Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 13, 2014

Seven puppies decapitated

Special to The Monitor
VAN ZANDT COUNTY–Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person who beheaded seven puppies.
The horrific crime was discovered Oct. 30 when someone who lives in the FM 90 area was trying to rescue a Great Dane and found a food sack near the dog. There were nine dead puppies in the sack, seven of which had been decapitated.
Because of the repulsive nature of the crime, the Crime Stoppers board has authorized a specific reward for anonymous tips about who killed the puppies.
“This crime was beyond disgusting,” Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers President Kathy Smith said.
“There are animal rescue organizations in this county that would have gladly taken unwanted puppies. These poor animals did not deserve to die such a horrible death.”
To report an anonymous tip, call the Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (903) 567-7867 or submit information from mobile phones or computers at
Crime Stoppers cash rewards are financed by criminal court fines and donations.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : November 2, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson

Grand Marshal Johnny Bonds from the Class of 1965.
Many more photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 issue of The Monitor.



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.”