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January 2, 2011






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Holiday ad deadlines
Ad deadlines have passed for the Jan. 5 issue of the Lake Area Leader.

Volunteers needed
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is seeking volunteers to go to the Dallas area adoption sites. A shelter employee will drive. Volunteers are needed for Saturdays and Sundays. Please consider helping find homes for our pets. For information call (903) 432-3422.

CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake executive board meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points.

PSUMC fellowship
Payne Springs United Methodist Church is hosting it regular fellowship night with a covered dish dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, followed at 7 p.m. by the Sullivan Family band. The public is invited. For information call (903) 451-3131.

Westside senior center
The Westside Senior Center will resume its regular schedule Thursday, Jan. 6. For information call Faye Rabon at (903) 340-9672.

Poyner music event
The first Thursday musical event in Poynor is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Country Music at Poynor Civic Center. A free meal prepared by Frankston Healthcare Center starts at 6 p.m. Bring a dessert if you wish. For information call (903) 360-0766 or (903) 876-5448.

49ers Senior Club
The Cedar Creek Lake 49ers hosts their regular dance night to the music of Chuck & the 49ers from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday (every Thursday night), Jan. 6, at the club on Arnold Hills Road, off SH 334. No smoking or alcohol. Dress code says no shorts or halter tops. For information call or fax to (903) 432-3552.

St. Jude fish fry
It’s back, the popular first Friday of the month all-you-can-eat fish fry. The meal is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at St. Jude Catholic Church on Luther Lane, behind Pizza Hut. Proceeds benefit local, state and national charities.

Shelter groundbreaking
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is hosting its “Raising the Woof” groundbreaking ceremony for the new HCCCL Shelter at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at 10200 CR 2403, Tool. For information call (903) 432-3422.

Pancake breakfast
The Gun Barrel City Rainbow Girls as hosting a pancake breakfast fund-raiser from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge (402 Legendary Lane).
Donation covers all you can eat.

Talent Box auditions
Auditions for the March production of “Charlotte’s Web” are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, and 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at the Talent Box community theater, 244 N 4th, Wills Point. For information call (903) 873-8945.

Alzheimer’s support
The Greater Cedar Creek Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 21 (each third Thursday), at 256 Harbor Drive, Gun Barrel City. For information call Bill Shaw at (903 887-4789 or (214) 952-8347.

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DA investigator and law enforcer dies suddenly
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Henderson County District Attorney’s Office reported the sudden death of one of its investigators.
JodyMiller.jpg (81930 bytes)Jody Miller was just 42 years old when he suffered a massive heart attack while off-duty at his Athens residence Tuesday, Dec. 28.
DA Scott McKee hired Miller away from the Sheriff’s Office two years ago, and his death came as a shock, McKee said.
“He was not just a great investigator, he was a great friend,” McKee said.
“You could trust him 100 percent. If you needed to find someone, no matter where he was, Miller would find him – he was just that good – and he had a heart of gold,” McKee added.
Sheriff Ray Nutt said Miller started out in law enforcement with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and then served as deputy constable under Precinct 6 Constable Robert Neff. “He was doing that as a volunteer,” Nutt added.
Then he served 14 years with the Sheriff’s Office in a variety of positions.
“Jody was a good guy. Everyone who met him like him. He was one of the hardest-working individuals I’ve ever known,” Nutt said. “He was like a son to me in many ways, and he loved to hunt and fish.”
Deputy Chief Bodie Hillhouse recalled Miller’s hard work on the Drug Enforcement Unit. “He’s done a lot for the county,” Hillhouse said.
Funeral services were set for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at the First Baptist Church of Athens under the direction of Hannigan-Smith Funeral Home (formerly Cooper Funeral Home) in Athens.
Survivors include his wife, Valerie, two daughters and a son. See complete obituary information on page 9A.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Miller’s memory to the Henderson County Peace Officer’s Association at any First State Bank Branch.



New minimums for auto liability goes into effect 2011
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE-About half of all Texas drivers will likely see a rise in their auto insurance premiums this year as a new Texas law goes into effect.
As the second part of a two-year plan to update minimum liability coverage the average premium will increase 2 percent to 3 percent.
About 30 percent of Texas drivers carry more than the minimum coverage, and will likely see no change in their premiums.
The new minimum liability limits are $30,000 for each person injured in an accident, up to $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage per accident, which remains the same. It is also known as 30/60/25.
The old minimum was 25/50/25, implemented in April, 2008, as the first step to increase the minimum requirement per legislation passed in 2007. Prior to that, the minimum of 20/40/15 had not been increased in about 25 years.
Jerry Hagins, spokesman for the Texas Department of Insurance, told NU Online News Service the increase is “long overdue” and is needed to catch up with rising medical costs.
Texas Farm Bureau insurance agent Eric Gilbert of Gun Barrel City reports the change in minimum coverage will mean a rise of $4 to $6 on a six-month contract for his customers, or an increase of $8 to $12 annually.
Should one of his clients be in an accident before their policy comes up for renewal, Texas Farm Bureau will automatically cover them for the new minimums, he said.
However, he recommends carrying more than the minimum because the $25,000 property damage wouldn’t be enough if it were a multiple car accident.
“If your actions damaged two cars, and at least one of them was a new car, you could be stuck for the rest,” he said.
He recommends $100,000 per person on bodily injury up to $300,000 per accident, and $50,000 on property damage.
With 50 percent of drivers seeing a rise in insurance minimums and another 30 percent already purchasing more than the law requires, that leaves another 20 percent of drivers in Texas without insurance.
However, it has become harder for uninsured drivers to get away with not having minimum insurance, since Texas recently implemented a new database program to enforce the law, Hagins added.


Animal shelter sets Jan. 8 groundbreaking ceremony
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–With a successful year-long “Raise the Woof” campaign, the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is ready to break ground on phase one of its rebuilding program.
A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, with the Rev. Eston Williams presiding.
The shelter is located on Forest Acres Road in Seven Points.
“Everyone’s invited to celebrate this momentous occasion with us,” shelter director Krista McAnnally said.
The year-long effort raised $130,000, enough to level the ground, pour a slab and raise a new metal building. Funds will also complete the kennel area, so about 50 animals can be transferred to their new home.
The shelter directors are still raising funds to finish out the office portion of the new building, director Cynthia Walter said.
They lack $50,000 more to complete plans for phase one to build out offices. “We’ll tackle that work as funds become available,” she added.
A second phase will demolish the current building and, if possible, build on the same slab to add more kennels for $90,000.
A third construction phase consists of refurbishing the fence and quarantine runs for $30,000, to total $300,000 in all.
Weather permitting, the shelter staff hopes to have the animals moved over into the new building by February.
The existing building has numerous problems and is just about falling apart, McAnnally said. Most recently, the furnace has given out and the kennels are being warmed by electric and butane heaters.
Currently there are about 30 dogs and 20 cats housed there and in need of good, loving homes, she added.

































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