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March 22, 2012






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Kiwanis pancake day
The Kiwanis Club of Cedar Creek Lake is hosting a “Pancake Day,” from 6 to 11 a.m. Thursday (today) at Saint Peter Lutheran Church, 130 Luther Lane, Gun Barrel City. Free delivery to businesses with minimum of three orders. Fax meal orders to (903) 432-2415 between 7 to 11 a.m.

Free skating
The Cedar Creek Bible Church is hosting free skating from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday March 23. Parents may drop off children ages 4 through sixth grade. Skates, sodas, popcorn, hot chocolate and sno-cones provided free. The church is located one mile north of the traffic light in Seven Points on SH 274. For information call the church office at (903) 432-2175.

Mabank March Madness
March Madness Mania is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Mabank High School gym. Events include contests from 6 to 7:30 p.m., concessions and a faculty exhibition game at 8 p.m. The fundraiser benefits the Mabank ISD Education Foundation. Tickets are sold at all campus attendance offices, Tri-County Ford, Lakeside Animal Clinic, Mabank Brookshire’s, Southside Bank and First State Bank.

VFW sock hop
The VFW Post 4376 in Seven Points is hosting an old-fashioned sock hop, Friday, March 23 with prizes and hot dogs.
Dance music provided by D.J. Sweetpea Vanderburg.
For information and time, call (903) 432-2138.

Shelter open house
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is hosting a “Raising the woof” open house at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, to celebrate the completion of the new shelter, located at 10200 CR 2403, Tool.

Trinity Baptist women
The Trinity Baptist Church is hosting a women’s conference, “In His Steps,” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. A continental breakfast is at 8 a.m. and a lunch will be served. For information call Maxine Tart at (903) 477-1474, Claudine Hoover at (903) 773-2411, or Betty Lee at (903) 778-2832.

Special Olympics benefit
A Special Olympics dinner, dance and auction is set for 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Mabank Intermediate School.

Legion swap meet
The American Legion Riders of Post 310 in Gun Barrel City are hosting a Swap Meet, for new and used motorcycle parts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at 113 Lee Way, Gun Barrel City. For information call Krash at (903) 229-7900 or e-mail

VFW cancer benefit
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4376 is hosting a Lasagna Dinner from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, benefitting cancer research. Events include a silent auction, bake sale, lottery hat (filled with tickets) and seven Easter baskets. For information call Auxiliary 4376 at (903) 432-2138.

CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Cedar Creek Country Club in Kemp. Kay Seamayer will present “Music of Our Lives.”

Legion scholarships
The American Legion Auxiliary scholarship applications are now available in the counselor offices at Eustace, Kemp, Mabank, Malakoff and Trinidad high schools. Application deadline is Thursday, March 29. Scholarships may be used for any type of post high school training or education, such as 2 or 4 year universities, trade schools, or specialty institutes.

CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake is hosting a bridge tournament benefitting The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Thursday, March 29. For information on membership or the bridge tournament and cost, call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.

Tool trash-off
The city of Tool Trash-Off is set for 8 a.m. until dumpsters are full, Saturday, March 31, at the maintenance barn, corner of Sunset & SH 274. Items not accepted include; paint, freon, tires, carpet & brush, hazardous items, roofing materials, batteries, appliances with freon. For information call the city at (903)432-3522, ext. 1.

El Progresso birthday
The 100th happy birthday celebration of the El Progresso Club is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the First National bank of Kemp community room. All members, previous members and relatives are invited to share fellowship, cake and punch. For information call Rosalie Randall at (903) 498-8333.

PSUMC fellowship night
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church fellowship night is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, with a covered dish dinner, followed by Sandra Wakefield as Queen Esther of Persia in costume. Public is invited. Church is located on SH 198, across from the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department. For information call (903) 451-3131 or (903) 451-2978.

IRS tax walk-in days
The Tri-County Library in Mabank is hosting two walk-in days on its tax help program from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, and Friday, April 13. Deadline to file taxes on time is Tuesday, April 17. For information call the library at (903) 887-9622.

Senior supplies needed
The Kemp Certified Nurse Aide class seeks help with “Supplies for Seniors” benefitting Kemp Care Center, full size hygiene products include shampoo, body wash, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, toothpaste and denture care products. Red boxes are placed at Kemp Family Pharmacy, First National Bank of Kemp, many area churches and all Kemp school campuses. For information call Liz Thorne, RN, at Kemp HS – (903) 498-9273.

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Rainfall tops off lake level, finally
Area ponds and stock tanks overflow, roads flood
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Spring blew into town on 45 to 55 mile gusts bring down trees, power lines and toppling vehicles in North Texas.
The rains fell, and fell and fell.
Many lake area residents had prayed for the rains so the lake could continue to fill up, and boy did they.
Tarrant Regional Water District reported Tuesday morning, six and a half inches fell over night.
Cathy Commons, from Kaufman County Precinct 4 County Commissioner Tom Manning’s office, also reported six inches, at her home off U.S. 175, west of Kemp.
East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply reported 4.8 inches in its gauge at Hammer Road.
The copious amount of rain insured the lake level is now above the full mark, measuring 322.16.
Though some roads were closed temporarily, no great damage was done by overnight wind and rain. (See related storm stories on page 10A.)
“I think it’s absolutely terrific! This is going to affect the business community as well as all of the citizens of the area,” Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce president Jo Ann Hanstrom said. “It’s going to be a great summer at Cedar Creek Lake. It’s ahead of (schedule) what was predicted for the drought to end,” she added.


Log Cabin cancels election
Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer

LOG CABIN– Log Cabin city council members agreed unanimously to the cancellation of the upcoming election during their meeting March 15.
The cancellation was approved because all candidates scheduled to appear on the May 12 ballot were unopposed and automatically elected into their positions on the council. Roger Bearden and Richard Harrah retain their seats, while Charles Hayes will take Kathy Baykin’s soon to be vacant spot. Baykin decided not to run for re-election.
An election was expected to occur until a candidate pulled his name from the ballot at the last minute, securing a place for Bearden, Harrah and Hayes.
Last year’s finances were discussed briefly as the audit report was presented to the council for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2011. The auditor, Don Kinney, presented the information and said he was pleased that the city has a “good cash balance” and is “doing pretty good” financially. Kinney said the audit was uneventful and congratulated city secretary Pat Hayes on keeping good records.
In other news, council members:
• donated a massive 40 foot, 1,000 pounds of pipe to the Log Cabin Volunteer Fire Department for the construction of a water hose drying tower.
• approved the installation of panic doors in the Red Barn.
• declared April as “Distracted Driver Awareness Month.”














































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