Thursday, May 10, 2007




  Anderson new Kemp AD
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp High School athletes were introduced to the new head coach and athletic director, Greg Anderson, during a special assembly Tuesday.
Anderson, who comes to Kemp from Sabine High School at Liberty City (just north of Kilgore), told the gathering he would begin his tenure by attending the baseball team’s area championship series Thursday.

Kemp’s Yellowjackets will face the Texarkana Pleasant Grove Hawks of District 16-3A in a best-of-three area baseball championship series opening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at Hallsville High School.
The second game is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Hallsville High School, with a third game (if necessary) set for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Driller Field in Kilgore.

Anderson told Kemp athletes he had coached at the 3A, 4A and 5A level. “Now, I’m back where I wanted to be,” he added.
Last fall, Anderson’s Sabine Cardinals finished 0-10 in a killer District 15-3A, featuring Gilmer, Gladewater, Spring Hill, Mineola and White Oak.
“I’ve coached 13 years, and 11 of those years we’ve made the playoffs,” he told the players. “We plan to do that again next fall.”
Prior to coaching at Sabine, Anderson coached at Plano East High School, and he coached against the Yellowjackets about a decade ago when Kemp faced Tatum in the football playoffs.
Anderson, 37, told the students he was a “program guy.”
“It’s important to me that we’re successful in every sport, both girls and boys,” he said, pointing out the Sabine softball team was still marching through the playoffs.
Anderson added he was looking forward to becoming part of the Kemp community, and personally getting to know each of the student athletes and their families.
“To me, we are all one family. I’m just a small part of that family,” Anderson said. “My door is always open – day or night.
“We are going to make this program as successful as we possibly can,” he added.
Anderson’s wife is also an educator, and they have two small children, he told the students.
Later, talking to football players, Anderson told them, “I believe in doing things the right way, and doing them the right way all the time.”
While he considers himself fair, Anderson warned them he will have high expectations.
One of the players asked what offense he used, and he said he worked with a multiple offense.
“A lot of it will be dictated by what this group can do,” he said.
Anderson urged the players to begin working toward the season immediately, pointing out championships are won during the summer, not during the fall.

Animal control hearings slated
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

ATHENS–Henderson County took one more step toward solving its stray dog and cat problem.
Tuesday, commissioners set dates for public hearings in all four precincts on a proposed county animal control ordinance. See table on page 4A for specific times and locations.
The ordinance will not apply to municipalities, only the unincorporated areas and subdivisions.
“This will not solve Poyner’s problems,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney said. “Theirs falls within the city’s jurisdiction.”
Highlights of the nine-page order include:
• Rabies vaccinations will be required for every dog and cat, according to manufacturer’s recommendation, and animals will be required to wear tags recording the vaccination date. Also, certificates of vaccination are to be kept, and must be produced upon demand.
• Animals owned or harbored in violation of the order – including strays – may be impounded in a suitable animal shelter.
• No impounded animal will be released without proper authority and proof of rabies vaccination.
• Animals impounded due to a complaint filed in a justice court shall not be released, except on the order of the court.
• The order declares all strays a nuisance, unless a current rabies tag is attached.
• Dogs are considered restrained if they are on the premises of the owner, on a leash, secure within the owner’s vehicle, or under the verbal or visual command of the owner. Unrestrained dogs are subject to impoundment.
• A $25 impound fee will be charged, plus no less than $10 a day for boarding.
• The owner of any animal deemed dangerous or vicious will be required to post $100,000 in liability insurance coverage, as well as meet a long list of other requirements.
In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:
• approved a contract with ERI Consulting to remove asbestos from the Stowes Building, at a cost of just over $9,000. Similar contracts are still under consideration for the wings of the old county hospital in Athens.
Commissioners Jerry West and Ronny Lawrence are to follow up on potential hospital property buyers before a final decision will be made on asbestos abatement in preparation for demolition.
“Sometimes, you’ll find if the asbestos has been removed, you’ll have many more parties interested in buying the property,” an ERI representative told the commissioners.
• heard voter registrar Milburn Chaney report snafus with the state-sanctioned software that is supposed to keep track of the state’s registered voters.
“It just didn’t deliver what they said it would do,” Chaney said. “It’s a nightmare. I’d hate to imagine what it would be like were this a presidential election.”
The integrated system had not been tested prior to its implementation, and has become increasingly overburdened with the quantity of activity being demanded of it by its users statewide, Chaney explained.
Southwest Data Solutions presented a proposal to alleviate the problem, but the county still would need to purchase some additional hardware.
The software will cost $17,000, plus $6,000 for the license.
Henderson County Appraisal District successfully uses this program, chief appraiser Bill Jackson said.
“They (Southwest Data Solutions) do a fine job for us,” Jackson said. “We get the same programmer to assist us each time we call with accurate, friendly, professional support.”
Commissioners McKinney and Hall were designated as a committee to review the situation and present a recommendation to the court May 22.
• agreed to assist with road repairs for the Henderson County Fire Chiefs Association training area up to $3,000.
• contracted with GHS for collections of delinquent court fees and fines.
• purchased web-based software to assist in determining indigency for the Indigent Defense Coordinator at $96 a month.
• agreed to subscribe to Accurint for Government, a database system that will be used by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Dale Blaylock to locate people for warrants and payments of court costs/fines.
“They already use this system at Seven Points with great success,” he said. Because the county is already using other LexisNexis products, the regular $800 service will cost only $96 a month, he added.
• approved a cell phone change from Cellular One to AllTel for nine county officials. The monthly rate is slightly less, but the move was made to improve connectivity throughout the county.
• paid bills totaling $129,741.53.

Two hurt in roll-over
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Emergency workers treat those involved in a lunch-hour rollover accident on Mabank’s busy Third Street in front of Day Tire Tuesday. NOT PICTURED: Emergency responders treat Mabank insurance business owner Cozell McAfee, reportedly the driver of the Ford Ranger pickup pictured here. McAfee and his daughter Diane Mixon were taken to East Texas Medical Center in Athens by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. According to eyewitnesses, the two were headed south when a Chevy Lumina sedan pulled out from a gravel road just south of Day Tire. McAfee’s truck flipped at least twice, taking out a row of mailboxes, before landing upside down. Witnesses reported the occupants crawled out of the truck on their own. The sedan was reportedly driven by Felicia Borchardt, an employee of JIT Manufacturing, located behind Day Tire. She was unhurt and unsure what had happened. The injured were scheduled to be released from the hospital later Tuesday. An official report from the Mabank Police Department was not available by presstime.