49er’s Senior Citizens Club
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 (or any Thursday night) is dancing
to Chuck and the 49er’s. No smoking or alcohol, great band and
atmosphere. Donation is $6 at the door.
Located in Seven Points, off Hwy. 274, 2 blocks south on Arnold
Hills Road. (903) 432-3552.
Betty Curtis Benefit
Join Betty Curtis in her fight against cancer and enjoy supper,
dessert and live entertainment 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.
Any size donation is accepted. $1 tickets for jackpot drawing.
Event at Cornerstone Church at 104 W. Eubank St. in Mabank.
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. Come check us out for fun,
fitness and fellowship.
For more information, call Faye at (903) 340-9672.
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.
West Place Open House
West Place Nursing Home and Rehabilitations Center is holding an
renovation celebration open house 4- 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.
Dr. Terri Eckett, Medical Director and Dr. Jonathan Edwards,
Skilled Services Medical Director will be there to answer your
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 drawing
and door prizes.
The Njoy Foundation has secured top speakers for its Resource
Conference relating to various disabilities. Topics 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. Call (817) 917-2631.
Kaufman County Kaumposting Class
Attend a free 4-part composting series in Kaufman County,
beginning this Saturday, Oct. 1. Part.1, Recycling in your yard,
9 a.m. to noon, Oct.1; Part 2, Composting Basics, 1-4 p.m. Oct.
15; Part 3, Organic Solutions 9 a.m.-noon; Part 4, Vermi
Composting and Alternative Options 1-4 p.m. Located at The
Recycling Plant at 1100 Airport Rd. in Terrell. For more
information contact Environmental Co-op at (972) 524-0007.
October Fest 2011
Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church will sponsor an October
Fest from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Malakoff
Community Center, 503 N. Terry St. Chicken dinners will be
available for dining in or take out with prepaid ticket. There
will be music, entertainment, donkey rides, a cake walk, silent
auction, games, bounce houses and a fishing booth. Call (903)
Book Signing and Fund raiser
Mabank resident and author of Born Mad, Robyn Wheeler will hold
a book signing 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 at Mabank High School. 10
percent of net sales will be donated to Tri-County Library.
Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek lake is holding an executive
board meeting at the Cedar Creek Library 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Devotional will be given by Mary Jo Love.
National Night Out Against Crime
Gun Barrel City is hosting a city wide Night Out Against Crime
6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at the pavilion. Free pony rides,
bounce houses and hotdogs. Entertainment includes great music
with Dino Perelli and magician Taw Pruitt. Lock your doors, turn
on an outside light and spend the evening with neighbors, police
and firemen enjoying fun activities. Don’t forget your lawn
The public is invited to Payne Springs United Methodist Church
monthly fellowship night Wednesday, Oct. 6. A covered dish
dinner will be served followed by entertainers Jasmine Richman
and Friends. The church is located on SH 198 across from the
PSVFD. For more information call (903) 451-2978.
VFW benefit suppers
The VFW Post 4376 in on Veterans Way in Seven Points is holding
a hamburger benefit supper 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 and a hotdog
chili supper Friday, Oct. 14 for the homeless veterans fund for
All you can eat fish fry
Knights of Columbus Council 8806 will hold their “all you can
eat fish fry” 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7 at St. Jude Catholic
Church on Luther Lane. Menu includes US farm raised catfish,
french fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, ice tea/coffee and
homemade baked goods.
Lord’s Acre Fall Festival
The First United Methodist Church, located at 501 S. Third St.
in Mabank is holding its annual Lord’s Acre festival starting at
9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 with a barbecue luncheon starting at
11:30 a.m. Attractions for the kids, dunking booth, live
auction, and a country store are all part of the time-honored
Blessing of the animals
The annual Blessing of the Animals will be held 5 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 8 at St. James on the Lake Episcopal Church. Bring your
pets to be blessed by Fr. Jerry Morriss. After the blessing, we
will have a hot dog cook out. Open to the pet-free public as
Whitton Community Center barbecue and auction
Donated items such as antiques, arts, crafts and baked goods are
wanted for the auction to benefit Tarver Cemetary maintenance
and upkeep. Auction and barbecue will be 5:30 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 8 located on VZFM 1651, 4 miles north of Jackson off 198.
Menu includes brisket, lot links, beans, potato salad, coleslaw,
drinks and dessert. Donation is $8 for adults, $4 for children
12 and over.
National Night Out Against Crime
The Mabank Police Department is hosting a city wide Night Out
Against Crime 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 on Market Street. The
western-themed event will feature entertainment, food, tours of
police cars and fire engines and the outdoor showing of a great
Special Olympics Bocce blow-out and fund raiser
The Church of Christ in Seven Points is holding a fund raiser 9
a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 to help with the purchase of team
uniforms. Hot dogs, chips, soft drinks, water and baked goods
will be on sale. A drawing for special items will be included.
Located at 235 W. Cedar Creek Parkway in Seven Points.
Adopt a family open Golf Tournament
St. James on the Lake Episcopal Church is having their 12th
annual Adopt-a-family Open Golf Tournament on Oct. 10 at the
Cedar Creek Country Club. All proceeds go to charity to help
families at Christmas and throughout the year. Located at 10707
KCR 4022 near the entrance to the Cedar Creek County Club.
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Spirit Week doubles the
American Red Cross, education foundation share
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–“What started out as a small gesture, a seemingly
insignificant contribution to a tremendous loss of life,
security, and innocence, has indeed grown into something that is
bigger than us all,” the half time announcer at Friday’s Mabank
Homecoming game said.
She was referring to the results of a week of fundraising across
all six Mabank ISD campuses during homecoming week, otherwise
known as Spirit Week. Started 10 years ago in response to 9-11,
and the need to contribute in some meaningful way to relieve
some of the pain caused when terrorists used commercial
airliners to attack the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
The 10-year tradition of giving, in good times and bad times has
proved the proverb, “it is more blessed to give than to
receive,” as a huge roar of cheering broke forth on the
announcement that this year’s efforts had raised a grand total
of $63,057.01, beating last year’s record $50,000.
That total was divided between two charities: a national one and
a local charity.
Jourden Dunn, representing the American Red Cross accepted a
giant check for $44,139.91, and Mabank ISD Education Foundation
directors Shannon Steakley, Allison Partridge and Robin
Neighbors accepted a check for $18,917.10.
In such ways, Spirit Week works to replace that terrible day of
horror with the one of hope, strength and unity.
“This is what can happen when we, as a community, refuse to
dwell on bitterness, push past the negative and choose to focus
on good. Despite the negative which may surround us and the
challenges in our own lives, we will not wallow in despair but
will strive to surpass it,” the announcer said.
Though each year the district is faced with challenges: a
troubled economy, increased unemployment, homes in foreclosure,
a crisis in education and people struggling to make ends meet,
area residents, families and friends of Mabank students remember
9-11 by sacrificing the fruits of their labors to help those who
need it most.
Besides economic troubles, natural disasters: flooding in the
East, tornadoes that wiped out entire communities in Alabama and
Missouri and wildfires that destroyed properties and homes
throughout Texas have marked this past year.
When the Spirit Week committee began the selection process for a
recipient this year, it didn’t take long to come to a decision.
With the economic downfall and the unusual number of disasters
this year, we wanted to help an organization whose mission it is
to help others in need. Ironically, this year’s beneficiary is
the very same beneficiary we chose 10 years ago…the American Red
But that was not enough. In the true spirit of giving, the
committee chose to reach out to more than one charity. From this
year forth, Spirit Week endeavors will benefit two charities.
Because educators spend so much of their own money on classroom
needs, the committee chose a local beneficiary that would
support the educators and children of our district; the Mabank
ISD Education Foundation.
This Foundation was created to provide the educators in our
district with the resources to provide innovative, educational
programs that would not be possible without this type of
funding. Through the foundation, educators can apply for grants
to fund programs that encourage students to work at their
highest potential, support innovation, and provide recognition.
Mabank High School
The high school, serving grades 9-12, always brings in high
numbers for Spirit Week. Daily hotdog vending, powder-puff
football players and golfers bring in a lot of money for this
Under the leadership of Principal Brad Koskelin and with
guidance from Spirit Week campus coordinator Cris Cary, the high
school made a great showing again this year with a grand total
Led by Principal Darin Jolly and serving grades 7-8, MJH, under
Spirit Week campus coordinator Rhonda Manning and her campus
support crew were up to their elbows in dancing teenagers,
various competitions and awesome auction items this week in
order to bring in $14,455.96.
Being the relatively new kid on the block is not an obstacle for
this school, the district’s fifth and sixth grades, led by
Principal James Pate, his staff and Spirit Week campus
coordinator Shanna Burks were
green from pickle juice, sticky from snow cones and amazed by
magic in order to increase their totals to $10,105.75.
Three extremely competitive elementary schools with grades K-4
increased their collection efforts.
Principal Kevyn Pate and her campus coordinators Courtney Smith
and Windy Preston sprang into Spirit Week with a bounce house,
games and activities and some tasty funnel cakes resulting in a
total of $3,221.
Led by Principal Brandy Dyer and campus Spirit Week coordinator
Jennifer Williams raised enthusiasm with their “Southside’s
Biggest Fan” fundraiser. Campus activities and shirt sales
helped bring their totals to $8,083.26.
Led by Principal Terri Watson and Assistant Principal Chelsea
Capehart, who also serves as the campus Spirit Week coordinator,
Central Elementary employed plate-toting waitresses, fancy
dinners, barbecue sandwiches and Panther Grams to put this
campus over the top with a remarkable $20,308.35.
Not to be left out, district administrative offices contributed
“Congratulations to the entire district and community and thank
you for another successful Spirit Week. See you next year.”
Absolutely no burning
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–Henderson County Commissioners are making it easy to
understand: don’t burn anything.
Tuesday, commissioners extended the burn ban for two weeks,
something they’ve done every other week since April. This time,
however, the ban is stricter. The ordinance bans “any activity
outdoors which could allow flames or sparks that could result in
a fire unless in an enclosure designed to protect the spread of
That means no grilling, no barbecue, no fireworks — no anything.
“Right now, even a small fire in this county involves everyone
in this county,” said fire marshal Darryl Furrh.
While some commissioners were concerned about the impact of the
strict “no burn” policy on agriculture, they passed the stronger
ordinance for two weeks and vowed to come back at that time with
County judge Richard Sanders urged the court to approve the
ordinance “and nobody burns right now.”
Furrh said the average Keetch-Bynum Drought Index score in the
county is 714. A burn ban is recommended when the KBDI score is
above 500. The drought index scale goes to 800.
Last month in his Houston Chronicle blog, Texas State
climatologist John Nielson-Gammon wrote, “I’ve started telling
anyone who’s interested that it’s likely that much of Texas will
still be in severe drought this time next summer, with water
supply implications even worse than those we are now
In August, Nielson-Gammon announced that Texas is in the grip of
the worst one-year drought on record.
Ignoring the burn ban is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a
fine up to $500.
New interim chief named for Payne Springs
Monitor Staff Writer
PAYNE SPRINGS–The Payne Springs City Council accepted the
resignation of interim police chief Michael Roach earlier this
month. Roach was named chief July 26.
He submitted a letter dated Sept. 14 stating that he was
resigning but failed to give any reason.
In a special meeting a few days later, the council named J.T.
Collard to the position.
Sept. 20, Collard gave his first report to the council as the
city’s police chief.
“You’ve got two good officers who enjoy what they do and they’re
ambitious,” Collard said. “It is tough to live on what they make
and they are very hard working and knowledgeable,” he said
before the council voted to give the officers a raise.
Michael “Robert” Johnson and Aaron Mitchell each received a $1
an hour raise by city council members. This raised their pay to
$11 per hour.
“I would like to do another review in six months,” suggested
councilman Michael McDonald.
The council also accepted former police chief Michael Roach’s
“Currently Tim Meadows is our acting chief of police,” mayor
Rodney Renberg explained. “When Collard completes his six-month
probationary period, he will become the acting chief of police
and Meadows will be the assistant chief of police. Meadows is an
Collard told the council about he has 11 years in law
enforcement, both as a jailer and in dispatch with sheriff
offices. In addition, he said he had overseen a construction
crew for many years. “My father framed the new city hall, and I
have been an active reserve for Payne Springs for three to four
years,” Collard said.
He also explained that he enjoys the people part of law
“I look forward to what we can do together,” Collard concluded.
Collard is a 1998 graduate of Mabank High School. He started his
law enforcement career with the Kaufman County Sheriff’s office
as a dispatcher and deputy before joining the city of Eustace
police department as a patrolman from 2003-05. He also worked as
a deputy for the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s office.
He has stayed active in the construction and house building
industry during this time also.
Auditor Don Kinney praised the city on last year’s financial
statements, “The city is in excellent financial situation as of
last year. I am very pleased with your financial situation.”
“Karen (Juica, city secretary) is a pleasure to work with,”
Kinney explained that all his requests were immediately
Kinney also told the council that city secretary Karen Juica
found a program that separates fines and fees collected by the
city for what is owed to the state of Texas and what the city
The state only gets a percentage of the fees collected from
moving violations and not all traffic ticket fines.
It is beneficial to the city to separate the fines and not
overpay the state, Kinney said.
Juica anticipates the city will owe the state about $30,000 in
“You (city) brought in a lot of revenue this year from drug
arrests and no driver’s licenses. Sales tax revenue was up last
year too,” Kinney added.
McDonald suggested that it was from the city going “wet” – being
allowed to sell alcoholic beverages starting last year.
The council voted to accepted the audited financial statements
for Jan. 1 to Dec.31, 2010 as presented..
“We received five bids for heating and air conditioning ranging
from $16,997 to around $36,000,” McDonald reported as he told
the council they needed to award bids for the new city hall..
The council decided to review the heating and air conditioning
bids again to be sure they are comparable.
A contract for sheet rock was awarded to Lowe’s for $2,598.25
and a contract for installation, tape and bedding was awarded to
Larry Roseberry for $5,500.
In other business, council members:
• accept the August court report as presented by Juica. Court
income was $35,167.50, expenses $9,793.31 for net income of
• adopted the county’s Hazard Mitigation Action Plan,
• heard councilman Michael Juica report that the conduits,
framing and telephone lines are in at the new city hall and
expects the the electricians to finished on Sept. 22,
• heard a budget workshop is set for Tuesday, Oct. 4,
• were pleased that potholes were filled and voted to buy an
additional load of fill materials when needed. There was also
discussion of possibly purchasing additional equipment if it
becomes available to aid in pothole repair,
• heard a suggestion from McDonald to review Collard’s
performance in three months for a possible raise from his $13
per hour rate,
• agreed to discuss changing the city elections to from May to
November at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 18.