Eustace mayor retains seat, Kemp mayor race upset
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–For the most part, incumbants were reseated in the May
9 election for cities and school districts. Though there were a few
Kemp’s mayor, Billy Teel, lost his re-election bid to Matt Ganssle, a
city council member.
Also not returning to office in Kemp is councilwoman Dorothy Locklin.
Taking her seat is Jerry Hazelip, a Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
Kemp voters also reinstated the ¼ percent added to the sales tax to
maintain the city’s roads.
While Mabank ISD trustees kept their seats, Malakoff ISD is getting a
new board member. Pat Smith beat out incumbent Gary Woolverton.
Eustace mayor Laura Ward retained her seat against challenger Donald
Siegel and incumbent city council members all retained their seats as
Malakoff’s new mayor, after the resignation of longtime mayor Pat
Issaccson, is John Shumate.
A complete list of prelilminary results are posted above.
Since this election did not include any county, state or national races,
voter turnout was predictably low and polling places May 9 were
The greatest number of voters turned out to vote in the school board
Eustace school employees
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The largest crowd ever turned out for the annual Eustace
Independent School District employee awards banquet May 7.
“The people in this room are what separates the Eustace ISD from
everybody else,” superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe told the gathering at
the Eustace First Baptist Church.
After introducing the attending school board members, Holcombe handed
out service pins, marking each five years teachers and employees have
been with the district.
A special plaque went to veteran volleyball coach Chuck Powers, who was
honored for 40 years service.
Three retirees, Yvonne Holmes, Debbie Risner and Dorothy Paris, were
also honored with plaques.
Following the awards, Holcombe drew for door prizes donated by
businesses or school organizations.
The evening’s biggest laugh came when Holcombe announced the next prize
was a complete leg wax, then unfolded the ticket and announced the
winner was Intermediate School principal Robert Reeve.
Folks laughed even harder at Reeve’s reaction – he jumped to his feet,
fists in the air, whooping with delight, and ran up to claim his gift
Teachers/employees honored with service pins included:
Five years – Ruth Adame, Jackie Caldwell, Heather Caronna, Jerri Davis,
Charline Harris and Kortni Harris.
Also, Mary Mitchell, Chris Powers, Donald Slay, Phillip Smith, Judith
Wakefield, Beth Williamson and Pam A. Woods.
10 years – Tish Bennett, Taressa Charleton, Tonnie Faust, Wendy Jones,
April Morris, Susanne Pharmakis, Deborah Risner, Nina Kay Shelton and
15 years – Stephanie Kirkhart, Gwen Orr and Martha Ray.
20 years – Holly Bailey, Mary Bell, Pam Dowell, Debbie Myers, Judy
O’Casey, Sherri Purselley and Becki Smith.
25 years – Sandy Sowers and Judy Vestal.
30 years – Janice Beasley, Geraldine Carson and Rob Tyner.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Independent School District retirees and long-time employees
at the annual employee banquet May 7 were (from left) Dorothy Paris,
Yvonne Holmes, Geraldine Carson, Rob Tyner, Janice Beasley and Chuck
Log Cabin man gets 14 years
Probation violations send sex offender to
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–After having violated “numerous conditions of his
probation,” Thomas Ray Morgan, 19, of Log Cabin was sentenced to 14
years in prison.
173rd District Court Judge Dan Moore pronounced the sentence May 6.
Henderson County district attorney Scott McKee filed a motion revoking
Morgan’s probation April 3.
The motion alleged that Morgan had “violated numerous conditions of his
probation including, failing to report to his sex offender counselor,
failure to participate in sex offender counseling and failure to pay
court costs and supervision fees.”
After a hearing, Moore found that Morgan had violated 10 of the 13
counts alleged against him and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.
Morgan was facing a sentencing range of two to 20 years.
Morgan’s attorney argued that he should receive another chance to
complete his probation, that the state was placing too many expectations
“His agreement last year was that he would stay out of jail, but be
expected to follow the rules,” assistant DA Lenda Bush argued. “If you
do not, you will be removed from the community.”
McKee expects to continue his crackdown on offenders who do not follow
the conditions of their probation.
“We, along with the probation department, are taking a close look at all
probationers – especially those who are under supervision for crimes
against children and violent crimes,” McKee said.
According to Henderson County Probation reports, the DA’s office has
filed 126 motions to revoke probation since McKee took office.