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.
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
. 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
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‘Gateway to Knowledge’
informs and inspires
Library of Congress exhibit spends weekend in
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.
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
“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.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Literature and art are both key elements of the Library of
Congress, and both are represented by this exhibit of an early
“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
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
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.
Deputies foil burglary attempt
Alert Oak Harbor neighbor calls in suspicious
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
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
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
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.
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
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.