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. Come and watch movies or play games in the air conditioned
gym. For information call (903) 887-3691.
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.
Oak Grove Baptist
The Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church will be in revival at 7
p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 15-17, at 217 N. Miller Road
(just off SH 274) Kemp. Pastor Marcus D. King featured. For
information call (903) 498-6404.
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 p.m. for
returning students, Thursday, Aug. 18 in the Primary School
Kemp Primary teacher
Kemp Primary Meet the Teacher night is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 19.
Legion salad bar
The American Legion Auxiliary at Post 310, Gun Barrel City, is
hosting a salad bar from 5 - 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Proceeds
benefit scholarship program for area students. A large variety
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.
Cool off at the Whitton Center 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 with
homemade ice cream, hot dogs and all the trimmings. A misting
system is planned for the pavilion. Proceeds benefit the roof
repairs and prepping the building for painting. Thanks to Clara
Brewer for donating the paint.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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$30M will solve city’s
water or sewer rate increases ... yet – repair estimate
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Following more than two weeks of water line breakage, and
the city being out of water for days at a time, residents filled
the city council chamber Tuesday wanting answers to how the
water outages can be avoided in the future.
An exhausted utility director told council members that it will
take $30 million to make the needed repairs to the lines and
water plant to prevent a similar situation from reoccurring.
It’s the same answer Chris Burns gave city leaders last summer,
when Kemp ran dry the first time.
Assistant utility director Craig Old reported that water
pressure had been restored throughout the city and that the
results from bacterial tests of the water should be back by
Sunday or Monday. If the results are favorable, residents could
discontinue boiling their water. A notice will be posted on the
city hall door as soon as the results are returned, as well as
on the three marquees in town at the high school, The Sonic and
The Kemp City Pharmacy.
Former Mayor Billy Teel Jr. discouraged heated complaining from
the more than 50 residents in attendance with a statement he
made at the beginning of the meeting.
After offering his sincere apologies to the mayor and council
for the (verbal) abuse they’ve received from angry citizens
during the water outage.
“We have water problems,” he said. Sarcastic chuckles and angry
mumbling rumbled around the room in response. “But these
problems began way before our time -- before Donald (Kile -
mayor), before Matt (Ganssle, former mayor), before myself and
before that,” Teel explained.
“People have a right to their opinions and to voice them -- but
let’s be civil,” he pleaded.
The council discussed an upcoming water and sewer increase, but
tabled the matter.
The current rate, set in 2008, is $21.74 for water only, for a
minimum of 1,000 gallons with $3.97 for the second 1,000 gallons
and $4.13 for each additional 1,000 gallons up to 8,000 gallons.
The last rate increase rose by 3 percent, councilman Todd Weber
“Right now we are selling our water cheaper than it takes to
produce it,” Kile said.
“We’re asking for your consideration,” he told the audience.
“Like Billy (Teel) said, this (problem) did not get this way
overnight,” he added.
Questions arose concerning the amount charged for water and the
equal amount for sewer.
“The only amount we are going to (charge) is the amount to buy
raw water, and the cost to produce the treated water,” Weber
“This is a 40-year problem that has gone on so long, we need $30
million to get to where we need to be,” Burns said.
In discussing the repairs that have been made to water lines for
the past two weeks, Kile said it was not really adequate for the
“All we did was put a Band-Aid on it. The old pipes are steel.
They will crack, bend and break,” Kile explained.
Another resident complained that his yard takes a lot of water
and that water is not going into the sewer so he wants a
separate meter for his yard.
“I hope nobody is doing any outside watering. If you are, you
are in violation of the law,” Kile emphasized and referred to
the Stage 5 drought level.
In other business, council members:
• amended an ordinance to define “running at-large” under Animal
The term “by voice” is no longer acceptable.
• accepted a negotiated resolution between the Atmos Steering
Committee and Atmos Mid-Tex regarding the fourth annual rate
review. Several cities have joined together in order to
negotiate with the gas company about rates. Council action,
joined Kemp to abide whatever negotiation they achieve.
• adopted an ordinance regulating “Mobile Food Vendors” which
allows special permits for ice cream trucks and similar mobile
food sales at the park during festivals.
• discussed dredging the silt at the raw water intake.
“At this point bids are not an option. There is one guy and one
barge, whatever he charges that’s what we’ll have to pay,” Burns
He added the low level of the lake makes it necessary to use
whatever barge is already on the north end of the lake.
• heard a presentation by Kile thanking a long list of people
and organizations for their response during the water crisis,
including Walmart, Brookshire’s, city maintenance workers, fire
department and many others.
Kamman’s employee charged
Monitor Staff Reports
LOG CABIN–The owner of Kamman’s in Log Cabin filed theft charges
against one of her employees this past weekend.
Officers from Log Cabin Police Department took Wilma Hays
Phillips into custody Sunday afternoon, while she was on duty at
the convenience store, gas station, diner.
Phillips had been working there for about a year.
Owner Wanda Kamman charges Phillips with stealing at least
$20,000 from the business over the last three months.
Phillips is being held in the Henderson County jail. Bond was
set at $10,000.
Hensarling named to co-chair Super Congress
Monitor Staff Reports
WASHINGTON D.C.–Speaker of the House John Baehner announced
Wednesday his appointment of U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling as
co-chair the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Hensarling serves along side Energy and Commerce chairman Fred
Upton (R-Mich.) and Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp
The committee is a 12-member bipartisan, bicameral panel tasked
with finding at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over
the next decade.
“Job creation and growth depends squarely on our confidence in
the economy,” Hensarling said in a statement following his
appointment. “As long as we keep borrowing 42 cents on the
dollar and sending the bill to our children and grandchildren,
our debt will grow and confidence will continue to shrink.”
Most recently, he served on the Simpson-Bowles deficit
commission, but opposed the final proposal which included
spending cuts and tax reforms and tax hikes. He opposed the
proposal because it called for higher taxes without guaranteed
cuts in spending, especially Medicare spending. He said, “You
cannot change the ruinous spending path of our government if you
leave the recently passed health care law virtually untouched
and leave out fundamental reform of Medicare.
“It is neither desirable nor necessary to increases taxes to
address the nation’s fiscal crisis,” he said.
Co-chairing the joint select committee will likely test
Hensarling’s leadership skills in a big way.
“The debt crisis is a legitimate threat to our nation’s future,
and the American people cannot afford to wait any longer.
Everyone can agree that we must stop spending money we don’t
have, and the time to act is now. This commission will not be
able to solve the crises in a matter of months, but we can work
together to tackle these challenges in order to bring back jobs,
hope and opportunity for the American people.”