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Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 887-6549.
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NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more information please call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For information, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email, or (800) 422-2260 or visit
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more information, please call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Henderson County Retired School Personnel meets at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday each month at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 451-3585 for info.
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. For more information, please call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email bhanstrom@embarqmail .com   for more information.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 2:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank. The public is welcome to attend.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For info, call (903) 498-2140.
Suicide Survivors Group for those grieving the loss of someone by suicide, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meet at 6 p.m. each Monday at the First Baptist Church of Mabank. Contact Gaye Ward at (903) 887-5913 for more info.
TVCC Singles meet at 7 p.m. each Monday in the Nutrition Center at TVCC, located off Park Street near the Athens Country Club. This is a support group for singles of all ages and is supported by TVCC. For more info, call Hilda Anding at (903) 675-7270.

TVCC offers ‘tremendous value’ for local students
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Enrollment at Trinity Valley Community College’s campuses has skyrocketed over the last three years, and that kind of growth brings both growing pains and increased opportunities.KiwanisForgey.jpg (183310 bytes)
“Always, our focus is on student success,” TVCC president Glendon Forgey told members of the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club during the club’s weekly luncheon Wednesday.
This school year, enrollment is above 8,000 students. To help serve that growing population, TVCC is looking to high-tech tools, such as so-called “smart classrooms” and innovative Internet-based services, such as “lecture capture,” Forgey said.
“We’re probably going to be creating 10 ‘smart’ classes a year at our campuses,” he said.

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TVCC president Glendon S. Forgey speaks to members of the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club during their weekly luncheon Wednesday.

“Lecture capture” is a new technology that allows a student who misses a class, for whatever reason, to log in and review the class on-line, he explained.
New this year is an instant messaging service that alerts students via e-mail or text message about upcoming weather-related closings, which also will be used if there is a tornado warning at one of TVCC’s three campuses, Forgey said.
“We’ve been making great progress with our facilities,” he said, noting some major remodeling going on at the Palestine campus and big new parking addition at the Terrell campus.
At the main Athens campus, TVCC trustees have given the go-ahead for a new residential hall, and construction on that new dorm should begin this summer, Forgey said.
“We’ve added softball and volleyball (programs) this year,” he pointed out, and new nursing program facilities are also planned.
“This year, we switched to a four-day (class) schedule at all campuses,” Forgey said. Four-day schedules were already in place at Terrell and Palestine, and the switch at Athens allowed students to gain better access to courses through distance learning programs, he added.
TVCC gets funding through ad valorem taxation, but its tax rate is right at the bottom, compared to other junior colleges in Texas, Forgey said.
Of course, providing all that new technology and facilities costs money, and barring a huge boost from the Texas Legislature – not likely, considering the state’s projected budget deficit – TVCC will need to hike tuition and fees.
“We will be raising our rates,” he said. “The average is $65 (per semester hour), and we’re at $42. We will gradually be getting closer to the average.”
Still, even with tuition and fee hikes, TVCC remains “a tremendous value for students in this area,” Forgey said.
“At $50 per hour, that’s about $1,500 a year,” he said. “At the University of Texas at Austin, tuition and fees will run you about $10,000 a year.”
Pell studies show TVCC students have a much better-than-average rate of success, particularly when transferring to four-year universities, he said.
TVCC already partners with Texas A&M University at Commerce to enable students to take junior-level courses locally before transferring to TAMU for the final 32 hours of course work, Forgey said.
In the fall, 2008, rules were change to allow high school freshmen to begin taking college-level courses. That program was primarily aimed at students from troubled economic backgrounds, who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to afford college, he explained.
That program has been so successful – Palestine joined with 86 students this past fall – that TVCC is looking to partner with the University of Texas at Tyler to provide scholarships for needy students looking to continue their education, he said.
“A lot of adults are coming back to school,” he noted, pointing out the average TVCC student’s age is 27.
High technology has provided new career opportunities, Forgey pointed out.
“There’s a new degree we now offer in computer gaming software,” he said. “Healthcare programs are also one of our new focuses.”
In club news, members:
• were reminded of the upcoming “quilt day” Tuesday, April 27, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. A goal is to finish 50 quilts for sick children at Children’s Hospital in Dallas.
• discussed member assignments and needs for the annual Krawfish Boil and Car Show with the area chamber of commerce Saturday, May 1, at the Mabank Pavilion.


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