The Monitor will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day, and
advertising deadlines have been changed.
Display ads for the Thursday, June 2, issue of The Monitor are
due by 4 p.m. Friday, May 27, and classified (word ads) are due
by noon Tuesday, May 23.
Henderson and Kaufman county offices will close Friday and
Monday, May 27-30, for Memorial Day. Van Zandt County offices
will close Monday only.
Eustace, Gun Barrel City, Kemp, Mabank, Payne Springs, Tool and
Seven Points city offices will close Monday.
Fire victim benefit
The Cedar Creek Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff is hosting a
benefit barbecue and bake sale from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday,
May 20. The event is to help Carrie Spencer, a friend and
employee, who lost everything she owned in a house fire last
week. There will be a lunch, pies, cakes and cookies for sale.
Styx gospel singing
The Styx Baptist Church fourth Friday gospel singing is set for
7 p.m. Friday, May 20. Everyone is invited. Bring your music,
instruments, friends and family. Refreshments served. For
information call (214) 616-4659.
Rike book signing
Abbe Rike (season 8 “Biggest Loser” contestant) will host a
signing of her new book at 5 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Mabank High
School. Books available at the event.
Learn about trees
A free program, “Learn all About Your Trees,” is set for 9 a.m.
to noon Saturday, May 21, at Kaufman County Library, 3790 South
Houston Street, Kaufman. Program includes proper selection of
trees, planting tips, pruning to improve tree health and
protecting your home from wildland fires. RSVP to urban forester
Pam Corder at (469) 285-3370 or e-mail to
Church rummage sale
The Kemp Cowboy Church is hosting a rummage sale from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. Friday, May 20, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May
21, at the church, located at 8101 E. U.S. 175. All proceeds
benefit the remodeling of the church. For information call (903)
The Sons of the American Legion will host a spaghetti dinner
with all the trimmings from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at
Post 310. Proceeds benefit the SAL scholarship fund and local
The annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast sponsored by the
York Rite Masons is set for 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at
the lodge, 402 Legendary Lane, GBC. Tickets sold at the door.
For information call (903) 451-4309.
‘Fun in the Sun’
Saving Grace Ministries is hosting a “Fun in the Sun” event from
noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, for all ages with parental
supervision required for children under age 13. Events include
hot dogs and cold drinks, swimming and a water slide, outdoor
sports and indoor board games. The church is located on FM 3080,
inside Heavenly Acres. For information call Lisa or Charles at
GBC Toys for Tots
The Gun Barrel City Toys for Tots annual Jail-n-Bail event is
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the Beall’s parking
lot. If you or someone you know would be a “prisoner,” call
Cheyenne Lyons at (903) 887-1289. Funds raised will benefit
local kids during the Christmas season providing toys, clothing
and a Christmas meal.
The annual Cedar Creek Lake Festival of the Arts will open at 10
a.m. Saturday, May 21, on Market Street in downtown Mabank.
Hosted by the Mabank Chapter of the area chamber of commerce,
the festival will feature more than 30 vendors with a wide range
of art objects and crafts for sale.
Catholic garage sale
Mary Queen of Heaven Council of Catholic Women is hosting the
church’s annual garage sale, one day only from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, May 20. Includes appliances, furniture, books,
glassware, clothes, knickknacks and items too numerous to
mention. The CCW will have packages of cookies for sale and the
Knights will have hot dogs for sale with free drink. Take SH 198
to Star Harbor Road (CR 3062) Malakoff. Follow church sign to CR
The annual Market & Arts show benefitting the Becker Community
Center will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21.
Vendors have paintings, drawings, folk art, leather work candles
and jewelry for sale. The Center is located at the intersection
of FM 1895 and FM 2860, Becker.
Confederate Rose Chapter 2548 of the United Daughters of the
Confederacy meets at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Tri-County
Library, Mabank. Program presented by Alma Cornwell. Visitors
are welcome. For information call (903) 451-2709.
Memorial Day service
A Memorial Day service is set for 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22, at
the historic Becker Church in the Becker Community, located at
the FM 2860/FM 1895 intersection. Speaker is Ray Raymond,
chairman of the Kaufman County Veterans Memorial board.
CCL Garden Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club will meet, starting with audit
committee at 10:30 a.m., followed by the regular meeting,
Monday, May 23, at the home of Ann Trail. After lunch, there
will be a brief meeting. For information call (903) 498-6544.
FBC Malakoff golf
The First Baptist Church of Malakoff is sponsoring a golf
tournament starting with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and tee-off at
12:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the Pinnacle Club. Teams needed –
to register, call FBC at (903) 498-0228 or e-mail to
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May
24, at the Cedar Creek Country Club. Dave Tanner will entertain
with musical selections by Nat King Cole. Doors open at 10:30
a.m. Bring your school supplies for the Family Resource Center.
The Westside Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, May 26 (and every Thursday), at the Cedar Creek Bible
Church (700 North Seven Points Boulevard) Activities Building,
one mile north of Seven Points traffic light. Lake area seniors
55 and older can enjoy a light lunch, coffee, tea, snacks, card
and domino games, exercise, fellowship and many other
activities. For information call (903) 340-9672.
AL baked potato night
Build your own spud at the American Legion Auxiliary stuffed
baked potato night at the Legion Post 310 in GBC from 5 to 7
p.m. Friday, May 27. Your donation includes a large baked
potato, salad and desserts.
VFW chili cook-off
VFW Post 4376, Seven Points, is hosting a chili cook-off
benefitting needy veterans and their families. Cooking opens at
8 a.m., with judging at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28. All chili must
be prepared on-site and no beans in the chili. Also, a bean
contest will be held for an additional fee, but beans do not
have to be cooked on-site. Activities include family games,
dunkin’ booth, horseshoes and a lot more. For information, call
the VFW at (903) 432-2138 or Mary at (903) 802-7388.
Deadline is Saturday, May 28, to enter your largest bois-d’arc
tree in Kaufman County, commonly known as a horse apple tree.
Measure 4.5 feet from the ground, or where stems start to split,
and send measurement to Kaufman County Urban Forester Pam Corder,
P.O. Box 43, Rosser, TX 75157, or you may e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org. For information call (469)
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church monthly fellowship
starts with a covered dish meal at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1,
followed by “Always Abounding” gospel music led by Billy House.
The public is invited. The church is located across from the
PSVFD on SH 198. For information call (903) 451-3131 or (903)
ESL summer school
The Kemp Primary School is offering a summer school for children
with limited English language proficiency who will be enrolled
in kindergarten or first grade in the fall. Classes will meet
from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 6 through
June 23, and again from July 11 through July 28. Children who
attend will be offered breakfast and lunch. Deadline to enroll
is Tuesday, May 31. Forms are available in the Kemp Primary
office. Classes will be held at the Kemp Junior High.
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Upsets at polls oust incumbents
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–One mayor was ousted and council members were
defeated in two other cities, while one school board member was
outsted by a write-in challenger during Saturday’s city and
school board elections, according to complete but unofficial
All results are unofficial until canvassed by the respective
Kemp mayor Matt Ganssle was soundly defeated by challenger
Donald Kile, 97-26.
Barry Lummus easily won election to Place 2 on the Kemp council,
garnering 74 votes, while Chris Glover (under five slightly
different versions of that name) attracted 22 votes.
Tommy McSpedden won more than 50 percent of the vote in a
three-candidate race for Place 4 with 81 votes, with challenger
Rick Ryer getting 26 votes and Eugene Schoenle getting 13 votes.
At Seven Points, which went through most of the past year
without a functioning city council, one incumbent and two
newcomers were elected to fill three at-large seats.
Incumbent Claudett Allsup received the second-highest number of
votes, 81, while Kevin Pollock polled the most votes, 91.
Kenny Boyle took the third at-large position with 58 votes.
Four others failed in their bid for the council – Wanda Nichols
(30 votes), Karon Flagg (27), Jerry Ferrell (24) and James Moore
In Gun Barrel City, two of the three incumbent council members
seeking re-election were defeated.
Curtis Webster retained his Place 3 (west) seat, defeating a
strong challenge from Ruth Van der Plas, 121-94.
Place 5 (at-large) incumbent Marty Goss was defeated by
challenger Ronnie Johnson, 215-109, while Place 1 (east)
incumbent Marvin Pace was defeated by challenger Rodney Bevell,
At the Eustace School Board election, one incumbent was
defeated, while two others retained their seats.
Place 3 incumbent Sara McAtee was defeated by a write-in
candidate, Bobby Karl Ashton, 435-170.
Place 4 incumbent Mike Smith was unopposed, drawing 380 votes,
while incumbent Place 7 trustee Billy “Cotton” Walker defeated
challenger Ken Roberts, 458-155.
Another trustee race in Mabank matched two long-time board
members, appointee Gary Sapp and John Walter Hyde, for the Place
7 seat vacated by Dean Fannin.
Sapp got the voters’ nod by more than 100 votes, 364-252.
Two other incumbents, Michael Cathey (Place 4) and Todd Grimes
(Place 5) were unopposed, garnering 508 and 513 votes,
Graffiti points to grads defacing city
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Sometime early Sunday morning, someone defaced all the
stop signs between the Mabank Pavilion and Harbor Point Road, as
well as climbed the water tower near the park and spray-painted
“Seniors 2011,” with variations on the theme for the other
Mabank utility supervisor Ronnie Tuttle had scheduled a climb up
the tower to change out a light bulb and was able to include a
spray can of white paint to temporarily erase the graffiti on
the water tower.
“We want to get rid of graffiti as soon as we can, to discourage
more of the same,” Mabank police chief Kyle McAfee said.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Investigator Robert Garcia is following leads on who defaced
stop signs between the Mabank park pavilion and Harbor Point
Road early Sunday morning, which also included the water tower.
Those with any information in the case are asked to call Garcia
at the Mabank Police Department, (903) 887-8500, or
CrimeStoppers at (877) 847-7522.
“It’s only temporary. The tower will have to be repainted,
and the man I used to have on staff to do this kind of work has
retired. I’ll have to hire a contractor to get it done,” Tuttle
told The Monitor Monday. “Correcting the damage is likely to
cost $3,500 or more.”
“It’s sad that kids don’t think before they do dumb stuff like
that without considering the costs. It’s going to cost the city
a lot of money to get it fixed,” councilwoman Shannon Steakley
told The Monitor Tuesday.
Police are working through several leads, McAfee added.
The criminal mischief charge is a state jail felony carrying a
minimum penalty of 180 days in jail and $1,500 to $20,000 fine.
Anyone with information on this, is encouraged to call or text
Kaufman County CrimeStoppers at (877) 847-7522. The number
accepts anonymous leads and a will offer a reward for
information that leads to a conviction.
Kemp honors McFaul, Hyde, Blacksheep
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Kemp mayor Matt Ganssle presented three honors to two
individuals and one group with the city’s congratulations May
City councilwoman Barbara McFaul, who did not seek re-election,
was presented the key to the city for her years of service.
Ganssle recalled McFaul’s past terms on the council, when she
served as mayor pro tem and as acting mayor.
Kemp mayor Matt Ganssle (left) presents the key to the city to
retiring councilwoman Barbara McFaul. He commended her service
as a councilwoman, mayor pro tem and her many years as a Kemp
McFaul was also commended for her contribution as a teacher.
“Barbara McFaul bleeds orange,” Ganssle said, referring to Kemp
Independent School District colors. In her enthusiasm, she
reminded him school colors were “orange and white, not black.”
He then commended McFaul for her selfless service and many
sacrifices for the community and presented her with the
Mason Hyde was honored for his Gold Medal of Achievements from
the Royal Rangers.
The Kemp eighth grader is the son of Phillip Hyde and Tracy
The Assemblies of God program uses an outdoor adventure theme,
similar to the Boy Scouts, but leans more toward spiritual
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
The members of the Blacksheep Motorcycle Club were recognized
for their many hours of charity and community work. The club was
presented a plaque for its service to the city by Kemp mayor
The program is recognized by the military and is equivalent to
the Eagle Scout Award.
The group honor was presented to the Blacksheep Motorcycle Club
for its contributions to charities, annual toy ride and for
teaching motorcycle safety to new riders.
Ten club members represented the club, and in turn, presented a
poster to the city.
A large group of citizens were on hand to congratulate the
In other business, council members:
• heard new water meters are on order at an estimated cost of
$190,000. When installed, the new meters will more accurately
record water usage, Burns said.
The new meters are expected to result in higher water usage
being recorded, due to their improved accuracy, councilman
Jessie Morton said.
• authorized the Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
president to sign a quitclaim deed to three properties. If the
developer finds no financing, the property will revert back to
• authorized the Kemp EDC to enter into a construction agreement
with WIT Construction of Seven Points to build an EDC office
• approved a Chapter 380 agreement with Kemp Care Center, so new
water and sewer lines can be bored.
• approved a Chapter 380 agreement with Diana and Gregg Clemmo
and Chambless Feed, waiving building fees for the reconstruction
of a portion of the building damaged in a fire earlier this
“Also, for safety reasons, we are replacing all the electrical
wiring,” Diana Clemmo said.
• approved a Chapter 380 agreement with the Kemp Dairy Queen for
$2,400 loan for a new sign, and waiving the $100 sign permit
• heard speakers from the floor argue against hiring a city
Newly elected councilman Tommy McSpedden got a rousing ovation
when he listed things the city cannot afford to do for lack of
The hiring of an administrator was referred to as a “luxury
item” by another speaker.
Former mayor Billy Teel Jr. advised council members to “take it
slow and give it a lot of thought,” before entering into any
The council took no action on the matter following an executive