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Microchip your pet
Southside Bank and Brookshire’s in Seven Points are sponsoring Paws and Claws from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday in June.
Buy a hot dog and drink. Any monetary or wish list donation will get a grooming discount at Tail Waggers.
All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake building campaign.

Whitton Homecoming
The Whitton community Homecoming dinner is set for noon Sunday (today). Dinner includes chicken or ham, mashed potatoes, beans and a lot of other great dishes, plus desserts. Games for the kids after dinner.
For information call Betty Porter at (903) 603-1852.

Spring barrel race
The Living for the Brand Cowboy Church is hosting a Spring Fling Barrel Race Sunday (today) at the church on North Loop 7, Athens. Open 5D and Youth 4D, with 100 percent payback. For information, visit the website www.lftbcowboychurch.com, or call (903) 675-9177.

VBS at FBC-GBC
Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church GBC is set for 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 6-10, for age 3 through sixth grade. The theme is the “Big Apple Adventure.” For information call (903) 887-6887 - ext. 3.

Senior Citizens dance
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club hosts its monthly dance at the Henderson County Senior Citizens Center, Athens, at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10. Country & Western music by Joe Walenta and the Ranch Hands.

Scholarships offered
The Lone Star Republican Women will award two scholarships, one for $1,000 and one for $500. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 7. Must be a single mother attending college or trade school with a GPA of 2.5 or greater and live in Henderson County. For information or an application form, call Ruby Fournet at (903) 498-3058.

Amateur Radio Club
The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club meets at 8 a.m. for an optional breakfast and meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Dairy Queen in Gun Barrel City. All area ham radio operators are welcome. Visit the CCARC’s new website at www.k5ccl.org.

Park Dedication
The family of Dot and Billy Arnold will be dedicating a park to the Arnold Hills POA in Seven Points at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11. The park is located at the entrance to the Arnold Hills subdivision.

Westside tea party
The Westside Tea Party movement meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Organizers say they do communicate with other groups in a six-county area and statewide.

Environmental camps
The Environmental Co-op is hosting Environmental Day Camps from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 14, 16, 21 and 23.
For information on cost and reservation call (972) 524-0007.

Summer food program
Malakoff ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service Program, providing meals for all children age 18 and under, without charge, at Malakoff Elementary, 310 North Terry, Malakoff, and at the Oran White Civic Center, 701 North Tool Drive, Tool. Malakoff Elementary will offer breakfast from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m., while the Tool site offers lunch only from 11 a.m. to noon (first come, first served), starting Monday, June 6, through Thursday, June 30.

Kemp food program
The Kemp Summer Food Service Program is free to youth 1 to 18, starting with breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursdays (closed Fridays), starting June 6 through July 5, at the Kemp Junior High cafetorium, 102 Old U.S. 40, Kemp.

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Gunfire wounds man in standoff with police

Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–A man involved in a shooting confrontation with police is recovering in a Tyler hospital after resisting officers in Gun Barrel City Tuesday.
According to a press release, Seven Points resident Miles Gray, 26, did not comply with a police officer’s instruction to exit his vehicle shortly after 9:30 p.m. at Big Chief’s Landing in Gun Barrel City.
Texas Ranger Michael Adcock is investigating the incident.
Police were responding to a 9-1-1 call reporting “a man with a gun” in or around lodgings at Big Chief Landing, police chief Damon Boswell told The Monitor.
Boswell said the names of the officers would be released after they had made their statements to investigators. Boswell also confirmed Gray’s condition Thursday.
Upon arrival the officers observed a silver four-door Chevrolet Malibu sedan with Gray inside.
“Gray was instructed to show his hands and exit the vehicle,” stated a press release prepared by Gun Barrel City investigator Monte Mansfield. Gray did not comply, even after repeated instruction were given.
The officers had identified themselves as police officers, the press release stated.
Then Gray put the vehicle in gear and attempted to run the officers over. Officers fired on the vehicle and Gray fled the scene, driving to a residence on Forest Oaks Street in Loon Bay, where he was located soon afterward.
Officers saw that Gray was inflicted with multiple gunshot wounds.
A helicopter was summoned and he was transferred to the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler to be treated for his injuries.
According to various reports, the bridge and several roadways were blocked for a short period of time during the incident.

 

Pioneer Day set for June 18
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–Booth spaces for the popular Eustace Pioneer Day on The Square are going fast.
The annual event is slated for Saturday, June 18.
Booth space with electricity is $20 for the day and those without only $10. Reserve your space by calling (903) 425-2751.
Every year this day-long celebration draws crowds to Eustace for games of skill, and unique crafts and gift items. A day of entertainment and activities are planned for the annual event, starting with the Fourth annual Pioneer Day 5K Walk/Run at 8 a.m.
Once again, coach Gene Myers is heading up this event. A $20 entry fee comes with a T-shirt. The top three winners in each age group will be presented with an award following the race. Pick up a registration form at the city hall, or call Myers at (903) 477-1379.
Spectators thrill to see hometown high school track stars compete against arch rivals from neighboring school districts in this fun competition.
Others are inspired by the field of senior athletes this event continues to attract.
After the race, the bazaar opens for browsing through arts, crafts and food booths.
But you don’t have to wait long before the Pioneer Day parade trots down Farm-to-Market 316 from the high school to the town square.
All who plan to participate in the parade should be at the school no later than 9:30 a.m., Pioneer Day coordinator Cary Reeve said.
All day entertainment is scheduled including, demonstrations, domino and horseshoe pitching contests and bingo.
Trophies follow the 42 tournament, courtesy of the Jane Beeson Family. For more information, contact Robert Reeve at (903) 275-7722.
Horseshoe pitchers will be competing for cash prizes. Contact Jerry and Joel Boyd at (903) 880-1093.
The Eustace Primary School will once again host a cake walk around the gazebo at 10: 45 a.m.
The First Baptist Church Eustace Adult Choir takes the stage at 11:15 a.m. This group has grown in musical ability and expertise over the years and is a performance you won’t want to miss.
Five Tigers Dojo will once again demonstrate their martial arts skills under sensei Ellis Beam, (903) 275-7722.
At 1 p.m., pets will be strutting their stuff in an adorable pet show at the gazebo. If your pet has what it takes to circle the gazebo, be sure to be there with your leash. Questions? Call Rick and Diane Schaeffer at (903) 425-4082.
The day of festivities closes with a street dance beginning at 8 p.m. with music provided by John Allen and the Whiplash Band.

Local woman’s DNA identifies Korean War casualty
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–A small group began the Memorial Day weekend with a tender gathering May 27 at the Mabank Veteran’s Memorial Park to pay homage to an American soldier killed almost 60 years ago in Korea.
Despite the heat, no one complained as they greeted one another and then the quiet ceremony began for the presentation of a United States flag from a grateful nation.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Sgt. First Class James Byington, from Fort Hood, presents a U.S. Flag and medals belonging to Pfc. Joseph Terrell, who was killed 60 years ago in Korea to Gun Barrel City resident Lucille Crowder. The 89-year-old provided DNA used to identify the remains of her cousin.

U.S. Army Sgt. First Class James Byington presented the flag to Lucille Crowder, of Gun Barrel City on behalf of her cousin MIA/KIA Pfc Joseph A. Terrell. He also returned the DNA sample she provided that made it possible to identify Terrell’s remains, allowing him to be buried at DFW National Cemetery, the past week.
“My mother was contacted five years ago with information that Joseph’s remains could be with boxes of remains that were returned to the military in 1993,” Crowder’s daughter Sharon Adama said.
“A little over three years ago, my mother gave her DNA in an effort to identify Joseph,” she explained.
Many soldiers remains are still in storage, which with a relative’s DNA could be identified.
“This is something everybody needs to be aware of,” Adama added.
The identification became official in March.
As the flag was presented to Crowder, a beautiful rendition of taps was sounded by John A Simonette, of Mabank.
Simonette said he got word of the simple ceremony and then volunteered his talents to the family.
Once identified, other family members, some who had not known of the soldier’s existence, met for the first time.
“We also found an uncle, Art Smith of St. Louis, Mo., who had no idea, Joseph even existed,” Adama, elaborated.
Terrell’s remains were returned to family members at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport May 17, and escorted by Dallas police and the Patriot Guard Riders.
The motorcade escorted the fallen soldier’s body to Jeter & Sons Funeral Home in Dallas.
Scenes from the escort were televised on WFAA-Channel 8.
Even more touching than this was the fact that Terrell grew up in an orphanage from the age of 10 and later searched for years to find his family.
Documentation showed he found his mother’s family in Lufkin. He spent a short time with them before he left for military duty in Korea.
“He was killed shortly afterward,” Adama continued.
Terrell served in the National Guard during World War II and then in Korea.
He was listed as Missing in Action (MIA) on Nov. 2, 1950 while fighting near Unsan, North Korea. He was listed as Killed in Action (KIA) on Dec. 31, 1953.
“I was the only one who had seen him,” Crowder said, speaking of long ago, when Terrell was about 8.
Byington, stationed with the 1st Cavalry at Fort Hood, said Terrell was in the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, in the 1st Cavalry Division.
“He was a 1st Cavalry person and we take care of our own,” he said, explaining why he made the long drive from Fort Hood to Mabank on his day off to bring Crowder the encased flag and medals belonging to Terrell.
“We felt because she was the last living relative to see (and remember) him before he went into the orphanage, she deserved this flag,” he said, and the fact she provided the DNA, he added.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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