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
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.
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)
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!
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
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 www.knowimsaved.com.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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,”
“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
“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
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
• 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
• 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
“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)