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  Enchanted Oaks Arts Festival

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Enchanted Oaks resident Beverly Gorden looks closely at displayed art works during inaugural Enchanted Oaks Art Festival at city hall Saturday.




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 show winners
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 Award.
She displayed various plants she had grown as well as several blooming irises.
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.

KHS 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
Special to The Monitor
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 Sept. 1.
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) 880-9100.

Telephones provided for handicapped
Special to The Monitor
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 assistance program.
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 otherwise afford.
The center is also available to assist individuals or groups in their homes, assisted living, nursing homes, senior groups and civic organizations.
The center is located at 203 North Green Street in Longview.
All resident Texans are eligible for assistance without age or financial restrictions.
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.













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