People, Places & Events


Promoting the lake area at the Dallas Boat Show

Monitor Photos/Kerry Yancey
ABOVE: Matt Zimmerer (seated right) and Kelly Zimmerer (background)
speak with visitors to the Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
booth at the 52nd annual Dallas Winter Boat Show at Market Hall Saturday. The
Zimmerers own and operate The Water’s Edge cabins at Malakoff.

ABOVE: Jennifer Graham (left), John Callison and David Liles stand ready to
provide Boat Show visitors with information about the Ski-N-Scats summer
camp retreat center in Eustace.

ABOVE: Realtors John Hassell and Janice Haney provide information to Boat
Show visitors about Johnson Monroe Realtors and Cedar Creek Lake properties.

Kevin Fowler to appear at Gater’s Sports Bar and Grill
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Kevin Fowler is a fan’s artist, and he has established himself impressively throughout Texas by making modest honky tonk-style country music for regular folks.
He will appear with his band at the Gaters Sports Bar and Grill Saturday, Feb. 24, at 623 S. Gun Barrel Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Tickets are on sale now for $20, for age 21 and up only.
Raised in Amarillo, the guitarist began his musical career on both drums and piano.
At age 20, he left Texas for the bright lights of Los Angeles, where he studied music at the Guitar Institute of Technology.
He returned to Texas and settled in Austin, where he joined the hard rock band “Dangerous Toys.”
Following this eye-opening stint, he started his own hard rock band, “Thunderfoot.”
He soon came to the realization that he couldn’t shake his West Texas roots and gave up hard rock to become a country music performer, the style he grew up with.
In 1998, he put together a country band and began playing Tuesday nights at Babe’s on Sixth Street in Austin.
Within two years, he began recording albums and struck big with his self-released “Beer, Bait and Ammo” (2000).
The album sold 30,000 copies in the Texas area and the title song became somewhat of a Texas anthem.
Mark Chesnutt made the song a part of his live show, and Sammy Kershaw recorded it.
“I make music for working-class country music fans like me. I want my music and live shows to function as a way for fans to escape the weekly grind and let loose,” Fowler explained.
Since the release of his debut album, “Beer, Bait and Ammo,” Kevin has seen his fanbase grow in epic proportions.
He has sold an astounding 200,000 albums.
“What I Wouldn’t Give for Your Love,” is his first single since signing with 823 Management, Inc., based in Kerrville.
For more information, call (903) 880-9960.

CASA orientation set for Feb 17
Special to The Monitor

KAUFMAN–In 2005, 337 children were confirmed as victims of child abuse or neglect in Kaufman and Rockwall Counties.
During that same period, 331 children were in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Lone Star CASA’s mission is to advocate for these children during their time within the legal system.
A trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is appointed to a case by a judge when a child is removed from his or her home and placed in foster care.
CASA volunteers monitor a child’s well being in foster care, advocate for the child within the court system, and help ensure that the child receives the services he or she needs.
The goal of Lone Star CASA is every child in Kaufman and Rockwall counties who needs an advocate gets one.
CASA volunteers make lasting impressions on the lives of these children.
If you would like to be a part of this group of community volunteers, you are invited to attend a volunteer orientation at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at New Horizon Day Care and Private School, 908 E. 9th Street, Kemp.
You may contact Lone Star CASA at (972) 772-5858 or by email at
To learn more about CASA, visit the Texas CASA website, or the National CASA website,

Talent Box presents ‘Good Morning USA’
Special to The Monitor
WILLS POINT–The Talent Box Winter Fun class will perform “Good Morning USA,” written by Bonnie Reichel.
The production will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the theatre, 244 North Fourth, Wills Point Friday.
Participating in the production will be Laura Bass, Leah Wallace, Harley Hall,
Travis Riffe, Emma Berry, Caitlyn Smith, and Mikayla Young.
Bonnie Reichel of Terrell and Jane Gamon of Myrtle Springs directed the class.
The action takes place on a morning news program, complete with weather
reports, commercials, puns and fun.
Admission for all is $5 and reservations are necessary.
They can be made by
calling toll free (877) 882-7763.
Please leave your name, telephone number and the number in your party.
The theatre is now elderly and handicapped friendly. A chair lift has been installed to assist our patrons to the second floor theatre.