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March 6, 2011






Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. For more information, call Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 887-6549.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more info, call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For info, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email,  or (800) 422-2260 or visit
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more info, call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. For more info, call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email  for more information.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For info, call (903) 498-2140.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. Call (903) 675-6222 for info.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. For more info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.









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14th annual Eustace Ag chili cook-off a success
Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–The Eustace High School Ag Booster Club’s 14th annual chili cook-off and auction Feb. 26 raised nearly $18,500 for student and FFA chapter activities.
In addition to the live auction, raffle tickets were sold in order to raise funds for the Henderson County Livestock Show supporters, and a collection was held to benefit the family of Skylar Carpenter from the Quitman FFA.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Chili judges Lisa Bynum (left, the Eustace High School Spanish teacher), school board president Diane Russ, school superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe and Susan O'Brien start their unenviable task of determining the best pot of chili from more than 25 different batches as the 14th annual Eustace Ag Boosters chili cook-off and auction gets underway Feb. 26.

Carpenter recently died in a car accident near Canton while on her way to exhibit her Ag Mechanics project at the San Antonio Livestock Show. In addition to the funds raised for the Eustace students, attendees provided $1,000 for Carpenter’s family.
Representatives from each of the surrounding FFA chapters, local business leaders, school administrators and board members, as well as community members attended the annual cook-off and auction.
The evening began with an outstanding line-up of chili for the honorable chili connoisseurs to taste, evaluate and select winners.
This year’s judges were Randy Teague/Teague Chevrolet of Mabank, Susan O’Brien of Eustace, Eustace School Board president Diane Russ, previous cook-off winner and EHS teacher/coach Jeff Brown, EHS Spanish teacher Lisa Bynum, Eddie Moseley/Moseley Insurance of Mabank, Athens Daily Review editor Lange Svelak and EISD superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe.
First place in the cook-off went to Joyce Byers, with Adam Davis taking second and Joni Hunt third. Once the selections were announced, the attendees quickly cleaned out the contestants’ crock pots and other containers.
Once some PA system problems were fixed, Mabank School Board president and veteran auctioneer Kenny Odom (who donated his services) quickly moved through the 150 items for sale.
Items included T-post drives, hay rings and hay, gas grills, utility trailers, feed troughs, eight yards of topsoil and a pallet of grass, a wide array of tools and shop aids, knives and multi-tools, oil and hydraulic fluid, dog and animal feeds, a Gulf Coast fishing trip, pies and cakes, gift certificates, folding chairs and fine jewelry.
The Eustace Ag Boosters would like to extend a very warm “thank you” to the community who are so supportive of the Eustace FFA, and the students who are actively involved in its contests and efforts.




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