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March 3, 2011






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Country Music Poynor
Country music presentation opens with a meal at 6 p.m. and music from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at Poynor Civic Center. For information call (903) 360-0766 or (903) 876-5448.

Grief counseling meeting
Restoration House Ministry is hosting grief counseling meetings at 6 p.m. Thursday (tonight) and March 17 and 24 (first, third and fourth Thursdays of each month). All in need of healing are welcome, as grief comes in many forms – death, divorce, separation or a major change. For information call Pastor Barker at (903) 887-4881, or the Rev. Kathey Floyd at (903) 880-9692.

Overcomers recovery
The Overcomers Recovery Group 12-step faith-based recovery group for men and women seeking freedom from addictions meets at 7 p.m. Thursday (tonight and each Thursday) at Trinity Baptist Church, SH 274, Trinidad. For information call Greg Colvin at (903) 519, 4277.

Composting classes
Environmental Co-op hosts Master Composting Classes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday (basics tonight), and March 10 (organic gardening), at 100 E. Aimiee Street, Forney, and (building a compost pile) from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 12, at 200 E. Main Street, Forney. For information call the Co-op office at (972) 525-0007, or e-mail  to reserve your spot.

MHS choir dinner show
The rescheduled MHS choir dinner show, “That’s Amore,” is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the high school commons area. Previously purchased tickets for February’s canceled event are still valid. No tickets sold at the door. For information call the Fine Arts office at (903) 8801620.

American Legion dinner
American Legion Post 310 is hosting a chicken pot pie dinner with salad and desserts, from 5 p.m. until gone Friday, March 4. All proceeds benefit area children and youth activities.

CCL Garden Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the community room at Tomlinson’s Funeral Home. Donna Malik will present “Let’s Visit Butchart Garden,” describing the 55 acres of floral displays. Remember to bring items for the March Madness White Elephant Sale and hygiene items planned for the February meeting, canceled due to snow.

Sweetheart Playday
The Rope, Catch & Ride for Christ Cowboy Church arena team is hosting its Playday Series final event at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, with a rain date of March 12. Five events offered – must make two out of three. Negative Coggins required. Age groups – lead line 12 and under, 13-18, and 19 and over. Concession stand open. North on SH 198, right on CR 2807. Cowboy Church looks like a red barn on the right. For information call (903) 880-2695.

TVCC concert
The Trinity Valley Community College Music Department will present a concert titled “We Sing of America – Our Heritage of Freedom,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Dogwood Church in Athens. The event features a variety of patriotic songs performed by the Cardinal Singers and Cardinal Brass Ensemble. The church is located at 6467 FM 2494, three miles west of the college in Athens. For information call (903) 675-6327.

Radiate 2011
The First Baptist Church of Malakoff is hosting “Radiate 2011,” a chance to worship free with Godly men, at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, and at 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, March 7-9. The church is located at 220 W. Mitcham, Malakoff. For information call the church at (903) 489-0228.

Enabling gardening
The Kaufman County Master Gardeners are hosting a free program on Enabling Gardening, presented by Master Gardener Rebecca Morrow, at 9 a.m. Monday, March 7, at First Community Church, 1401 Trinity Drive, Crandall. A regular business meeting follows the program. For information call the KC AgriLife Extension Office at (972) 932-9069.

Methodist OWLS study
Mabank First United Methodist Church OWLS (Older, Wiser, Loving Seniors) are sponsoring “From Age-ing to Sage-ing,” a study by Zalman Schichter-Shalome and Ronald S. Miller, taught by the Rev. Eston Williams, pastor of Aley UMC. Sessions remaining are planned for 7 p.m. Mondays, March 7 and 14, at Mabank FUMC. Free except for study book.

CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. Charles Finsley will review Hannah’s Letters. Guests are welcome. For membership information call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.

HC Republican Women
The Henderson County Republican Women meet, beginning with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. District Attorney Scott McKee is the speaker. For information call Kristin at (903) 519-3635.

GBC Beautification
The Gun Barrel Beautification Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Brawner Hall. All interested POA groups are invited to enjoy as Carol Morton of Keep Athens Beautiful presents a PowerPoint program. For information call GBC city hall at (903) 887-887-1087.

Basic Internet class
Navigating the Internet classes, taught by A.J. Amyx, marketing director of A New Way to Market, are set for 6 p.m. Tuesdays, March 8 and 15, at Tri-County Library. Class fee charged. To register or for information, call the library at (9030 887-9622.

Kemp PS fundraiser
Kemp Primary School is hosting a silent auction during school hours. Place bids in person from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by calling the school between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Bidding will extend from 5:30 to 7 p.m. during Open House Thursday, March 10. Proceeds will be used to purchase “SMART Boards,” a computer-based learning tool.

AARP Driver Safety
A one-day AARP Driver safety Course is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. Designed for drivers age 50 and over, but open to anyone. Drivers may qualify for reductions in auto insurance. For information, call Jean Dirks at (903) 887-3836 or the library at (903) 432-4185.

‘Unleashed’ youth summit
The “Unleashed Youth” summit, featuring swimming, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, jousting, sumo wrestling, boxing and a rock wall, pizza, worship services and guest speakers, is set for 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday/Saturday, March 11-12, at the Cain Center in Athens. A fee to cover the Cain Center cost will be charged. For information, call (903) 887-5429 or visit  Sponsored by Retro Youth, a division of Christian Life Center.

KofC fish fry
The Knights of Columbus Mary Queen of Heaven Council 12253, Malakoff, is hosting an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 11. Meal includes catfish, French fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, drinks and home-baked goods. Take SH 198 to Star Harbor Road (CR 3062) in Malakoff. Follow Catholic Church sign to CR 1703.

Rosser VFD chili supper
The Rosser Volunteer Fire Department’s annual chili and stew supper is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Rosser VFD. Auction begins at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the RVFD.

BBQ judges sought
The annual Kaufman County Junior Livestock Show Barbecue Cook Off Scholarship fundraiser needs judges at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, to help judge beans, chicken, ribs and brisket. Call Bill Thornton at (972) 452-3290 or (214) 729-4522.

PS Fire Rescue benefit
The annual all-you-can-eat fish fry benefitting the Payne Springs Fire Rescue is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9. A 2007 Harley Davidson FX/ST is a part of the fundraiser. View pictures at . For information, call the fire station at (903) 451-4511 and leave a message.

Free tax help
Free tax help is available at Tri-County Library, Mabank, with Peggy Rogers, VITA. Rogers worked for the IRS for many years and keeps up with current changes. Call the library at (903) 887-9622, leaving name, local phone number (calls from cells with long distance numbers will not be returned), and the best time for her to return your call to set up an appointment.

AARP free tax help
AARP free tax services will be available from 8 a.m. to noon through Wednesday, April 13, at the following locations – Fridays at the Henderson County Senior Center, Athens, Mondays at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points, and Wednesdays at the Senior Citizens Center, Malakoff. For information call (903) 778-2423.

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‘Gateway to Knowledge’ informs and inspires
Library of Congress exhibit spends weekend in Athens
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

ATHENS–A steady stream of visitors enjoyed a very special exhibit from the Library of Congress over the weekend. The “Gateway to Knowledge,” a rolling national library exhibit on 18 wheels, stopped in the Henderson County seat to inform and inspire Americans through their national treasure.
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Athens Christian Preparatory Academy sophomore Lydia Raines (at right) takes a photo of junior Moriah Joblin (left) and Jessanne Lichtenberg beside a bust of Thomas Jefferson, whose personal book collection became the foundation of the modern Library of Congress.

“The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, and the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It serves to enlighten and inspire the human mind and to preserve and celebrate creativity in all its forms,” Library of Congress librarian James Billington stated.
“This is great. I actually want to go there and see more of this,” an Athens visitor commented Friday.
The rolling exhibit is on a 60-city national tour, thanks to the generous support of the Abby and Emily Rapoport Foundation.
The Library of Congress was created in 1800, when the nation’s capital was moved from Philadelphia to the newly created District of Columbia.

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Literature and art are both key elements of the Library of Congress, and both are represented by this exhibit of an early Koran.

“Its purpose was to purchase books to be of use to Congress,” Billington said. Today, it receives some 22,000 items daily, primarily through the Copyright Office, and adds 10,000 items to its collections every day.
In 1814, the British destroyed it when they burned the Capitol, along with the White House. In 1815, former President Thomas Jefferson re-established the library when he sold his personal collection of 6,487 volumes for $23,950.
At the time, the head librarian arranged the books under the headings, “Reason, Memory and Inspire,” just as Jefferson had when it was housed at his plantation, Monticello.
This core collection was painstakingly recreated and preserved after the Christmas Eve fire of 1851 destroyed nearly two-thirds of it.

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The Library of Congress exhibit contains information about historic persons and books, such as the famed Gutenberg Bible, printed by movable type. Gutenberg’s demonstration of movable type enabled books like the Bible to change from extremely rare and expensive hand-worked copies to being inexpensive enough to be purchased by persons who were not royalty or high-ranking members of the established church, and allowed the purchaser to interpret scripture for themselves. This, in turn, directly led to the Protestant Reformation some 65 years later.

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Deputies foil burglary attempt
Alert Oak Harbor neighbor calls in suspicious activity
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–An afternoon burglary near Gun Barrel City was foiled Friday when a neighbor seeing suspicious activity at a property in Oak Harbor called the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a press release, three suspects were charged with the second-degree felony of burglary of a habitation.
The unidentified caller described the vehicle the suspicious persons drove away in. The vehicle had also been stolen from the residence. Deputies located the vehicle, with its two occupants, and found items believed to have come from a home on Chaparral Street.
The owner of the residence had died a short time ago, and the home was unoccupied at the time of the burglary, Capt. Kay Langford told The Monitor.
Cedar Creek Lake residents Codey Williamson, 28, and Mindy Litienne, 24, were both charged with the burglary. A third suspect was later found hiding underneath the burglarized residence.
Wilbur Ray Shatto, 31, also was taken into custody. All three are being held with bonds set at $25,000 each.
HCSO deputies Eric Ward, Tracy Dunnington, Brian Hall and Thomas Goodell responded to the initial call around 2 p.m. Investigators Kendell Wellman and Kalon Rollins were later summoned to the scene to assist in the investigation.


City to give $1,000 to fire rescue
Road materials purchased
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

PAYNE SPRINGS–Payne Springs is still seeking financing to build its proposed $200,000 city hall.
Councilman Michael McDonald reported Feb. 17 that most financiers want property as collateral for a loan. However, the city doesn’t own the land – the city and Payne Springs Fire Rescue are leasing the three-acre property from the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District.
The council authorized the mayor to negotiate and sign a 99-year lease with the utility for its part of the three acres.
McDonald said he’s still researching the project.
“We’re looking at a lot of money going out (on the building project),” McDonald said.
The city has been seeing increased sales tax rebate checks for much of 2010, a trend expected to continue since allowing alcohol sales, the opening of a General Dollar Store and a city-operated impound lot.
The topic under discussion involved the city making a donation to the fire department this year.
Though it’s not in the budget, the council agreed, 3-2, to donate $1,000, since the city is using the fire station to hold its court trials, having moved from the Payne Springs Community Center to an office in the Baywood Plaza on State Highway 198.
Councilwoman Linda Carr suggested $3,000 was a more appropriate amount. Being members of the department, council members Michael Juica and Nathan Gilbreath abstained from the discussion.
“They’re going to appreciate whatever is given to them,” Juica said after the vote.
Road work
The back entrance to Cherokee Shores is going to get some needed road repairs. The council unanimously agreed to purchase $1,000 of flex base and $1,800 worth of cold mix.
Currently, Juica is getting help from police chief Tim Meadows and Gilbreath for filling potholes with road materials.
The council also decided it would be worthwhile to be ready to act on a “good deal” on a small roller for pressing down the material – between $3,000 and $5,000.
The city is also going to pay for a brake job on Juica’s dump truck so it can be used, and will check with their insurance carrier on coverage for equipment it leases from time to time to help with road work, including the dump truck.
Carr asked to check Southwood Shores for needed road work.
The city is due to hear on the outcome of its grant application for drainage work in that subdivision in April or May, McDonald said.
Gilbreath reported the county needed formal council approval for each road work assistance request. It will be added to the county’s work list and done as time allows.
McDonald asked Gilbreath to get the exact procedure to be followed in writing from Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney, so there would be no more misunderstandings.
Juica commented that he was very pleased with the patch work ReNu had done for the city. “They’re (the patches) a lot better and still holding up,” he said.
In other business, council members:
• denied a request for a business license for a tattoo parlor in the former Star Donut building.
“I’m opposed because it is not good for the city’s image. We’re trying to move forward with a positive image,” McDonald said. Carr and councilwoman Ida Zimmerer agreed.
Juica abstained from the vote, and Gilbreath opposed the motion.





























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