49er’s Senior citizens
The Cedar Creek 49er’s Senior Citizens Club is hosting country
and western dancing and a potluck supper from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday (tonight), to the music of Chuck & the 49er’s. The club
is located on Arnold Hills Road, two blocks off SH 334 in Seven
Points. No smoking or alcohol. For information, call or fax
(903) 432- 3552.
VZ Senior citizens
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club monthly dance is at 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 13, at the Henderson County Senior Center, Athens.
Joe Walenta and the Ranch Hands will provide country western
music. Everyone is welcome.
The River of Life Church is hosting Australian missionary John
Edmiston from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 and 10 a.m. to 4
p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, with a brown bag lunch Saturday with,
coffee and hot chocolate. Location at River of Life Church, 304
S. Elm St., Kemp.
Kemp community prayer
A community prayer with the mayor of Kemp is set for 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16 (every third Monday) at Kemp City Hall. All
citizens are invited.
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society is at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16,
at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Meetings are open to the
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club executive board meets at 1
p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven
Sarah Maples meeting
The Sarah Maples Chapter DAR, Daughters of the American
Revolution, is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Tri-County
Library in Mabank. This is the annual business meeting.
Welcome home the troops
The Monitor would like to recognize returning troops with a
special tribute and asks readers to submit photos and stories
about their loved ones recently returned from overseas as a
result of the President’s troop recall. E-mail your stories and
photos by Friday, Jan. 20 to
firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to The Monitor, P.O.
Box 48, Mabank TX 75147, or simply drop it off at 1316 S. Third
St. next to Groom & Sons Ace Hardware between 8:30 a.m and 4:30
p.m. M-F. All submissions should include a contact name and
phone number, details of military service and a photo.
Mabank VFD chili supper
Mabank Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its 18th annual
chili supper from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Mabank
Fire Station (111 E. Mason/Business 175). All donations benefit
the Mabank Fire Department.
AL shrimp dinner
The Sons of the American Legion are hosting a shrimp dinner with
cole slaw, hushpuppies, dessert and tea from 5 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 21. Proceeds benefit local charities. The American
Legion Post 310 is located at 111 Lee Way, Gun Barrel City.
Log Cabin dance concert
Square dancing and country-western dance to the stylings of The
SWAGS, a live band from Fort Worth, at Promenade Hall in Tool
with special appearance from “Dina Garcia” from Disney’s Shake
It Up for autographs. Rediscover the joy of community dancing.
Beginning square dance lessons start Wednesday, Feb. 1. For
information, call Phil at (903) 880-8822 or Cindy at (214)
CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan.
24, at the Cedar Creek Country Club, Kemp. “The Life and Loves
of Becky Thatcher” will be presented by Sharron Lucky.
Kemp teen account set
An account is open at First National Bank in Kemp for Alyssa
Olivarez, 14. She was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma.
The Family Resource Center, located at 107 Spring Valley, Gun
Barrel City, is looking for your help with providing heaters for
babies, the elderly and people without heat. For information,
call Debbie at (903) 887-4711. Donations are greatly
Meals drivers needed
The Senior Center at the Ball Park is in desperate need for
“Meals on Wheels,” drivers in Kemp and Mabank. For information,
call Lisa Smith, director, at (903) 997-0643.
Needs outreach sought
Calling all churches to participate in a needs outreach planning
session for Henderson County at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Sand
Springs Baptist Church in Athens, located at 1212 FM 1616. For
information, call Pastor Erick Graham at (903) 675-4387.
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Property owners surprise
Special to the Monitor
KEMP–Property owners near Kemp surprised three suspected
burglars when they returned to their home on County Road 4052
Saturday shortly after noon. They were alerted to the strangers
by their dog, who began barking and was obviously agitated.
Then one of the owners spotted the suspects running and
immediately placed a call to the sheriff’s office.
According to a press release, deputies discovered a barrel
containing copper, brass and other objects taken from the
property, just inside the front gate.
A nearby Texas Game Warden spotted one of the suspects running
in a field on CR 4052, and was able to catch him without
Sheriff’s deputies were joined by a Kemp police officer and
located the remaining two suspects hiding in an out building at
a nearby residence in 15000 block of CR 4052.
All three were arrested and charged with Theft of Copper and
Criminal Trespass. Richard Mark Steakley, 34, of Trinidad was
held and later released on a $16,000 bond. Jesse Garner, 31, of
Gun Barrel City was released on an $8,500 bond.
Tommy Wayne Jackson, 34, of Tool remains in the Kaufman County
Law Enforcement Center with a bond set at $30,000.
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The Monitor would like to recognize our returning troops with a
special tribute in January and asks readers to submit photos and
stories about their loved ones recently returned from
Afghanistan and Iraq as a result of the President’s troop
Send your stories and photos to the newspaper by Jan. 20, 2012
by e-mail at
email@example.com, or by mail at The Monitor,
P.O. Box 48, Mabank TX 75147, or simply drop it off at the
office, located at 1316 S. Third St. next to Groom & Sons Ace
Hardware between 8:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
All submissions should include a contact name and phone number,
details of military service and a photo.
Literary Club learns about anger-causing
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake heard about
an anger-causing mental disorder at their meeting Jan. 10, by
guest speaker Robyn Wheeler.
Wheeler is the author of Born Mad, a true story of her battle
with chronic anger and depression prior to discovering she
suffered from a seldom-talked about mood disorder known as
Wheeler’s power point presentation discussed the causes,
symptoms and treatment for dysthymic disorder and afterwards she
answered many questions about her experiences, how the disorder
affected her relationships with family and friends and the
treatment that now gives her a happy and anger-free life.
“The most difficult part is realizing you have a problem. In
Born Mad, I write about denial and being unaware anything was
wrong while others clearly see a problem,” Wheeler said.
“Chronic anger is an addiction and admitting you need help is
the hardest part. After that, it is all downhill from there,”
Wheeler donated a copy of Born Mad to the library and was
available for book purchases and signings afterwards.
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets at 10 a.m. the first
Tuesday of the month at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
For more information on The Literary Club, call president Ruth
Primm at (903) 778-4752.
For more information on Born Mad and the authors speaking
availability go to
The 116th annual Fort Worth Stock Show
Monitor Staff Reports
FORT WORTH–Get set for three weeks of cowboy and cowgirl fun at
the 116th annual Fort Worth Stock Show, which gets underway this
Starting Friday, Jan. 13, through Saturday, Feb. 4, the annual
Cowtown extravaganza features something for all ages.
The traditional Livestock Parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Jan. 14, in downtown Fort Worth.
Events through the three-week period vary from the PRCA rodeo to
livestock showing, with 22,000 animals to be exhibited from all
over the world and 10,000 animals in the junior livestock
division. Traditionally local students compete for scholarship
money by showing their prize animals at the show - from the
largest bulls to the prize rooster and everything in between.
Exhibits of small animals from birds and rabbits to goats and
swine are scheduled.
Many state exhibits are both entertaining and informative about
Texas’ proud ranching and farming history and ongoing
Longhorn cattle, working cow horse classes, the Bulls Night Out
event, Llama halter classes and the donkey and mule classes are
only a sampling of what is waiting for visitors, not only from
Texas but from around the world.
Each day’s worth of attractions start at 8 a.m. and remain open
until 10 p.m.
Tickets are available at the gates and parking fees are
collected at the parking areas.
The stock show office number is (817) 877-2400. Also look for
the Fort Worth Stock Show on line.