People, Places & Events



  MHS choirs slate Christmas program
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Mabank High School Choral Department will be presenting their annual concert titled, “An Evening in December” at 7 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at the new high school auditorium. The concert is free.
Several choirs will be singing old favorites as well as new songs – and will form a 100-voice choir at the end to sing several songs.
Highlights will include the Junior Varsity Chorale singing “Hanukkah Wish” and “Masters in this Hall,” Panther Edition singing and dancing to “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and the classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – with the Varsity Chorale singing “Mary, Did you Know?” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” as well as many others.
There will also be a sing-along of Christmas carols, and all choirs will end the concert with “Gracious Spirit, Dwell With Me.”
This evening will be an extraordinary way to get into the Christmas spirit and to reflect on the joys and meaning of the season. This one’s shaping up to be the best one yet! We hope to see you there!

Brookshire’s food drive in final weeks
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Donations to the 26th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive are still being accepted as the drive moves into its final weeks.
The goal is to feed 13,000 families in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
The food drive is sponsored by Brookshire Grocery Company and various service organizations, including the Chandler Lions Club.
“Many families receive assistance through this effort, and every single donation counts,” director of public relations for BGC Sam Anderson said.
Donations may be made by placing non-perishable food items in designated bins inside participating stores before Christmas.
Items needed include canned meats, vegetables, soups, beans, rice and pasta.
Brookshire’s will give at least one baking hen to each family assisted by the drive.
In 2006, the company provided more than 15,000 hens. Food drive officials expect to provide the same or more this year.
The Chandler Lions Club will gather, sort, box and distribute the food before Christmas.
Anderson said the drive targets those most in need, especially the elderly and single-parent households.
Recipients are screened by local relief organizations or government agencies to verify degree of need.
All food will be distributed in the area where it is collected.

Santa story hour is a huge success
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Amid the jingle of bells and the sweet voices of happy children, young and old alike, was heard the unmistakable voice of Santa’s “Ho! Ho!! Ho!!!”
He had arrived at the “Santa Reads” story hour proudly sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Cedar Creek Lake.
He read “The Night Before Christmas,” by Clement C. Moore at the Tri-County Library in Mabank and The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points.
Hosted by Mr. Russ and Ms. Linda, more than 177 children and adults were in attendance.
Santa also encouraged the youngsters to make reading a priority, as he does, and to visit a library regularly for a great selection of wonderful books.
As a special bonus, each boy and girl attending received a candy cane, “Santa Dust,” as well as a brand-new book, compliments of the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club.
Boys and girls in attendance included George Young, Ruby Espiricueta, Andy Espiricueta, Laura Espiricueta, Ashley Guevara, Cythlally Guevera, Chensey Warren, Mackenzie Nolen, Madison Nolen, Hayden Melrose, Kyler Mathison and Olivia Grose.
Also, Brooke Caldwell, Joey Grose, Sarah Elliott, Haley Elliott, Mary Elliott, Ryan Newland, Tyler Sparks, Jalyn Yakesch, Baylea Park, Brenda Dennie, Carter Dennie, Chloe Park, Khristian Williams, Andy Haertel, Haskelina Low, Michaela McDowell and Maci McDowell.
Also, Molly McDowell, Hunter Cook, Lillian Malin, Katie Hinis, Tyler Tarver, Tory Tarver, Michael Manios, Cayla Reed, Hayden Reed, Lilly Donathan, Mason Donathon, Jarid Henry, Compassion Henry, Dustin Yarbrough, Sarah Kent and Ashton Mathison.
Also, James Jones, Allison Kent, Parker Pearah, Seth Fox, Taylor Mathison, Lilliano Forrest, Angelica Forrest, Isaiah Hernandez, Lazarus Hernandez, Michaiah Hernandez, Dylan Yarbrough, Tucker Willingham, Addison Willingham, Madison Maddox, Noah Maddox, Jessica Cerveny, Christian Cerveny and Emma Compoc.
Also, Christopher Compoc, Lily DeGarma, Destiny Woodall, Alishia Michael, Katie Hinds, Skyler Leewis, Paige Lewis, Gabriela Romero, Jocabet Villanieva, Maricruz Villanieva, Sierra Ellzey, Ashton Ellzey, Nathan Mason, Eduardo Valencia, Maximiliano, Jazmine Dartanyou Pruitt, Noah Bevefield, Hanna Akin and Leslie Gross.
Also, Rachel Gross, Chris Horton, Nolan Howard, Randall Myer, Isbella Myer, Kristin Barnes, Sydney Baird, Kate Baird, Muireann Caronna, Mayson Meroney, Eryne Meroney, Zackary Batchelor, Harley Linder, Tristin Taylor, Austin Hailey, Alie Hailey, Connor Rowan, Stephen Sweet, Leighann Sweet and Sydney Garlock.
Also, Meredith Cooper, Ashley Tapp, Haile Buttram, Lexi Winkelvoss, Drau Neighbors, Carolyn Hardy, Dougins Johnston, Todym Littlejohn, Tristyn Littlejohn, Victoria Cantu, Samuel Cantul, Dakota Dooley, Jaykob Linder, Kayla Littlejohn and Brandon Black.
“Dandy Dinosaurs” story hour will be Saturday, Jan. 12. Mark your calendar.


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