Rotarians hear advantages
of Head Start
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–A program to help underprivileged children get the boost
they need to be successful in school was the main topic at the of the
Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake luncheon Friday.
Two Head Start teachers from Eustace, Alice Faz and Deanna Haynes,
shared the speaker’s podium, explaining the program and its advantages.
Starting with a bit of background information, the teachers explained
the program began in 1965 and has since served 20 million children.
“Kids leave Head Start ready to learn,” Faz said.
The children receive free medical screening, dental checkups, and give
parents an opportunity to participate in classroom activities.
“Everything comes with a manual, except a child,” Faz said.
“Head Start kids are more likely to graduate high school, and the
program is free to those who qualify,” Haynes said.
Children entering Head Start must be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1, and
qualify financially, she added.
In other business, Rotarians:
• heard the club will meet at the usual time and place Friday, April 10
• were reminded of the golf tournament set for Friday, April 24.
Business in GBC is bustling
despite economic downturn
By Jack Thompson
Gun Barrel EDC executive director
GUN BARREL CITY–At a time when headlines across the nation are
announcing business failures or corporate downsizing, Gun Barrel City
leaders are touting business expansions and start-ups in this growing
city on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake.
Beall’s department store is more than doubling its footprint in Gun
Barrel City, from 12,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet.
A new 5,000-square-foot Hibbett Sports, a retail sporting goods chain
going into an existing building under renovation, is expected to open
this summer. Hibbett operates 650 stores in 23 states, with some 75
stores in Texas (www.hibbett.com).
The city’s Economic Development Corporation is working hard in this
especially difficult economic climate to help businesses thrive in the
“The EDC is anxious to help our existing businesses maintain and improve
their customer base and expand their operations, and to support new
business ventures in Gun Barrel City,” EDC president Steve Webster said.
“We assisted two businesses over the past 12 months with their expansion
efforts,” Webster said. “We will assist in finding suitable facilities,
as well as help with financing and acclimation to the area.
“We work hand-in-hand with Gun Barrel City personnel to facilitate
people’s businesses,” he added.
About Gun Barrel City
Born in the mid-1960s with the creation of Cedar Creek Reservoir, Gun
Barrel City was named not for any romantic Western-style events, but to
emphasize the philosophy of its founders: “We shoot straight with you.”
The city has grown from a mere watering hole to the commercial center of
the lakeplex, at the junction of State Highways 198 and 334.
Mabank man pleads guilty to
federal drug charges
By Julie Vaughan
Monitor Staff Writer
TYLER–A Mabank man pled guilty March 30 in a Tyler Federal Court to
federal drug trafficking charges of possession with intent to distribute
and distribution of methamphetamines.
Charles Andrew Ford, also known as Sam Ford, 43, was arrested by Canton
Police Officer James Bradshaw during a joint investigation.
Bradshaw, along with investigator Pat Reedy, and Henderson County Deputy
Sheriff Jody Miller, had received information of a drug lab located at a
residence off VZ County Road 2913. Ford was arrested leaving the
residence July 19, 2008.
“We had been near the residence and could smell the chemicals,” Bradshaw
said. “We had information that he was up there cooking methamphetamines,
and when he left the residence, he was pulled over by a Van Zandt County
Officers went to the scene and interviewed Ford on the roadside, where
Bradshaw said he was given consent to search the vehicle. About half a
pound of methamphetamines was found.
“We were anticipating a guilty plea from him,” Bradshaw said. “During
the interview, he had admitted to the responsibility of the narcotics
and methamphetamines that was found in the vehicle.”
Bradshaw said a follow-up on the investigation resulted in the arrest of
two more individuals.
Once Ford was arrested, the U.S. Attorney’s office was contacted. The
case was accepted through the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration).
Ford’s guilty plea was entered in the Eastern District of Tyler Court,
with Judge John D. Love presiding and Richard Moore as the prosecuting
Bradshaw said the guilty plea means Ford could face up to 40 years in
“Sam has been handled for cooking methamphetamines before,” Bradshaw
said. “He was on parole through Henderson County until 2020.
“I’m glad he pled guilty,” Bradshaw added. “You can get away with it for
so long, and we’ve only got to catch you once.”
Bradshaw said Ford had previously manufactured drugs in Kaufman and
“He said this was the first time he had manufactured methamphetamines in
Van Zandt County,” Bradshaw said.
Ford awaits sentencing.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new 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 Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at