Dec

07

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 7, 2016

Funeral services for Bryan Scott Jared, 72, of Rusk, were held Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at Rusk First United Methodist Church, under the direction of Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home with Pastor Bart Reddoch officiating. Burial followed at Rusk Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Bryan was born July 18, 1944 in Ada, Okla. to the late Bryan and Margaret Jared.
He went to school and graduated in 1962 from Ardmore High School, Ardmore, Okla. He then went on to Stephen F. Austin State University where he graduated with a degree in business.
He was an employee at Rusk State Hospital for many years. He left there to become the Director of Admissions at Lon Morris College. He then returned to Rusk State Hospital outpatient services. He became the business manager when ACCESS was formed as the MHMR authority for Cherokee and Anderson Counties.
He left there to accept a position with the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services as a regional contracts manager. He retired from there in 2003. He also served on the Rusk City Council for several years.
He was an active member of the Rusk First United Methodist Church, having served on various committees, and was a lifelong Methodist. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing golf, OU football, fishing, traveling, dining out and cherished his time spent with family.
He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Sue Jared of Rusk, daughter and son-in-law Tracey and Bill Wolfe of Mabank, son William Jared of Henderson, granddaughters Liz Wolfe and friend Chris Fessenden of Mabank, Destiney and Colton Smith of Lubbock, great-grandson Kyller Smith of Lubbock, sister and brother-in-law Frances and David Long of Rusk, brother-in-law Bill and wife Tonya Vining of Fairview, niece Ashley Long of Dallas, nephews Macon Vining of Pasadena, Calif., T.J. Vining of Chicago, Ill., numerous cousins and his beloved dog Bandit.
Pallbearers were David Murray, David Grogan, Byron “Scooter” Stroman, Joe Stricklin, Mike Crysup, Charles Hassell, Kenny McClure and Phillip Power. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Page, Tim Sansom, Kelly Philbrick, Larry Long, Bobby Long, Don Boozer and Salvador Rodriguez.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 99, Rusk, TX 75785 or charity of your choice.

Dec

02

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 2, 2016

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Graveside services for Pauline Stevens were held Dec. 2, 2016 at Old Columbia Cemetery in West Columbia with the Stevens family officiating.
Pauline was born on April 5, 1926 in West Columbia to parents Robert Clarence and Emma (Winslow) McKinney and entered into eternal rest on Nov. 28, 2016 at the age of 90.
Pauline married the love of her life, R.J. Stevens on August 2, 1947.
She was very crafty and enjoyed sewing and needle work. Pauline loved gardening and growing roses. She lived and exemplified her life by Proverbs 31:27-28; “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her.”
Pauline was always taking care of her family and others. She enjoyed living at Cedarview Assisted Living in Gun Barrel City. The staff loved and cared for her for nearly six years.
Pauline was a member of the Kemp Church of Christ. She was an amazing lady who was truly loved and will be missed by all.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, husband R. J. Stevens, who passed away Dec. 20, 2012 and siblings Howard McKinney, Winslow McKinney and Laverne Curtiss.
She is survived by her sons Roy Joseph Stevens Jr. and wife Marsha of Pampa, Timothy P. Stevens and wife Vicki of Kemp, daughter Paula S. Ladd and husband Richard of Roseville, Calif., grandchildren Greg Stevens of Canyon, Jeff Stevens of Pampa, Becky Helvey of Tyler, Kayleen Dennis of Lindale, Penny Simpson of Tyler, Steven Ladd of Fayetteville, Tenn., and Katie Stevens of Roseville, Calif., 17 great-grandchildren, other loving relatives and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com.

Dec

02

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : December 2, 2016

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–State Senator Bob Hall presented a resolution to the Kaufman County Commissioners Monday urging them to support an effort in Texas to secure its electric grid from the threat of electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
Such a pulse can be created from natural causes such as solar flares, solar energetic particles and coronal mass ejections, but also from man-made attacks. The detonation of a small low-yield nuclear warhead at high altitude would produce an EMP, capable of taking out the entire state’s electrical grid.
According to Hall, electricity generators have testified that should such an event occur it would be unable to repair and restore electricity. “Only air and water are more important to sustain life than electrical power,” Hall said. Studies have reported that should the electric grid in the United States go down for 11 months, the result would be the loss of 90 percent of the population, he added.
Happily, there are simple ways to guard against most disruptions caused by an EMP which are not costly. While in the military, Hall said he was charged with designing just such systems to protect or “harden” the electrical power for military installations. They require sophisticated surge protectors, capacitors and SCADA systems.
The installation of such protections adds about 5 percent to the cost of electricity delivery, he said, citing Center Point, Houston as an example.
The resolution recognizes that the Texas grid is contained within the state’s borders and gives the state a unique opportunity of protecting its electric-grid infrastructure from EMP threat; and calls on the governor, Speaker of the House and Legislature to take necessary actions to harden the power grid to protect Texans now and in the future.
Commissioners accepted the resolution unanimously.
In other business, commissioners:
• heard county treasurer Ronnie Oldfield summarize the October financial report with extension into November. Though the county’s general fund ended October with a balance of $1.265 million, with the receipts and payables of $2.5 million in November that leaves the county with a deficit of $638,634.31.
Oldfield said the deficit would be covered by using funds from the road bond fund, which totaled $5,928,938.34. The current amount left on the latest bond issuance totals $26,018,094.50, which included $15,000 of interest added to it, he reported.
The total principal and interest carried in loans by the county totals $98,492,732, he said.
• reviewed the use of electronic voting machines during the general election. Tonya Ratcliff reported just 10 complaints and one person walking away from the poll, without casting a ballot. “There was no proof of irregularities from its use, such as vote switching from one party to another,” she said.
• tabled discussion on the completion of renovations at the Kaufman Annex Building. Work is stymied due to the presence of asbestos. Three bids have been collected ranging in cost from $3,700 to $16,000. But the sticking point is the closing the building for six days required to remove the asbestos.
• resolved to apply for a Texas Community Development Block Grant for $275,000 and $13,750 in-kind match, naming a grant administrator and engineer to spec the work and signed off on a citizen participation plan for the program.
• tabled action to implement a county-wide vehicle maintenance program, creating a mechanic position.
Auditor Karen Cooper explained the processes and computer software, organization and infrastructure needed to set up the program to fund the position.
They decided to hold a workshop to flesh out the details before the next Commissioners Court Meeting. The county has wanted to move forward on this idea for two years, Pct. 2 Commissioner Skeet Phillips said, with Jakie Allen in agreement.