49ers seniors club
The Cedar Creek Lake 49ers Club will host a dance to the music
of Chuck & the 49ers from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday (tonight and
every Thursday). No smoking or alcohol. Small fee at the door.
Location is SH 334, two blocks south on Arnold Hills Road in
Seven Points. For information call or fax to (903) 432-3552.
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. 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.
No. 369 Rainbow Girls Masonic Youth are hosting a pancake
breakfast fundraiser from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11,
at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge, 402 Legendary Lane, GBC.
Monies earned benefit the Rainbow girls programs.
Amateur Radio Club
The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club gathers at 8 a.m. for an
optional breakfast with business meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday,
June 11, at the GBC Dairy Queen. All area ham radio operators
are welcome. Visit the CCARC’s new website at
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.
Camp Wildlife, a summer day camp, is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 15, at Cedar Mountain Lodge. Small fee for kids
includes lunch (adults pay for lunch). The lodge is located at
6950 CR 4082, Scurry. For information call Pam Corder at (469)
285-3370. Campers must RSVP to
The Westside Senior Center open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday,
June 16 (every Thursday), at the Cedar Creek Bible Church
Activities Building, 700 North Seven Points boulevard. Seniors
55 and older are invited to enjoy a light lunch, snacks, games
and a speaker. For information call (903) 340-9672.
The American Legion Auxiliary is cooking dinner from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday (stew, cornbread & desserts) and Saturday (a deluxe
meatloaf dinner), June 17-18. Proceeds go to send high school
junior girls to Girls State in Seguin.
The Confederate Rose Chapter 2548, United Daughters of the
Confederacy, meets at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Tri-County
Library, Mabank. The chapter will not meet in July or August –
meetings resume in September.
Rope, Catch & Ride for Christ Arena Team is hosting a fundraiser
Saturday, June 25, at Mabank Rodeo, with a yearling colt. Monies
earned benefit the Larry Hardgrave Memorial Arena. For
information call Vickie Pyle at (903) 880-2695.
A day camp is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, with
John Bunker at Sands Wetland, 655 Martin Lane, Seagoville. Small
fee charged for camp, which includes lunch (adults pay for
lunch). For information call Pam Corder at (469) 285-3370.
Campers must RSVP to
Summer food program
Malakoff ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service
Program, providing free meals for all children age 18 and under
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) through Thursday,
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),
through July 5, at the Kemp Junior High cafetorium, 102 Old U.S.
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, and 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.
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Man dead in ATV dispute
Shots fired, shooter run over and dies as
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–One man is dead following a dispute, which began
with the operation of all-terrain vehicles on property west of
Another man is recovering from gunshot wounds.
Henderson County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s Office
personnel responded to a shooting call at 31081 County Road 2100
at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Upon arrival, investigators found Wilburn “Murl” Stanfield Jr.,
43, of Kemp dead in the driveway and Jeff Whitworth, 33, of
Kemp, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, arm
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office,
Whitworth and family members were riding ATVs on and near their
property at the above address.
Stanfield argued with Whitworth about the group’s alleged
Following the initial verbal argument, Stanfield is reported to
have driven to his nearby home, retrieved a shotgun and pistol
Stanfield’s cousin, Patrick Russey, returned with him and
entered Whitworth’s property.
Upon exiting the vehicle, Stanfield reportedly threatened
Whitworth with the shotgun. He fired at least one shot, and
Whitworth was hit.
Whitworth, family members and friends scrambled to vehicles to
flee the scene.
According to information gathered at the scene, Stanfield, still
holding the shotgun, was within 12 inches of Whitworth’s truck
when Whitworth began to accelerate.
Stanfield was struck by the driver’s side of Whitworth’s truck
and fell to the ground.
The rear tire of the truck, as well as the trailer attached to
the truck, ran over Stanfield.
At that point, Russey fired at least one round from the handgun,
striking Whitworth’s truck in the driver’s side door.
Whitworth was transported and treated by medical staff at East
Texas Medical Center and is reported in stable condition.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Dale Blaylock pronounced
Stanfield dead at the scene.
His body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in
Dallas for autopsy.
Russey was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a
Deadly Weapon and was taken to the Henderson County Detention
He was also booked for two traffic-related warrants issued out
of Gun Barrel City.
No charges have been filed against Whitworth, so far.
The case is being presented to the District Attorney’s Office
for review and further action.
Eustace gets pop-up storm
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–High temperatures Sunday afternoon produced pop-up
thunderstorms – one in Eustace.
Residents there reported about an hour of high winds and hail
from pea size to quarter-sized.
A clerk at the TexStop convenience store reported the storm
lasting from around 5:40 to 6:50 p.m.
After the storm, the city was littered with downed tree limbs,
blown down signs and other light damage.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Downed tree limbs littered much of Eustace, following a pop-up
thunderstorm there late Sunday afternoon. No injuries were
A National Weather Service meteorologist said it is not
uncommon for isolated thunderstorms to crop up in the late
afternoon on extremely hot days.
One sign in Gun Barrel City registered 105 degrees Sunday
Henderson County was under a severe thunderstorm warning, with
the Purtis Creek and Eustace area on a watch.
State park director Mendy Davis said several trees were torn up
during the high winds, but no serious damage was registered.
The weather service reported no tornadoes in Henderson County
Peace officers treated to appreciation
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Henderson County District and County Attorney offices
hosted the second annual peace officer appreciation luncheon at
the Peace Officers Association building at Lake Athens recently.
The luncheon coincided with the peace officer memorial held May
Although the event was sponsored by the prosecutor’s offices,
numerous local businesses, civic organizations and churches
contributed in order to make the luncheon a success.
County Attorney Clint Davis and District Attorney Scott McKee
grilled more than 100 hamburgers on grills donated by Dallas
Henderson County Attorney Clint Davis
(front) and District Attorney Scott McKee flip hamburgers for
the peace officer appreciation luncheon held May 17.
Other businesses answered the call for donations for the rest
of the luncheon while county employees prepared and served up
The hamburgers were donated by Whataburger of Athens.
Each peace officer received a free lunch and a goodie bag of
gifts from local businesses.
“We can’t thank them enough for what they do for our community.
They get up each day and put their lives on the line to protect
us. I consider it an honor to work and serve with them,” McKee
“I have been amazed at how successful this event has become
after only two years, due to the great turnout and merchant
participation,” Davis added.
“It is truly one of the more enjoyable events that we put on
each year, and it’s our way of letting our peace officers know
how much we appreciate the jobs they do” he added.
Event organizers thank the following sponsors: All American 4-H,
Agriland Farm Credit, Applebee’s, Arby’s, Athens Café, Athens
Chamber of Commerce- Sarah Hueber, Athens Country Club, Athens
Fire Department, Athens Welcome Center, Lora Tomlinson with
Century 21, Chicken Express, Chili’s , Citizens National Bank of
Athens, Coffee Love, Crestway Park Dental, Cripple Creek BBQ,
Dallas Manufacturing, Denny’s, Dogwood Baptist Church, East
Texas Medical Center, Elder Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Eustace 4-H,
First Baptist Church of Athens, First State Bank of Athens,
Frontier Gas, Groom and Sons, Henderson County 911 District,
Holiday Inn Express, Hope Water, Jack in the Box of GBC, Jalopy
Joes Gourmet Popcorn, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kwik Kar Oil and
Lube, Lake Athens Baptist Church, Law Offices of Jeff Weinstein,
Linebarger, Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, Lone Star Western Wear,
Long John Silver’s, Mazzio’s, McAlister’s, Net Data, Prosperity
Bank, Rounders Pizza, Snow Flake Donut in Gun Barrel City, Dr.
Steve Woodruff, Texas Trust Credit Union, Tilo’s, Tyler
Technologies, Wal-Mart of Athens & Gun Barrel City, Voice Inc.,