People, Places & Events


Kemp Boosters fund-raiser a success
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–Lakeplex Lanes of Seven Points was the gracious host of the first bowling fund-raiser to support the scholarship fund of the Kemp Athletic Booster Club.
The fund-raiser was held Sunday, Feb. 18.
The proceeds of the event will be used to provide as many as four, $1000 scholarships to Kemp Athletes.
Approximately $1400 was raised.
Forty-eight players formed 12 teams to compete for prizes donated by Wal-Mart of Gun Barrel City and Brookshire’s of Seven Points.
One of two teams sponsored by Wal-Mart took the first place prize. Kurt Kluth, Sandra McNair, Jimmy Kirkhart and Sandra Wheeler took home the $100 Wal-Mart gift card.
Dodey Hughes, president of the booster club, along with Rusty Clamon, Brandon Smith and Chip Chambers shared the second place, $75 Wal-Mart gift card.
Sandra Wheeler and Coach Walt Mangan (who claims he hasn’t bowled in years) each took home a $75 gift card from Brookshire’s.
Several donated items were raffled after the event.
Two of the most treasured prizes were Dairy Queen of Seven Points gift certificates for free Blizzards for a year.
Chili’s gift certificates, a DVD player, a CD/radio combo, four rounds of golf at Kings Creek Country Club, two haircuts at Sammie’s Barber Shop and several other items were also presented to winners.
The Kemp Athletic Booster Club would like to thank team sponsors Wal-Mart, Dairy Queen of Kemp, Dodey Hughes, Dr. Jim Collinsworth, First National Bank of Kemp, Main Place Cinema, Dr. Vandiver of Texas Orthopedic Associates, Kemp Family Pharmacy and Debbie Moore.
Also, Justice of the Peace Johnny Adams, Wal-Mart of Gun Barrel City, The Kemp Chamber of Commerce, Kemp Self Storage, Southern Millwright Services, Audrey Schmidt, Tab Electric and the Elmer Reedy Family purchased lane sponsorships.
R&R Screening donated the signs for the lane ads.
The booster club sends out special thanks to the Kemp, Tool/Seven Points, Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chambers of Commerce, KCKL 95.9 FM, KLVQ 1410 AM and The Monitor for providing the opportunity to address its members.

Once again it’s time for ‘Taste of Cedar Creek Lake’
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Mark your calendars and get ready for the 12th annual “Taste” treat.
It’s once again time for the “Taste of Cedar Creek Lake” Awards Banquet, sponsored by The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (TGCCLACC).
“CSI – Commitment - Service - Integrity” is slated for Monday, March 26, at the Lakeview Assembly of God Church Gymnasium in Seven Points.
“Last year, it became obvious that this very popular event had outgrown the Mabank Middle School Cafetorium. I want to sincerely thank Mabank ISD for being so wonderful to us while we held the event at the Middle School these past years, but the time has come to take our banquet to a larger venue. I’m confident that the transition to a new location will be a smooth one and that we’ll have plenty of seating for all attendees,” chamber president Jo Ann Hanstrom said.
Participating chamber of commerce member restaurants will once provide a wide array of delicious samples for attendees’ dining pleasure.
Veteran “Taste” chair Bruce Easley of Capt’n “B” Florist is once again heading up the volunteer committee for the 2007 event, with Kathy Kendrick of Lone Star Maps calling on chamber member restaurants to ask for their participation.
Bruce’s back-up team is the Cedar Creek Lake Pacesetters Club, a group of enthusiastic, veteran fund-raisers and event planners.
In addition to participating restaurants, lake area businesses will be donating table decorations and other amenities and services vital to the success of the 12th annual “Taste of Cedar Creek Lake.”
Traditionally, the beautiful floral arrangements adorning the tables, along with other donated items, are given as door prizes during the event, adding the excitement of the evening.
Member businesses are invited to sponsor the (limited number available) table arrangements for $50 each.
The much-anticipated awards presentation will once again be on the agenda for the evening, as TGCCLACC “Citizen of the Year”, “Lifetime Service Award” and “Ambassador of the Year” are announced.
Recognition will also be given to winners of awards from the various Branches of the Chamber, including “Teachers of the Year” from the Mabank Branch.
The awards are given annually to volunteers in the community who donate their time to worthy causes benefitting the entire Cedar Creek Lake Area.
Outgoing TGCCLACC board members and branch committee members will also be recognized.
Look for some new awards and other surprises from the planning committee.
Hanstrom is encouraging all citizens of Cedar Creek Lake to participate by nominating deserving individuals for the Citizen of the Year and the Life Time Service Awards.
“Please keep in mind that these awards are not reserved just for volunteers that are active in the chamber of commerce. Volunteerism is alive and well all over the community and it’s important that no individual who meets the criteria be overlooked,” Hanstrom said.
If readers know of someone they want to nominate, please call the chamber of commerce at (903) 887-3152 or stop by 604 S. Third St., Ste. E in Mabank to pick up nomination forms.
New in ’07 will be the sales of reserved seating tickets for $15 each.
These tickets should be purchased in advance, and will entitle the holder to the same spot all evening.
When the reserved seat ticket is presented at the door, the holder will be given a card that can be placed on the specially designated tables to “hold” their seat while they visit, get food, etc.
If there are any reserved tickets left, they will be sold at the door.
General Admission will once again be $10 and the General Admission ticket holders will be entitled to seating on a first come, first served basis. All tickets will be available in advance.
Watch your local newspapers for announcements of ticket sales locations, participating restaurants and entertainment details for “CSI – Commitment -Service - Integrity.”
If you have questions, call TGCCLACC at (903) 887-3152.

Information about rabies virus
Special to The Monitor
AUSTIN–You can be infected by the rabies virus if you are bitten by an animal that has the disease.
You can also get rabies if the saliva from a rabid animal contacts your mucous membranes or any open wounds you might have.
If you have such contact with a rabid animal, only a series of shots can keep you from getting the disease.
Signs of rabies include
• Animals that have a change in behavior.
• Wild animals which seem to be friendly or tame.
• Wild animals – coyotes, foxes, bats, skunks and raccoons – which you do not usually see in the daytime.
• Animals that have a hard time walking, eating or drinking.
• Excitement or meanness in animals.
• Animals that bite or scratch at an old wound until it bleeds.
Important facts about rabid animals
If a pet is infected with the rabies virus, the way it acts may change. A friendly dog might want to be alone. A shy dog might want attention.
Rabid dogs often become mean, roam, make strange noises and attack people and other animals. Rabid animals may drool, and they sometimes swallow stones, sticks, or other things.
Later, as the rabid animal gets even sicker, it might have trouble chewing, swallowing, drinking, or walking. It may not be able to close its mouth and may appear to be choking. Never try to clear the throat of an animal with these signs.
If you see an animal acting this way, call the local animal control agency right away.
How to prevent rabies
• Have a veterinarian vaccinate your dogs and cats against rabies. By law, you need to do this every year or every three years, depending on the type of vaccine used.
Ask a veterinarian about the best vaccination schedule for your pet. Keeping your pets vaccinated protects you and them.
• Restrain your pets; do not allow them to roam.
• Avoid contact with wild animals and with dogs and cats you do not know.
Do not approach strange dogs or cats. Do not try to hand-feed wild animals and do not keep them as pets.
• Do not touch sick or injured animals. Call and report them to an animal control officer.
It is very important that everyone, especially children, knows how to prevent rabies.
If an animal bites you, follow these steps. They may save your life!
• Quickly and thoroughly wash the bite with soap and water. Rinse it well. Put alcohol or iodine on it to kill germs.
• See a doctor as soon as possible. The doctor will decide if you need treatment to prevent rabies.
• Describe the animal that bit you – the kind, size and color – to the doctor, local rabies control authority, animal control officer or local police or sheriff’s department.
Tell children to get help from a policeman, school guard, teacher or other adult.
Try to locate the animal or keep track of it if you know where it lives. Remember what it looked like and where it can be found.
• The local rabies control authority needs to have the biting dog or cat tested for rabies or observed for 10 days.
If the quarantined dog or cat is alive 10 days after the bite, it could not have given you rabies. If the animal shows signs of rabies or dies during the observation period, it should be tested for rabies.
Biting skunks, bats, foxes, coyotes and raccoons must be tested for rabies.
If you are bitten by another kind of animal, the local rabies control authority will decide if it needs to be tested or observed for rabies.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
ABOVE–My name is Bodey. I am a beautiful 2-3 year old male, brindle and white Boxer. I walk well on a leash and seem to really adore children. As of Feb. 13 I am now fixed and current on my shots. I was a stray brought in by animal control, so I have no history. I am a beautiful boy looking for my forever home.
ABOVE–My name is Nugget. I am the cutest little male Dachshund mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far I am a very sweet young man. As of Feb. 13 I am fixed and current on my shots. I am a beautiful boy looking for my forever home.
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 well on a leash and seem to be very sweet. I am looking for my forever home.
ABOVE–My name is Reese. I am a very beautiful, female Red Heeler mix. I am 12-14 weeks old. I am a beautiful kid who needs a lovely family to start my life with. I would make a wonderful pet for children since I am still such a kid myself. I am 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.