Free clothing, shoes
Crescent Heights Baptist Church, SH 31, will distribute free
clothing and shoes, from 9 to 11 a.m., the first Saturday of
each month. For information, call (903) 675-3904.
Kemp Kiwanis Club
The Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon, Thursday (today) at the La
Fuente Mexican Restaurant.
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, (tonight), at Poynor Civic
Center. Any may bring a dessert. For information call (903)
360-0766 or (903) 876-5448.
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 Seniors meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday (today
and every Thursday) at the Cedar Creek Bible Church Activities
Building, 700 North Seven Points Blvd. The Seniors 55 and older
can enjoy refreshments, cards, domino and other games at no
cost. For information, call (903) 340-9672.
’Jacket breakfast set
“Breakfast with the ’Jackets” is set for 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4,
at the Kemp Volunteer Fire Department. Kemp Kiwanians and the
KVFD will prepare breakfast for the volleyball, football, cross
country teams, cheer leaders, drill team and the Yellowjacket
band members. Parents, community members and school personnel
are invited to breakfast.
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 Stephen 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 the 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.
Round and square dancing is from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 &
19 (first and third Saturday of each month), at the Log Cabin
Swingers Square Dance Club, 1210 North Tool Drive (SH 274)
Everyone is welcome, no charge for observers. For information,
call (903) 340-9672.
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
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club executive board meeting is set
for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Lakeridge RV Park, , 301 West
Main in Gun Barrel City.
MHS spaghetti dinner
The annual Mabank High School choir Spaghetti Dinner Drive-Thru
is set for 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. A to-go box
containing the spaghetti, and garlic bread will be delivered to
your car by a choir member in the HS front circle drive. Tickets
on sale now from any choir member.
CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets at 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 8, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points. The musical group, Ye Merry Ole Players, will present
“Meet Me in Dallas.” Guests are welcome. For membership
information, call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.
National EAS test
The Emergency Alert System will conduct a nationwide test at 3
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 minor differences.
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring a fall
financial seminar with registration at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov.
10, at Trinity Valley Electric Company community Room, 1800 E.
SH 243, Kaufman. Dr. Joyce Cavanagh will discuss the importance
of credit reports and scores. For information, call (972)
MHS Choir concert
The Mabank High School Choir is presenting an “American
Concert,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in the MHS Auditorium. The
free concert expresses gratitude and love to soldiers and
leaders. Bring a veteran, you wish to see honored.
Tri-County Library annual sale
A benefit sale for the Tri-County Library is being held 9 a.m. -
6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12, as part of a Market Street
sidewalk sale. The library will be offering hot dogs, and
popcorn as well as used books for sale.
Library at Cedar Creek Lake book, bake sale
The Friends of the Library at Cedar Creek Lake are holding a
book, plant and bake sale at the library in Seven Points
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 10-12. Come by for great values.
Proceeds support the library.
VZ Senior Citizens
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club monthly dance is set for 7
p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Henderson County Senior Center in
Athens. Country music provided by Joe Walenta and the Ranch
Hands. Everyone is welcome.
The Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church is sponsoring a
caregivers support group at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 (second
Friday of the month), located at 100 South Old Indian Trail (Off
SH 274 in Tool. For information or directions call Pat Simms at
(903) 432-4248 or (903) 880-6050.
Kemp UMC fall bazaar
The First United Methodist Church of Kemp is hosting its annual
Fall Bazaar and Chili ‘N Stew dinner from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12. For information call the church office at
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 (903) 451-4171.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gun Barrel City Toys for Tots will accept Christmas
applications for families from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4
p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Dec. 2, at the Gun Barrel
City Police Station located on Municipal Drive. For information
call Jane Horton at (903) 887-1289.
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club meets at 11 a.m. (doors open
at 10:30 a.m.) Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Cedar Creek Country
Club. Carol Brandon will present, “God Save the Sweet Potato
Queens” by Jill Browne. Bring items for Make-A-Difference Day.
Meal drivers needed
The Senior Center at the Ball Park is in desperate need of
drivers in Kemp and Mabank to deliver meals to elderly. This
only takes one hour, one day per week or month. Make a
difference in a senior’s life. The Center is also looking for
quilters. The quilting table is up and ready. To volunteer, call
center director Lisa Smith (903) 887-0643.
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 of 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
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Accused changes plea to
Four days into trial, man pleads guilty to
sexually assaulting two kids
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Four days into his jury trial Thursday, the accused
changed his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” to two charges of
Aggravated Sexual Assault against two children.
Dallas Andrew Fidler, 26, a former Seven Point resident chose to
take his chances with the judge for sentencing than face a
Henderson County Jury.
Fidler originally pleaded not guilty to sexual assault against
two little girls, ages 7 and 8, in 2003 –the time of the crime.
Before changing his plea, Fidler and the jury heard evidence of
brutal and multiple instances of rape and how the abuse was kept
secret until the allegations came to light in 2009.
After four days of emotional testimony by the children, family
members, nurse examiner and an investigator, Fidler changed his
Assistant district attorneys Nancy Rumar and Justin Weiner
prosecuted the case on behalf of the people of Henderson County.
In addition, testimony by two other child victims, detailing
similar occurrences of sexual abuse by Fidler were heard in the
absence of the jury, a press release from the District
Attorney’s Office stated.
Judge Dan Moore of the 173rd Judicial District Court has set
sentencing for Dec. 5. Fidler faces two, potentially stacked,
sentences of five to 99 years or life in prison.
DA Scott McKee said he was pleased with the outcome. “This was a
very emotional case for both prosecuting attorneys because we
can’t change what happened to those little girls. But we are
committed to ensuring that he never does this to another child,”
‘Drug Take Back’ day hailed huge success
Special to The Monitor
Kaufman–This year’s DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back
event topped all expectations.
More than 164 pounds of drugs were collected between Crandall,
Combine, Forney, Kaufman, Kemp, Seagoville and Terrell Police
Large amounts of medication were collected at each location.
Citizens throughout Kaufman County helped to make this event
Kemp Police Chief Richard Clemmo stands next to his drug
collection site on Drug Take Back Day, Oct. 29 at Kemp City Park
during the city’s fall festival.
The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office teamed up again this year
with Kaufman Police Department on the Courthouse Square.
Citizens stopped by just to see what was happening, and some
just to drop off unwanted, expired medications.
Each year this event seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and
theft. Often young people only have to go as far as the medicine
cabinet at home to find drugs.
To combat this growing problem, both locally and nationally, the
Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, will team up with local police
departments each year as well as the Drug Enforcement
Administration to offer every citizen of Kaufman County a place
to come and drop off any unused, unwanted or outdated
prescriptions with no questions asked.
Please use this opportunity to open discussion with the young
people in your household about the dangers of prescription drug
We look forward to seeing you again next year. “Together we can
make a difference,” Sheriff David Byrnes said.
Monarch rate challenge begins
Representatives side with customer in Monarch
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer
AUSTIN–Henderson County’s representatives in Austin — Rep. Lance
Gooden, and Sen. Robert Nichols — have taken their stances in
the Monarch Utilities rate case, and both have come down on the
side of the customer.
Monarch filed a request with the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to raise water and sewer rates this
year, its second request in four years. The combined increase of
about 55 percent utility-wide went into effect Aug. 1.
According to Monarch’s Notice of Proposed Rate Change, most
customers using 10,000 gallons of water a month and a 5/8-inch
or 3/4-inch meter used to pay $89.59 for water and $63.72 for
sewer (a combined $153.31). After the increase, the same 10,000
gallons now costs $129.82 for water and $102.99 for sewer (a
The company has asked for the rate hike to pay for capital
The rate has been challenged, and the first hearing with the
State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) judges was held
the end of October in Austin. A resolution is not expected until
next year, at the earliest.
“This rate increase would be a considerable burden to
ratepayers, many who are on limited and fixed incomes,” Nichols
wrote in a letter to the SOAH judges assigned to the rate case.
“One aspect that troubles me greatly is how high the base rate
is with the proposed increase,” Nichols wrote. “Even if a
homeowner does not use a single drop of water, their rate will
be several times what most municipal water users pay in an
average month. With such a high base rate, there is no incentive
for conservation or any way for ratepayers to avoid large bills
by altering their use.”
The rate case is also entwined with Monarch’s application to
merge its eight Certificates of Convenience and Necessity, or
CCNs, in Texas. A CCN is issued to a utility in order to sell
water and sewer service in an area. Monarch has filed for a
“sale, transfer and merger” (STM) of its CCNs.
According to state law, while the STM case is under review,
Monarch is allowed to act like the merger is complete. State
politicians say the current rate hike is based on that as-yet
“Although statute allows for an entity to apply for a rate
increase while the STM application is pending, the overwhelming
opposition and referral to SOAH should halt this rate increase
until Monarch’s STM status is resolved,” Gooden wrote to the
In a separate announcement Gooden said, “Many of my affected
constituents in Henderson County have approached me or have
contacted my office concerned about the dramatic increase to
their monthly water bill. In some cases people are paying over
$100 per month, even when they don’t turn on the water faucet. I
am working to ensure that Henderson County has a voice in this
process and that citizens are not victims of an unjustified rate
increase. Monarch is a monopoly and price gouging will not be
State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, who co-chairs an interim
Senate subcommittee with Nichols that is charged with looking
into investor-owned utilities, also wrote to the judges, saying,
“Implementation of the rates proposed by Monarch would amount to
taking without due process, and will severely hamper the
customers’ ability to protest the proposed STM and the proposed
rates and to achieve a reasonable, just and equitable outcome in
Monarch is a division of the Southwest Water Company, which is
owned by the Wall Street investment bank J.P. Morgan Asset
Management, and serves 23,000 customers in about 90 small water
systems. Monarch has nearly 3,000 customers in Henderson County,
including around the Cedar Creek Lake Area in Beachwood Estates,
Carolynn Estates, Cherokee Shores, Michael’s Cove, and the