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Red Garter fund-raiser deemed a success
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Despite the turmoils and postponement because of hurricane Ike, A Night at the Red Garter Saloon was a success.
The Nov. 1 turnout was good, the food great and the fund-raising efforts profitable.
Although all the numbers aren’t in yet, the annual Greater Cedar Creek Chamber of Commerce fund-raiser was “very successful,” JoAnn Hanstrom, Chamber president said.
“This was the first time we have had to postpone any major fund-raiser event,” she said.
Event goers were told to hold their tickets and wait for new scheduling and they did.
“The turnout was fantastic. We appreciate everybody hanging in there despite the delay,” Hanstrom said.

Courtesy Photo
The Night at the Red Garter Saloon once again has come to a close. Volunteers
cleaned up and at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning only a few remained. Pictured are
(from left, seated) The Telephone Connection’s Mitch Rose, Home Instead Senior
Care Don Richardson, Trinity Valley Electric Shannon Steakley, BNR Enterprizes
Bill and Robbye Grissom and Excite Realty B.G. Pierce; (back row) B & J Boat &
Self Storage Mac McKinsey, Kemp city administrator James Stroman, and member
Bud Henry.

Courtesy Photo
Betty Abendroth and Kathy Myers of AB Graphics pose in their saloon-girl
outfits worn during the Night at the Red Garter Saloon.

Rotary hears plans for GBC Airpark
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–That lost, abandoned look will soon disappear from the little private airstrip on Harbor Point Road in Gun Barrel City.
Eric Gore and Robert Blaase described future plans for the airstrip to members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake at the luncheon Friday.
“In about 18 months, you will be able to see quite a nice facility out there,” Blaase said.
A group of local pilots were concerned when they heard the property where the runway is located was up for sale, Blaase explained.
He added the main concern was they might not have ingress and egress rights secured on their property deeds.
“Without that, our hangers would become very expensive storage buildings,” Blaase said.
After approaching the owner with their offer, the group was able to buy the runway, just off Harbor Point Road, Gore added.
“We are now moving forward to enhance the area. It will be renamed Gun Barrel City Airpark, and will put GBC on the map,” Gore said.
Some of the improvements Gore listed included:
• resurfacing the asphalt runway and extending it from its current approximate 2,700 feet to 3,000 feet.
• the addition of a fuel facility.
• a set pattern for altitude and approach will be established.
“This will help to improve the overall safety of the airport,” Gore explained.
• and the group is looking to ask for some overall zoning changes.
The Airpark will allow people to fly in and out of the area, benefitting the community by making it easier for weekenders who wish to fly down for a few days, or business people to have access to the area, Gore pointed out.
“While the field is primarily a private strip, it will be available for those who make previous arrangements,” Gore said.
“It will be nice for local EDCs to have a landing surface for those who need to fly in for business reasons,” Blaase added.
The strip will accommodate small, single-engine, planes carrying four to six passengers planes,” Blaase said.
In other business, Rotary members heard:
• two events are coming up, the four-way speech contest and the foundation seminar. Further information is upcoming.
• host clubs are needed for the groups from Australian and Finland when they arrive.

Tool school to get a marquee
Malakoff Middle School gets facelift, Tool AR program gets ‘kiss a pig’ incentive
Monitor Staff Reports

SEVEN POINTS–During a recent monthly business breakfast, Malakoff school superintendent Dr. John Spies showed community members plans for a marquee to be added to the Tool Elementary School.
The big new sign has large letters to capture the interest of motorists, Spies said at Dairy Queen Nov. 5.
“The board members are all behind it,” he said. Other improvements to the district include a similar marquee upgrade at the high school, with thought being given to posting a scrolling electronic sign on State Highway 31 in Malakoff at the Lee Orr Sr. Educational Center, he said.
Talks concerning this expense are due to come up when the board plans next year’s budget, he added.
Efforts to upgrade the Malakoff Middle School are underway, he said.
“When work is completed in 2009, that campus should look as brand-new as the other campuses,” Spies said.
Also, since the opening of the new administration building and practice gym across from the high school, the older students have participated in two nights of fun and games in the new gym, Spies reported.
Local churches have helped by furnishing snacks and transportation for kids from West Cedar Creek Lake to participate, Spies said, mentioning Providence Baptist Church specifically.
“If we can get these kids to feel connected to the school, we feel we can hold on to them,” Spies said.
He hopes to open the gym once a month for evening youth activities.
Tool Elementary principal Bill Morgan reported he had ridden the bus the entire week before, and got an eye-opening view of where the school’s students come from. “Some kids are coming from very tough spots,” he said.
Currently, 90 percent of the student body is receiving free or reduced-price meals, he said.
Yet, all the students are fairing well academically, despite the seeming economic handicap, he said.
To keep the children enthused, community member Charli Black proposed a community-wide incentive program to encourage children to improve their reading abilities.
Black displayed a mounted photo of a pig, featuring its snout, as the inspiration for a “Kiss a Pig” incentive.
Select individuals, including Tool Mayor Michael Black, Morgan and perhaps the police chief, will agree to kiss a pig if the children reach certain reading goals as part of the schools AR program.
Business owners were challenged to complement the program with reminders to parents about it. “You could just go hog wild,” Charli Black suggested.
The deadline for the incentive is Dec. 17, with the last day of school before the winter break, Dec. 18, being the day a freshly cleaned pig will be rolled into the school in a pink wheelbarrow for kisses.


Come Adopt Us At
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 home.

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 new home.

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


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