Meals drivers needed
The Senior Center at the Ball Park is in desperate need for
“Meals on wheels,” drivers in Kemp and Mabank. This only takes
one hour of your day, week or month. Make a difference in a
seniors life. The Center is also looking for quilters. The
quilting table is up and ready.
For information call Lisa Smith, director, at (903) 887-0643.
The residents of Cardinal Hall, the newly opened residential
hall at Trinity Valley Community college, is hosting Cardinal
Halloween from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. The
trick-or-treat event is free and open to kids ages 12 and under.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cardinal Hall is located at the intersection of Dean Street and
Farm-to-Market Road 2494 on the TVCC-Athens campus.
New Grace Trio
The New Grace Trio will perform at Tolosa Baptist Church, at 6
p.m. Sunday, (tonight), located at FM 19101, and SH 274, between
Kemp and Seven Points. The concert is free and the public is
invited to attend.
Trunk or Treat
Members of the Payne Springs United Methodist Church will hand
out candy from the trunks of their cars in the parking lot
(across from the fire department) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday,
Oct. 31. All kids are welcome.
FBC Malakoff fall fest
The First Baptist Church Malakoff invites all children in the
community to its Fall Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31,
in the church parking lot. The event includes many carnival
games, booths, inflatables, hay rides, hot dogs and lots of
candy. For information call (903) 489-0228 or visit
Christian Life Center
The annual Hallelujah Party, hosted by Christian Life Center, is
set for 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. The event is free and offers
inflatables, games and lots of candy. The church is located at
2611 W. Main, Gun Barrel City. For information, call (903)
First Baptist Fall Fest
First Baptist Church, Gun Barrel City, is hosting it annual Fall
Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, with games, prizes,
hayride, train ride, cake walk, hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn
and more. For information call (903) 887-6955.
Patriotic essay contest
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4376 announces the 2012
Patriotic Essay Contest for students in grades 9-12. The winning
essay on the theme, “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military,”
offers an opportunity for students to compete at higher levels
to earn college funds. An essay contest for students in grades 6
to 8 is also offered. For information on either contest, call
Cmdr. Sid McIntosh at (903) 432-2138 or president Lynn Hill at
CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake will hold an executive
board meeting at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points
at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Care Giver’s seminar
The first Care Giver’s Information Seminar is set for 6:30 to
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Kaufman County Extension
Office, 2471 North SH 34, Kaufman. Speakers will be present to
cover some tough subjects. For information call (972) 932-9069.
The Gun Barrel City Beautification 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
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church fellowship night is
set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, with a covered dish dinner
followed at 7 p.m. by entertainment by the Trinity Valley
Community College Encore Ensemble. Public is invited. For
information call (903) 451-3131.
The Busy Bees are serving up their annual stew and cornbread
luncheon 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the First
Presbyterian Church in Mabank to complement their Christmas
Bazaar, set for Monday - Wednesday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The historic
church is located at 112 W. Vernon St. For information, call
Tamarack Ladies Club
The Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in
the TLC Hall. A potluck luncheon follows the meeting. Tamarack
Ladies are invited. For information call Linda at (903) 887-8984
Country music and meal
Free admission to Country music and a meal from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Music provided to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Poynor Civic
Center. Any may bring a dessert. For information call (903)
360-0766 or (903) 876-5448.
Round and square dancing is held from 8 to 10 p.m. the first and
third Saturdays of each month, at Log Cabin Swingers Square
Dance Club, located at 1210 North Tool Drive (SH 274). Everyone
is invited. No charge for observers. For information, call (903)
VFW food drive
The VFW Post 4376 and its Ladies Auxiliary in Seven Points are
collecting nonperishable food items for the families in need of
assistance at Christmas time. To make a donation, call (903)
The Westside Senior Centers Club meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
every Thursday. Covered dish lunch served at noon. The event is
at the Cedar Creek Bible Church Activities Building, 700 North
Seven Points Blvd.
Seniors 55 and older can attend and enjoy refreshments, cards,
domino and other games.
CCL Garden Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov.
4, at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake. The program, “Growing
Lilies and Other Bulbs,” is by Steven Gent, owner of McDades
Nursery and Garden Center. The public is invited.
K of C fish fry
The Knights of Columbus fish fry is set for 5-6:30 p.m. Friday,
Nov. 4. Located at 172, Luther Lane, Gun Barrel City. All you
can eat fried U.S. grown catfish, hush puppies, French fries,
cole slaw, tea and coffee. Funds benefit the local food pantry,
KC wheelchair program, scholarship program and other charities.
The Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church annual Christmas
Bazaar is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and from 8
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 5, featuring Home and Holiday shop,
bake shop, quilt donated by Marie Dicus, silent auction ending
1:30 p.m. Saturday. Lunch on both days begins at 11 a.m. Menu
includes stew and cornbread, ham and chicken salad sandwiches
and great desserts. Church is located at 100 S. Old Indian
Trail, Tool. For information, call (903) 432-3657.
The Cedar Creek Civic League is hosting a Joker Tournament and
benefit with doors opening at 9 a.m. and play beginning at 10
a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the Family Life Center of the First
United Methodist Church in Mabank, located at 501 South Third
St. (SH 198), Mabank. Registration fee includes lunch. Profits
benefit area charities. To register, call Claudett Allsup at
National EAS test
The Emergency Alert System will conduct a nationwide test 1 p.m.
local central time Wednesday, Nov. 9. This first nationwide test
involves radio, television, satellite TV, cable TV and wireless
video services. The test will resemble the monthly EAS test with
Harbor youth supper
Harbor Baptist Church Youth Group invites the community to a
spaghetti supper and an evening of food, fellowship and
entertainment from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Donations
will fund the youth camp.
The church is located at 12059 SH 198. For information, call
5K Fun Run/Walk
DECA students are hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Mabank City Park Pavilion. Register
online at Mabankisd.net. For information, call (903) 292-3450 or
(903) 467-2791 or e-mail email@example.com.
Humane Society needs
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake currently has a shortage
of canned dog and puppy food and is in immediate need of
donations. Lamb and rice or chicken is preferred. The brand is
The Log Cabin Swingers Square Dance Club meets from 8 to 10 p.m.
the first and third Saturday of each month. All square dancers
are welcome. No charge for observers. Lessons taught by Club
members are from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday at Promenade Hall, 1210
N. Tool Dr. (SH 274) in Tool. For information, call (903)
Celebrate recovery with Hurts, Habits and Hang-ups recovery
program at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Church of the Nazarene,
150 Mabelle Ln. in Gun Barrel City.
For more information, call (903) 880-7080.
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City asks utility to
Lowering lake levels means Kemp’s raw water
intake will soon be sucking mud
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL–Kemp mayor and council members asked the West Cedar Creek
Municipal Utility District board for urgent help Monday.
Though begun with an appeal by Kemp mayor Donald Kile for a line
connection to serve as a backup, similar to a reciprocal
agreement Kemp has with Mabank, it turned into a plea for
long-term water service.
Kile, four council members and Kemp’s public works director
discussed the request with the West Cedar Creek utility board.
“A water provider is what we’re actually looking for,” Kemp
utility director Chris Burns interjected. “It will take years to
address infrastructure issues, at least 20 years to get the
plant rebuilt. We want to take it (the plant) out of service to
re-establish it in the future.”
Kile added that it would take between $30 million and $50
million. “We don’t have that,” Kile said.
Burns also stressed the urgency of their request. “Our lake
level is shrinking real fast. If it were still hot, I’d say we
only had two months worth left.”
Burns said he has just a foot and eight inches away from being
inoperable at his intake structure.
“It’s not feasible for us to extend the line, we’d have to go
two miles, practically to the bridges in Gun Barrel City,” he
said. “We have to figure out something now. Our best solution is
to connect with you all.”
“I do not want to be in the same situation next year as we are
this year,” Kile said.
After much discussion, the District board members agreed to have
general manager Tony Ciardo meet with Burns and present both
boards with a workable solution.
“It’s just the neighborly thing to do,” District board president
Clifton Smith said. Talks were to begin immediately.
Ciardo asked the city of Kemp to petition the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a variance on the .6 gallon
rate per connection as a first step.
Kemp residents have been in a Stage 3 Drought Contingency Plan,
blocking all nonessential water use; and have been restricted to
water for drinking and cooking only, during crisis times.
WCC is in the process of seeking deeper water itself. It is
spending $200,000 to float a temporary pumping station and
extend a line to feed raw water into its Tolosa Water Plant for
processing and distribution.
Smith told the Kemp delegation there were no impediments to the
District providing water to Kemp except those outlined in the
district’s CCN (Certificate of Convenience and Necessity) and
WCC director Joe King asked if Kemp was contemplating merging
the two systems on a permanent basis, if even subconsciously.
“No,” the Kemp council agreed.
“No, the people of Kemp just know that it will take a good
amount of time to return the system to standard operations and
are looking for help, but nothing permanent,” Kile explained.
“Good,” King responded. “That’s not what we want either.”
“We’ve been holding a number of town hall meetings,” Kemp
councilman Tommy McSpedden said. “We know this is going to cost
money to do. We just need to understand the costs.”
He added that the council is trying to be proactive and has
sought assistance from Rep. Lance Gooden’s Office, Kaufman
County and a number of other agencies are actively looking for
grant funding for the city’s predicament.
Ciardo reported that the District has taken delivery of a
massive barge, now at Tom Finley Park. Plans call for planting a
pump and floating the barge into deeper water off shore and
extending water lines to connect with the Tolosa Water Treatment
TVCC mourns death of vice president ‘Rip’
By Jennifer Hannigan
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The flag at Trinity Valley Community college is at
half-staff Thursday as the school mourns the passing of Vice
President of Student Services Dr. W.P. “Rip” Drumgoole.
Drumgoole served the college and the Athens community for almost
four decades and died Thursday morning at East Texas Medical
Center-Athens following a long battle with cancer. He was 61.
A native of Jefferson, he began his career with TVCC in 1973 as
a full-time counselor. He served as guidance services
coordinator and director of counseling before being named vice
president of Student Affairs in 1980. The title later changed to
vice president of Student Services. He also served as the
college’s director of athletics for the 2009-10 school year.
“To paraphrase the Apostle Paul, Rip fought a good fight, he
finished his course, and he kept the faith,” said TVCC president
Dr. Glendon Forgey in a written statement to the college staff.
“Rip worked tirelessly for TVCC and our community. His
contributions have been invaluable and it has been our good
fortune to be able to learn from his experience.”
Forgey said Drumgoole will be remembered for his dedication to
the college and the community, his unwavering loyalty to a
variety of local causes and his passion for all aspects of
Many of his co-workers also called him friend, and say the
Athens area has lost one of its best.
“He was a mentor to me and was a mentor to all the people who
were around in my early years,” said TVCC Vice President of
Instruction Dr. Jerry King, who began his career at the college
two years after Drumgoole. “We all looked up to Rip because he
was such a professional and was so enthusiastic about helping
students and helping the college.”
King said Drumgoole’s dedication to the students of TVCC was
“He enjoyed what he did and being here was important to him. He
made a difference in so many lives. He had such an impact on all
those people and their lives and there’s no way to count the
number of people’s lives he changed in a positive way.
“He’s going to be very much missed. I know we’ll continue on
here at the college, but it won’t be the same.”
A 1968 graduate of Central High School in Jefferson, Texas,
Drumgoole received his bachelor’s degree from East Texas State
University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) in 1972. He received his
master’s degree from there the following year and his doctorate
in 1980, also from ETSU.
Drumgoole was an active member of many civic and professional
organizations, including the Athens Rotary Club, Community
College Chief Student Affairs Administrators of Texas and Junior
College Student Personnel Association of Texas.
He was also a longtime member of the Cain Center Board of
Directors, the Athens Economic Development Corporation, the East
Texas Arboretum and the Henderson County Girls Softball
“He was really dedicated to everything he did,” said Mike Peek,
an instructor at TVCC who served many years as director of
“To me, his involvement in the girls’ softball association was
something that stands out. He got involved when his daughter was
playing. Most people get out when their children are done, but
he stayed in there for many years after his daughter was long
gone and was president for many years.
“It is a monumental task to run that kind of group, but it was
so easy because Rip was the constant. What is amazing to me is
he stayed on and he didn’t take a back seat. He stayed in the
front seat and was dedicated.”
Drumgoole also served more than 25 years as a high school
football official was a member of the Texas Association of
Sports Officials. He officiated five state championship football
games and in 2007 was selected to officiate in the Texas High
School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game.
Peek officiated for many years on the same team as Drumgoole,
along with Henderson County Tax Assessor/Collector Milburn
Chaney and the late Wayne Boozer.
“He enjoyed calling those games, and it was an honor not only to
get to call regular games, but to be invited to call state
championship games,” said Peek. Drumgoole called games up until
the end of the 2010 season.
Peek said Drumgoole had a heart for athletics and for activity
in general. He was instrumental in the construction of the
pavilion behind Cardinal Gym around five years ago, said Peek,
because he believed students needed a place to play basketball
after classes. He was also instrumental in the addition of
softball to the college, said Peek. During his year as athletic
director, he oversaw the addition of volleyball to the college’s
list of programs.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Espanola. Earlier this
year, the college dedicated a scholarship fund in her name.
Drumgoole is survived by two children – Carmen Drumgoole and
Rashaan Drumgoole. He also has two grandchildren.
Sexual assault charged
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp resident John Anthony Jacob, 50, is charged with two
counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Jacob was arrested Oct. 20 and taken to Kaufman County jail.
The offenses alleged occurred over a long period of time. Upon
conviction, he faces five to 99 years in prison and $10,000
fines in each incident.
Bonds totaled $200K