Speed, wet road contribute to
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.