. until gone. Event is over after awards are presented.
WCR Golf Tourney
The Henderson County Women’s Council of Realtors’ annual golf
tournament is set for Monday, May 9, at Cedar Creek Country
Club. Check-in 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch and 1 p.m. tee-off
of the 18-hole scramble. For information call Shirley Salmon at
(214) 695-0664 or Sue Hosack at (860) 276-7355.
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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‘Don’t split Henderson County’
Commissioners oppose redistricting
map, partitioning west side with Ellis Co.
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–Henderson County commissioners unanimously approved a
resolution opposing the proposed Texas House of Representatives
The action came just hours before a committee in Austin approved
the map, sending it to the House floor for debate next week.
The map was released last week, and would see Henderson County
divided between two house districts. The west and south sides of
Cedar Creek Lake, including Seven Points, Tool, Trinidad and
Malakoff, would be aligned with Ellis County and Rep. Jim Pitts’
district. The rest of Henderson County would remain with Kaufman
County and Rep. Lance Gooden’s district.
“What would we be saying to the western end of our county if we
did not try and keep our county together?” County Judge Richard
Sanders asked Tuesday. “It is very important for us in Henderson
County to stay together. This does dilute our influence because
it divides us.”
Commissioners did not hide their feelings.
“Dividing a rural county is not helpful whatsoever to its
population,” Precinctt 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney agreed.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall, whose precinct is most
effected, said he had received many calls from his constituents
– none of them positive.
“I could not explain any good value or virtue of this move to
any of my constituents,” said Hall.
Commissioners aren’t the only ones unhappy with the
Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce President Jo Ann
Hanstrom said simply, “I don’t feel good about it.”
Hanstrom said splitting the lake area would hurt the 10-year
effort to have the Cedar Creek Lake area considered its own
entity “because we are unique.”
From the other side of the county on Lake Palestine, Orville
Bevel warned that the impact of dividing the county wouldn’t
only be felt at Cedar Creek Lake.
“Well the fun and games have begun and this should really make
you mad,” said Bevel. “Mr. Pitts will claim he has an interest
in Henderson County by having relatives and property (on Cedar
Creek Lake). Not true in my book. Splitting Henderson County is
bad in many ways.”
Gooden said Tuesday that he had hoped the Redistricting
Committee would keep his district as it was, with all of Kaufman
and Henderson counties.
“But the numbers are what they are,” he said.
Gooden said the proposal has positive aspects for Henderson
County, not the least of which is having two representatives in
Austin on the Appropriations Committee.
Pitts – who is the chairman of the powerful Appropriations
Committee – also would have liked to keep his district the way
it was. In his case it was Ellis and Hill counties, which he has
served for 18 years.
Pitts’ chief of staff Aaron Gregg said that while Pitts is
frustrated at losing Hill County, he is excited at the prospect
of representing a portion of Henderson County.
And, according to Gregg, it is a part of Henderson County Pitts
knows. He said the lawmaker has a house in Star Harbor, and has
had it for 20 years, and his mother and sister live there, too.
Gooden has received plenty of complaints about the redistricting
plan, and has personally been the target of criticism.
Automated and anonymous rolling phone calls were made to every
Republican primary voter in Henderson County last week warning
them about “Gooden’s plan” to divide the county and urging them
to call Gooden’s office and register their displeasure.
Gooden points out there is one problem with that scenario,
however. He isn’t on the Redistricting Committee.
“The automated and anonymous call wrongly said I was the one
behind this plan,” he said. “I want to stress that this is the
Redistricting Committee. I am not on the Redistricting
Committee. It is not up to me.”
He said, “The automated call made it sound like Henderson County
was going to be shipped out to sea, and that is not the case.
Henderson County would have two representatives fighting for it
and be the most represented rural county in Texas.”
Critics say that Gooden is the big winner if the redistricting
proposal is approved. He gets a district in which he remains the
incumbent. And as a Kaufman County resident, his base remains
strong while any Henderson County challenger would be weakened.
Any other redistricting move would likely pair Gooden against an
incumbent; not a death notice for a second term, but Gooden
would certainly face a stiff challenge.
There is also the fact that Gooden backed House Speaker Joe
Straus at the beginning of the Legislative Session, but
representatives to his north and east did not.
Henderson County Republican Party Chair Betty Holland thinks it
is unlikely the redistricting plan has anything to do with
Gooden. She has some questions on whether dividing the county is
the best plan, but she is sure that critics are taking aim at
the wrong target.
“My preference is that the county stay together,” she said, “but
I feel very certain that the Redistricting Committee followed
the rules and the State Constitution for the proposal that was
the best, and we must look to that committee for answers or
Holland, who confirmed she had received one of the anonymous
phone calls, said that redistricting is a complicated process,
and that every move sends out ripples.
“I do not believe that redistricting or the splitting Henderson
County would have been done just for a freshman Representative,”
Former councilman gets DWI
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Henderson County jail records for April 11 report the
arrest of Eustace resident Mark Sanders on the charge of Driving
He posted a $3,500 the same day and was released.
Sanders is a former Eustace council member and his wife, Elisha,
is a current city councilwoman running unopposed for city mayor
in the May 14 election.
A Henderson County Sheriff’s deputy made the arrest.
By presstime Thursday, calls to the arresting officer were not
While in office, Mark Sanders repeatedly asked mayor Laura Ward
to resign her seat, after indicted for aggravated assault
stemming from an incident at a Gun Barrel City nightclub in
(Ward was later cleared of any wrongdoing.) He also
unsuccessfully introduced ordinances to limit the capacity of
any elected official under indictment.
Both Sanders operated a very negative online campaign against
Ward at the now vacant Eustacetexas.com website.
The couple also made numerous public records requests of the
city, which the city secretary estimated came to $500 or $600.
Kemp approves EDC loans
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Several Economic Development Corporation decisions were
approved at the April 12 Kemp City Council meeting.
The money to fund the loans is paid out of EDC funds with the
Councilmembers agreed to:
• an EDC loan of $2,400 to Kemp Dairy Queen to help with a new
• agreed to transfer legal title of Kemp EDC property located at
10th and Main streets to Jim Elliott doing business as Cedar
Elliott plans to construct a new building on the site to house
his business. Citizens will be allowed to tour the facility.
• approved an EDC loan in the amount of $15,000 to Kemp Care
Center to construct a new facility, between U.S. Highway 175 and
Business 175, South of the Fire Department.
This loan is contingent upon the completion of the facility by
the end of the year.
• approved a proposed lease agreement between the city of Kemp
and the EDC for a new EDC office to be located at 308 S. Main
• authorized mayor Matt Ganssle and city attorney Terry Welch to
negotiate a Chapter 380 Performance-based Incentive agreement
with Dylan Chambless of Chambless Feed and property owner Diana
The business is still waiting on plans and insurance settlements
following a fire earlier in the year.
In other business, council members:
• approved a resolution concerning the construction of proposed
improvements by Kaufman County Appraisal District.
• appointed councilman Jerry Hazelip as a director on the Kemp
Economic Development Board, replacing Bob Burns who resigned.
• heard a report from police Chief Richard Clemmo for the month
The activity log for the month listed 262 actions taken,
including patrols, assisting other departments, working
accidents, meeting with citizens and issuing citations.
Clemmo thanked the council for its support in the pursuit of a
Clemmos said all officers were issued patrol vests, which are
the latest in technology and are tazor proof.
The video cameras were upgraded, and the department also
received helmets, a shield, three sets of night vision and
headsets and a thermal heat imager.
• heard the public works report as presented by director Chris
The water department has lost two motors in the last week, he
“We are running with one pump when we should have two on each
water intake facility,” Burns said.
“We have to have some type of capitol improvement programs. We
have to come up with some kind of a plan for the future,” he