Thursday, October 11, 2007






  Mabank hosts eight bands during marching contest
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Eight bands competed for the grand prize at the 16th annual Cedar Creek Marching Festival Saturday at Mabank High School.
The Everman High School Bulldog Band of District 8-4A won the grand champion trophy.
Joining Everman were bands from Palmer, Kerens, Grand Saline, Cooper, Kemp, Palestine Westwood and Palestine high schools.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp High School band flag corps members Quincy Pettigrew and Sarah Sterling strike a tango pose during the band’s performance at the 16th annual Cedar Creek Marching Festival Saturday at Mabank High School. Eight bands competed on the artificial turf of Panther Stadium. For more on the event, see page 4A.

The annual contest is one of the largest fund-raisers for the MHS Band, who offered thanks for the efforts by parents and supporters.
Sponsors included support from the Blue Burrito, Whataburger, Dairy Queens and Sonic restaurants, who all made contributions to the Band Boosters’ concession stand.
Many businesses and individuals also purchased advertising in the festival program to support the event.
“Our sincerest thanks for all of the help, which our dedicated army of parents relentlessly and energetically seem to muster,” band spokesman Teresa Moore said. “Yours are the shoulders we lean on, always setting a higher precedent.”

Driver dies at FM 85 racetrack
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–A racetrack on Farm-to-Market 85 just west of Seven Points was the scene of a fatal wreck Friday.
Robert Summers, 63, of Kemp was killed when his race car flipped on its side and another car struck him on the roof, according to Ellis County Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller.
Summers was driving an older model Caprice. The car that struck him was an older model Monte Carlo.
Witnesses at the scene reported the racers were traveling between 60 and 70 mph.
Summers died as a result of massive trauma to the head and upper torso, Miller said.
The accident occurred about 11:30 p.m., and Miller pronounced death at the scene at 12:35 p.m.
The Caprice was equipped with a roll bar and the driver was wearing a helmet and seatbelt, Miller reported.

Kaufman City goes smoke-free
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–If you plan to enjoy a cigarette after your meal, don’t go to Kaufman to dine out. On a positive note, if you prefer clean air while enjoying your meal, by all means, visit a restaurant in Kaufman.
The city council passed an ordinance banning smoking “in all enclosed public places,” including outdoor areas within 20 feet of entrances, windows and ventilation systems where smoking is prohibited.
That includes restaurants, offices, banks, laundromats, work areas and a long list of other locations customarily used by the public.
The council began drafting the ordinance earlier in the year with the first reading held Aug. 20, and the final reading held Sept. 17.
The ordinance took affect Monday.
Based on your point of view, many citizens have learned to live with or appreciate no smoking ordinances. The courthouse, county offices, the Kaufman County Library and Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman have all been smoke-free for quite some time.
“I think it’s a good thing,” County Judge Wayne Gent said, adding he quit smoking 35 years ago.
Tax assessor/Collector Dick Murphy said it has been 37 years since he has had a cigarette.
A recent U.S. Surgeon General’s report cited several factors the council took into consideration in drafting its ordinance, starting with the fact the report focused mainly on second-hand smoke.
Second-hand smoke was described as the smoke emanating from the burning end of a cigarette and exhaled smoke from a smoker.
The finding showed no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke and concluded breathing even a little could be harmful to your health.
The report also stressed the seriousness of second-hand smoke, charging it contributes to lung cancer, sudden infant death syndrome and other acute respiratory effects.
The ordinance also stated tobacco use is the single largest cause of preventable death, killing more Texans that alcohol, AIDS, heroin, auto accidents, suicides, handguns, murders and fires combined.
Violators of the ordinance can face misdemeanor charges, and if convicted, can be fined as set forth in the city code.