Jan

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 20, 2017

1st Call Restoration descends on Gun Barrel City Hall to cleanup after an estimated 7,000 gallons of water flooded through the building through a broken water pipe or possibly water heater. The precise cause is unknown at press time, but it wasn’t from the rain over the weekend.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–City hall staff opening for business Tuesday morning after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, found the Gun Barrel City Hall swimming in a few inches of water throughout the building. The flooding closed city business for the entire week, while First Call Restoration uses the four days to suck out the water and dry out the flooring.
Thursday, City Manager Bret Bauer told local business leaders during a Q&A session that it is still undetermined what caused the water break. He was to meet with an insurance adjuster on the case that morning.
From a water meter reading done on Jan. 3 and an average monthly water usage number, East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District General Manager Bill Goheen estimates 7,000 gallons of water went through the property before it was turned off on Tuesday morning.
The city council plans to meet in the training room at the main fire station at the corner of Municipal and Maybelle Lane at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 for its regularly scheduled meeting.
The flooding caused all phone and computer systems to go down at city hall, Bauer explained. He couldn’t name a day when the city will return to service, as there are a lot of systems that have to be brought back up before the city is fully functional again to serve its residents.
Other updates Bauer shared during the Gun Barrel City branch of the local chamber at Chili’s Thursday included:
Introducing new city secretary Janet Dillard from Mansfield. She and her husband have a son in Mabank Junior High and a 3-year-old daughter in a local preschool. Her husband works for Solar Turbines, but not the one located in Mabank, yet, she said. Though she’s been a stay-at-home mom for the past three years, she has also worked as a service manager for a large transportation firm.
• Reviewing plans for a second fire station on Legendary Lane. Bid information is being prepared and once begun, the city expects it will take 120 days to complete. “We hope to open it sometime this year,” he said.
• Announcing that two parking spaces have been reserved as a meeting place for those closing on deals found on Craig’s List.
• Updating property owners that before a property can have electric power turned on, an electrical inspection of the meter and pole is required to insure safe operations. “We’ve found that some of these haven’t been inspected in a very long time and need to be maintained or are otherwise unsafe to operate,” Bauer said of the new city ordinance.
Chamber members also heard about upcoming chamber activities and learning opportunities.
• On Feb. 7 the first 50 people to reserve their spot on the bus will go to Austin to represent the Cedar Creek Lake Area in Austin to state officials and lawmakers. Departure time is 5 a.m. from the Tri-County Library in Mabank, arriving in Austin at 10 a.m. to meet and greet area legislators and be recognized on the floor of the state house and senate. Then the group will walk over to the Double Tree for lunch with state dignitaries and afterwards a meeting with officials from Texas Department of Transportation and Homeland Security. Departure is set for 4 p.m. arriving back to the area between 9 and 10 p.m. Thirty-three have already reserved a spot, so there are 15 seats left.
“If you haven’t gone, you should go,” City Council member Ron Wyrick said. “It’s an awesome trip to meet people at the state level which is so important.”
• On March 20, the chamber holds its annual awards banquet. Ballots are going out in the next month to nominate community volunteers. “Don’t just submit a name and depend on us to know why you think they are an award winner. Substantiate your nomination on the form,” CCLACOC President Jo Ann Hanstrom said. The Chamber Ambassadors are also soliciting sponsors for the centerpieces at the banquet. Cost is set at $50 each. Ambassador Ally Greenville said.
• Tickets to own a Green Egg of your choice are available. Sign for your tickets from the chamber office. There are 300 tickets to be moved as the spring fundraiser; the winner will be announced at the car show in May. “This item, generously donated by the Mitchells and Outdoor Living, is valued at $1,000–$1,500 and includes all the accessories and a cookbook,” Hanstrom said. “Tony Kalawe will demonstrate it during the car show. You don’t have to be present to win.”
• On Feb. 27, Jamye Montgomery will conduct a lunch seminar covering cell phone photography at Primadata. The seminar is limited to 20 and costs $10.
• Farmer’s Insurance is sponsoring the February Chamber on Feb. 9 luncheon at Vetoni’s with speaker Johnny Johnson from the Alzheimer’s Coalition, a very active group in Henderson County.

Jan

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 20, 2017

Bill Mack Nikirk was born on April 8, 1941 and joined his Lord on Jan. 16, 2017 in Dallas at the age of 75 yr. nine mos. 15 days.
Born in Decatur and raised in Alvord, he graduated from Alvord High School. Bill was the youngest of seven children born to May Prince Nikirk and Lewis Nikirk.
He served his country in the U.S. Army and was to stand Honor Guard for JFK. Bill worked for Texas Bitulithic Company, a division of APAC and Ashland Oil for 20+ years. He retired from the construction company and in 1982 went to work for the City of Irving, where he retired with 20+ years from their street department.
He moved just outside of Kerens in 2004, where he and his wife Judy A. Nikirk lived till his passing.
Bill loved his family above all earthly things and knew his Lord, but was quite a private person. He loved to sit in the garage at home and look out, smoke a cigarette or cigar and drink a beer.
Bill loved the open air and was a good neighbor and friend to those that knew him. He was a prankster and loved a good joke. Bill loved his farm animals and his animal kids (two dogs and three cats).
He was a great husband and the time we were married (35 years as of Dec. 31) seemed like a very, very short time. I am glad the Lord saw fit to give us that time together.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Renee Nikirk and great-grandson Zade Richey.
He is survived by his loving wife Judy Nikirk of Kerens, sons Joseph Richey of Ft. Worth, Randall Smith of Crowley, Russell Nikirk and Donna of Macon, Ga. and Rodger Featherston and Alex of Austin, nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Jan

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 20, 2017

By Blaine Clamon
Monitor Correspondent
KEMP–It has been a tough season for Kemp’s girls’ varsity basketball, but they always look forward to playing in front of the home crowd every chance they get. On Tuesday night at ’Jacket Gym, they hoped to tame the visiting Quitman Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs began the game with senior Britney Walls sinking a 3-pointer as part of an opening 7-2 run for Quitman. The Lady Jackets would then settle in by responding with a 6-2 run of their own that included a buzzer-beating jump shot by senior Alyssa Fisher to make the score 9-8 in favor of Quitman after the 1st quarter.
In the 2nd quarter, Kemp sophomore Alicia Dennis made a jump shot to give the Lady Jackets their first lead of the night at 14-13, which was part of a 10-0 run to eventually take a 20-13 lead. Quitman would answer with a 3-pointer and senior Molly Tanner made one of two free throws to cut the deficit to 20-17, which was the smallest deficit that the Lady Bulldogs had for the rest of the game. Kemp took a 22-17 lead at halftime.
The 3rd quarter featured the Lady Jackets building momentum and pulling away from the Lady Bulldogs, building a 33-21 lead after Dennis made two free throws with 2:30 remaining. In response, Quitman capped off a 6-0 run to end the quarter and cut the Jacket lead to 33-27 as senior Shelby Smith made one of two free throws.
Kemp had their largest lead of the night at 40-27 with 5:59 remaining in regulation as senior Haylee Scott made an and-1 with a free throw to follow. Quitman would not go down without a fight in the 4th quarter. After the 13-point deficit, Quitman was able to put together one last 7-0 run to cut the Jacket lead to 40-34 with 2:30 remaining. But the Lady Bulldogs made one field goal in the last two-and-a-half minutes. In that time, Kemp would put the game out of reach by making three free throws, including a technical free throw by senior Mercedes Zapien, and escaping with a 43-36 win. It was a very impressive showing by both the Lady Jackets and Lady Bulldogs.
With the win, Kemp improves to 3–8 and 1–3 in district play.
The Lady Jackets return to action on Jan. 20 at Grand Saline to face the Lady Indians at 5 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs also resume play on Jan. 20, when they travel to Scurry-Rosser to play the Lady Wildcats at 6:30 p.m.
By Blaine Clamon
Monitor Correspondent
KEMP–Kemp’s varsity boys’ basketball team was coming off of a relaxing 72-24 win at home on Jan. 13 against the Eustace Bulldogs after dropping a thriller at Edgewood on Jan. 10, 61-60. The Yellowjackets looked to carry this momentum into their home matchup against the Quitman Bulldogs and reach .500 in district play. Playing a second straight home game, they would also have no problem against Quitman.
The Yellowjackets opened the game with a 6-0 lead. Quitman senior Jake Farmer was then fouled and made both free throws to make it a 6-2 Yellowjacket lead, which was the closest that the Bulldogs would be all night. Explosive offense and a well-focused defense allowed Kemp to dominate the time of possession, make key steals, and even force turnovers. After a 6-2 lead, Kemp would close out the first half on a 31-6 run for a 37-8 halftime lead. The second half would not be much different for the home team as the Yellowjackets continued to play stellar defense and shoot the ball well as they cruised to a second consecutive blowout win at home, 57-15.
Kane Johnson once again led the Yellowjackets in scoring, with 16 points on Tuesday night. Other notable scorers included Josiah Brewington with 11 points, Alec Cooper with 8, Boomer Irvin with 7, Junior Brooks with 5, and Cameron Clamon with 2. Garrett Taylor led Quitman with 5 points, while Jake Farmer had 3 and Wacey Warren had 4.
With the win, Kemp improves to 14–9 and 3–3 in district play, while Quitman falls to 12–11 and 3–3 in district. The Yellowjackets return to action on Jan. 20 at Grand Saline to face the Indians at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs also resume play on Jan. 20 at Scurry-Rosser to play the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m.