Feb

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 27, 2014

Kemp Councilman  Jerry Hazelip

Kemp Councilman
Jerry Hazelip

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.

Feb

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 27, 2014

Monitor Photo/Susan Harrison Bella Maison Michael Earnheart (center left) and Ruth van der Plas (center right) draw door prize winner names Feb. 18. Hoping to win (far right) are Mike Moore and Jack Harrison.

Monitor Photo/Susan Harrison
Bella Maison Michael Earnheart (center left) and Ruth van der Plas (center right) draw door prize winner names Feb. 18. Hoping to win (far right) are Mike Moore and Jack Harrison.

Delicious food and service give-a-ways

Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Bella Maison Carpet Cleaning & Emergency Water Restoration hosted a Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours function for members Feb. 18 at their 141 Dunaway Avenue, Gun Barrel City location. They also have a Canton location.
Bella Maison’s 24 hour emergency water extraction is IICRC certified.
In addition to serving the entire Cedar Creek Lake and Athens areas, Bella Maison serves Canton, Van Zandt County and Dallas areas too. Many lake homeowners have a home or business in the Dallas area and are customers of Bella Maison.
Members were able to tour Bella Maison’s fleet of service vans equipped with the latest and most powerful machinery to clean tile, grout, carpet, flooding, stains and a list of other unwanted items on customer’s furniture, floors and walls.
Owners and technicians Jacques and Ruth van der Plas along with their knowledgeable and capable staff members explained their new equipment and processes to guests.
Jacques is especially proud of their scientifically designed equipment used to treat and extract pet urine and odors from area rugs, carpets and upholstery.
“Many lake area residents are pet owners and need our services to make their homes odor-free from any accidents their pets may have had inside their homes,” Jacques said.
Members and guests were treated to an array of tasty fingers foods and beverages while networking.
Door prizes were received by many and ranged from Scotchgard for the entire home to auto upholstery cleaning to tile and grout cleaning.
To learn more about Bella Maison’s expert services, call (903) 887-0197 or go to www.Bella-Maisonservices.com.
More photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, March 2, 2014 issue of The Monitor.

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.