People, Places & Events



  Blood drive, open house set Dec. 15
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–What better Christmas gift could there be than the gift of blood to help save a life?
Friends of the Animals volunteer Katherine McMoran is in the hospital with acute leukemia, has no health insurance and is in need of blood.
So, Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Gun Barrel City is having a Christmas open house and blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec.15, to help Katherine.
The clinic invites all area residents to come tour the clinic, have some punch and Christmas cookies and give the ultimate gift of blood.
The clinic is located in the southeast corner of State Highways 198 and 334 behind the Chevron station.
And, as Katherine is also on the board of directors of the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake, Friends is also asking for donations for that organization – they are always in desperate need of pet food, cat litter, bleach and detergent.
These items may be brought to the Friends clinic between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that Saturday.
If you are able to donate blood, remember:
• there is no age limit for donating blood,
• you can donate if you have diabetes or blood pressure under control,
• you should not have a cold, and
• you should presently be cancer-free.
Please call Melissa Collins at (903) 451-2051 or (214) 505-7499 for more information on this important event.

Cedar Creek 4-H club cooking up fun, community service
By Grant Parker
Special to The Monitor

MABANK–The Henderson County Cedar Creek 4-H Club has had an exciting and productive fall semester.
In addition to informational meetings regarding subjects such as rabbits, patriotism, table etiquette and raising chickens in the backyard, just to name a few, members of our club have participated in several community service projects.
4-H’ers wrote and decorated thank you cards and delivered them to local veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Members also participated in a canned food drive for Henderson County.
Club members distributed and collected bags of food form neighborhoods in the county and delivered them to the County Extension Office.
Recently, our club assembled boxes for Operation Christmas Child to provide goodies for children in other countries.
In addition to community service, members had fun participating in the Henderson County Food Show.
During club meetings, Clover Kids, ages 5-8, had opportunities to learn about cooking and food safety and preparation by engaging in age appropriate games and activities.
Congratulations to Clover Kids Jennifer Kornegay and Kassidy Parker, who participated from our club.
Winners advancing to district competition in the food show are Maria Murry, McKenzie Lightle, Grant Parker, Kirianna Bass, Olivia Wise and Christian Walker.
Other participants in the food show from our club were Justin Walker, Carli Tennison, Shelby Henson and Haley Henson.
Congratulations to all of these 4-H’ers who participated in the county food show.
Also, congratulations to Carli Tennison for wining second place overall with her chili entry at the annual ALPA chili cook-off and auction.
Tennison’s chili also won the award for the hottest chili.
Congratulations to all of the other members who also entered chili in the cook-off.
December looks to be full of fun and more opportunities to serve our community.
If you are interested in joining the Henderson County 4-H Club, please visit at our next meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Our club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Living Stones Fellowship Church in Athens.
Grant Parker, of Mabank, is a home-schooled 11-year-old member of the HC Cedar Creek 4-H Club.

Eustace Christmas on the square set
Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–From 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, the sixth annual “Christmas on the Square,” sponsored by Keep Eustace Beautiful, will be held on the town square.
In past years, 2,000 people have enjoyed the festivities.
The beautiful turn-of-the-century square is decorated with lights, garland and ribbon to take everyone back in time.
The Christmas spirit is in abundance this evening because everything is offered free.
Along with the booths serving all kinds of holiday drinks and goodies spread across the square, many activities are planned.
Community and school choirs and bands, Christmas tree lighting by the eldest citizen, tour of the log cabin, Santa arriving and free carriage rides are on the line-up.
Everyone in the community is invited to share this special evening.
For more information, call Dianne Shafer at (903) 425-4082 or (903) 425-5190.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

We are five beautiful Heeler mix pups. We were brought here by animal control, so we have no history. We are sweet little pups starting out in a new world. We’ve been wormed and given our first shots. We are sweet babies looking for our new forever homes.

My name is Chloe. I am a beautiful female kitten. I was brought to the Shelter by my owners who were not able to keep me. I am a very playful kid looking for my new forever home.

My name is Rebel. I am a beautiful male Pit Bull mix pup. I am somewhere around four months old. I am a sweet and playful puppy. I am such a wonderful kid in need of a new wonderful home.

My name is Chris. I am a male Retriever mix pup. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I am a very sweet young man with lots of energy. I have been given my first shots. I am a sweet kid looking for my 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