collapses GBC stage
Concerts to be rescheduled; 3 bands save the night
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITYHigh winds collapsed a lighting and sound rig onto the stage,
cancelling planned concerts at the Gun Barrel Citys July 4th Festival Saturday.
Torrential rains accompanied the thunderstorms, leaving the grounds a muddy morass and
reducing the number of festival visitors to just a handful.
Courtesy Photos/Gregori Starrett
ABOVE: A member of the Derek Sholl band watches in dismay as the lighting rig and the
canopy above the stage collapses during a mid-afternoon thunderstorm at the Gun Barrel
City July 4 Festival Saturday. The collapse damaged some of the No Justice band's
equipment, but no one was injured. BELOW: Steve Rice, the lead singer for No Justice,
grimaces at the camera as he packs up part of the group's sound system while helpers try
to lift the stage's lighting rig off the group's crushed drum kit. High winds and heavy
rain wiped out the afternoons activities, but No Justice and two other bands later
played acoustic sets at the Gun Barrel City Fire Station before and after a 10 p.m.
However, three of the four scheduled bands stuck around to play acoustic numbers and sign
autographs at the fire station, and a goodly crowd was on hand for the traditional 10 p.m.
Were hoping to reschedule, city councilman Marty Goss said Tuesday
morning. Were looking at coordinating dates with the bands. The tickets sold
this weekend will be honored at that time.
No Justice had set up and just completed a sound check when the winds started
picking up ahead of a squall line coming through from the south.
The lighting/sound rig also supported a canvas roof, and the wind began whipping the
fabric, pulling the rig sideways and eventually causing it to collapse onto No
Justices equipment, destroying the drum kit.
No one was on stage at the time, and there were no injuries reported.
The city was insured against potential losses at the festival, and the company who set up
the stage and the lighting/sound equipment were also insured, Goss said.
No Justice, the Johnny Cooper band and Derek Sholl all remained, playing acoustic versions
of their songs and signing autographs for more than three hours, both before and after the
The drummer for No Justice his drum kit got smashed, but he stuck around and
pitched right in, Goss said. I thought it spoke volumes for them (the bands)
and their professionalism. They helped save the night.
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KERENSKerens Police Chief Wesley Brian Miers has been suspended, following an arrest
on a domestic violence charge in Athens July 1.
Kerens City Administrator Cindy Scott confirmed Tuesday that Miers has been suspended for
Any future action will depend on what comes of his case, she said.
The Kerens City Council had a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening, but Scott said
she did not expect the council to take any action at that meeting.
Kerens PD Sgt. Roy Ivey will be the officer in charge until the council takes formal
action, Scott said.
Miers, 34, was arrested without incident at a residence in the 200 block of S.
Prairieville Street in Athens, when officers responded to a call reporting family
Athens Police Sgt. Eddie Smith responded and spoke with Kimberly Miers, 30, the estranged
wife of Brian Miers. She reported minor injuries to her wrist and hand, according to
Brian Miers was booked into the Henderson County Jail and was released after posting
The case will be referred to the Henderson County Attorneys office, Athens Police
Lt. Mike Davis said.
MISD sets tax vote
Voters asked to revise tax rate split
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANKIn an effort to get voters to contemplate the intricacies of a tax
ratification election, instead of just casting a no new taxes vote, Mabank
school trustees chose Tuesday, Sept. 14, as election day for an important school ballot.
A public hearing is set for 7:15 p.m. (just prior to the regular school board meeting)
Monday, July 26, to explain what will be on the ballot, and the effect a vote either way
will have on the school district and the taxpayer.
The initial notice about the budget and tax rate hearing will appear in an ad in The
Monitors Sunday, July 11, issue.
Last year, the district had its tax rate election during the November general election.
Although the election failed, several trustees said they were told by friends they did not
fully understand the concept and would have voted for the ratification had they better
This year, voters will again be asked to choose between a tax rate that goes neither up
nor down if thats not confusing enough, the wording required by state law is
more confusing still.
Currently, voters are paying $1.38 per $100 valuation, and whether the proposal passes or
fails, taxpayers will still pay $1.38 per $100 valuation.
The difference lies in the districts division of the tax payment.
Currently, $1.04 of the tax rate is deposited in the districts maintenance and
operation fund the M&O fund.
The rest, 34 cents per $100 valuation, goes toward debt service (money owed by the
district on big-ticket items, such as bonds approved by voters). This account is called
the I&S fund.
The $1.04 M&O fund plus the 34-cent I&S fund equals the current tax rate of $1.38.
The proposed rate is $1.17 for M&O and 21 cents for I&S, which will still equal
$1.38 meaning property owners who dont have an increase in value wont
see a tax increase.
If the proposed rate does not pass, it likely will cost the district about $400,000 in
lost state funding, superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall explained.
He urges residents to attend the board meeting or talk to a trustee to get questions
answered on the tax rate proposition.
In other business June 28, trustees:
renewed the custodial contract with GCA Services Group of Texas for the fourth year
of a five-year contract.
approved the state-required policy on freedom from bullying, Mabank ISD Policy FFI
(local), second reading.
accepted bids on milk (Oak Farms) and bread (Earthgrains).
approved salary schedules as presented.
Employee pay raises will average $750, with the lowest set at $170 and the highest at
$1,200 per year.
heard the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) meeting is set for Thursday
through Sunday, Sept. 23-26.
heard tax collections total 90.8 percent of levy to date.