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Nationwide opens new agency in Gun Barrel City
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–The Nationwide Insurance office of agent Michael Moore provided fun, food and the excitement of the Nationwide Showcar from NASCAR.

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Gun Barrel City Nationwide Insurance Agency owner Mike Moore enjoys a ride in the Nationwide NASCAR showcar that was on display at his recent open house. The car was a popular attraction at the fun event.

The day was a warm, beautiful fall day that encouraged friends and business leaders to come by and take a look at the awesome car, enjoy hamburgers with all the trimmings and a cool drink as they welcomed the new office, located in the Gun Barrel Office Center, across from city hall.
“We’re excited to make this commitment to the Cedar Creek Lake community,” Moore, owner of the agency, said.
The office is staffed by Moore and Karen Kelso. Between them they have 12 years experience in the insurance industry.
Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The office number is (903) 603-9339.

TVCC presents dinner show ‘Anybody for Tea?’ Dec. 4-5
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Dinner and a show anyone?
The theater students at Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) are offering entertainment of both the dramatic and the culinary kind next week when they present “Anybody for Tea.”
The show will be performed at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5, in the ballroom – which is located on the top floor of the Student Union Building.
“We decided to do this performances after watching the UIL competition we hosted last year,” TVCC drama instructor Laurie Durrett said.
“One of the schools did the show and we all talked about how fun that would be to do for a dinner theatre show,” she added.
Reservations are required for the show and the cost of the dinner theater performance is $20.
The show was originally scheduled as part of the department’s fall lineup, but was canceled after a fall storm caused flooding in the auditorium.
“Then the students came forward and said they would take the show and do all of the work themselves,” Durrett said.
“The students have really embraced the show,” she added.
The show will be directed by student Kyle Williams.
The dinner menu will include salad and soup, chicken cordon bleu, green beans almandine and fruit cobbler.
The play, a comedic who-done-it by C.B. Gilford, stars Hildegarde Hodge (Randal Doud) and six other old women with nothing better to do than stir up trouble.
The seven begin to spy on an unsuspecting homicide detective named Dennis O’Finn (James Svetlik) through his window in the apartment across the street.
O’Finn relentlessly tries to explain this to his boss, Captain Williams (Tyler Berg), and asks for a transfer.
Abernathy (Brittany Steddum) comes up with a plan to murder one of the other old women. The first do go is Elizabeth Ellsworth (Ahne Scheild).
O’Finn, along with Kramer (Tyler Bachor), goes to investigate the homicide, only to find Hodge, Nettie Norton (Nancy Forsyth), Amantha Abernathy (Brittany Steddum), Lucy Long (Amanda Underwood) and Birdie Beauregard (Ana’Leese Provau) anxiously awaiting his arrival.
All the while, the maid (Chelsea McFarlain) gives small hints to the detectives to put them on the right track.
However, to keep O’Neill around, the group must kill again.
To make a reservation, call (903) 675-6290 or e-mail


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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