Thursday, May 28, 2009







GBC marks 40 years with celebration
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City marked its 40th anniversary of its founding with a celebration that included many activities throughout the day Saturday.
The city staff worked hard to collect photos and stories to create a booklet and DVD highlighting the city’s milestones and offering vignettes from memories of citizens and their own stories and photos.
“The video is an hour long, including some photos from when the lake was just being started,” GBC historian Mickey Rainey said. Rainey showed the video at the fire station Saturday.
The book includes the names of all the council members who have served the city, and the years that they served, a copy of the petition to the county to become a city and the articles of incorporation, Rainey said. “Both have lots of interesting stuff.”
A T-shirt was also designed for the event. These items are available for purchase at city hall ranging in price from $10-$20.
The city council gave the celebration its go-ahead and voted to provide about $15,000 from the Hotel Motel Fund to pay for the closing fireworks display.
Most of the activities took place between 5 and 10 p.m., including a softball tournament between the city’s fire and police departments, live musical performances, bounce houses for the kids and vendor booths set up around the bandstand on the 40 acres the city owns adjacent to the city park.
However, some activities took place earlier, such as the crowning of two Gun Barrel City princesses at the Road House on State Highway 198 at 9 a.m. and a 42 domino tournament at the fire station, which got underway at 1 p.m.
One of the highlights of the festival was the presentation of a golden key to Gun Barrel’s eldest citizen.
Mayor Paul Eaton introduced John W. Knight, who is 101 years young. Knight has lived in the area before the city was incorporated and said he enjoyed watching the city grow.

Guns and Hoses team members gather for a group photo at the start of the softball
tournament between the Gun Barrel City police and fire departments. Hoses won
the day with a score of 11-7.

Remembering those who ‘serve and protect’
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

ATHENS –The Henderson County Police Officer Association held its annual memorial service Thursday to honor those who have served the county as law enforcement officers and who have died as members of the association.
Association president Deputy Junnell Dunnington introduced the name of Tom Billy Goodell to the stone Peace Officer’s Memorial monument standing on the west side of the county courthouse.
“It has been said that when a bad guy heard Tom Billy Goodell was looking for him, he would turn himself in,” Dunnington said.
“Goodell had what all officers should strive for: respect from all he served,” she said.
Goodell served the county from 1965 until 1980 under J.W. Brownlow. Before that he worked for another famed sheriff, Dallas County’s Bill Decker, from 1958 to 1965, while living in Mesquite.
A Eustace native, Goodell answered Brownlow’s call to return and patrolled the west side of the county, where he developed a reputation for being tough, yet fair.
His son, Sgt. Thomas Goodell placed the wreath during the memorial service and the list of names of those who have served were read, including those of Paul Habelt and Tony Ogburn, who were killed in the line of duty two years ago near Payne Springs. Other officers who were also killed in the line of duty are Charlie Fields Sr., K.C. Winn, Larry Hopson and Bennie Everett.
Guest speaker County Judge David Holstein called county residents to follow the example left by those whose names are etched on the memorial by “making a positive difference in someone else’s life.”
“While not all of us can be peace officers, we can all do something to help one another. We can work to improve our community and make it a better place for our children,” Holstein said. “Let us recommit ourselves to help one another like never before. Because by doing so, we will honor these officers here named on this memorial.”
Goodell’s name stands beside the names of Habelt, Ogburn, Fields Sr., Winn, Hopson, Everett, George Corn, Dr. Nolan Geddie, W.C. Perryman, Leon Cain, Dale Bryce, W.C. Fladd, Don Bettencourt, Jack Terrell, Bill Bearden, Ralph M. Reaves, Bennie C. Krueger, Tommy Smith, Herman Kite Jr., Kipper Hartline, Don W. McCord, J.W. Brownlow, Jack Sims, Frank E. LaRue Jr., Stephen L. Combs, Mack Wallace, Thomas C. Underhill, Janey M. Reed, T.E. Williams, Jim Billings, Don Johnson, L.D. Brookshire, David Harris and Daner Stanberry.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Canrell
A Rifle Drill Team fires a 21-gun salute during the annual Peace Officers
Memorial service.

Tax protest deadline is June 1
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–If you were going to file a protest against the valuation of your property, the deadline is fast approaching.
Property assessment notices went out the beginning of May to property owners whose property valuation changed significantly.
Monday, June 1, is the deadline to file a written protest with your county.
The deadline is usually May 31, but since that is a Sunday, it extends to the next business day, according to the protest form.
Van Zandt County prints a protest form on the back of the assessment change notice, but if you need a form, you can print one off the Internet at
Once there select a county (such as Henderson or Van Zandt) then the tab across the top that says “Forms.”
A long list comes up, so select the third one from the top which says “ARB–Appraisal Review Board forms” and then choose the first in the list – “Notice of Protest.” And print it out.
The form is standard and used by all counties in the state of Texas.
Be sure to fill in your telephone number, as the appraisal district office will call to see what can be worked out over the phone, which may save you a date before the review board, though a date with the board is automatically assigned when your protest is received.
Those protesting valuations of commercial property have 30 days from the date of the notice to file a protest. Again, much can be done over the phone.
The website can also locate properties and report valuation and other basic public information.
However, Kaufman County is not one of the counties subscribing to this service.
Kaufman County property owners may consult for that kind of information.


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