Chamber hears from local
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Members and guests of the Greater Cedar Creek Chamber of
Commerce got double their money Thursday, as speakers from both local
newspapers described the news business in today’s financial climate.
General managers Kathi Nailling (the Cedar Creek Pilot) and Susan
Harrison (The Monitor) explained business is better for local papers
than what has been reported for the larger ones.
Nailling, whose background has been in the financial side of the
business, is now learning about the editorial portion.
“About 80 percent of the inside of the paper is submitted by the
community,” she said.
Harrison went into further detail concerning the process of getting the
paper to its customers.
“Our press is in Wills Point, and the paper is built a couple of days in
advance,” she explained.
In addition to The Monitor, at least 26,000 issues of the Lake Area
Leader are mailed free of charge to area addresses, and as of about a
month and a half ago, on the racks in the Athens area, Harrison said.
“We try to have the latest news for you,” she said.
Sports coverage is very extensive, with in-depth coverage during
football season, Harrison said.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Realtor Debbie French (left) stands next to
The Monitor general manager Susan Harrison, a featured speaker during
the March 13 Chamber luncheon at Vetoni’s in Gun Barrel City. French
used to write for The Monitor before switching to real estate.
“We hold the paper for Friday night football (scores and photos). The
papers go to press about 2 a.m. so they can still be on the racks and in
the mail at regular time,” she explained.
Community newspapers are holding their own, she said.
“About 75 percent of the people want to get a paper in their hands to
read, while only 25 percent preferred reading the news on their
computer,” Harrison said.
Times are more difficult, and Harrison told business owners to keep
their name “out there.”
Proving the advantage of advertising, Dr. Jeanne Caillet, said she has
received more patients from Athens since The Monitor and The Leader
became available in the Athens area.
“In today’s financial situation, you never know who might need your
services,” Harrison said.
In other business, members;
• heard Realtor Debbie French speak on Harbor Light Villas, sponsor for
this month’s Chamber luncheon.
“This is the only upscale, gated townhome community at the lake,” she
She listed service and amenities normally found only at a five-star
• were informed Lakeshore R.V. Park, owned by C.D. and Lucy Smith, was
named Business of the Month for March.
• were reminded of the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast fund-raiser set for
Thursday, March 26.
• were reminded of the Rotary golf tournament set for Friday, April 24,
at the Pinnacle Club. The fund-raiser provides for about 30 $500
scholarships to be awarded to area graduating seniors.
• heard the Cattle Barons Ball is planned for October and members should
keep that in mind.
Kiwanis prep for Pancake Day
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis members got some last-minute
updates for the March 26 Pancake Day fund-raiser, then started talking
about memberships at their weekly luncheon Wednesday.
Kiwanis members will not meet next Wednesday, March 25, as they’ll be
hosting Pancake Day that Thursday.
Members will prepare a pancake breakfast, with butter, syrup, bacon and
sausage, and deliver it to a business address for $6 (minimum three
meals for delivery) between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Fax orders to (903)
432-2415 ahead of time, or on Pancake Day.
Walk-up customers can buy a breakfast at St. Peter Lutheran Church,
located next to Pizza Hut in Gun Barrel City.
Club president Denise York reminded members about the combined Car Show
and Krawfish Boil with the area chamber of commerce, scheduled for
Saturday, May 2, at the Mabank Pavilion.
“They’re expecting a huge, huge turnout this year – even more than last
year,” she said.
Turning to membership needs, York said she had a sample letter that
could be sent to potential new members around the community.
The letter “does a really good job” of outlining Kiwanis history and
major aims of the international organization, she said.
Children are always the top priority for Kiwanis members, York pointed
“We need to be reaching out to the business leaders in the community,”
York said. “You never know how the little bit that you do will affect
April’s first meeting (April 1) at The Jalapeño Tree restaurant in Gun
Barrel City will be a new member orientation session, York said.
There is no meeting the second week of each month, as Kiwanis members
attend that Thursday’s area chamber of commerce luncheon at Vetoni’s
Italian Restaurant, while the third week of the month is set aside for
Members will work on comfort blankets for children caught up in
traumatic events at their April 15 meeting, secretary Dr. Jeanne Caillet
microchip clinic set
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–A low-cost vaccination and microchip clinic for area
resident’s pets will be held from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the
Friends of the Animals clinic located on the southeast corner of State
Highways 198 and 334 in Gun Barrel City in the red brick office strip
just behind and east of the Huddle House.
No appointment is necessary.
Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.
A rabies shot will cost $10, the parvo, distemper shot for dogs or the
equivalent for cats will cost $15. The feline leukemia vaccination will
be available at a cost of $10.
There is a rabies epidemic in Texas and anyone who has had a dog with
parvo or distemper knows the suffering that the animal goes through. It
is very contagious to other dogs.
This vaccination clinic will be open to everyone.
This clinic will also offer microchipping to cats or dogs.
A tiny chip is inserted into the scruff of the pet, which can be read by
a scanner available at shelters everywhere.
Your lost pet comes home!
Cost for this is $20, which includes the permanent national
Also available for sale at any time is Frontline Plus, the monthly flea
and tick prevention.
Frontline Plus costs $27 for a three-month supply for a cat and ranges
from $29 to $32 for a three-month supply for dogs.
Flea season is here. Don’t be fooled by products that are cheap.
The reason they are cheap is that they do not work. Don’t throw away
your hard-earned money on products that don’t work.
Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic has been open since
July, 2002, and has neutered more than 16,000 animals in that time.
Surgery is done by appointment only and prices range from $25 for a male
cat to $65 for a giant breed female dog.
If you would like to volunteer at the clinic on Tuesdays or have
questions about the vaccination clinic, please call (903) 887-PETS.
Tax-deductible donations for this non-profit charity may be sent to P.O.
Box 5455, Gun Barrel City, TX 75147.
Visit the web site: www.friendsoftheanimals.org.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new 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 Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at