Due to the current extreme heat condition, First United
Methodist Church of Mabank is opening its Family Life Center Gym
from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to
noon Friday, for those in need of a cool place to spend some
time. When the temperatures sore to 100 and above, come and
watch movies or play games in the air conditioned gym. For
information call (903) 887-3691.
The Henderson County Master Gardeners summer workshop on
favorite perennials is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday (today), at
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. For information,
call Master Gardeners at (903) 675-6130 or visit the web at
Mabank ISD on-line registration for returning students now
through Thursday, Sept. 8. Parents may log in through Family
Access and complete registration steps on MISD webpage
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
The Westside Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today
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)
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. through Friday, Aug. 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. through Friday,
Aug.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.
Free kid’s movie
The Tri-County Library offers free movies for children at 1 p.m.
each Thursday. Today’s movie is “Andre” provided by Family Video
and shown in the library community room at 132 E. Market St.,
Mabank. For information call (9030 887-9622.
Children in Need
The Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church Outreach, Malakoff,
will again distribute school clothing. Parents or guardians
should contact the parish office at (903) 489-2366 for the
necessary appointment. Office hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to
5 p.m. Thursday through Friday. Include number of children and
sizes. Distributions are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 and from 9
a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 13.
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) 524-0007.
The Rootseekers Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday,
Aug. 15, at the Tri-County Library, Mabank. Vernon Wagoner will
speak on tombstones. Meetings are open to the public.
Ryan Bokros, social media addict, is the speaker for the Monthly
breakfast for the Henderson County Women’s Council of Realtors
at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Cedar Creek Country
Club. For information or to RSVP call Lajean at (903) 880-6628.
EISD Fish Camp
The Eustace ISD Fish Camp is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug.
18, in the high school auditorium. The Primary School Meet the
Teacher is set for 3 p.m. For new students and 3:30 for
returning students, Thursday, Aug. 18 in the Primary School
Tool blood drive
The city of Tool is sponsoring a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Oran White Civic Center in Tool.
If you give blood you get a buy-one-get-one-free voucher for a
Texas Rangers ball game ticket and are automatically entered to
win VIP tickets to a Rangers home game this season, thanks to
the Texas Rangers and Fox Sports Southwest.
For information, call Makenzie Blaser at (903) 432-3522.
AL shrimp dinner
The Sons 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.
EISD Bulldog Bash
The Eustace High School Bulldog Bash and Meet the Teacher event
is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, in the old gym cafeteria.
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
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
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
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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Water restored to Kemp ...
Kaufman County issues disaster declaration
By Barbara Gartman and Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writers
KEMP–Kemp ISD athletics and band programs shifted over to the
Mabank High School campus Tuesday, after being suspended Monday
due to the absence of water in Kemp.
In addition, Mabank city workers were digging trenches to extend
a water line from Mabank to Kemp.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Television news crews Monday have cameras rolling while city
residents come to fill containers with potable water brought in
from Fort Worth. Walmart also sent an 18-wheeler filled with
bottled water, and Mabank and West Cedar Creek water utilities
also donated bottled water for Kemp residents over the weekend.
City water pressure was restored to most residents in Kemp
Tuesday morning. A boil water notice is still in effect until
the water can be verified safe to drink and expected to remain
in place until Thursday or Friday.
For more than two weeks, residents on Kemp water have been asked
to boil their water — when they had it.
But finally, Tuesday the problems came to an end — for the time
being, mayor Donald Kile said.
“Everybody has decent water pressure, and we’re in the process
of getting our towers refilled,” he explained.
“It will be a while before samples are taken and returned,” Kile
said, adding that once the samples are sent to the laboratory,
it will be two to three days before the results are known.
“However, they know what we have been going through, so they
plan to try to rush the testing,” Kile added.
The extreme heat and dry, shifting earth has taken a heavy toll
on the old water lines in the city and major breaks have emptied
the water towers.
“The breaks just kept coming and we couldn’t catch up,” Kile
said. “We have had 14 breaks in two weeks on our eight-inch main
County declares disaster
The seriousness of the situation was magnified when Kaufman
County Judge Bruce Wood declared a State of Disaster for Kaufman
County Monday — resulting from the total loss of the water
supply in Kemp.
The State of Disaster lasts for seven days unless extended by
Kaufman County emergency management director Steve Howie updated
commissioners on conditions in Kemp during the commissioners’
He said word of the city of Kemp’s problems has gone out to
Howie said he stayed in Kemp until 9 p.m. Sunday and worked
until after midnight getting word out.
“So far, the city of Mabank and West Cedar Creek (Municipal
Utility District) have donated tankers of non-potable water for
animals and for flushing,” he said.
“The city of Mabank also donated 5,000 cases of drinking water
and Walmart sent in an 18-wheeler loaded with bottled water,”
Tankers of potable water from the city of Fort Worth were also
“Tankers filled with water will be there until the situation is
under control,” he said.
Monday, the tankers and Walmart’s 18-wheeler were lined up in
front of city hall, helping citizens fill containers with water.
Maintenance workers with the city of Kemp have put in a lot of
hours repairing the ancient lines, city staff reported.
Kemp’s water tower started refilling with water Monday night and
by Tuesday morning, some areas of Kemp reported having water
Once the water supply is returned, residents will be told to
continue boiling their water for drinking, cooking and making
ice until lab tests return verifying the water is safe for
But watering the lawn, or any other “luxury” use of water will
be forbidden for a time as the city is in a Stage 5 of its
drought contingency plan.
The city has been the object of several television news reports,
including Channel 5, 8, 11 and 39.
Its problems began more than two weeks ago when a major break
occurred near the water tower.
After the repairs were completed, another major line broke.
“The first two were so big, we weren’t able to keep the tower
full,” Craig Old, with the water department explained.
From then on, the old eight-inch mains, some installed as far
back as 1977, continued to break.
Heat, fluctuating pressure in the lines, and the constant
shifting of the soil took a toll that simply could not be
anticipated, Old said.
Tuesday, eight Mabank city workers were working to extend the
water line from Mabank to tie in to Kemp’s system.
Mabank utility director Ronnie Tuttle said the 3,900
foot-extension with its own shut-off valve should be ready to
feed water to Kemp late Wednesday or early Thursday (today).
Another four Mabank city workers worked along side Kemp workers
to help repair the breaks in the city’s water lines Monday and
He added that he received a call from the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality late Sunday asking about the possibility
of a backup connection from Mabank for the city of Kemp.
“They’re (TCEQ) not making us do this. We’re doing this as good
neighbors,” Tuttle stressed.
No-growth budget considered
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Mabank City Council members learned revenues for next
year are expected to be flat, despite sales tax collections
increasing up to 4 percent the first seven months of 2011.
Kaufman County released its certified tax values this month,
showing property values with little to no growth and with nearly
$2.5 million worth of it under protest.
“It’s going to be a slim year,” mayor Larry Teague noted during
a regular city council meeting, Aug. 2.
All was not gloom and doom however. It was also noted that next
year, sales tax from the new expanded Family Dollar store will
start coming in and that the expansion of JIT, manufacturer of
business logo items, will be providing a few more jobs in the
In other business, council members:
• adopted a vicious animal ordinance giving the Animal Control
Officer and police chief authority to determine whether an
animal on private or public property meets the definition of
• authorized the mayor to enter into interlocal agreements as
needed with Henderson or Kaufman County, the city of Gun Barrel
or Mabank Independent School District.
• discussed the need to set budget workshops for FY 2011-12.
• approved a contract to subsequently purchase 1.34 acres
located at 1506 S. Third St. at the request of the Economic