Sunday, May 3, 2009




  Early voting ends May 5
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The last day to cast ballots in person during early voting is Tuesday, May 5.
Voting for seats on city councils and school boards are being held at their respective city halls and school administration offices.
Mabank and Malakoff school districts are holding elections, as are the cities of Kemp, Eustace, Log Cabin Malakoff, Seven Points, Tool and Trinidad.
• Seven Points and Trinidad are open for early voting, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 5. Trinidad also has extended voting hours on Monday, May 4.
Registered voters may present either their voter registration card or state/license identification at the polling place to cast ballots, either electronically or by paper ballot.
A candidates forum was held in Kemp April 28, and a meet and greet event was set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, on the Eustace City Square.
Polls open again at 7 a.m. election day, Saturday, May 9, and close at 7 p.m.
Check the Thursday, May 14, issue of The Monitor for complete election results.

Cornbread, Tomahawk fests held despite rain
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MALAKOFF–Torrential downpours early Saturday, April 25, threatened to douse the 12th annual Cornbread Festival in Malakoff, but by noon strong sunshine exerted its influence and ruled the rest of the day.
Competitors in the 10th annual Texas State Knife and Tomahawk Championship are hardy folk made of the same stuff that civilized a wilderness and were not daunted by the downpour. Of course a Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast held nearby indoors may have contributed to its success.

Monitor Photo/Michael Hannigan
Carson Kirk, 7, of Austin, warms up for competition in Malakoff April 25. His mother Christine holds his gear.

Competitors ranged in age from 5 to 72.
Downtown on Mitchum Street, vendors lined the sidewalks and festival visitors enjoyed browsing the outdoor fare of antiques, food booths, plants and crafts.
Live musical entertainment, dunking booth and more entertained festival-goers.
Of course, the Cornbread Contest is the headliner, and this year Rhonda Wilcox took the top prize with her Broccoli Cornbread. Kris Tomlinson of Trinidad took second place with her Mexican Cornbread and Arlene Salazar Luster of Log Cabin also placed with her Onion Cornbread.
Monitor Photo/Michael Hannigan
Terry Collins, of Port Angeles, Wash., watches the flight of his tomahawk during the Texas State Knife and Tomahawk Championship April 25. Looking on, his son Darren (left) was also a competitor from Waxahachie.The annual event, along with a pancake breakfast, is sponsored by the Malakoff Rotary Club.

Other contests included the Crazy Hat Contest, the Best Pet contest and the Cornhole Tournament.
A “Corn King and Queen” were also crowned. Crowns went to 10-year-old Riley Robertson of Longview and to Sarah Davis, 2, of Malakoff.


Council names asst. chief Damon Boswell police chief
Three council members attend last meeting
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–It’s official. The Gun Barrel City council named Damon Boswell police chief.
The announcement followed an executive session Tuesday.
Boswell has been assistant chief since October, and has filled in as leader of the department since Mabelle Lane took an extended leave of absence for health reasons and upon her return was named to fill a new city job as public relations officer.
Boswell has worked in the city police department since 1999, nearly 10 straight years.
The decision to name a police chief was also on the agenda two weeks ago, but action was tabled, following a closed session.
In other business, council members:
• gave the green light to conduct a speed limit study on roads in the Loon Bay Subdivision.
Preliminary readings show that on average traffic is running at 35 mph, Boswell reported. Council members discussed standardizing speed limits in neighborhoods to 20 mph or 25 mph to answer driver confusion when different speeds are posted.
“Give us time to do the study and talk to the POA before making a decision,” city manager Gerry Boren said.
Councilman Todd Hogan suggested installing electronic signs clocking speeds, so drivers become aware of their speed and the speed limit.
Councilman Melvyn Hayes, who also drives a school bus, strongly opposed suggestions to install speed bumps. “They’re murder on buses carrying 50 kids,” he said.
Harry McCune addressed the council, saying he supports a reduction in the speed limit and increased enforcement. “I think if we can get drivers to stay at 35 mph on Meadow Lake (the straight away into Loon Bay), it will be just right,” he said.
• adopted a resolution to apply for a grant from the GO TEXAN rural community awards program.
• accepted Julia Preston’s resignation from the park board. Preston wrote, “Thank you for giving me the opportunity as a younger person to sit on the board, however, it does not appear that younger adults have a voice in the scheme of things.”
• noted this is the last meeting for three members leaving the council: Todd Hogan, Charles Townsend and Kathy Cochran decided not to seek re-election.
Gratitude was expressed for their terms of volunteer service to the city as representatives.
New members being seated at the next meeting on Tuesday, May 12, include former councilman Marty Goss, Curtis Webster and newcomer Marvin Pace.

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