Miss Kemp contest to be held
at July Fest
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Five young ladies have thrown their hats into the
ring for the title of Miss Kemp.
The event is part of the Kemp July Fest, Saturday.
Contestants will ride in the parade that starts at 2 p.m.
Interviews with the contestants begin at 2:30 p.m., and a talent show is
set for 6 p.m. An evening gown competition concludes the day’s
activities at 8 p.m. followed by the crowning of Miss Kemp at the new
city park pavilion.
The youngest contestant is 13-year-old Amber Tatum. She is a freshman at
Kemp High School and has been Student Council president. She has
participated in volleyball, basketball and running track.
Tatum’s hobbies include singing, attending church and participating in
church activities, and being with friends.
Samantha Hulick is a senior at Kemp High School and is a Kemp resident.
She participates in extracurricular activities with the FCCLA, BETA
Club, Spanish Club and Student Council.
Hulick qualified for state competition with the Business Professionals
of America and recently received the Board of Director’s Award.
She’s traveled to Europe as a student ambassador for People to People
and have been an active member in the National Honor Society and Who’s
Who Among American High School students since her freshman year.
This past spring, she competed in UIL events and power lifting
Meagan Lacy, 17, is the daughter of Sandra Lacy and the late Ben Lacy.
She’s lived in Kemp all her life and attended Kemp ISD since
kindergarten. She currently serves as the head cheerleader for Kemp High
School, with four years of cheering squad experience with both Junior
Varsity and Varsity teams.
She has also played volleyball and varsity basketball for three years
and ran track for the varsity team the past three years.
She is currently a member of the Business Professionals of America, BETA
Club and National Honor Society. She has also been a member of the
Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council for the past two years.
Honors and awards include All-American Cheerleader for the past three
years, Who’s Who Among High School Students, Academic All District
varsity basketball for three years, All-District “Freshman of the Year,”
2005 for varsity basketball, along with “Defensive Player of the Year,”
two years, and KHS “Female Athlete of the Year” for 2005.
Her classmates have voted Lacy “Best Dressed” and “Most Athletic” three
years running. She has also served one year as class president. A senior
this year, Lacy hopes to attend Texas A&M upon graduation in pursuit of
a business degree.
Hillary Ables, 17, is the daughter of Christi Neal and Andy Ables.
Hillary is a KHS senior and has attended Kemp ISD since kindergarten.
She has participated on the junior varsity cheerleading squad as a
freshman, has been a varsity cheerleader the past two years, and is now
the assistant head cheerleader.
She has been a member of the Student Council for two years and the
vice-president of her sophomore class.
She has taken part in UIL academic competitions for the past three years
and is a member of the Business Professionals of America, the BETA Club,
Spanish Club, Who’s Who Among High School Students, and she is an honor
Hillary plans to study occupational therapy at Baylor University after
Chelsey Mulvany, 17, is the daughter of Melissa Mulvany and Chris Harris
and a senior at Kemp High School. She has made the “A” team for Freshman
and Sophomore basketball, and the Varsity basketball team her junior
She has also participated in track for three years. While attending
Plano ISD, she was involved in theatre for one year and Heath
Occupations Students of America for two years.
At Kemp her activities include Business Professionals of America,
National Honor Society and BETA Club. She has been enrolled in honors
and advanced placement courses.
She received the 2007-08 varsity basketball sportsmanship award and best
in Spanish I in the same year. She also received Academic All-District
her junior year, and best all-around in English her freshman year.
Extracurricular activities include volunteering after school for the
Adopt-a-Highway cleanups, fund-raising and participating in the Leukemia
and Lymphoma Light-the-Night Walk and making crafts for the Autism
Upon graduation, Chelsey plans to attend Texas Tech, earn a degree in
nursing and join the National Guard as a medic.
Gasoline costs negatively
Kemp School District
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Gasoline prices have increased the cost to bus students, and raised
the price of almost everything the Kemp Independent School District
But even worse, it has affected the district’s average daily attendance
(ADA), the number the state uses to provide funding to the district.
Tuesday, KISD trustees sat quietly as they heard the ADA report.
“Parents are moving closer to their jobs,” Superintendent Dr. Peter
The district’s 2007-08 budget was based on 1,573 students. But the
actual total was 1,519, about 54 students less than anticipated, he
The state pays districts $3,500 per student, he added, leaving the
revenue coming to the district almost $190,000 short of what was
Business manager Kim Johnson said the district is about where she
expected it to be at this point.
The district received a bit more than $12 million in revenue, and most
bills were within an estimated range – except for the fuel bill.
Transportation director Dewey Haley said the district has about a
180-mile radius to cover, the longest bus trips of any area school
In other business, trustees:
• discussed standing water on the track with Fisher Tracks southern
operation manager Victor Quiroga.
“The track is porous and water is supposed to be absorbed. We need to
wait until there’s a period of dry weather to check it out,” he added.
“I want to take a deeper look into the sprinklers.”
Haley said the water from the sprinklers is spraying right onto the
“The contractor is coming out to re-aim the sprinkler heads,” he said.
• heard a tax collection report from Johnson.
“As of May 31, 85.3 percent of the current taxes were collected,” she
Kaufman County Tax Collector/Assessor Dick Murphy and county tax
attorney Jess Brown were on hand to answer questions as to why the
KISD’s tax collection rate is so much lower than other local school
Murphy brought a list of the 2007-08 top 20 delinquent taxpayers and
then another list of 160 delinquent taxpayers.
“Some are already involved in tax lawsuits,” Murphy said.
“When it comes to tax collecting, Kemp has the lowest rate,” Trustee
Steve Greenhaw said, and asked Murphy to rationalize that fact for him.
Kemp ISD has more senior citizens, Murphy said, thus more people are
paying out their taxes in installments.
“But, by the end of the year, it should even out. I have looked at it
(the problem) but I cannot rationalize why,” he said.
Trustees discussed printing delinquent names in the paper, but no
decisions were made.
Brown said letters to delinquent taxpayers are being mailed from his
office in July.
• approved a 5 percent raise for non-contract employees.
Teachers, librarians and nurses will receive the state-mandated pay
• agreed to switch to a per diem system for teachers and students when
they travel, instead of requiring receipts for meals and lodging.
• increased lunch prices for the 2008-09 school year.
Student breakfast cost will increase 25 cents to $1, and lunches for
grades four through 12 will increase by 50 cents to $2.
Adult lunches will be increased to $3.
• heard Chartwell food service was approved by the state.
• awarded a contract to install speakers on the football scoreboard to
Universal Times Equipment company.
Zoology Class 101
Monitor Photos/Pearl Cantrell
ABOVE: Wildlife educator Allison Blankenship holds a fennec fox for
to pet during a visit with the traveling Zooniversity at The Library at
Lake June 24. This exotic fox lives in the Sahara Desert, borrows up to
20 feet deep
during the day and with the aid of its “ear-conditioning” stays cool
It hunts only at night, running up to 30 mph on fur-bottomed splayed
feet and using
its enormous eyes. It makes the worst house pet, needing its cage
cleaned at least four
times a day. BELOW: Faith Spratt reaches out to pet Ellie, a red-tailed
from South America, who was abandoned on an empty Dallas garage for a
surprisingly tame and gentle considering the poor treatment she has had
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points 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 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. 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