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Volume 01, Issue 21

July 11, 2013

“Sleepy” Read, Grand Marshall, 24th annual Keene Chamber of Commerce 4th of July parade and celebration! Milder than normal temperatures made for a conducive host environment to a well planned and brilliantly executed 24th annual Keene Chamber 4th of July parade and City Celebration. This year’s parade included brilliantly decorated floats rolling along the flagged-lined Old Betsy Road, sharing patriotic goodwill and goodies to a large receptive crowd of over 3,000 enthusiastic local spectators. Local husband and wife, Frank and Lilianne Moore were the designated parade marshals while at precisely 9 am, Sheriff Bob Alford and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office mounted color guard, lead the parade from the parking lot of the Keene Pinnacle Bank. The parade route crossed Old Betsy Road and proceeded west on 4th Street to Woodlawn. Turning north on Woodlawn, it then continued to Greenbriar, turning east to Oakwood. Then arriving at Hillcrest, the route preceded east arriving again at Old Betsy Road and returning south to the bank. This year the parade hosted 40 entries that were required to pay ten dollars or “donate” 10 canned goods to help area food pantries to participate in the parade. Bringing up the rear of the parade, mounted “cowpokes” Yddo Ortiz, Ellis Hainey and Amy “hearded” up the following local individuals who, in good sport donned cow masks and strayed along the last leg of the parade route: Johnson County Sheriff, Bob Alford, Keene Police Chief, Rocky Alberti, Keene Fire Chief, Matt Gillin, Chisholm Trail Academy Principal, Tommy Simons, Keene Adventist Elementary School Principal, Thomas Kennedy, ABC Book Store Manager, Jorge Velez, Former Mayor, Gary Heinrich, KISD Superintendent, Ricky Stephens, Keene Baptist Church Senior Pastor, Lamar Black, Keene Adventist Church Youth Pastor, Geraldo Alonso, Keene Mayor, John Ackermann, County Commissioner, Don Beeson, Pinnacle Bank Vice President, Wayland Cisco, KISD Board Chairman, Sheri Hadley, Keene Star Editor, Paul Gnadt and Edward Jones Financial Advisor,

Susan Meyer. The post parade celebration, organized by the Keene City

Celebration Committee, was held on the CTA campus and gymnasium. Forty door prizes plus 50 Sonic drink coupons were given away during the course of the celebration. Through its dedicated efforts, the Committee was able to raise a net revenue of over $2,000 from the proceeds of the ticket and vendor sales, and through generous contributions which will go towards the construction of a pavilion at the Keene Carver Park. Children’s games and activities were offered on the CTA campus. Some of the funfilled, fund raising events included face painting, “water fun,” the dunking tank, 2 bounce houses, pony and train rides, bake sale/auction and snow cones. According to Pinnacle Bank President and Keene City Celebration Committee member Amy Lingo, the total tickets alone turned in $675, the 7 food and drink vendors sales $245, while the bake sale produced a whopping $603 in net revenue! Former Mayor Gary Heinrich acted as master of ceremony for the entertainment portion of the celebration which was

held in the CTA gymnasium, to an enthusiastic audience. Thomas Kennedy, KAES

Principal formally opened the program with a prayer. This was then followed by a brilliant trumpet duo rendition of the Star Spangle Banner by Steve Hubbard, Keene Municipal Band (aka “The Old Betsy Brass & Reed”) Director and Keene Mayor, John Ackermann, flanked by color guard. This was followed by a number of musical performances by several local talent including the Spanish male quartet, “Proclamad,” the Brazilian singing group, “Renescer,” the debut of a young guitar soloist, Sebastian Tirado, and of course our very own native son and talented singer/guitarist Clayton Reed. Clayton’s father, John Read sang as well, while one of the audience members was overheard to remark that “at age 80, his voice is still sounding remarkably young!” On keyboard for everything (except Renescer) was Mr. Jim Teel, Worship Pastor at the Keene SDA Church, and former arranger/ accompanist for The Voice of Prophecy Radio Broadcast. The entertainment also included spectacular perfor-

mances by the Peterson’s Gym Acrobatic Team. Keene 4th of July celebration, 2013 sponsors: • Chisholm Trail Academy • Cleburne Ford • Southwestern Adventist University • City of Keene • Pinnacle Bank • Town Hall Estates • Sonic Drive-Inn • Rosser Funeral Home • Crosier-Pearson, Cleburne Funeral Home • Lazer Tech Solutions • Keene Pharmacy • Dr.Brady Rusk • Dale Hainey • Wanda Smith • General Insurance • John Read • Texas Radios • Donny and Penny Gore • Dr. John Barroso, D.D.S. Door prize contributors for the Keene 4th celebration included the following: • Keene Pharmacy • Keene Chronicle • Neighborhood Fitness • Edward Jones • Adventist Book Center • Glenna Callahan Real Estate • Tommy Kimbrow, Wagon Wheel BBQ • CareFlite • United Coop • Dolly’s Beauty Shop • Wash Depot • Mission Hospice • Boom Boom Graphics • Crossroad Fellowship Seventh-day-Adventist Church • Hopps Automotive • Quality Brakes • Time out Massage • Arts Unlimited • Sweet Peppa’s Restau-

Meet Keene’s Newest Senior Pastor? “My family and I are excited for our Keene visit this weekend. We are eager to meet the leadership team, congregation, campus family and community,” Pastor Scott told the Keene Chronicle this week. Jennifer Scott, the senior pastor at the Shelton, WA. Seventh-day Adventist Church, has been invited to speak at the Sabbath services on July 13th. She is scheduled to meet with the church search committee to have a face to face interview to become the next senior pastor of the Keene SDA church Thursday July 11th a vacancy created by the departure of Mic Thurber earlier this year. The Shelton Valley Christian Campus, a 25 acre campus, is home to Shelton Seventh-day Adventist Church, Shelton Valley Christian School, and Shelton Valley Christian

Child Development Center. This expanding campus, set in a beautiful Northwest val-

ley, 50 miles SW of Seattle, WA. The school is home to 250 plus students. She has

served as an associate pastor at the Loma Linda University Church until 1999 until she was called to serve as associated Pastor for the Green Lake, WA, SDA Church. She was the first lady to be “commissioned” in the Southeastern California Conference. Pastor Scott and her husband, Robert are parents to two children: Camryn, 13, who will be in the 8th grade, and Caeden, 10, in the 6th grade. Scott is a 1991 graduate of Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) with two degrees, and earned a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., in 1997.

rant • Sonic Drive-Inn Janet Goodman, Keene Pinnacle Bank Vice President and Chairperson for the Keene City Celebration Committee would like to express appreciation to all the “workers behind the scenes. Keene 4th of July 2013, parade entry winners: • Best Overall: Patty Brain • Best animal Non-equestrian: 1st - Patty Brain, 2nd – Clayton and Loren Gottfried

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Best Animal Equestrian: 1st - Daniel Gibbs, 2nd – Diane Gibbs, N. Texas Whip Best Business: 1st Boom Boom Graphics, Nathan Castania, 2nd – Legacy Dental, John Barroso, D.D.S Best Antique Vehicle: Brad Gilbert Best All-terrain Vehicle: Barnes Rentals, Duane & Sharon Barnes Best Two-wheel: 1st – Isaac Heath, 2nd – Lauren Habenicht


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From the Pen of Morris Lowry (continued): Morris Lowry, a local resident and retired history professor, taught for many years on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University. He earned a Master of Arts degree in History from Texas Christian University. In his 1951 Master’s Thesis entitled “A Background of Seventhday Adventism and its Early Development in Texas,” he traces the tumultuous history of Adventism in the Lone Star State as well as the humble, early beginnings of the Adventist education movement in Texas. The following is the second in a series of successive articles, proudly and exclusively presented by the Keene Chronicle, containing Mr. Lowry’s historical account: In a later report written in 1884, (Robert Meade) Kilgore mentioned that he had been at Granbury, Texas, October 18-19, 1884, and had enjoyed speaking to those interested in Seventh-day-Adventism in their new, debt-free house of worship. This building was to serve the two-fold purpose of meeting house and school to be under Seventy-day-Adventist supervision. Kilgore’s brother, Scott Kilgore, was even then teaching a subscription school at Granbury which had more than fifty members. A one-teacher school called Oak Hill, in Oak Hill County, Texas, was opened in the fall of 1888. It was situated on the public road between Itasca and Cleburne, Texas, with Albert Christman serving as the first teacher. The first building which served as the school was on Christman’s land and several folk got together and

moved it to a pretty hill on another part of Christman’s land. After it had been moved, another room was needed for the children. An ell was built, and on Sabbaths the door would be would be opened to enlarge the seating capacity by throwing the two rooms together. When the school opened, the Warren, Christman, and Henderson families were already living at Oak Hill, while the following families moved in: Bayliss, Conway, Wallen, Ferris, Stevenson, Pages, Rollins, McCutchen. Children came from Peoria and Ladonia and attended school while boarding with different families. The attendance of the school grew after it started; the largest enrollment at any specific time, including primary and kindergarten grades, was possibly a little over thirty-five or forty. Eventually H. E. Giddings, a new teacher, and his wife arrived and were at Oak Kill for a number of years. At a Texas meeting in 1890, efforts were exerted for the work of education. Kilgore, who was at the meeting, reported: “The Conference accepted the apportionment made for the State in behalf of Union College, and about enough to meet the obligation was subscribed on the ground. The efforts of Elder Farnsworth and Professor Giddings (of the Oak Hill School), to awaken an interest upon the subject of education, were not without their results. A general interest is being awakened, and the minds of the brethren and sisters are stirred up on the importance of educating their children. We hope this

will increase, and that earnest efforts will be made on their part to improve their minds and develop those fully under their charge…” In The Adventist Review and Sabbath Herald for September 30, 1890, under the heading Texas Tract Society Proceedings, there is evidence to indicate some official backing of the school at Oak Hill. According to a portion of The Committee on Resolutions further reported, as follows: “5. Resolved, That we encourage our young people who are as yet unprepared either financially or intellectually to attend college at Battle Creek (Michigan) or Lincoln (Nebraska), to attend the school at Oak Hill until they are prepared to go to these colleges. “After appropriate remarks by Elder Farnsworth on the importance of education, the resolution was adopted.” Whatever the enrollment was of the school at Oak Hill, Texas, H. E. Giddings, the principal, made a report in which he said: “The Oak Hill High School closed a successful term June 4, 1891. The patronage was considerably increased over that of last year, and the interest has been good. A nine months’ session was held, class work done was highly satisfactory in all of the grades, yet all was not accomplished in other respects that the managers desired. Some permanent good has certainly been done, and we have evidence that the Lord is working in the school for good. The prospect for the future of the school is so encouraging

that the management deem it wise to continue the work at a sacrifice. “The church at this place has shown commendable zeal in bearing the burdens of this school and in ministering to its needs. It is hoped that next year special work can be conducted for the benefit of those who are preparing to labor in the cause.” The school at Oak Hill, Texas, was not destined to become the outstanding center of educational work for Seventh-day-Adventists in the state of Texas. Not everything went well with the institution. It was Christman’s desire to serve as leader, and he became disaffected and stopped attending church when Giddings took charge. There was financial trouble, for it became so difficult to pay the teacher’s salary that two of the more prosperous Seventh-day-Adventist men in the community, Conway and Wallen, were among those who made the last payment on Professor Giddings’ salary for his advanced class of students, for some others could not or would not help bear the expenses. Two men, Ben Woods and W. S. Greer, wanted every

family to move. Some families moved, to Keene, Texas, because, although the school at Keene had not been started, the idea of having one was growing, and the school at Oak Hill was dying out. As the Seventh-day-Adventist program developed in Texas, the realization came that a school was needed in which young people might be trained to be laborers in the cause of Seventh-day-Adventists. The movement for a school in which young people Continued: Morris Lowry Page 5

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In the public forum Roberts’ remarks falls on deaf ears…

Roberts began his public remarks by stating “OK, you know I’m always interested in money and on how you all spend it! So on June 11th (2013) I asked for some contracts (through the Texas Public Information Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 552), and, I got a few of them. I got a letter that you sent to the Attorney General. And I don’t know if you all are privileged to read these letters, but I got a question - I know you won’t answer it - but it sounds like your attorney, well not this one (gesturing to the attorney present) but Rachael got some misinformation. I’m going to read these two paragraphs to you. You all just take it as an advisement, because I’ve been in contact with the Attorney General’s office today and they are going to allow me to defend myself, again, which we’ve been there before with the City of Keene. “Exhibit ‘B’ which you didn’t let me have a copy of, consists of a proposed commercial contract for improved property between E. K. Birdwell Estate and Keen Community Development Corporation –notice Keene was not spelled correctly. You need to tell your lawyer how to spell Keene, the aforementioned business prospect that the City seeks to have expand within its territory. This information directly relates to economic development negotiations between the City, KCDC, and the E K Birdwell Estate concerning a preliminary agreement related economic development. Moreover, as Section 552.131 states, the information contained in Exhibit B relates to financial incentives offered to the business prospect, E K Birdwell, by the government body. As of the date of the request, no agreement between the City, KCDC and EK Birdwell Estate has been finalized. Now you’re saying the E.K. Birdwell’s Estate is trying to expand into Keene,” commented Roberts.

Dan E Roberts reading letter to Texas Attorney General to council

“Hmm” mused Roberts, “As of the date of this request which was June 11th, of this year, no agreement between the

City, E. K. Birdwell has been finalized, ‘the city believes the information may be a trade secret of the business prospect and the release of information could result in a substantial competitive harm to the business prospect that provided the information to the City.’” Now, quipped Roberts, “I get different information – I have a letter from Mr. Birdwell, Jerry Ray saying that all negotiations ended in October. E. K. (Birdwell), I think he’s still out there in the cemetery! “And I have almost the same thing with Mr. Shipman” Roberts informed the City Leaders. “Mr. Shipman has been asked to expand in town, and you all are going to offer him some incentives, and you all don’t want me to know what it is! Now, you did send me the contracts, you all have purchased land, I don’t know if the City does know, or the citizens know this (but) you all have spent over one point five million dollars on vacant land – a million and a half dollars! I don’t know if you’ll got that much tax coming in from ‘A’ and ‘B’ to pay that if nobody buys it! I’m concerned! Maybe you all should read these, and tell your lawyer to tell the truth,” concluded Roberts. In other matters at Keene City Council Meeting, Mayor John Ackerman introduced and formally welcomed the newly appointed KISD Superintendent, Mr. Ricky Stevens who opened the council session with a prayer. Mayor Ackermann reminded the Council Members and attendees of the upcoming 4th of July Keene celebration to be held on the grounds and facilities of Chisholm Trail Academy while Council Member Donny Gore outlined the upcoming parade route and encouraged participants to donate canned goods. “(Parade float) Registration starts at 7 (am) and the parade starts at 9 (am)” reported Gore. The parade floats will convene at Pinnacle Bank on Old Betsy Road, Keene. Council Member Cheryl Schram (and Keene Chamber Volunteer Coordinator) announced that the Keene Chamber (located along the parade route on 2280) will be passing out water “until we run out!” Mr. Wes Schram, representing the Texas Conference, expressed “a great appreciation to the City of Keene for working with us as long as they did through many trials and struggles and tribulations and unhappiness, we do finally have a certificate of occupancy on a building that is fit for occupancy, the Keene Spanish Church.” This announcement was followed by a

hearty round of applause by Council Members and attendees. Keene resident, Robert Bischoff took the podium in council public forum to offer the following commentary: “My interest this evening has to do with the closed sessions that we happen to get into so often here under the current administrator. And I hope that our lawyer in attendance this evening will

Robert Bischoff explaining the rules of closed sessions. Attorney fees have exceeded $27,000 for closed sessions as of July billing.

take no umbrage to this suggestion. Legal counsel for the City of Keene is paid for by monies of the people. It does not come from the two individuals who sign the checks. John Q. Citizen and his wife Jill, expect him to represent their interest first. Some of the issues that I have for this evening – I know you have an item for it – but the items for your executive session I won’t go through them, but part of the rules and regulations - which I think you all should know by heart! This has to do with the closed meetings and how we go into it. This is from the State, by the way. “There are several purposes” continued Bischoff, “for requiring the presiding officer to identify the section or sections that authorize the closed session. Number one, ‘to cause the governmental body to assess the applicability of the exceptions, before deciding to close the meeting.’ That doesn’t happen here, the Mayor decides what closed sessions they are going into. He puts it on the agenda and you go into closed session. You’re not trying to decide whether you should close the meeting or not. I hope are right at this very moment, for tonight! Two, ‘to fix the governmental body’s legal position as relying upon the exception specified’ and three, ‘to inform those present of the exceptions, thereby giving them an opportunity to object intelligently.’ And that is never done here! The mayor reads his little short synopsis, bang you’re in closed session, and there is no discussion about the applicability of the items to be discussed in closed session. We’ve had 7 hour closed session meetings, and a 4 hour

closed session, and I know from conversations with some of you, that you did not stay on topic for all of those meetings. So it’s time to correct our closed session problem in this town,” concluded Bischoff. Mrs. Mary Webb, Keene City resident and distinguished senior citizen, then took the floor to passionately plead to the

Mrs Webb requesting street lights at her 90 degree turn.

mayor and implore to the council - on her and her neighbors’ behalf for attention to “needed services” to her annexed neighborhood, “Parcel 4.” The following are Mrs. Webb’s comments to the Keene City leaders in the public forum: “Today, I delivered another letter to City Hall. He’s a copy of an article by Bud Kennedy, in the Fort Worth Star Telegram on ‘Texan’s shrug off study on civic health.’ You should each have a copy of this, ‘To mayor and council from Mary Webb, parcel 4.’ What are we teaching our children about civic responsibility? What were our present leaders taught about their responsibilities to the citizens that they serve in various capacities? What are the 4 freedoms? Freedom from want, fear, freedom of speech and religion. “Now, starting in January and February,” continued Mrs. Webb who resides on CR 318, “I contacted Mr. Guinn regarding some issues with parcel 4 that was annexed on December 2009, about some services that we needed and that we were provided when we were with the County. I noticed in some of the material, that Keene is in a very good financial situation. That they are considering, or have already spent $65,000 I believe, on the aerial survey, if I read that correctly; and that you are in negotiations with B. e Energy to come to the Industrial Park - which is a tenth of a mile from my area. “I wrote to you in April; I hand delivered the letter and understood that you had copies of the letter, and I was requesting issues on signage and on road conditions. In my particular area, I live at the 90 degree turn. When we were annexed, one side of my property is (CR) 318

- that’s a 90 degree turn. On the other side is the 3136 which, through the process of the foot and ankle and everything being attached, you took in all of my property. On 3136, we have had 2 deaths in recent years. We’ve had multiple accidents there, as we’ve had multiple accidents at the 90 degree turn. I’ve asked for street lights – which I thought that you were supposed to furnish to citizens, particularly at the 90 degree turn and 3136. There was also a tragic accident right at the intersection of 3136 and 318. This happened, I think, back in the spring or maybe last fall, in which there were 3 teenagers – 2 were Care Flighted to Fort Worth. I have 2 crosses on 3136 where people lost their lives. And we need some lighting, we need road repairs. That road is in dismal shape! For example, when I left home today, to come to bring this article from Bud Kennedy, there were 2 big trucks coming up the hill at the intersection, and 2 coming down 318. “Now, I would like to ask, has the Council received copies of my April letter? And then, this week I delivered another letter. The first one is dated April 7 and the second one is dated June the 19th, to the Council. So, I assume that you would have copies of these, somewhere in your information, to be considered. “I feel that we are entitled to something in parcel 4. In some of my letters, I’ve made mention of Mr. Patterson’s remarks on the expansion of the Industrial Park, and we were there before the waste treatment plant was there. And yet in his (Keene Chronicle, January 31, 2013) article, he said that that was never a proper property for anyone to go out and build a $200,000 home. There are several homes in that part of your annexation. And then it was sort of an insult to people, whatever the status of their home. We talked to all the neighbors before we got the property, we’re very pleased with them. The Johnson’s were owners of the property where the waste treatment plant went in. Mr. Stumpfrock lived down the road, Mr. Lee lives down the road, Mr. Ward lives down the road; the Beesons live on down the road – the Stones. We’ve had multiple people my age passing away and we think we deserve something in our area – some attention! “So have any of you found any of these in your papers? I have had no replies, I have called to see if they were received. But I try to follow the rules! I try to obey the speed limits, I try to obey the laws and everything just kind of…, doesn’t get done!

“So I appreciate your time, and with the meetings in the evenings, ordinarily I’m pretty well checked the lock of my house by 5:30. And so most of our neighbors, in the neighborhood are elderly or they have health problems and other issues. So we can’t all be here to represent parcel 4. I appreciate you giving me this time to speak, since I didn’t sign in, but I thought I would come and see if you have these papers in your possession. Thank you!” Mayor Ackermann, responding to Mrs. Webb’s appeals stated, “We are certainly concerned and we will pass that information on to Public Works to get that issue…” But before Ackermann had completed his response, Mrs. Webb interjected “well I was told to address it to you all, and you all would consider whether you would have funds available in your budget to take care of this. And of course, it’s fairly well lighted at the end of the Industrial Plant and Waste Treatment Plant. And the letter that was most recently written, I have called the Attorney General’s office to ask about the possible B. e Energy, after reading the article in the (Keene) Chronicle. And they said, ‘well first, address it to Council,’ and then they gave me a number of numbers to call E. P. and some of the others. This is just a tenth of a mile from my home. Thank you,” concluded Mrs. Webb.

Jasper Bentley Hardwick telling audience the good points of the Keene Chronicle and how he thoroughly reads all the articles.

While Mr. Bud Findley was conspicuously absent from the Keene City Council Meeting, Jack Hardwick, an outspoken, vociferous and zealously staunch supporter of Keene City Mayor John Ackermann then took the podium, launching into another one of his now familiar tantrum-rants in the public forum. Hardwick continued to lambast the Keene Chronicle as a “despicable piece of paper!” This was followed by a seemingly contradictory tirade; offering KC (minions and assigns) an “apology” while with the same Continued: City Council Public Forum Page 4


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Continued: City Council Public Forum breath making frivolous and unfounded allegations of posting “disgusting” and defamatory content to YouTube, and characterizing the K.C. Editor as a “potty mouth, point and shooter bag-man!” In items up for discussion and possible action the Keene City Council: Council Member James Chaplain stated that he understood that “there may be a special meeting called in the week to follow. If there is,” Chaplain continued, “I would like to add to that an open meeting discussion on economic development issues; if not I would like for it to be on the very next council meeting agenda.” Council Member Cheryl Schram addressed City burn regulation awareness by Keene residents. “So” added Schram, “in light of the fact that we got this new chipper, they (some Keene residents) were wondering if we could work out a program to chip up things for our citizens periodically. … And so I would like for us to have an item on the

agenda to discuss taking possible action and finding a solution for that.” It should be hotter that the 4th of July at the next Keene City Council meeting. Expect major fireworks as City Council Member Donny Gore moved to put “economic development matters” as an item to be placed on the agenda for discussion and possible action. “I would like” announced Gore, “to request that an executive session be held at the next City Council meeting to discuss economic development matters; to discuss current and future negotiations with companies wishing to do business within the City of Keene, current and ongoing economic development projects, economic development personnel procedures and protocols. And at a minimum, I would like the following individuals to be present: the City Administrator, the Keene Economic Development Director, the Board ‘A’ and Board ‘B’ Presidents and the Johnson County Economic Devel-

Keene City Council Agenda for July 11 7pm 1.Mayor’s remarks/public forum (The City Council invites citizens to speak on any topic; however, unless the item is specifically noted on this agenda, the City Council is required under the Texas Open Meetings Act to limit its response to one of the following: *Responding with a statement of specific factual information or reciting the City’s existing policy on that issue; or*Directing the person making the inquiry to visit with City Staff about the issue. (No Council deliberation is permitted.) 2.Request by the City Council for items to be placed on a future agenda for discussion. 3.Consider approval of previous minutes. 4.Discussion and possible action on repointing the following people to the Planning & Zoning Commission, Nick Chesney, Karl Konrad, and Joe Kirby for a 2 year term. 5.Discussion and possible action on rights and responsibilities under the City Charter regarding employment matters. 6.Discussion and possible action on the recent memorandum from the City Council to all City employees and the circumstances surrounding it. 7.Discussion and possible action on the status and/or continuation of the contract between Harry McQueen and the City for economic development support. 8.Executive Session -(Closed to the public as provided by Texas Government Code). As authorized by Section 51.071(2) of The Texas Government Code, the Workshop, Special Called, or Regular Meeting may be convened into Closed Executive session for the purpose of seeking confidential legal advice from the City Attorney on employment law issues. 9.Executive Session -(Closed To The Public As Provided By Texas Government Code). As authorized by Section 551.074 of The Texas Government Code, the Workshop, Special Called, or Regular Meeting may be

convened into Closed Executive Session to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of Keith Jilge, Economic Development Director. 10.Executive Session -(Closed To The Public As Provided By Texas Government Code). As authorized by Section 551.074 of The Texas Government Code, the Workshop, Special Called, or Regular Meeting may be convened into Closed Executive Session to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of William Guinn, City Administrator. 11.Executive Session -(Closed To The Public As Provided By Texas Government Code). As authorized by Section 551.072 of the Texas Government Code, the Workshop, Special Called, or Regular Meeting may be convened into Closed Executive Session to discuss or deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property, and as authorized by Section 551.087 of the Texas Government Code, to discuss or deliberate regarding commercial or financial information that the City of Keene has received from a business prospect, and or to deliberate the offer of financial or other incentives with a business prospect. 12.Executive Session -- (Closed to the public as provided by Texas Government Code) As authorized by Section 51.071(2) of The Texas Government Code, The Workshop, Special Called, Or Regular Meeting may be convened into Closed Executive Session for the purpose of seeking confidential legal advice from the Attorney on any Agenda Item listed herein. 13.Reconvene into Open Session for possible action resulting from any items posted and legally discussed in Executive Session. 14.Adjourn.

opment Director.” Mayor Ackermann recommended putting on the agenda a request by the University -who will be disrupting summer water for lawn maintenance - for “any negotiation or discussion, on how we could keep everything green for the beautification of our community.” A lively discussion was held by the City Council Members, with input from KFD Chief Matt Gillian on item #4: “Discussion and possible action on remarking the fire lane located at 100 W. Hillcrest Street, Keene Texas, 76059.” Several options were discussed and Gillian suggested “to either create an ordinance that there is no parking on one side of the road” - as this creates an impassible bottleneck for City emergency vehicles - or relocating to a rear entrance, Cyril Miller Men’s Residence Hall’s loading zone; currently on Hillcrest and on the corner of College Drive. Keene resident Robert Cooper made the recommendation of “no park-

ing on the north side of Hillcrest, from the Spur to Mockingbird. He noted the ample parking space on the west side of the church on College Drive, and recommended that college employees “could walk a half a block to get to the college. The exercise is going to be good for them and it would be more safety for all the citizens of Keene!” Council Member Chapline also made a motion stating “I would like to see us bring this back (for discussion) and would like for us to look at the code which requires a 24’ wide fire lane to make that happen regardless of what has to be done.” Chapline’s motion was then seconded by Gore and carried unanimously. “Emergency management programs need a lot of updating, they need a lot of changes” noted Mayor Ackermann, in reference to item #5: “Discussion and possible action on obtaining funding for Emergency Management programs and/or personnel.” “It’s fairly detailed

and we need a specific person” continued Ackermann, “oriented just for that purpose, and so I’m asking for the Council to consider a budget of about $1,100 a month as a general fund reserves, and it would fluctuate depending on the time of year and the amount of work necessary to carry through all the programs related to getting that done.” Council Member Schram requested a more specific break down on the each of the activities that the Mayor’s proposed budget would be allocated to. Mayor Ackermann made the motion to table item #5 until the next meeting when Keene resident Wes Schram suggested that it was not necessary to reinvent the wheel on this matter and stated that “it might be wise to find out what the other communities are already doing. …I would like to see that included as a part of the study.” “It is an important thing” interjected Fire Chief Gillian, “and somebody needs to take the reins

on it for Keene - to get something done, and when that happens we need to be willing to go with the suggestions, because we’re way behind the eight ball on what we need to do.” Council Member Schram made the motion to table item #5 until the next session. Gore seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously. Council Member Gore made the recommendation to approve the lease (previously discussed at the last Council Meeting) for allocating office space at $39,000 for a two year lease at the Keene Northside Station, for the Keene Economic Development Director, Keith Jilge. Chapline seconded Gore’s motion and it was carried by a majority 3-2 vote, with Marin and Schram opposing the vote. Mayor Pro Tem Dale Janes was absent from the above proceedings.

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A petition with 20 registered Keene voters was submitted on Wednesday morning to the City of Keene requesting petitioners be given 30 days to submit the required signatures to put a recall of Mayor John Ackermann on the November ballot. They will be required to collect signatures of 15% of the registered voters in Keene. There are approximately 2400 active registered voters in Keene. This would be the first recall election in Keene for mayor. What prompted this recall petition? It appears that the handshake of Mayor Ackermann and Bill Guinn was short lived! The agenda posted this week has Bill Guinn and Keith Jilge scheduled for another closed meeting session this Thursday night at 7pm. The mayor only needs 3 votes from council and he can get his way. We all know Mayor Pro-tem Janes will go along with the mayor; Gilbert appears easily persuaded by the mayor while Cheryl Schram seems to be eating out of Bud Findley/Harry McQueen’s hands on anything the

mayor is requesting! Rumors are: that replacements for Jilge and Guinn will be Bud Findley and Steve Hubbard to continue the futile attempt to get that defunct $600 million corporation to come to town, now Bud will have the financial backing of the city to keep maneuvering players around. The Keene City council has already Okayed $1.3 million dollars in raw land purchases in preparation for this defunct corporation with another $200,000 still in negotiation. Two weeks ago council voted to rent offices for Jilge at approx. $20k a year and this week they are going to fire the man. Money seems to be no object…attorney’s billings for these closed sessions are now over $24,000 with more to come this week. The Cleburne Times Review had the recall on the front page of the Wednesday edition and you might look for a Metroplex TV station to be at city hall Thursday night to record the event. On an even sadder note… Keene experienced 3 deaths this week…Joyce Zacharias, E G “STEVE” Stephens and

former KAES school teacher Paul London. All three of these people had considerable influence in Keene in the years that they were associated with Keene in various capacities. Putnam Service is replacing the main electrical panel at the Keene ISD high school building. On a schedule to have it completed no later than August 1st in order for school to begin on time. It will be rough to have school with no lights, computers or air conditioning. We have become so conditioned in the past 50 years! New superintendent Stephens has faith it will be completed on time if not sooner. He will conduct his first board meeting this Monday night in an air conditioned room. Mr. Stephens is getting out and meeting the citizens of Keene. He gave the opening prayer in the last regular city council meeting and he was in the 4th of July parade. He had a golf outing last week with Paul Gnadt and Richard Bothe… the new man in town had the lowest score!

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Letters to the Editor Joyce B. Zacharias Dear Editor: I have sat back quietly for the most part and watched and learned since the first of April when city staff became a target for unknown reasons of the mayor of Keene. I get it that standing up for what is right is hard at times and emotionally exhausting. Trust me I’m there. Very sad day when the city council of a small town who prides itself on family values and being the “jewel” of Johnson county... bases their character on lies and manipulation. They are not interested in finding the truth. When you have multiple executive sessions on economic development but do not have your paid city administrator or paid economic development director in these meetings, but you are more than happy to have a non-paid citizen who by his own words is just the salesman for potential business, however he has not brought a dime to the city yet the city pays for him to have an assistant (I want the city to hire an assistant for me, since you don’t have to be an employee of the city). This salesman has been requested not to enter city hall during business hours because of his REPEATED outburst of anger and cursing in the presents of all city staff and customers. However the majority of council believes he should freely come and go in city hall. Way to back up your staff! And this “company” that they insist is real does not exist in Texas, oh wait the US, this “company” does not have a contract as of two weeks ago with ANY industry, and their address is a company that forwards mail for $200 in the US or $275 a year outside the US. Not only has the staff that is being repeatedly harassed tried to tell council this but so have multiple attorneys. The mayor

and mayor pro tem have been made aware of these things, however they don’t seem to either care or understand (maybe the words used were too large). How does it feel citizens of Keene to know that you have paid $15,000 for a scribe for a non-employee citizen and now council is looking at $1100 a month for an emergency management director? Which by the way was being done voluntarily by the economic development director and because of his credentials the city received $52,000 last year in grants and were set to receive another $250,000 this year in grants. Don’t know if that will happen now, but hey its only money right? So as the mayor so eloquently stated a few weeks back “let me remind you that we are ELECTED OFFICIALS”. That’s great, and with that, you all have been charged with your character being above and beyond reproach. You are not puppets because your mayor has his panties in wad, yes I said panties because no selfrespecting MAN would act in such a childish petty way. Also citizens of Keene, how do you feel to find out your Mayor has such a disrespect for your city charter that he has gone all the way back to a 1997 ordinance to strip the city administrator of his authority and take the powers himself, now placing these two men on the agenda for termination? Anyone who votes along the side of the mayor is NOT following the will of the people and the constitution that is in place, so they are NOT representing you, but only their personal petty childish agendas. How do you feel about your “elected officials” now? Signed Lisa Cagle Jilge

Dear Editor: Enjoyed the article about Dr. Cooke’s gravesite at Keene Cemetery. I would really enjoy reading about more of the pioneers. In doing family research, I have at times spent a lot of time searching for family graves in a cemetery. Sometimes you can find them. Sometimes can’t. I just recently found an on-line grave listing called http:// www.billiongraves.com/pages/ dashboard/dash.php . They have a FREE fantastic app for iPhone, iPad or Android that

will lead you to any person’s gravesite that has been uploaded (1550 of the graves in Keene Cemetery have been processed and include GPS location for each). A volunteer man from Burleson did most of them in May 2012. He goes by the username JCSCowtown. Have no idea who he is but he has done a lot of work on the Keene Cemetery listings. You can also view the graves on line.” Signed Glenna Wright

Paul Edward London

1942-2013

Funeral services for Joyce B. Zacharias, 70, of Cleburne, Texas will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Keene Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 114 N. Fairview, Keene, Texas 76059, with Pastor Phil Robertson officiating; assisted by Pastor Russ Laughlin. The family will receive visitors from 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013 at Rosser Funeral Home, 1664 W. Henderson Street, Cleburne, Texas 76033. Serving as pallbearers will be Dan Zacharias, Gregory Zacharias, Andrew Zacharias, Harold Zacharias, Sam Zacharias, Don Short, and Kent Crutcher. Joyce Zacharias passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Olna (Pierce) and Robert Black. Joyce was a loving mother, grandmother and devoted wife. She loved Jesus and was a member of the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church. She married Daniel D. Zacharias on Dec. 22, 1963 in Duluth, Georgia.

1943-2013

Keene, TX—Funeral services for Paul London, 70, of Keene, Texas will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013 in the Rosser Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation will be held beginning at 1 p.m. before the service. Mr. London passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2013, after a sudden illness. He was born in Oakland, Calif. on May 14, 1943, the son of Mildred She was preceded in death by Elizabeth (Kiker) and James her father. R. London. Joyce Zacharias is survived Paul served his country in the by her husband, Daniel D. United States Army with the Zacharias of Cleburne; sons, 82nd Airborne. He married Gregory Dan Zacharias and Dorothy Stevens on Sept. 29, Andrew David Zacharias; 1963 in Raleigh, North Carograndchildren, Maysen Paige lina. Paul was a retired teacher Zacharias, Regan Marie Zach- and counselor. arias, Morgan Ford Zacharias He was preceded in death and Lindsey Jackson; mother, by his parents; and brothers, Olna Black of Stone Mountain, Georgia; sister, June Henley, Janice Short, and Betty Tingley. Memorials may be made to Southwestern Adventist University, 100 Hillcrest, Keene, TX 76059.

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might be given the preparation for such work was led by the president of the Texas Conference, S. S. Greer. Using a two-wheel hammock cart as a means of transportation, Greer traveled to various companies and churches and there spoke of the need for such a school. A camp meeting was held at Oak Cliff, Texas, in 1892, and during the course of the meeting the question of a school was brought up. Considerable time was consumed by some individuals looking at different locations. Eventually it seemed evident that the most satisfactory area was somewhere in the cross timber region of Johnson County. A plot of land of over eight hundred acres was purchased. In payment for the land four men (Woods, Greer, Mosely, and Wallen) each gave his personal note. Before the camp meeting of 1893, a Committee had been designated to consider the location of a school. The original members were B. F. Woods, W. S. Greer, George Woods, H. B. French, T. M. Woodruff. It was after the General Conference of Seventh-day-Adventists had given its approval that at a

camp meeting in 1893 the Texas Conference agreed to the Committee’s report. After this Texas camp meeting of 1893, L. B. Wallen and family went to the territory selected for the school, had tents for dwelling places for a period of weeks, and provided subsistence for the group that was surveying and platting the ground. After hard work a portion of the trees and scrubs was cleared out and ten acre plots outlined. What was not retained for the school farm was sold to individuals who anticipated coming there where they might have school privileges. The problem of a building was solved by razing a two story building which the Texas Conference owned in Dallas and shipping it by car to Meridith Switch; from there the lumber was hauled to the location for the school. With the help of numerous willing hands, the building was quickly prepared for service. Mainly as a result of Greer’s exertions, school began January 7, 1894, with fiftysix enrolled. Two of the first teachers were C. B. Hughes and his wife. A minimum of twenty hours of labor per week was required of every student, and

this was to be performed at the times of greatest convenience. Broom-making, wood chopping, farming, and gardening were to comprise the typical labor performed by the gentlemen on the 120 acre school farm. It was necessary for the men to provide saws and axes of their own, and household tasks were to be the lot of the ladies. The institution was co-educational and open to worthy individuals, male or female, who were thirteen or more years of age. Every morning in the chapel, religious services began the usual routine of the day, and attendance at these services was required. Under the heading of expenses, the following information was given: “For boarding pupils, including board, use of furnished room, light, heat, washing (twelve plain pieces of clothing, three table napkin, and four towels weekly), tuition in any one of the regular courses of study, and use of the Library and Reading Room, for each month of four weeks, $15, payment at the beginning of the month.” By payment of expenses semi-annually in advance, students could receive a

James London and John Albin. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Dorothy London of Keene; daughter, Lori Lynn Elizabeth London of Aledo, Texas; son, Paul Edward London II and spouse, Angela Eckhout, of Benbrook, Texas; brother, Mark London and spouse, Diane Triana, of Klamath Falls, Oregon; sister, Helen Frances London and husband, Noah Agruss, of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandchildren Brittany Ayers and spouse, JoJo Coleman, Lauren and Brooke Ayers, Arianna Granda and husband, Jorge, and Kylie and Nicholas London; one great grandchild, Aiden Coleman; niece, Shelby London; nephew, Kelsey London; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

special discount of one dollar each month. Under these conditions, for $126 a student had the right to the benefits specified in the proceeding quotation for a school year which contained thirty-six weeks. The sum was payable one half in November and then the remaining one half in April. The money paid for an average room having two occupants, and for two meals each day. Payment would be necessary at the specified time. The value of student labor was set: a tier of sixteen-inch stovewood would be worth sixty cents for the gentlemen. The rate for an hour’s labor was to be ten cents if the student could turn out an average day’s work. Five cents per hour was to be given the young ladies. There were regulations pertaining to the dress of the girls. Waists were to be sufficiently loose in cut to permit the arm to be raised up straight with the utmost freedom. Also the sleeves were to permit freedom enough and a corset was not to be worn with a suit of any type. Shoes were to be low heeled. To be continued…

Retirees Fellowship Monthly Meeting The Retirees Fellowship will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 18th at 5:30 pm in the Keene Senior Citizens Center at 207 E. 1st Street. This organization is open to all community retirees who wish to attend. The dinner will be hosted by the Food Committee serving barbeque

picnic style. There will be a vegan and gluten free option. The special feature will be a Keene Art festival by local artists, and of course, beautiful music. If you have any questions or need more information please contact Betty Taylor: 817-7902077 or 817-648-6908.

TWO AMIGOS to Assist Joshua SDA Pathfinders You can now enjoy great Mexican Food and help the Joshua Pathfinders to reach their goal of raising $30,000 to attend the FOREVER FAITHFUL INTERNATIONAL CAMPOREE in Oshkosh WI. They have partnered with TWO AMIGOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT, located on the north side of Keene, next to Neighborhood Fitness to raise money to attend this great event. All you have to do, is go eat some great Mexican Food on Thursday, and

sign the board there. Tell them you are supporting the Joshua Wildcats when you go to pay your bill, and they will contribute a fantastic 15% of your entire ticket to the club. This will be in effect every Thursday until further notice. So you can make it a date to eat there every Thursday, if you’d like, and support the club.

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And they say, “nothing out of the ordinary.” On Sunday morning June 23 one of those high level meetings with Harry McQueen, Jr, Bud Findley, Mayor John Ackermann and council woman Cheryl Schram at the Chamber of Commerce office. You decide!

Do you feel the time has come to make City Hall realize “things need to change?” Make your feelings known…..

Sign Recall Petition for Mayor Ackermann on the November ballot. This will send message to current council members that you want professionalism and quit the pettiness that continues in our City Hall.

Make sure your voice is heard…. Call me - Liesl Hoover 817-823-8468 or email me at recall@keenemayor.com and I will see that your name is on our petition.

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Did You Know: The Adventist Clinic Community Service The Adventist Clinic Community Service is an outreach medical service sponsored by the Spanish Seventh-dayAdventist Church in Keene, Texas. Iris Quinn, Clinic Director for the past 8 years, was interviewed by the Keene Chronicle and was able to share the following narrative with us and our readers about the Adventist Clinic Community Service, its brief history and current services: “About 15 years ago, Mrs. Miriam Rivera, R.N. and member of the Cleburne Spanish Church had a vision to establish a local Seventh-dayAdventist outreach medical clinic. She is now retired but was our first clinic director. “Spearheaded by Mrs. Rivera, the Keene Spanish Church hosted the first in an annual series of Spanish Church sponsored community health fairs in Cleburne; about 15 years ago. At about that time she was asking for and accepting donations to start a health clinic in Keene. When sufficient funds were gathered, the current location at 306 Hwy 67, Keene (across the church parking), was pur-

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Pictured, Back row (L-R): Josue Arvisu, M.D., Gerson Payan, C.M.F.T., Heriberto Salinas, M.D., Eliazar Alvarez, M.D., Jared Santana, M.D., Steven Dence, M.D., Mark Valadez, Keene Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church Youth Pastor, Isaac Lopez, Keene Spanish Church Senior Pastor, Freddy Hernandez, Health Director, Front row (L-R): Iris M. Quinn, Clinic Director, Elida Flores, M.D., Carlos A. Japas, Ismael Cruz, M.D., David del Aguila, M.D., Gloria Bernald, ANP/RN, Miriam Rivera, R.N. & Carlos Wade, M.D.

chased by the Spanish Church, and the existing structure was remodeled. We started serving patients on November 10, 2012 with 4 volunteer doctors, Dr. Errol Bryce, Dr, Carlos Japas, Dr. Robert Miller and Dr. Louis Retamozo.” “The clinic is currently funded with church and community donations. Everyone here, including myself is volunteer staff. Roxana Munoz is the clinic assistant and secretary. We treat patients by both appointment and walkin. Appoints are required only for family counseling and pap smears. “The Adventist Clinic Community Service offers free consultation and treats almost any non-emergency condition. We service all patients ages 12 and older who have no insurance or financial means for treatment. Our doctors will examine, diagnose, treat as necessary and prescribe medication. We do not dispense medication. We service about 10-15 patients on the days that we are open.

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“We need a lot of volunteer and donation assistance, including office, bathroom, and medical supplies and equipment” concluded Mrs. Quinn. The following specialty services are offered by the Adventist Clinic Community Service: • Internal medicine • Family Medicine • Obstetrics and Gynecology – Donna Duran, M.D. & Gloria Bernal, ANP/RN • Family Counseling – Gerson Payan, C.M.F.T. • Pediátricas – Elida Flores, M.D. • You could qualify for services if: • You are a low income family • You are unemployed • You have no health insurance • You cannot afford a private physician consult The Adventist Clinic Community Service hours of operation are 8:30 am -12 noon. The clinic is open on the first, second and fourth Sundays

of the month. If a month contains 5 Sudays, the clinic is open on this 5th Sunday as well. All clinic volunteer physicians have admitting privileges at Huguley Memorial Hospital, Burleson. On Saturday, May 11, the Keene Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church gave awards and public recognition to the Adventist Clinic Community Service volunteer doctors (pictured). This year the Keene Spanish Church health fair will be held on September 22, 8 am -1 pm on the grounds of the Keene Spanish Seventh-day-Adventist Church at 304 W. Highway 67. Medical professionals will be on hand to offer free blood work, vital signs, pap smears, diabetic supplies, counseling services and general health information and education to the public. For an appointment or for more information about the Adventist Clinic Community Service call 817-556-9482.

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The Joshua Seventh-day-Adventist Vacation Bible School week culminated with an inspirational program presentation on the evening of June, 28, 2013 by the young student participants. The parents and other attendees were treated to inspirational musical performances directed by Crystal Pena, JAMS Music Instructor. The students also performed cleverly scripted skits highlighting the lessons learned over the previous 5 days. VBS is a child-centered program that offers a powerful and unique opportunity for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in a structured, fun-filled, creative and age-appropriate environment. It is a power-packed week of adventure where the children explore God’s Truth and His unique love for them. Few other events offer the out-reach potential in the community the way the Joshua Seventh-day-Adventist Church VBS program does. The Joshua Seventh-dayAdventist Church opened its doors to all children ages 4-12 years old to their Vacation Bible School, 2013. The VBS program ran through the week of June 24th – 28th. There was no fee requirement for participation in the VBS activities which included crafts, music, “Bible Adventures” (in the Primary Sabbath School Room), “Health Club” (in the School Gym), and “The Body Center” (in the Junior Sabbath School Room). The students learned that their bodies are a “temple of the Holy Spirit” and the responsibilities associated with that solemn commitment. They learned about “healthy choices” and practiced preparing wholesome snacks while utilizing the JAMS gymnasium for supervised lessons in proper exercise routines. Tobe Watts, a parent, professional photographer and VBS volunteer, offered the following statement regarding the Joshua Church VBS 2013, program activities: “Our theme this year is Health. We had a record number enrollees of 110 kids this year. We use VBS as an outreach to our community and would like to thank our all volunteer staff.” This “all volunteer staff” includes the following personnel: • Leaders - Pastor Jeff & Melony Coleman • Decorations – Melinda Prater & Tina Colburn • Crafts - Tina Colburn, Story Giddings, Jessica Strickland, MicKynzie Sexson & Skyler Strickland • Music – Crystal Pena & Leilani Stowell • Bible Adventure – Pastor Steve, Heather Severance, Tessa & Lauran

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