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November 10
, 2011






News in Brief

Veteran’s Day Closings
Offices of all three counties; Henderson, Kaufman and Van Zandt will be closed Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11.
Offices of the cities of Eustace, Tool and Gun Barrel City will be closed. Offices of Kemp, Mabank, and Seven Points will remain open.
Banks and post offices will be closed.
Customers whose banks are located inside another business should check with the facility for open hours.

Financial seminar
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring a financial seminar with registration at 6:15 p.m. Thursday (today), at Trinity Valley Electric Company community Room, 1800 E. SH 243, Kaufman. Dr. Joyce Cavanagh will discuss the importance of credit reports and scores.
For information, call (972) 932-9069.

49er’s seniors club
The 49er’s Senior Citizens Club is hosting a dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 (and every Thursday) for dancing to Chuck & the 49er’s. No smoking or alcohol. Annual election of officers is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Must be a member to vote. 49er’s is located south on Arnold Hills Road, two blocks off SH 334, Seven Points. For information call or fax to (903) 432-3552.

Westside Senior Center
The Westside Senior Center is hosting the Cedar Creek Home Care from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday (today), at the Cedar Creek Activities Building, 700 North Seven Points Boulevard. Blood pressure tests are offered and a covered dish luncheon will be served. Area seniors 55 and older welcome.
For information call (903) 340-9672.

MHS Choir concert
The Mabank High School Choir is presenting an “American Concert,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the MHS Auditorium. The free concert expresses gratitude and love to soldiers and leaders. Bring a veteran you wish to see honored.

Tri-County Library sale
A benefit sale for the Tri-County Library is being held 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 10-12, as part of a Market Street sidewalk sale. The library will be offering hot dogs, and popcorn as well as used books for sale.

Library book, bake sale
The Friends of the Library at Cedar Creek Lake are holding a book, plant and bake sale at the library in Seven Points Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 10-12. Come by for great values. Proceeds support the library.

VFW program at Tool
The VFW Post 4376 and its Ladies Auxiliary are presenting a Veterans Day Program at the Tool Elementary School at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11. Speakers will present a program on “Never Leave a Veteran Behind.
Auxiliary members will visit classrooms and tell the story of the “Buddy Poppy” and teach about the flag.

Buddy Poppy Drive
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary annual Buddy Poppy Drive is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the 4-way stop, McClains, Scotties and Brookshires in Seven Points. Girl Scout Troop 3572 will assist at these locations.
The buddy Poppy is made by veterans to help with rehabilitation.

VZ Senior Citizens
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club monthly dance is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Henderson County Senior Center in Athens. Country music provided by Joe Walenta and the Ranch Hands. Everyone is welcome.

Caregivers group
The Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church is sponsoring a caregivers support group at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 (second Friday of the month), located at 100 South Old Indian Trail (Off SH 274 in Tool. For information or directions call Pat Simms at (903) 432-4248 or (903) 880-6050.

Kemp UMC fall bazaar
The First United Methodist Church of Kemp is hosting its annual Fall Bazaar and Chili ‘N Stew dinner from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.
For information call the church office at (903) 498-4791.

Harbor youth supper
Harbor Baptist Church Youth Group invites the community to a spaghetti supper and an evening of food, fellowship and entertainment from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Donations will fund the youth camp. The church is located at 12059 SH 198. For information, call (903) 451-4171.

5K Fun Run/Walk
DECA students are hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Mabank City Park Pavilion. Register online at For information, call (903) 292-3450 or (903) 467-2791 or e-mail

Toys applications
The Gun Barrel City Toys for Tots will accept Christmas applications for families from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Dec. 2, at the Gun Barrel City Police Station located on Municipal Drive. For information, call Jane Horton at (903) 887-1289.

CCL Women’s Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club meets at 11 a.m. (doors open at 10:30 a.m.) Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Cedar Creek Country Club. Carol Brandon will present, “God Save the Sweet Potato Queens” by Jill Browne.
Bring items for Make-A-Difference Day.

Mabank Garden Club
The Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Tri-County Library. Rebecca Morrow, Kaufman County Master Gardener will present “Senior Gardening Made Easier.” Visitors and prospective members always welcome.

Sarah Maples DAR
The Sarah Maples Daughters of the American Revolution chapter meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake. Colonel Jim Ray will present “Prisoners of War.”

Confederate Rose
The Confederate Rose chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the home of Johna Lamb. Those interested in family history in relation to UDC are welcome. For information, see chapter website at

Rainbow pancake benefit
The Gun Barrel City No. 369 Rainbow Girls Masonic Youth are hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge, 402 Legendary Lane, Gun Barrel City.

Living History Day fair
The annual Kaufman County Children’s Living History Day fair is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the county “Poor Farm,” 3600 S. Houston Street (behind the Wall), SH 34 and FM 1388, entrance across from the high school.

Square dance
Round and square dancing is from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 (first and third Saturday of each month), at the Log Cabin Swingers Square Dance Club, 1210 North Tool Drive (SH 274) Everyone is welcome, no charge for observers. For information, call (903) 340-9672.

Kemp community prayer
A community prayer with the mayor of Kemp is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, (every third Monday), at Kemp city hall. All citizens are invited.

Rootseekers meeting
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at the Tri-County Library. Charles Finsey will speak on “Hannah’s Letters.” Meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to learn more about researching their ancestors is welcome.

Free clothing, shoes
Crescent Heights Baptist Church, SH 31, will distribute free clothing and shoes, from 9 to 11 a.m., the first Saturday of each month. For information, call (903) 675-3904.

VFW food drive
The VFW Post 4376 and its Ladies Auxiliary in Seven Points are collecting nonperishable food items for the families in need of assistance at Christmas time. To make a donation, call (903) 432-2138.

Meal drivers needed
The Senior Center at the Ball Park is in desperate need of drivers in Kemp and Mabank to deliver meals to elderly. This only takes one hour, one day per week or month. Make a difference in a senior’s life. The Center is also looking for quilters. The quilting table is up and ready. To volunteer, call center director Lisa Smith (903) 887-0643.

Patriotic essay contest
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4376 announces the 2012 Patriotic Essay Contest for students in grades 9-12. The winning essay of the theme, “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military,” offers an opportunity for students to compete at higher levels to earn college funds. An essay contest for students in grades 6 to 8 is also offered. For information on either contest, call Cmdr. Sid McIntosh at (903) 432-2138 or president Lynn Hill at (903) 887-0827.

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Voters OK wet weekend service ’til 2 a.m.
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City mayor now his mandate from the people to allow restaurants in the city to serve alcoholic beverages and on the weekend and holidays to have that service extended until 2 a.m.
Unofficial results of the election Tuesday night showed a total of 477 votes cast against repealing the city’s ordinance extending alcohol service hours for food and beverage providers on the weekend with 262 votes for overturning the ordinance.
“It’s really good that the citizens recognize the value of planned growth, new jobs, additional revenue and a positive business environment,” Economic Development Corporation board president Steve Webster told The Monitor.
He also extended thanks to Linda Rankin, Carol Strickland and the volunteers who helped get the message out. “They did a marvelous job! It’s a good day,” he said.
Mayor Dennis Wood told The Monitor earlier in the week that no matter what the outcome, he was proud of the effort both sides were extending to inform the voters about this important issue.
With action taken by the council upheld, the management of Applebee’s Restaurants can move forward with their plans to build an outlet in the city. They had already exercised their option to purchase property within the city limits.
Applebee spokespersons have on more than one occasion testified that new outlets typically hire around 100 people.

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Burn ban lifted, for right now
By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

ATHENS–Henderson County Commissioners have put an end to the seven-month burn ban, but it might be just a temporary reprieve.
Tuesday, Commissioners allowed the bun ban to lapse, citing growing trash and brush piles and an approaching frost as the main reasons.
The move came despite the Keetch-Byram Drought Index rising to an average of 647 across the county this week. A burn ban is usually initiated when the index reaches 575.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney acknowledged there was a danger in lifting the ban, but said considering a frost could happen by next week — killing all vegetation, making burning even more dangerous — that “there is also a risk in not lifting the ban.”
Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin echoed McKinney, saying, “At this point there’s a risk of people burning brush piles and just paying the fine.”
Commissioners were concerned with the mounds of trash and brush that have grown over the past several months.
Local agriculture producers have been hit particularly hard and are also dealing with barns filled with feed sacks.
”Please, please watch what you are doing if you are going to burn,” said McKinney.
But although the ban was lifted, commissioners said they will look at the burn ban again next Tuesday and all but one seemed likely to reinstate the ban if there is no change to the drought index.
”I don’t think we can drift away (from using the index) without telling the county that it didn’t mean anything all along,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Hall.
The one exception is Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence, who has been pushing to have the ban lifted for three weeks.
“I still don’t agree with that Keechy-Byram (sic) report,” he said.
The rest were more cautious.
“If the wind is blowing, keep the match in your pocket,” Geeslin said.

MIA set to come home
After 61 years, remains to be buried
Monitor Staff Reports

ATHENS–In a very touching Veterans Day weekend ceremony, remains of a soldier missing in action for 61 years will be laid to rest.
SFC Benny Don Rogers is finally coming home.
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced this week that the remains of the U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family.
Rogers will be laid to rest Saturday at Willow Springs Cemetery in Athens.
Rogers was 20 years old in November, 1950, when he and almost 600 other 8th Cavalry Regiment soldiers were killed during a battle south of Unsan, North Korea.
According to the DoD, those killed were not able to be recovered at the time and were likely buried on the battlefield by Chinese or North Korean forces.
In 2000, a joint U.S. and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea team excavated a mass grave that had been discovered in Unsan.
Human remains of at least five individuals and U.S. military uniforms were recovered, but they were unable to be identified given the technology of the time.
In 2007, because of advances in DNA technology, scientists from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory reanalyzed the remains. Using modern forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists used dental records, and mitochondrial DNA – which matched that of Rogers’ mother and nephew – in the identification of Rogers’ remains.
Services Saturday will begin at 2 p.m. at Willow Springs Baptist Church, 11544 FM 59 South, in Athens.
Rogers will be buried with full military honors immediately following in Willow Springs Cemetery.
He was born in Palestine, March 17, 1930, to Charles Frank Rogers and Katie McEvoy Rogers.
During the 61 years he was MIA, his parents passed away, also a brother Gerald (Jack) Rogers and a sister June Rogers Wherley, all of Athens.
He is survived by nieces Ruth Davis and Sally Wilmarth of Palestine, Sandra Groom of Quinlan and Paula Dellinger of Farmersville. Nephews Clifford C. Wherley of Mena, Ark., Steven Wherley of Tyler, Benny Don Wherley of Blossom and Glenn Wherley of Dallas, also his aunt, Edith (McEvoy) Rounsavall, of Athens and his sister-in-law, Ruth Rogers, of Palestine and cousins Pam Holland and Joe McEvoy of Athens, Pauline Asher of Cayuga and Thomas W. McEvoy of San Rafael, Calif. are among his survivors.
Memorials may be made to Willow Springs Baptist Church.

SFC Rogers is not kin to Benny Rogers of Malakoff.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site at or call (703) 699-1420.
























































































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