People, Places & Events



Sheriff warns about scams door-to-door
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office has taken numerous reports on a door-to-door sales program, supposedly supporting the young people’s college education.
It’s called the “Integrity Program” and it’s based out of Las Vegas, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
Young adults are going door-to-door advising that they are from a particular university and are selling magazines and dictionaries to raise money for a semester abroad in London.
When they are told by their intended victim that they are not interested in buying any more magazines or dictionaries, the salesperson suggest that they purchase them and have their order sent to soldiers in Iraq.
The victims are not only losing the money they give but are also setting themselves up for potential identity theft with information on their check, the statement says.
The Better Business Bureau has 153 complaints filed against them and rates the Integrity Program as “unsatisfactory,” according to the press release.
The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office urges anyone who comes in contact with any person representing the “Integrity Program” to get as much information as possible and do not pay by check or credit card.

Special Olympics set for April 21
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The annual Special Olympics is set once again for Panther Stadium for track and field events.
“We’ll be careful on the high school’s new track,” event planner Merritt Harpole told The Monitor.
Cycling events will be held across the street at Mabank City Park.
Equestrian events and impressive opening ceremonies are again being staged at Andrew Gibbs Arena.
Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21.
About 250 athletes are expected from throughout the district.
“We need community volunteers to act as ‘huggers’ and help in a variety of ways,” Harpole said.
Volunteers have traditionally come away from the event feeling they were blessed to have participated, he noted.
Those interested in getting involved with Special Olympics may call Harpole at (903) 887-0188 or volunteer coordinator Fran Zonka at (903) 432-4559.

Small businesses start at your public library
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–Every year, more than 500,000 entrepreneurs start new businesses in the United States.
But how and where do they get the resources and support it takes to succeed? The answer is at your library.
This spring, the Library at Cedar Creek Lake, the American Library Association and Woman’s Day magazine want to know how people in our community have used the library to start their small businesses.
From now until May 10, women entrepreneurs over the age of 18 can send their story in 700 words or less to
Four stories will be featured in the March, 2008 issue of Woman’s Day.
The initiative is part of a program sponsored by Woman’s Day and the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, a multi-year public awareness and advocacy campaign designed to promote the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century.
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake has served the entire Cedar Creek Lake area for 27 years.
The library was a branch of the Henderson County Memorial Library until November 1996.
Volunteers organized the library and volunteers ensured that the library continued to serve the community for more than 20 years.
The library is a nonprofit, independent, public library governed by a Board of Directors.
This board consists of active business and community leaders in the Cedar Creek Lake area who volunteer their time to serve.
Presently more than 30 volunteers and five staff persons work in the library.
However, many people in the community give their time to keep the library a vibrant, educational and entertainment resource center for the entire Cedar Creek Lake area.
The annual budget for FY2007-08 is $117,000. Henderson County, Tool, and Seven Points are the only government entitities that financially support the library.
The remaining funds needed to operate the library and to continue to provide free services to everyone in the Cedar Creek Lake community are raised by through fund raising efforts of various library boards, donations from businesses and individuals.
The library offers a multitude of worthwhile free services such as: free GED and literacy tutoring, story time for preschoolers on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., a special Summer Reading Program, research assistance, interlibrary loans, and broad band Internet and program for homebound and shut-ins.

Financial help available for neutering
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic is the recipient of a grant from DJ&T Foundation.
The purpose of this grant is to assist low-income residents in having their dogs over 45 pounds spayed or neutered.
The Friends Spay/Neuter Clinic, located in Gun Barrel City, is 4½-years-old and has performed more than 10,000 surgeries. What this means for the community is a continuing reduction in the number of unwanted cats and dogs.
Persons receiving this assistance will be responsible for paying for the rabies vaccination (if the pet has not had one in the last year – this is State law) at a charge of $6, for a $3 flea pill, for a $3 pain pill (dogs only) and a co-pay.
There is no limit on the number of animals a family or person may have neutered on this one referral.
To qualify for this program of assistance, anyone anywhere may contact either:
• the Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City in person during the hours of 10-4 Monday through Friday, located just east of the intersection of State Highways 198 and 334 just inside the Tamarack subdivision
• the Christian Life Center Food Pantry in Gun Barrel City during the hours of 9-2 Tuesday or Thursday. The Church is located on State Highway 334 next to the Alamo restaurant.
• The Athens Food Pantry at 715 E. Corsicana in Athens during the hours of 9-noon Monday-Friday.
You must bring your driver’s license, Social Security card and proof of income with you when applying for this assistance.
A co-pay will be required at the time of surgery.
Prices for surgery range from $25 for a male cat to $65 for a giant breed female dog.
And flea season is here with a vengeance.
Friends’ clinic is selling Frontline Plus ranging from $26 for a 3-month supply for cats to $31 for a 3-month supply for giant breed dogs.
Don’t be fooled by products that are cheap – the reason they are cheap is that they do not work! Don’t throw away your hard-earned money on products that don’t work!
Friends of the Animals is a 501[c][3] non-profit charitable organization. If you have questions about this assistance program or about the organization, call (903) 887-PETS.
Volunteers are always needed to help in the clinic every Tuesday. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 5455, Gun Barrel City TX 75147. Visit the web site at for more information

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
ABOVE–My name is Georgie. I am the sweetest cat ever. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. My ears have been treated for ear mites, I have tested negative for Leukemia and I have been fixed. I am a wonderful boy looking for a wonderful new start at life.
ABOVE–My name is Buddy. I am a male Black Lab. I am fixed and current on my shots. A gentleman fed me and took me to the vet and had me fixed up. He wasn’t able to keep me, but took care of me as long as he was able to. I am a handsome fella looking for a wonderful forever home.
ABOVE–My name is Blue. I am a cute little guy. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. I have been fixed and given my shots. I am an adorable little guy looking for my forever home.
ABOVE–My name is George. I think I may be a Retriever or maybe Husky? I was born January 3. I have been wormed and had 2 of 3 puppy shots. I am very sweet. I am doing well on potty training and am crate trained. I am looking for a forever home.

Pictured are just a few 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 Wednesdays.

For further information visit our website at