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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. 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) 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 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. (903) 887-4796.
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 Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathey Brown email  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) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. 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.
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) 451-0126.
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
Erik Walsh
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 it.
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.
































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