Kemp Fall Festival is huge
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Reporter
KEMP–If attendance is a measurement of success then Kemp’s Fall Fest was
Sponsored by the Kemp Business and Civic Association, the event had more
than 1,000 people in the park at one point, Dianna Clemmo said.
The parade had 42 units participating and there were 40 vendors in the
park, she added.
“And all the Vendors have signed up to come back for the Christmas event
planned for Saturday, Dec. 13,” Clemmo said, adding further details
would be released later.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Members of the Bent Knee Cowboy Church, located on U.S. Highway 175 west
of Kemp, joined the Kemp Fall Fest parade. All parade participants
ribbon for their effort.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
The Blacksheep Motorcycle Club, known for its annual holiday toy run,
proudly in the Oct. 25, Kemp Fall Fest parade.
of Kaufman Gala set
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Norma Fortner’s adult life and the first 30 years of
Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman’s existence have been closely tied.
“The hospital has been important to us and has been part of our
livelihood since my husband was part of the group that petitioned the
state to start a hospital in Kaufman,” Fortner said.
She is the wife of Dr. William Fortner, a retired family practice
physician and the mayor of Kaufman.
So when Norma was nominated to be chairwoman of the hospital’s
first-ever gala fund-raising event, she threw herself into the cause.
“I like to entertain and have a good time,” she said. “We discussed
ideas for the event and decided on a Black Tie theme, because we very
rarely have such dressy events. I really think people will be pleasantly
surprised when they get to the gala. It’s going to be smashing.”
Fortner leads a seven-member gala committee who have planned the event
and secured auction items.
Auction items at the event will include a trip to East Africa, a dove
and fishing event for 20 people, a week-long stay in a condo in Florida,
Colorado or Hawaii, a beautiful hand-crafted rocking horse and a second
“The auction is an important component of the event, but we’re really
looking forward to everyone getting dressed up and having a big party to
celebrate the hospital’s growth in recent months,” Fortner said.
“We have the best small town hospital in the state if not the region. We
can do a lot of things here and not have to send someone to another
hospital. I hope the gala makes people take a second look at the
wonderful work the hospital’s employees, volunteers and physicians on
the medical staff are doing.”
Fortner, a mother of three adult children and grandmother, has made this
a family affair, enlisting the help of her son to design the program and
“Norma has thrown herself into this project wholeheartedly,” hospital
president Patsy Youngs said. “We couldn’t have created such a
magnificent event without her time, dedication and passion about the
hospital. The community’s support is crucial to our success as a
nonprofit community hospital. People like Norma make all the difference
in helping us grow and provide excellent care to each patient we see.”
The goal is for the event to become an annual fund-raiser and Fortner
has gotten the concept off to a great start, Youngs said. Other
volunteers on the committee are Lee and Janice Ayres, Charlotte Heafer,
Andrea Pickens, Carl Stapp, Michelle Joseph, and Jimmy Wynne. Employees
on the committee are Candy Countryman, program director of the Wound
Care Center, Carolyn Whitehurst, director of human resources, and Jill
Raymond, Youngs’ administrative assistant.
In recent months, the number of babies the hospital delivers has more
than doubled after a prominent OB/GYN moved her practice to Presbyterian
Hospital of Kaufman in July.
The gala will benefit the women’s services area and help pay for a new
fetal monitor, labor & delivery beds and an infant warmer.
The Nov. 8 black-tie gala will be held at the Hilton Anatole and will
include dinner, dancing until midnight and a live auction.
For more information or tickets, call Jill Raymond at 972-932-7262.
Mabank ISD approves certified
teacher pay for substitutes
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Independent School District’s substitute teacher pay
scale currently differentiates between non-degreed and degreed teachers.
However, those who have their teacher’s certification were not listed
separately on the MISD pay scale, school board members were reminded
Assistant superintendent of business management Scott Adams warned
trustees the omission could cause problems for certified teachers who
are retired, but come back as substitutes.
“State law says they must be paid according to a district’s pay scale,
or there could be a problem with their retirement,” Adams explained.
Trustees agreed to add certified teachers and administrators to the
substitute pay scale as recommended.
There are four or five certified teachers the district regularly calls
as substitutes, Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall said.
In other business, trustees:
• named Don McAfee as a candidate for the Henderson County Appraisal
District board of directors.
• heard the district scored 82 out of a possible 85 in the FIRST
(Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) ratings.
The score places MISD in the Superior Achievement rating, based on
2006-07 financial status reports.
• heard Southside Elementary students Dalton Grant, Shae Hendley, Jason
McWhorter, Desiree Smith, Zachary Roach and Baylee Spangler led those
present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag and the pledge to
the state flag.
• approved the consent agenda, which included budget amendments
presented by Adams and two sections of property for tax resale.
• changed two board meeting dates. The December meeting was moved to
Monday, Dec. 15, and January’s meeting was moved to Monday, Jan. 12,
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at