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February 16, 2012






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Presidents Day closings
In honor of Presidents Day, county offices in Van Zandt and Kaufman are closed. Henderson County offices are open.
Banks and post offices will close, however check with your bank for its hours if located within another business facility.
All area city offices will be open for business.

49er’s senior citizens
The Cedar Creek Lake 49er’s Senior Citizens Club is hosting a country and western dance and potluck dinner from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday (tonight) and any Thursday night with music by Chuck & the 49er’s. No smoking or alcohol. The new cookbook is available. Located two blocks south on Arnold Hills Road, off SH 334, in Seven Points.

American Legion dinner
The American Legion Post 310 is hosting a chalupa/tostado dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the post home on SH 198, Gun Barrel City. Proceeds benefit area children and youth activities.

Valentine’s dinner
The Gun Barrel City Order of the Eastern Star No. 1114 is hosting a Valentine’s Friendship Dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church, 100 S. Old Indian Trail, Tool. Donations appreciated for meal of beef tips, rice, green beans, carrots, rolls and dessert. For information, call (903) 887-4075.

Malakoff Methodist
Malakoff First United Methodist Church is recognizing Kay Mattingly during worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Former Sunday school students are invited. A reception in her honor follows.

Watercolor Society
The Star Harbor Watercolor Society is hosting an art show and sale from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Star Harbor City Hall, located on Cedar Creek Lake, Malakoff. Refreshments provided. For information, call (903) 489-0091.

S–R dinner & auction
Scurry–Rosser FFA and 4–H Parents and Friends annual dinner at 5:30 to 7 p.m. and auction at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the high school cafeteria. Menu is barbecue brisket and trimmings.

Confederate Rose meets
The Confederate Rose chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the home of Johna Lamb. Women interested in investigating their family history in relation to the UDC are welcome. For information, see chapter website

Rootseekers Society
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society is at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank. Lana Napper will present, “Our First Congress.” Meetings are open to the public and to those interested in genealogy.

KC Republican women
The Kaufman County Republican Women are hosting a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Kemp High School Auditorium, 220 SH 274, Kemp. For information call Jody Deller at (903) 880-6770.

Mabank Garden Club
The Mabank Garden Club meeting is set for 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Rick Hirsch, Henderson County Extension Agent, will present a program on trees. Guests are welcome. For information, call Celene at (903) 451-4016.

CCL women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club executive board meeting is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points.

Styx gospel singing
The Styx Baptist Church is hosting its fourth Friday gospel singing, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. For information call (214) 616-4659.

K of C fish fry
The Knights of Columbus, Mary Queen of Heaven Council, Malakoff, is hosting an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Meal includes catfish, French fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, drinks and home-baked goodies. Take SH 198 to Star Harbor Road (CR 3062) in Malakoff. Follow Catholic Church sign to CR 1703 (across from Malakoff High School).

VZ Democrats meet
The Van Zandt County Democrats meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Van Zandt Democratic Headquarters located at 510 S. Trades Day Blvd, Canton. For information, call (903) 567-8484.

CCL Humane society
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake board meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. The public is invited and welcome to attend the meetings every fourth Monday.

Walk-in free tax help
The Tri-County Library is hosting a special walk-in free tax preparation on a first come basis. Bring your information from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, to 132 E. Market Street, Mabank. For information call the library at (903) 887-9622.

Humane Society change
The Humane Society board meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Dairy Queen, 110 West Cedar Creek Parkway, Seven Points. The community is welcome to attend board meetings held every fourth Monday.

Kiwanis night at Chili’s
Bring your flyer to Chili’s from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, for a 10 percent of sales donated to the Kiwanis Club of Cedar Creek Lake. Chili’s does the cooking while you support your club. Chili’s is located at 1261 W. Main St. Gun Barrel City. For information, call (903) 887-0572.

Annual PS water supply
The Payne Springs Water Supply Corporation annual membership meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at the PS Water Supply office, 9116 Frazier Lane, located off SH 198 South. Members are urged to attend. For information, call (903) 451-5300.

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Store clerk found unconscious after robbery
Convenience store clerk unable to identify her attackers
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Officers responding to a 9-1-1 call Friday found a clerk unconscious behind the counter at the One Stop Convenience Store at 101 East Main St. in Gun Barrel City shortly before midnight Feb. 10.
She was transported by ambulance to ETMC-Athens. It was later learned that the clerk had been in the process of closing when someone attacked her from behind, rendering her unconscious.
Officers Jason Ramsey and Cody Dickerson were dispatched to the suspected robbery scene, according to a press release from the Gun Barrel City Police Department.
The clerk said she was counting money when she was attacked and that she was unable to identify her assailant.
An undetermined amount of cash was taken.
Police chief Damon Boswell said the case is being actively worked by department investigators.
Anyone with any information about the robbery is asked to call the police department at (903) 887-7151.


Tool city councilman Dennis Candage dies
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–Tool City Councilman Dennis Jay Candage died at his home suddenly, early Tuesday.
Candage has served on the Tool City Council since May, 2010.
He and his wife, Nancy, were married Nov. 6, 2010. The couple resided in Paradise Bay.
Candage has lived in the area for 40 years, always active in the community.
“He has always worked to give back to his community as long as I have known him,” Tool fire Chief Mike Grant said.
Grant is also a city police officer and said the department received a call at about 2 a.m.
First Responders went to his home and Candage was transported to East Texas Medical Center emergency in Gun Barrel City, where he was pronounced dead at about 3:30 a.m.
“Candage was in the city offices Monday and he seemed fine,” Grant said.
Candage was a member of the Tool Volunteer Fire Department, he served on the Building and Grounds committee at Providence Baptist Church and was caretaker for the Tool Cemetery. Memorial Service for City of Tool Councilman Dennis Candage will be at the Providence Baptist Church in Tool on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers the family request' a donation may be made to the City of Tool Volunteer Fire Dept at Tool City Hall.






























































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