Buses for Mabank ISD will be delayed one hour the first day of
school only, Monday, Aug. 22. All buses will run on regular
schedule that afternoon and for the remainder of the school
year. For information call (903) 880-1690.
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. 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.
Free Kids Movies
The Tri-County Library is hosting free kids movies, & popcorn at
1 p.m. Thursday, (today and each Thursday) in the community room
at the library, at 132 E. Market Street, Mabank. Today’s movie
is “Bee Movie” provided by Family Video. For information call
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
CCL 49er’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake 49er’s Senior Citizens Club meets from 7 to
9:30 p.m. Thursday (tonight), for dancing to the music of Chuck
& the 49er’s. No smoking or alcohol. Donation at the door.
Located off SH 334, two blocks south on Arnold Hills Road, Seven
Points. For information call or fax to (903) 432-3552.
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 in conjunction with Carter Blood Care 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
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
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
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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Man sentenced to 13 years
Darryl Isom pleads guilty to evading arrest in
high-speed drug chase
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Darryl Lawayne Isom pled guilty in the 173rd District
Court to a number of charges stemming from a car chase with the
Henderson County Sheriff’s office (HCSO).
Isom plead guilty to two second degree felonies – one for
Possession of a Controlled Substance and the other for Tampering
Additionally, Isom plead guilty to two state jail felonies
consisting of another Possession of Controlled Substance charge,
as well as an Evading Arrest charge.
Isom was sentenced to serve 13 years in exchange for pleading
The charges all resulted from a Jan. 26 high speed chase
involving multiple officers with HCSO.
Dep. David Robertson of HCSO had stopped the vehicle Isom was
driving in Cherokee Shores for a traffic violation.
After establishing contact, Isom sped away leading to a chase
through Cherokee Shores onto State Highway 198, and finally FM
Ultimately, other officers joined in as the chase continued on
FM 316 into Van Zandt County.
Eventually, Isom reached State SH 198 again, and turned south
When Isom reached the parking lot at the Faith Community
Christian Academy in Roddy, he tried to turn his vehicle around,
and was surrounded by officers forcing him to stop.
Throughout the chase, officers saw Isom throw multiple objects
from the car.
Once officers were able to return to the area, they found more
than a dozen prescription bottles that contained narcotics that
were not prescribed to Isom.
Finally, a search was completed of Isom’s vehicle. The search
produced an amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia,
dozens of hyperemic needles, as well as more prescription drugs
and narcotics not prescribed to him.
Assistant District Attorney Justin Weiner prosecuted the case
for the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office.
“We are certainly glad he is off the streets and behind bars,”
District Attorney Scott McKee said.
“I was very pleased with the result of the case as well as the
actions our local law enforcement officials took in taking him
into custody without anyone being hurt,” he added.
City moves forward on grant for street
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–Residents of Nob Hill in Seven Points could
possible see promised road repairs begin.
Aug. 8, Seven Points city council members rejected, 4-1, a road
repair bid from the county due to time constraints and
authorized the engineer to move forward with alternate plans on
the Nob Hill project.
Mayor John Dobbs was absent. Council members present were mayor
pro tem Claudett Allsup (who presided over the meeting), Kevin
Pollock, Kenny Boyle, Cheryl Jones and Hank Laywell.
The $250,000 block grant was awarded two years ago from the
Office of Rural Community Development Affairs.
Traylor Associates grant administrator Wanda Vance explained the
county cannot respond in time to satisfy the grant’s time
“You cannot expect the county to come within the short amount of
time (left),” she said, adding if the city fails to move forward
they will lose the grant.
“It is in your best interest to proceed (with advertising for
new bids),” she explained.
Bids are to be opened Thursday, Sept. 1 and awarded Friday,
The controversy in Seven Points between three council members
and the mayor prefaced a year-long delay in the Nob Hill
Laywell, the lone dissenter, said he was concerned over the rush
to get the matter approved, saying he was not familiar with the
current project requirements.
In connection with the grant, council members also approved,
4-1, associated resolutions needed to satisfy state and federal
requirements to allow the grant administrator to move forward
with paper work.
Again, Laywell opposed the action.
In other business, council members:
• appointed Karon Flagg to the Planning and Zoning Committee.
Appointment of Kathy Gregg was postponed to give the council
time to review rules, as Laywell said he believed P&Z rules
required her to live inside city limits.
• appointed Gwenn Wright and Lucy Smith to the Economic
Development Commission. Cedar Isle restaurateur Lew Talbot
withdrew his name from consideration.
• heard department head reports as presented.
The maintenance report, presented by Jeff Baker, named a long
list of activities he did during the month of July from road
maintenance, changing out locks at the Post Office and hauling
road materials to rounding up cows on State Highway 334 and
putting them back in the pasture.
• tabled a question of code enforcement for 216 California.
• tabled a request from police Chief Curt Koger for an outside
audit of the property rooms by a records specialist.
Laywell requested the item be tabled until it could be
ascertained whether funds were available.
• read a point of order list Laywell presented, addressed to the
Many of the items he listed were heard and action taken at the
June 15 meeting (Laywell attended), and at the July 17 meeting
(The next regular meeting of Seven Points City Council is set
for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.