People, Places & Events




State lists unclaimed property
Monitor Staff Reports
AUSTIN–Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announces the publication of the annual list of individuals with abandoned property.
This year’s list contains the names of more than 152,000 individuals for whom the state is holding $250 or more in forgotten or abandoned funds.
More than $1.7 billion remains unclaimed.
Businesses and financial institutions report unclaimed property to the Comptroller of Public Accounts every day.
About $400,000 worth of lost property belong to about 350 individuals who live or have lived in the area. See chart for details.
Some of the reasons people lose track of their money may be because they’ve:
• changed addresses and failed to forward the mail,
• received a notice from a bank of business, but did not read it thoroughly,
• failed to receive or cash a payroll check in more than a year,
• made no deposits or withdrawals from a bank account for five years or more,
• stopped payment on an insurance policy or had a policy mature three or more years ago,
• overlooked something during settlement of a family member’s estate,
• failed to pay the rental fee on a safe deposit box for five years or more, or
• failed to receive a deposit refund, an overpayment, or credit from a utility company.
The published list, covering 32 newspaper pages in very small type, is just the names of those reported this past year.
But it’s never too late to claim lost property. If your name isn’t on the list, but you’re sure you have unclaimed property, you can call (800) 654-3463, or check on-line at
You can also reach them at (800) 654-3463 or by e-mail at  or write to Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Unclaimed Property Research and Correspondence, P.O Box 12019, Austin, Texas 78711-2019.
Those claiming lost property by mail or phone must establish their identity with a list of all previous addresses for the last five years or longer, Social Security number, current address and daytime phone number.
A claim form will need to be completed with copies of identification and proof of ownership.

Kaufman hosts Caboodle Fest
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–The City of Kaufman is excited to host the annual Kaufman Caboodle Fest again this year Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28.
The festival is held in the City’s Historical Central Business District otherwise known as the Courthouse Square.
The theme for this year’s festival is Kaufman’s Salute to the Texas Rangers.
Rest assured this will be a fun-filled event that will entertain the entire family throughout the weekend.
The Texas top guns will simply amuse you with their hilarious rendition of the Old West mixed in with slapstick comedy routines complete with audience participation.
The way in which they interact with the spectators while they are leading the parade down Washington (main) Street is definitely a sight you do not want to miss.
Their performances will be held approximately every two-hours throughout the two-day festival.
Saturday’s events include a parade, classic car show, performances by the fastest growing traveling stunt team in the U.S. today, 720 Action Sports Team, a chili cook-off, A Taste of Kaufman County, Octoberfest, and live music.
Sunday will also be action-packed with events such as a children’s costume contest, bubble gum blowing contest, a street dance, and live music.
For more information on the Caboodle Fest, please visit the festival website at  or call (972) 932-2216 or (972) 962-5321.

‘Halloween at the Hatchery’ set
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) will host the annual Halloween at the Hatchery Thursday, Oct. 25.
Local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy, and the center will be decorated throughout with a Halloween theme.
The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is expected to attract about 3,000 people.
Halloween at the Hatchery is TFFC’s way of giving East Texas families a safe place to go trick-or-treating while raising money for local causes.
Proceeds from the $1 general admission fee will go to the Rainbow Room of Henderson County and the Henderson County Humane Society.
The Anglers Pavilion will be the site of a special small children area featuring prize and game booths.
Decorations for the event are made possible by sponsor donations.
Sponsors for Halloween at the Hatchery as of press time included Attorney’s Title Company, Citizens State Bank, Dallas Manufacturing Company, Inc., East Texas Agency, Gould Properties, Red Hat Rentals, Velvin and Weeks Engineers, Mark Roberts DDS, Walker Plumbing Supply Company and Wal-Mart Supercenter Athens.
Parking will be available in the main TFFC parking lot and in the overflow parking area on Peninsula Point Road.
Parents with children in strollers are requested to use the main parking lot.
For more information, call TFFC at (903) 676-2277.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nellie. I am a beautiful female Yellow Lab. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I walk on a leash, get along well with male dogs and I am current on my shots. I am a good girl in need of a wonderful new home.

My name is Mae. I am a beautiful female Yellow Lab around a year old. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far I am very sweet, walk on a leash and am current on my shots. I am a beautiful girl looking for a wonderful home.

My name is Charlie. I am a male Black Lab. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. So far I seem to enjoy people and seem to be good with kids. I am current on my shots. I am a wonderful boy looking for a new home.

My name is Tanner. I am a beautiful male Chocolate Lab. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. I am a beautiful playful boy with a good personality. I am looking for my new forever 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