The Mabank High Choirs are hosting the Umpteenth annual taters
‘n’ Tunes dinner show and fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the
school cafeteria prior to the football game.Tickets must be
purchased in advance from students or the high school office.
Mabank High School is having a Pink Out Day, Friday, Oct. 14 and
asks all volleyball and football fans to wear Pink Friday to
show support for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more
information, call Marsha Sanchez at (903) 880-1620.Also MHS
Panther Yearbooks can be preordered through Friday, Oct. 14.
Call (903) 880-1600, ext. 2131.
Woods of Terror 8
Payne Springs Fire Rescue presents “Woods of Terror 8” on
Friday-Saturday nights Oct. 21-22 and 28-29. All rides start at
dusk until the last survivor leaves the woods. For information,
call (903) 451-4511.
Legion cook out
The American Legion Riders are holding a cook out benefit at 5
p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15. Monies will be used for toys
for children of Cedar Creek Lake at Christmas. Brisket &
trimmings Friday and Saturday smoked sausage and fixings.
The Westside Senior Centers Club will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20. Covered dish lunch served at noon. The event
is at the Cedar Creek Bible Church Activities Building, 700
North Seven Points Boulevard.
Seniors 55 and older can attend and enjoy refreshments, cards,
domino and other games.
VZ senior citizen dance
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club hosts a monthly dance at 7
p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at the Henderson County Senior Center in
Athens. Country western music will be provided by Joe Walenta
and the Ranch Hands. Everyone is welcome. For information call
Pumpkin carving painting contest, sole mystery of headless
person other fun events set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, under
the pavilion of the Whitton Community Center.
Chicken spaghetti dinner served at 6 p.m. Monies earned benefit
paint and repairs to the Center.
Kemp rummage sale
The Kemp Senior Center is hosting a covered dish dinner from
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and rummage sale from 2-6:30 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 15. For information call (903) 275-7825 or (903) 534-4067.
Enchanted Oaks sale
The annual Enchanted Oaks city wide garage sale is 8 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, located on the east side of the lake.
Enjoy shopping the “Red Balloon” houses for a wide variety of
Maps available at the entrance.
Desi volleyball tourny
The Score for Desi Volleyball Tournament benefit will be held at
8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Kemp City Park. To register a six
man team for $30 call Shannon Garmon at (214) 317-8023.
Cotton Row 5K Run
The Cotton Row Run 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. Saturday,
Oct. 15, in Kerens. Registration will start at 7 a.m.
For more information, please call (903) 872-6045 or visit
Classic Auto Show
The Seven Points Dairy Queen are hosting the ninth annual
Classic Auto Show, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, benefitting
the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake. Dogs available for
adoption at the show. Bring a can of dog food and get a chance
to win a prize.
For information call (903) 432-3076.
HC Performing Arts
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is playing Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, Oct. 13-15, at the HCPAC, 400 Gibson Rd, Athens. For
information and times, call (903) 675-3908.
The Humble Hands Quartet will perform at Crescent Heights
Baptist Church At 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Dinner will
follow. Church is located E. SH 31, between Malakoff and Athens.
Homecoming pot luck
Trinity Southern Baptist Church in Kaufman invites former
members and guests to Homecoming beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday,
Oct. 16. The church is located at 2918 E Hwy. 175. RSVP to
The Rootseekers Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. Monday,
Oct. 17 at Tri-County Library Mabank.
A course in hunter education is set for 6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday,
Oct. 17-18 and Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Mabank High School
agriculture building. The course is open to adults and
youngsters and will include instruction in modern firearms and
primitive sporting arms handling and safety, outdoor
responsibilities and ethics. Minimum age for certification is 9
years old. Charges vary For information and costs, call (800)
The Senior Center at the Ball Park will be holding a Monster
Ball at 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Events include a country
dance band, costume contest and finger foods. The center is
located at 405 W. Walnut in Mabank. For information, call (903)
Sarah Maples DAR
The Sarah Maples Chapter of NSDAR is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.
19, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake. The speaker is Paula
Warren, the Texas State DAR chairman.
The Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon, Wednesday, Oct.
19, at the Jalapeño Tree. speaker is Skip Smith, candidate for
VFW attends carnival
The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary of Post 4376 are attending the VA
Hospital carnival at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Dallas for
Patients Day Out.
If interested in volunteering or making a donation please call
Naomi Jones, VAVS representative at (903) 432- or (903)
American Legion dinner
The American Legion Auxiliary is serving homemade stew and
cornbread with dessert at 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.
Proceeds benefit a local high school junior girl to Girls State.
For information, call (903) 887-4980.
Make a difference Day
The annual Make-A-Difference-Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 22. A
free trash disposal, electronic recycling and paper shredding is
offered from 9 to noon at the Mabank Pavilion.
The event is sponsored by the city of Mabank, Environmental
Co-op and Tri-County Ford. For information call (972) 524-0007.
Bridgeway Hospice is hosting a food drive for Faith in Action
Outreach (Malakoff Food Pantry) in conjunction with
Make-A-Difference Day. Boxes for contributions of canned goods
are placed in local and surrounding nursing homes and assisted
Aley Methodist bazaar
The annual fund-raising event for Aley United Methodist Women is
set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The sale features
homemade baked goods and candy, crafts and Christmas
decorations, a beautiful hand made quilt to be given away,
jewelry and other items. Soup and Stew are served from 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. The church is located 1.5 miles west of Seven Points
on Farm-to-Market 85.
Caney Creek Church
The Caney Creek eighth annual Fall Festival is noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22 at Caney Creek Baptist Church. Tournaments
include washers, horseshoes and dominoes. Other activities
include live music, cake walk, hay rides, bounce house, carnival
games and a free drawing. Food includes hot dogs, pop corn,
cotton candy, snow cones and a barbecue.
Evolution or creation
An evolution or creation workshop is being taught from 6 to 8
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Trinidad Church of Christ. For
VFW cancer benefit
The members of VFW Post 4376 and the Ladies Auxiliary are
hosting a benefit for cancer aid and research at 2 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 23. A shrimp boil is featured for a donation
The Tamarack POA annual Halloween Party is set for 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22, at Blackie Ensey Park.
For information, call Liz at (903) 887-7049.
The annual Halloween event at the Texas Fresh Water Fisheries
Center is set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the TFWFC.
Local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy.
The TFFC will be decorated throughout with a Halloween theme.
49er’s seniors club
The Cedar Creek Lake 49er’s Senior Citizen Club is hosting a
Halloween costume party from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
and dancing any Thursday, to the music of Chuck & the 49er’s. No
smoking or alcohol.
Donation at the door. Located on Arnold Hills Road, two blocks
south of SH 334, Seven Points.
Kemp Fall Festival
The Kemp Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 29. Park
opens at noon, parade at 2 p.m. Vendors welcome. For more
details, call (214) 534-4067.
The Rootseekers Genealogical Society is hosting a seminar
featuring Lloyd Bockstruck from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
He will speak on how to find the maiden names of females and
Onomatology (the study of names) and other subjects. The event
takes place at the First United Methodist Church Hall, 501 Third
st. SH 198, Mabank. For information, call Brenda Price at (903)
880-2488 or go by Tri-County Library. Proceeds earned benefit
the genealogy room at the library.
CC Church Octoberfest
Cedar Creek Church is holding Octoberfest from noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 at 142 Rodney Drive. There will be food,
games, auctions and entertainment and a drawing for a car,
televisions and other prizes. For information, call Cheryl Barr
at (214) 530-5072.
Kemp Fun Fest
Hillcrest Baptist Church is holding its annual Fun Fest at 6-8
p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, as an alternative to trick or treating.
The church is located at 909 N Elm in Kemp. There will be food,
games and prizes.
The Gun Barrel City Beautification Committee is holding a
holiday merchant decorating contest Tuesday, Nov. 1, at city
hall. Entry fees are canned goods and the prize is $250. The
winner will be announced Dec. 7.
For more information, call (903) 887-8620.
Humane Society needs
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake currently has a shortage
of canned dog and puppy food and is in immediate need of
donations. Lamb and rice or chicken is preferred. The brand is
The Log Cabin Swingers Square Dance Club meets from 8 to 10 p.m.
the first and third Saturday of each month.
All square dancers are welcome. No charge for observers.
Lessons taught by Club members are from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday
at Promenade Hall, 1210 N. Tool Drive, SH 274) Tool.
For information call (903) 340-9672.
Celebrate recovery with Hurts, Habits and Hang-ups recovery
program at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Church of the Nazarene
located at 150 Mabelle Ln in Gun Barrel City. For more
information, call (903) 880-7080.
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Hot check casher checked
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–A suspected check forger is behind bars due to the
prompt action of a business owner in Seven Points.
Shannon Wayne Smithers, 37, of Tool, is cooling his heels in the
Henderson County lockup on a forgery of financial instrument
charge with more charges expected, Seven Points Police Lt.
Stewart Newby confirmed Thursday.
Like many business owners, Marcela Thapa, is tired of picking up
the tab for purchases made with a hot check.
The owner of Quick Check Cashing in Seven Points, Thapa said
that Smithers got four checks cashed at her establishment
between Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. When he returned Oct. 7, she
pressed the alarm button that brought the police to her shop at
101 N. Seven Points Drive (State Highway 274, at the
Thapa told The Monitor Smithers had come in twice over the
weekend and cashed checks on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, while she was
out of the shop. She is out a total of $1,025 in cashed checks,
“He came in again Wednesday (Oct. 5) but I couldn’t verify the
information, so I wouldn’t cash his check,” she said. Each time
the personal checks were made out to Smithers. Before he
returned again Oct. 7, Thapa had gotten in touch with one of the
account holders listed on the check, a Tool resident.
She learned that the man supposedly having issued the check died
recently and that Smithers had no authority to have the checks.
The deceased man turned out to be Smithers’ grandfather, Thapa
When Smithers came back, Thapa sounded the silent alarm that
alerted police to a possible crime in progress.
Police officers Charlie Wilson and Gabriel Shue arrived before
Smithers could leave and made the arrest.
Smithers is being held without bond on a parole violation, while
the forgery charge drew a bond amount of $10,000 according to
county jail records.
“We encourage everyone to call the police immediately if they
suspect a crime may be in progress,” Newby said.
County extends burn ban to Nov. 30
Transportation study ordered; sheriff’s office
to use armory
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–Commissioners quickly voted to extend the Kaufman County
burn ban to Nov. 30 at their Oct. 10 meeting.
“We got a little rain but not enough. We have issued over 70
citations for burn ban violations and a lot are to repeat
offenders,” Kaufman County Fire Marshal Larry Ewing said.
Ewing’s office said the only outside permitted burning is
cooking on an enclosed grill. Residents are forbidden to burn in
the open – no burning in barrels, not burning of trash piles,
wood or tree limbs.
Trash dumping for a fee is available at any of the county’s
landfills, the Kemp Eco-Station or with trash collection
Commissioners also agreed to increase the rate for disposal of
household hazardous waste at the Kemp Eco-Station from $10 to
“I have reviewed the Eco-Station’s records and this is where I
am low. I am currently charging $10 for 25 pounds and it costs
$15 to dispose of 25 pounds. This increase will get me to a
breakeven point,” Precinct 4 commissioner Tom Manning said.
Attorney Jeff Brown reported to the commissioners that justice
of the peace collections are up 42.7 percent for the first nine
months of 2011 ($1,941,850.65) compared with the same period in
“We have collected $580,670.58 more (than last year) and are
still receiving and working cases,” said Brown.
County judge Bruce Wood told commissioners that for the 12-
month period of Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, Kaufman County saw an
increase in net revenues of $3,219,824 compared to the same
period one year ago.
“As we discussed in September, the net revenue dropped because
of our three payrolls in September,” Wood explained.
County auditor Hall Jones said that the figures were on a cash
“The final figures will be available on an accrual basis once
the outside auditors have made their adjustments,” Jones
Precinct 2 commissioner Ray Clark asked commissioners to apply
for a $100,000 transportation study loan at 1 percent from the
North Central Texas Council of Governments – Regional
Transportation Council Loan Program and they agreed.
“I have discovered that we have a lot of needs for
transportation and we do not have a lot of funding,” Clark said.
The loan will identify transportation needs, prioritize them and
assign costs to each.
“We (Kaufman County) can decide how much we want to spend, and
then go to the voters to determine if they will okay a tax
increase to pay for these,” Clark explained.
“If the bond program does not pass we (commissioners) will split
the loan cost ($100,000) four ways with each commissioner paying
$25,000. We have a line item in our budgets for engineering,”
In response to the court considering the disposal of stray
animals for the county, Manning reported that he visited an
animal shelter in Seagoville and a spay and neuter clinic in
“I have two more places to visit – Mesquite and Collin County.
This is a huge, huge project to undertake. We will need a large
building, personnel and other maintenance and operating
expenses,” Manning said.
Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes reported his department is
moving forward to install a new radio system by 2013 to comply
with federal law.
“We will also have to meet the digital radio requirement in
2018,” Byrnes added.
“We plan to use the National Guard Armory for a regional and
emergency communications center. We have inmates cleaning it up.
We have power and gas,” Byrnes said.
In other business, commissioners approved line item transfers
and payment of $931,613.89 in bills.
Mabank High School hosts 20th Cedar Creek
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Kemp High School Band drum major Caleb Murray pauses in
directing the Yellowjacket Band long enough for a trumpet solo
from his pedestal during the 20th Cedar Creek Marching Festival
in Mabank Oct. 8. One of 19 competing, KHS band, along with the
band from Eustace High School made the final round in the
all-day event. However a sudden down pour halted activity around
8:45 p.m. See the Thursday, Oct. 20 issue for more photos and
coverage of the event.