Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 30, 2014

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh A monolith and bronze plaque dedicates the repurposed old bridge in the memory of former Kemp City Councilman Jerry Hazelip.

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh
A monolith and bronze plaque dedicates the repurposed old bridge in the memory of former Kemp City Councilman Jerry Hazelip.

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–The morning air was still cool when Kemp Mayor Laura Hanna Peace stood before a small crowd of Kemp faithful gathered at the Kemp City Park Oct. 24 to dedicate the new performance arts stage to the memory of former Kemp City Councilman Jerry Hazelip.
Peace made herself comfortable on the new performance arts stage, declining a chair and a microphone in favor of a more intimate speech. She fought back tears in her eyes, as she told stories of Hazelip from the “good ‘ole days” and recounted the things he did for the community.
The idea to renovate the steel bridge and repurpose it as a focal point for musical performances was among Hazelip’s last acts on the council before he suffered a heart attack Feb. 19. He died a week later at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital. Hazelip served two full terms on the Kemp City Council.
After the touching words were shared, Peace gave the honors of unveiling a monolith with Hazelip’s likeness on it to his longtime friend and companion, Rick Norris. Hazelip’s vision of putting music on the stage was also realized that day, as Seven Points performing artist Larry Penny sung some country songs before Peace spoke.
The inscription on the monolith reads: This stage is dedicated to the memory of Jerry Wayne Hazelip in appreciation for his service to the community he loved. As an example to all, he served his community, and those in it, without hesitation or regret. He was a trusted neighbor, a true friend and a helper to those in need, both man and beast alike. Jerry was always ready with a bright smile, hearty laugh or warm embrace to lift those around him. Thank you Jerry for your hard work, civil leadership and love for your community.
Then it ends in a quote from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss: “Unless someone cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
“You are missed.”



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 26, 2014

Three Wills Point men arrested

Special to The Monitor
CANTON–Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers has authorized $600 in rewards for tips that led to the recent arrests of three Wills Point men, in separate incidents.
The Crime Stoppers board approved:
• a $250 reward for a tipster who notified authorities about a man wanted for theft, including a stolen camping trailer.
• a $200 reward for a tipster that led to a man sought for violating a protective order in Dallas County. Authorities tracked the man down at a school in Wills Point.
• a $150 reward for a tipster that led to the arrest of a man wanted by Van Zandt County authorities on a fugitive warrant.
“It is important that people know they can get rewards, without ever having to identify themselves, for providing information to local law enforcement agencies,” Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers President Kathy Smith said.
“We are happy to give money to the people who provided us with this latest round of tips and who helped get three criminals off the streets.”
Smith noted that not every tip qualifies for a reward, because some tips don’t have enough helpful information, or sometimes come in after a suspect has already been arrested.
“But if a tip does lead to an arrest, we happily pay the anonymous tipster,” Smith said.
To report an anonymous tip, call the Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (903) 567-7867 or submit information online at vanzandt-crimestoppers.org.
Crime Stoppers gives cash rewards up to $1,000 for tips leading to an arrest.
Rewards are financed by criminal court fines and donations.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 23, 2014

Monitor Photo/Susan Harrison

Monitor Photo/Susan Harrison

The Dance Connection owner Leslie Dare’s dancers perform to Halloween music for guests at the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo Oct. 14.
Many more photos from this event can be found in the Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 issue of The Monitor.