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  Severe storm program planned for county
Special to the Monitor
KAUFMAN–The 2007 storm season in north Texas was one for the history books.
Widespread devastating flooding, large destructive windstorms, tornadoes and hail all made appearances in the area.
The toll on life and property was significant, with dozens of casualties and damage in the tens of millions of dollars.
The 2008 severe weather season is just around the corner. Are you ready for what’s in store? Do you have a severe weather plan at your home and your workplace?
Can you recognize the clues that suggest large hail, flash flooding, or a tornado is possible? Do you want to become part of the severe weather warning system in your county?
As a part of its area-wide weather preparedness campaign, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth will answer these and many other questions in a severe storm spotter training program from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Kaufman Fire Station.
The program will be co-sponsored by the Kaufman County Emergency Management Office.
Weather events will include observing, reporting and safety.
The program will discuss thunderstorm formation, severe weather production, and features associated with severe storms.
The presentation will also review tornado formation and behavior, and safety when thunderstorms threaten.
The program will discuss spotter operations and recommended procedures when spotting.
The two-hour presentation will will be in multimedia format, featuring numerous pictures of storms and nearly 25 minutes of storm video clips.
“We have some new material in the 2008 spotter training program,” Gary Woodall, Warning Coordination Meterologist at the Fort Worth NWS office, said.
“Nearly all of the photos and video clips are different this year. We’ll have many more identification cases and we’ll discuss the operational aspects of storm spotters in detail,” he added.
Despite the revisions to the program, the fundamental purpose of the spotter training – and of the storm spotter network as a whole – remains unchanged.
“We could not do our job as well as we do without storm spotters. Radar is a great tool, but it only tells us part of a storm’s story. Spotter observations complement the electronic data we use to analyze storms,” Woodall said.
“The combination of spotter reports and radar data gives us the best possible picture of storms and what is going on inside them,” Woodall said.

Car show and Krawfish Boil set for Saturday, May 3
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar Creek Kiwanis Club announced the date of their 2008 joint fund-raiser.
The Cedar Creek Lake Car Show and Kiwanis Krawfish Boil is slated for Saturday, May 3.
Once again, the best of two events is being combined to bring residents of the area and out-of-town visitors a full day of beautiful show cars, great food, music and fun for the entire family.
It will be held at the Mabank Pavilion, just off Business Hwy. 175 in Mabank.
The 2007 event featured almost 100 cars from around the region, and by all indications, the 2008 show will be even more popular, with free admission to the Car Show for spectators.
For those readers who have a car to show in the competition, the chamber office will provide entry forms.
There will be entries in 15 classes, door prizes, goodie bags and T-shirts for the first 100 entries, plus a professional DJ playing cruisin’ tunes.
Registration for the show will be from 8 a.m. to noon, with judging from noon to 1 p.m.
Awards will be presented at 2 p.m.
The cost to enter is $20 if pre-registered (first 50 entries guaranteed under the roof of the 28,000 square foot Mabank Pavilion) and $25 the day of the show.
For an application, call (903) 887-3152 or e-mail 
The Kiwanis Club will be serving crawfish (or “mud bugs” if you prefer) with all the trimmings.
For those folks who don’t care for crawfish, the Chamber of Commerce Grill Team will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers and sausage on a stick
The Grill Team’s motto is, “Eat a hot dog, save a crawfish.” Besides the grill items, breakfast will be available at the concession for early birds and souvenir T-shirts and other items will be on sale throughout the day.
For more information on entries and sponsorship opportunities, call The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (903) 887-3152 or email  For a complete list of events and members, go to

Costlow and Almanza win calf scramble in Fort Worth
Special to The Monitor
FORT WORTH–Jacob Costlow of Seven Points and Ethan Almanza of Mabank, Mabank FFA members, were among the winners in the Calf Scramble event during the Jan. 29, afternoon performance of the Rodeo at the 112th edition of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.
Parents of Costlow are Staci and Cary Costlow and his sponsors were David and Sauerwein of North Richland Hills.
Parents of Almanza are Patti and Seth Almanza and his sponsors were BVE Precision Concrete of Fort Worth.
The Calf Scramble, which allows 16 students to compete at each of the 30 Stock Show Rodeo performances, has eight performance winners.
The young people are high school students out to catch and halter a calf with hopes of winning a $500 purchase certificate that will help buy a registered beef or dairy heifer for a yearlong 4-H or FFA project.
Winners must care for their animals throughout the year and return for the 2009 Stock Show to exhibit them in the Junior Heifer Show.
Those who do the best job will be in line for scholarship funds when they enter college. Last year, scholarship grants were made to 70 young people.
All entries receive a special T-shirt with their contestant number.
Participants who fail to catch a calf receive a certificate for a pair of Justin boots.
Mrs Baird’s Bakeries and Justin Boots have proudly sponsored this event for many years.


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