AARP has free tax return help
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE– Free income tax assistance will once
again be offered Friday, Feb. 1 through Friday, April 11.
Volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons Foundation
in cooperation with the IRS are set to assist tax payers with their
returns from three locations in Henderson County.
It will be offered in Seven Points at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake on
State Highway 334 from 8 a.m to noon on Mondays.
Also, at the Senior Citizen Center in Malakoff from 8 a.m. to noon on
Wednesdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays in Athens at the Henderson
County Senior Center on State Highway 31.
This income tax filing assistance is available free of charge with no
age restrictions and includes electronic filing and preparation by use
of computer software.
Those filing jointly as married taxpayers should both come to the site.
This service does not apply to extremely complicated returns, however,
taxpayers may get advice on what steps to take in getting their return
People usually take advantage of this free assistance in the first few
weeks of February, so if counselors are busy when you come, be patient
and return later in the tax preparation season, when the wait will
probably be shorter.
Note that counselors may not be present for the entire posted hours, if
there is no one to be assisted. However, counselors are known to remain
past the normal hours posted if people are waiting.
Those unable to travel to one of these sites may request tax assistance
in their home by calling Gil Betts at (903) 778-2423.
Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring the following items with them:
• a copy of any return from a prior tax year.
• all tax-related documents received, including W-2s, 1099s, SSA 1099s,
broker’s statements showing interest, dividends, capital gains
distributions and sales of capital assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual
funds, real estate.
• Social Security cards for taxpayers and all dependents, along with
their date of birth.
Free assistance is available through the
American Association of Retired Persons in cooperation with
the IRS from 8 a.m. to noon, Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays, Feb. 11-April 11.
Mondays at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, 44 West
Cedar Creek Prkwy.
Wednesdays at the Senior Citizens Center, 503 North
Fridays in Athens at the Henderson County Senior
Center, 3344 State Highway 31 East.
Bring tax return from a prior year, all tax-related forms
for this year, Social Security cards of those filing and all
dependents, along with birth dates.
To set up a home visit, call Gil Betts at (903) 778-2423
Family Peace Project receives
Special to The Monitor
TOOL–Pre-Kindergarten students (and their parents) of The
Learning Express of Tool and teacher Lindsey McGowen made a unique
contribution last month.
The children collected and delivered disposable diapers and pull-ups to
the Family Peace Project.
Some of the children, all ages 3 to 4, gleefully acknowledged that they
no longer needed the diapers and pull-ups, and so enjoyed this special
field trip to personally deliver the diapers.
While visiting the Family Peace Project to drop off their donation, they
were treated to hot chocolate and cookies.
Products such as diapers and pull-ups are just two of the critical items
which the Family Peace Project provides to the children of victims of
“Contributions such as these are vital to the Family Peace Project’s
client services and the project’s ongoing mission to provide resources
to domestic violence victims,” executive director of Family Peace
Project Marlena Taylor said.
“We extend our sincere thanks to the Learning Express staff and parents
for their creative planning and commitment to setting an example of
giving,” she added.
The Family Peace Project is a non-profit organization that mainly relies
on donations (and there is none too small) from the community and grants
to fund its day-to-day operations.
Every donation of time, talent and treasure can make a difference. Plus,
all donations are tax-deductible.
For find out more about the Family Peace Project, how to volunteer, or
where to make your own donation, call (903) 677-9177.
Area property owners to meet
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Property owners in Kaufman, Athens, Terrell,
Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Seven Points, Tool and surrounding areas will
have another opportunity to discuss ideas for improving water quality in
Cedar Creek Reservoir.
Stakeholders will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (today) Thursday, Jan. 24,
at the Kaufman County Library, 3970 S. Houston Street in Kaufman.
“The viewpoints and concerns of landowners, agricultural producers,
municipal and county leaders, environmental groups and area residents
are vital to producing a quality plan,” watershed coordinator of North
Central Texas Water Quality Project David Waidler said.
The Cedar Creek Watershed covers portions of Henderson, Kaufman,
Rockwall and Van Zandt counties.
Stakeholders and government officials first met in July, 2007, to
discuss the formation of a watershed protection plan, aimed at reducing
pollutants that run off the land and into the reservoir.
Water quality experts with the Texas Agrilife Extension Service
(formerly Texas Cooperative Extension), Texas Agrilife Research
(formerly Texas Agricultural Experiment Station) and the Tarrant
Regional Water District are collaborating on the project with the Texas
Water Resources Institute.
The Cedar Creek Watershed Protection Plan is funded by the Environmental
Protection Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the
Tarrant Regional Water District.
Please register with Waidler by e-mailing him at
For more information, go to
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Dixie. I am a
beautiful female Bassett Hound. I was brought to the Shelter by
animal control so I have no history. I have been fixed and my
stomach is tatooed, but my owner hasn’t called about me. I am a
wonderful girl in need of a home.
My name is Honey. I am a
beautiful mix breed small female. I was brought to the Shelter
by someone who rescued me and my seven pups after I was rolled
by a car. I broke my pelvic bone, but I am now better. I do
sometimes seem to favor walking on my front two legs. I have not
had the greatest life, but look forward to having a family to
care for me. I seem to get along well with older dogs, but not
puppies. I am a bit shy, but once I get to know you I am a good
girl. I am looking for a new home.
My name is Cotton. I am a
beautiful male kitten. I was brought to the Shelter and was so
small I had to be bottle fed by a wonderful foster mommy. I am
around 12 weeks old and have been started on my first shots and
wormed. I am very playful and very affectionate kitten. I am
such a good kid deserving of a wonderful family.
My name is Katie. I am a
beautiful female Yellow Lab. I was brought to the Shelter by
animal control. So far I seem to be very sweet. I am looking for
a good home.
My name is Sox. I am a beautiful male orange and
white cat. I am a very affectionate boy, I seem to get along
well with others. I am a very good boy in need of a forever
My name is Wyndell. I am a beautiful male gray
Tabby mix. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I
have no history. After a while, I seem to get along with others.
I am a good boy looking for a good home.
My name is Zsa-Zsa. I am a beautiful 3-4 year old
female Terrier mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. Something has happened to my left
eye at some point in my life. So far I seem to be very sweet and
seem to get along with others. I am a beautiful girl looking for
a new home.
My name is Baxter. I am a beautiful male Terrier
mix. I was wandering the streets and picked up by animal
control. I walk on a leash, seem to be house broken and love to
ride in a car. I am a wonderful young man looking for a new
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at