Thursday, May 11, 2006


Speed, wet road contribute to three-car pileup
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Police responded to a three-car accident near Big Chief Bait and Tackle on West Main Street Monday.
The morning fender-bender was partly attributed to wet pavement and failure to control speed, according to a press release issued by Gun Barrel City police.
It began at around 9 a.m. when a 2005 Ford van, driven by Justin Jeffcoat of Athens, moved into the left-turn lane to turn into Big Chief Drive.
A 1991 Oldsmobile, driven by Hilary Kornegay of Mabank, was also traveling westbound and went into a slide on the wet pavement when she attempted to stop.
It hit the Ford van on its back right-hand side.
A 2004 black Pontiac, driven by Robert Ray Born of Mabank, was following close behind and took evasive action, sending it into a skid. The Pontiac collided with the Oldsmobile’s back quarter.
Police determined the drivers of the Oldsmobile and Pontiac failed to control speed, which contributed to the accident.
No injuries were reported.

Toddler drowns
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–A little girl died at her home May 4. Nearly 2, Rachel Adkins drowned in a swimming pool recently set up in her family’s yard on Terrace Drive in Kemp.
The pool reportedly held at least three feet of water, and had all the necessary safety equipment, according to a police spokesperson.
Family members were seen by a neighbor around and near the pool the same hour Adkins drowned, estimated about 6-6:30 p.m.
She was the child of Michael Lavon and Stefani Dawn Adkins, and is also survived by her brother, Warren David, and sister, Abigail Dawn.
The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department reported the incident is considered an accidental drowning.
Drowning is the third leading cause of death for children under 5, and an estimated 60 to 90 percent of these drownings occur in residential swimming pools, according to a government report of child safety.
In 2003, there were more than 4,000 drowning deaths nationwide, the report stated.

Kemp superintendent hiring official
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–In a special meeting Monday, the Kemp Independent School District Board of trustees officially hired Peter Running as the superintendent.
Running was chosen by the board as the sole finalist for the position April 17.
The board was required by law to post a notice declaring its choice for 21 days before taking the final action to hire Running.
Although Running has prior experience as a superintendent, his most recent position was director of human resources at Little Elm ISD, near Lake Lewisville.
Trustees agreed to a standard three-year contract, beginning July 1.
However, an amendment was added to the contract, allowing Running to start work beginning Wednesday, May 17, which also will be in time for the graduation ceremonies, set Friday, May 27.
“I figured this would be a good time for him to be seen and to get to know people in Kemp,” Interim Superintendent Larry Davis said.
Davis said his last day at Kemp will be Friday, May 19.
Running and his wife, Jamie, are planning to move to the area as soon as possible.
Jamie is a bank manager for the Guaranty Bank in Kaufman.
“We’re awfully excited about being able to live and work in the same zip code,” Running said.