Thursday, March 27, 2008






  Kendrick, Williams honored at ‘Taste’ awards
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Kathy Kendrick, who volunteers so much, the Volunteer of the Year award has her name on it, was honored as the Cedar Creek Lake area’s Citizen of the Year Monday at the 13th annual “Taste of Cedar Creek Lake.”
Aley Methodist pastor the Rev. Eston Williams was honored with the Jean Nichols Lifetime Service Award for his decades of service in multiple projects around the community.
The two awards capped a glittering evening with a “Night at the Oscars” theme, complete with Show Stopper awards – a golden plunger – along with multiple costume changes, song and dance.
Held for the first time at the new Mabank High School, the annual “Taste” event drew a nearly sold-out crowd to the school’s Commons Area.
Fourteen Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce member restaurants/caterers filled tables with tasty treats.
After an hour for eating, attendees moved into the school’s 750-seat auditorium for a nearly two-hour program.
Chamber Hub president Rick Brown of Cornerstone Business Solutions and director Shannon Steakley of Trinity Valley Electric Co-op served as masters of ceremony for the event.
In keeping with the event’s movies theme, Steakley changed into four different costumes during the program, while the tuxedo-clad Brown switched from a red tie and cummerbund to a black tie.
Last year’s Citizen of the Year, banker Ralph Fortner, said Kendrick routinely volunteers for numerous programs through the area Kiwanis club, the Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club and the Chamber.
The Gun Barrel City chapter-sponsored Volunteer of the Year award was renamed the Kathy Kendrick Volunteer of the Year Award last year to recognize her long-standing service, Fortner noted.
Kendrick, the co-owner of Lone Star Maps, was characteristically low-key when accepting the Citizen of the Year award, saying only “Thank you” to the assembly.
Williams, who currently serves as the lake-area Habitat for Humanity board chairman, came to the area singing in a production of “Camelot,” veteran Realtor Ralph Monroe told the gathering.
When a tragic accident revealed there was no place for a medical helicopter to land in the area, Williams spearheaded a fund-raising drive to build the heliport now located behind the Gun Barrel City Fire Station, Monroe said.
A long-time Family Resource Center board member, Williams has involved himself in numerous volunteer efforts through his church, the Kiwanis club and the Chamber.
The only person to be named Citizen of the Year twice, Williams “has energy and enthusiasm, and a get-it-done work ethic,” Monroe said.
“People who don’t get involved don’t realize you get more from service than you give,” Williams told the gathering.
Williams told the gathering about a project years ago where he and his daughters helped a woman clean up her yard and garage after the woman’s husband had died.
On the way home, the girls sang a song about “helping makes you feel good,” he recalled.
“I’ve received more than I’ve ever, ever given,” Williams said.
See Sunday’s issue for more pictures and awards from the annual “Taste of Cedar Creek.”


Kevin Fowler to perform at Gater’s
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY – Country performing artist Kevin Fowler will be in concert Saturday, March 29 at Gater’s Sports Bar & Grill, located at 623 S. Gun Barrel Lane, Suite A in Gun Barrel City.
Fowler put together a country band in 1998. Within two years, he had begun recording albums and struck it big in 2006 with the self-released album “Beer, Bait and Ammo.”
He was born in Amarillo and is proof positive “you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.”
Growing up, he was fed a steady diet of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and all the “outlaws” of country music.
He took piano lessons as a child, and his father helped shape in him a love for country music.
He left Amarillo when he was 20, and settled in Los Angeles.
“Moving to L.A. was both a scary and enlightening experience. I didn’t have a job and took the entire year to focus on writing songs and learning guitar,” he said.
When he returned to Texas, he moved to Austin and gained experience playing with the rock band “Dangerous Toy.” Eventually, he founded his own hard rock band, “Thunderfoot.”
But the allure of country music brought him back to his roots, and he has created songs for regular folks ever since.
“I make music for working-class country music fans like me. I want my music and live shows to function as a way for fans to escape the weekly grind to let loose,” he said.
Since the release of his debut album, “Beer, Bait and Ammo,” he has seen his fan base grow, and has sold more than 200,000 albums.
Tickets are on sale now at Gater’s. To reserve your tickets by credit card, call (903) 880-9960.

Shootings under investigation on west side of Henderson County
From Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a pair of unrelated shootings on the western end of the county.
A county man was arrested Sunday after allegedly shooting up the inside of his house on County Road 1213, off Highway 59 between Shady Oaks and Cross Roads.
Richard Dean Hulshouser, 43, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $10,500.
Sheriff’s Department officials said Hulshouser was shooting through windows and at the doors of his home. When deputies arrived at the house, they found Hulshouser had fled into the woods nearby.
Deputies Brady McGhee and Bryan Miers, assisted by other deputies, located Hulshouser and made the arrest without incident.
Before arriving at the scene, however, McGhee and Miers were involved in an accident.
According to a press release by the Sheriff’s Department, McGhee and Miers were traveling south on Farm-to-Market Road 3441 with McGee in the lead.
McGhee slowed to turn left, but Miers thought McGee was slowing down to allow him to pass. To avoid a collision with McGhee, Miers took evasive action and ran off the road and into a chain link fence at the Cross Roads ISD.
No one was injured in either the accident or the shooting.
Also on Sunday, deputies responded to a call on County Road 2141 where they found Donald Ray Snider, 45, in front of his house and next to his pickup truck with a gun shot wound to his leg.
Snider was transported to ETMC Tyler for reconstructive surgery.
Monday morning, a warrant was issued charging Donald Craig Poindexter, 36, of Trinidad with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, Poindexter and Snider are thought to be brothers-in-law “and are alleged to have been crossways with each other for some time.”

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