East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office
on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7
p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information,
please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High
School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is invited to
Gun Barrel City Council meets in
Brawner Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information,
please call 887-1087. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.
For more information, please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioners Court meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the
Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
Kaufman County Commissioners Court meets the first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45
a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp
City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call
498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District
meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building.
For more information, please call 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the
third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more information, please call 489-2195. The
public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7
p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please
call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information,
please call 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets
at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please
call 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets
the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center, located
at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets
at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the second Tuesday of each month. For more
information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council meets at 6
p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information,
please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information,
please call 432-3704. The public is invited.
marks 100th birthday
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMPA birthday party celebrating 100 years for Marie Moorman was held Saturday at
First United Methodist Church in Kemp.
Although the celebration took place July 31, Moorman was born July 27, 1920, in the Becker
Community to Era (Halbert) and William Allen McKinney.
She is the last survivor of their six children.
Friends and family members attended the come-and-go event from 2 to 4 p.m.
Kemp city councilwoman Barbara McFaul read a plaque in the absence of Mayor Matt Ganssle,
who was in Oklahoma on a family emergency.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
AT RIGHT: Four generations pose for a 100th birthday picture with Marie Moorman. Pictured
are (clockwise from bottom left) great-granddaughter Grace Ann Tate, 4, daughter Janice
Moorman Jackson and granddaughter Valerie Ramsey.
The plaque commemorated much of what Moorman had accomplished in her lifetime, and McFaul
declared the day as Marie Moorman Day in Kemp.
Friends and family congratulated and wished her a very happy birthday. She enjoyed more
wishes than the 100 years she was celebrating, as more than 100 visitors were present.
Growing up in the Becker Community, Moorman attended high school in Rand and later
graduated from Kaufman High School. She played basketball at both schools. Kaufman won the
championship that year.
She lived in Dallas for three years during World War II, where she was a Rosie the
Riveter, helping to build the T-6 trainer for North American Aviation.
The T-6 was a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots for the United
States Army and Navy air corps, Englands Royal Air Force and many other countries
well into the 1950s.
Even today, the T-6 remains a popular warbird aircraft, and is often seen at air shows.
In 1945, she married Charles Edward Moorman, and they marked more than 55 years of
marriage before Charles died March 6, 2001.
They had two daughters Marilyn Moorman Tate (married to Cecil Edward Tate) of Flint
and Janis Moorman Jackson, who lives in Tyler.
Marie still lives at her home in Kemp, although she no longer drives.
In 1959, Marie went to work in the lunchroom at the Kemp Independent School District. She
was promoted to librarian in 1966, and retired in 1985 after working for the district for
Marie had several hobbies and interests. She enjoyed being a seamstress, making clothing
for her nieces, and she loves sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers.
She also loved supporting Kemp schools.
Marie has been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kemp since 1954. She was a
Sunday school teacher, a member of the choir and active with Vacation Bible School.
She attributes her long life to good friends, neighbors and family.
God must want me to be here, and when He gets ready for me, Hell let me
know, she said.
Whats the emergency?
Mayor calls emergency council meeting. No quorum.
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTSSeven Points mayor John Joe Dobbs called an emergency
meeting last Thursday, but failed to explain what the emergency was.
Therefore, council members Cheryl Jones and Bubba Powell did not attend.
According to the Open Meetings Handbook by Attorney General Greg Abbott, an
emergency meeting may be posted when there is an imminent threat to public health
and safety; or a reasonably unforeseeable situation has arisen.
In addition, the governmental body shall clearly identify the emergency or urgent public
necessity in the meeting notice. No such explanation was included on the Emergency Council
I was told by the city attorney that it was an improperly called meeting,
Jones told The Monitor. Powell agreed.
Councilman Hank Laywell was reportedly away on vacation.
Council members Claudett Allsup and Tommy Taylor attended, but their attendance did not
form a quorum, and so the meeting was not held.
The items on the agenda included:
Receive citizen comments
Discuss a revised resolution for signatures on the Block Grant, TxCDBG
Discuss placing new signatures on all banking accounts.
Poor management of city funds does not fall into the meaning of an emergency,
Though, it is very scary. Everyone in this town should be scared, very scared,
Jones referred to the fact that since city secretary Debbie Mosley has been fired and
Laywell has been out of town, Dobbs has been writing checks with just one signature
Though Prosperity Bank will process checks with one signature, city ordinance requires a
counter-signature for all city funds, Jones said.
Some of the new purchases lately include new uniforms for all the police officers and the
reserve officers and 20 new badges, costing $100 each, she said.
Dobbs would neither confirm or deny these purchases when contacted by The Monitor.
Thats not in the budget, Jones said. It also may not be paid for yet,
either. Who knows where the money is going?
The council hasnt been presented with actual numbers since he took exclusive
rights for what goes on the agenda. Weve been asking for financials from him since
May, she said.
At the first meeting, he (Dobbs) asked what if he needed to replace a door knob or
something? He was told if it was in the budget, he could get it, Jones said.
Also, Drucilla Haynes is said to still be on the city payroll at $18 per hour as an
assistant to new city secretary Shirley Kirksey, and several new police officers have been
Dobbs told The Cedar Creek Pilot that the general fund is down to $14,000. It is estimated
that the current payroll requires $15,000 to $16,000. The city was to meet its payroll
obligation this week.
But, the council chamber looks nice. It has a new paint job and wainscoting.
Once a month, certain funds are shifted from the court account at the First National Bank
of Kemp (by counter-signatures) to the citys general fund. These funds are from
citations and city fees and can range anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000, if its a good
month for collections, Mosley told The Monitor.
Once a month, the state sends sales tax revenues to the city. From that amount,
voter-approved set-asides for the Economic Development Corporation and the Road Repair
fund are subtracted, and the citys bills and payroll come from the remainder.
Depending on whether there are two or three pay periods that month, the amount for payroll
is known, and what is left goes to monthly expenses as dictated by the budget, Mosley
Laywell reports that at no time did Dobbs ask him to countersign any checks from the court
account (First National of Kemp) to pay Payne Springs and Grapevine before he left the
area. But then, hes never initiated a conversation with me, Laywell
Dobbs told The Pilot that he had to pay these two cities out of general funds because the
First National Bank of Kemp wouldnt honor a check from the city on a sole signature.
Stolen truck found in pieces
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTSParts of a 1991 Dodge truck reported stolen from a Henderson County Road
3607 May 3 have been recovered and two arrests made.
Justin Alexander Hooker, 19, of Tyler and James Arthur Featherston, 17, were arrested and
are being held on $5,000 bonds.
The truck was parked at a Henderson County residence near Seven Points and valued at
$7,500, according to a press release.
During the investigation of the theft, Henderson County Investigators were assisted by the
Texas Department of Public Safety.
The vehicle had been cut into numerous parts and sold to two different parties.
The dismantled chassis was recovered at a residence in Mt. Pleasant, and the sheet metal
parts were sold at a local scrap yard.
|Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
|The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small
change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and
so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because Im black and white like
a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie
roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the
kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get
along great with kitties. Ive had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If
youd like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your
face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at
the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can
also email them at email@example.com.
We have many animals at
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 petfinder.com