People, Places & Events



  Choir Valentine dinner show set
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Mabank High School choral department will present “That’s Amore,” its annual Valentine Dinner Show, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the High School Commons.
Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant will cater the dinner and the waiters and waitresses will be choir students.
These students will also be providing the entertainment for the evening as well.
Students will be performing solos, ensembles and choral numbers, including such favorites as “Stupid Cupid,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and more.
Tickets are on sale through Monday, Feb. 4, for $10 each and may be purchased at the High School Office or from any Panther Choir student.
All tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door.
Proceeds from the evening will go toward supporting the choir in their endeavors.
For more information, call the MHS Choral Office at (903) 880-1600 (ext 2080) or call the Fine Arts Secretary, Marsha Sanchez, at (903) 880-1620.
Please join us for this wonderful evening of music, fun, and love.

NETPA offers scholarships
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE – To further the cause of community journalism, the North and East Texas Press Association (NETPA) will award two $1,500 journalism scholarships this spring.
The Monitor newspaper is a member of the NETPA.
The NETPA scholarship program was begun in 1999. The 2007 winners were Meghan Clark of Olney High School and Tiffany Henry of White Oak High School.
Scholarships will be given to college-bound graduation high school seniors and actively enrolled college students from the NETPA region pursuing an education in print journalism.
Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, March 1, to be considered. Applications can be downloaded from the NETPA Web site,
Completed applications should be mailed to Randy Keck, The Community News, Box 1031, Aledo, TX 76008.
The winners will be recognized at the NETPA convention in Tyler April 3-5.


Gardens of Mabank housing project progressing
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Construction on the Gardens of Mabank apartment complex for active senior citizens is well-underway, according to George Hopper with Keystone Development Group, Inc.
The Gardens of Mabank, an affordable tax credit development, designed for area median-income seniors, is located at 301 S. Second Street in Mabank.
It will offer independent living for income-restricted seniors, age “55 and better,” within a fully-maintained community of their peers.
The eight-acre parcel is bounded by Second Street to the west and Pine Street to the north. The southern boundary lies on the Kaufman-Henderson county line.

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Thirty-four apartments are nearing completion at the Gardens of Mabank. April is foreseen as the earliest move in date.

The development offers convenient access to shopping, dining, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, churches, beauty salons, physicians and emergency medical treatment.
“We have had a tremendous response from the Cedar Creek Lake community,” the developer states, “especially from area seniors, who are looking to downsize and enjoy life on their own.”
Thirty-four apartments will offer two bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage, within approximately 1,000 square feet of living space, Hopper said.
Kitchens provide energy efficient appliances, and washer/dryer connections are standard.
Additionally, each apartment is Internet and cable ready. A limited number of units will provide one-bedroom/one-bath and one-car garage.
The development includes a central community room/clubhouse and a library with computer and Internet access.
“One of the advantages of an active senior community is that residents may choose their level of involvement in scheduled activities, or simply enjoy doing nothing if they wish,” Hopper said.
“And for those who like to travel, all they need to do is lock their door behind them, and off they go,” he added. “We take care of everything else.”
To find out how to apply for the Gardens of Mabank, call Elizabeth Bonnette at (903) 887-8377, or stop in at the Athens office at 314 Wood St., behind the movie theater.

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nelson. I am a beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new home.

We are a whole litter of Shepherd mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so we have no history. We have been started on our first set of shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.

I am a beautiful Border Collie, who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful kid looking for a new home.

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