Posted by : March 13, 2014
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Sponsorships, auction items, donations sought
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–A benefit horse riding play day is being hosted for Mabank High School graduate Aaron Jenkins. Most recently, the 20-year-old was attending college.
He has a genetic precancerous disease that was diagnosed at 10 years old, but surgery was able to stop its spread.
However, recently his condition has worsened and lack of medical insurance and slowness of getting federal aid has left his family on its own. Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s office is trying to speed things up. His family asks the community to remember Aaron in prayer and ask for his healing. He is the son of Christie Jenkins-Kirchenbauer and grandson of Linda Sikes and James Jenkins.
The “I Ride For Aaron” benefit is being mounted by Christian Arena Ministry Outreach on Saturday, March 22 at the Andrew Gibbs Memorial Arena in Mabank.
Books open at 10 a.m. with exhibition and events starting at noon. Entry fees are by donation.
Play day events include Clover Leaf, Poles and Straight Away in four age groups; 0-7, 8-13, 14-17 and 18 and above.
Fun events just for kids, include goat dressing, stickhorse flag races and stick horse clover leaf.
A variety of concessions and booths will present “Jeremy’s” famous burgers, bounce houses, face painting, baked goods and live and silent auctions.
Auction items, vendors and volunteers are also being sought. Those who want to help should call Michelle White at (903) 275-8287.
The Aaron Jenkins Benefit Fund has also been set up at First State Bank in Mabank to receive monetary donations.
The “I Ride For Aaron” benefit also features live entertainment by the Chris Weiss Band, Heritage Trail Cowboy Church Band, Beverly Crocker and Sactum Worship.
Posted by : March 6, 2014
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Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Respected Kemp City Council member Jerry Hazelip died Friday, Feb. 28, following a week in intensive care in Dallas Presbyterian Hospital. His funeral was held Wednesday at Anderson Clayton Funeral Home in Kemp. He suffered a heart attack Feb. 19 and didn’t regain consciousness.
Hazelip served two terms on the City Council in previous years, and he was appointed to complete an unexpired term on the council left when Laura Hanna Peace was elected mayor last May.
She recently spoke of her admiration of him in an interview with The Monitor after he was admitted to the hospital. “Jerry is very important to this city,” Peace said. “I’ve known him all of my life. He is my neighbor and my friend.”
In addition to serving on the Kemp City Council, Hazelip served on the boards of directors of the Kemp Economic Development Corp., the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and the Celebration on the Lake Church. He was credited with helping those organizations make significant advances during his terms of service.
Hazelip suffered a severe heart attack in 2001 that had left him impaired, but his friends noted that he never let that deter him from his volunteer work.
“Close friend Rick Foster posted on Facebook: “He was the epitome of human kindness, love and caring,” Foster wrote. “He touched untold numbers of lives with his dedication to charities — human and animal. He was a beacon of what good is.”
Posted by : February 27, 2014
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Community leader Jerry Hazelip seriously ill
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Prayers and hopes have been ascending on behalf of Kemp Councilman Jerry Hazelip, who has been hospitalized for more than a week.
He started feeling badly Feb. 18 and was admitted to a (undisclosed) hospital with shortness of breath. His cousin, Rick Foster, posted on Facebook about his condition. Early Feb. 19, hospital staff found him without a heartbeat. He was revived and put on a ventilator.
He has been unconscious; however, a neurology test this past Monday showed improvement, as he responded positively to his name.
Hazelip has been serving to fill a vacancy left on the council when Laura Peace was elected mayor last May. Prior to that he served two full terms on the Kemp City Council.
Most recently, he and the mayor had discussed the council’s plans to renovate a historic bridge and repurpose it as a stage for musical performances. It is to become a focal point for an arts center across from the park.
Peace told The Monitor not only has Hazelip served the city and other community organizations well, he is a lifelong resident of Kemp and a Kemp High School graduate.
“Jerry is very important to this city. I’ve known him all of my life. He is my neighbor and my friend,” she said.
Hazelip has also served on the Kemp Economic Development Corporation and the boards of the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and Celebration on the Lake Church.
Some years ago, he was instrumental in guiding the animal shelter through its trouble with the IRS.
“I really depend on him as a council member because he always double checks the figures,” Peace added.
Hazelip is not accepting visitors at this time.