People, Places & Events


Renfro wins music award
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–Students of the Kemp High School Band were honored in a special ceremony May 12 when one of their own was named a Texas Music Scholar.
James M. Renfro, a senior who plays the alto saxophone, was nominated by band director Kenneth pointer for the honor.
The award is given by the Texas Music Educators Association, which sponsors the Texas All-State Bands, Orchestras and Choirs.
Last year, only 1,500 students were named Texas Music Scholars.
This award is given to students who have exhibited outstanding qualities in scholastic merit, musicianship and citizenship in their school and community during the 2005-’06 school year.
The Texas Music Educators Association, headquartered in Austin, is an association of over 9,500 music teachers whose goals are to support music education in Texas, provide professional growth opportunities for educators, foster public support for music in schools and offer quality musical experiences for students.

Church celebrates end of stained glass project
Special to the Monitor
KEMP– The First United Methodist Church of Kemp will celebrate the completion of its stained glass window restoration project with a dedication service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 21.
A covered dish luncheon will be served in the fellowship hall following the service.
The North Texas Conference District Superintendent Mike Nichols will officiate over the consecration service.
The windows were installed around 1925 and each window serves as a memorial to past prominent members.
The restoration project began in 2001 and has been a labor of love for the small church.
Each window has been removed, cleaned, releaded and any broken glass replaced. New sashes were constructed for each section. Additional names have also been added.
To protect these precious memorials, a pane of tempered glass was also installed.
All who wish to join in the dedication service are welcome.

DAR presents flag disposal information to local students
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Flag Chairman, Nell Moos of the Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented a “Ritual For A Worn Out Flag” to the fifth graders at Lakeview Elementary School.
If you ever have the chance to see this ritual its a must-see program. It’s almost like a death in the family to watch.
Thirteen fifth graders representing the 13 original colonies each cut off a stripe of the flag, after Regent-Nell Walker cut off the union no longer making it a flag.
Starting with the order of which each colony joined the Union, each student spoke of the history of that colony.
After the stripes are all cut off the flag they are then burned. We save the burning for a later time.
Delaware was first settled by Swedes and Dutchmen and was the first to join the union.
Pennsylvania was settled by Quakers and was the second to join.
New Jersey was settled by Quakers, Dutch, Swedes, Finns, English and others and was third to join.
Georgia was settled by the English and some Jews and was fourth to join.
Connecticut was made up of many theocracies who were mostly farmers and was the fifth to join.
Massachusetts was settled by people who had broken away from the Church of England and were known as Separatists and was the sixth to join.
Maryland was granted all the rights of free Englishmen and was the seventh to join.
South Carolina was settled by the Huguenots from France and then the English and was the eighth to join.
New Hampshire was settled by the English and was ninth to join.
Virginia was settled in 1607 by John Smith from England and was the tenth to join.
New York was settled by 30 families some of whom were Dutch, others French who had fled from Holland and was the eleventh to join.
North Carolina was settled from people in Virginia who migrated for more land and was the twelfth to join.
Rhode Island, the smallest of all colonies, was settled mostly by people from Massachusetts and was the thirteenth to join.
We, as American citizens, respect our Flag even to seeing that it retains its original beauty, and when it is no longer a fitting emblem for use and must be destroyed, we do it in a dignified way by burning.