May

24

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 24, 2017

The Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Memorial Day will be celebrated this year on Monday, May 29. Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.
Many will visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.
The Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a “Laying of Wreaths to Honor Veterans” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 30 at the Veteran’s Memorial Gardens in Mabank.
On Memorial Day, a gathering is set in Kerens at 6 p.m. at the relatively new Veterans Memorial there on Colket Avenue. The gathering will honor the fallen with Silence, Prayer and the bugling of Taps. The Coyote Squadron out of Corsicana will also fly over in the missing man formation during the solemn observance.
Memorial Day is a Federal holiday, so there will be no mail delivered. Federal, State and most city offices are closed as well as many offices and banks.
Offices for The Monitor and Lake Area Leader as well as The News and Kerens Tribune will be closed.
What follows is a dozen most notable quotes often recalled on Memorial Day.
May they engender a spirit of gratitude and renew a commitment to serving our country:
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” – Nathan Hale
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed – it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.” – Doc Hastings
“A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.” – George William Curtis.
“These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror. Michael N. Castle
“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.” – Bob Riley
“Patriotism does not consist in waving the flag but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” – James Bryce
“Ask not what your country can do for you but rather what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy.
“America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.” – Paul Tsongas
“The heroes of Flight 93 won the first battle in the War on Terror, and they should never be forgotten.” – Jim Ramstad
“Patriotism was a living fire of unquestioned belief and purpose.” – Frank Knox
“Who sows virtue reaps honor.” – Leonardo da Vinci.
“Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, it’s honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.” – Pete Hegseth

May

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 19, 2017

Memorial services for Leon Crutchfield will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at River of Life Church in Kemp with Pastor Paul Roberts officiating. Lunch will follow the service at Kemp Community Center.
Leon was born on March 3, 1951 in Dallas to parents James Crutchfield and Datha Dezelle and entered into eternal rest on May 16, 2017 at the age of 66.
Leon graduated from Kimball High School and went through the IBEW Local 59 Apprenticeship program. He was a Journeyman Electrician. Leon was a very loving and caring man with a BIG heart. He was ornery, but a great person that you could call upon anytime you needed something. Leon would do anything for the ones he kept close.
He loved his grandchildren and watching the Texas Rangers. Leon enjoyed eating good food and would plan a whole day around a good meal. He loved guns, knives and “ginger” his Dachsund. Leon was Christian by faith. He was an amazing man who will be missed by all who knew him.
Leon was preceded in death by his father James R. Crutchfield and grandparents Hubert and Lorene Crutchfield.
He is survived by his mother Datha Cruthfield of Mexia, wife Bobby Crutchfield of Seven Points, son Kenny Crutchfield and wife Crystal of Seven Points, son Allen Montemagno and wife Stephanie of Calif., grandchildren Megan, Erin, Hannah, Nicole, Isabella, Noah and Elijah, brother Roger Crutchfield and wife Rita of DeSoto, sister Leigh Ann Brewer and husband Steve, aunt Yvonne Slovacek and husband Raymond, aunt Sandra, nieces and nephews Stacey, J.C. Keri and Joc, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

May

19

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 19, 2017

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp City Council learned of white-collar crime in their neighborhood during the regular meeting May 9.
Interim Police Chief James Cook updated the council that a local Valero gas station was targeted by a “skimming” scam, which allows thieves to steal credit and debit card information from customers.
According to Cook, the thieves’ technology is getting more sophisticated and difficult to identify. The thieves pose as gas pump repair men, Cook explained. They open up the pumps and rig it with a device no larger than a USB port that steals credit and debit card numbers, along with their corresponding PIN codes. The thieves don’t even need to be nearby; and can access all the information remotely.
Kemp resident Shane Hyde corroberated the chief’s report saying he was one whose credit card information had been compromised.
Hyde said he got a call from Life Lock (a banking security company) saying his account had suspicious activity April 21. Multiple money orders for $1,000 were created from his account information at a supermarket in Houston, he said.
He also got charged for $300 in gas from multiple Houston stations. Hyde has since been refunded and has pressed charges in the Houston area.
An independent auditor visited the council and delivered a report to council members. The city had $1,167,914 in total revenue in 2016 and 894,919 in expenses. The city of Kemp’s revenues exceeded its expenditures by $361,704.
Council members also canvassed the results of the May 6 special election, “determining whether a sale and use tax at the rate of one-fourth of one percent for the maintenance and repair of municipal streets should be authorized.” The results were:
Early voting: For, 34; Against, 6.
Election Day: For, 18; Against, 6.
The proposal gained overwhelming approval from voters: 52-12.
In other business, council members:
• approved a zoning variance at 109 North main street for residential and commercial use
• opened a specific city bank account for the water surcharge deposits for transparency’s sake.