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Cedar Creek Lake Car Show and Kiwanis Krawfish Boil set
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–If crawfish with all the trimmings served out of doors is just what the doctor ordered to cure your spring fever, or if you just long for the good ol’ days and enjoy wandering around “remembering when” as you check out beautiful hot rods, trucks, muscle cars, T-buckets and more, you won’t want to miss the family event at Mabank Pavilion Saturday, May 3.
Last year, the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar Creek Kiwanis Club partnered to produce a joint fund-raiser that proved to be highly successful for both groups.
The Cedar Creek Lake Car Show and Kiwanis Krawfish Boil combined the best of two existing events to bring residents of the area and out of town visitors a day of show cars, great food, music and fun for the entire family.
The Mabank Pavilion is located just off Business U.S. Highway 175 in Mabank and the cars will start rolling in about 8 a.m. to register.
The Car Show is free to the public and promises an “up close” view of some of the best-looking hot rods, cars and trucks in the region and from around the state.
Entrance to the Car Show is free.
Chamber president Jo Ann Hanstrom reports the 2007 event featured almost 100 cars from around the region, and by all indications, this year the show will be even more popular.
Besides all of the wonderful show cars on display, there will be a rare 2008 Shelby GT Mustang, a car that has already brought a lot of excitement to car buffs.
The Shelby is a limited edition (No. 259 of only 2,000) and visitors to our show will be able to buy tickets for a chance to win the car.
Tickets are only $10 and all proceeds benefit the East Texas Crisis Center.
This will be the inaugural showing of the Shelby as a fund-raiser for the Crisis Center.
The car will be given away at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at Harvey Convention Center.
For those readers who have a car to show in the competition, entry forms are available at the chamber office at 604 S. Third St. Ste. E in Mabank.
There will be entries in 20 classes (including Jr. Dragster), door prizes, goodie bags and T-shirts for the first 100 entries, plus professional DJ Tom Pollard playing cruisin’ tunes all day.
Registration for the show will be from 8-11 a.m. Judging will be noon to 1 p.m. and awards will be presented at 2 p.m.
The cost to enter is $20 if pre-registered (first 60 entries guaranteed under the roof of the 28,000 square foot Mabank Pavilion) and $25 the day of the show.
For an application, call (903) 887-3152 or e-mail
You can also go to to download and print an application.
While on the site, take time to check out the photos of the ’07 show. You’ll also find a list of generous sponsors of the ’08 show on the website, a new event addition this year.
The Kiwanis Club will be serving crawfish with all the trimmings.
The tasty “mud bugs” will be sold in $5, $10, $15 and $20 servings.
The $20 flat has crawfish, corn on the cob and potatoes for four people.
The Chamber of Commerce Grill Team will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers and sausage on a stick for those folks who don’t care for crawfish, plus frozen candy bars will be available for dessert.
The Grill Team’s motto is “Eat a hot dog, save a crawfish.”
Besides the grill items, breakfast will be available at the concession for early birds, and souvenir T-shirts and other items will be on sale throughout the day.
For more information, call The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at (903) 887-3152.
You may e-mail at
For a complete list of chamber events and a categorized member list, visit

Kiwanis eyes scholarship awards
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis members buckled down to one of their most difficult tasks at their weekly luncheon Wednesday – picking four scholarship winners from a lengthy list of deserving students.
Kiwanis members annually award scholarships to two Mabank High School seniors, along with one senior from both Eustace High School and Trinidad High School.
Past president Shannon Steakley presented Kiwanis members with a list of students to grade, reading excerpts from each senior’s application, listing accomplishments and civic/community activities.
In club news, members were told the Wednesday, April 30, luncheon will be held at Whatz Up Family Fun Park in Seven Points, with new Henderson County District Attorney-elect Scott McKee as the guest speaker.
The regular Kiwanis meeting place, the Lakeridge RV Park clubhouse in Gun Barrel City, has been reserved by another group next Wednesday, club members heard.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club members listen to accomplishments from one
of a long list of deserving high school seniors seeking a scholarship during
the club’s weekly luncheon Wednesday.

Mabank FFA members honored at annual banquet
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–There are two basic rules about working in agriculture-related jobs, Mabank FFA chapter members heard.
“Number one, you won’t get rich,” Dr. Dusty Abney told more than 135 members, parents and guests at the annual FFA awards banquet April 17.
“Number two, everybody sells,” Abney told the gathering.
Abney, a 1990 Cross Roads High School graduate and beef specialist for Cargill Industries, was the guest speaker for the banquet, which honored chapter members and outgoing officers.
Mabank FFA members brought home between $57,000 and $58,000 in auction proceeds from livestock shows attended during the past school year, the gathering heard.
During the banquet, the chapter extended honorary membership to school board member and parent Scott Tuley, along with parent Debra Thomas, for their support of the chapter.
The chapter also recognized ag teachers Matt Woodley and Dustin Clark, along with veteran teacher/advisor Tom Trull.
Woodley and his wife (due to give birth Saturday, May 3) were presented several baskets full of “baby things,” many colored pink in expectations of a girl, by the outgoing officers and other chapter members.
Chapter proficiency awards were presented to Jake Costlow (Beef Placement), Taylor Rademacher (Agricultural Communications), Erin Hankins (Swine Production), Macey Thomas (Diversified Livestock Production), Kelsie Busby (Metal Fabrication), Amy Arvin (Poultry Production) and Bethany Norman (Beef Production).
Costlow was named the chapter’s Star Greenhand.
Certificate of Merit awards, for chapter members with a grade average of 95 or higher, went to Steven Gryder, Ethan Almanza, Costlow, Xuxa Dyers, Mallory Norman and Rademacher.
Also, Michael Butler, Aaron Fisher, Lesley Lozano, Zack McDonald, Jeffery Stockton, Valerie Manning, Griffin Marshall, Caleb Atherton, Kylee Bell and Elizabeth Colin.
Also, Jonathan Fulbright, Hannah Holcomb, Elizabeth Nance, Jennifer Pyle, William Thorton, Hankins, Busby, Thomas, Corbin Anderson and Tommy Lister.
Also, Cody Rasberry, Brandon Bledsoe, Brittany Burns, Michael Robertson, Hailey Tucker, Amy Arvin, Gabriella Costilla, Tori McMinn, Norman, Mitzi Pyle and James McCollough.
Certificates of appreciation were presented to Lisa and Barry Hudgens, Staci and Cary Costlow, Geri and Dave Rademacher and Victoria and Kevin Bishop.
Eight chapter members were scheduled to compete at the Area contest April 20 as four different teams.
Those were Valerie Manning (Senior Creed Speaking), Colten Powell (Greenhand Creed Speaking), Busby, Michael Butler and Manning (Ag Issues) and Cameron Kile, Atherton and Will Thorton (Greenhand Skills).
LDE Team members were Manning, Colton Powell, Busby, Butler, Kile, Atherton, Thorton, Rademacher, Sadie Roberts, Bell, Thomas, Nathan Carrier, Costlow, Almanza, Rachal Millender, Dustin Jackson, Tanner Sparks, Dyer, Norman, Shaylee Williams and Amanda Cook.
CDE Team members were Norman, Pyle, Gryder, Zack McDonald, Almanza, Jackson, Costlow, Marshall, Justin Tulley, Jeffrey Stockton, Amy Arvin, Tori McMinn and Busby.
Outgoing officers were recognized – president Macey Thomas, vice president Erin Hankins, secretary Amy Arvin, treasurer Valerie Manning, reporter Kelsie Busby, sentinel Lesley Lozano and student advisor Gabriela Costilla.
Incoming officers for the 2008-09 school year were introduced – president Jake Costlow, vice president Valerie Manning, secretary Elizabeth Nance, treasurer Hailey Tucker, reporter Tanner Sparks, sentinel Gabriella Costilla and student advisor Ethan Almanza.

Mabank High School FFA chapter members awarded plaques and certificates
at the chapter’s annual banquet April 17 gather in the Mabank Middle
School cafetorium.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Parents Debra Thomas (left) and Scott Tuley were
 presented with honorary chapter memberships at
the Mabank FFA chapter banquet April 17.


Come Adopt Us At
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 home.

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 new home.

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


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