Mabank ISD on-line registration for returning students starts
Monday, Aug. 8 and ends Thursday, Sept. 8. Parents may login
through Family Access and complete registration steps on MISD
From now through the opening of school, Kemp students may pick
up their 2011 year books at their individual campuses. Seniors
should go to the high school office and see Ms. House for their
yearbooks. For information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providence Baptist Church will be in revival at 6:30 p.m. Monday
through Wednesday, Aug. 8-10. Featured speaker is Bro. Jody
Harrison from Asheville, N.C. The church is located at 1016
Church Road, Tool. For information call (903) 432-3238.
New Beginnings VBS
New Beginnings Baptist Church, is hosting Vacation Bible School
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 8-11 for
ages 3 through sixth grade. Presenting “Crocodile Dock- where
fearless Kid’s Shine God’s Light.” Located at 4022 Victor Drive,
Kemp High School is holding Freshman Orientation, Fish Camp, at
6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, for incoming ninth graders and their
parents. Class schedules may be picked up from 5:15 p.m. to 5:55
p.m. in the commons area, and tours of the school are
The Westside Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 11, and every Thursday, at the Cedar Creek Bible
Church Activities building, located at 700 North Seven Points
Boulevard (one mile north of the traffic light in Seven Points).
Seniors 55 and older are invited for refreshments, games,
exercise and fellowship. A light lunch is served. For
information call (903) 340-9672.
Cowboy church VBS
The Rope, Catch and Ride for Christ Cowboy church Vacation Bible
School is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug.
8-12. Location is north on SH 198 to right on CR 2807. Cowboy
church is on the right and looks like a red barn. For
information call Vickie Pyle at (903) 880-2695.
The First Presbyterian Church in Mabank is hosting PandaMania
Rules (where God is wild about you), based on Psalm 139,
Vacation Bible School, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through
Friday, Aug. 8 to 12. The event is for age 5 through fifth
grade. Children and adults are asked to bring canned food and
other nonperishable items for the Mabank Area Good Samaritans.
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
AL shrimp dinner
The Son’s of the American Legion, Post 310, is hosting a shrimp
dinner Saturday, Aug. 20, with cole slaw, hush puppies, dessert
and tea. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.
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 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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Fugitive survives shooting
self in head
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–After a stand off between a Kemp man and law enforcement
officials lasting almost five hours, Salvadore J. Michaels, age
39, shot himself, inflicting a serious head wound.
He was treated on the scene before being airlifted to a Dallas
The Kaufman County Multi-jurisdictional Tactical Team, and the
U.S. Marshal’s Service DFW Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team
were attempting to serve two warrants on Michaels out of
Buchanan County, Missouri.
The warrants were for a statutory rape charge and a second
warrant issued by the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole.
Michaels barricaded himself inside his parents home in the 8000
block of Woodruff Circle.
All of his family members were safely evacuated from the
He told the investigators he was armed and he threatened
At approximately 11 a.m., a gun shot was heard from inside the
residence and shortly thereafter Michaels surrendered to
New Kemp Care Center breaks ground
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Care is getting more than a facelift – it is
getting a whole new building.
“When this is built and open, we believe it will have a great,
positive economic impact on the city,” Kemp mayor Donald Kile
Kile was joined in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday by
councilman Barry Lummus and Economic Development
secretary-treasurer Dorothy Locklin, as well as local business
leaders and Chamber of Commerce members.
Kemp Care Center owner Lloyd Douglas said he’s been working and
waiting for this day since he purchased the center 12 years ago.
“It will be
“This has always been my goal. The end is in sight as we
anticipate opening the new building the summer of 2012,” he
said. The state-of-the-art facility will offer outpatient
therapy services and include 124 beds.
Currently, the center houses 52 residents.
With 56,000 square feet under roof, the new facility will be
twice as large as the present one. It is going up on property
near the Kemp Fire Station, with WT Cope Construction Services
out of Athens already started on the dirt work Wednesday.
When built, Douglas expects to employ 90 people, he said, making
him the second-largest employer in the city of Kemp.
Center activity director Teri Webb said she’s anticipating more
space to hold social events for residents. “Everything will be
spacious,” she said.
Business office manager and Rosser resident Sonja Burly has been
looking forward to this day for a long time. She’s been with the
care center for 22 years.
“The new facility will attract more seniors, who need our
services,” Burly said. “I’m really looking forward to the shiny
Center administrator, otherwise (a.k.a. Boss) said in his 32
years in the business, this is the first brand new facility he
has will have ever worked in. “I look forward to opening this
state-of-the-art facility with wider hallways, taller ceilings,
computer ready electronics and the latest standards in life and
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantell
Kemp city dignitaries, business leaders, builders, Kemp Care
Center staff and owner Lloyd Douglas gather Thursday to mark the
groundbreaking of a new 56,000 square-foot facility going up on
Business 175 just past the fire station. The state-of-the-art
center will provide 124 beds, twice that of the older building
located near the primary school, and will include a separate
outpatient therapy facility designed to meet the needs of area
senior citizens. Those pictured include (from left) Kemp Care
Center financial officer Shawn Conley, general building
contractor Andy Steadman, Kemp city councilman Barry Lummus,
mayor Donald Kile and Kemp Care Center owner Lloyd Douglas. Also
pictured are (from right) center administrator Scott Gilmore and
housekeeping supervisor Willie Buster. At center right are
business office manager Sonja Burley and center director Gail
Cedar Creek Pilot closes
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY – The Cedar Creek Pilot has announced it will
publish its final edition on Thursday, Aug. 25.
The Pilot office on State Highway 334 in Gun Barrel City will
close, and the two remaining fulltime employees will move to the
Athens Daily Review.
In a story in the Pilot this week, Lange Svehlak, publisher of
both the Review and the Pilot said the move is necessary because
of a changing media environment and increased costs of newspaper
“Times are tough. We may have to adjust some of the ways we do
business.” Svehlak said in the story.
According to the 2011 Texas Newspaper Directory, published
annually by the Texas Press Association, the Athens Daily
Review, counts a circulation of 3,487 and the Cedar Creek Pilot,
a circulation of 2,739.
The Cedar Creek Pilot was published twice-weekly until 2000,
when it changed to weekly publishing on Thursdays.
The closing of the Pilot office leaves The Monitor, The Malakoff
News and the Lake Area Leader as the only locally published
publications in the Cedar Creek Lake area with full editorial
and advertising staff at all local offices around the lake.
The Monitor publishes twice-weekly, Thursday and Sundays, and
has a circulation of 5,000 for each issue with paid subscribers
and many retail outlets in Athens, Malakoff, Kerens and the
entire Cedar Creek Lake area.
The Lake Area Leader is the only source of advertising to each
and every home and business in the Cedar Creek Lake area. It is
mailed to more than 26,000 addresses each Wednesday and is
distributed in both Athens and Kerens.
The Malakoff News is a weekly Friday publication with a
circulation of 2,000, with many of its readers living in the