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September 8
, 2011






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Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club will hold its monthly dance Friday, Sept. 9 at the Henderson County Senior Citizens Center in Athens at 7 p.m. Country/western music will be provided by Joe Walenta and the Ranch Hands.
Everyone is welcome.

MISD Gifted and Talented Programs
A parent meeting regarding the Mabank ISD gifted and talented programs will be held at the MISD Boardroom at 310 E. Market St. in Mabank on the following dates: • 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12 • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 • Noon and 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. This meeting is mandatory for your child to be screened for GT.

El Distrito Escolar de Mabank
Una reunion con los padres acerca de el programa dotados y talentosos sera celebrada en la sala de juntas en 310 E. Mabank St., en las feshas siguientes: • 10 a.m. Lunes, 12 de Septiembre • 6 p.m. Martes, 13 de Septiembre • 12 p.m. y 6 p.m. Jueves, 15 de Septiembre.

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.

MISD Online
Mabank ISD online registration for returning students now through Thursday (today), 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

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.

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!

Honoring Patriots
Help Tri-County Library celebrate all patriots by joining them Saturday, Sept. 10 for coffee, doughnuts and movie The Patriot (starring Mel Gibson) at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the library. This is a free event, but donations are appreciated. For information, call (903) 887-9622.

Patriots Day Program
The VFW Post 4376 and Ladies Auxiliary are presenting Patriots Day program at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. There will be a special guest and food after the program. Please come join us in honoring our fallen 9/11 heroes.

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.

Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake. The program will be given by author and journalist Dave Lieber. For information, call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.

The CCL Tea Party
The Cedar Creek Tea Party monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Seven Points Dairy Queen. For information call (903) 432-2188 or (903) 778-2586.

Precept Bible Study
A new 8-week study on Daniel titled “The Word of the Holy One to Israel” will begin this month. Students may attend either of the two weekly classes held at First Community Church at 1401 Trinity Drive in Crandall. New Precept Bible Study students will have an introductory lesson at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 or 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. For previous Precept students, they will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Please call (972) 932-8466.

KHS Mum Night
Kemp High School’s Mum Night will be held Friday, Sept. 16, when Kemp plays Malakoff at the Kemp Yellowjacket Stadium. The Football Sweetheart presentation will take place before the game.

Marvelous Meatloaf Dinner
The Auxiliary at the American Legion Post 310 in Gun Barrel City is hosting a marvelous meatloaf dinner from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Proceeds will go to the Auxiliary’s Poppy Fund to assist area veterans and their families.

Rootseekers Genealogical Society
Rootseekers Genealogical Society will hold their next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank. The guest speaker will be Harry Erb.

Four Mile Lutheran Church Sale
Four Mile Lutheran Women of ELCA will hold their annual yard and bake sale Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 22-24. The sale will end at noon on Saturday. The sale will be located at Four Mile Lutheran Church in the Prairieville Community, two miles east of the Prairieville Store at Hwy. 90 and VZ CR 2607. For more information, call (903) 887-0833 or (903) 385-0017.

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

Cedar Creek Clean-up
The 13th annual Cedar Creek Clean-up will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at CR 4023 of Hwy. 274 South. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and volunteers will clean until 11 a.m. T-shirts will be provided. Post clean-up party will be held at Tom Finley Park in Gun Barrel City.

Do you doubt your Salvation?
There are many Christians who privately struggle with doubts about their salvation. If you are struggling, there is help for you at  This is a ministry of Central Baptist Church in Mabank.

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Grass fires devour acreage
Monitor Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Firefighters throughout the county were busy fighting fires this week and over the weekend.
Changing weather patterns brought some rain Sunday to the area, but also high winds that contributed to fanning fires in several rural areas.
Tuesday, a number of smaller grass fires in the Murchison area joined together and burned acreage within two miles of Athens before firefighters from nearly every fire station in the county were able to arrest its progress.
Monday, a grass fire in the northeast end of Malakoff scorched 250 acres. No one was reported injured and no structures were consumed by the blaze.
Kemp firefighters were busy with a grassfire along U.S. Highway 175 in the vicinity of CR 2860. Mabank firefighters were also called in to assist.
The Kaufman Emergency Services director Steve Howie warns small plane owners to stay away from flying over grass fires. Fires create their own wind and weather patterns, which can create unsafe flying conditions.
Howie also notes that small aircraft also interfere with helicopters making water drops in the area.
Sunday, eight fire departments battled a grassfire that spread from Lively to Styx under windy gusts.
In that fire, one home was completely burned. It was located near County Road 2613 and was the residence of Billy Jack Bruner.
The Kaufman County fire marshal is investigating the cause of that fire. No one was hurt, however at least one pond was nearly drained to keep brush trucks supplied with water.
Also Sunday, a Kemp fire department crew was kept busy on a grass fire near the Kemp ISD bus barn.
The cause of that fire is blamed on a blown transformer, which interrupted church services, as power was out in downtown Kemp for most the day.
With all the fire calls in recent days, many fire departments are low on supplies to rehabilitate volunteers at the fires.
How can you help?
Because several firefighters are personal friends of the real estate agents at Coldwell Banker, that business has put out the word that it is collecting supplies to help out.
The Gun Barrel City business on Main Street is collecting bottled water, bottles of Gatorade® and snacks, such as packaged Lance Cracker and filling products.
Realtor Robert Blaase said they plan to distribute these to the neediest area fire departments first.
Supplies can be dropped off at 600 W. Main St. during office hours 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
“Stuff can even be left by the door after hours,” Blaase said. “We’re in and out of there all the time, and someone will pick it up and put it inside.
“The main thing is we get these supplies to the volunteers who need them as soon as we can,” he added.

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Anger erupts over Labor Day fireworks
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

ENCHANTED OAKS–A private fireworks show staged on Cedar Creek Lake by an Enchanted Oaks resident on Labor Day has got a lot of response from area residents.
Residents reportedly called in to 9-1-1 Monday night to report the use of fireworks during a drought, only to be told the show was being held legally and with official approval.
Cherokee Shores resident Patricia Rodgers was incensed to learn the fireworks show was granted a permit. “There’s a burn ban. People are losing their homes to fires in Texas, and they allow this? Are they crazy,” she told The Monitor.
Kasey Flowers wrote on The Malakoff News Facebook page Monday night, “I was told by 911 dispatcher the show was professionally done. I informed her I didn’t care. It is too dangerous and there are too many fires already in Henderson County.”
Cherokee Shores resident Jeannie Wilson told The Monitor, “I don’t care if the pope himself signed off on his permit, the fact that he would go through with his plans is irresponsible and insensitive to what so many other Texans are facing at this time with the threat of fire to their homes is absolutely abhorrent.”
Catching most of the ire was Henderson County Fire Marshal Darryl Furrh, who said he’d heard there were between 100 and 200 calls to 9-1-1 about the show. Capt. Bryan Tower with the sheriff’s office said his records showed just four calls from the Cedar Creek Lake area were received by 9-1-1 operators. “There could have been more, but our records show we dispatched to four calls,” he said. His chief operator was away on her honeymoon Tuesday, he said.
Tuesday, Furrh said the event was approved by the State Fire Marshal and Tarrant Regional Water District.
“I didn’t feel like it was something I could legally stop,” he said. “If I had felt like I could have stopped it, I would have.”
Furrh said there was adequate fire service at the event, that a licensed and bonded company conducted it, and that the fireworks were launched over the lake. There were no injuries and no fire caused by the show, he said.
Still, Furrh said he understood the public reaction.
“After the event I told the fireworks company ‘Never again (during a burn ban),” he said. “I will go all the way to Austin to stop it, if I have to.” Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall explained, “All water is controlled by the state, whereas Tarrant Water District owns the water,” so it would take a state permit for fireworks over the lake. If the fire marshal disallowed it, he would have to back up his decision by law. “He (the fire marshal) was in between a rock and a hard place,” Hall said.
State law allows the counties to restrict fireworks that have fins and sticks. Other fire safety laws restrict outdoor burning under certain windy conditions. The state permit has to be signed off on by local officials.
Enchanted Oaks mayor Don Warner issued an e-mail letter Tuesday to EO residents apologizing “for any discomfort or uneasiness,” felt over the fireworks show.
Warner explained that an Enchanted Oaks resident, David Miller, who puts on a commercially licensed show each year on Labor Day, had requested a permit in early August, as he has in the past.
He notes that the display takes place over the lake, outside the town, under the jurisdiction of Henderson County, and the Tarrant Regional Water District.
“As mayor I have in the past and again this year signed off on the permit so as to have some level of control over the operation even though it’s actually held in the county. I do, however, coordinate with the Henderson County fire marshal, Payne Springs Fire Department and of course our own fire department. All of these entities provide necessary support to the decision-making process and fire apparatus at the show time,” Warner wrote.
A plan was developed that called for firefighting apparatus on both sides of the water closest to the show; a brush truck and engine were stationed at the Cedar Branch Park side and a brush truck was stationed on the Enchanted Oaks side.
This provided for quick extinguishing of any sparks that fell on land instead of in the water, he explained. “I’d say upwards of 95 percent of it went where it was suppose to,” Warner said.
“This year’s event was on hold until 8 p.m.,” Warner said, due to weather conditions. “At 8 p.m., I met with the fire marshal and EO Fire Department and since the winds had dropped to almost zero, we allowed the show to go on. “We had a safety plan in place, and the show was conducted according to plan,” he said.
He added that after the 20-minute show’s conclusion he, Furrh and the EO Fire Department met and decided that in the future no permit would be issued during a burn ban. “This decision was conveyed to the operator. I accept responsibility for this decision and again apologize,” he concluded.


Council accepts mayor’s resignation
By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Reporter

SEVEN POINTS–Seven Points City Council accepted the resignation of mayor John Dobbs during a special meeting Sept. 2.
After a tenure wrought with controversy and indictments recently handed down against him, Dobbs tendered his resignation effective Aug. 29.
The council also deliberated on accepting a bid for road and drainage work funded by a community block grant for the Nob Hill subdivision. The city is up against a deadline to use the funding and complete the work.
However, the last-minute addition of the item to the agenda, raised objections from two council members.
“An agenda cannot be amended in less than 72 hours in advance of the meeting except in an emergency,” councilwoman Cheryl Jones told mayor pro-tem Claudett Allsup.
“Our attorney said we could amend it on Aug. 31, 2011,” Allsup answered.
Three bids were received, WFA Wishenbaker Fix and Associates vice president Walter F. Hicks, told the council.
He recommended the council accept the lowest bid from Reynolds & Kay, Inc. of Tyler totaling $192,235.25.
“It is $10,000 below the funds in the grant ($250,000), and it is a turn key product,” Hicks said.
Councilman Hank Laywell asked if any of the specs had changed.
“All the same with a 100 percent mark-up. We have a tight timeline, but we should be able to beat the deadline by the state by two weeks,” Hicks said before the council accepted the bid.
After a brief discussion, the council tabled action to name Don Kinney to conduct an audit of the city’s financial records from Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2010.
“He’s not going to do this year?” Laywell asked.
“I thought I was suppose to meet with Don. The board said that,” Laywell added.
“I think you volunteered,” Allsup answered.
Councilman Kevin Pollock asked the council if they wanted to table the vote on retaining an auditor.
Jones said that she had not had a chance to review Kinney’s proposal.
“He (Kinney) said that he will not have time to do the audit if he waits,” Allsup said.
“I want to table this,” Laywell said, and the council tabled the decision.
In other business, council members:
• appointed Sarah E. Wright to the Economic Development Corporation, 3-2, with Jones and Laywell opposed.
• tabled setting guidelines for calling special and emergency meetings because the agenda item wasn’t worded to include regular meeting times.
• tabled amending or repealing Resolution 60, 3-2 with Jones and Laywell opposed.
• tabled a discussion on mayoral duties and responsibilities.
• tabled approving the financials for July.
“I have quite a few questions on the financials,” Laywell said.
“We can do July and August (financials) at the same time, but Cheryl Jones won’t be here,” Laywell added as the motion to table passed.
• took no action to complete inventory, organization and catalog of the contents of both of the city’s property rooms overseen by the Police Department. A specialist to do the work came in at $4,500.
“Let’s table and bring it up next fiscal year (October). We do not have $4,500 in the bank to pay for this. My personal opinion is to go out to bid,” Allsup said.
Finally, when the last item on the agenda was reached to have the locks changed when a termination/resignation is done by employees who have keys to the city, Laywell said, “I don’t know why this is on the agenda. This is routine maintenance. Just go ahead and do it.” Laywell added.
The council voted to have the locks changed and had a brief discussion on the film covering a front window where the dispatcher sits with the computers.
The next council meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, (today) Sept. 8.




























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