The Monitor office will be closed for Independence Day Monday,
Federal, state and city offices, banks and post offices will
also close (no mail delivery). If your bank is located inside
another business, check with it for hours.
Display ad deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, July 1, for the Thursday,
July 7, issue of The Monitor. Classified word deadlines are due
by noon Tuesday, July 5.
56th annual rodeo
The 56th annual Mabank Rodeo and Western Week opens at 8 p.m.
Thursday (tonight) and continues through Saturday, June 25, at
the Andrew Gibbs Memorial Arena. Tonight’s performance is slack
time, with regular performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The traditional downtown parade is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, and
a dance at the pavilion follows Saturday’s rodeo. The event is
sponsored by the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department.
Library benefit tea
Tea with Christine at Seasons is from 2 to 4 p.m. every third
Thursday, starting today, benefitting Tri-County Library and The
Library at Cedar Creek Lake. Formal attire and a charge. RSVP to
Christine Burton at Seasons, 508 S. Third Street, Mabank, by
calling (903) 887-4077 or
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 Activities Building, 700 North Seven Points Boulevard
(one mile north of the SH 274 traffic light). Seniors 55 and
older are invited to come in for coffee, tea, snacks, card and
domino games, fellowship and other activities. A light lunch is
served. For information call (903) 340-9672.
CCL 49er’s seniors
The Cedar Creek Lake 49er’s Senior Citizens Club meets from 7 to
9:30 p.m. Thursday (tonight and every Thursday night), for
dancing to Chuck & the 49er’s. The band is great, decorations
great, friendly atmosphere, no smoking or alcohol. Donation at
the door. Located in Seven Points, two blocks south of SH 334 on
Arnold Hills Road. Phone or fax to (903) 432-3552.
Styx Baptist gospel
The Styx Baptist Church is hosting its fourth Friday gospel
music singing at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, at 31800 FM 85. Bring
your instruments, music, CDs, friends and family. Refreshments
afterwards. For information call (214) 616-4659.
Rope, Catch & Ride for Christ Arena Team is hosting a fundraiser
Saturday, June 25, at the Mabank Rodeo, with a yearling colt.
Monies earned benefit the Larry Hardgrave Memorial Arena. For
information call Vickie Pyle at (903) 880-2695.
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake celebrates its 25th founding
anniversary at the regular weekly luncheon at noon Friday, June
Fisheries art event
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is hosting Art’s Better
Outside from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25 (free with
regular admission). Artists from across Texas exhibiting, live
raptor programs, food and fun. For information call James Booker
at (903) 670-2266.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake board meeting is set for
6 p.m. Monday, June 27. Election of officers and voting on the
addition of new board members will take place. Please note
meeting location change to Tri-County Library, 132 Market
Harbor Point POA
The Harbor Point POA meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the
HPPOA pavilion, located off Admiral Drive on Surfer View.
Speaker is Bill Fackler with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla
5-14 on boating safety and rules of the lake. For information
call (903) 887-1630 or (903) 887-6117.
U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling will discuss his recent actions to
remove barriers to job creation and grow the economy at 8:30
a.m. Thursday, June 30, at Maples Hall in Kaufman, 114 North
Washington, and at 10:15 a.m. June 30 at the Trinity Valley
Community College Cafeteria meeting room, 100 Cardinal Drive,
GBC July Fest
The GBC July Fest is set for 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, July
2, at the new GBC Pavilion. Events include arts and crafts,
food, fun, Lonestar amusements and fireworks. Concert includes
Brian Milson, Johnny Cooper, No Justice and Derek Sholl. Concert
gates open at 3 p.m. Information and tickets available by
calling (903) 887-1087 or visit
www.gunbarrelcityfestivals.net. Coolers inside the gate area
only for a charge. No glass bottles.
First Baptist choir
The Celebration Choir of First Baptist Church, Eustace, will
honor local veterans, active law enforcement, firefighters,
school board members and other community volunteers at 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, with a musical called, “America, A Pilgrim’s
Prayer, A Patriots Dream,” and welcome your attendance.
Following the service a reception will take place in the
Rosser July 4 fest
The city of Rosser is hosting its annual July 4 parade and
lawnmower races Monday, July 4. Parade line-up is at 9 a.m. and
the parade is at 10 a.m. This year there will be barbecue
sandwiches, funnel cakes and lemonade.
Four Mile Lutheran
Monday, July 4, Four Mile Lutheran Church will host its annual
celebration, with the cemetery meeting at 10:30 a.m. followed by
a memorial service at 11 a.m. Bell will toll at the reading of
each deceased veteran’s name. Bring a covered dish to share at
noon in the parish hall. Meats, drinks and utensils provided. A
silent auction will benefit the cemetery. Located two miles east
of the Prairieville Store, at SH 90 and VZCR 2607.
VFW marks July 4
The VFW Post 4376 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting an all-American
luncheon for troops and veterans, featuring hot dogs, apple pie
and watermelon at 1 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the post.
Fireworks are set at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center with
free admission after 5 p.m. Monday, July 4. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
One of the biggest fireworks displays in East Texas.
Senior center opening
Kaufman County Senior Citizens Services Inc. invites all to the
grand opening of the Senior Center at the Ballpark, located at
405 W. Walnut in George Watts Park (old YMCA), Mabank, from
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Lunch will be provided
by the city of Mabank. RSVP to (972) 563-1422 or (903) 887-3241
by Sunday, July 3.
Annual Aley Picnic
The annual Aley picnic is set for noon until ?, Friday, July 8.
Events include food, games, prizes and live music featuring
Cactus Moon. Also a cake walk, carnival games for kids, bingo,
full meal or hamburgers and hot dogs available. Benefits the
Summer food program
Malakoff ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service
Program, providing free meals for all children age 18 and under
at Malakoff Elementary, 310 North Terry, Malakoff, and at the
Oran White Civic Center, 701 North Tool Drive, Tool. Malakoff
Elementary will offer breakfast from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and lunch
from noon to 1 p.m., while the Tool site offers lunch only from
11 a.m. to noon (first come, first served) through Thursday,
Kemp food program
The Kemp Summer Food Service Program is free to youth 1 to 18,
starting with breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and lunch from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursdays (closed Fridays),
through July 5, at the Kemp Junior High cafetorium, 102 Old U.S.
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City sets new water fees
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–A new city council approved a revised ordinance setting new
fees for Kemp water customers Tuesday and agreed to work with
the school district to set up storm warning sirens.
The new ordinance, No. 11-48, replaced an ordinance on the books
for 11 years but never formally approved, council members heard.
“The only item that’s a major issue is the late fee,” public
works director Kris Burns told the council.
Previously, the late fee assessed was 10 percent of the bill.
The new late fee is a flat $30, Burns explained.
Also, the previous ordinance had a connection fee and an
inspection fee. The new ordinance sets a $50 fee which covers
both connection and inspection, Burns said.
Council members approved the new ordinance on a 4-1 vote, with
Barry Lummus opposing.
In a discussion that considered two agenda items, council
members unanimously agreed to obtain price quotes on storm
warning sirens and agreed to include a siren purchased by the
Kemp Independent School District.
“We’ve had some real close calls (with storms) lately,” new
mayor Donald Kile pointed out.
Based on the council’s discussion, one provider has offered four
sirens for $10,000, which would be a bargain, as the city
earlier had heard a single siren might cost up to $12,000.
“You are not required to (officially) bid anything under
$50,000,” attorney Terrence Welch told the council. “You can get
“It just takes a day or two to get quotes,” Kile said. “That
way, we’ll know if we’re in the ballpark (with available
The school district would like to purchase its own siren –
probably to be placed at the new high school – and would like to
hook it into the city’s system, Kile reported.
“(Superintendent) Dr. (Peter) Running is all for this,” he
In other business, the council:
• agreed to hire an unnamed reserve officer to fill the police
department position vacated by Johnny Law, who will be out for a
minimum of six to eight weeks with shoulder surgery, after a
violent confrontation with a suspect fleeing from Dallas
The reserve officer will know the hiring is just temporary, as
Law will be reinstated when he is medically released to resume
his duties, police chief Richard Clemmo said.
• removed former mayor Matt Ganssle as a signer on city accounts
and as a member of the Becker-Jiba Water Corporation negotiation
team and replaced him with Kile.
• named Leodis Buckley as the mayor pro tem after a closed-door
• discussed, but eventually tabled action on the
long-established library fund. The library fund (now above
$25,000) was originally established by Kaufman County to provide
a public library through the Kemp ISD, but has not been used for
“I’ve been asking for eight and a half years what to do with
this,” city judge Regina Kiser told the council.
“As far as I know, there’s no documentation on this,” Welch
noted. “If we don’t give it to the school, it will sit in a bank
account. I would recommend you give the money to the school
• approved an ordinance abandoning an unused 20-foot easement
along 10th Street.
• approved an ordinance joining the city with other cities
statewide in a protest of a proposed Oncor rate increase.
• agreed to advertise for applications to fill vacancies on the
Economic Development Corporation and the Planning & Zoning
• removed new councilman Tommy McSpedden from the police
department’s Internal Affairs and Hiring board and replaced him
with one of the already-named alternates.
• heard new radio-based water meters are now being installed,
and have already paid off by detecting unseen leaks.
Hiring an outside firm to do installations could finish the job
in 10 days, Burns said.
Terminated Seven Points police officer
files whistleblower suit
By Michelle Keahey
The Southeast Texas Record
TYLER–A former police officer for the city of Seven Points has
filed a lawsuit under the Texas Whistleblower Act, claiming he
was terminated after he reported inappropriate behavior by
another law enforcement officer.
Former police officer Sgt. Raymond Wennerstrom filed suit
against the city of Seven Points and Mayor John J. Dobbs on May
9 in Henderson County District Court. The defendant removed the
case to the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division on June 8.
According to the complaint, Wennerstrom was terminated by the
mayor on March 29, 2011. Approximately 90 days prior to his
termination, he states he made multiple reports that police Lt.
Mike Tayem had abused his powers as a law enforcement officer on
an inmate who refused medical treatment.
Tayem, who is Dobbs life partner according to the lawsuit, was
placed on administrative leave with pay due to the good-faith
report of the violation of law.
Shortly thereafter, Wennerstrom claims he was demoted from
sergeant to police officer.
Wennerstrom states he filed a grievance regarding his demotion.
He argued that the demotion violated the city’s policy on
discipline because demotions could not be enacted without the
approval of the mayor and the city council.
According to court records, the mayor denied the grievance.
Approximately two weeks later, the plaintiff was terminated from
The defendants are accused of violating Texas Government Codes
and of violating Wennerstrom’ s due process.
The plaintiff is asking the court for reinstatement, actual
damages – including lost wages and benefits, compensatory
damages, interest, court costs and attorney’s fees.
Wennerstrom is represented by Christopher D. Livingston of Lyon,
Gorsky, Haring, Gilbert & Livingston in Dallas. A jury trial is
U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis is assigned to the case.
Used by permission of the Southeast Texas Record.
Salute to heroes!
5th District Texas Rep. Lance Gooden (left)
thanks World War II veteran and outstanding Athens citizen Dick
Dwelle for his exemplary military service, presenting Dwelle
with a state flag flown over the Texas Capitol. Gooden and Gould
also recognized North Texas resident USAF Maj. Gen. Paul
Landers. Golfing foursomes were told Landers couldn’t attend
because he had been hospitalized. The informal presentations
were conducted just prior to the start of four-man scramble
hosted by the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation. The annual golf
tournament raises funds for military charities; Hope for the
Wounded; the Navy Marine Corps Relief Fund and Fisher House,
providing temporary housing for families supporting patients of
the VA Hospital in Dallas.
Thanks to the sponsorship of the Pinnacle Golf Club, all
proceeds from the tourney are going to the charities.
The event is one of several connected with the Thunder Over
Cedar Creek air show to be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2. An
evening pilots’ party is planned at the golf club Friday, July
1. Make reservations by June 29 by calling (903) 451-3964 or by