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September 15
, 2011






News in Brief

Rockin’ Country Church
The Rockin’ Country Church has moved. Its new location is 737 North Seven Points Blvd. in Seven Points (S.H. 274). Sunday service starts at 10 a.m. Bring a camping chair and a friend. For more information, please call Pastor Woody at (214) 418-8996.

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 at noon and 6 p.m. Thursday (today), 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: • 12 p.m. y 6 p.m. Jueves, 15 de Septiembre.

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.

Girl Scout Recruitment
Girl Scout Recruitment date, time and locations are as follows:
• Mabank area recruitment at Mabank Junior High School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.
• Kaufman area recruitment at Kaufman County Library from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.
• Kemp area recruitment will be held at Kemp First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.
• Crandall area recruitment will be held at First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

Country Breakfast
A country breakfast hosted by Gun Barrel City No. 1114 Order of the Eastern Star will start at 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge, located at 1431 Legendary Lane in Gun Barrel City.

Marvelous Meatloaf Dinner
The American Legion Post 310 Auxiliary 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.

Kemp Crime Watch
The Kemp Crime Watch will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Kemp City Hall. All Kemp residents are welcome. For information call (903) 498-3191.

CCL Women’s Club Meeting
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club Executive Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.

Mabank Garden Club
The first meeting of the Mabank Garden Club for the new year 2011-12 has been set for 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at The Tri-County Library in Mabank. The program will be “Colonial Beauties, Modern Monsters.” The club is open to all women of the community. For information, call (903) 451-4016.

Sarah Maples Chapter of DAR Meeting
The Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Cedar Creek United Methodist Church in Tool at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. The speaker will be retired Dean of the TVCC Palestine campus Charles Akin.

Free Health Seminar
A free health seminar on female heart disease will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the community room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman. For more information or to register for the free event, call 1-877-THR-WELL.

Iris Society Sale
The Fort Worth Iris Society Iris Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center. The Garden Center is located at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. in Fort Worth. The event is free.

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.

POG M/M Bike Rally cancelled
The Property of God Ministries Bike Rally scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25 has been cancelled due to unforseen events. We hope to see you next year.

Casino Night for Cancer
Casino Night for Cancer will be hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary in Gun Barrel City for Friday, Sept. 23. Hot Dog Bar will open at 5 p.m. Various casino games will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with an auction starting at 9 p.m. Proceeds will go to Children’s Oncology, Bridge Breast Center and Cancer Research.

Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament
Join the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens for a fun-filled day of trying to catch the biggest Bluegill. Fish can be caught at TFFC or on Lake Athens. The tournament awards prizes for the heaviest stringers of sunfish, but the event is really about adults and children having fun fishing together. The event will start from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the TFFC. Family teams are welcome. Call (903) 670-2266 for details or to pre-register.

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.

CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Cedar Creek Lake Country Club in Kemp. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Judith Dyer will present the program on “Customs of Dinner.”

Avanti Singers
The Avanti Singers will begin their new season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the choir room of the First United Methodist Church in Mabank. An invitation is open for those interested in musical entertainment and fellowship with other singers. Contact Jean Robinson at (903) 451-3203 for booking a program or joining.

Save the Date Resource Conference
The Njoy Foundation has secured top speakers to attend the Resource Conference that relate to different disabilities. Some of the topics that will include autism, advocacy, mental health, special education, financial planning and much more. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Association Clubhouse, located at 3400 Bryant Irving Road in Fort Worth. For information, call (817) 917-2631.

October Fest 2011
Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church will sponsor an October Fest from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Malakoff Community Center, 503 N. Terry Street. Chicken dinners will be available for dining in or take out with prepaid ticket. There will be music, entertainment, donkey rides, a cake walk, silent auction, games, bounce houses and a fishing booth. Call (903) 489-2366 for information.



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Drought’s end nowhere in sight
Moisture and gas funds for fire trucks quickly evaporating
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Reports

ATHENS–Area firefighters better stay ready because the worst drought on state record isn’t going to end anytime soon.
Last month in his Houston Chronicle blog, Texas State Climatologist John Nielson-Gammon wrote, “I’ve started telling anyone who’s interested that it’s likely that much of Texas will still be in severe drought this time next summer, with water supply implications even worse than those we are now experiencing.”
In August, Nielson-Gammon announced that Texas is in the grip of the worst one-year drought on record.
Tuesday, Henderson County Fire Marshal Darryl Furrh gave county commissioners the local numbers, saying the county’s average rating on the Keetch-Bynum Drought Index is 785. The scale only goes up to 800.
“(The drought) is still getting worse,” Furrh said, “but there is no way to measure it and no foreseeable end to it at this point.”
Commissioners extended the current burn ban another two weeks Tuesday. Ignoring the burn ban is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500.
Furrh told commissioners he and his deputies were writing citations for any illegal burning, but that it just didn’t stop some people.
“We still have some problems with people challenging the community, I guess would be the best way to put this,” he said. “I would urge that the people be very diligent in reporting burn ban violations, because it literally could save their homes.”
Sheriff Ray Nutt is taking a zero tolerance stance on violations of the burn ban. “No more warnings will be issued, only citations for violations,” he said.
The fire marshal said there had been several fires around the county, but that the county had been “very, very, very lucky.”
“We’ve had quite a few fires, but they’ve been relatively small,” he said.
Furrh gave credit to the volunteer firefighters.
“They have done a wonderful job responding to the fires in this county. I applaud them ... for making these fires we’ve had small fires rather than fires that look like some of the ones in South Texas and far East Texas that are multiple thousands of acres,” he said. “The rapid response they’ve made has made the difference between if we have large or small fires.”
And as if high heat and low humidity wasn’t enough to challenge VFDs, a new problem is looming on the horizon: gas money.
Commissioners worried about the cost of fuel asked Furrh if there was a way to get funds out of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Furrh wasn’t very optimistic. He said a local disaster declaration was only good for 60 hours, adding that Gov. Rick Perry was pursuing a disaster declaration for federal funds.
“But there’s no guarantees because FEMA is running low on funds as well,” he said. “Everybody right now is low on funds.”


Search warrant turns up drugs, guns, cameras
Monitor Staff Reports
PAYNE SPRINGS–The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators uncovered the elements of a drug lab Sunday after executing a narcotics search warrant off of McDonald Street in Southwood Shores Subdivision in Payne Springs Sunday.
The search warrant came after a lengthy investigation into the sale and distribution of methamphetamine.
Suspected drug offender Robert “Bobby” Tate Scott, 30, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces, possession of a controlled substance under a gram and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Investigators also located surveillance equipment, a quantity of methamphetamine, firearms and marijuana in the residence. The search warrant, signed by Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Milton Adams was executed shortly after 5 p.m.
Two other people found at the residence at the time were released at the scene.
Payne Springs police officer Aaron Mitchell transported Scott to the county detention center for booking.
Bonds totalled $16,000.
Payne Springs police chief Mike Roach had previously requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.
Members of the sheriff’s tactical team on scene that day were lead investigator Kay Langford, Lt. Kalon Rollins, Greg Hill and Sheriff Ray Nutt, along with Payne Springs police officers.
That same day, Sheriff’s deputy John Long happen to locate a suspect in a house burglary committed Aug. 22, while making a traffic stop.
Michael Shane Allgood, 30, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation in Payne Springs Sunday.
The deputy identified Allgood as the suspect investigator Kendell Wellman was looking for in relation to a residential burglary near Eustace.
Allgood was released the next day on a $10,000 bond for the charge of burglary of a habitation.


City council to reword mayoral duties and powers
By Erik Walsh
Special to The Monitor

SEVEN POINTS–Seven Points City Council believes too much power and decision-making ability has been in the hands of one man and have voted to repeal Resolution 60 – which will give the opportunity to redefine and reestablish mayoral duties and responsibilities.
Council members unanimously agreed during a called meeting Sept. 8 to amend the 16-year-old resolution made by the council in 1995. Councilwoman Cheryl Jones presented the motion to repeal the resolution and presented some opening arguments.
“The resolution meant well in the beginning but people’s understanding of it has created a total nightmare in the past 14-15 months,” Jones said.
Many dramatic events have occurred in Seven Points politics over the past 15 months, most notably the city council’s inability to gather a quorum for over a year due to two of its members being forced out after being deemed to have “vacated their seat” by former mayor Joe Dobbs. Jones was among these council members.
Since Jones’ reinstatement to the council, Dobbs has resigned as mayor and the council is rethinking what the role the mayor should fill.
“The mayor should have some leeway to do some different things, but I also think we have to draw a line when the city council can’t put anything on the agenda because the mayor doesn’t like it,” Jones said. “That is the way it has been done. We have not been given the opportunity to speak at meetings, and it’s been totally wrong. If this is the way this resolution is to be interpreted, I think it needs to be completely repealed and the (mayor) duties set out in a different form.”
The council set a workshop for Monday to discuss these duties, including having the mayor report to the council – and not the other way around.
“The city council should have all the power, basically,” councilman Hank Laywell said. “Limit the power to the mayor because the city council is supposed to represent the majority of the citizens. We shouldn’t give one man all the power.”
The new resolution defining mayoral duties will need to be carefully worded considering how much of an issue the Resolution 60 had become.
“Resolution 60 is an issue of interpretation,” councilman Kevin Pollock said after the meeting.
“That resolution has been interpreted so that the mayor can do what he or she wants to do without answering to anybody. We are trying to bring the city back to where the council is in charge of the city and not just one person.”
























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