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June 9
, 2011






News in Brief

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 Ranch Hands.

Scholarships offered
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.

Rainbow breakfast
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

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.

Camp Wildlife
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

Westside seniors
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.

AL dinners
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.

UDC meeting
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.

Cowboy fundraiser
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.

Camp Wetland
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, 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), through July 5, at the Kemp Junior High cafetorium, 102 Old U.S. 40, Kemp.

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 all scatter
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 Seven Points.
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 and face.
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 reckless driving.
Following the initial verbal argument, Stanfield is reported to have driven to his nearby home, retrieved a shotgun and pistol and returned.
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 Center.
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.

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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.

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Downed tree limbs littered much of Eustace, following a pop-up thunderstorm there late Sunday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

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 afternoon.
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 Sunday.

Peace officers treated to appreciation luncheon
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 17.
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 Manufacturing.

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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 offerings.
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 said.
“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., Whataburger, Yelof’s.
























































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