Sheriff warns about scams
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
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
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)
Small businesses start at your
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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 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
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
• 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
• 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] 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 www.friendsoftheanimals.org for more information