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May 5
, 2011






News in Brief

Immunization clinic
The Texas Department of Health Services holds immunization clinics during odd months only from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday (May 24) at the Mabank Fire Department, 111 E. Mason, Mabank. No clinics on holidays. For information call (972) 932-2038.

Book & plant sale
A book, bake and plant sale is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday (today) and Friday, May 6, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points, sponsored by Best Friends of the Library. For information call (903) 432-4185.

Senior Center
The Westside Senior Citizens Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday (today and every Thursday) at the Cedar Creek Bible Church Activities Building, 700 North Seven Points Boulevard, one mile north of the traffic light, Seven Points. Seniors 55 and older can come for a light lunch, along with games, snacks, tea and coffee, exercise and fellowship. For information call (903) 340-9672.

CCL Garden Club
The Cedar Creek Garden Club meets at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 6, in the Community Room at Tomlinson’s Funeral Home. The meeting begins with a covered dish luncheon, followed by a plant auction. Those interested are welcome to attend.

Republican Women
The Kaufman County Republican Women’s annual “Potato Supper” fundraiser is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Cedar Mountain Lodge. Live music, live and silent auctions will be featured, along with speaker justice Robert Fillmore. For information, tickets and sponsor information call Janas Byrnes at (214) 202-3916 or visit the website,

HC forage field day
A forage field day, sponsored by Henderson county Beef Cattle Committee and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Mackey Lewis Farm in Eustace. Pre-register by Friday, May 6; 2 CEUs awarded. For information or registration call (903) 675-6130.

AL hot dog supper
The American Legion Post 310 Auxiliary offers Coney Island style hot dogs with all the trimmings, plus homemade desserts from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, benefitting various veteran-related activities. The Post is located on south SH 198, GBC.

MHS car show
The Mabank High School Automotive Department is hosting a Car Show fundraiser from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the automotive department parking lot at Mabank Junior High. Proceeds benefit the high school automotive department. For information or to register, call (903) 340-9105. Leave name and contact number.

Baptist bake sale
The Fellowship Baptist Church youth group is hosting a bake sale from 9 a.m. until sold out Saturday, May 7, at Brookshire’s in Seven Points. Items include brownies, cakes, cookies, sopapilla cheesecake and Mother’s Day cookie cakes. Funds earned benefit the youth group.

EISD parent meeting
A parent involvement policy will be discussed at a Parent-School Compact meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Eustace High School Library. For information, call Janice Beasley at the EISD Administration office, (903) 425-5155 or email

Youth summit
The Retro Student Ministries presents “Unleashed Youth Summit 2011,” a lock-in set for 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday/Saturday, May 6-7, at the Cain Center, Athens. A jam-packed service with games, dramas, give-a-ways, worship and national speaker Trammel Orr is planned. The night includes pizza, bungee run, sumo wrestling, jousting, boxing, swimming and tons more. For information and price, call (903) 887-5429 or visit

Recycle electronics
The Environmental Co-op is hosting a free electronics recycling drive and paper-shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, at the American National Bank Parking lot, 200 N. Catherine Street, Terrell. The event is sponsored by ANB and Rowden Hendrickson Shipley Insurance. There will be no charge for TVs or monitors. Also collecting cell phones, ink toner cartridges, all types of batteries (including car) and eyeglasses for the Lions Club.
For information call (972) 524-0007.

Gospel Lectureship
The Trinidad Church of Christ is hosting a Gospel Lectureship at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the church, located at 241 West Scruggs, Trinidad, featuring the format, “Seven Men for Seven Minutes,” with the theme “Unity of Spirit.” For information call the church (903) 778-2536.

CCL Car Show
The annual Cedar Creek Lake Car Show and Krawfish Boil opens with registration at 8 a.m., with awards at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Pavilion in Mabank. Crawfish served starting at 10:30 a.m. until gone. Event is over after awards are presented.

WCR Golf Tourney
The Henderson County Women’s Council of Realtors’ annual golf tournament is set for Monday, May 9, at Cedar Creek Country Club. Check-in for the 18-hole scramble set at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch and 1 p.m. tee-off. Hole-in-one nets a 2011 Camero. For information call Shirley Salmon at (214) 695-0664, or Sue Hosack at (860) 276-7355 or Lajean Fenske at (903) 880-6628.

CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets for refreshments at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points. Colleen Boudreaux will present “Women of the West,” by Dorothy Gray. Guests are welcome. For membership information call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.

Caney Creek Baptist
Caney Creek Baptist Church is hosting a family night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the church located at 5441 FM 3054, Malakoff. The public is invited to enjoy a meal, with Bible study and programs following.
For information call (903) 489-3500.

Green seminar
The Green Business Initiative Seminar is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Kaufman County Library, 3790 S. Houston St. Kaufman. Seating is limited. For information or to reserve a spot call (972) 524-007 or e-mail

Van Zandt dance
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club monthly dance is set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Henderson County Senior Citizens Center in Athens. Country & Western music by Joe Walenta and the Ranch Hands. Everyone is welcome.

KC clean-up
The annual Kaufman County-wide Clean-up is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, at various locations, including the cities of Mabank, Kemp and Scurry. Free to all Kaufman County residents. For information call Texas AgriLife Extension Service at (972) 932-9069.

Tamarack sale
The Tamarack Ladies Club rummage and bake sale is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, at the TLC Hall in Blackie Ensley Park. Craft tables are available. For information call Linda at (903) 887-8984 or Liz at (903) 887-7049.

Pancake breakfast
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The church is located at 9667 SH 198. Also, a garage sale will take place across the street at Lord’s Acres.
For information call (903) 489-0480.

Howard tourney
The sixth annual Courtney Howard Memorial Scholarship golf tournament is set for Saturday, May 14. Contact Groom & Sons’ Hardware and Lumber at (903) 887-1689.

Pet transport sought
With the increase in gasoline prices, the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is seeking help on Mondays transporting animals to Crandall for spay/neuter services. It’s possible to use the shelter van if necessary.
For information call (903) 432-3422.

Pet food needed
Happy Tails runs a pet food bank and has been hit hard with the rising gas prices. Please donate if you can by calling (903) 880-4124 or cell (903) 275-5990,, Adopt a happy Tail Inc. (a 501(c)(3) organization).

Gardener is ‘in’
The Henderson County Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions by phone during April and May. Call the AgriLife Extension Office between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at (903) 675-6130, and ask for your Master Gardener.

Meals on Wheels
Kemp Senior Citizen Center is seeking volunteer drivers for its Meals on Wheels program. Only one hour a day, and you can pick the day or days. Call Lisa Stinnett at (903) 498-4046.

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Help sought to solve burglaries
Monitor Staff Reports

GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City police are seeking information about two burglaries of city businesses which occurred overnight April 20-21.
Sometime between midnight and 4:40 a.m. April 20, one or more persons targeted the ATM machine at RJ’s Food Mart and Chevron station at 794 West Main St.
Entry was made through the back cinderblock wall with a blunt instrument. Windows and doors were also broken.
At this time, an undetermined amount of cash was taken from the ATM machine there. No alarm sounded. The morning clerk, who arrived at 4:40 a.m., first alerted police to the break-in.
A second break-in occurred at the One Stop on Gun Barrel Lane behind Huddle House between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.
“It was a straight smash-and-grab,” investigator Monte Mansfield told The Monitor. “They smashed the window and grabbed the lottery tickets,” he said.
This action was caught on video by the store’s surveillance equipment. Mansfield described the suspects as a Hispanic man and a black man.
So far, there is nothing to link the two break-ins to the same suspects.
If anyone has knowledge that would help the police solve these two cases, they are asked to call the Gun Barrel City police department at (903) 887-7151.
“The higher gas prices go, the more burglaries we going to have. That’s a fact,” assistant chief Larry Warrick said.


Supply drive for tornado victims in Alabama set
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–One woman and her children have taken to heart the near miss their Mabank neighborhood had from a tornado that touched down briefly at the Cedar Creek Lake Country Club golf course April 26.
They are responding to the needs of residents of small towns in Alabama, who are suffering from the effects of tornadoes that strengthened and struck their area shortly after leaving Texas.
Full-time nursing student Tracy Kelley, her son Adain, 9, and daughter Alexis, 4, have started collecting needed personal hygiene supplies for delivery to the Red Cross chapter of Calhoun and Cleburne counties in Alabama.
Boxes placed by Kelley’s family at the Family Dollar stores in Mabank and Gun Barrel City and at The Monitor and the Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce hub office in Mabank are filling up with things like toothbrushes, disposable baby diapers, baby bottles, new pillows, new blankets, over-the-counter medications, matches and much-needed school supplies.
“Just anything you think you might need if your roof had been blown off,” Kelley said.
Red Cross coordinator April C. Wills-Turnbow told The Monitor there’s been an outpouring of clothes and toys, but personal hygiene items and basic supplies are still lacking.
Kelley networked through Facebook to contact Turnbow.
Turnbow, along with her husband, Darrel, and volunteers Traci Morgan and Holly Neumann, are working night and day to assist the adults and children in this very rural area.
Many family members are living in their cars to guard their house belongings from looters, Turnbow said of their request for tents. Area churches are serving as shelters for the displaced, April added.
Though Kelley doesn’t know anyone personally who lives in Chapel, Willow Pointe, Ohatchee, Reads Mill, Websters Chapel, Goshen or Centre, 150 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa, Ala., she can imagine being there and living through these storms.
“We watched the tornado drop into Mabank, and it was terrifying. So, we want to help,” she said.
MUD Technologies International in Athens, which sends out parts all over the country, has agreed to ship whatever Kelley can collect to the Calhoun/Cleburne Red Cross chapter in Anniston, Ala.
They plan to send out the collected supplies in several batches over the next three weeks, and so she asks anyone who feels as she does about narrowly escaping destruction to give as generously as they can to collection sites she’s setting up in the area.
“We just want to collect as much as we can to send out to those families in need as soon as we can,” Kelley said.

HC Republican Club recognizes new citizen
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Henderson County Republicans witnessed a special presentation at their April 28 meeting, as a new American citizen received a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Gun Barrel City code compliance officer Jacqui Callaway is a native of Boston, England, located on the North Atlantic coast, about 100 miles north of London.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Former Henderson County Judge David Holstein (left) presents Gun Barrel City code enforcement officer Jacqui Callaway with an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol, provided by Congressman Jeb Hensarling, during a special recognition of her becoming a U.S. citizen at the Henderson County Republicans' monthly meeting April 28.

Born into a military family, she came to the United States in 1985 and joined the U.S. Air Force.
“I’m very pro-military,” Callaway said later. “I’ve always been in uniform.”
She became an American citizen Feb. 2, 2010.
Former county judge David Holstein presented Callaway with the American flag, supplied by Congressman Jeb Hensarling, along with a certificate noting the flag was flown over the Capitol.
Witnessing the presentation were her daughter Lindsey (who sang the national anthem to open the meeting) and sons Richard and Jamie.
“It was awesome,” she said. “It was like the end of my journey.
“I’m a very proud American,” she added.















































































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