Thursday, April 26, 2007




County honors veterans this week

By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Wednesday through Sunday a Vietnam War Memorial traveling wall will visit Kaufman.
Monday Kaufman County commissioners proclaimed the week through Sunday, April 29 as American Veterans Traveling Tribute Week in Kaufman County.
The traveling Wall will be on display at the Kaufman County Veterans Memorial Park.
The wall is billed as a the world’s largest replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall, located in Washington, D.C.
In other business, commissioners:
• appointed Grady Carroll to the Veterans Memorial Board.
• passed a resolution supporting HJR (House Joint Resolution) 61 which requires the legislature to reimburse counties for unfunded mandates over $1 million.
• passed a resolution endorsing motor fuels tax indexing.
The resolution proposes to index the gasoline tax to the rate of inflation.
• accepted the financial statement for Kaufman County Emergency Services Group No. 7.
• approved a request from Embarq to install buried communications drop wire under the right-of-way of County Road 119, Precinct 1 and on Woodruff Lane, Precinct 4.
• approved budget transfers as presented by county auditor Hal D. Jones.
• paid bills totaling $296,371.25.

Library at Cedar Creek benefit set
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–There are still advance tickets left for the Sunday, April 29 performance of the Grammy Award winning Light Crust Doughboys.
An evening of true Texas entertainment is planned at the Cedar Creek Country Club, beginning at 5 p.m.
First State Bank and Colonial Title Company are major sponsors of the event, benefiting the Library at Cedar Creek Lake.
“We are so thrilled about this performance! The Doughboys are the official state band for Texas and its history is amazing,” library board president Tere Hatcher said.
“Not only will the audience love the performance, but there will be a silent and live auction that we know will be a hit, too,” Hatcher added.
“It should be a sell out performance. Miss Sally Burns Rambo is chairperson, so I have no doubt it will be successful and fun,” Hatcher added.
Advance tickets are $40 or two for $75 and can be purchased at The Library, (903) 432-4185 or at the Cedar Creek Country Club, (903) 498-6761. At the door, tickets are $50.
Current sponsors include Sally Burns Rambo, Dr. John Loar, Sue Stalcup, Judy and Don Youngs, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Molander, Nita McClain, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Creel, John Dees and Ralph Fortner at Southside Bank and Linda and Bud Henry. More sponsorships are available.
Gold sponsorships are $1,250, silver sponsorships are $300.
Both levels include tickets to the show, preferred seating and special recognition, before, after and during the event itself.

Henderson County assistant district attorney resigns
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Having served Henderson County for seven years, assistant district attorney Shari Moore tendered her resignation in anticipation of opening her own law firm.
According to her letter of resignation, Moore leaves the county June 1.
Moore joined the county as assistant district attorney in March of 1995.
One of her recent cases prosecuted Athens man Horace Barker for sexual assault. Barker was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years of probation April 13.
Moore plans to open a law practice with anothore former prosecutor John Scott. She hopes the venture will afford her more time to spend with her husband Jason and young children Jacob, 7 and Caroline, 3.

Seventh Annual Special Olympics

Monitor photos/Kerry Yancey
The Mabank High School track serves as the avenue of champions for the Seventh annual Mabank Special Olympics held Saturday. About 250 special athletes from East Texas participated in the track, bicycling and equestrian meet. Dozens of volunteers were on hand to cheer, hug and celebrate with the athletes in their achievements.




AT RIGHT: The lighting of the torch is a highlight of the opening ceremonies.