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May 1
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 319.03
Water Temperature:
69 degrees - top
73 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Courtney Howard golf tournament
The sixth annual Courtney Howard Memorial golf tournament is set Saturday, May 14, at the Kings Creek Country Club.
Entry for the four-man scramble is $75 per person, with entry deadline at 5 p.m. Thursday (today). Entry fee includes 11 a.m. lunch, followed by a noon shotgun start.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, along with longest drive and closest to pin.
Proceeds benefit the Courtney Howard Foundation, funding scholarships and other local charities. Entry forms are available at Groom & Sons’ Hardware in Mabank; call (903) 887-1689, or check the website

TVCC golf tourney
The annual Trinity Valley Community College Foundation golf tournament will be held Monday, May 2, at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Entry fee for the four-man-scramble tournament is $240 per team or $60 per player, which includes an 11:30 a.m. lunch. There are two flights, with an 8 a.m. start and a 1 p.m. start.
Entry deadline is Friday, April 22. For more information, call (903) 670-2620, or e-mail

Realtors tournament
The Henderson County chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors is hosting a golf tournament Monday, May 9, at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Entry fee is $60 per person, if paid before May 5 ($65 at the door), which includes cart and 11:30 a.m. lunch, followed by 1 p.m. start.
For information, contact Shirley Salmon at (214) 695-0664 or,  or Sue Hosack at (903) 887-7055 or

Rotary tournament
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake will host its eighth annual benefit golf tournament Friday, May 6, at the Kings Creek Country Club.
Entry for the tournament is $60 per player (if paid by Wednesday, May 4; $65 at the door). Sign-in opens at 10:30 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start.
Cash prizes totaling $800 will be awarded for first place, second place and lucky team. Tri-County Ford is providing a 2011 Focus as a hole-in-one prize.
For more information, contact Gretchen at (903) 288-9963.


Upcoming Events


May 2-3
Bidistrict playoffs


May 2-3
3A Regional meet
(@ Commerce)
2A Regional meet
(@ Stephenville)

May 13-14
State Track Meet
(@ UT Austin)

Purtis Creek State Park

May 7
Nature Hike
(5 p.m.)























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Sports Highlights

Local folks help restore man’s unique ’69 Chevelle
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–With the help of a couple of lake-area car restorers, a Dallas-area man is completing the restoration of an extremely rare car – literally one of a kind.
Roger Day bought a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle new Aug. 19, 1969, trading in a 1966 Chevelle SS. He traded the Chevelle in for a 1970 Camaro RS the next October, but later started looking to see if he could find that ’69.

Courtesy Photo
Roger Day stands with his one-of-a-kind 1969 Chevelle, now undergoing restoration.

“My wife (Karen) and I had our first date in that car May 30 (1970), and we were engaged two weeks later,” Day recalled.
During a lengthy career in sales – he currently sells airplane parts – Day moved to Texas (just north of Dallas) in 1982, but he still looked for that ’69 Chevelle.
Day’s search started and stopped several times (he once heard the car had been stripped and crushed), but in August, 2009, he finally found the ’69 in Chicago, and parked it back in his Texas driveway Aug. 16, 2009 – almost 40 years to the day after he bought it the first time.
Unlike most folks, Day kept all the original paperwork, including the dealer sticker and the original sales contract. “It was one of those things that wound up in a box,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
Payne Springs resident James “Buddy” Lumans is also a Chevelle aficionado, and has spent much of his spare time the last 10 years restoring Chevelles at his shop, Lumans Classic Cars and Parts, located just off State Highway 198 on Henderson County Road 2529.
At the annual Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Car Show and Kiwanis Krawfish Boil, Lumans won “Best in Class” the last two years, showing a 1969 Chevelle two years ago and a 1970 Chevelle last year.
(Lumens won’t have a Chevelle in this year’s show May 7; he’s working on a ’68 Chevelle convertible for next year.)
Lumans fixes and then sells his cars, and Day spotted Lumans’ Chevelle online. “Later, I found out Buddy restored Chevelles, and we became friends,” Day said.
“He needed a rear end, and I had one that was the right date and everything,” Lumans said.
Why is the car considered so rare?
General Motors made a lot of Chevelles, but almost all of them had 396 cubic inch V-8 motors, Day explained.
Thanks to the efforts of Don Yenko (“he was to GM what Carroll Shelby was to Ford,” Day explained), die-hard speed fans discovered GM’s Central Office Production Order (COPO) system.
The COPO system handled all of GM’s “specialty” vehicles, such as police cars, taxicabs – and factory hot rods, Day explained.
“Normally, the largest engine you could get was a 396, but with COPO, you could get a 427 crate motor factory-installed,” he said.
Former race car driver Dick Harrell created his own shop in Kansas City, Mo., and Day’s ’69 was delivered there for some final modifications before sale.
“GM created 323 total (COPO Chevelles), and 99 of those were automatics – the rest were four-speeds,” Day said. “My car was automatic, so it was one of just 99, and it’s the only one documented with an original factory 427.”
That’s right – one of a kind, and Day has the paperwork to back it up.
After tracking down parts – including Lumens’ Chevelle rear end – Day took the car to Premier Body and Paint LC in Buffalo, Mo., to start a frame-off restoration (progress photos can be seen on their website).
April 9, Day brought the car to the lake area so he, Lumens and good friend Lonnie Gaddis (who owns OTR Auto Glass and lives in the Lively community) could spend a very long day putting glass in the vehicle.
“We started about 8 a.m. and finished about 9 p.m. putting all the glass in,” Lumens said. “It was a long day’s work.”
“I’m still trying to get it finished up,” Day said. “I’m still waiting on a few (interior) parts that are hard to find.”
Day said the restoration will return the Chevelle to as near original as possible, given that no one can buy original seat covers or dash covers.
“It’ll be as close as I can get it,” he said. “It will look exactly like it did the day I bought it.
“It’s a part numbers correct car, and a cast day correct car,” he added.
Day is trying to get the car ready for the annual “Chevellabration” in Tennessee in June, Lumens said.
“I guarantee (the Chevelle) will make every hot rod and custom collector magazine,” Lumens said. “People all over the U.S. are talking to him (Day) daily about it – it’s that rare.
“It’s a piece of history,” he added.


Wildlife management workshop set May 13
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Anderson-Houston Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor a workshop on managing small acreages for wildlife Friday, May 13, at the Gus Engeling Wildlife Management Area north of Palestine on U.S. 287.
The workshop is designed for landowners interested in wildlife management on properties of 250 acres or less or those who are interested in wildlife tax evaluations.
The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $15, which includes a barbecue lunch.
Space is limited, and payment must be made in advance. RSVP by mailing a letter with your name, property county, contact information, email address and $15 per person (check made payable to Anderson-HoustonSWCD) to Engeling WMA, 16149 N. U.S. Hwy. 287, Tennessee Colony, TX 75861.
For more information or to register by phone, contact Eric Woolverton, Tucker Slack or Jennifer Ganter at (903) 928-2251.




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