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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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,
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,
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
“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
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
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
“It was awesome,” she said. “It was like the end of my journey.
“I’m a very proud American,” she added.