People, Places & Events


Cow/calf clinic set
Special to The Monitor
CANTON–The 16th Upper Sabine Cow/Calf Clinic is set for Friday, March
23, at Van Zandt County Livestock Auction located on Farm-to-Market 47 just off I-20.
The program will begin with registration from 8 to 8:55 a.m.
After a short welcome, the first speaker will be Dr. Larry Redmon, Extension Forage specialist from College Station, who will talk on “Putting Pastures Back Into Shape After the Drought.”
Next, will be Dr. Jason Banta, Extension Livestock Specialist from Overton, who will present a program on bull selection and how to
use all the data available to you in making that selection.
Following will be a demonstration on how ultrasound data is collected and how to use that information in selecting replacement stock.
After one of our famous western steak sandwiches, Dr. Banta will present a program on controlling external parasites.
To wrap up the program, Brian Cummins, Van Zandt County Extension Agent and Dr. Banta will discuss and demonstrate some husbandry practices that can make you money.
Registration is $15 per person and includes lunch,
refreshments and a copy of the clinic proceedings.
Two CEU’s will be given toward pesticide license renewal for those needing the credit.

Edgewood bike tours set
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EDGEWOOD–The fourth annual Edgewood 80 Backroads Bike Tour is scheduled for April 21, and hundreds of cycling enthusiasts are expected to be in this historic East Texas town for a day of bicycle tours traversing the rolling terrain of four counties.
Sponsored by the Edgewood Heritage Society and Edgewood Lions Club, this year’s event offers five tours ranging from 16- to 100-mile treks through scenic backwoods and villages beginning and ending at Edgewood Heritage Park.
Cost of the tours are $30 the day of the event.
Registration is from 7 to 9 a.m. in downtown Edgewood at Heritage Park.
Tours begin at 9 a.m. and start and finish at the park.
Rest stops and refreshments are located every 10 miles and lunch is provided at the finish line.
Proceeds from the tour benefit the Edgewood Lions Club and Edgewood Heritage Park Museum.
Edgewood is a small rural community located 50 miles east of Dallas on historic U.S. Highway 80, the beginning of the “East Texas timberline.”
Bike tours track the rolling hardwood and pine forests of Van Zandt, Rains, Wood and Smith counties and the charming, historic villages of the area.
The center of all Edgewood 80 activities is the Heritage Park Museum in downtown Edgewood, an outdoor architectural showcase that represents rural Van Zandt County in the early 1900s.
Tour information and registration is available by calling (903) 896-4267 or (903) 896-1480 and by e-mail at Visit the Edgewood 80 website at

Burn victim needs financial assistance
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MALAKOFF– A special funds account has been established in the name of Christopher Paul Bosse, at First State Bank, Malakoff, to accept donations to aid with financial needs.
Bosse was severely burned March 10, while working at his job at a private lake in Athens.
Bosse suffered second and third degree burns when 20-gallons of gasoline exploded.
He now faces an extended stay in the hospital and several surgeries for the burns to his face, neck, arms and legs.
His wife Angie, works in the business office of Cedar Lake Nursing Home, Malakoff.
The couple have no health insurance and are facing a huge financial burden.
In addition to the many trips back and forth to Dallas from their Trinidad home, Angie also faces the hardship of meeting everyday household expenses.
First State Bank branches located in Athens, Gun Barrel City and Mabank is also accepting the donations.
Or funds can be mailed to Christopher Paul Bosse special funds account, First State Bank, 210 E. Royall Blvd., Malakoff, Tx, 75148.
For information contact Sylvia at (903) 489-1188, the Malakoff branch.

Financial help available to spay/neuter canines
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GUN BARREL CITY–Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic is the recipient of a grant from DJ&T Foundation.
The purpose of this grant is to assist low-income residents in having their dogs more than 45 pounds spayed/neutered.
The Friends Spay/Neuter Clinic, located in Gun Barrel City, is four and half years old and has performed more than 10,000 surgeries.
Persons receiving assistance will be responsible for paying for the rabies vaccination (if the pet has not had one in the last year – this is State law) at a charge of $6, for a $3 flea pill, for a $3 pain pill and a co-pay.
There is no limit on the number of animals a person may have neutered on this referral.
To qualify for this program of assistance, anyone anywhere may contact either:
• the Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City in person during the hours of 10-4 Monday through Friday, located just east of the intersection of State Highways 198 and 334 just inside the Tamarack subdivision
• the Christian Life Center Food Pantry in Gun Barrel City during the hours of 9-2 Tuesday or Thursday. The Church is located on State Highway 334 next to the Alamo restaurant.
• The Athens Food Pantry at 715 E. Corsicana in Athens during the hours of 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday.
You must bring your driver’s license, Social Security card and proof of income when applying for this assistance.
A co-pay will be required at the time of surgery.
Prices for surgery range from $25 for a male cat to $65 for a giant breed female dog.
If you have questions, call (903) 887-PETS.
Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 5455, Gun Barrel City, TX 75147.
Visit the web site at for more information.

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
ABOVE–My name is Pitty (pitiful little puppy). I am a beautiful male Lab mix pup. I am approximately four months old. I am beginning to learn to walk on a leash. I am very playful and will be fixed and current on my shots on March 20. I am a wonderful little guy looking for a wonderful home.
ABOVE–My name is Molly. I am a 10 year old beautiful female black Lab mix. I am fixed and current on my shots. I was originally adopted out of a shelter in Garland and was well taken care of. My family moved and was not allowed to take me with them. I am a wonderful girl.
ABOVE–My name is Frankie. I am a beautiful female Border Collie/Malamute and possible Shepherd mix...I think? I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. I walk on a leash and seem to enjoy people. I am a wonderful girl in need of a wonderful home.
ABOVE–My name is Roxy. I am a 4-5 month old female, full-blood black Lab. I am current on my shots and am very playful. I am walking on a leash the best I can and I just love to lay and let you rub my belly. My owners had to give me up because they were moving out of the country. I am a wonderful little girl in need of a wonderful 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.

For further information visit our website at