People, Places & Events


‘Crazy Kats’ program at Kiwanis Story Hour
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Surprised smiles abounded at the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club’s recent story hour, when each child and adult was greeted by “Brownie, the Kitten,” and “Blackie, the Cat.”
These honored guests, on loan from The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake located in Tool (State Highway 274), meowed sweetly and completely delighted everyone with their adorable antics.
Manager Tracey Stone explained these cats and many other cuddly pets are eagerly awaiting adoption. Call (903) 432-3922 for details.
Extra special stories featuring cats which were presented by Mr. Russ and Ms. Linda included “The Dog Who Had Kittens,” by Polly Robertus, “Don’t Rock the Boat,” by Sally Grindley and “Take Care, Good Knight,” by Shelley Thomas.
A generous bonus, received by all youngsters attending, was a brand new book, compliments of The Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club.
Boys and girls attending included Morgan Isom, Katrina Isom, Gracie Holcomb, Chase Baird, Kate Baird, Rivers Moriarity, Andrew Sullivan, Danielle Sullivan, Natali Alldridge, Skyli Alldridge, Austin McNair and Laci McNair.
Also, Madison Makenzie, Victoria Cantu, Cassie Jacobs, Brianna Rodrigues, David Rodrigues, Katie Hinds, Itaskelina Low, Janike Amanambu, Katelynn Messer, Lindsey Dawes, Sydney Dawes, Taylor Dawes, Avery Kifer, Bryce Kifer, Collin Kifer, Lily Nicholson, Paige Anderson, MacKenzie Nolen and Madison Nolen.
A special thank you is extended to Boy Scouts Dillon Pryor and Jordan White of Troop 383, and to Melissa Newland for their support.
A “Merry Mice” story hour is being planned for Saturday, March 3.
Two identical programs will be offered at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points and The Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Plan now to attend and bring your friends.

Henderson County Realtors host awards luncheon
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Members of the Henderson County Board of Realtors gathered for lunch Wednesday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant and the presentation of awards for high sales.
A total of 252 real estate agents work in the lake area and surrounding communities, club president Robert McAtee said.
Presentations were made by Donna Sadler.
The Hall of Fame Realtor for 2006 was Brad Rummel.
Janice Haney earned the Rookie of the Year title.
Top sellers for 2006, making more than $10 million in sales, were platinum winners Stan Fernald, Todd Russell, Sue Stalcup and Jim Sutton.
In the Gold category, making between $8 and $10 million in sales was Robert Blaase.
Four Realtors, Jill Browne, Buck Gentry, Brad Rummel and Donna Sadler made the Silver category with $6-$8 million in sales.
Agents named to the $4-$6 million Bronze category were Shelly Brown, Marsha Bourne, Karen Fernald, Debbie French, Jason Hardy, Charles Harley, Tim Maxfield, Billie Maxwell, Mary McClaskey, Robin Moon, Marie Sligh and Brenda Warner.
Those listed in the $2-$4 million Copper category were Pam Blackwood, Rilla Bowles, Richard Eckroate Jr., Janice Haney, Glenda Harley, John Hassell, Karen Jentzen, Keith Knighton, Jo Ann Pearson, Sue Richardson, Lisa Schmidt, Gerry Sullivan, Angie Tulley, Christi Tumlinson, Vivian Tumlinson, Carol Walther, Rick Warner and Sam Wise.

Elderly’s care for pets get help
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–If you are or know someone who is elderly and has difficulty caring for their pet, Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake is beginning a project with volunteers to assist.
The object of this project is to allow the person to keep their pet with them and not have to relinquish it.
But sometimes a little assistance is needed to accomplish that goal.
Volunteers will help with litter box scooping, getting to the grocery store for pet food, putting out fresh water – and always assisting with spay/neuter surgery if needed.
Volunteers can also drive the pet to the veterinarian’s office if needed.
To notify Friends of a situation, call (903) 887-PETS (7387) or e-mail
Friends of the Animals is a non-profit organization running the low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Gun Barrel City.
After being open for 4½ years, it has done more than 10,000 surgeries, saving/preventing literally millions of little unwanted lives.
Surgery prices range from $25 for a male cat up to $65 for a giant breed female dog.
Foundation grants can help with these costs for low-income families – contact the Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City Monday-Friday or the Christian Life Center Food Pantry in Gun Barrel City Tuesdays/Thursdays.
To schedule a surgery, to volunteer or for more information about the organization, call 903-887-PETS (7387) or e-mail to the address And be sure to visit the web site:  


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
ABOVE–My name is Blue. I am a beautiful male polydactyl (seven toes on both front feet). I am somewhere around a year old. I am the sweetest boy. I get along well with other cats and I just want to be loved on all the time. I am an attention stealer. I am fixed and current on my rabies shot. I am a beautiful boy looking for my wonderful, forever home.
ABOVE–My name is Tucker. I am a beautiful, male grey and white DSH. I am around 7-8 months old. I have spent almost half my life here at the Shelter. I get along okay with other cats. I like to be the dominant one. I am fixed and current on all of my shots. I love to just run and play.
ABOVE–My name is Brutus. I am a beautiful, male Red Heeler. I am very shy until I get to know you. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I walk very well on a leash and seem to be very sweet. I am looking for my forever home.
ABOVE–My name is Pretty Boy. I am a beautiful Blue male cat. I am fixed and am very loving. I was brought to the Shelter because my owner is no deceased. I am very shy, but come out of that pretty quick once I get to know you. I am a beautiful guy looking for my forever 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 Wednesdays. Holiday Hours: Closed Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 1.