People, Places & Events


The Brashears set gospel music concerts
Special to The Monitor
TOOL– Tool Praise and Worship Church will host the Brashears from Russellville, Ark.
The Brashears will also sing durng its Sunday morning worship service Jan. 21, at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Mabank.
Two people – one team, that’s the way it has been for many miles.
Janice and Jerrel Brashear have criss-crossed the United States on a regular basis since 1972.
The Brashears started singing gospel music with their family of three children.
When the two daughters and son grew up, married, and moved away with families of their own, it was up to Janice and Jerrel to find a way to go on.
After hiring other people outside the family, it just wasn’t the same.
Jerrel is quick to add, however, they had some of the most talented people in the world to travel, sing and play different instruments.
They decided that since all three children couldn’t be on the road with them, they would try something very different.
They do all of their recording with their son and daughters. The recording engineer makes sure that they will still have the full group sound, instead of a soloist with background vocals.
When you attend a gospel music concert by the Brashears, you will be hearing a full band, full group sound, even though there will only be two people before you.
The Brashears do their best to make their concerts as entertaining as possible, but they want people to understand that a gospel concert can and should be a spiritual renewal for the whole family.
They carry with them quality sound equipment to get the message across. They want you to hear the words of their songs and not just the music.
“Gospel music is as refreshing as a cold glass of ice tea on a very hot summer day, and is as uplifting as a good revival meeting,” Jerrel states.
This couple presents many concerts a year. Janice writes many of the songs they sing, and Jerrel has been inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame for his work in Southern Gospel music.
Please make your plans to be at this concert at the Tool Praise and Worship Church 274 South, starting at 10:30 a.m., or 6:30 p.m., Jan. 21 at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Mabank.

TVCC notes lake area students on honor rolls
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ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College has named a number of area students to the President’s Honor Roll and Honors List for the fall 2006 semester.
TVCC students named to the President’s Honor Roll must complete at least 12 semester hours with a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester.
Students named to the Honors List also must complete at least 12 semester hours with no failing grades and earn at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.
The following area students were named to the President’s Honor Roll (listed alphabetically by hometown):
EUSTACE: Gabriela E. Alvarez, Maile Burkhalter, Doniell J. Martin, Tanya L. Mathiews, Rana Z. Newbury.
GUN BARREL: Stacy D. Garrett.
GUN BARREL CITY: Anastacia M. Armick, Paul D. Atkinson, Susan Obrien, Tammy A. Thomas.
KEMP: Erin R. Burchard, Heather D. Carpenter, Andrea L. Glasco, Rebecca L. Goodman, Barbara J. Reed, Michael Roberts, Courtney Westergaard.
MABANK: Larissa Belssner, Pamala D. Clark, Ginger M. Droke, Brenda Gilbreath, Ericka E. Grant, Jana K. Grimes, Emily A. Huffhines, Jason L. Jordan, Teri L. Rohm, Rachel D. Ussery.
MALAKOFF: Natalie A. Brown, Almesha G. Coleman, Amanda E. Harris, Heather D. Meredith, Melissa J. Weaks, Audrey A. Williams.
SCURRY: William H. Catchings, Cindy G. Hodge.
SEVEN POINTS: Tina Thomas.
TOOL: Sara Bell, Gary D. Doyle, Clifton Farris.
TRINIDAD: Deborah A. Johnson.
The following area students were named to the Honors List (listed alphabetically by hometown):
EUSTACE: Stephanie K. Decker, James Martin, Erica Mcleod, Jacey L. Perkins, Tamara L. Schaefer, Sara M. Smith.
GUN BARREL CITY: Marium L. Janicke, Amber N. Jones, Tamara L. Land, Dustin C. Morrow, Candice R. Willis.
KEMP: Samantha L. Broussar, Natalie M. Chambers, Cameron C. Davis, Katie C. Fogleman, Kaytlyn M. Fugitt, Kristy N. Gorman, Heather L. Hubert, Mary C. Moody, Cassandra L. Mullens, Joseph B. Podpechan, Justin G. Rehl, Bennie Snell, Michele A. Wilson.
MABANK: Brooke A. Barry, Kelly V. Beck, Jamie L. Bennett, Manny M. Brock, John J. Dawdy, Jennifer Droke, Heather Embry, Shayla Hardee, Daniel K. Mcwhirter, Denise Moeller, Brandy D. Nicholas, Betty L. Overall, Yelena V. Sheldon, Silke N. Sterling, Kristin E. Tucker, Jennifer M. Welch.
MALAKOFF: Maggie A. Lewis, Eileenia V. Meredith, Tyler R. Trout.
SEVEN POINTS: Jose Resendiz, Noe Resendiz-suarez, Alice Woods.
TOOL: Rachel N. Gibson.

Tips on protecting yourself from investment fraud
By Greg Abbot
Texas Attorney General

AUSTIN–Consumers often contact the Office of the Attorney General about the authenticity of certain investment opportunities. When shopping for investments, education and awareness are the keys to making wise decisions.
Keep in mind that any investment involves some degree of risk.
Before considering an investment, determine what degree of risk you are willing to take in order to meet your financial goals and objectives.
If you lack financial experience, enlist the help of a knowledgeable and neutral third party, like a certified public accountant or a licensed attorney.
Check with the Texas State Securities Board (SSB) to see if your salesperson is licensed to sell the investment product, even if the recommendation comes from someone that you have known or done business with for many years.
Be skeptical of telephone pitches. It is highly unlikely that a legitimate investment opportunity will come to you in a telephone call from someone you don’t know or in an unsolicited e-mail.
Ask questions and request written materials on the investment product from your sales representative.
Evaluate recommendations by conducting your own research. Securities regulations require companies to disclose valuable information to investors by registering and filing certain documents with the SSB in order for you to make sound financial decisions about products and funds.
Information filed on an investment with the SSB may include a prospectus or other research reports.
These disclosure documents may offer background on the company and the risks associated with the investment.
They are not intended to predict future performance of an investment product. Remember that companies are not required to repay you for any losses you incur from investing in their shares.
Take your time when considering an investment product.
Be wary of high-pressure sales pitches, promises of “high rates of return” or “no-risk guarantees.”
These tactics are commonly used by con artists to get your money before you have a chance to fully look into a product or fund.
Legitimate investments are not guaranteed against loss. The SSB protects investors by ensuring that companies and sales representatives comply with securities laws and rules, but the SSB does not insure investments.
Monitor your investments carefully. If you do experience a loss on an investment, be extremely cautious of “reload” scams.
Investors often panic after a loss, and con artists prey on this fear by making promises to recoup those losses by offering a new higher return on your money. If you become involved in this kind of scheme, you may end up losing even more money.
Con artists often attempt to exploit the complexity of financial investments.
They may use flashy advertisements, technical language, false testimonials, or swanky offices to entice investors and lend credibility to their schemes.
The best way for you to avoid an investment scam is to do your homework, call your securities regulator before you invest, and seek the advice of an independent third party.
Points to remember regarding investment opportunities
• Determine how much financial risk you are willing to take.
• Contact the Texas State Securities Board before making an investment.
• Do your own independent research on investment products or funds.
• Enlist the help of a trusted, knowledgeable and neutral third party.
• Beware of high-pressure sales tactics and “reload” schemes.
To determine whether your sales representative is licensed and whether a securities investment is registered with the State of Texas, or to report investment fraud, contact:
Texas State Securities Board, P. O. Box 13167
Austin, TX 78711-3167 or call (512) 305-8300
For more information on this or other consumer topics, visit the Texas Attorney General’s Web site at