East Cedar Creek Freshwater
Supply District meets at
12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office on
Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council
meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each
month. For more information, please call 425-4702. The public is invited
Eustace Independent School District
meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High
School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public
is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council
meets in Brawner hall at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each
month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited
Gun Barrel City Economic Development
Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC,
at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information,
please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court
meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the
Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Management
District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third
Tuesday of each month at Oran White Civic Center in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission
meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court
meets the first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45
a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited
Kemp City Council
meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For
more information, please call 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District
meets the third Tuesday of each month in
the Board Room in the Administration Building. For more information,
please call 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council
meets the third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more
information, please call 489-2195. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council
meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For
more information, please call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District
meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more
information, please call 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council
meets at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third
Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 451-9229. The
public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp.
meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs
Community Center, located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council
meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the
second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call
432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council
meets at 7 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each
month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility
District is held at 5
p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call
432-3704. The public is invited.
Kemp FFA honors members at
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Taylor Welborn was named the Star Greenhand and Roy Greenhaw was
named the Star Chapter Farmer at the Kemp High School FFA awards
ceremony May 19.
“We’ve got a lot of great kids here,” veteran agriculture teacher Harry
Sump told the gathering, adding, “The reason we’ve got good kids is
because we’ve got good parents.”
Sump himself was honored as the chapter’s Agriculturalist of the Year
during the hour-long ceremony involving 27 members and 75 guests.
Five people were presented with honorary chapter membership. Two – Kemp
Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Peter Running and
assistant superintendent Sam Swierc – were attending the monthly school
board meeting and were not present.
Also honored were Frederick Wright, Angie Ellis and KHS assistant
principal Stephanie Kirkpatrick.
Helen Forrest and Mike Day were honored as Parents of the Year.
Sump noted the relative youth of the FFA members – a majority are
freshmen – but pointed out the group already exhibits the
characteristics of good citizenship.
A couple of new awards this year were the Top Hand Award and the Riding
for the Brand Award.
Sump explained at one time, being a “top hand” was a social distinction,
meaning you were recognized as being among the best in the business at
what you did.
Similarly, top hands who regularly went well beyond the call of duty for
their ranch were said to be “riding for the brand.”
Top Hand awards went to Jake Dunn, James Forrest, Brandon Morton, Chance
Yarbrough, Taylor Day and Dalton Payne.
Riding for the Brand awards were presented to Jenny Patterson, Brittani
Murray, Zach Peterson, Kody Kent and Kevin Haley.
A number of proficiency awards were presented, including:
• ag communications – Jenny Patterson, Sarah Thomas and Brittani Murray.
• ag mechanics – Kody Kent, Jake Dunn and Daulton Morris.
• ag mechanics design and fabrication – Shelby Brainerd, Zach Peterson,
Chance Yarbrough, Ashley McKee and Guadalupe Ornelas.
• ag services – Andy Hodges and Gatlin Lambert.
• beef production – Cody Brown and Bayleigh Haynie.
• dairy production – Taylor Welborn.
• diversified crop production – Catherine Fessenden.
• equine science – Austin Stevenson, Cody Brown, Courtney Catlett and
• food services – Taylor Day.
• forage production – Gatlin Lambert and Andy Hodges.
• fruit production – Joseph Garcia, James Forrest and Kirston Wesson.
• home and/or community development – Kody Kent, Jacob Nix, Sam Thompson
and Jesse White.
• landscape – James Forrest, Megan Smith and Roy Greenhaw.
• outdoor recreation – Zach Peterson, Dustin Thompson, Jacob Nix and
• poultry production – James Forrest.
• sheep production – Catherine Fessenden.
• swine production – Bryce King.
• small animal production/care – Courtney Catlett.
• specialty animal production – Kody Kent and Taylor Welborn.
• turf grass management – Donnie Gossett, Jake Dunn and Sam Thompson.
• vegetable production – James Forrest, Megan Smith, Taylor Day,
Catherine Fessenden, Courtney Catlett and Cody Brown.
• wildlife production/management – Dustin Thompson, Kirston Wesson,
Catherine Fessenden, Joseph Garcia, Michaela Dorough, Cody Calvin and
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Members and guests honored at the Kemp High School FFA chapter awards
ceremony gather for a group photo May 19, with Star Chapter Farmer Roy
Greenhaw (left) and Star Greenhand Taylor Welborn out front.
KJH students provide dog, cat
food for Tool shelter
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp Junior High National Junior Honor Society members presented
more than 1,500 pounds of dog and cat food to the Humane Society of
Cedar Creek Lake shelter at Tool May 19.
Algebra teacher and Junior Honor Society sponsor Krystel Martin headed
the service project, along with seventh grade math teacher Brenda
Stringer and parents of some of the 60 members of the honor society.
For about two weeks early in the month, KJH students collected food, and
also raffled off an I-pod to raise money to purchase food.
Students had planned to spend a weekend helping at the shelter, but
swine flu restrictions forced that idea to be postponed until a later
“We thank everyone involved in making this project a success, and hope
to do it again next school year,” Martin said. “This organization
certainly made an impact on the lives of these animals, and the shelter
Courtesy Photo/Larry Simmons
The 60 members of the Kemp Junior High National Honor Society chapter
around more than 1,500 pounds of dog and cat food they collected for the
Society of Cedar Creek Lake shelter in Tool May 19. Students, teachers
members worked for two weeks to collect the food, and sold tickets for a
raffle to buy food.
KHS 75 percent completed
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The construction update on the new Kemp High School reports the
facility is now 75 percent complete.
Blair Williams with Baird Williams Construction said workers are
steadily moving ahead on the project at the May 19 school board meeting.
“We are averaging about 175 people on site, and most are putting in more
than 40 hours,” Williams said.
“We are still pushing to meet the schedule, so you can move in (when
school starts),” he added.
However, trustee Curtis Donovan was not happy with the completion
“The percent of completion number is still varying,” he said.
Board president Keith Foisey was not happy with the stair handrail
The balustrade under the handrail is of a filigreed, bare metal design
that trustees thought was a temporary fixture, which would later be
“It looks a lot like a construction site. It doesn’t look like (it
belongs) in a high school,” Foisey complained.
“We can look at alternatives,” architect Randy Fromberg said.
In other business, trustees:
• approved a payment for high school projects totaling $1,861,857.22.
• approved adding a $2,500 stipend to coaches’ salaries for each sport
coached, as superintended Dr. Peter Running recommended.
• approved ordering computer tables at a cost of $63,863.
“The architect said the tables were included, but they’re not,” Running
said, adding the tables come in boxes, and the hardware will need to be
• turned down a proposal to change service providers for the Cafeteria
125 (insurance) plan.
A representative from the proposed provider United Concordia – Co-op
said the Texas Attorney General’s Office had ruled methods to sell plans
together, as used by the current company, were illegal.
Trustee Scott Clearman questioned the AG’s opinion.
Trustees wanted to know why the plans were illegal for Kemp and not for
several other area school districts.
Foisey questioned how many, if any, employees complained about problems
with the company.
Business manager Kim Johnson said at one time there were a few
complaints, but the problems had been settled.
Running said the current company was talking about an increase in
Foisey suggested inviting a representative from both providers to a
future meeting to explain their products.
“Otherwise, it sounds to me like we have brought this company in and
thrown the other under the bus,” he said.
• discussed preliminary Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)
While there are no definite numbers in yet, Dr. Debra Airheart said the
preliminary figures were encouraging.
It looks like the fourth-graders are down from their third grade scores,
but fifth-graders improved on their fourth grade performance, she
• heard Running report the top dressing for the football field has been
completed, with seeding now underway.
“We got the light poles tested, and only one showed stress symptoms,” he
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on
County Road 2403 in
For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at