The Family Resource Center is accepting applications for its
“Back-to-School Clothing Program” beginning Monday, July 18
through Wednesday, July 27.
Applicants must call Winnie at (903) 519-2934 for requirements
and a time to fill out the application.
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society meets at 7 p.m. Monday, July
18, at the Tri-County Library, Mabank. Margaret Ann Trail and
Faith Gilbreath will discuss displaying your genealogy work.
Meetings are open to the public. The genealogy room at the
library is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Volunteers are
on hand to assist researchers.
FBC Eustace VBS
Vacation Bible School, “The Big Apple Adventure,” is set for
6:30 to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 18-22, for ages 4
through entering sixth grade at the First Baptist Church in
Eustace.The week of fun, food and learning opportunities is free
of charge. For more information, call (903) 425-2261 or visit on
the web at FBCEustace.net.
Free kids movies
The Tri-County Library offers free children’s movies at 1 p.m.
every Thursday in the community room of the library at 132 E.
Market Street, Mabank. July 21, “Garfield: The Movie.” For more
information, call (903) 887-9622.
MHS Varsity Choir
The Mabank Varsity Choir is holding a garage sale from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 22-23 at 104 South Rye, Gun Barrel
City. Proceeds fund the choir’s trip to Disney World in Orlando,
Fla. Items include clothing, Christmas decorations, massage
chairs, and much more. For information, call Marsha Sanchez at
the Fine Arts Department at
Children’s book drive
Christian Cheer Company and The Library at Cedar Creek Lake are
pairing up from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 23, to hold a
children’s book drive. Books will be donated to local children
in order to promote reading.
Red Hot ‘18’ tourney
The annual Red Hot “18” Golf Tournament is set for a shotgun
start at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 25, at Kings Creek Country Club.
Check-in is at 7:45 a.m.. Featured is a hole-in-one contest
sponsored by Tri-County Ford. Cost includes light breakfast,
golf, cart & lunch. For information call Tiffany Lilly at (903)
887-6001, Robbye Grissom at (214) 926-1395 or Debra Davis at
49er’s Senior Club
The Cedar Creek Lake 49er’s Senior Citizens Club is hosting a
Hawaiian Luau from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, with
dancing to Chuck & the 49er’s every Thursday. Friendly
atmosphere, no smoking or alcohol. Small donation at the door.
Located two blocks south on Arnold Hills Road, off SH 334, Seven
Points. For information call or fax to (903) 432-3552.
The Aggie Scholarship Auction and Picnic is set for 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, at Reunion Ranch, Terrell. Silent and live
auctions Proceeds benefit local Aggie Scholarships that will be
presented that night. All are welcome. For information contact
Tori Lucas at (214) 863-6068 or e-mail to email@example.com.
2nd season garden
“Second Season Vegetable Gardening,” will be presented at 9:30
a.m. Saturday, July 30, at East Texas Arboretum, by Patty
Leander, Vegetable Gardening contributing author, Texas Gardener
Magazine. The Arboretum is located at 1601 Patterson Road,
Athens. Refreshments, door prizes and upcoming class schedules.
For informaion call (903) 675-6130 or visit http:/henderson-co-tx-mg.org.
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Gaming room raids yield
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Henderson County District and County Attorney teamed
up to successfully prosecute the first of four defendants from
gambling raids conducted on six Henderson County gambling
locations March 31.
According to a press release from the District Attorney’s
Office, Leslie Hipp, 54, agreed to plea guilty and received
convictions on all three misdemeanor charges filed against her,
including keeping a gambling place, possession of a gambling
device or equipment, and gambling promotion.
Hipp received the maximum sentence of confinement for 365 days
in jail on each offense with the sentences running concurrently.
Hipp has a lengthy arrest record including arrests for
aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, money laundering, two
minor drug charges and driving while intoxicated.
“This was a good outcome of the work done back in March,”
Henderson County Attorney Clint Davis commented.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department coordinated and
conducted the raids on six gambling places, with the assistance
of various other participating law enforcement agencies, Davis
Assistant county attorney Daniel Cox handled the plea
negotiations on behalf of the County Attorney’s office and was
responsible for obtaining the convictions and sentences.
In speaking about the case, Davis pointed out that, in addition
to the convictions, we were also able to secure the forfeiture
of just over $3,000 in cash, two computers, and approximately 35
motherboards used to operate the illegal gambling devices. “I am
pleased with the job that Danny did on this case and the results
obtained,” Davis said.
In addition to the misdemeanor cases, Hipp was sentenced to five
years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the
unlawful possession of a firearm which turned up during the
March 31 raid.
First assistant District Attorney Mark Hall prosecuted the case.
“This is a great example of how our offices along with the
Sheriff’s Department work together to investigate and prosecute
crime in the County” DA Scott McKee said. He added that he
expects more joint prosecutions and investigations in the
Wrong number results in arrest
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Reaching a wrong number resulted in a drug
arrest for 18-year-old Mabank area resident Jack Steven Jackson
According to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson
attempted to make a drug sale with a lake area citizen who
wasn’t the person he thought he was.
The citizen reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office and
Deputy Kevin Adair, using the caller’s ID, called Jackson back
using the citizen’s phone.
Pretending to be a potential buyer Adair allowed Jackson to sell
him some marijuana and prescription pills. They agreed to meet
in the parking lot of a gas station in Gun Barrel City.
Adair, a uniformed deputy, described one of the undercover
narcotics officers to Jackson along with the vehicle he would be
driving. Surveillance was set up on the meeting place.
Jackson and a female juvenile arrived and met with narcotics
investigator Wick Gabbard. After beginning the transaction,
Jackson was arrested and charged with a Class A misdemeanor,
punishable up to a year in jail. The girl was released to a
Jackson was released from the Henderson County Jail the next day
on a $5,000 bond.
Deputies and investigators located four bottles of various
prescription pills and a baggie containing the pills Jackson was
to deliver to his customer.