Wednesday night Awana
Hillcrest Baptist Church will be offering Awana to children ages
3 to sixth grade from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday nights. Hillcrest
Baptist Church is located at 909 N. Elm in Kemp.
The public is invited to Payne Springs United Methodist Church
monthly fellowship night Thursday, Oct. 6 (today). A covered
dish dinner will be served followed by entertainers Jasmine
Richman and Friends. The church is located on SH 198 across from
the PSVFD. For more information, call (903) 451-2978.
Swingers square dance club garage sale
The Log Cabin Swingers Dance Club will hold a garage sale 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 6-8 at Promenade Hall, located
at 1210 North Tool Drive in Tool. The next regular square dance
will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. For more information, call
Yard sale to benefit Susan G. Komen
All proceeds from a yard sale in Paradise Bay will be donated to
the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund.
Sale will be held Friday-Sunday Oct. 7-9 at 1209 Aloha Road in
Tool. Go to the back.
Designs through discovery series at library
The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 7 at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake. The program focuses
on the use of lilies in design. The hostess is Hyta Sims and the
inspiration will be presented by Donna Kay Cooper. Individuals
interested in making new friends are cordially invited to
attend. For more information, call (903) 498-6544.
VFW benefit suppers
The VFW Post 4376 on Veterans Way in Seven Points is holding a
hamburger benefit supper 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 and a hot dog
chili supper Friday, Oct. 14 for the homeless veterans fund for
All you can eat fish fry
Knights of Columbus Council 8806 will hold their all-you-can-eat
fish fry 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at St. Jude Catholic Church on
Luther Lane. Menu includes U.S. farm raised catfish, french
fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, ice tea/coffee and homemade baked
Lord’s Acre Fall Festival
Kick off the 16th annual Lord’s Acre Fall Festival early this
year with a pumpkin patch visit Monday, Oct. 3. It’s a great
opportunity to take photos of the kids and grandkids. The First
United Methodist Church, located at 301 S. Third St. in Mabank
is holding its annual Lord’s Acre festival starting at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8 with a fun run at 7 a.m.
There will also be a Country Store open at 9 a.m., barbecue
luncheon at 11 a.m. and live auction at 1 p.m.
For more information call (903) 887-3691.
Blessing of the animals
The annual Blessing of the Animals will be held at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8 at St. James on the Lake Episcopal Church.
Bring your pets to be blessed by Fr. Jerry Morriss. After the
blessing, we will have a hot dog cook out.
Open to the pet-free public as well.
Whitton Community Center barbecue and auction
Donated items such as antiques, arts, crafts and baked goods are
wanted for the auction to benefit Tarver Cemetery maintenance
and upkeep. Auction and barbecue will be 5:30 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 8 at the center located on VZFM 1651, four miles north of
Jackson off 198. Menu includes brisket, lot links, beans, potato
salad, coleslaw, drinks and dessert.
Donations of $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and over
National Night Out Against Crime
The Mabank Police Department is hosting a city wide Night Out
Against Crime 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 on Market Street. The
western-themed event will feature entertainment, food, tours of
police cars and fire engines and the outdoor showing of a great
Lock your doors, turn on an outside light and spend the evening
with neighbors, police and firemen enjoying fun activities.
Don’t forget your lawn chairs.
Model Railroad Show
The 29th annual Model Railroad Show will be held
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8-9 at the LMRA facility at 3400 Bryant
Irvin Road in southwest Fort Worth. The show will be open from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Visitors will see modular model displays of various scales, tour
the LMRA club’s 1200 sq. ft. HO-scale model railroad layout that
is 90 percent complete.
For more information call (817) 732-7731.
Special Olympics Bocce blowout and fund raiser
The Church of Christ in Seven Points is holding a fund raiser 9
a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 to help with the purchase of team
uniforms. Hot dogs, chips, soft drinks, water and baked goods
will be on sale. A drawing for special items will be included.
Pauline the Clown will be there. Located at 235 W. Cedar Creek
Parkway in Seven Points.
Happy Tail benefit fundraiser
Happy Tails animal rescue will have a benefit fundraiser at 3
p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at Cedar Isle Restaurant and Baja Beach Club
at 2001 E Cedar Creek Pkwy in Seven Points. Join us for food,
fun, live music, a silent auction drawings and prizes. The $20
cover charge includes your meal.
For more information call (903) 432-2220 or go to
Westside Senior Citizens Center
The Westside Senior Citizens Center opens 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, (today) Oct. 6 and every Thursday at the Cedar Creek
Bible Church Activities Building, 700 north Seven Points Blvd.,
one mile north of the traffic light in Seven Points. Seniors 55
and older are invited for refreshments, card games, dominos and
other activities. A light lunch will be served. For more
information, call (903) 340-9672.
Adopt a family open golf tournament
St. James on the Lake Episcopal Church hosts the 12th annual
Adopt-a-Family Open Golf Tournament Oct. 10 at the Cedar Creek
Country Club. All proceeds go to charity to help families at
Christmas and throughout the year. Located at 10707 KCR 4022
near the entrance to the Cedar Creek County Club.
AARP Driver Safety Course
A one-day AARP Driver Safety Program will be held 1-6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13 at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points. The refresher course is designed for drivers age 50 and
over, but is open to anyone. For more information, call Jean
Dirks at (903) 887-3836.
Tri-County Library book club, the “bookworms,” will meet at 10
a.m. on the second Friday of each month beginning Oct. 14 in the
Community Room. Refreshments will be served. No membership fees.
For more information, call Madelyn Healey at (903) 880-3699.
American Legion cook out
The American Legion riders will be holding a cook out benefit
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15. Monies will used for toys for
children of Cedar Creek Lake at Christmas. Friday, Oct. 14 will
be brisket burger and beans for a donation of $5. Oct 15 will be
smoked sausage and fixings for a donation of $6. Cooking starts
at 5 p.m. and served until there is no more.
For more information call, Sammie Jones at (903) 451-2477.
Taters ‘n’ Tunes dinner show
The Mabank High Choirs are hosting the Umpteenth annual Taters
‘n’ Tunes dinner show and fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct.
14 at the Mabank High School cafeteria prior to the football
game. The country western themed event includes baked potato and
brisket dinner and a great show where the servers and the
performers are the choir students themselves.
Tickets must be purchased in advance from students or the high
school office for $8.
For more information call Marsha Sanchez at (903) 880-1620.
Van Zandt senior citizen club dance
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club hosts a monthly dance at 7
p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at the Henderson County Senior Center in
Athens. Country western music will be provided by Joe Walenta
and the Ranch Hands. Everyone is welcome.
For more information call (903) 675-3774.
Enchanted Oaks garage sale
The annual Enchanted Oaks city wide garage sale is 8 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, located on the east side of the lake.
Enjoy shopping the “Red Balloon” houses for a wide variety of
items. Maps available at the entrance.
Score for Desi volleyball tournament benefit
The Score for Desi Volleyball Tournament benefit will be held at
8 a.m. Oct. 15 at Kemp City Park. To register a six man team for
$30 call Shannon Garmon at (214) 317-8023.
Cotton Row Run 5K Run/Walk
The Cotton Row Run 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. Saturday,
Oct. 15, in Kerens. Registration will start at 7 a.m. Please
register by Saturday, Oct. 1. For more information, please call
(903) 872-6045 or visit
Hunter Education Course
A course in hunter education will be held at 6 p.m. Monday-
Tuesday, Oct. 17-18 and Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Mabank High
School agriculture building.
The course is open to adults and youngsters and will include
instruction in modern firearms and primitive sporting arms
handling and safety, outdoor responsibilities and ethics, laws
and regulations, wildlife conservation and management, hunting
traditions, field care of game and wilderness first aid and
survival. Minimum age for certification is 9 years old and the
cost is $15. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by
an adult. For more information, call (800) 792-1112.
Stew and cornbread with the American Legion
The American Legion Auxiliary is serving homemade stew and
cornbread with dessert at 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Cost is $5
and proceeds will be used to send a local high school junior
girl to Girls State. For more information, call (903) 887-4980.
Kemp Fall Festival
The Kemp Fall Festival will be held Thursday, Oct. 29. Park
opens at noon, parade at 2 p.m. Vendors welcome. For more
details, call (214) 534-4067.
Cedar Creek Church Octoberfest
Cedar Creek Church is holding Octoberfest from noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 at 142 Rodney Drive. There will be food,
games, auctions and entertainment and a drawing for a car,
televisions and other prizes. For more information, call Cherl
Barr at (214) 530-5072.
Kemp Fun Fest
Hillcrest Baptist Church is holding its annual Fun Fest at 6-8
p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 as an alternative to trick or treating. The
church is located at 909 N Elm in Kemp. There will be food,
games and prizes.
The Gun Barrel City Beaufication Committee is holding a holiday
merchant decorating contest Tuesday, Nov. 1 at city hall. Entry
fees are canned goods and the prize is $250. The winner will be
announced Dec. 7. For more information, call (903) 887-8620.
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9 counts deadly assault
given in ATV dispute
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A Malakoff man drawn into an argument that escalated into
gunfire over the riding of ATVs near his cousin’s property west
of Seven Points June 4 has been indicted for attempted murder.
In addition, Patrick Lewis Russey, a 40-year-old white male
(W/M), was indicted on nine counts of Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon and five counts of Deadly Conduct Discharge
These were six of 79 True Bills returned by the Henderson Grand
Jury, which met Sept. 9, and 22-23.
District Attorney R. Scott McKee reported the indictments Sept.
Russey’s cousin, Wilburn “Murl” Stanfield Jr., 43, of Kemp
confronted his neighbor Jeff Whitworth, 33. Whitworth and family
members were riding ATVs on and near their property at 31081 CR
2100 at around 6:30 p.m.
Stanfield confronted Whitworth with a shotgun and pistol in hand
following the unsatisfactory conclusion of a verbal argument,
along with Russey and entered Whitworth’s property.
According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office from
witnesses at the scene, Stanfield threatened Whitworth with the
shotgun, fired at least one shot from a close distance (about a
foot), hitting Whitworth.
Whitworth accelerated in turn, and hit Stanfield, who fell with
the rear tire of the truck and the attached trailer running him
At that point, Russey fired at least one round from a handgun,
striking Whitworth’s truck in the driver’s side door.
Whitworth survived his injuries. Stanfield did not and was
pronounced dead at the scene.
No True Bills this round were returned naming Whitworth.
Also indicted was James Garfield Marshall, a 20-year-old black
male (B/M) from Athens. Marshall was indicted for murder in the
drive-by shooting death of 18-year-old Palestine college student
Desiree Dijon Brown July 4.
In addition, he is indicted on Aggravated Assault with a Deadly
Weapon and Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle.
Marshall reportedly had left a group of people on Jonathan
Street shortly before midnight to get a gun and return following
an argument with an unknown person.
He returned driving a black Chevrolet Impala opening fire with
an automatic weapon in the 300 block of Jonathan Street. Brown
was one in the crowd of people that night at that location. A
second individual suffered a flesh wound and was treated and
Investigators recovered physical evidence in the car and at the
Also, Myles Christopher Gray, W/M, 27, from Seven Points, was
indicted for Manufacture/ Delivery of a Controlled Substance,
Evading Arrest with Motor Vehicle and Aggravated Assault with
Deadly Weapon stemming from an altercation with Gun Barrel City
Police, responding to a call of a man sitting in a car with a
gun behind Big Chief’s Landing June 1.
Gray refused to acknowledge officers approaching him while
seated in a Chevrolet Malibu, accept to put the car in gear in
an effort to get by or run over officers surrounding his car.
Shots were fired and Gray fled the scene, driving to a residence
in Loon Bay Subdivision, where officers found him directly. Gray
had sustained several gunshot wounds. He was transported to the
nearest ETMC emergency room.
Commissioners hold line on taxes
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–Henderson County Commissioners’ Court unanimously
approved a 2012 tax rate of 47.2658 cents per $100 valuation
District Attorney Scott McKee made one last, futile plea to make
a part-time administrative position into a full-time slot, but
otherwise no one spoke out during a public hearing before
commissioners took the vote.
Commissioners used the effective rate, which will give the
county approximately the same amount of money in 2012 as in
2011. Because property values are down slightly across the
county, the effective tax rate is about six-tenths of a penny
higher than last year’s 46.6016 cents per $100.
Even though the budget’s overall funding level stayed about the
same ($33.5 million), county officials were still required to
cut the budget.
“I think the commissioners did a great job of looking at the
budget and coming up with ideas to make it work out without
raising taxes,” County Judge Richard Sanders said.
Sanders pointed out that insurance rates for the county went up
7.2 percent, the cost for retirement went up $115,000, and as of
this week the cost of gas was 72 cents higher per gallon than
“We went through this budget line by line ... to absorb the
increases,” he said.
Commissioners echoed that thought.
“A lot of (departments) need more,” said Precinct 3 Commissioner
Ronny Lawrence, “but we are trying to keep taxes down because of
the trying times for our constituents.”
Last day to register to vote approaches
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Those planning to vote in the Nov. 8 General
Election have until Tuesday (Oct. 11) to register with the
voter’s registrar in Henderson County or with the Tax
Assessor/Collector’s Office in Kaufman County.
Registration forms are available at most city halls, and online
at the respective county website.
Early voting begins Oct. 24 continuing through Nov. 4 at county
courthouses and sub-courthouses.
Senior voters, or those with disabilities or will be away from
their voting precincts through early voting and election day may
request a mail-in ballot by Nov. 1 by calling (972) 932-0290 in
Kaufman County or (903) 675-6149 in Henderson County.
The state will be presenting 10 amendments to the state
• Prop 1 (SJR 14) – authorizes the legislature to exempt the
spouse of a totally disabled veteran from paying ad valorem
taxes of all or part of the market value on their residential
homestead, as long as spouse remains unmarried.
• Prop. 2 (SJR 4) – authorizes the Texas Water Development Board
to issue bonds on a continuing basis for one or more accounts up
to a total of $6 billion.
• Prop. 3 (SJR 50) – authorizes the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board to issue and sell bonds to finance
educational loans for students, subject to certain restrictions,
including setting a maximum principal amount outstanding at any
• Prop. 4 (HJR 63) – authorizes the legislature to permit a
county to issue bonds to finance development of unproductive
property and pledge increases in ad valorem tax revenues on
property in the area by the county for repayment. It does not
provide independent authority for increasing ad valorem tax
• Prop. 5 (SJR 26) – would allow cities and counties to enter
interlocal contracts with other cities and counties without
having to assess an ad valorem tax and set aside a specified
amount of funds for the payment of costs under the contract.
• Prop. 6 (HJR 109) – increases the amount of principal
available for withdrawal from the permanent school fund each
year and would clarify certain references to that fund in the
constitution. Increased access to the principal of the state
public education trust fund would be based on HJR 109 and would
also provide authority to distribute to the available school
fund annual revenue from school fund land or other properties,
up to $300 million per year.
• Prop. 7 (SJR 28) – adds El Paso County to the list of counties
authorized to create conservation and reclamation districts to
develop parks and recreational facilities financed by taxes.
• Prop. 8 (SJR 16) – requires the legislature to provide for
taxation of open space land devoted to water stewardship
purposes on the basis of its productive capacity.
• Prop. 9 (SJR 9) – authorizes the governor, on written
recommendation and advice of the Board of Pardons and Paroles,
to grant a pardon, reprieve or commutation of punishment to a
person who successfully completes a term of deferred
adjudication community supervision.
• Prop. 10 (SJR 37) – extends the length of the unexpired term
that causes the automatic resignation of certain local elected
officeholders if they announce candidacy or become candidates
for another office from one year to one year and 30 days.