City to hire legal beagle
Representation before Railroad Commission
Monitor Staff Reports
ENCHANTED OAKS–Enchanted Oaks board of aldermen directed Mayor Don
Warner to seek legal representation before the Texas Railroad Commission
to voice the city’s concerns over a weak contingency plan, should there
be an incident at a proposed sour gas well in the area.
Aldermen backed it with an initial outlay of $10,000 during their
regular meeting Tuesday.
The Texas Railroad Commission has sole jurisdiction in granting a permit
for an oil and gas well San-Antonio based BlackBrush Gas & Oil hopes to
install just outside Payne Springs, six-tenths of a mile from the only
transportation artery in the area – State Highway 198.
“Most residents of Enchanted Oaks are not against drilling for
much-needed oil and gas, Warner said. “They’re against it being done in
a densely populated area backed up against a lake, with no adequate
means of escape should something go wrong.”
Nearly 100 people attended the meeting, which promised to offer them a
forum to express themselves and ask questions of BlackBrush
Wednesday, Warner drove the back roads leading away from Enchanted Oaks
west and north through Leisure Land to rejoin SH 198 near Crawfish Ranch
“These are all little one-lane roads,” he said. “I can’t see how 300 to
500 people could be moved efficiently along these and out of danger.”
And if an evacuation plan were initiated, he asked, how would people
know? If warned by telephone, wouldn’t this block telecommunications
needed by those dealing with the incident?
“There are still so many questions left unanswered. That’s why the city
feels it needs someone to represent them before the commission,” Warner
When asked, he said he hasn’t picked a lawyer yet.
“I’ve only just started to consider who will be best for the job,”
in fatal hit-and-run
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Texas Highway Department did the on-the-scene determinations
and the Dallas FBI office is studying the forensic information in the
hit-and-run death of Kemp resident Connie Shaw.
Kemp Police Chief Richard Clemmo explained the state and federal
agencies are looking into all evidence in the effort to find the driver
of the vehicle that struck and killed Shaw Aug. 29.
“A tip led Kemp investigators to interview Rocky Rogers. But at this
time, there is no evidence that Rogers is a viable suspect,” Clemmo
Another paper reported that a caller said an arrest had been made in
this case, but Clemmo said that was not factual.
“The investigation is ongoing, and has led to a search warrant executed
on a vehicle. At this time it is unknown if that search revealed any
pertinent information,” he explained.
It could take several weeks before laboratory results are known, Clemmo
“The investigation of the hit-and-run death of Connie Shaw is ongoing,
and several tips have been followed up on,” he said. “We are not going
to get tunnel vision and assume anything until we have all the evidence
“At this time, the investigation is still ongoing, and any other leads
will be followed as fresh information,” he added.
The 57-year-old Shaw was employed as a clerk at Harvey’s Exxon.
Her body was found around 3:22 a.m. one mile west of The Store in the
emergency lane (left shoulder) of U.S. Highway 175.
It is speculated that she had car trouble, and left her small white
four-door compact on the westbound side of the highway.
Anyone with information related to this incident are asked to call the
Kemp Police Department at (903) 498-8600.
Make a Difference Day is going
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Friday, Sept. 12, at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant will be
the meeting place for “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things,” as
the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek hosts its annual “Make a Difference Day.”
Saturday, Oct. 25, will be the seventh annual “Make a Difference Day”
that the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake has sponsored.
On this day someone will smile because of you.
Why? because you opened your heart and lent a hand to make a difference.
“This year, our event is Going Green,” co-chairperson of “Make a
Difference” Jan Wood said.
“We know that all of us can be advocates for a greener world, even in
the small things we do.
“We will be looking at the projects with a ‘Green Eye’ in an attempt to
bring volunteers together to help our neighbors and rethink how we, as
members of our community, can reduce, reuse, recycle and recover the
resources we have at our disposal.
The entire community is encouraged to participate in this “neighbors
helping neighbors” event.
Volunteers can work on projects such as home repair for disadvantaged
residents, food drives, nursing home visitation, clothing collection
drives, recycling drives and landscape spruce up.
Organizations, churches, scout groups, school groups, businesses and
individuals are encouraged to develop projects that will culminate on
this special day.
Choose your own way to make a difference! To find out how you can help
or to let us know of your pressing need, contact Jan Wood at (903)
880-6539 or Andrea Pickens at (903) 887-2121.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at