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Free tax help
Free tax help is available at Tri-County Library, Mabank, with Peggy Rogers, VITA. Rogers worked for the IRS for many years and keeps up with current changes.
Call the library at (903) 887-9622, leaving name, local phone number (calls from cells with long distance numbers will not be returned), and the best time for her to return your call to set up an appointment.

AARP free tax help
AARP free tax services will be available from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 2, through Wednesday, April 13, at the following locations: Fridays at the Henderson County Senior Center, Athens; Mondays at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points, and Wednesdays at the Senior Citizens Center, Malakoff.
For information call (903) 778-2423.

49ers Senior Club
The Cedar Creek Lake 49ers Senior Citizens Club meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday (tonight and every Thursday) for dancing to the music of Chuck & the 49ers. Smoke- and alcohol-free environment.
Small donation collected at the door. Located in Seven Points, off SH 334, two blocks south on Arnold Hills Road.
For information call or fax to (903) 432-3552.

5D Barrel Race
The Rope, Catch & Ride for Christ Cowboy Church Arena Team is sponsoring a 5D Barrel Race, with the exhibition starting at 10 a.m. and racing at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 (rain date Saturday, Jan. 29). Payback 100 percent of entry fee. Concession stand open. North on SH 198, then right on VZCR 2807. Church looks like a red barn and is located on the right.
For information contact Mitzi Pyle at (903) 880-8280.

Confederate Rose
Confederate Rose Chapter 2548 meets at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Tri-County Library, Mabank. Carol Carter will present the program. Visitors are welcome.
For information call (9030 451-2709.

Rootseekers Society
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Tri-County Library, downtown Mabank. Speaker is Skip Gustafson. New board members to be announced.

CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club executive board meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. For information call (903) 451-2619.

Mabank Garden Club
The Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Tri-County Library. Master Gardener Lynn Ackerman will present “Landscaping with cactus and other succulents.” For information call Donna at (903) 887-7792.

HCWCR meeting
The Henderson County Women’s Council of Realtors meets for its monthly breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Speaker is HC District Attorney Scott McKee.

Sarah Maples DAR
The annual business meeting of the Sarah Maples chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Tri-County Library, Mabank.

Alzheimer’s support
The Greater Cedar Creek Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 (each third Thursday), at 256 Harbor Drive, GBC.
For information call Bill Shaw at (903) 887-4789 or (214) 952-8347.

Free Christian concert
The River of Life World Outreach in Kemp is hosting a free Christian rock concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Food and cold drinks supplied. For information call (903) 880-7048.

CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Cedar Creek Country Club. Sharon Lucky will present “Divas of the Desert.” Doors open at 10:15 a.m. For information call (903) 451-2619.

Masonic chili lunch
The Malakoff Masonic Lodge No. 759 is hosting a chili lunch with all the fixins’ from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Masonic Hall, 110 Jackson Street. Donation requested.

Kemp senior center
The Kemp Senior Citizens Center, 300 North Dallas Street, Kemp, serves lunch for a small donation at noon weekdays. Seniors can enjoy games, quilting, puzzles, exercise class, Bible study and a lot more from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information call Lisa Smith at (903) 498-4046.

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Child killed getting off school bus
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–A 7-year-old Kaufman County boy died in front of his house while getting off his school bus Jan. 6.
The driver of the pickup truck that struck him was arrested at the scene and later charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Salvador Hernandez, 47, of Terrell, stopped after hitting the boy around 3:30 p.m. on State Highway 34 near County Road 2728 between Terrell and Kaufman.
He immediately stopped at the scene, police reported.
Passing a stopped school bus is against the law in Texas. The bus had its warning lights and its side stop sign extended at the time of the accident.
Msnbc.com reported that Nicolas Garza was a foster child out of Tarrant County, and initial reports that his siblings were with him was an error.
Texas Department of Public Safety officers worked the scene.
DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel reported the bus was stopped facing north on SH 34 with all its red lights activated when Hernandez, traveling in the southbound lane, failed to stop.
Hernandez voluntarily submitted a blood sample. Alcohol is not thought to be a factor in the incident, investigators said.
Hernandez is being held in the Kaufman Law Enforcement Center under a $200,000 bond.

 

 

‘Raise the Woof’ reaches halfway point
$142,000 collected for groundbreaking ceremony
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–Tears of joy and victory glistened in the eyes of those who have worked so hard to keep the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake open and functioning during a touching one-hour groundbreaking ceremony Saturday for construction of a new facility.
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Incoming board president Joni Walker, with her rescued dogs Gracie and Mollie B. Good, thanks everyone for the support the Humane Society received throughout a year of fund-raising Saturday, and asks for ongoing support to raise the rest of the money needed to complete the $350,000 project. In the background, Kaufman County animal control officer Blake Boyd and Peggy Kines hold onto the layout of the new building and fund-marker, so wind wouldn't carry them off.

“There are so many people in this community who have kept us afloat,” incoming board president, Kaufman educator and girls’ coach Joni Walker said.
Since last January, a 14-member team of fund-raisers, including building contractors Lisa and Kenneth Schlebach, established the “Raise the Woof” campaign with at least one fund-raiser a month.
Nearly one year later to the day, they have raised $142,000, enough funds to begin Phase One, consisting of a new building. The existing building has been literally “falling down around our ears,” Walker said.
“They (the Schlebachs) haven’t received a dime, yet they have answered our many design questions and put up with us through this whole process,” shelter director Krista McAnally said. “It’s a miracle that they still want to build it, after all we’ve put them through.”
Dirtwork was provided by Henderson County Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall, and preparations for a concrete pad were well underway before Saturday’s ceremony, serving as a sign of a quick building process to come (weather permitting).
The building will cover indoor-outdoor kennels for about 40 dogs, plus a cat room for about 40 cats, while providing office space to be built out as funds allow, McAnally explained. Phase One lacks about $30,000 to complete, she added.
Phase Two calls for demolishing the existing building and rebuilding on the same slab to accommodate an additional 35 dogs.
Finally, Phase Three would provide storage and a quarantine area, for a total of around $350,000 for the entire project.
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Monitor Photos/Pearl Cantrell
Contractor Lisa Schlebach (left), incoming shelter president Joni Walker, Kenneth Schlebach, shelter director Krista McAnally, shelter secretary Debbie Lumpkins, and building chairwoman Cynthia Walter ceremoniously shovel dirt to mark a new beginning for the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake with the construction of a new building.

“Until all three phases are completed, we will not have expanded the shelter’s capacity, nor addressed our quarantine issues,” McAnally explained.
Despite the goal ahead to raise the rest of the funds, those attending the ceremony Saturday see this “halfway” point as a huge success and a sign of good things to come.
“We’ve had literally thousands of checks pour in, even checks from other states, where rescues have helped us are supporting our efforts here,” she said.
“We as an organization are thrilled that so many people have attended the ceremony,” Walker said. “And now they can see their donations and hard work is becoming a reality. For that, we say thank you.”
Walker also cited Mary Beth and John Haley for a generous donation in memory of their friend and colleague, Patty Moore.
Other individuals mentioned included Cynthia Walter (Building Committee chairwoman) and Debbie Lumpkins (board secretary) “who have been my right hands here, helping with anything I needed,” McAnally added.
Representing some of the rescue organizations that have been so helpful to the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake was Lovey Frazier of SPIN.
“Rescue groups help us with the hundreds of animals we receive each and every month,” McAnally said.
Also recognized was dog walker Debbie Schubert, who helps McAnally with pit bulls; Amber England, the Facebook champion, who uses the social network to find homes for countless dogs and cats; and Sydney and Ed Busch, for the faithful work they do in the operation and funding of the Friends of the Animals Spay and Neuter Clinic in Gun Barrel City, as well as Shirley Leonis and Danny Hampel, Seven Points Dairy Queen operators, for their annual car show fund-raiser for the shelter.
“I could stand here all day and rattle off names of those who were instrumental to bringing us to this point in time,” McAnally said. “But I won’t.”
Special recognition was also given to Kaufman County animal control officer Blake Boyd, who mans the front lines, picking up abused and abandoned animals and bringing them to the shelter – about 1,200 of them annually.
Years ago, there were no such officers and that burden was taken up by volunteers, such as founding members Barbara Walker and Toni Muirhead, the last of eight original board members, who included Kaye Kiehl, Dian Allison, R.J. Johnson, Nancy Massingill, Janice Roberts and Ruth Woods.
“We all put our heart and soul into this place,” said a tearful Barbara Walker (no relation to Joni Walker).
“We’ve come a long way since ’83,” Muirhead noted. “Thank God y’all are here and y’all care.
“Barbara, more than I, answered those terrible phone calls,” Muirhead said. “I remember a case where a kitten was left for dead down a port-a-potty. We did everything we could to try to get that poor creature out, until finally Barbara was held by her feet and she got the kitten out,” Muirhead said.
Barbara Walker, who was near tears after being reminded of the cruelty she’s witnessed, said, “It’s just easier now, to stay away.”
Aley Methodist minister the Rev. Eston Williams summed up the work of the shelter and the role pets play in our lives in the words of his invocation.
“We want to thank you, Lord, for your kind and generous gift of these creatures who love us unconditionally, just like You love us,” he said.
“And we must beg Your forgiveness for our brothers and sisters who do not take seriously the responsibility that comes with such a gift, who do not return the love our four-legged furry friends always give,” he added.
“And we must thank You for those special sons and daughters of Yours who pick up the burden that others lay down, who feel so strongly Your love for animals that they give of their time, talents, energies and their money to provide the care that you want every one of your creatures to have,” Williams said.
“More specifically, we thank You for the men and women who are the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake. We thank You and them for the enormous sacrifices they make for the animals of our community,” he said.
“We thank You for their vision of an improved facility to care for the animals, and for their hard work to make that dream come true,” Williams added. “May their example inspire the people of the Cedar Creek Lake communities to support this work more faithfully in the years to come.”

 

City gets logo on water tower
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District directors agreed Monday to paint an altered city logo on its water tower in Seven Points, provided the city pays for the change order.
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What will appear on the water tower in Seven Points once the repainting is completed.

The directors gave mayor Joe Dobbs until the end of day to give them an answer and a check for $2,500 to complete the city’s request.
WCCMUD secretary Wanda Sanders reported the conditions were met, so most of the city’s logo will be featured on the tower below the district’s initials.
On the backside, the district’s characteristic eyes and smile will be painted.
Directors got to see the graphics projected through a PowerPoint presentation.
District manager Tony Ciardo told directors it has been their custom to include the place name of the water tower, adding that from the catwalk on the tower in Seven Points, all the other water towers owned by the utility can be seen.
“Seven Points seems to be a high point (elevation-wise) for the district,” Ciardo said.
Directors met in a special session Monday morning to make a final decision on the city’s request.
Dobbs thanked the board members for their patience and consideration of the city’s request, and assured them he would call them as soon as he talked it over with the city attorney and gained his approval for the expenditure.
“Because of the unique situation in Seven Points, I like to run everything by the city attorney first,” Dobbs explained.
The WCC board had obtained a very competitive bid from Tank Pro for painting the water tower and said they didn’t want any delays that might add extra expense to the project.

 

 

 

 

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