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March 10, 2011






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Free skating
Cedar Creek Bible Church is hosting free skating from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday nights in March and the first two weeks in April for children ages 4 to sixth grade. Parents may drop off their children. Skates are free, along with sodas, popcorn, hot chocolate and snow cones.
The church is located one mile north of the Seven Points traffic light on SH 274.
For information call the church at (903) 432-2175.

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. One session remains at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, at Mabank FUMC.
Free except for study book.

Alzheimer’s Support
The Greater Cedar Creek Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 2 p.m. Thursday (today and every third Thursday), at 256 Harbor Drive, GBC. For information call Bill Shaw at (903) 887-4789 or (214) 952-8347.

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 (tonight). Proceeds will be used to purchase “SMART Boards,” a computer-based learning tool.

Composting classes
Environmental Co-op hosts Master Composting Classes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday (today – organic gardening), at 100 E. Aimee 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.

GBC Beautification
The Gun Barrel Beautification Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (today) 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) 887-1087.

Basic Internet class
Navigating the Internet class, taught by A.J. Amyx, marketing director of A New Way to Market, is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at Tri-County Library. Learn about Twitter. Class fee charged. To register or for information, call the library at (903) 887-9622.

AARP Driver Safety
A one-day AARP Driver safety Course is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday (today), 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.

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.

Rainbow fundraiser
The GBC Chapter 369 Rainbow Girls are hosting a beans and cornbread lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge, 402 Legendary Lane, GBC. There will be a variety of beans, cornbread and dessert for a small donation.

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.

VFW style show
The VFW Post 4376 and its Ladies Auxiliary are hosting a “woman-less style show” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13. A donation will help support our veterans. There will be snacks, and plenty of laughs as patrons see what “real” modeling is about. For information call the VFW at (903) 432-2138.

Senior Game Day
Senior Game Day at Brawner Hall is set for 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. Sara Smith from A Trinity Valley Home Health and Therapy Services is the speaker. All March birthdays will be celebrated with a cake. For information call city hall at (903) 887-1087.

Mabank Garden club
The Mabank Garden Club meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Tri-County Library, Mabank. Ron Loper of the Texas Native Plant society will present a program titled “Going Native in Your Garden.” Guests are welcome. For information call Donna at (903) 887-7792.

Sarah Maples DAR
The Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. Charlotte Gish will present “Women’s Issues.”

WCR meeting
The Henderson County Women’s Board of Realtors meets at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the Cedar Creek County Club. Speaker is Hoss Pratt.

Grief counseling meeting
Restoration House Ministry is hosting grief counseling meetings at 6 p.m. Thursday, 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.

Canton country dance
A country dance, featuring the music of Al Barlow and the Lakesiders Band, is set for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Canton Senior Center, 200 Grove Street, Canton. For information call (903) 489-3396.

Rootseekers Society
The Rootseekers Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Tri-County Library, downtown Mabank. Meetings open to the public. Attendant will be available from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in the genealogy room to those researching their ancestry.

HC livestock show
The annual Henderson County Livestock Show is set for Monday through Saturday, March 21-26, at the Henderson County Fair Park Complex in Athens.

CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake is hosting its bridge and luncheon benefit at 9 a.m. (doors open) Thursday, March 24, at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church, Will White Road and Old Indian Trail, Tool. All proceeds benefit The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. For information call Jeanie Hulsey at (903) 432-3341 or Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.

Kiwanis Pancake Day
The Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club will hold its annual Pancake Day fundraiser from 6 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24. Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, syrup and butter for a small donation. Delivery to businesses available (minimum three orders) after 7 a.m. Fax orders to (903) 432-2415 no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Dine-in at St. Peter Lutheran (next to Pizza Hut) in GBC.

Appraisal Fair
The Cedar Creek Civic League’s seventh annual Appraisal Fair is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 26, in the Family Life Center, First United Methodist Church, Mabank. The Antique Road Show-type event features two popular appraisers from the Dallas area. Tickets are available from Civic League members, and at Bluebonnet Emporium and Old Friends Antiques. For tickets and information on costs, contact Susan Thomas at (903) 887-0818 or Noma Parkhouse at (903) 778-4177.

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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Supreme Court denies Mays’ murder appeal
Justices reject 21 objections to death sentence for the slaying of two sheriff’s deputies
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee received word this week that the state Supreme Court has rejected Randall Mays’ appeal to have his murder trial for the slaying of two sheriff’s deputies retried.
A jury convicted Mays of capital murder in May, 2008, for the shooting deaths of Henderson County Sheriff’s deputy Tony Ogburn and investigator Paul Habelt May 17, 2007. A third officer, Kevin Harris, was also wounded, during the armed standoff.
Ogburn and Habelt were two of the first officers responding to a domestic disturbance at Mays property, where a neighbor reported shots having been fired.
Mays’ original appeal listed 21 objections to the conviction in 392nd District Court, including judge Carter Tarrance having given improper instructions to the jury.
Last April, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the case, and Mays attorney appealed the rejection to the Texas Supreme Court.
Only one court ruling now stands in the way of setting an execution date.
The appellate court is yet to rule on a writ of habeas corpus filed by Jeff Haas, Mays’ Tyler attorney.
McKee told the Athens Daily Review that a writ of habeas corpus calls into question the legality of the incarceration, or asserts that the defendant’s rights may have been violated.
Mays remains on death row.
Once the appeals process has run its course, Mays will return to Tarrance’s court and a date for his execution will be set.

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‘That’s Amore’ leaves ‘em laughing

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
The Panther Edition performs an energetic “Shine Your Light” for about 150 dinner guests, who ate penne pasta with Tuscan sauce and Italian sausage accompanied by a salad, garlic bread, ice tea and chocolate brownies baked by choir members. The dinner crew included Denise and Jeff Irion, Bill Burnette, Gail Chock, Linda Rigo and Barbara Jedlicka.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
“That’s Amore” Mabank High School choir fundraiser Friday drew peals of laughter as the Varsity Chorale asked the eternal question posted by The Beatles: “Will you still need me? Will you still feed me ... When I'm Sixty-Four?” See more photos from the sellout dinner show on page 4A.


Man dies in one-car rollover
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Department of Public Safety reports the traffic death of Michael Freeman, 33, of Mabank.
Freeman was traveling north on Farm-to-Market 315 near Chandler late Friday when his 1999 Chevy 3500 truck left the roadway and overturned.
No reason is known for his having left the roadway.
Trooper James Martin reported Freeman was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the 11 p.m. crash. Weather and road conditions were clear and dry.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Freeman is believed to have graduated from Eustace High School in 1996.












































































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