People, Places & Events


Charles Townsend files for Gun Barrel City Council seat
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Charles Townsend has filed as a candidate for the Gun Barrel City Council, Place 3 West, now held by Keith Crozier.
His platform is:
• add street lights in various neighborhoods to help promote safety for citizens,
• add fire hydrants to protect homes and lower insurance rates,
• add a full-service hospital,
• upgrade neighborhood streets,
• add a highway which would link U.S. Highway 175 and Main Street, paving the way for new development,
• institute Town Hall meetings to develop community pride and assist with community projects, and
• add a satellite college campus to provide a labor source, thereby attracting new business to Gun Barrel City.
Townsend attended Texas Tech University majoring in business administration.
He served in the U.S. Army as an air traffic controller, certified by the FAA.
His business career was spent in the transportation industry, where he held positions in management and sales.
He also worked six years in commercial real estate and was instrumental in forming the commercial and investment division of the Irving Board of Realtors.
He has an extensive background in community service.
He served as president of the Lubbock Junior Chamber of Commerce and was a state officer of the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was director to the Gonzales Warm Springs Foundation.
Townsend was the president of the Irving Texas Chamber of Commerce membership committee and an ambassador of the Irving Chamber.
Currently, he serves as a director of the Loon Bay Property Owner’s Association.
He is an active member of the Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and an ambassador of the chamber.

Welch, Anderson selected to perform in Hula Bowl
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MABANK–Mabank Middle School head cheerleader Tristyn Welch and cheerleader Macy Anderson were selected All American Cheerleaders during summer camp at Southern Methodist University.
Welch is the daughter of Kevin and Shannon Hazelip and granddaughter of Phil and Kathy Jordan.
Anderson is the daughter of Coy and Mary Anderson and granddaughter of the late Alan and Dian Allison.
The cheerleaders were chosen to perform during the Hula Bowl in Hawaii. They are under the instruction of Nikki Hawkins-Romero.
Jan. 9, Welch and Anderson boarded a flight for Hawaii. Chaperones were Mary Anderson and Stephanie Gurley.
The girls were greeted at the Sheraton Waikiki Resort on Waikiki Beach with an “Aloha” and a lei was placed around their necks.
Orientation began at 9 p.m. and guidelines were given for the remaining week.
The National Cheerleaders Association appointed one of their staff “a buddy” for every 25 girls.
Melissa Kohls was buddy for Welch and Anderson’s group.
Many hours a day were put in practice, and they made many friends at the tropical paradise.
The 61st annual Hula Bowl All-Star Football Classic celebrated its second season on the island of Oahu, after its move from Maui two years ago.
The game was televised on ESPN.
The dazzling halftime extravaganza included 150 cheerleaders from all over the nation performing to the music by country music entertainer Bryan White.
Anderson is in all honors and is active in volleyball, track and basketball. She was a student council member in 2005-06, and played soccer for the Sting Soccer Club.
Welch is in honors and active in volleyball, track and basketball. She was a student council member in 2005-06, and is currently active in tumbling in Forney.

Need financial help getting your large dog fixed?
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GUN BARREL CITY–Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic has received a grant enabling people needing financial assistance in getting large dogs, male or female, spayed or neutered.
This grant will pay for the surgery of dogs more than 45 pounds at the time of surgery. A co-pay is requested.
The reason the grant is so specific is that smaller dogs are usually easy to place and have small litters.
Large dogs, however, languish in shelters as no one wants them, and can have litters of up to 15 puppies two to three times a year, most of which end up being put on the trash heap.
Large dogs are also the ones who tend to run in packs if allowed to roam doing much destruction to property, people and other animals.
The grant is, at this time, excluding cats mostly because the price for spaying/neutering cats ($25 for males, $35 for females) is so low already and they feel the large dogs need the attention at this time.
The Family Resource Center (903) 887-4711 and the Christian Life Center Food Pantry (903) 887-5429 Tuesday and Thursday), both in Gun Barrel City, have vouchers for making appointments, or you can call (903)-887-PETS.
Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake is a 501[c][3] non-profit organization running the Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Gun Barrel City.
This clinic is open to anyone anywhere and does surgery every Tuesday by appointment only, at 903-887-PETS (7387).
In more than 4½ years of operation, the clinic has performed more than 10,000 surgeries, saving and preventing literally millions of lives and helping to control the animal overpopulation.
For more information about the clinic or to learn how to volunteer, call (903) 887-PETS or go to the web site at

The oral health of your pet is as important as your own
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MABANK–Fido’s or Fluffy’s bad breath could be more than a smelly annoyance, it might signify a serious health risk with the potential to damage not only the animal’s teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.
To address the significance of oral health care for pets, several veterinary groups are sponsoring national Pet Dental Health Month in February.
Sponsors include the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, American Veterinary Dental College and Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc.
According to AVDS, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three, often indicated by bad breath, a change in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and mouth and depression.
Besides causing receding gums and tooth loss, the infection may enter the bloodstream, potentially affecting the heart, liver and kidneys.
“Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets,” DVM president of the AVMA Dr. Henry Childers said.
“Just as the public has come to realize that their own oral health is linked to their overall health, veterinarians want people to understand that dental health is essential to maintaining the overall health and well-being of the family pet,” he added.
Bacteria, combined with saliva and food debris between the tooth and gum, can cause plaque formulations on the tooth, which turns to tartar.
If not removed from the teeth, pockets of infection may appear along the gum line, separating the teeth from the gum.
If untreated, this disease, called periodontitis, can lead to tooth loss and the infection caused by the disease may enter the bloodstream, potentially affecting the heart, liver and kidneys.
Each regular visit to the veterinarian should include a complete oral health checkup to determine if an animal has tartar buildup or periodontitis and what the appropriate course of treatment should be.
Veterinarians can help pet owners begin a pet dental care routine at home, and encourage them to continue regular veterinary checkups to monitor their pet’s oral health.

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.