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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 1, 2017

Henderson County Commissioners’ Court proclaimed March 2 (today) to be remembered as Texas Independence Day throughout the county. The Sons of the Republic of Texas brought the proclamation to the court for recognition Feb. 28. on behalf of the James George Chapter headed by President Clayton Starr and local Athens member Charles Luna. Pictured (from left) are Ken Geeslin, Starr, McHam, County Judge Richard Sanders, Ken Hayes, Luna, and Wade McKinney.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–Henderson County Commissioners’ Court tabled action to permit the Tarrant Regional Water District Integrated Pipeline to move forward until a road closure and crossing agreement can be spelled out to the satisfaction of Precinct 1 Commissioner Ken Hayes.
Representatives from Tarrant Regional are to meet with Hayes and the County Attorney Thursday (today) so Hayes can explain to residents of Key Ranch Estates, where the pipeline will be buried, what will occur. “You understand why I need information on this, I have constituents to answer to,” Hayes said. Plans call for the crossing of one road in Key Ranch Estates, which will close the road and provide a detour for local traffic.
The commissioners were asked to approve permits to construct the pipeline in a floodplain, which had nothing to do with roads or road closures. However, Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney pointed out that this permit was the only leverage the court had to have any say in what would transpire, especially as regards to road damage caused by the construction to take place in Precinct 1.
TRWD director Wesley Cleveland tried to assure the court that the district has worked well with other counties on the project and have left roads in as good or better condition than they found them and that money was built into the budget specifically for road repairs.
Engineer Matt Gaughan answered questions about the burial of the 108-inch (nine-foot) pipe. He told Hayes that where the pipe crossed under a road that it would be encased in quick-drying concrete and he expected to open detours for the two days that the road crossing would have to close any road.
Emergency Management Coordinator Joy Kimbrough presented commissioners with an emergency management plan for the work to take place in the floodplain, stating that the permit includes a clause absolving the county from any and all liability in connection with the construction, operation and maintenance of the pipeline. There is no fee attached to the permit, she said.
The item is expected to reappear on next week’s agenda.
In other business, commissioners:
• agreed to assist with four local elections for the cities of Eustace, Athens and Gun Barrel City as well as the Athens ISD for early voting April 24-May 2 and Election Day, May 6.
• renewed membership in the Sabine-Neches Resource Conservation and Development group and appointed Thomas Fraiser and Fire Marshal Shane Renberg as representatives.
• approved bonds for 2017 county elected officials
• accepted Racial Profiling Report from the Sheriff’s Office.
• agreed to a number of appointments and reappointments to Emergency Service Districts No. 1 and no. 2.
• approved inter-local cooperation agreements for labor and equipment use in the amount of $500 with the cities of Berryville, Coffee City and Poynor.
• paid bills in the amount of $425,844.52 and payments to fire departments in Caney City and Eustace in the amount of $21,174.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 1, 2017

Loretta Ridlehuber entered the gates of Heaven on Feb. 24, 2017. She was a servant of the Lord and everyone else that was fortunate enough to know her.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Horton Ridlehuber.
She was the proud mother of Gail Robbins of Kemp who was by her side nearly every day for the past six years, giving her love and care. Loretta also had one son Ron Ridlehuber and his wife Cheryl of The Woodlands. She had two grandchildren Deena Robbins of Mesquite and Kenneth Ridlehuber of Montgomery and his fiancée Katherine Montoya, as well as great-grandson Chandler Robbins of Mesquite and great-great-granddaughters Aleyna and Audrey Vasquez.
Her infectious smile and amazing positive attitude touched everyone she met. She spent her final four years at Sunflower Park in Kaufman and we thank all of the staff there for the kind and loving care they provided Loretta.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Loretta are encouraged to donate to the First United Methodist Church of Mabank in her name.
A memorial service for Loretta will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 5. The address of the church is 501 S. Third Street, Mabank, TX 75147.
A reception and family visitation will follow at the Cedar Creek Country Club located at 18392 Country Club Drive, Kemp, TX 75143.

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 1, 2017

By Blaine Clamon
Monitor Corespondent
COPPELL–After overcoming a 17-point deficit in the Bi-District round of the UIL state tournament against Sunnyvale, Kemp’s varsity boys’ basketball team moved on to the Area round. They put their 11-game winning streak on the line against the five-time state champion Ponder Lions at Coppell High School.
Kemp was able to score the game’s first five points courtesy of a jump shot by sophomore Cameron Clamon and a 3-pointer by junior Kane Johnson for their largest lead of the evening. Ponder was able to unleash a 12-0 run afterwards for a 12-5 lead by playing great defense and forcing ill-advised passes by the Yellowjackets. With 50 seconds left in the first quarter, Kemp sophomore Boomer Irvin snapped the 12-0 run by the Lions with a 3-pointer of his own. However, Ponder tacked on three combined free throws by juniors Dean Akins and Rylan Waldo to close the opening quarter with a 15-8 lead. Overall, the Lions went on a 15-3 run after trailing 5-0.
Ponder opened the second quarter with consecutive layups from Akins and senior Chase Harris to build their lead to 19-8. Johnson pulled the Yellowjackets within nine, 19-10, after his layup. The Lions then responded with their stellar defense and four consecutive three-pointers in the last six minutes of the first half, outscoring the Yellowjackets 12-5 in the process, to take a 31-15 halftime lead.
The second half featured the Lions continuing to harass the Yellowjackets as they have for most of the game. Ponder had a 38-20 third quarter lead with 4:25 to go. But with that time left, the Yellowjackets were able to get their offense going and outscore the Lions 7-4 in order to trail 42-27 as the third quarter ended.
After Kemp opened the fourth quarter with two free throws from junior Junior Brooks, they cut the lead to 42-29, which was the closest that they got for the rest of the game. Ponder never looked back and pulled away from the Yellowjackets to win 60-44 and the Area title. Kemp’s 11-game winning streak was snapped after the season-ending loss. But nonetheless, it was a fantastic season by Kemp and the program’s future looks bright.
Kemp had two double-digit scorers: Kane Johnson with 17 points and Josiah Brewington with 12. Other Yellowjacket scorers included Boomer Irvin with five, Alec Cooper and Taylor Donovan both with three, and Cameron Clamon and Junior Brooks with two apiece. Ponder was led by 15 points from Tye Schluter and 14 from Chase Harris. Other Lion scorers were Dean Akins with eight, Quinton Fossett and Rylan Waldo with six apiece, Peyton Ford with five, and Clayton Hicks and Foster Ford both with three.
Kemp finishes their season as Bi-District champions with a 23-10 overall record. Ponder moves on to the regional quarterfinals of the UIL state tournament.