Posted by : July 31, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Kemp mayor and Kaufman County Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Laura Peace spoke to area Rotarians at the recent meeting at the Cedar Creek County Club.
Peace has been a lifelong resident of Kemp and lives on property her great-grandfather purchased many years ago.
“I love Kemp,” Peace said. “But it is time for everybody to step up and take part.”
Peace added the city council recently agreed to transfer the Kemp water system to the West Cedar Creek Municipal Water District in order to prevent a recurrance of the water outage from 2011.
“I looked at every option out there,” Peace said. “If there is no water, there is no town. This will guarantee a water supply.”
Peace also spoke about her role as chief of the juvenile probation department.
“Our number one priority is community safety and doing what is in the best interest of the child,” she said.
“Offenses range from bashing mailboxes to murder,” she said.
“We strive to keep kids out of the court room. The further up they go in the system, the more likely they are to go to jail,” Peace said.
Although Kaufman County does not have a Teen Court program like Henderson County, they do offer summer reading programs and institute curfews, community service and counseling in various areas including anger, substance abuse and sex offenders.
Peace graduated from Kemp High School in 1978 and is a licensed counselor with a psychology degree from Texas Women’s University. She has two grown sons who also graduated from Kemp schools.
In other business, Rotarians heard:
• no meeting will be held Aug. 16 due to Mabank’s new teachers luncheon.
• Lance Gooden will speak Sept. 16.
• community food pantries are hosting a walk to end hunger Saturday, Nov. 2.
• the club’s Christmas party is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Dec 14 at Andrea Pickens’ house.
Posted by : July 20, 2013| On :
By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY –Serving as the event coordinator for both the Malakoff Historical Society and Museum and the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce, Pat Isaacson was the guest speaker at the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce July 11 luncheon.
Isaacson provided interesting details and tidbits about the Flagg House, the Bartlett House and Malakoff for the members.
“Malakoff got its name in 1855 from the postmaster general when the townspeople applied for a post office,” Isaacson explained.
In 1912, lignite mines were discovered in Malakoff and were able to produce 300 tons of coal a day with a payroll of $2,000 to $3,000 a month.
“The miners came, houses were built for them and the managers,” Isaacson said. “Some houses are still standing and lived in today.”
In 1939, gas and electricity came about and 75 percent of the coal mining left Malakoff and by 1944, it was completely gone.
The historical society bought the Flagg House to serve as its museum two years ago and is located on Main Street in Malakoff.
Harry Flagg built the $35,000 house in 1921 for his wife and six children.
“It is large house – 4,800 square feet – because Flagg did not want to add to it later for his family,” Isaacson said.
“The house has pocket doors that still work, 54 windows, four bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, one-inch thick oak floors downstairs and pine floors upstairs.”
Isaacson said that Flagg was quite an entrepreneur. He was president of the original First State Bank (not connected with the current bank) had a lumberyard, brickyard and a store and was also a pharmacist. His wife was a schoolteacher.
“The Bartlett House is nine years younger than the Flagg House and not livable, but has awesome construction,” Isaacson said.
“Mr. Bartlett invented white brick. Prior to Bartlett’s invention, which won a first place award at the 1905 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Mo., only red brick was available.” she said
He built the Bartlett House at the height of the depression to let everyone know everything was going to be all right she added.
It, too, has a rich history and is owned by the Greater Malakoff Area Garden Club.
To learn more about touring the Flagg House, contact Isaacson at (903) 489-8118.
Gun Barrel City councilman Dennis Baade told chamber members that the Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation is providing a matching funds grant to veterans starting new businesses in the city.
“The Boots To Business grant will match up to $50,000 to qualified veterans opening a business in Gun Barrel City,” Baade said.
The grant criteria and application are available at www.gunbarrelcity.net.
In other business, chamber members heard:
• Chairman of the board Marty Mullins named Southside Bank as the July Business of the Month.
Mullins recognized the bank’s participation in area organizations, such as Toys for Tots, Mabank Education Foundation, Kiwanis and the Miracle League.
Becky Hepker and Ralph Fortner accepted the award,
• Leadership Cedar Creek Lake 2013-14 Class is accepting applications. The class is limited to 12 students, cost is $350 and meets one day per month,
• Chamber’s Red Hot 19 Golf Tournament needs hole sponsors for $100 each and team players. The event is scheduled for Monday, July 29 and will be held at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Canton.
• Mabank ISD new teachers luncheon is set for August. Contact the chamber to sponsor a teacher at the luncheon and,
• Contact the chamber for a vendor booth at the October Fall Business Expo.
More photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, July 21, 2013 issue of The Monitor.
Posted by : July 3, 2013| On :
See more photos from this event in the July 4, 2013 issue of The Monitor.