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March 24, 2011






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Meals on Wheels drivers
Kemp Senior Citizen Center is seeking volunteer drivers for its Meals on Wheels program. Only one hour a day and you can pick the day or days. Call Lisa Stinnett at (903) 498-4046.

CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake is hosting its bridge and luncheon benefit at 9 a.m. (doors open) Thursday (today) at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church, Will White Road and Old Indian Trail, Tool. All proceeds benefit The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. For information call Jeanie Hulsey at (903) 432-3341 or Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.

Kiwanis Pancake Day
The Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club will hold its annual Pancake Day fundraiser from 6 to 11 a.m. Thursday (today) Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, syrup and butter for a small donation. Dine-in at St. Peter Lutheran (next to Pizza Hut) in GBC.

HC livestock show
The annual Henderson County Livestock Show is now underway through Saturday, March 26, at the Henderson County Fair Park Complex in Athens.

Master Gardener is ‘in’
The Henderson County Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions by phone during March, April and May. Call the AgriLife Extension Office between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at (903) 675-6130, and ask for your Master Gardener.

Lenten fish frys
The Knights of Columbus Council 8806 and St. Jude Catholic Church have scheduled six Friday fish frys during Lent. All you can eat fish, hush puppies, fries, cole slaw, drinks and home-baked goodies, from 5 to 7 p.m. March 25, April 1, April 8 and April 15, at the church on Luther Lane, behind Pizza Hut. All proceeds benefit local, state and national charities. For information call Paul Ciardo at (903) 432-3529.

Westside Senior Center
The Westside Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday (today and every Thursday) at the Cedar Creek Bible Church Activities Building, 700 North Seven Points Boulevard, one mile north of the traffic light SH 274, Seven Points. Seniors 55 and older are invited to come for coffee, tea, snacks, card, domino games and other activities. A lunch will be served. For information call (903) 340-9672..

Whitton auction
An enchilada supper, dessert and auction is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Whitton Community Center. For information call Betty at (903) 603-1852.

American Legion benefit
The American Legion Auxiliary is serving Kathy’s beef tips and noodles, cornbread and desserts from 5 p.m. until gone Friday, March 25, at Post 310. Proceeds benefit area children and youth activities, including scholarships and Girls State.

Pinewood derby
The Christian Life Center Church is hosting its second annual Car Show and Pinewood Derby with registration at 8 a.m. and event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, featuring fun, food and entertainment. T-shirts for car registries and winning trophies. Pinewood derby kits available through the church office through Friday, March 25. For information call (903) 887-5429.

Special Olympics benefit
A Special Olympics fundraiser is set for 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Mabank Intermediate School cafeteria. The event includes dinner, door prizes, auction and dance, with music provided by Jerry Spivey and the Night Wing Band.

Humane Society benefit
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake, in partnership with Groom & Sons’ Hardware, invites you to enjoy free hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, to help by donation to finish the new shelter. A wish book of the needed items is at the front register of Groom’s. Businesses also will be on hand to discuss pet grooming, boarding and training offered in the community.

Parrot Head yard sale
The Cedar Creek Lake Parrot Head Club is hosting a huge yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, to build a handicap-accessible fishing pier at Tom Finley Park dedicated to our military. Come by 244 E. Cedar Creek Pkwy, next door to The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points for great deals.

Masonic breakfast
The Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge No. 1431 is hosting a pancake breakfast with pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee and orange juice from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at the lodge at 402 Legendary Lane, GBC, next to the water tower. Donation for all you can eat. For information call (903) 887-2333 or (903) 340-5958.

Kemp Spring Festival
The Kemp Business & Civic Association is sponsoring a Spring Festival at Kemp City Park. The park opens at 1 p.m. with a parade at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 26. Booths available. For information contact Diana Clemmo at (214) 534-4067 and Facebook East Texas Riders Newsletter..

Appraisal Fair
The Cedar Creek Civic League’s seventh annual Appraisal Fair is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 26, in the Family Life Center, First United Methodist Church, Mabank. The Antique Road Show-type event features two popular appraisers from the Dallas area. Tickets are available from Civic League members, and at Bluebonnet Emporium and Old Friends Antiques. For tickets and information on costs, contact Susan Thomas at (903) 887-0818 or Noma Parkhouse at (903) 778-4177.

Gospel music program
The Overcomers choir from Neosho, Mo., will present a gospel music program at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at Lakeview Church, located across from Seven Points city hall, on the corner of SH 334 and Wood Street. For information call (903) 432-2682 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

CCL Garden Club
The executive board of the Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the home of Judy Sullivan. For information call (903) 498-6544.

CC Civic League
The Cedar Creek Civic League meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Tri-County Library, Mabank. Project is Meals on Wheels. Guests welcome. For information call Joyce at (451) 3229.

HPPOA Crime Watch
The Harbor Point Property Owners Association Crime Watch meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the HPPOA Park Pavilion. Game Warden Dustin Balfanz will present a program on his role and safety on the lake. For information call Carol Calkins at (903) 887-1630.

Merchant fraud info
A merchant fraud training session is set for 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Trinity Valley Community College Student Union Building. The event is free to all businesses, merchants and employees, sponsored by the Henderson County District Attorney and County Attorney’s offices and the Athens Police Department. Topics cover counterfeit money, hot checks, fraud, credit cards and more. RSVP to County Attorney Clint Davis at (903) 675-6112 or e-mail to

Tri-county book sale
Friends of the Tri-County Library are hosting a book, jewelry and bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, and from 8:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in the community room of the library, across from Mabank City Hall on Market Street. Proceeds benefit the library.

CCLUMC annual sale
The Cedar Creek Lake Untied Methodist Church is hosting its annual garage sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 1, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, located at 100 South Indian Trail, Tool. Proceeds benefit our Outreach Night and Parents Night Out, as well as several local charities, including the Food Pantry, along with the annual community dinner in December.

Weed ID program
A program, “Learning When to Pull or Not to Pull,” presented by Kaufman County Master Gardeners, is set for 9 a.m. Monday, April 4, at First Community Church, 1401 Trinity Drive, Crandall. Refreshments provided. Business meeting follows. For information or handicapped accommodations, call the KC AgriLife Extension Office at (972) 932-9069.

Guided autobiography
A free 10-week program assisting participants in writing the story of their lives is being offered at two local libraries, from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, beginning April 4 at The Library at Cedar Creek, Seven Points, and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, beginning April 7, at Tri-County Library, Mabank. To register or for information, e-mail  or call (903) 880-2446.

PSUMC fellowship
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church monthly fellowship night is set Wednesday, April 6, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. covered dish dinner, followed by gospel music program by the “Fragile Existence” band. The public is invited. The church is located across from the PSVFD on SH 198. For information call (903) 451-3131 or (903) 451-2978.

All you can eat fish fry
The Knights of Columbus Mary Queen of Heaven Council 12253 in Malakoff is hosting an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, and a take-out lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal includes catfish, hush puppies, coleslaw, drinks and home-baked goods. The event benefits Spina Bifida research and treatment and local charities. Take SH 198 to Star Harbor Road (CR 3062), across from Malakoff High School.

Texas Trash-Off
The Environmental Co-op encourages everyone to “Take Trash Personally” by participating in the “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 9. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at Southwestern Christian College, 200 Bowser Street, Terrell. Refreshments, trash bags and other supplies provided. Door prizes following clean-up. To register or for information, call the Co-op at (972) 524-0007 or e-mail

Vaccination clinic
A low-cost vaccination clinic, sponsored by Friends of the Animals Clinic, is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the southeast corner of SH 334 and 198, behind the Huddle House Restaurant. No appointment necessary. Fee charged. For information call (903) 887-PETS. Dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers.

PS Fire Rescue benefit
The annual all-you-can-eat fish fry benefitting the Payne Springs Fire Rescue is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9. A 2007 Harley Davidson FX/ST is a part of the fundraiser. View pictures at  For information, call the fire station at (903) 451-4511 and leave a message.

Mabank VFD fish fry
The 24th annual Mabank Fire Department Fish Fry is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the fire station, 111 E. Mason Street (Business 175). All proceeds benefit the Mabank Fire Department.

Free skating
Cedar Creek Bible Church is hosting free skating from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays in March and the first two weeks of April for children ages 4 to sixth grade. Parents may drop off their children. Skates are free, along with sodas, popcorn, hot chocolate and snow cones. The church is located one mile north of the Seven Points traffic light on SH 274. For information call the church at (903) 432-2175.

Free tax help
Free tax help is available at Tri-County Library, Mabank, with Peggy Rogers, VITA. Rogers worked for the IRS for many years and keeps up with current changes. Call the library at (903) 887-9622, leaving name, local phone number (calls from cells with long distance numbers will not be returned), and the best time for her to return your call to set up an appointment.

AARP free tax help
AARP free tax services will be available from 8 a.m. to noon through Wednesday, April 13, at the following locations – Fridays at the Henderson County Senior Center, Athens, Mondays at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points, and Wednesdays at the Senior Citizens Center, Malakoff. For information call (903) 778-2423.

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Chamber marks birthday
By Pearl Cantrell and Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–The Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce marked its 10th year by naming two recipients for its Lifetime Service Award during the annual awards banquet held at the Cedar Creek Country Club Monday.
A champagne toast marked the official 10th anniversary of the combined chamber, and members stood to recite the names of previous key members who had died since the area chamber formed, starting with Jean Nichols.
This year, the chamber’s board of directors named Louann and Scott Confer and Don Richardson for the coveted Lifetime Service recognition.
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Scott Confer holds up a special Lifetime Service Award, presented to him and his late wife, Louann, for their help to the area and the chamber during the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce banquet Monday. Confer also received the Mary Helen Myrick Award.

Scott Confer accepted two awards Monday – the first being the Mary Helen Myrick award and the second the Lifetime Service Award.
Confer’s awards were the emotional highlight of the evening, as Mabank mayor Larry Teague was nearly overcome by emotion as he introduced Confer, who receive a standing ovation.
“They (the Confers) truly were a team,” Teague said.
Chamber members, along with the City of Mabank, continue to mourn the loss of Louann Confer, who died Christmas Eve. She would have celebrated her 58th birthday March 13.
She was instrumental in obtaining a $400,000 matching grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife to fund the city park pavilion and fitness-walking trail.
“We were a team,” Scott Confer told the gathering. “For the team – thanks to the community. I appreciate you all.”
The Confers were key components in establishing the very successful celebration of Mabank’s Centennial in 2000. After asking some pointed questions of committee members working on the event, Scott recruited what was needed to fill the holes and brought all the pieces together.
Projects large and small followed, as the pair worked hand-in-hand, Scott as the city’s Economic Development Corporation executive director and Louann as city administrator, under the direction of the city council.
Scott’s latest contribution was organizing the Fall Affair, in which more than 25 businesses and schools in Mabank drew foot-traffic to downtown through a hay bale decorating contest.
“That was really Louann’s idea,” Scott said. In turn, Louann claimed she just wanted a giant polar bear to sit at the corner of Market and Third streets. The idea came during a road trip the couple took along the East Coast to watch the fall colors emerge, Scott related.
Louann seemed to have a thumb in every major pie important to Mabank over the past decade and a half, lobbying for critical funding and keeping the city council informed.
Teague told the gathering he still wasn’t sure how he could adjust after losing his most trusted advisor for the past 17 years.
Johnny Adams, then on the council, credits Louann for getting increased funding for the fire department in successive years, so it could become the effective team of volunteers it is today, with up-to-date training and equipment.

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Last year's winner, Teddie Harpole (right), shows the Lifetime Service Award plaque to winner Don Richardson during the 10th annual area chamber of commerce banquet Monday.

She also served on the Friends of Tri-County Library Board of Directors, as president and treasurer to see this community resource survive, grow and prosper. She was central to the library’s annual fundraiser, the Cowboy Breakfast, in connection with Western Week.
She gave a reasoned voice to the city’s budgetary process and was never self-serving, always preferring to be viewed as “just doing what she was told.” Many were the times she talked over the challenges she faced in her job with Scott, who analyzed the parts and quietly encouraged her.
As residents of Tool, the couple also lent their efforts and hopes for improvements to the west side of the lake as well, with Scott running for and serving as Tool mayor for several years.
“Louann loved her community and it showed,” Mabank councilwoman Shannon Steakley said.
Richardson is well-known for his loving care toward the area’s seniors, having moved to the lake area to take care of his mother-in-law. He opened Home Instead Senior Care in 1999.
Before that, he sold real estate and operated the Country Burger in Gun Barrel City, all after his retirement from globetrotting in Saudi Arabia and Iran with oil field service company Halliburton.
He saw the need for a united Chamber of Commerce at Cedar Creek Lake and lent his energy to see it happen. As a chamber member, he has served as Mabank chapter president several times and has lent his time, service, sense of humor and elbow grease to many chamber fundraisers over the years.
In addition, Richardson has volunteered with the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake and Kiwanis Club.
“Don is just the kindest, nicest gentleman you’d ever want to meet,” Sharon Strickland said.
He was brought up in West Texas, earned a degree in business and accounting from Texas Tech University and served two years in the Army. He is married to Mary Ann, who retired this year from Kemp ISD after a 30-year teaching career.
Together they have three children – DeEsta Garrett, Wade Richardson and Missy Warner.
Last year’s winner, Teddie Harpole, got a big laugh by pointing out the booming-voiced Richardson was a “quiet and shy man” in her introduction, and added he now mostly works on his golf game after selling Home Instead.
Richardson also fishes, follows baseball and spends time with the grandkids, inviting them to spend a week at “Camp Richardson” each summer.
Eschewing the microphone – which he didn’t need to be heard – Richardson said “This is an honor I can’t hardly believe.”
He recalled coming to the area and added, “We’re so very, very fortunate to be here.”
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Marty Mullins (left) holds the Citizen of the Year plaque presented to him by last year's winner, Jerry Scott, at the area chamber of commerce banquet Monday. Mullins also was named the chamber Ambassador of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year nominee is someone who was conspicuous for his or her many acts of service during 2010. The winners of the previous three years agreed on the final selection of Marty Mullins for the recognition.
Mullins was also recognized as the chamber Ambassador of the Year for his work with that group of chamber volunteers.
“Marty is a very busy man around town, as evidence by all the organizations in which he is involved and all the volunteerism he performs,” Ralph Fortner commented on his nomination form. “He can be counted on to generously give of his time and resources to a variety of worthy causes. He shows up early, works late and has been known to fetch and haul the heavy stuff, return the heavy stuff and clean up the messes, all with cheerfulness and quiet, deadpan sense of humor. It is always a pleasure to work shoulder to shoulder with him.”
Mullins, owner of Texas Ability, serves as a Gun Barrel City chapter board member, and also serves as a board member for the Kiwanis Club of Cedar Creek Lake and the Miracle League.
His fun-loving side is reflected in his membership in the Parrot Heads and his work with their many fundraisers for area charities. He also participated in hosting the summer reading party at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake, cheerfully manning the hot dog grill.
Each award winner also received a certificate of recognition from U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling. Others recognized were:
• Seven Points CPA Don Kinney, who was presented with a special anniversary award for his key fiscal and volunteer contributions to the chamber, area businesses, cities and school districts.
“During the discussions, only one name came to mind,” presenter Robbye Grissom told the gathering. “He keeps us straight on a daily basis.”
• Grissom, who was honored with the Kathy Kendrick Volunteer of the Year award for her services.
• Mabank Independent School District Teachers of the Year – Peyton Adams/Intermediate School, Melody Stephenson/Southside Elementary, Inken Hoeppner/Junior High, Rachel Stokes/Central Elementary and Windy Preston/Lakeview Elementary. Also honored was Mabank High School teacher Amanda Lanier, who was not present.
• Eustace High School senior Ashlie Phillips, who was presented with a $500 scholarship by the Eustace chamber chapter.

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Grant named new city of Tool fire chief
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–The city of Tool Volunteer Fire Department has a new chief.
Police officer Mike Grant was named as the city’s fire chief at the March 17 city council meeting
Grant has been a police officer since 1984, and joined the Tool Police Department July 5, 2010.
His experience as a fireman goes back to 1978, Grant said.
His credentials include 30 years certification with the Texas Commission on Firefighters and the Texas Firefighters Protection Commission.
Grant and his wife, Krystal, have five children – three are grown and two are still at home.
Grant will remain with the police department as he assumes his new duties.
He was chosen to replace fire chief Mike Howell, who resigned to take a position with Gun Barrel City.
Howell’s new assignments will include that of grant writer.
Tool Mayor Leland Pitts thanked Howell for his services to the city before presenting him a plaque in appreciation.
The second position Howell held, that of building inspector for the city, was frozen for the time being, with no plans to hire a replacement.
In other business, council members:
• authorized Pitts to proceed with arrangements to convey a narrow strip of property, about two feet wide and almost 110 feet long, to land owned by the city and the building owner of property between lots 34 and 35 in the Cedar Creek subdivision.
Pitts explained the tiny strip of land was possibly between the two sections of land, and might thus require someone, maybe the city, to move buildings over a foot or so.
The decision is subject to a formal survey and discussion about what is needed when the survey results are known.
“We will probably need a separate legal description,” Pitts said.
• approved the consent agenda as presented.




























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