Oaks Arts Festival
Enchanted Oaks resident Beverly Gorden looks closely at
displayed art works during inaugural Enchanted Oaks Art Festival at city
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
AT LEFT – Payne Springs area residents Byron and Kitty
Whitted look over a selection of quilts and lace during the Enchanted
Oaks Art Festival Saturday. More than 50 artists displayed their work at
the inaugural showing.
Garden Club presents spring
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club produced winners in both
design and horticulture in its annual Spring Flower Show.
The show was held April 13 at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.
Margaret Ann Trail garnered the Sweepstakes Flower Show Award in the
horticulture category and she also received the Horticultural Excellence
She displayed various plants she had grown as well as several blooming
Betty Wise was given the Designers Choice Award in the design category
and received first place for Pedestal Design.
Wise was also the recipient of the Award of Merit in horticulture.
Teresa Brantley received first place for Exhibition Table Design, as
well as the Collectors Showcase Award in horticulture.
Donna Cooper earned a first place for Creative Design in a Niche.
Hyta Sims was given the Arboreal Award.
students head to Regional
Special to the Monitor
KEMP–The following Kemp High School students placed in a recent UIL
event, qualifying for Regional.
The Regional event was held at Texas A&M University, Commerce.
Brianna McCarty placed fourth in current events and issues, qualifying
as an alternate.
Alicia Jones placed second in spelling and was named a regional
qualifier. Jordan Shumway placed fourth and was named alternate.
In computer science, Bobby Dillingham was sixth, Jacob Neighbors made
alternate at fourth place and Joseph Smith made a first place and
qualified for Regional.
The literary team made first place as a team, qualifying the
participants for Regional.
The team consisted of third place winner Brittany Carney, second place
Laura Renfro and first place Jay Addison.
Also making first place team were Jessica Skirko and Wendy Stone.
This is the third consecutive year Kemp has won the District
Championship in Literary Criticism and the second year Kemp has swept
the top three places.
Mabank pre-K registration set
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MABANK–Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, all pre-K programs will
be housed at Central Elementary in Mabank.
The programs will be half-day, with sessions offered in the morning and
afternoon. Students will only be eligible to attend either the morning
or afternoon session.
The Mabank pre-K registration for the 2007-08 school year begins from 2
p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday
and Thursday, April 25-26.
Registration will be held at the Mabank Head Start office, Central
Elementary, 19119 East U.S. Highway 175 in Mabank.
To qualify for pre-K, the child must be four years of age on or before
The family must meet the Federal Income Guidelines to qualify.
At the time of registration, the parent/guardian must bring proof of
household income, proof of residency, the child’s birth certificate,
Social Security card and shot records.
Interested families must complete an application form and provide income
verification to be put through the selection process.
All applicants will receive a letter to inform the parents of the status
of the application.
Parents/guardians needing more information call Shelia Carter at (903)
Telephones provided for
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ATHENS–East Texans with hearing, sight, speech and mobility impairments
will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at St. Stephen’s
Anglican Church, 2101 East College Street in Athens.
Edith Hirth from the Deaf Action Center (DAC) will present the available
equipment that includes:
• telephones that repeat audibly the numbers dialed for sight impaired,
• amplified telephones for hearing impaired,
• teletype writers that convert speech into text for hearing disabled,
• telephones that talk for speech impaired, and
• adapted telephones to assist dialing or holding a receiver for
mobility challenged persons.
Senior citizens and others in East Texas who have disabilities that make
it difficult for them to use a telephone can get specially designed
equipment, for free, through the state’s specialized telecommunications
DAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminate barriers for deaf
and hard of hearing people.
The center also assists persons in obtaining hearing aids they might not
The center is also available to assist individuals or groups in their
homes, assisted living, nursing homes, senior groups and civic
The center is located at 203 North Green Street in Longview.
All resident Texans are eligible for assistance without age or financial
Mobility challenged persons can call for assistance.
The program is funded by the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DARS),
Deaf and hard of Hearing Services (DHHS).
For additional information, call the Center in Longview at (903)
553-9655, or the church in Athens at (903) 675-1639.