The second annual Retro at the Lake is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 3, at Tom Finley Park, on the SH 334 bridge between GBC &
Activities include tubing, water sports, all you can eat
hamburgers, worship service and devotion.
For information call Christian Life Center at (903) 887-5429.
Church yard sale
The Kemp Cowboy Church, 8101 E. U.S. 175, Kemp, is hosting a
yard sale from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday, Aug. 5,
at the church. Weiner puppies, birdhouse gourds, fabric, yarn,
knicknacks. Get Christmas goodies early.
For information call (903) 286-6025.
Mabank ISD enrollment fair for all campuses for new students
only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, and from 8 a.m. to
3 p.m Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Mabank High School, 18786 E. U.S.
Highway 175. Health officials will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Tuesday to administer immunizations, available for all
students already enrolled and new. New students need: birth
certificate, Social Security card, immunization records,
transcript, copy of parent/guardian drivers license, proof of
The Harbor Point Crimewatch meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at
the Harbor Point Pavilion on Surfer View off Admiral. Speaker is
Chris Barr, PC certified technician, on latest Internet scams.
For information contact Dan Worley at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Carol Calkins at email@example.com.
The Tri-County Soccer Association fall sign-up is set for 6 to 8
p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, and at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6,
at McDonalds Restaurant in Gun Barrel City. Players must be 4
years old before Aug. 1. New players need photocopied birth
certificate. Practice begins in mid-August and games are Sept.
10 through mid-November. For information call April Burns at
(903) 880-3327 or Candi Conner at (903) 887-3138.
Celebrate with Ms. Dolly from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake during “International Clown
Week,” Aug. 1-7.
Harbor Baptist VBS
Harbor Baptist Church presents “A trip through New York, a Big
Apple Adventure” for Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
through Thursday, Aug. 4, at 12059 SH 198, Payne Springs.
CCL Garden Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club meets at 11:30 a.m. Friday,
Aug. 5, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake. A covered dish
luncheon will precede the business meeting. Individuals
interested in making new friends are invited to attend. For
information, call (903) 498-6544.
FB prayer service
In conjunction with the Day of Prayer and Fasting at Reliant
Stadium in Houston set for Saturday, Aug. 6, initiated by Gov.
Rick Perry, First Baptist Church, Gun Barrel City, will hold a
prayer service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Members of the
community are encouraged to attend and join in prayer for our
The Henderson County Master Gardeners summer workshop on
favorite perennials is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. For information,
call Master Gardeners at (903) 675-6130 or visit the web at
Paws & Claws Caribbean Casino night is set for 6 to 11 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 12, at Cain Center in Athens. The event is hosted
by the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and the Henderson
County Humane Society. For information, call (903) 887-2234.
VZ senior citizens
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club is hosting its monthly dance
at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Henderson County Senior
Citizens Center in Athens. Joe Walenta and his Ranch Hands will
provide country and western music for dancing. Everyone is
Free electronics recycling drive is set for 8 to 11 a.m., (only,
due to the heat), Saturday, Aug. 13, at 1100 Airport Road,
Terrell (about a mile east from SH 34). Items include all
consumer electronics, free collection of TV and computers, small
appliances, ink & toner cartridges, all types of batteries, and
all types of land and cell phones. For information, call (972)
Master Gardeners join local growers at the Kaufman County
Farmer’s Market selling vegetable plants. Hours are 8 a.m. to
noon Saturdays and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through the first two
Saturdays in November. The market is located at 3001 S.
Washington St. (southwest corner of FM 1388 and SH 34).
The Texas Department of State Health Services holds monthly
immunization clinics at the Mabank Fire Department, 111 E.
Mason, Mabank, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on the
fourth Tuesday, odd months (July 26). No clinics on holidays.
Call (972) 932-2038 for information.
The Texas Department of State Health Services in Henderson
County is changing the way it provides immunization for adults &
children to appointments only, the first four Wednesdays of each
month as of July. For appointments and information, call (903)
675-7742. Please don’t wait until the last minute to have your
child or yourself vaccinated.
Senior Center opens
The Mabank Senior Center at the Ballpark is now open from 8 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at 405 W. Walnut, the old YMCA
building. It is looking for volunteers for the Kemp Meals on
Wheels route. If you can spare one hour a week, you could make a
difference in a senior’s day. For information, call Lisa
Stinnett-Smith at (903) 887-0067.
Teen account set
An account has been opened at at First National Bank in Kemp for
Alyssa Olivarez, 14. She was diagnosed with Burkitts lymphoma.
Back pack round-up
The youth of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Gun Barrel City are
collecting 200 back packs for local underprivileged students.
Please drop donations off at the church building on Sunday
mornings, or call (903) 217-5622 for pick up.
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Council overrides Mayor’s
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–As expected, the Gun Barrel City Council
unanimously voted to override the mayor’s veto of June 30, 2011.
The issue concerned extending hours for the service of mixed
alcoholic beverages, beer and wine from midnight to 2 a.m. on
weekends and holidays for businesses holding both a state Food
and Beverage (F&B) Certificate and a Private Club Late Hours
An F&B Certificate requires at least 51 percent of total sales
come from the sale of food. The action was to satisfy the needs
of Applebee’s, who was ready to exercise its option to purchase
property within the city.
Prior to striking down the mayor’s veto Tuesday, councilman
Ronnie Johnson had this to say.
“It was his (the mayor’s) right (to veto) and legally allowed by
the city charter. And now it is up to us to override or not,”
Councilman Melvyn Hayes said, “This is the right way to do this.
I believe the mayor did that to voice the other side of the
issue. Now both sides have been heard and we can move on.”
After the unanimous vote, mayor pro-tem Curtis Webster
announced, “The mayor’s veto is overridden. The ordinance
stands,” followed by spontaneous applause from the audience.
Mayor Dennis Wood was not present at the July 26 regular
The council also discussed the possibility of resolving the
dispute over the repair of CR 4006.
At Webster’s request, Fred Kurlander presented some research he
had done on the matter.
He said he had met with Precinct 4 Kaufman County Commissioner
Manning reproposed his crew repair the road with the Mabank and
Gun Barrel City splitting the cost. However, his crew couldn’t
get to it until November. In the meantime, to fill potholes to
make it passable for the start of school is estimated to cost
$6,000, Kurlander reported.
He also went over the history of the road, back from the time
when the two cities’ extraterritorial boundaries were drawn down
the center of the roadway.
Council members Tuesday, remained adamant that the city
shouldn’t be responsible for it’s repair.
City attorney Julie Fort prepared an opinion on Ordinance No.
0-2003-003, proposed interlocal cooperation and Rule 11
Agreement, plus Agreed Final Judgment from 2003 Litigation,
between Mabank and Gun Barrel City.
In it she states, “The centerline of County Road 4006 is not a
city limits line but is simply an agreed ETJ boundary that
neither city will cross. It does not bring half of the road into
the city limits of either city.”
It goes on to state she did not know of any annexation
ordinances in Mabank that would include half of the road into
its city limits. “Therefore, maintenance of the road should
remain with the county at this time.”
“It’s County Road 4006, duh, the county should fix it, not us,”
councilman Dennis Baade agreed.
“It’s not our road, $23,000 is a lot of money,” councilman
Rodney Bevill said. “Kaufman County is better able to repair
that road than we are.”
In the end, council members agreed to appoint city attorney
Julie Fort with McKamie, Krueger of Richardson, as a third party
to draft a letter to Mabank’s attorney explaining their position
and find out what position Mabank takes on the situation.
“We should settle it or quit bringing it up,” Hayes said. “We’ve
voted twice not to fix this road.”
In other business, councilmen:
• approved a replat of six lots in Sandy Shores Subdivision,
belonging to Carl C. Morrow, located at 183 Big Chief Drive.
• approved a collections contract with the Henderson County Tax
Office to collect delinquent property taxes dating back to the
time, the city collected an ad valorem tax.
• adopted an ordinance to amend a subsection on the veto power
of the mayor to comply with the city’s charter. “This is
basically a housekeeping issue,” city manager Gerry Boren said,
“and doesn’t repeal any right or power provided by the charter.”
• received a report on the July Fest and concert. (See the
Thursday, Aug. 4 issue of The Monitor for a full report.)
Utility initiates severe drought stage
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL–The West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District board
reminds water customers that the district is currently in the
Severe Stage of its Drought Contingency Plan and every water
conservation measure should be employed.
Customers who are using more than 10,000 gallons a month will be
charged $10 for each thousand gallons exceeding that amount.
“This is strictly an enforcement action,” general manager Tony
Ciardo said. “We don’t want your $10, we want everyone to
conserve water. We all use the same resource for our water –
Cedar Creek Lake and it is shrinking daily,” he said. “I’d
rather you’d hug my neck and say, ‘thank you’ for not letting us
run out of water.”
When the lake level dropped four feet below normal pool of 322
feet, the district moved into its Severe Stage.
During a July 25 meeting, board member Joe King explained that
“the lake level is the only real measure we have for the
condition of the drought” and that’s why the board uses it as
its primary trigger for moving from one stage to the next in the
Drought Contingency Plan.
“Anyone with intake valves on the north end of the lake has to
be concerned,” Ciardo said.
At a 10-foot drop in lake level, one of the district’s two
intake mechanisms is “out of water,” Ciardo said.
Those using water to keep livestock alive or are commercial
farmers can make a request for an exemption from the $10
“We’ve had about 118 requests for exemption and have granted
nearly every one of them,” Ciardo said. “We have a serious
concern for livestock and lake level, and we investigate each
Both the city of Mabank and East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply
District have announced initiating their Drought Contingency
plans. However, neither one has triggered the Severe Stage. They
are in the Moderate Stage, where they ask water customers to
voluntarily conserve water, restricting watering hours and days
in accordance with their odd or even numbered addresses.
Also, neither one has initiated a $10 surcharge for usages above
10,000 gallons in a single month.
ECCFWSD general manager Bill Goheen said his district determines
stage severity based on supply and demand and the plant’s
ability to replenish the supply for the next day’s demand.
Ciardo responded that his board is more proactive, basing
movement on lake level. “I wish everyone would do what we’re
doing, ” he said.
In other business, board members:
• heard a report on the repairs to the Tool plant and expansion
of the Tolosa plant. Engineering plans for building a new
underdrain filter is now under review at the Texas Commission on
“It’s a pretty neat plan,” Ciardo said. When approved, a company
out of Mansfield is expected to build the new filters, which
plant employees will then install. Work is expected to take
about a month. Another set of plans are nearly ready for
submittal on other corrective issues that will add efficiency to
(Tool) plant operations, Ciardo added.
At Tolosa, Ciardo said he was informed July 25 that the 120-volt
rectifier may be undersized to generate the low-voltage current
required for cathodic protection on all three water storage
tanks. “This is the first I’ve heard about it, we’re looking
into it,” Ciardo said.
The mechanism protects steal water tanks from rusting, engineer
Kenneth Tillman explained.
Design work on the presedimentation pond, clarifier, Trident
unit and plumbing and electrical work at Tolosa has fallen
behind schedule, Tillman said. He hopes to have plans ready for
bids by early November, which means the work can begin in late
March or April, putting completion on doubling the plant’s
capacity around the end of next summer.
• received a letter of thanks from the Library at Cedar Creek
Lake board for collecting donations from customers through its
WCCMUD customers have voluntarily contributed around $5,000 for
2010, board members.
Ex-husband blasts Caddo Mills teacher with
Children in car witness killing at
By Larry Briscoe
Monitor Staff Writer
GREENVILLE–The ex-husband of a Caddo Mills High School teacher
was arrested last week after he allegedly shot and killed Stella
Ray Brown with a shotgun blast in Greenville. Two small children
were in the backseat of her vehicle at the time.
Micah Brown, 32, was charged with murder and is being held on a
$1.5 million bond in the Hunt County Jail.
According to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks, the Greenville
Police Department received a call at 10:21 p.m., July 20, where
the caller identified herself as Stella Ray, a Caddo Mills High
School teacher, who said that her ex-husband was attempting to
run her off of the road.
“She first gave the location at Joe Ramsey and Sayle Street in
Greenville,” Meeks said.
A Greenville police officer located both vehicles at the
intersection of Sayle and Canton streets.
The Greenville police officer pulled up behind both vehicles and
got out of his patrol car.
“Immediately, he saw the barrel of a shotgun pointed out of the
driver’s window and a single blast was discharged through the
passenger window of Ms. Ray’s vehicle,” Meeks said. “Ms. Ray was
killed instantly by the shotgun blast. Mr. Brown drove off north
on Sayle Street. There were two small children in the backseat
of Ms. Ray’s vehicle, and they were unharmed.”
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was called in for assistance as
well as other law enforcement agencies in the search for the
At around 7:20 a.m. the next day, members of the Greenville
Police Department Tactical Unit made contact with the suspect at
a business on US Highway 69, north of Greenville.
He said Brown was taken into custody without incident and was
taken to the Hunt County jail. He was arraigned by Justice of
the Peace Sheila Linden who set bond at $1.5 million.
“This is such a tragic, tragic event,” Meeks said. “I know both
the family of the victim and the family of the suspect. This
murder will change the lives of so many people. My prayers and
thoughts go out to everyone involved.
“I have been in law enforcement for 35 years and you still never
get use to the tragedies that occur even here in Hunt County,”