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September 22
, 2011






News in Brief

Angel Food Ministries
It is with great heaviness of heart that we report that Angel Food Ministries will not be holding a September distribution. We are working extremely hard and looking forward to our future distributions. We will let you know when we can take orders.

Girl Scout Recruitment
Girl Scout Recruitment date, time and locations are as follows:
• Kemp area recruitment will be held at Kemp First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (tonight), Sept. 22.
• Crandall area recruitment will be held at Crandall First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

Square Dance Lessons
Square dance lessons will be taught by the Log Cabin Square Dance Club start from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and continue each Monday at the Promenade Hall at 1210 North Tool Drive on Highway 274 in Tool. First and second lessons are free. For more information, call Faye at (903) 340-9672.

Register to vote
Gun Barrel City residents can register to vote at Brawner Hall 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday (today), Sept. 22 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. For more information, call Carroll Strickland (214) 499-3100.

Free Health Seminar
A free health seminar on female heart disease will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday (today), Sept. 22, in the community room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman.
For more information or to register for the free event, call 1-877-THR-WELL.

Iris Society Sale
The Fort Worth Iris Society Iris Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center. The Garden Center is located at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. in Fort Worth.
The event is free.

CCL 49er/s Senior Citizen club
Join Chuck and the 49er’s 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 or any Thursday night for dancing. Atmosphere is friendly with great music. No smoking or alcohol.
Donations are $6 at the door. You’ll find us in Seven Points, off SH 334, 2 blocks south on Arnold Hill Rd.
Call (903) 432-3552.

Four Mile Lutheran Church Sale
Four Mile Lutheran Women of ELCA will hold their annual yard and bake sale Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 22-24.
The sale will end at noon on Saturday. The sale will be located at Four Mile Lutheran Church in the Prairieville Community, two miles east of the Prairieville Store at SH 90 and VZ CR 2607.
For more information, call (903) 887-0833 or (903) 385-0017.

Casino Night for Cancer
Casino Night for Cancer will be hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary in Gun Barrel City for Friday, Sept. 23. Hot Dog Bar will open at 5 p.m. Various casino games will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with an auction starting at 9 p.m.
Proceeds will go to Children’s Oncology, Bridge Breast Center and Cancer Research.

Styx Baptist singing
The Styx Baptist Church Fourth Friday Gospel singing is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Everyone is invited. Bring CDs, cassettes, music, instruments, etc. We have CD and cassette player. Refreshments served.
Times for Sunday School are 10 a.m. and worship services at 11 a.m. For information call (214) 616-4659.

Cedar Creek Clean-up
The 13th annual Cedar Creek Clean-up will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at CR 4023 of Hwy. 274 South. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and volunteers will clean until 11 a.m. T-shirts will be provided.
Post clean-up party will be held at Tom Finley Park in Gun Barrel City.

Hinson singing
Ronny Hinson will be ministering in song and testimony 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at Lakeview Church located at the corner of Wood street and SH 334 in Seven Points.

Benefit for Shannon Creagh
A Cody Riley concert, auction and barbeque will be held at the Mabank Pavilion 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 to benefit Shannon Creagh and family.
Adult tickets are $15, kids 12 and under are $5.
To purchase tickets call Rhonda (469) 383-9795.

Lance Gooden open house in Athens
State Representative lance Gooden will hold an open house 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in his district office in Athens. Goodens office is located in the LaRue Building at the intersection of E. Corsicana and S. Prairieville.
For more information call Leigh Pool at (903) 675-7138.

CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Cedar Creek Lake Country Club in Kemp. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Judith Dyer will present the program on “Customs of Dinner.”

James Cristy Cole Circus
The James Cristy Cole Circus is performing at the Gun Barrel City Pavillion 7 pm. Thursday, Sept. 27 and 4:30 pm. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 28. Circus acts include elephant rides, “Globe of Death” and The White Tiger Act.
The event is a benefit for the Mabank High School Choir. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased from Choir students or at Gun Barrel City Hall.
Tickets purchased at the door will not benefit the students.
For more information, call (903) 880-1620.

Avanti Singers
The Avanti Singers will begin their new season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the choir room of the First United Methodist Church in Mabank.
An invitation is open for those interested in musical entertainment and fellowship with other singers. Contact Jean Robinson at (903) 451-3203 for booking a program or joining.

Smart Landscaping Workshop
The East Texas Arboretum will hold a workshop of smart landscaping 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Henderson County Master Gardener Carol Harrison of McDade’s Nursery will present the program.
An English tea will be served as well as a raffle and door prizes.

Save the Date Resource Conference
The Njoy Foundation has secured top speakers to attend the Resource Conference that relate to different disabilities.
Some of the topics that will include autism, advocacy, mental health, special education, financial planning and much more. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Association Clubhouse, located at 3400 Bryant Irving Road in Fort Worth.
For information, call (817) 917-2631.


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Drug dealer found guilty
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–A Henderson County jury took just under three hours to find an Athens man guilty of dealing drugs.
Timothy Mark Roberts, 45, was found guilty of first degree felony possession of just over 10 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
The verdict was handed down Sept. 14 in the Third Judicial District Court under Judge Mark Calhoon.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 21. Roberts faces five to 99 years, or life, in prison.
Back in January, investigators developed information of suspected drug activity in Robert’s Bryson Street residence.
Investigators David Faught, Kalon Rollins and Ronni Halbert sought and were granted a search warrant.
On Jan. 5, they executed the warrant. Once inside the residence, they found meth, glass smoking pipes, needles and small plastic baggies, used for packing narcotics for distribution.
Investigators also found a surveillance system, complete with cameras around the residence and monitors inside the master bedroom.
Roberts, along with his wife, Jessica Lanier Roberts, 23, were taken into custody. She also faces the same charges and first court appearance is Oct. 17.
Also in the home were three young children.
In his closing arguments to the jury, Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee asked the jury to find Roberts guilty and told them that “meth was wrecking havoc on our communities.”
He, along with assistant district attorney Bridget Bateman, prosecuted for the state.
“These cases are very important to us,” McKee said. “Not only was he selling meth, he was selling it with small children in the home.”
McKee praised the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office for its work on the case and the emphasis Sheriff Ray Nutt has placed on rooting out drug traffic.
“With the combined efforts of the law enforcement community over the past three years, I believe we have made significant progress in putting these dealers and manufacturers behind bars,” McKee said.
However without the community alerting law enforcement to suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, it would be much harder to stem the drug trade in the county.
“The citizens are our first line of defense,” he said.


Clean up Cedar Creek Lake takes place Saturday
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The 13th annual Cedar Creek Cleanup takes place Saturday, Sept. 24.
Those already signed up to join a team to clean a specified area can pick up their cleanup supplies from the Tarrant Regional Water District lake office (at spillway) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday.
Those who decide to join in the clean up spontaneously can pick up cleaning supplies the day of the event at Tom Finley Park starting at 8 a.m.
Pick a location, (let TRWD know where) and start filling up plastic bags with trash. Leave the full bags by roadside for pickup and join in the after party in the afternoon.
The community is invited to join in the cleanup from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. and meet up at Tom Finley Park on the causeway from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the after party picnic to eat delicious food, collect cool stuff, be entertained by Radio Disney and learn more about the importance of watershed areas and keeping them cleaned up.
The annual event is sponsored by the Environmental Co-op of Kaufman County, The Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Texas Department of Transportation, Henderson County Precincts 1&2, West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District and The Monitor.
Last year, more than five tons of garbage was removed from roadsides – trash that could ultimately be blown into the lake.
Let’s clean up our act people and take pride in the place we call home. Let’s put trash in its place!


Stolen car found in Golden Oaks
Monitor Staff Reports
PAYNE SPRINGS–A stolen vehicle at an abandoned residence in the Golden Oaks division was found on Peaceful Woods Drive in Payne Springs the morning of Sept. 12.
The owner of the vehicle was unaware it had been stolen the night before.
Deputy Kyle Pochobradsky responded to the call and determined the vehicle had been detained by Mabank Police Department on the morning of Sept. 12.
Investigator Bradley Gray was assigned to the case and identified the driver from surveillance video obtained from a convenience store in Mabank. The driver had stopped there prior to being pulled over by a Mabank police officer.
Gray obtained a warrant for Dustin Aaron Miller, 18, who was arrested the next day without incidence at his residence in Golden Oaks.
Miller was transported to the Henderson County Jail where he remains in lieu of a $10,000 bond.


















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