Holiday ad deadlines
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 both 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.
80th annual Fiddlers’ Reunion takes place on the Athens
Courthouse Square Thursday (today) and Friday, May 27. Free.
Concessions, carnival rides, street dance Friday night. Bring a
Tornado victims fundraiser
The Family Dollar Store in Gun Barrel City, 701 W. Main St., is
holding a mini carnival to raise funds for the victims of the
Alabama and Missouri tornados from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,
May 28. Baked goods, snow cones, games, car wash proceeds as
well as donations will be sent to the American Red Cross. For
more information, call (903) 880-5027.
The Westside Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday (today 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)
Rope, Catch, and Ride for Christ Cowboy Church Arena Team plans
a dedication of its arena from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at
the church. Drive north on SH 198 and turn right on CR 2807. The
Cowboy Church looks like a red barn and is on the right. The
dedication will honor the late Larry Hardgrave, who spent the
last years of his life making the dream of the church a reality.
For information call Peggy Haverly at (903) 887-2129.
Spring barrel race
The Living for the Brand Cowboy Church is hosting a Spring Fling
Barrel Race Sunday, June 5, at the church on North Loop 7,
Athens. Open 5D and Youth 4D, with 100 percent payback. For
information visit the website
www.lftbcowboychurch.com, or call (903) 675-9177.
VBS at FBC-GBC
Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church GBC is set for 8
a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 6-10, for age 3 through
sixth grade. The theme is the “Big Apple Adventure.” For
information call (903) 887-6887, ext. 3.
The Lone Star Republican Women will award two scholarships, one
for $1,000 and one for $500. Deadline for submission is Tuesday,
June 7. Must be a single mother attending college or trade
school with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and live in Henderson
County. For information or an application form, call Ruby
Fournet at (903) 498-3058.
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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JP arrested on burglary charge
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–Kaufman County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Eric
Williams was arrested Tuesday on a charge of burglary of a
David Byrnes reported the arrest in a news release issued
County IT (information technology) director George York reported
the possible theft of county property – computer components –
from the IT office May 16.
An investigation over the next eight days developed evidence
that the missing property was taken by Williams, Byrnes
422nd District Judge B. Michael Chitty issued an arrest warrant
and search warrant for Williams’ office and personal vehicle.
The search turned up the missing components, Byrnes reported.
Williams was arrested and transported to the Kaufman County Law
Enforcement Center. As of presstime late Tuesday, a bond had not
Williams was elected in November, 2010, and took office Jan. 1.
Toys for Tots starts fundraising campaign
for Gun Barrel City youth
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Gun Barrel City patrol officer Kevin Roberts (left) guards
jailbirds (from left) Paul Lyons, Dennis Baade, Harold Brunerand
and Steve Shorrock until they posted $1,300 in bonds for the
annual Toys for Tots fundraiser. The drive provides children
with a Christmas gift who wouldn't have one otherwise. Donations
are still being accepted at the Gun Barrel City Police
County successfully saves $2 million for
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–Midst growing concerns over budget shortfalls, at least
one entity is beginning to see a little black ink on its budget
Monday, Kaufman County commissioners were told the general fund
isn’t out of trouble yet, but it’s looking a lot better.
In a seven-month comparison, the strict budgeting of department
heads, an increase in the tax collection, the county employee
furlough days and the decrease in the Road & Bridge budget all
contributed to a $2 million savings in the general fund, County
Judge Bruce Wood said.
“That shows we are on the right path, and that’s good news,” he
He expressed his thanks to commissioners, other elected
officials and employees for their belt-tightening efforts.
Tax revenues collected for 2009-10 totaled $28,026,167; for the
same seven-month period in the 2010-11 cycle, $28,853,383 was
collected, an increase of $827,216.
But, the largest gain is in the expense column, at $19,997,578,
compared to the first seven months of the fiscal year (FY) 2010
Expenses in the first seven months of the FY 2011 budget totaled
only $18,758,114, a difference of $1,239,464.
Adding the differences together brings the total savings over
last year’s budget to $2,066,680.
In other business, commissioners:
• authorized FPL Energy Services, Inc. to do a preliminary
facility audit at no charge to find ways to save on utility
costs and to make recommendations.
• heard a proposal from Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mike
Smith to create a juvenile case manager for each Justice of the
Peace, and assessing a $5 fee per citation to pay salaries and
The justices have been discussing this need for a few months, he
“The truancy problem has skyrocketed,” he said before citing the
number of cases needed in order to authorize the position of
“It will take at least a year to collect approximately $10,000
to be used for salary in each office,” he said.
While commissioners agreed it was a good idea, they tabled any
action until they could flesh out the details of such a plan.
They set it for discussion at a called meeting set for Tuesday,
• heard a presentation on Habitat for Humanity by Beverly
• approved the Health Matters preventative health program, a
wellness service for county employees.
The presentation on keeping employees healthy was made by
Roberto (Bob) Enrique.
• heard an update on the collection of delinquent JP fees and
fines, as presented by attorney Jeff Brown.
The delinquent fees collected in Precincts 1, 2 and 4 ranged
from $2,200 to $3,812.
However, delinquent fees collected in Precinct 3 were in excess
“The total increase collected in 2011 over the same period in
2010 was $227,932.14,” Brown said, adding his office will
present monthly reports.
• accepted the treasurer’s report for April, as presented by
• accepted the April tax assessor/collector report, as presented
by Richard Murphy.
To date, $27,801,063 was collected for the general fund and
$2,693,991 for Road and Bridge.
Those amounts represent 93 percent of the current taxes
collected, he said.
• accepted the canvass results for the local option election
allowing bingo games for charitable purposes in Precinct 2
(Forney area) and to legalize the sale of beer and wine for
off-premise consumption in the city of Terrell.
Voters in the city of Crandall turned down the sale of beer and
wine for off-premise consumption, as well as the sale of
alcoholic beverages in restaurants.
• paid bills totaling $997,381.70.