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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 26, 2016

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp varsity volleyball team is led by a pair of returning senior co-captains, who are determined to improve their team and themselves.
When Sarah Farley and Hannah Hosch suit up with the Lady ’Jackets this season, they are the only returning upperclassmen and two of four returning players on the entire team. Last year’s team missed the playoffs and didn’t perform well down the stretch. Farley and Hosch say will work hard to make sure Kemp continues to improve all year.
While the ’Lady Jackets play in a heavily competitive district, there are sure signs that things will be better this year.
“There is lots of team chemistry this year,” Hosch said. “Last year the team was divided and had some personality conflicts, but this year we are team building and becoming friends.”
At times the entire volleyball team can be found huddled in new Head Coach Mike Hill’s office, smiling, laughing, and watching film. That’s a good sign for team cohesion.
“We want to be better than we were last year,” Farley said. “We want to exceed our previous results. Last year we kept making the same mistakes over and over and didn’t improve much. This year we are trying new things and our defense and offensive hitting is getting better.
It’s been a long ride for both Farley and Hosch, who have been playing with each other since seventh grade. Both of them are entering their third year on the varsity squad.
“It’s great to have teammates you know well and have been playing with for a while,” Farley said. “We’ve got each other’s backs.”
Both seniors have made some changes to their position this year. Farley played libero last year and mow moves to the outside hitter position; while Hosch was the primary setter in years past and now spends her time as a middle hitter.
Both seniors say coach Hill and summer workouts have helped them tremendously.
“Summer workouts have done a lot to help my vertical,” Hosch said. A high vertical is important for hitting the ball straight to the ground for cleans kills.
They say things are different under coach Hill.
“We like that he has lots of coaching experience,” Farley said. “He’s learned stuff from all over the world and over a long time. We’ve had some fun team bonding with him. It’s been a lot of fun so far.”
Things are much different than last year. We like that he (Hill) has lots of coaching experience. He’s learning stuff from all over the place and that’s great.

Aug

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 24, 2016

Ronald Johnson obitFuneral services for Ronald “Ronnye” Johnson were held August 24 at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp with Rev. Todd Peavy officiating. Interment followed the service at Baker Cemetery in Kemp.
Ronald was born on October 5, 1942 in Kemp to parents William Melton and Geneva (Pritchett) Johnson and entered into eternal rest on August 20, 2016.
Ronald was known as “Ronnye” and “Papa” to his family and friends. Ronnye loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a very loving and caring man. He was fun to be around, loved goofing around and being silly.
Ronnye was the outdoors type; he enjoyed riding four wheelers, fishing and sitting on the back porch. He also loved spending time with his dog Cady.
Ronnye served in the United States Navy. He retired from Austin Commercial in 2006. Ronnye was self employed as a heavy equipment operator and was known as the “Best” dozer operator in the area.
He was a Mason and Baptist by faith. Ronnye was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He will be missed tremendously by those who knew and loved him.
Ronnye was preceded in death by his parents and brother Tommy Johnson.
He is survived by his loving wife Vickie Johnson of Kemp, daughter Mistie McNew and husband Charles of Mabank, daughter Dawnya House and Jason Andrews of Forney, son Sam Johnson and Patsy Fabela of Little Elm, grandchildren; Courtney Cubine of Fort Worth, Dalton Cubine of Eustace, Bailee House, Blair House and Daryl House all of Forney, Landen Johnson of Little Elm, great-grandchild Braylee Cubine of Eustace, sister Karen Perkins of Kemp, sister-in-law Laura Johnson of Tool, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 24, 2016

Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–As expected, burn bans in both Kaufman and Henderson counties were rescinded this early this week in view of the last seven days of rainfall throughout North Central Texas. Brush, branches, limbs, leaves and unpainted or untreated lumber are the only items that can be burned on open ground when there is not a burn ban, according to the Kaufman County Fire Marshal’s Office website. Anything else must be burned in barrels with a screen. Outdoor burning should always be attended with the proper safety precautions, such as having the ability to extinguish. No burning after sunset nor under windy conditions.
Kaufman County Commissioners have been reviewing a proposed budget they hope to adopt in September, which includes a $600 pay raise for county employees and funding of several new employee positions.
Public hearings are set for Sept. 6 and Sept. 12.
Though the budget includes nearly $3 million more than last year’s budget, commissioners aren’t proposing an increase in the operations portion of the property tax rate. However, when the county sells the remaining $26 million in voter-approved transportation bonds, the debt service part of the tax rate is expected to rise.
An increase of almost a penny is the “worst case” for the road bonds, depending on the interest rate at the time of its sale. The current debt tax rate is nearly 5 cents per $100 and it could go to nearly 6 cents for a total tax rate of 58.557 cents per $100.
The maintenance and operations tax rate has not seen a rise in the last six years, County Judge Bruce Wood noted at the Aug. 15 Commissioners Court meeting.
The budget also reflects a shift of more funds over to Road and Bridge, or about half a cent of the total property tax rate for a total of 52.65 cents per $100 valuation, same as last year.
Commissioners discussed awarding pay raises on a departmental basis to insure raises were for earned productivity and not just a matter of course, as would be the case if given to all on a certain percentage basis.
The budget has set aside $281,000 for pay raises.
Under the plan, a department that reduced staffing through efficiencies could use the money it saved to redistribute to the remaining employees. However, the plan wasn’t to include distributing funds for vacant positions to be filled. Commissioner Skeet Phillips will head a committee to determine the best way to apply proposed salary hikes.
Employee health insurance adds another $2334,700 to the budget.
New postings include two each in the office of the county clerk and public works and maintenance for six new positions and one each in the fire marshal’s office and district clerk.
As reported last week, the county budget is to include $72,449 to help fund the Star Transit bus and setting aside $250,000 to attract other funding for a county-owned animal shelter. The county’s current contract with the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake expires Oct. 31. A new contract is proposed at a flat monthly fee of $11,500.