Thursday, May 14, 2009







Election Results
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 notable upsets.
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 board member.
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 well.
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 relatively quiet.
The greatest number of voters turned out to vote in the school board races.

Eustace school employees feted
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 certificate.
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 Carol Warren.
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 recognized
at the annual employee banquet May 7 were (from left) Dorothy Paris, Debbie Risner,
Yvonne Holmes, Geraldine Carson, Rob Tyner, Janice Beasley and Chuck Powers.

Log Cabin man gets 14 years
Probation violations send sex offender to jail
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 on him.
“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.

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