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  Chamber hears from local newspapers
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 said.
She listed service and amenities normally found only at a five-star resort.
• 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 out.
“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 someone.”
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 projects.
Members will work on comfort blankets for children caught up in traumatic events at their April 15 meeting, secretary Dr. Jeanne Caillet said.

Low-cost vaccination, 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 registration.
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.
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Come Adopt Us At
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 home.

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 new home.

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


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