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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
All who plan to participate in the parade should be at the
school no later than 9:30 a.m., Pioneer Day coordinator Cary
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)
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
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
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
“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
“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
“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