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April 3, 2011






News in Brief

FBC GBC revival
The First Baptist Church in GBC is hosting a revival/Bible conference at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday (today), and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, April 4-6, led by Mark Fried and Don Cass.

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.

CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake executive board meeting is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points.

Tamarack Ladies Club
The Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the TLC Hall. Kaufman County Urban Forester Pam Corder is the guest speaker. Lunch will follow. All Tamarack ladies are invited. For information call Linda at (903) 887-8984.

Poynor country music
Country music at Poynor Civic Center is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Frankston Health Care Center is preparing a meal and serving it from 6 to 7:30 p.m., benefitting the residents at the Center. Anyone may bring a dessert. For information call (903) 360-0766 or (903) 876-5448.

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 Lake, 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 covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m., 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.

Lenten fish frys
The Knights of Columbus Council 8806 and St. Jude Catholic Church have scheduled 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. April 8 and April 15, at the church on Luther Lane, behind Pizza Hut in GBC. All proceeds benefit local, state and national charities. For information call Paul Ciardo at (903) 432-3529.

Feral hog field day
The Henderson County Wildlife Committee, Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Wulf Outdoor Sports is sponsoring a Feral Hog Field Day, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Wulf Outdoor Sports, Athens. Fee charged covers admission, meal and tickets for hog trap and trap gate. Demonstrations include trap design and construction, snare-trapping swine and varmints and feral hog marketing. For information or required pre-registration, call (903) 675-6130 before Thursday, April 7.

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.

Huge garage sale
The First United Methodist Church, Mabank, is hosting a “huge” garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the church, located at 501 South Third Street (SH 198).

Eustace garage sale
Eustace Community Garage Sale is set for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, on the Town Square. To donate items, bring them the morning of sale to the GBC garage sale booth by 7 a.m.

Rainbow Girls Party
The GBC Rainbow Girls and Pledges are having a membership party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge, 402 Legendary Lane, GBC. Dress is casual.
For information or to RSVP, call Donna Dean at (903) 879-4305 or e-mail

Van Zandt senior dance
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club monthly dance is set for 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Henderson County Seniors Center in Athens. Joe Walenta and the Ranch Hands will provide country music. For information call Duane Stevens at (903) 675-3774.

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 clothes, closed-toe 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, at the Payne Springs Fire Station, 9674 SH 198. 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.

Outdoor Fools Day
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens is holding its annual Outdoor Fools Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Information about outdoor recreation opportunities in East Texas, plus hands-on skill-teaching activities – archery, pond management, how to camp and more, all free with paid admission.

NewSong post-abortive
NewSong, hosted by First Baptist of Mabank, wants to help post-abortive women find hope, healing, peace and a new song. For information concerning the Sunday, April 10, meeting, call Janet Wright at (903) 802-3202 or e-mail Location is confidential.

FBC GBC craft fair
The First Baptist Church of GBC is hosting a craft fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16. For information call Judy Turner at (903) 778-2686.

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.

Master Gardener is ‘in’
The Henderson County Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions by phone during 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.

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.

Free skating
Cedar Creek Bible Church is hosting free skating from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays 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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Illegal gambling charged

Multi-agency investigation closes four 8-liner operations, six arrested
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–An undercover investigation of several illegal gambling establishments in Henderson County resulted in the arrest of six suspects and the confiscation of more than 250 computer brains from 8-liner machines in four separate locations. Also, $8,183 in cash was seized.
Six search warrants were simultaneously executed Wednesday, according to a press release from Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt.
Ten different law enforcement agencies were involved in the lengthy investigation and shakedown, including the Texas Rangers, Henderson County sheriff’s office and District Attorney’s office, police departments from Gun Barrel City, Log Cabin, Caney City and Athens.
Leslie Hip, 54, was among those charged with gambling promotion, keeping a gambling place and possession of gambling devices, along with possession of a controlled substance 1-4 grams and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon when the establishment at 5343 State Highway 274 was raided.
Also, Kelli Fielding, 41, was held on the same charges (minus the drug and firearm charges) at 10444 SH 198.
Three people were arrested at 7765 County Road 2813 between Payne Springs and Eustace. They were John Desanto, 49, Mechelle Deupree, 44, and Gary Russell Hanson, 49. All three were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a third-degree felony.
A fourth establishment on CR 4508, west of Poynor resulted in the arrest of Thomas Giddens, 54, who was arrested on Class A misdemeanor charges of keeping a gambling place.
Two more locations, one on U.S. Highway 175 in the Eustace area and one on SH 198, were both closed at the time.
The investigation will continue, with possibly more arrests to be made.


Search warrants bag drugs, stolen personal watercraft
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Two area residents were arrested following the execution of narcotics search warrants March 26 and 29.
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt reported the arrest of Pamela Sue Shaffer, 51, of the Thunderbird Shores addition in Gun Barrel City.
Deputies executed the warrant at 12:05 a.m. March 26 and found a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, less than four grams, a third-degree felony.
The Oxbow Drive resident was transported to Henderson County Jail, where she was later released that same day after posting $25,000 bond.
A second search warrant was executed at Will banks Automotive on State Highway 198 in Caney City.
Investigators there turned up less than one gram of suspected methamphetamine, as well as a personal watercraft reported stolen.
Tanya Lynn Willbanks, 40, was charged with drug possession and theft of property, more than $1,500 and less than $20,000. She is currently held at the Henderson County Jail under a $7,500 bond on each charge.
Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Milton Adams signed both search warrants.

Voluntary water conservation alert called 30 days early
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Existing drought conditions throughout Texas prompted Southwest Water Co. to accelerate its Stage 1-Voluntary Water Conservation alert to all Monarch Utilities customers 30 days sooner than scheduled.
Beginning April 1 and until further notice, customers are asked to reduce their water usage on non-essential purposes to achieve a 10 percent reduction in daily water use.
“Due to the limited amount of rain over the past several months, much of Texas is now experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions, as measured by the United States Department of Agriculture,” operations director Gary Rose reported.
“Additionally, the seasonal drought outlook anticipates a continuation of this weather pattern,” Rose said.
Therefore, the company has called for voluntary cutbacks on nonessential water use earlier than the standard May to September.
Under the plan, all Monarch customers are requested to limit landscape watering by sprinklers to midnight to 4 a.m., 7-10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on designated watering days, which include:
• Mondays and Thursdays for addresses ending in a 2 or a 9.
• Tuesdays and Fridays for addresses ending in 1 or 5,
• Wednesdays and Saturdays for addresses ending in 6 or 7.
• Thursdays and Sundays for addresses ending in 0 or 3, and
• Fridays and Mondays for addresses ending in 4 or 8.
Watering by hand-held hose, faucet-filled bucket or watering can be done between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. any day. Customers are asked to limit car washing, using a bucket or a hose with an automatic shut-off.
Other common sense water use practices to reduce volume used are also encouraged.
Monarch serves 59 subdivisions in Henderson County, including the Pinnacle Club.

























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