People, Places & Events



Sanders discusses economy
at Chamber meeting

By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Economic problems facing the U.S. prevented Congressman Jeb Hensarling from speaking at the monthly luncheon June 12.
“He’s still in Washington, and he will probably be there another couple of weeks,” Richard Sanders, Hendarling’s aide, said.
Sanders was the keynote speaker for the Greater Cedar Creek Lake Chamber luncheon at the Cedar Creek Country Club, June 12.
“We did not get in this pickle overnight and we won’t get out overnight,” he explained.
Problems in the nation are mounting and solutions are varied.
One of the audience members asked how to improve Washington.
“Clone about 200 Jeb Hensarlings,” Sanders answered.
“What he says here in the district is the same as what he says in D.C.,” he added.
Some solutions Hensarling will probably not be voting for includes windfall taxing, Sanders said.
“More taxes don’t solve problems,” he explained.
Domestic oil production in America provides about a mere 6 percent of what is used in the nation, Sanders said.
He added that other nations are driving up the cost of oil (and gasoline).
Someone asked why we don’t tap into the oil in Alaska.
“We don’t drill in Alaska because of the caribou (ecology concerns). Congress passed a bill allowing for oil drilling in Alaska, but that was during the Clinton administration, and he vetoed it,” Sanders explained.
Coastal drilling is only allowed by two states, Texas and Louisiana. Other states closed their coastlines to offshore exploration, he said.
“Other countries can drill off our coasts, but we can’t,” he said.
The problems with ethanol production are also beginning to surface.
“The government subsidizes ethanol at 50 cents per gallon. Also it takes so much water,” he said.
The product costs too much money, he said.
Hensarling is still fighting “earmarks,” otherwise known as pork barrel spending, Sanders said.
Examples include:
• $500,000 for a teapot museum in North Carolina,
• $50 million for an indoor rain forest in Iowa, and
• $2.5 million for the Charley Wrangler library in New York.
“The congressman has about 50 co-sponsors now, helping to do away with earmarks,” he said.
In other business, it was announced:
• 126 people attended the luncheon.
“This end of the county amazes me, how you turn out to support your community,” Sanders said earlier.
• SRC Investments of Mabank was named Business of the Month for June.
• the luncheon sponsor for June was CTX Mortgage Company.
Jerry Scott of CTX said the company is undergoing changes and will soon be known as Prospect Mortgage Company.
• the Mabank Chapter of the Chamber donated $350 to the Mabank Rodeo.
• the Kiwanis and Chamber car show fund-raiser held May 3 donated $300 to the Mabank Fire Department.
• the Business After Hours is set for Tuesday, June 24, at Best Realty Group at The Bluffs.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Chamber member Rick Brown (left) and Jo Ann Hanstrom,
president of the Greater Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce
(center) accept a U.S. Flag from Richard Sanders, on behalf of
Rep. Jeb Hensarling. Sanders was the speaker at the June 12
Chamber luncheon.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Mabank VFD secretary Johnny Adams (center) accepts a check for $300 on
behalf of the fire department, from member Lana Mock (left) and Chamber
president Jo Ann Hanstrom. The donation came from funds earned by the
Greater Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar Creek Lake
Kiwanis Club’s May 3 Krawfish boil and car show fund-raiser.

Rotarians learn it’s a jungle out there
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Primitive, steaming and a long way from civilization. That was the general description of Belize, given by Jo Dobbs, keynote speaker for the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake weekly luncheon Friday.
Dobbs is a Rotary member from Tyler, and a member of the group that annually volunteers to furnish medical and dental help to citizens in the far rural provinces of Belize.
“Our Tyler club was looking for an international project,” Dobbs said, adding that since 2000 she has journeyed with a group of medical volunteers to Belize.
Local Rotarian Dr. Clayton Gautreaux has taken the trip several times.
“Belize is the least populated of all the Central American countries,” she said.
The little country was founded by buccaneers in the 1700s and then passed from Spanish rule to British control.
“It was formerly called British Honduras, but in 1981 gained its independence,” Dobbs said.
“Belize is the only South American Country whose official language is English, British English,” she explained.
As the medical volunteers check in, people in the surrounding villages are notified of their arrival by calls on a conch shell.
“Power lines have been built, but there is no electricity,” she explained.
Belize is 50 percent rain forest and the citizens must cross a river to get to the more populated areas.
While the volunteers are primarily there for medical purposes, Dobbs said she was moved to help with the education problems.
“Children only attend school in the village until they are 14. Then they go to high school, but must attend a school located across the river.
“The government provides the teacher, but the community must build a building,” she explained.
The old, rotted building the children attended in the jungle area needed to be replaced, so the Tyler club took on the project.
With fund-raisers that included a barbecue, the Tyler Rotarians raised approximately $18,000, enough to build the small building.
The government furnished a 17-year-old teacher.
When the students graduate, they must attend high school away from home.
“We hope to help build a high school there someday,” Dobbs added.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Jo Dobbs, Tyler Rotarian, shows a slide of a remote village school in Belize,
her topic at the Friday luncheon of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake.

Kemp HS releases 2008 UIL District Academic results
Special to the Monitor
KEMP–Students from Kemp High School represented the school in a variety of subjects in the District 13–3A contests.
The Social Studies team consisting of Alicia Jones, Oneal Fitzhugh, Barret Smith and Christian McGaha made third overall.
Fitzhugh placed first in Social Studies and advanced to Regional.
The Current Events team, led by Briana McCarty and consisting of Paulina Uribe, Bradley Morrow and Dylan Bonk, placed second for the second year in a row.
McCarty also received a sixth place ribbon.
Cassaundra Hollaway took fifth place for Feature Writing in Journalism while Brittany Carney took third in Editorial Writing.
Fitzhugh, Carney, and the Spelling team of Alicia Jones, Jordan Shumway, McCarty and Sharon Smith advanced to Regional competition April 12, at Texas A&M–Commerce.
The Literary Criticism team advanced to Regionals for the fifth year in a row.
The team members took all four top places - first place Wendy Stone, second place Haley Stovall, third Laura Renfro and fourth Celia Vaquera.
Computer Science team members Bobby Dillingham, Jacob Neighbors, Joseph Smith and Chris Malone earned the team championship for the second year in a row.
Dillingham also took first place with a score that places him in the top 10 scores in the region and he also took sixth in calculator applications.
Neighbors earned a fourth place and Joseph and Chris tied for sixth.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nelson. I am a beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new home.

We are a whole litter of Shepherd mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so we have no history. We have been started on our first set of shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.

I am a beautiful Border Collie, who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful kid looking for a new home.

Pictured are just a few animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals. The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220 County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

For further information visit our website at


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