Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 14, 2014

Mabank Police Chief Kyle McAfee leaves office Sept. 27.

Mabank Police Chief
Kyle McAfee
leaves office Sept. 27.

Kyle McAfee to join Kaufman Fire Department

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Mabank City Council members regrettably accepted the resignation of Police Chief Kyle McAfee Tuesday. His last day with the department is Sept. 24. He has headed the eight-member staff since 2005.
In a letter submitted to the council, McAfee states that he has accepted a position with the Kaufman Fire Department that will further his growth and passion for serving through fire suppression and prevention. He will also be assisting in the Fire Marshal’s Office, he said.
“I have enjoyed working with the Mabank Police Department and will miss my colleagues,” he writes. “Serving the citizens of Mabank as the police chief and being recognized throughout both Henderson and Kaufman counties as being part of one of the best departments, has been a great experience.”
News of McAfee’s resignation falls hard on the heels of an earlier announcement that Capt. Lee Orr is leaving the department to take up a bailiff post in Kaufman County. Orr’s farewell reception was set for noon, Sept. 11.
McAfee, who also is the Mabank Fire Department clown, called Q2, after the wind-up siren, said he would continue performing with the Fire Safety Clowns and keep his post as assistant fire chief – a volunteer position – with the Mabank Fire Department.
“I hope the city will continue to support the department as it has always done,” he closed his resignation letter.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 7, 2014

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–A Tamarack Subdivision resident was not taken in by two men posing as meter readers Wednesday.
The incident is under investigation, Gun Barrel City Officer Ramsey confirmed.
A spokesperson for East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply Utility relayed the following.
Two men in an older model white pickup truck represented themselves as meter readers for the water utility told a Tamarack resident that it was likely the residence had a water leak and they could get it fixed for just the cost of parts.
After a brief inspection inside and under the home, the resident was told it would take $175 to get the work done.
The resident asked to see a written work order or a receipt, that’s when the man returned to the truck and drove away.
In addition, the resident noted that the men who were described as likely of Hispanic heritage, were not wearing a distinctive uniform or badge.
That’s when the resident called the police and the utility district.
“Employees who make contact with the public wear a uniform an are in a truck with the East Cedar Creek logo,” utility general manager Bill Goheen said. If there are ever any concerns, residents should call the office at (903) 887-7103, he added. “We’re developing plans to produce photo identification for each employee.”



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 4, 2014

Courtesy Photo  The truck was hauled back up to the roadway it had left in the 800 block of S. Elm St. in Kemp.

Courtesy Photo
The truck was hauled back up to the roadway it had left in the 800 block of S. Elm St. in Kemp.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–A Kemp man is in stable condition in the ICU unit of a Dallas hospital, following a near fatal one-vehicle accident last Thursday, Aug. 28.
Clayton Nicholas Chambless, 34, was airlifted shortly after 6 p.m. when his 2013 Ford F-150 four-door truck left the roadway, went airborne and came to a halt some 200 feet away down an embankment off Elm Street.
Kemp Police Chief Jimmy Council reports that had it not been an eyewitness to the crash, it could have been a lot worse, as no one would have been able to see the vehicle in the creek bed.
Though it is uncertain just what caused the truck to leave the southbound lane in the 800 block of S. Elm Street, the vehicle hit a metal culvert, which sent it into the air, Council said. He added that the driver had an underlying medical condition.
The family reports, he has 40 broken bones and an eight-month hospital stay, Council said. “He wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He wasn’t ejected from the vehicle,” Council said.
No passengers were in the truck and no other vehicles were involved, Council confirmed.
Chambless was airlifted to Parkland Hospital in critical condition. A volunteer firefighter from Kemp happened to be traveling behind Chambless and called in the accident at 5:54 p.m. First Responders were on the scene at 5:55 p.m., Council said.