Thursday, July 2, 2009







Dad shoots daughter
S.W.A.T. called to scene
Monitor Staff Reports

CHEROKEE SHORES–An argument escalated beyond words to gunfire Saturday in Cherokee Shores, a housing subdivision just outside Payne Springs.
Nicole Montano, 29, was shot in the foot by her father, Gary Payne, 59.
Montano was taken to the East Texas Medical Center-Cedar Creek Lake emergency room in Gun Barrel City and then airlifted to Tyler, where she was treated and later released from the hospital.
Monday, authorities still hadn’t learned what triggered the violent response from her father.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting the incident around 10:45 p.m., according to a press release.
Deputies Richard Miller, Ronny Snow and Josh Rickman, along with DA investigator Baldemar Quintanilla, responded to the call.
Soon after arriving at the Kokomo Street address, officers located the wounded Montana and got her out of the house.
However, it took another two hours to take Payne into custody.
Officers learned of the argument between the father and daughter. When it had reached a certain point, Payne left his daughter’s residence and went to his house next door.
He returned with a 12-gauge shotgun, shooting towards Montana, striking her in the foot.
Officers repeatedly tried to get Payne to come out, calling him on the phone and shouting to him.
When all on-site efforts failed to get Payne to come out, the sheriff’s tactical team was called to the scene.
Once the team entered the house, around 12:30 p.m., it found Payne asleep, and had no trouble taking him into custody, Maj. Kevin Hanes told The Monitor.
Payne was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and transported to the county jail.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Sue Tarrant set Payne’s bond at $75,000.
Supervising the on-scene activity were Sheriff Ray Nutt, Chief Deputy Dan Parker, Hanes and Capt. Kay Langford.

Burns, Turner tie for
‘Rotarian of the Year’

By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake heard there was a tie this year for “Rotarian of the Year.”
Outgoing president Ted Ingersol announced the tie between Bob Burns and Barbara Turner during the club’s annual installation banquet at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Paul Harris Fellows also were honored, naming Dean Fannin, Glenda Holbrook and Ralph Turner as the newest members of the elite group.
Sally Rambo was named a two-time Paul Harris Fellow and Turner was named a three-time PHF.
A certificate of appreciation was presented to members for their perfect attendance. The biggest winner was Msgr. John Brennen, who hasn’t missed a Rotary meeting in 39 years.
Ingersol noted projects the club completed during the past year, including providing $500 scholarships to 30 Kemp, Mabank and Eustace high school graduates, along with $500 scholarships for two adults continuing their education.
Other projects included the annual Clothes for Kids project, held each fall, and donating $1,000 to both The Library at Cedar Creek Lake and the Tri-County Library..
Rotarians also provided $500 for each Gold Card Luncheon for Mabank High School “A” students, hosting foreign exchange students and groups, heading up the Make-A-Difference-Day community project and the annual donation to Rotary International.
All of these programs are supported by fund-raisers, which include the Celebrity Waiter dinner and the annual golf tournament.
“Our club continues to be the leading service club in the lake area,” District 5830 assistant district governor (and local member) Lee Montgomery said.
Montgomery performed the installation ceremony. Prior to the service he delivered a short speech, describing the beginning of Rotary and its purpose.
The club was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris. “Today there are 32,000 clubs with a membership totaling more than 1.2 million,” Montgomery said.
The president of Rotary International is a Scotsman, John Kenney, the first from his country to represent the national organization, Montgomery said.
The new Rotary International theme is, “The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands,” and the national credo is “Service above Self,” he added.
Incoming officers inducted were president Robert Blaase, president elect Dale Molander, past president Ted Ingersol, secretary Barbara Turner and treasurers Karen Kelso and Glenda Holbrook.
Board members inducted were literacy chair Bob Burns, club service chair Peggy Price, fund-raising chair Robert Blaase and Bruce Easley, sergeant at arms Karen Kelso and foundation chair Mike Groom.
Also included are membership chair Dee Ann Owens, bulletin chair Kathi Nailling, community service chair Andrea Pickens, vocational services chair Rebecca Smith, International chair Ted Ingersol, program chair Mike Moore and PR chair Bruce Martin.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Newly inducted Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake president Robert Blaase hangs
the banner with the coming year’s International Rotary theme, “The Future of
Rotary is in Your Hands.”

Gun Barrel City seeks
bonds for new city hall

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Council declared its intent to go out for bond financing for the purchase and expansion of the former Franklin Bank Building.
Plans call for relocating city hall and the court offices to the purchased property, as well as developing council chambers and a community meeting room, city manager Gerry Boren explained at the June 23 council meeting.
The real estate sale was set to close July 1. 
Since the bond process is only just begun, the city will use its own funds for the actual purchase of the 2½-acre site, and be refunded that money when the bond note process is completed.

Monitor Photo/
Pearl Cantrell
AT RIGHT - Mayor Paul Eaton holds out the redesigned and recently received Gun Barrel City flag during a dedication presentation June 23.

The financing-purchase and expansion are being done in two phases – the actual purchase and then the expansion, city accountant Mickie Raney explained.
This will be the first time the city has made a purchase using tax-exempt financing. In the past, the city has either paid up front, or entered into a lease-purchase agreement.
This type of buying has left the city without a credit rating, which greatly hampers it, should it need to borrow truly large sums of money in the future, Boren explained – such as for the purchase of a water and wastewater system.
Boren feels the current project is well within the city’s reach and hopes the 15-year bond financing will gain the city at least an AA-minus rating.
“This is an easy note, and an easy way of doing what we’re wanting to do,” he said.
The first bond amount would be $625,000 for the purchase. The $500,000 purchase price will serve as down payment on up to an $1.8 million note to expand and renovate the building, Raney said.
In the meantime, a portion of the building will be under lease to the FDIC for up to six months, paying $4,000 a month to the city.
During that time, architects and the city will be finalizing their plans for the property, Boren said.
Once the city moves everything over to the new property, the council can decide what’s best for the former property, to either develop it or sell it.
The council also approved certain amendments to the city budget to reflect current economic conditions.
“This was a very conservative budget,” Boren said. “Now, we can adjust it to reflect more accurately the way things are now.”
The proposed changes compensate for lost revenue in the number of general permits sought and adjusts salaries as certain employees are shared between several departments.
It also reflects the city’s delayed purchase of a few vehicles, now that the sales tax revenue has come in a higher amount than expected, Boren explained.
Last year, the city carried a fund balance of about $200,000. The council also approved moving $188,000 of the balance into investments with TexPool.
In other business, council members:
• appointed Larry Spiegel, formerly the CEO of the second largest ad agency in Dallas, to the unexpired term held by Dean Wright, who resigned from the Economic Development Corporation.
• changed the city council meeting time from 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday to 6 p.m. on those days.
• adopted a resolution to maintain the city’s present Public Funds Investment Policy.


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