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  Kaufman kicks off Texas Archeology Awarness month
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–The Kaufman County Historical Commission (KCHC), along with neighboring counties, will kick off Texas Archeology Awareness Month (October) Saturday, Sept. 29, with an Archeology Fair and Historical Ghost Walk being held in Kaufman at the historic County “Poor Farm” located at Farm-to-Market 1388 and State Highway 34.
The Fair will begin at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony and close at 4 p.m.
General admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students under 18, children under 5 are free.
In addition to archeology exhibits and living history reenactments, activities include site tours, hands on demonstrations, live period music, storytelling and much more.
The public is invited to bring their own artifacts for THC Archeology Division Stewards to identify and evaluate on site.
The Historical Ghost Walk tour featuring “Ghosts of Kaufman County Past” will begin at 8 p.m. (dark).
Small groups will be escorted on the Walk at predetermined intervals.
The tour takes approximately 1˝ hour to complete.
Absolute quiet must be maintained in the audience since no audio equipment or electronic devices will be used.
For that reason, no children under the age of 12 will be admitted. Tickets for the tour are $10 each.
For ticket information and tour schedules contact: KCHC at (469) 376-4121, e-mail
Other Archeology Awareness Month activities are being scheduled by KCHC that include presentations to county middle school students and archeology exhibits will be on display during the entire month of October in local libraries and museums.
These presentations will provide an opportunity for students to discover past human cultures and learn about the historical significance of Texas archeological sites and the importance of proper archeological practices.
For more information visit KCHC’s web site at .

Summer acting classes now being offered
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–The Henderson County Performing Arts Center and the Avanti Society are working together to open a theatre in Mabank for the Cedar Creek Lake communities.
The two groups got together near the end of 2006 and decided to help each other realize the dream of having a performing arts theatre that can cater to the entertainment, educational and artistic needs of the Cedar Creek Lake area.
Building plans have been made, a site has been picked and things are about ready to take off, but before the building is finished it is important to get programs started in the lake area that will be able to support having a theatre.
To get things started HCPAC is offering a summer acting camp in August.
The camp is open to all students from grades 3 thru 8. The camp will be held at the offices behind the Texas Pit BBQ, next to Allstate in Gun Barrel City.
The camp director is David Young, and he will be working with the kids to produce a one-act play that will be performed for the student’s families.
The camp is held Monday-Friday from noon to 4 p.m. for two weeks beginning Aug. 6 and costs $100 per student. A wide variety of topics will be covered including stage combat, physical comedy, speech and improvisational skills.
For more information, contact David Young at the Athens Theatre (903) 675-3908 ext 202.

MHS dedication set for Aug. 5
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Students, families and friends of Mabank Independent School District are cordially invited to participate in the dedication ceremony of the newly finished Mabank High School.
The ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at 18786 E. U.S. Highway 175 in Mabank.
“This new facility sends a powerful message to students and the community that education is important here in the lake community,” MISD Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall said.
“A new high school is not just a building. It is an investment for the entire community,” Ed Busch said.
“The overwhelming success of the bond issue both demonstrates that our citizens believe that to be true,” Busch added.
Busch was a member of the citizen’s committee who helped pass the bond issue.
MHS Principal Dr. Thomas Wallis will open the program, which includes music performed by Mabank students.
Wallis has been named the top school principal in the state.
Board president Gary Sapp will bring greetings and remarks from the MISD Board of Trustees.
Busch will also bring remarks from the Citizens Facility Committee.
Dr. Marshall will close out the 40-minute program with audience participation and the pledge of dedication.
Refreshments will follow.
Participants may browse the halls, classrooms and specialty areas at their leisure.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Water Chaser. I am a wonderful female Heeler mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far I seem to be very playful. I love to play in the water hose and seem to get along okay with others. I am fixed and current on my shots. I am a good girl looking for my new forever home.

My name is Shelby. I am a beautiful female Collie mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I am fixed and current on my shots. I seem to be a little shy, but am friendly and very gentle. I walk on a leash and seem to be housebroken. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new forever home.

My name is MiMi. I am a beautiful, female Red Heeler mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I am fixed and current on my shots. So far, I seem to be very sweet. I am a good girl looking for my new forever home.

My name is Nikki. I am a beautiful, female white Terrier mix. I am very sweet and very playful. I absolutely adore kids. I am fixed and current on my shots. I am a wonderful young girl looking for a wonderful loving family.

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