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meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites,
located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. 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. (903) 498-5725 or (903)
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 Wednesday morning at
the KC Senior Citizen Center, 405 W. Walnut in Mabank. (903)
887-6549 or (903) 887-1514.
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. (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.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at
Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second
Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist
Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathey Brown
firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 422-2260 or visit
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. (903) 887-0293.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the
second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in
Mabank. (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. (972) 287-1239 or (903)
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La
Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903)
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the
second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Thursdays
at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of
alcoholics are welcome. (903) 887-2781.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 1 p.m. on the
fourth Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in
Mabank. (903) 887-5252.
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).
Mabank TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m.
Monday at Mabank First Baptist Church. (903) 887-7700 or (903)
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. Donna Dean at
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday
each month. (903) 887-6201.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the
month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday
of each month at the TLC Hall.
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. (903) 675-6222.
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.
Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.
Westside Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to noon on
Thursdays at Cedar Creek Bible Church Activities Building,
located at 700 N. Seven Points Blvd. in Seven Points. Seniors 55
and older are invited for games and fellowship. Call (903)
340-9672 for more info.
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Student airsoft team heads to tournament
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Teenagers often get bad reputations. People say they are
lazy or unmotivated and criticize their performance at school.
One group of Mabank High School sophomore boys is proving them
wrong and having fun doing it.
These kids have put together an organized team that emulates
military combat strategy and spend Sunday afternoons tromping
through wooded courses in Kemp, shooting each other with rounds
of lightweight plastic pellets from imitation firearms. The game
is called airsoft and these boys take it seriously.
It began with just a few of them messing around and having fun
on the weekend. Then a couple more joined them in the hobby.
Then a couple more. Now they have a full-fledged team, coined
“The Uprising,” and will be entering the biggest airsoft
tournament in Texas next month.
These sophomores, Dylan Baker, Caden Monk, Van Gregg, Austin
Dowdy, Justice Dougherty, Mackenzie Grubbs and Tyler Partin have
invested their time and money in this passion. Some of them are
sporting high-end rifles worth over $300 with fully automatic
and semi-automatic fire and lazer sighting. Not all guns cost
this much cash. A quality pistol can be purchased for about $50.
These guys practice hard on the field, but work even harder on
their grades. All but one currently hold placement on the honor
roll at MHS. They will have to make the most of their smarts and
work ethic at the upcoming “Operation Grozny” tournament in Fort
Worth next month. Each member has paid an entrance fee to
compete against other teams in what is billed “the biggest fast
action urban combat operation in Texas.”
People may ask, “Is it safe” for boys to run through the woods
shooting each other with pellets?
“We take safety seriously,” Justice Dougherty said. “We always
wear protective eye-gear. It’s important to us that we’re safe
and that people don’t look at us like we’re stupid.”
They also sported thick military style clothing to take some of
the sting when the plastic pellets make contact. Even with the
protection, none of them want to get shot.
“There’s definitely a fear factor in there,” Dougherty said.
“You don’t just charge in recklessly. Taking cover will deflect
most of the incoming fire.”
This leaves glory-seeking rambo strategies a bad option.
Although none of them want to get shot, the boys understand the
value of respecting the power of their firearms. Each time one
of them gets a new weapon, they undergo a ritual by handing it
to one of their teammates. The teammate turns the gun on the
owner and the owner feels the power and sting of getting shot by
After the ritual is complete, the boy gets his gun back with a
heightened sense of responsibility for what he is holding.
While these guys may enjoy a round or two of the Modern Warfare
video game as much as the next kid, they are a step ahead of
many of their peers via academic success and healthy exercise.
Expect them to be outside next Sunday afternoon, deep in the
woods of Kemp, practicing their strategies.