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Mabank High School senior Brandon Bledsoe, shows off his first place
Grand Champion Duroc hog, raised as a Future Farmers of America project.
Bledsoe showed the animal at the Kaufman County Junior Livestock Show,
and as a winner was able to auction his hog Saturday. The 256 pound pig
sold for $6.50 per pound.
steer at the fair
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Mabank High School senior Daniel Costilla shows his winning charolais
steer that he raised as a Future Farmers of America project, at the
Kaufman County Junior Livestock Show. The steer weighed 972 pounds.
Weekend quilt show
The women of Calvary Baptist Church on SH 274 hosted a show of about 40
quilts Friday and Saturday. The center eight-pointed star quilt caught
judges’ eyes for its special materials. The white background was pieced
together from sugar sacks long ago.
A visitor inspects the unique contour quilting style of Hawaii in this
trumpet flower quilt in contrasting shades of pink. A hand-woven lauhala
hat is part of the display.
Erlene Ball stands next to her award-winnning quilt “The Texas Star.”
She pieced it together and favorite machine-quilter Faye Mundie applied
Easter events scheduled in area
Special to the Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The beautiful Easter musical “Because He Lives” will be
presented by the Sanctuary Choir and musicians of First Baptist Church,
Gun Barrel City.
There will be one performance only at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 1.
The event is free and tickets are not required. The community is invited
to attend at the church, located at 522 W. Main, GBC.
For information call (903) 887-6887, Opt. 3 or 7, or visit the church
website at www.fbcgbc.org.
Several Easter Egg hunts have been planned in the area.
• An Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Friends of Purtis Creek, is set
for 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the State Park, located on
State Highway 316, north of Eustace.
Bring your baskets and join the fun. There will be hunts for three age
groups (0-5, 6-9 and 10-13). For information call (903) 425-2332.
• A community Easter egg hunt is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7,
at Payne Springs United Methodist Church, 9667 SH 198. Children and
youth, ages 1 through 12 are invited.
• Christian Life Center Church is hosting a community wide Easter
Eggstravaganza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the church
located at 2611 W. Main, Gun Barrel City.
There will be bounce houses too. For information call (9030 887-5429.
Sunrise Easter Services
• A special Sunrise service is set for 7 a.m. Sunday, April 8, followed
by a free breakfast, at Payne Springs United Methodist Church, 9667 SH
198 (across the street from the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire
• Sunrise service at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at Payne Springs United
Methodist Church, with breakfast to follow.
• “Son” rise service at Melton Rock beginning at 6 a.m. with singing by
the Southern Joy Quartet. The service begins at approximately 6:45 a.m.
Sunday, April 8.
Dress casual and warm and wear tennis shoes. Church vans and buses
welcome. Bring lawn chairs.
Melton Rock is located off County Road 2804, about eight miles north of
Eustace. From State Highway 175, turn north on Farm-to-Market 316 toward
Purtis Creek State Park. Turn east on FM 2709, for about six miles, then
go north on CR 2804 (Big Rock Road). For information call (903) 425-7625
violence safe-house expands
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Break The Chain Against Domestic Violence is announcing the
expansion of its safe house in Kaufman County.
Angel’s House is now available to women and their children seeking
safety from abusers.
Break The Chain has been offering safe shelter to battered women and
children since 2002.
Safe houses are an important answer to the problem of a woman who, for
her safety and the safety of her children, must leave her own home to
Staying with friends or family is often not an option because in those
locations, she can easily be located by her abuser.
Break The Chain Against Domestic Violence operates emergency shelters
for crisis situations as well as transitional housing.
By making use of these facilities, a woman can live and recover
(financially as well as emotionally and physically) while she plans a
future free of violence.
The safe house offers access to comprehensive services including:
counseling, housing assistance, life skills, parenting courses,
childcare and medical aid.
Job readiness programs include: computer training, high school
equivalency classes and English as a Second Language.
Workshops covering such topics as resume development preparing for
interviews and conflict resolution can also be accessed.
For information, please call Jan Wood at (866) 869-4663.
‘Get sold’ auction set
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–A Get Sold on St. Jude Kids auction benefitting St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital will be held 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday,
March 31, at 201 East Texas Road, Gun Barrel City (behind McDonald’s).
The volunteer coordinator is Kay Herron, who encourages everyone to
Businesses and individuals are invited to donate items to be auctioned.
Among the items to be auctioned are wedding coordinator, bartender and
many numerous items.
Proceed from the auction will benefit St. Jude.
St. Jude, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, is the largest
childhood cancer research center in the world in terms of the number of
patients enrolled and successfully treated.
It is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay
for treatments not covered by insurance. Families without insurance are
never asked to pay.
If you are interested in participating or donating items to be
auctioned, call Kay Herron at (903) 887-9511.