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April 3, 2011






Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. For more information, call Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 887-6549.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more info, call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For info, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email,  or (800) 422-2260 or visit
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more info, call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. For more info, call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email  for more information.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For info, call (903) 498-2140.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. Call (903) 675-6222 for info.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. For more info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.



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Supercross star Kyle Regal wins factory team ride
Kemp resident comets to motocross prominence
By Jim Anderson
Special to The Monitor

KEMP–The American Motorcyclist Association makes its annual pilgrimage this Saturday to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium for Round 13 of the Monster Energy Supercross Series.
Second only to NASCAR in Motorsports, Supercross features four stroke dirt bikes in a no-holds-barred competition. Competitors do battle side by side, 20 abreast, across 70-foot jumps and bike swallowing rhythm and whoop sections, risking all for glory, fame and fortune.
Amongst the multi-million dollar athletes, ages teens to thirty-somethings, 20-year-old Kemp resident Kyle Regal, in his first year as a Team San Manuel Yamaha Factory rider will line up, with a recuperating wrist injury, against the world’s best.
Racing since the age of 4 and beating his sister, Cassandra (who is still very fast), consistently only five six years ago, Regal has been driving himself to the last two seasons of races and has a long history of success in the Amateur and Pro-Am classes.
In 2009, those successes included finishing in the top five as a privateer in five races. The AMA recognized this achievement with the 2009 AMA Rookie of the Year award.
The wins gave Regal the confidence to push hard in 2010. His standout performance last year put him on the radar for factory teams and fans alike.
Still a privateer, driving himself to the races with the bike in the back of the truck, Regal showed the world he belonged at the front with two third overall finishes, including second in Moto Round 1 in Texas – the world’s toughest off-road racing, AMA National Outdoor MX Championship.
This would be like someone winning the local shorttrack stock car race, and then the following weekend standing next to Jimmy Johnson on the podium at Daytona.
Remember, Regal did it twice – once placing second to the current champion in the dual moto formatted AMA event structure. To put a stamp on the season, Regal then raced in the ultra prestigious 64th running of the Motocross des Nations.
This race featured teams, representative of their country. At the request from Motocross legend Gary Bailey, Regal agreed to ride for Team Puerto Rico,an American Territory, and thus making Kyle eligible, against the best.
Against Team USA and teams Belgium, Spain, Germany and many others, Regal rocketed to the outright fastest qualifying time of any of the top-tiered combatants and then backed that up with a second place finish in the first moto (and he fell-twice), ultimately helping to qualify Team Puerto Rico for third. Are you kidding me?
We’re talking World Champions and National Champions eating his roost – inspiring stuff, indeed.
We caught up with Regal at this past weekend’s race at Underground MX in Kemp to congratulate him on his factory ride. The event brought attention to a future race set for Saturday, April 29 to benefit Heidi Possin.
Q: How is the wrist Kyle?
A: “We will see, I will ride Wednesday and Thursday, see how it feels and then let everyone know on Friday.”
Q: What is it like to become a factory rider?
A: “Well it’s pretty amazing really-to have what you need one day and then to be able have anything and everything you have ever wanted the next is incredible.”
Q: What is the machinery like?
A: “Incredible to say the least. The biggest difference is in the suspension which allows me to attack the track with even more confidence.”
In the highly televised Supercross series, Regal has put his team firmly in the spotlight, winning two featured LCQs in dominant fashion, as well as holeshotting the heat race with his teammate and proclaimed fastest-man-on-two-wheels James Bubba Stewart, in second.
Team managers smiled, the crowd roared and Regal once again owned the spotlight – right where he belongs.
This weekend, Regal (wrist willing) will be putting his San Manuel Yamaha, Red Bull sponsored, DC2, Fly, Arai, Gaerne and Spy 450cc machine in the gate to fight for the win.
Be sure to congratulate Regal when you see him around Cedar Creek Lake at the local store, restaurant or haunt.




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