People, Places & Events



  Young Republicans pick-up highway
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Members of the Henderson County Young Republicans spent part of their Veteran’s Day holiday cleaning up a two-mile stretch of State Highway 31 between the fairgrounds and Murchison.
The club recently adopted the two-mile stretch of highway through The Texas Department of Transportation’s Adopt a Highway program.
“We want to get involved and help out where we can” vice president Amiee Freeman said.
“This was an excellent way to do something in our own community that everyone could see and we could take pride in,” she added.
The club members filled approximately 40 bags with everything from beer bottles to discarded mail.
The club members woke up Tuesday with sore backs and legs but claim it was well worth it.
The Young Republicans want to encourage everyone to abstain from littering and keep the cargo in their pickup beds secure.
The Henderson County Young Republican Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Henderson County Republican Headquarters.
Please contact Damon Donnell, membership director, by e-mail at  for more information.

TVCC’s ‘The Boys Next Door’ runs through Dec. 1
Special to The Monitor

ATHENS–Without missing a beat, the second production of the semester at Trinity Valley Community College opens this week.
The play is “The Boys Next Door,” directed by TVCC’s newest theater staffer, Laurie Durrett.
The story takes place in a home for the mentally challenged. Four men living together, all with various mental complications, working together to live and do things on their own.
They are not alone. A man named Jack (played by Randal Doud) works at the home and helps them through their day-to-day routines.
The men include Arnold, a manic depressive, nervous and very paranoid fellow (played by Stephen Mercantel), Norman (played by Kyle Williams) who is a bigger man, extremely slow, and is currently employed at the local doughnut shop, a younger man named Barry (played by Christopher Tarver), a delusional schizophrenic who fears his father and a 50-year-old black man named Lucien (played by Ellerson Pork), the slowest of the bunch with a mentality of a 5-year-old.
From laughter to tears, the play is a very touching story of people, who through their mundane to monumental problems, are not that different from anyone else’s.
As a matter of fact, Norman is in love with Shelia (played by Laura Choate) just like any regular man his age would be.
Opening night of the show is Wednesday, Nov. 28, and will run through Saturday, Dec. 1, at the TVCC auditorium.
The auditorium is located next door to the administration building of the college.
Tickets are $10, but students and faculty will get in free with their TVCC IDs.
The students are all very excited for this fun and off-beat show and hope to see you there.

MHS band Christmas program set
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Mabank High School band traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., to compete at BOA Grand Nationals.
While the band achieved a score of 72.1 in class AA, they placed in the second tier of groups, which was not enough to advance to semi-finals.
This was an experience of a lifetime for the band, as they watched bands from all over the U.S. compete, and cheered on fellow Texas high school bands, including the L.D. Bell Blue Raiders of Hurst, who were named the 2007 Bands of America Grand National Champion.
The MHS band would like to thank the local businesses and community for their support throughout marching season and is looking forward to the start of concert season and Jazz Band.
The band will be marching in the Mabank Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 1, and will host a hot chocolate booth along the parade route, as well as a concession stand at the Mabank Pavilion.
Christmas concerts for both Mabank High School and Mabank Middle School bands have been scheduled.
The MMS band will hold its concert and cake auction at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the MHS auditorium.
MHS Band will hold their concert and auction at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in the MHS auditorium.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Hazer. I am a beautiful male Lab mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I am now current on all of my shots, but I need to be fixed. I am a good boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Ben. I am a beautiful male Yellow Lab mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. So far I am a very friendly boy and I seem to walk okay on a leash. I am current on my shots. I am a good kid looking for my new forever home.

My name is MeMe. I am a beautiful female Heeler. I was dropped off at the Shelter with no history except for the five pups that were with me. I am a beautiful girl with lots of love. I also smile when I see you. I am a very good girl in need of a loving new forever 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