People, Places & Events

    Fall All-Girl Trail Ride Held
By Katherine Veno
Special to The Monitor

MURCHISON-Bob and Sue Miars held their Annual Fall All Cowgirl Trailride recently at their beautiful Arabian horse ranch in Murchison. 
The traditional ride included a leisurely ride, a quick-paced group of riders and other groups who traveled on horses through the East Texas countryside included in the 700 acre ranch. 
The award-winning Miars Arabian Ranch produces straight Egyptian Arabians, and many of the horses were on display at various times of the day, including the parade of foals each morning.
Ranch hands Mario Martinez, Felipe Martinez and Amber Green made sure all the guests and their equine companions were comfortable. 
Pepe Carrillo, ranch foreman, oversaw the ranch activities. Diane Stickley served as equine manager for the weekend.
Activities included a catered barbecue lunch, games and prizes. 
Several Mabank ladies attended the invitation-only event including, Dr. Lori Gautreaux, JoAnne Fritz and Katherine Veno. Cheri Spivey and her Arabian mare, Delight, of Crossroads, won the playday grand prize with first place in each of the four events.


October Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month
By Wilbur Callaway
Monitor Correspondent

CANTON-The Van Zandt County Commissioners held a brief regular session Tuesday morning and approved a proclamation presented by Susan Thompson denoting October as "Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month" in Van Zandt County.
County Judge Rhita Koches urged all citizens to actively participate in scheduled activities sponsored by the East Texas Crisis Center and other agencies working toward the elimination of family violence.
In other business, the commissioners:
* heard from Canton Main Street co-chairs Helen Howell and Jewel Godwin about the upcoming Autumn Stroll scheduled Saturday, Oct. 14. They invited everyone to attend the big dinner Saturday night, which is the annual fund-raiser for Canton Main Street. 
* heard from Precinct 3 Commissioner Kelles Miller that he was not pleased with a purchase of crushed rock he received recently. 
"I will not buy any more rock like that, because the pieces are too big and will tear up people's tires," he declared.
* rescinded subdivision plat of Clear Creek Acres.
* approved a plat for Parker's Rocky Creek Acres Subdivision.
* ratified four new members for the Van Zandt County Library Board: Marjorie Tarver, Edgewood; Janet Randolph, Canton; Shirley Fuller, Grand Saline; and Carolyn James, Wills Point. 
They replace outgoing members Al Coleman, Wills Point; Sylvia Barbee, Canton; and Judy Peoples, Grand Saline.
* accepted a donation of oil and grease with approximate value of $1,500 from Glenn Ellis, a citizen of Van Zandt County, Precinct 3.
* tabled appointing replacement election judges in several voting boxes, until they can be notified and accept the appointments.
* approved the 2006 tax roll from the Van Zandt County Appraisal District in the amount of $8,149,587.87.
* discussed the burn ban and decided to leave it off at the present time.