Kemp barber retires
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–For a little more than 37 years, the barbershop owned by Lee Mixon
has been a fixture in downtown Kemp.
But Saturday, exactly at noon, he closed the door as if he was going to
lunch and walked away.
“The building, and the lot it is on, is already sold,” he said. The lot
is 12½ feet by 100 feet, he added.
The 12½ foot by 42 foot building has seen a lot of history in Kemp, and
heard a lot of stories.
The shop has afforded several generations of Kemp and nearby residents
with a place to get their hair cut, catch up on town news and just sit
“It’s been great. Since buying the building, I have never had to go out
of town to make a living,” Mixon said.
He was driving 33,000 miles a year to his job, so how many miles did he
A quick multiplication totals 1,221,000 miles.
“Look at the money on gasoline that I have saved,” he said.
Mixon, and his wife Mary, live on a farm just north of Kemp. Among other
things, he raises coastal hay, but may soon retire from some, but not
all, of those chores.
Mixon has served in both the Army and Air Force, flying in a helicopter
in an air/sea rescue unit.
“I have about 1,400 hours flight time,” he said.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Barber Lee Mixon gives his very last customer,
M.T. Bailey, a final haircut. Mixon retired Saturday
after 37 years in one location in downtown Kemp.
Business park wants its
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–Back on Jan. 2, 2007, the Kaufman County Commissioners were
asked to take over the care of Austin Lane and Ashley Road, located in
TFT Business Park in Kaufman County Precinct 4.
The business subdivision is located just west of Kemp on U.S. Highway
Monday, however, a unique item appeared on the commissioners agenda. TFT
Business Park wants its roads back.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Deller accepted the roads two years ago, but
the Business Park said with all the truck traffic, its roads are being
Commissioners are now in a quandry.
“It’s the first time I know of that someone has asked for a road back,”
at least two of the commissioners said.
All agreed it was a confusing issue, and they weren’t sure about all the
Commissioners agreed it would be better to let the District Attorney’s
office look at the request and advise the commissioners on what action
In other business, commissioners:
• accepted payment for road repairs on Valleyview and University in
Precinct 2 from the North Texas Municipal Water District, totaling
• approved an interlocal agreement with Dallas County for the purchase
• accepted the low bid from CPC Metals for sign materials for all
precincts, as presented by purchasing agent Jack Sabastian.
• heard the tax collection report as presented by Dick Murphy.
“We have had the highest collection amount in our entire history,”
Murphy told commissioners.
The general fund’s 95 percent collections for June totaled $26,154,249.
Road & Bridge tax collections for June totaled $3,613,760.
The totals were conservative amounts, Murphy said, and didn’t include
delinquent taxes collected or the amounts for penalties, interest or
• agreed to accept fill dirt from the Kemp Independent School District.
• rejected a proposal from the Kaufman County Appraisal Board to add one
board member to the current seven-member board.
“I have some reservations. Most counties have a five-member board,”
County Judge Wayne Gent said.
The county has one voting member, and increasing the number of members
would dilute the county’s vote, Gent explained.
A counter-proposal suggests adding two board members, with one being a
• agreed to sell used county equipment at Delta Auctions. Deller said he
had a pickup truck and an oil tanker.
“With the cost of crude oil, the tanker is of no use,” Deller explained.
• approved the deputation of Justin P. Lewis for the County Sheriff’s
• approved a request from Embarq to install buried communications drop
wire under and across the right-of-way of County Road 107 in Precinct 1.
• accepted the auditor’s report for June as presented by auditor Hal B.
• approved budget transfers as presented.
• paid bills for a two-week period totaling $1,233,092.01.
• announced there will be no commissioners’ court meeting Monday, July
Texas ranks No. 1 or dead last
in state comparisons
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Sometimes it’s good to be first, and sometimes it’s better to be
last, depending on what you are counting.
The recent 2008 edition of “50 State Comparisons” lists the Lone Star
State as a number one producer, and that is good.
For instance, Texas is the top producer of livestock of all kinds,
especially cattle and calves. In addition, more cotton comes from Texas
than any other state.
Texas is number one in total value of state products exported, totaling
$168.164 trillion. California is number two, while New York is number
Texas is listed as the second largest producer of all commodities, and
is named third largest in production of oranges, hay and greenhouse and
Texas is second in population, behind California, with New York State
coming in third.
Sometimes being down on the list is good, too. Homes are more expensive
in 41 other states, the most expensive being California (No. 1) and
Hawaii (No. 2).
But it costs a new homeowner more to close out a mortgage in Texas (No.
2), with only New York costing more.
Some things are really hard to understand – some might even call unfair.
There are only 13 other states with higher property tax rates. That
includes some of the New England states, Washington D.C. and Wyoming.
However, bordering states are much lower than Texas at $1,324 per
capita. Arkansas ($422), New Mexico ($448), Oklahoma ($484) and
Louisiana ($537) are some of the states paying much less property tax
Twenty-nine other states have lower auto insurance premiums than Texas,
but Texas is number one (customers pay the highest) in homeowners
It is no consolation that hurricane Katrina may have added to
Louisiana’s burden, helping to make that state number two.
Texas is number 30 in teacher salaries, the average being $44,897.
California and Connecticut lead as number one and two, paying their
teachers an average of $63,640 and $60,822, respectively.
Student-teacher ratio in Texas is about mid-range at an average of 14.7
students per teacher. Vermont and Washington, D.C. have the lowest
ratio, with just a fraction over 10 students per teacher.
And sadly, sometimes Texas landed on the bottom of the ranking system.
Ranked 50th, Texas spends less on its parks and recreation facilities
per person than any other state.
High-end supporters of parks and recreational areas are Wyoming (No. 1),
Alaska (No. 2) and North Dakota (No. 3).
That means all of Texas’ neighboring states outspend it in attracting
the tourist dollar to outdoor areas.
Texas citizens pay in the lower mid-range for utilities. The state is
21st in cost of natural gas and 11th in electricity.
Texas ranges 25th in the number of fatal crashes per one billion miles
of vehicle travel.
The highest per-capita crime rate belongs to Washington, D.C., but Texas
is number 16 in violent crime and ninth in property crimes.
The highest welfare rate goes to Washington, D.C, with Texas 42nd on the
The highest percent of live births to teenaged mothers goes to
Washington, D.C., with 5.9 percent of each 1,000 births to white
mothers, 77.2 percent to black and 67.5 percent to Hispanic.
Texas ranks 20th, with 24.3 percent of each 1,000 teenage births to
white mothers, 64.7 percent to black and 43.2 percent to Hispanic.
Various state taxes are interesting to look at.
The states with the highest taxes paid on gasoline are Pennsylvania
(31.2 cents per gallon), West Virginia (31.5), Wisconsin (30.9), North
Carolina (29.9), along with several other northern and north western
Alaska has the lowest gas tax rate per gallon of 8 cents. Texas tax
totals 20 cents per gallon of gas.
Most states are charging a tax rate of $1 and above per pack for
cigarettes, with Texas at $1.41.
However, the so-called tobacco states, from West Virginia through the
Carolinas, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, all have cigarette taxes
below 35 cents per pack.
For information concerning the comparisons contact The Taxpayers Network
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