Feb

23

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

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell


Firefighters from Payne Springs, Eustace, Mabank and City of Tool joined Gun Barrel City in quickly putting down a blaze at shoreside Thursday under wind gusts up to 40 mph.
More photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, February 23, 2014 issue of The Monitor.

Feb

23

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

Courtesy Photo The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members encourage boat owners to get a free Vessel Safety Check examination of their boat before boating this season.

Courtesy Photo
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members encourage boat owners to get a free Vessel Safety Check examination of their boat before boating this season.

U.S. Coast Guard offers free inspections

Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary advises boaters to be safe by getting a free vessel safety check.
Boat safety is important for boaters of all ages and vessels of all sizes. The best way to know a vessel has all the appropriate safety gear is to receive a Vessel Safety Check (VSC).
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary provides free vessel safety checks for power watercraft users, sailors, or kayakers, and all non-commercial boaters, passenger vessels and commercial fishing vessels.
For more information, go to www.safetyseal.net.
Vessel Safety Checks
A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations.
The vessel examiner is a trained specialist and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member who will make certain recommendations and discuss safety issues to help individuals become safer boaters.
The check is not a boarding or law enforcement issue. Citations are not given to boat owners however owners will be given a copy of the evaluation so they may follow the suggestions provided.
Vessels that pass will be able to display the distinctive VSC decal. This does not provide exemption from law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter.
During a vessel safety check, boat owners will need to have:
• registration or documentation papers ready.
• personal flotation devices in an accessible location and not in the original plastic bags.
• current visual distress devices such as flares, orange smoke and other pyrotechnic devices that have not expired. Pyrotechnic devices have a three year shelf life.
• fire extinguishers fully charged, sufficient in numbers and types for your vessel, and appropriately attached per the label (to be USCG Approved).
• horn in good working order and if required, a bell.
• navigation lights in good working order.
Boats 26 feet and longer require a pollution and MARPOL placard. These may be available at area marinas and boat stores.
Vessels more than 39.4 feet require a copy of the Rules of the Road (COLREGs).
To receive a free Vessel Safety Check, go to www.safetyseal.net/want_vsc.asp or call Jim Salzmann at (903) 451-3821.

Feb

20

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 20, 2014

William Scott Tanksley

William Scott Tanksley


Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–An online petition is underway to rename the Kemp High School Baseball Field in remembrance of Scott Tanksley. To sign it, go to www.ipetitions.com/petition/Scott-Tanksley-Field. Tanklsey’s classmates hope to gather 5,000 signatures.
Dallas Fire and Rescue Officer Scott Tanksley tragically lost his life in the line of duty on Feb. 10, 2014 while operating on an icy overpass in Dallas.
Tanksley was a 14-year veteran of the Dallas Fire Department. He leaves behind a wife and three minor children. Scott grew up in Kemp playing baseball and went on to play professionally.
After a brief professional baseball career, he went back to a quiet life in his rural hometown of Kemp, joined Dallas Fire-Rescue and started a family.
Tanksley coached his son in Little League. His son and daughter attend Kemp ISD schools, where Tanksley’s mother and his wife, Wendi, used to work.
The couple would have celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary.