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Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or

Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.

Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.

Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each Wednesday morning at the KC Senior Citizen Center, 405 W. Walnut in Mabank. (903) 887-6549 or (903) 887-1514.

Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.

Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.

Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. (903) 432-3552.

Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce.

Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.

Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. (903) 887-4796.

Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.

Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.

Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathey Brown email or (800) 422-2260 or visit

GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. (903) 887-0293.

Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 451-4221.

Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.

Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.

Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.

Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email bhanstrom@embarq for more information.

Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. (903) 887-2781.

Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 887-5252.

Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).

Mabank TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mabank First Baptist Church. (903) 887-7700 or (903) 451-0126.

Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.

Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. Donna Dean at ddean45@

Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. (903) 887-6201.

RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.

Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. (903) 498-2140.

Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.

Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. (903) 675-6222.

Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


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Walk Like MADD seeks support
By Pearl Cantell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Mothers Against Drug Driving have been behind some of the laws aimed at getting drunk drivers off the roadways, Henderson County district Attorney Scott McKee told Kiwanis Club members.
The legal intoxication threshold of .08 percent alcohol content in the blood was just one of those laws, he said.
McKee, county attorney Clint Davis, sheriff Ray Nutt and victims assistance coordinantor Deanna Browning were special guests at the club’s weekly meeting at the Jalapeno Tree Aug. 17.

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AT RIGHT: Victim assistance coordinator Deanna Browning holds a T-shirt showing the names of sponsors of last year's Walk Like MADD event. The second annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving fundraising seeks sponsorships of $100 and more for the Oct. 22 walk in Gun Barrel City.

All four are talking up support for the upcoming Walk Like MADD fundraiser set for Saturday, Oct. 22 in Gun Barrel City.
“We rely heavily on MADD for their advocacy and counseling for victims of drunk-driving and their families,” McKee said. “It’s a good organization, worthy of your support.”
This year’s goal is to raise $18,300. So far, just $4,100 has been raised Browning reported.
Kids can register as walkers and get a free event T-shirt for just $15, adults register for $20. “Or you can be a virtual walker,” she said.
“We’re also looking for sponsorships, walkers and volunteers to help the day of the event,” Browning added.
All funding raised stays right here in Henderson County so needed services to victims continue to be provided at no cost.
Sponsors who sign on by Aug. 20 get their names included in all media and collateral materials (based on sponsorship level).
Sponsorship forms are available through the offices of the county and district attorney, or online at
Those wanting to participate as a sponsor may call Browning at (903) 675-6100 or Diane Russ at (903) 675-6112.
McKee said last year, his office prosecuted 76 felony drunk-driving offenses. Of that number 12 cases were for intoxicated assault. Four people were killed in drunk-driving offenses and charges of vehicular manslaughter prosecuted, he said.
The bulk of the misdemeanor cases handled by the county attorney’s office are DWIs, or about 350 cases a year.
“That’s one DWI per day,” Davis said.

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AT RIGHT: Marty Mullens presents a check for $100 from the Kiwanis Club of Cedar Creek Lake to help sponsor the second annual Walk Like MADD event to co-chairwoman Deanna Browning. Henderson County officials supporting the event include district attorney Scott McKee (right), county attorney Clint Davis (back, left) and sheriff Ray Nutt.

A first offense might get 16-18 months probation and a fine of $1,000.
A repeat offense could earn you six months to a year in jail, $2,000-$4,000 fine and up to two years on probation, plus surcharges on your driver’s license up to $3,500, he added.
A new law on the books this year allows an officer to enforce a blood or breath test from anyone he strongly suspects of having had two or more drinks before getting behind the wheel.
Of course, it’s a straight felony offense if the driver has a child under the age of 15 in the car with him and exhibits signs of intoxication.
A felony arrest also means an automatic blood and breath test. Less than that, and the driver must agree to a test, he explained.























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