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August 28
, 2011






News in Brief

Labor Day closings
The Monitor offices will close Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day.
Advertising deadlines will change for the Thursday, Sept. 8 issue of The Monitor. Display ad deadline is at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 and classified is noon, Tuesday, Sept. 6.
County offices will be closed: Henderson and Van Zandt Monday, Sept. 5; Kaufman, Friday and Monday, Sept. 2 and 5. City offices that will also close Monday, Sept. 5, are; Eustace, Gun Barrel City, Kemp, Mabank, Seven Points and Tool.
Kaufman County Courthouse will be closed Friday and Monday, Sept. 2 and 5.
Banks will be closed. Call your bank for information if it is located inside another business.

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.

Talent Box
Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 “A Study of American Humor” will be presented at The Talent Box, located at 244. North Fourth in Wills Point. At 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28 and 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, Virginia Reid-Yost will hold auditions for the October production of “Night Watch.” Men and women, ages 20 and up, are needed to fill the cast. Please call (903) 873-8945 and leave a message.

CCL Garden Club
The CCL Garden Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. The program “Recycled/Reseen” will be a hands-on workshop. We will make birdhouses. Interested individuals are invited to attend. To reserve a seat, please call (903) 498-6544, by Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Indian Harbor POA
Indian Harbor POA is hosting a Mexican meal complete with enchiladas or tacos, beans, rice, a small salad and ice tea from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Proceeds will benefit POA improvement projects. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For directions and information, call (903) 451-3275.

Golf Tournament
First United Methodist Church of Mabank Lord’s Acre Golf Tournament is still taking entries for the Tuesday, Sept. 6 event at the Cedar Creek Country Club. An entry fee includes carts, range balls, lunch buffet and guest fee. Deadline for all submissions is noon Monday, Aug. 29. For information and entry forms, call (903) 887-3691.

Free Tae Kwon Do Classes
First Assembly of God at 721 West Main in Gun Barrel City will be offering Tae Kwon Do classes beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7. The adult (13+) Tae Kwon Do class will be offered at 6 p.m. Childcare is provided during this hour with snack. At 7 p.m., a youth (ages 6-12) class will be offered. Pastor Buddy Duke is a master Tae Kwon Do instructor with 22 years experience. Please call (903) 603-4977 before Sept. 7 to register.

Tamarack Ladies Club
The Tamarack Ladies Club will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 in the TLC Hall. A potluck luncheon will follow the installation of officers for the 2011-12 years. All ladies in Tamarack are invited. For information call (903) 887-8984.

PSUMC Fellowship
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church monthly fellowship night is set for Wednesday, Sept. 7, beginning with a covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the “Singing Fireman,” (Gloria and Buck Criner) singing all your old favorite songs. The public is invited. The church is located across from the PSVFD on SH 198. For information call (903) 451-2978.

MISD Online
Mabank ISD on-line registration for returning students now through Thursday, Sept. 8. Campus computer lab schedules are all campuses, Monday and Wednesday after school until 4 p.m. and Lakeview & high school campuses Tuesday and Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m. Parents may log in through Family Access and complete registration steps on MISD webpage

Guthrie-Berry Cemeteries box supper
Guthrie – Berry Cemeteries annual box supper will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Styx Church of Christ, located at 6215 FM 3396 in Styx. Receipts go for the upkeep of cemeteries. Please join us for auction of box suppers, gifts, cakes and home-baked goodies. Donations will be accepted. Please mail to 33043 CR 2142, Kemp TX 75143.

International Model A Ford Day
Cedar Creek Model A Ford Club, along with Model A Ford owners all over the world will be celebrating International Model A Ford Day Saturday, Sept. 10. Please join us in Ben Wheeler for a day full of activities, food, entertainment and fun!

Flu Shot clinic
A flu shot clinic by Intracare will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Cedar Creek Bible Church Activities Building, located at 700 North Seven Points Blvd. (one mile north of the traffic light in Seven Points on S.H. 274). The clinic is open to the public 18 years or older. Seniors 55 and older are invited to come for snacks, games and fellowship from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday. For information call (903) 340-9672.

Free movies move to Mondays
During the school year, beginning Sept. 12, free kids movies (provided by Family Video) will be moved to 10 a.m. Mondays in the Community Room of the Tri-County Library, located at 132 E. Market Street in Mabank. For information call (903) 887-9622.

Square Dance lessons
Square Dance lessons will begin Sept. 12 from 7-9 p.m. each Monday at the Log Cabin Swingers Square Dance Club at the Promenade Hall, 1210 North Tool Road (SH 274 in Tool). First and second lessons are free. Adults and teens are welcome. High school teens can work toward a scholarship. For information, call (903) 340-9672 or (214) 543-8641.

Property of God Ministries
POG M/M invites you to their third annual Unity Rally beginning at 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25. There will be a bike ride at 10:30 a.m Saturday, Sept. 24 and will end at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Property of God Ministries is located at 3491 FM 316 in Eustace. For more information, visit

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Teacher charged with improper relationship
CPS complaint results in arrest the second day of school
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–An investigation into an alleged improper relationship between a Kaufman ISD teacher and a student resulted in an arrest Tuesday, the second day of classes at Kaufman High School.
Kemp resident James Michael Murphy, 37, was taken into custody without incident and released on a $50,000 bond, according to a press release from the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office.
He is charged with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between an educator and student.
The alleged offenses are thought to have occurred with a female student between March and May of this year.
Murphy has been employed as an agricultural science instructor at Kaufman High School for the past eight years and resigned from his position the same day as the charges, superintendent Todd Williams said.
Murphy presented no problems during his employment, Williams added.
Investigators received a complaint from Child Protective Services Aug. 22 regarding the alleged offenses.
“The safety of children always comes first and we investigate all complaints that come from CPS vigorously,” Sheriff David Byrnes said.
The case remains under investigation, Byrnes added.


2 a.m. feedings to go on the ballot
Late-hour alcohol sales to be decided by Nov. 8 special election
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–City councilmen left it up to the voters to battle an important issue out at the polls come Nov. 8.
The issue involves extending the sale of alcoholic beverages until 2 a.m. on weekends and holidays.
Gun Barrel City secretary Christy Eckerman certified that the required number of voter names and corresponding voter I.D. numbers had been received and verified.
She said she certified 211 names on a signed petition to hold a referendum election for Ordinance #0-2011-010, during the Aug. 22 city council meeting.
The ordinance was unanimously adopted during a June 28 city council meeting.
However, two days later, mayor Dennis Wood used his veto power to reject its adoption.
The ordinance allows businesses holding both a state Food and Beverage Certificate and a Private Club Late Hours Permit to serve alcoholic beverages between midnight and 2 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federally-recognized holidays.
F&B certificates require at least 51 percent of total sales come from food. Applebee’s requested the extension and exercised its option to purchase property in the city.
Wood’s objection stems from the fact that city voters approved the sale of liquor for off-site consumption, but never for serving in bars and restaurants and that currently bars and restaurants sell alcoholic beverages under the auspices of being a private club to circumvent the voters’ wishes.
“It is my firm belief that the majority of the voters of Gun Barrel City do not wish to expand the places and hours of alcohol consumption,” Wood said previously. “I would be in favor of holding a wet/dry election to all voters to decide this issue,” he added.
“Had the voters voted us wet for restaurants, I’d have no trouble with this,” Wood said.
Others, see the issue as a purely economic one, involving the growth of jobs and sales tax revenue in the city.
At Tuesday’s meeting, councilmen had the opportunity to repeal the ordinance themselves.
Councilman Dennis Baade asked what it would cost to hold a special election. Eckerman told him to hold one jointly with the county would cost $3,754.38. The council voted unanimously against repealing the ordinance and called the election for Nov. 8.
Three other items on the agenda were removed at the request of Economic Development Corporation president Steve Webster. These involved adopting a resolution to assist Applebee’s with construction costs.

Longtime The Monitor typesetter dies
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–The Monitor staff and local community are mourning the loss of longtime typesetter and religion page editor David Cason. His daughter, Anne Witkop, reports that he suffered a massive brain stroke early Wednesday and died the same day at a Dallas hospital. He was 81.
His wife, Grace, was due to return home that day, from a brief hospital stay, where she was undergoing some tests.
The couple had been married 44 years.
A funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the First Baptist Church in Mabank, where David often contributed his violin playing to the worship services. David is survived by his wife and 11 children and stepchildren. (See page 11A for complete obituary information.)
He was into his eighth month of retirement from The Monitor, where he served for 15 years. He not only converted press releases, photos and captions into printable form, but also took photographic assignments most often recognizing student achievements.
He was a fan of the UT Longhorns and the New York Yankees. And his wide smiles at the office following his teams’ victories were infectious and appreciated.
He also enjoyed shooting at the gun range with his brother, Robert Cason, son-in-law Steve Witkop and grandkids Blake, Gerod, Ryan, Brooke and other family members.
“He was indispensable to his family,” Witkop said. “He definitely was a big light and a fun guy. He loved life, his wife and family and loved working with everyone at The Monitor,” she added.
Born the year of the historic Wall Street Market crash in 1929, he was introduced to his trade by his father starting as a printer’s devil (someone who mixed the ink and fetched type) in his youth. He enjoyed listening to the older linotype operators at the Dallas Times Herald talk about their World War II experiences.
His father also introduced him to the violin at the age of 5. Both his mother and father loved music and played a little piano and mandolin. By the time he was 13, he continued his musical studies under Josephine Gresham and Phillip Williams at SMU.
Upon coming of age, Cason was drafted into the army and served 24 months during the Korean War, where he helped map out topography with the Army Corps of Engineers. When he returned, he attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston for five years where he studied under world-renown symphonic concert master Richard Burgin. Afterwards, he realized his dream of playing with a symphonic orchestra. He retired from being a member of the Mesquite Symphony in 1992. Though he had to give up orchestra performances due to a partial hearing loss, he continued playing the violin for his church and teaching violin in Athens.
In 1967, he married his wife, Grace. It must have been true love because at the time Grace had eight children, ranging in age from 4 to 16. David had one son from a brief previous marriage. The couple went on to add two girls of their own, making a large “yours, mine and ours” family of 11 children.
Over the years, music, family and publishing were reoccurring themes, with a little sports thrown in to relieve the stresses of life.
His was a life well-lived.





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