Kiwanis agree to meet
with chamber at luncheon
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Citing the opportunities to meet potential new members
and network with area leaders, the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club members
agreed to begin meeting with the area chamber of commerce.
The Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce holds a luncheon each
second Thursday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant in Gun Barrel City, and
past president Ralph Fortner said meeting in conjunction with the
chamber each month would help spread the word about Kiwanis.
“We are a member of the chamber, and we’ve partnered with them
successfully on a couple of projects,” Fortner said. “I think it’s worth
“It might be a good way to draw in some new members,” Kathy Kendrick
Linda Rau told the other club members she and husband Russ came to the
lake area 13 years ago.
“We were delighted to find out about Kiwanis,” she said. “The chamber
sent us to it.”
“It would give us an opportunity to tell people about Kiwanis, and also
network with people,” Paula Kimbell noted.
Calling for a vote, new president Denise York heard no opposition, and
said the club will try the new joint meeting at the chamber’s Nov. 13
York said the club will continue working on a project on each third
Wednesday, with a board of directors meeting following.
“One of the things I really want to try to do this (coming) year is to
get us a website,” York said.
Fortner reminded members the club’s annual officer installation banquet
is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Victorian Lady Tea Room
in downtown Mabank.
Linda and Russ Rau entertained club members by presenting their latest
story hour, offered each first Saturday at both The Library at Cedar
Creek Lake in Seven Points and the Tri-County Library in Mabank.
Children who attend story hour receive a brand-new book, provided by the
Reminding club members they were all under 6 years of age, Linda
presented the October story time, featuring “The Little Old Lady Who Was
Not Afraid of Anything,” by Linda Williams.
As Linda read the story aloud, Russ provided visual cues, including
boots clomping, pants flapping, a shirt swishing, gloves clapping and a
scary jack-o’-lantern, while club members contributed sound effects
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Linda Rau (left) reacts when a jack-o’-lantern reveals a ghost, as she
Rau present a Halloween story time for Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis members
Kaufman County historical
ghost walk set
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–The Kaufman County Historical Commission (KCHC), will sponsor an
archeology exhibit in observance of Texas Archeology Month (October) and
also feature living history demonstrations at the Kaufman Scarecrow
Festival Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown Kaufman on the courthouse
Beginning at dark, KCHC’s annual award winning, “Ghosts of Kaufman
County Past,” historical ghost walk will be held at the historic county
“Poor Farm” located at Farm-to-Market 1388 and State Highway 34 in
The KCHC exhibits at the scarecrow festival will open at 9 a.m. and
close at 4 p.m.
It will include archeology exhibits and living history activities, such
as hands-on demonstrations of butter churning, rope making and much
The public is invited to bring their own artifacts to be identified and
Site tours at the “Poor Farm” location will be offered during the day.
The scarecrow festival offers a full day of family fun including a
parade at 9 a.m., followed by live music, entertainment, delicious food,
arts and crafts and children’s amusements.
The historical ghost walk tour featuring “Ghosts of Kaufman County Past”
will begin at 7 p.m.
Small groups will be escorted on the Walk at predetermined intervals.
The tour takes approximately one and a half hours to complete.
Absolute quiet must be maintained by walk participants since no audio
equipment or electronic devices will be used.
For that reason, no children under the age of 12 will be admitted.
Tickets for the tour are $10 each.
For ticket information and tour schedules contact KCHC at (469)
376-4121, e-mail email@example.com.
Other Archeology Awareness Month activities are being scheduled by KCHC
that include presentations to county school students.
Archeology exhibits will be on display during the entire month of
October in local libraries and museums.
These presentations will provide an opportunity for students to discover
past human cultures and learn about the historical significance of Texas
archeological sites and the importance of proper archeological
For more information, visit KCHC’s web site at kaufmancounty.net/kchc.htm.
Beacon Hill debuts luxury
lakeside home sites
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Dignitaries and city officials were invited to a dedication and
site tour of the new Beacon Hill master-planned community development
fronting U.S. Highway 175 and Cedar Creek Lake in Kemp.
Wednesday, State Rep. Betty Brown joined local officials to view the
4,000 feet of improved waterfront, private marina and boat launch, as
well as 900-foot lighted fishing jetty with observation piers.
The property’s signature beacon emits a beam of light miles into the
night sky to guide boaters safely home.
Lakefront home sites are guarded from the encroaching lake by steel
retaining walls down to a six-foot depth. This allows homeowners to
build recessed boathouses with fully equipped party rooms or guest
quarters, a unique advantage on Cedar Creek Lake, Realtors Janice and
Terry Ellis said.
The husband-wife team from Ebby Halliday Realtors specialize in Cedar
Creek Lake properties and represent the 101 home sites at Beacon Hill.
Also unique to the 140-acre development is its scenic woods and wildlife
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has designated the green space
as a protected area for migratory North American pelicans, wood ducks
and other rare wildlife species.
Residents will enjoy the nature trails and observation platforms
overlooking wildlife refuges and the bird island, monitored by the
“The emphasis on retaining the scenic beauty of Cedar Creek Lake and
protecting fish and migratory bird habitats was extremely important in
the development of Beacon Hill,” Jim Stewart of Kemp Lakeside Investors
He and his wife, Barbara, are longtime Cedar Creek Lake residents and
the visionaries behind Beacon Hill’s tranquil, natural setting for
ultra-luxury homes with the most desired community amenities.
The private marina includes floating boat slips with air-conditioned
party rooms equipped with big-screen TVs, bathroom facilities and
private storage for beverages and supplies.
Solar powered lighted channel buoys will mark the boat lane from the
private jetty to open water and guide nighttime boaters to port.
The development includes a private nine-acre interior lake stocked for
fishing and including a swimming beach and activity area. Homeowners can
enjoy the benefits of lakeside living with boat slips available for
lease at the private marina.
Other amenities include a clubhouse overlooking the lake with a
beautifully landscaped outdoor swimming pool and hot tub.
Mesa Engineering provided the site planning, and artist Billy Williamson
has created sculptures of waterfalls and realistic natural formations to
blend the utilities infrastructure into the natural setting.
“The attention to detail in the master plan is incredible,” Andy
Bearden, Ebby Builder Services director said. “We are in the process of
identifying a select group of architects and custom home builders to
work closely with the homeowners to assure homes are designed and built
to complement the integrity of the community.”
Interested home builders may call The Welcome Center at (903) 498-LAKE
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Beacon Hill debuts its 101-home site development with developer Jim
(left), Kemp mayor Billy Teel, State Rep. Betty Brown, Kemp ISD
Dr. Peter Running, co-developer Barbara Stewart, infrastructure manager
VanDuyne, Realtor Janice Ellis, The Monitor representative Angela
EDC president Jody Deller, Kemp council members Leodis Buckley, Dorothy
and Matt Ganssle, Kemp EDC member Bob Burns and Kemp city administrator
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at