The Environmental Co-op is hosting Environmental Day Camps from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays – today, June 21 and 23.
For information on cost and reservations call (972) 524-0007.
Free acting class
The Avanti Society Inc. is offering a free acting class by
nationally acclaimed instructor David Cox. The class is set for
7 to 10 p.m. Thursday (today) at the First United Methodist
Church, 501 South Third street, Mabank. Class space is limited.
Call Shari Gallagher at (903) 451-4307.
First Baptist VBS
Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church located at 1320 S.
Elm Street, Kemp, is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday,
June 19-24. The theme is The Big Apple adventure. For
information call the church or visit
The Westside Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday (today and every Thursday). Due to Vacation Bible
School, there will be a one-time change in location for this
meeting only. Please call (903) 340-9672 for directions. 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.
First Baptist event
The First Baptist Church of Seven Points (on FM 85, 0.4 miles
west of SH 274 light) will host a summer fundraiser from 10:30
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Events include games, dunkin’
booth, bounce house, basketball contest, dipping for ducks for
ages 6 and under and much more. Food includes hot dogs and
hamburgers with all the trimmings, drinks and root beer floats.
For information call (903) 275-2416.
Pantherette car wash
The Mabank High School Pantherettes are hosting a car wash and
bake sale fundraiser at Auto Zone in GBC (across from Walmart)
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18.
Eustace Pioneer Day
The annual Eustace Pioneer Day is set for Saturday, June 18. It
begins with the fourth annual 5K run/walk at 8 a.m., then opens
at 9 a.m. with the arts & crafts booths around the Town Square
and continues with scheduled events all day until the street
dance at 8 p.m. with the music of John Allen and the Whiplash
Band. For information call Rick and Diane Schaeffer at (903)
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.
CCL 49er’s seniors
The Cedar Creek Lake 49er’s Senior Citizens Club meets from 7 to
9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23 (and every Thursday night) for
dancing to Chuck & the 49er’s. The band is great, decorations
great, friendly atmosphere, no smoking or alcohol. Donation at
the door. Located in Seven Points, two blocks south of SH 334 on
Arnold Hills Road. Phone or fax to (903) 432-3552.
Styx Baptist gospel
The Styx Baptist Church is hosting its fourth Friday gospel
music singing at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, at 31800 FM 85. Bring
your instruments, music, CDs, friends and family. Refreshments
afterwards. For information call (214) 616-4659.
56th annual rodeo
The 56th annual Mabank Rodeo and Western week is set for Monday
through Saturday, June 20-25, at the Andrew Gibbs Memorial
Arena. Scheduled events are Monday queen rehearsal, Tuesday
games at the Pavilion at 6:30 with bed races at 8 p.m.,
Wednesday Queen’s dinner, Thursday, Friday and Saturday rodeo
performances at 8 p.m., with the traditional downtown parade at
5 p.m. Saturday. Dance at the pavilion after Saturday’s rodeo.
The event is sponsored by the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department.
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
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake celebrates its 25th founding
anniversary at the regular weekly luncheon at noon Friday, June
Fisheries art event
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is hosting Art’s Better
Outside from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25 (free with
regular admission). Artists from across Texas exhibiting, live
raptor programs, food and fun. For information call James Booker
at (903) 670-2266.
Harbor Point POA
The Harbor Point POA meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the
HPPOA pavilion, located off Admiral Drive on Surfer View.
Speaker is Bill Fackler with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla
5-14 on boating safety and rules of the lake. For information
call (903) 887-1630 or (903) 887-6117.
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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Arnold legacy – lake community
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–The story of one Texas pioneering family continues
today with the dedication of about an acre of land for a park.
Descendents of James Marion Gardner and his youngest daughter
Mary Jane Arnold formerly turned over ownership of the property
to the Arnold Hills Property Owners Association in a brief
For Debra Gunderson and her sister, Dell Hamilton, it was a
moment of quiet reflection on the toil and lives of first their
great-great grandfather, right on down the line to their father,
Billy Arnold, who developed the Arnold Hills subdivision.
The homestead was originally located on what is called Bird
Island today, Gunderson said.
A teacher and reading specialist in Kemp for the past 25 years,
she wrote a brief history of her ancestors to be included in the
“History of Mabank, Texas, 1836-1986, People, Communities and
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Arnold Hills Property Owner Association officers Stan Fernald
(left) and Carolyn Tolley (right) stand with Arnold sisters
Debra Gunderson (center left) and Dell Hamilton at a park
dedication ceremony Saturday.
In it she recounts how James Marion Gardner made his way from
North Carolina to Mississippi, and with his wife, Elizabeth Jane
Skeen, and six children – one of them named Texanna – made their
way to Henderson County and obtained a land grant of 640 acres
bordering Cedar Creek on the west.
The Murcers Colony Certificate signed by the district court of
Henderson County was validated by Texas Gov. Sam Houston in
Elizabeth died soon after reaching Texas, and Gardner married
Elizabeth Allen (whose family came to the area from Alabama) to
help him raise crops and rear his children.
Together, the couple had one child, Mary Jane, who in 1883
married Bently Dee Arnold Jr. of Waco, whose family had lost its
holdings in the aftermath of the Civil War.
The couple farmed and reared five children. Arnold kept a
ledger-style journal, which Gunderson has today, that documented
some of the problems of his day.
Arnold collected donations and helped build a community school.
He also cleared more of their family land, dragging tree stumps
with teams of horses. The ledger also recounts the purchase of a
new horse-drawn buggy for $10 to drive to church.
In 1902, a tax receipt valued the property at $1,495, for which
he paid $19.64 in taxes that year.
Taken July 14, 1949, this photo shows Billy
Arnold pumping gas at his modest convenience store, once located
near the center of Seven Points.
The couple’s second son, Bertram Arnold, married Tool resident
Exie Dell McKamie in 1918, and carried on the family’s farming
and ranching activities.
The couple raised cotton, corn, peas and cattle. Bert also
operated a small general store on the road Tool families used on
their way to Mabank. He also served as a deacon at the
Providence Baptist Church in Tool.
They had one son, Billy. He remembered as a young boy hearing
wagon teams loaded down with cotton labor up Arnold Hills Road
on their way to Mabank to be ginned.
In 1986, Billy had continued his family’s farming and ranching
traditions, and the Arnold Ranch was recognized as a
continuously operated farm-ranch for 100 years or more by the
State of Texas.
Billy married Dorothy Wilson, and the couple had two daughters,
Debra and Dell.
The sisters also still have check stubs from Tarrant County
Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 of Fort Worth for
the purchase of 141 acres at $120 per acre, less current taxes,
for the development of Cedar Creek Lake.
The June 4, 1962, check totaled $9,554.82. Another check for
$1,250 was dispensed after the title had cleared.
“They kept telling us we were so lucky we were going to be
living by a lake,” Dell told The Monitor. She also relayed how
after three years, she and Debra (mere girls at the time) were
The lake seemed nothing more than a “great, smelly mudhole,” she
They also recounted that between the intersection called Seven
Points and Mabank there was “a whole lot of nothing.”
The girls rode a school bus that took nearly an hour to reach
Mabank Elementary School, and before the bridges were built and
the lake came in, a flood gauge beside the road helped motorists
judge whether or not their vehicle could cross the low spots
during the creeks’ regular floods.
With the lake’s development, Billy and wife Dot made plans to
develop the four miles of new lakefront property for housing,
and set up minimum building requirements for houses to be built
“Dad put in all the roads himself and later dedicated them to
the county,” Dell recounted.
He was selling half-acre house lots for $2,000 in the late ’60s,
“Back then, people knew there was quick money to be made,
especially if you weren’t picky about what kind of housing you
were going to allow. But Dad wouldn’t just sell lots for
trailers. He was one of the few of that time to see ahead to
what lakefront property could become,” she said.
Today, Arnold Hills is known as the “ritzy” part of town. Absent
are any mobile homes. Large stone houses with spacious driveways
front the water, with more modest lumber and brick homes off
Debra and Dell both retain about 200 acres from the original
land grant, where they keep family gardens and bale hay.
They are both proud of their dad’s achievements and ability to
send them both to top Texas universities.
Dell has been a reading specialist at Mabank High School for the
past four years and worked with dyslexic students for 12 years
Debra, who has been a teaching specialist at Kemp Primary
School, will be teaching sixth grade history at the junior high
this coming year.
“I have always loved history and teaching. Now I get to do
both,” she said.
Man wrecks bike; busted for drugs
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–A wreck during an attempted police stop for a minor
traffic infraction landed one man in jail with drug charges.
Sunday, Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Durr observed a
motorcycle rider commit a minor traffic violation on State
Highway 334 at Peachtree Road.
As Durr initiated the traffic stop, the motorcycle rider, for an
unknown reason, lost control of his bike and laid the bike over
at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Pecan Street, County
Sheriff Ray Nutt reported in a press release issued Monday.
During his contact with the rider – identified as William Rickey
George, 57, of Gun Barrel City – Durr found George was operating
the bike with an invalid driver’s license, and placed him under
Durr searched George and found what is believed to be
methamphetamine on his person, Nutt reported.
George was transported to the Henderson County Jail, where he
was formally charged with possession of a controlled substance,
more than 4 grams and less than 200 grams (a first degree
felony), and driving with license suspended/invalid (a
As of Monday, George remained jailed, held without bond on the
driving without license charge and a $100,000 bond on the
Ex-principal sues Sanders
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–Former Eustace Middle School principal Karyn Mullen has
filed a civil suit petitioning the 173rd District Court in
Henderson County to take action against Eustace resident and
former city councilman Mark Sanders.
Mullen charges Sanders with “invasion of privacy” and damaging
her professional reputation and standing as an educator by his
actions. The petition adds that Mullen has experienced emotional
distress, worry, and mental anguish as a result.
The petition further states Mullen is suing for an amount within
the jurisdictional limits of the court. The petition was filed
with the District Court Clerk May 25.
Athens attorney Henry Skelton is representing Mullen.
Reportedly, Sanders circulated a photograph of Mullen taken
years ago while on a private outing in Oklahoma with other
employees of the school district. In that photo, Mullen
reportedly “mooned” her friends, Mullen told the Athens Daily
According to the petition, Sanders showed it to the Eustace
Police Chief Robert Walker in September, 2009, and to school
superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe and members of the school board.
The petition also says Sanders threatened to publicize the
photo, presenting it to the parents of every Middle School
student, if the board did not take punitive action against
Mullen, either by terminating her employment or by not renewing
In April, the board voted against renewing her contract, 4-1,
and barred her from coming on campus, though she was not
terminated outright. The only board member opposed to the action
was Sara McAtee, who was defeated in a last-minute write-in
campaign, fueled by telephone calls to voters days leading up to
the May 14 election.
Sanders’ attorney Wade Gent told the Athens Daily Review that
the suit was frivolous and that Mullen was angry because Sanders
had taken her place on the council.
Sanders ran in the May, 2008, city elections and was one of
three top vote-getters, easing Mullen out on a re-election bid.
However, by June, 2008, Mullen was again listed on the council,
as an appointee.
Mullen and Sanders served on the council through 2008-9. Their
relationship was barely cordial. Mullen blocked Sanders from
disparaging Laura Ward’s decision to remain as mayor through the
court process resulting from her 2009 indictment on assault
In November, 2008, Mullen read a public criticism of Sanders’
handling of the water rate increase issue, calling his letter
writing campaign “a cowardly attempt to undermine the efforts of
Citing increased business travel, Sanders resigned Feb. 25,
2009, shortly after a court exonerated Ward, acquitting her of
the assault charges.
At the earlier February council meeting, Sanders faced a barrage
of criticism for a mountain of nonspecific open records requests
he and his wife had made over the last several months, and for
“the negativity on this great community” created through a
website the couple were operating at Eustacetexas.com.
Mark’s wife, Elicia Sanders, ran unopposed for mayor in the May