‘Go Blue Day’ scheduled for April 11
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Child abuse is a community problem that can take many
forms including emotional, neglect, physical, sexual and
And a little awareness can go a long way in preventing child
In an effort to raise awareness Henderson County District
Attorney Scott McKee, Henderson County Attorney Clint Davis
and Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt, have partnered up
with other local agencies to promote April as Child Abuse
Throughout the entire month of April, they are asking folks
to proudly display blue ribbons everywhere to promote
awareness and prevent child abuse.
Many of the blue ribbons are placed in memory of children
who were tragically lost at the hands of abusers.
Starting Sunday, April 1, individuals who wish to show their
support can wear the blue ribbon on collars, lapels, or
elsewhere on their garments. Blue ribbons can also be
displayed on car antennas, mailboxes, and tree branches.
Preparations for this April’s awareness efforts began
several months ago and for a fourth year have included a new
Wednesday, April 11 will be ‘Go Blue Day’ in Henderson
County and citizens are being asked to wear blue to show
their support for the cause. The group is also asking
citizens to encourage their family, friends, and colleagues
not only to wear blue but to purchase a 2012 Go Blue
Additionally, in collaboration with the agency’s efforts,
Athens ISD is allowing their students to wear the T-shirts
for “Go Blue Day” April 11.
There will even be a coloring contest for fourth graders
with the local schools.
The money raised from the T-shirt sales stays in Henderson
County to assist with child abuse and sexual assault
awareness. The Henderson County Child Advocacy Center, CASA,
and the East Texas Crisis Center offices work very closely
with the sheriff, county attorney and district attorney
offices to prevent crimes against children.
To purchase t-shirts, contact Diane Russ with the Henderson
County Attorney’s Office at (903) 675-6112, Betty Herriage
or DeAnna Browning with the Henderson County District
Attorney’s Office at (903) 675-6100 or stop by Island Tans,
Coffee Love or Missy’s Hair Salon.
April gardening tips
By Stephen Gent
Owner McDade’s Nursery
TOOL–With cooler weather behind us, some much needed rain
and the prospect of higher temperatures ahead, here’s a
garden checklist for the month of April.
As lawns, plants, trees and shrubs start their growth
season, fertilize using a plant food high in nitrogen.
For new plantings, use a root stimulator to promote a
healthy root structure and vigorous growth. On vegetable
gardens, use a fertilizer with a high phosphate content as
this encourages strong root growth.
When laying new sod this spring like St. Augustine, it’s
best to wait until it has been mowed two or three times and
the root system is established before feeding with a
As the soil temperature begins to rise, summer vegetable
crops like beans, cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, watermelon,
eggplant, okra, peppers, pumpkins and squash can be planted.
In flower beds receiving bright sunlight, plant color
annuals like petunias, pentas, vinca (periwinkles), purslane,
portulaca, verbena and zinnia.
For areas in the shade consider azaleas, hostas, impatiens,
nicotiana and ferns.
To attract birds and butterflies, plant milkweed, butterfly
bush, red yucca, zinnia, hibiscus, lantana, salvia and vines
like trumpet, passion and honeysuckle.
Be on the lookout for snails, slugs, fungi and other pests,
especially on tender new growth. Apply a fungicide to
control black spot and powdery mildew on plants for
infestations. Both chemical and organic treatments are
Later in the month, as the soil begins to dry out remember
to maintain a regular watering schedule. A deep morning
watering twice a week is recommended. Pay special attention
to plants in hanging baskets and containers as they can dry
out quickly especially in warm and windy conditions.
Remember to mulch around shrubs, newly planted trees and in
all beds to conserve moisture. Cedar mulch in vegetable
gardens acts as a natural insect repellent.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many 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.
information visit our website at