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August 14
, 2011






News in Brief

Cool shelter offered
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.

Rootseekers meeting
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.

WCR meeting
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 Cafeteria.

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 is offered.

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.

Whitton Center
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.

MISD on-line
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 www.mabank

Kemp yearbooks
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

Kaufman market
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).

Immunization change
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 problems
No water or sewer rate increases ... yet – repair estimate presented
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 explained.
“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 said.
“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 future.
“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 Control.”
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 explained.
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 (R-Mich.)
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.”

























































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