Thursday, July 19, 2007

     

 

 

 

 

 

Kemp man dies in US 175 wreck
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A car wreck on U.S. Highway 175 claimed the life of a Kemp man Monday.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety report, Wesley Harris Germany, 55, of Kemp was driving a 2007 Ford Mustang eastbound about five miles west of Athens when he entered a curve on the wrong side of the road.
A westbound 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Jenny Morris Magouyrk, 51, of Jacksonville veered to the right in an evasive move, but was still hit on the front left side.
The Tahoe overturned, landing on the driver’s side on the north side of the roadway, the report said.
The head-on collision occurred just after 2 p.m.
Magouyrk was airlifted from the scene to the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Her condition was unknown at presstime.
Germany died at the scene.
Authorities are still investigating what caused Germany to cross the center line.

Shelter remains open
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–The Humane Society animal shelter in Tool with remain open as long as it can, board treasurer Jerry Hazilip told The Monitor Monday following a meeting at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points.
Lack of cash flow is keeping the animal shelter on the brink of closure, Hazilip said.
Average monthly expenditures total $5,610, while the average monthly income is only $3,694, he reported.
The shelter has been running a nearly $2,000 monthly deficit since January, he said.
“If it weren’t for the help of the community,” Hazilip said (citing Wal-Mart’s generous monthly donation of pet food), “we’d be $2,000 deeper in the hole.”
Should the shelter close, the Henderson County animal shelter in Athens has indicated it would take the county’s animals.
Henderson County referrals totaled 35 animals over the past six months, but that doesn’t count another 256 animals brought in by individuals living in the county, acting president Tamara Rhodes added.
Absorbing the county’s animals would mean the Athens shelter would have to discontinue its animal control program, she said.
Preliminary talks with Kaufman County, which doesn’t have anywhere else to bring its animals, are focusing on boosting the drop-off fee from the current $10 per animal.
Dallas County charges $55 per animal, Rhodes reported.
The shelter also accepted animals from the cities of Seven Points, Tool, Log Cabin and Trinidad, accounting for 250 animals.
The shelter accepted 807 animals from Kaufman County, with another 204 animals being dropped off by individuals from Kaufman County.
The city of Kaufman contributed 121 animals, Mabank 101, Crandall 65 and Kemp 33.
Another 10 animals were drop-offs from individuals from Van Zandt, Dallas and Ellis counties, totaling 1,882 animals for the first six months of the year.
This year, Henderson County donated $10,000 to the shelter, and Kaufman contributed $12,000. Area cities combined to contribute about $600 a year, Rhodes said.
Mabank city administrator Louann Confer said the city appreciated the shelter and pointed out the city has a contract for $10 per dog.
Mabank is one of the few cities with a contract, Rhodes said.
“We want to see this facility remain open,” Confer said.
A slight fee increase would probably be accepted by the city, but $55 per dog was too much, she added.
Confer also assured the board a 55-gallon drum of bleach was due to be delivered as a donation.
Community members batted around fund-raising ideas, from monthly mail-outs to setting up automatic payments for those willing to donate on a regular basis, selling pet cemetery plots and monthly events.
Establishing a friends group solely dedicated to fund-raising was also suggested.
Gene Holland said tapping into property owners associations should bring results, because they are concerned about stray animals in their neighborhoods.
Looking beyond current fiscal needs, the board should also be planning to get the fencing repaired and look at expanding, Rhodes said.
“We need more money and volunteers if we are to remain open,” she concluded.
Two more people were installed as board directors.
Joni Walker, a former teacher/athletic director with extensive contacts in Forney and Ennis, and Donna Busby both volunteered to sit on the shelter’s board of directors.
Charlotte Gish, a former board member, offered a report on last year’s accomplishments.
The shelter board:
• started collecting information.
• improved relations with the Friends of the Animals.
• started volunteer orientations.
• conducted a health review and implemented the improvements the inspector recommended.
• went through an IRS audit.
• procured help with spaying and neutering services from Friends of the Animals.
• formed friendships that can be built on to make further progress.
“I just felt the community needed to know,” Gish concluded.

Kemp Eco station dedication held
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–A lively crowd of approximately 45 dignitaries and area residents showed up Tuesday for the official opening and dedication of the Kaufman County Precinct 4 Eco Station.
Kaufman County officials, citizens and members of the Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ribbon-cutting and the station’s official opening ceremony.
The convenience station is located just off U.S. Highway 175 at Plainview Road in Kemp.
Marilyn May, executive director of the Environmental Co-op in Kaufman, said the Eco-station came about with a $100,000 matching grant provided through the North Texas Council of Governments.
She thanked the employees of Precinct 4 for their work on the station.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Deller also thanked the employees, adding it was their dedication – starting with the heat in October, 2006, through the heavy spring rains until its completion and celebration Tuesday – that made the facility possible.
The need for a convenience station in Southeast Kaufman County was established in a study by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, he said.
Deller thanked May for her tireless work in seeing that all details and paperwork were completed and correct and done in a timely manner.
Starting from the time the grants were first sought, the station has been a three-year project.
Deller explained the land, a five-acre tract with sloping hillsides, was purchased with the convenice station in mind.
“It saved a lot of excavating that would otherwise have been needed,” he said.
The Eco-Station itself is built on about 2½ acres of the tract, he explained.
In addition to the trash compactor where citizens can drive up and unload trash, there are other convenient and environmentally friendly facilities.
An open dumpster will hold large items, such as furniture and appliances.
Newspaper, plastic, glass, tin cans, cardboard and aluminum is accepted for free recycling, with dumpsters clearly marked for those items.
A household hazardous waste facility accepts oil-based paints, thinners, home repair products, pool and yard chemicals, craft and hobby supplies, old batteries and fluorescent lights
The station hours are from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For information, call operations manager Brenda Murphy at (903) 498-4135.
 

GBC fire department
hosts fish fry
fund-raiser
Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey

 

Chris Hitchcock carefully coats catfish fillets with breading after soaking them in a mustard marinade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Randy Kuykendall (left) and Greg Romano pull out frying baskets to check the cooking progress during a fish fry fund-raiser at the Gun Barrel City fire station Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Volunteers and firefighters hand out catfish and fixings to visitors during a fish fry fund-raiser at the Gun Barrel City Fire Station Saturday. The event generated more than $600 for the department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Lakeview Elementary fifth-grader Mackenzie Yaws grabs a bite of watermelon during a fish fry fund-raiser at the Gun Barrel City Volunteer Fire Department Saturday.