People, Places & Events



  Help clean up Kaufman County
By Marilyn May
KC Environmental Co-op

KAUFMAN–This may come as a shock to people who are tired of seeing trash dumped on rural roads in the county – you can do something about it.
You can clip this article showing the name and phone numbers of Walter Dykes and Johnny Dowden, who investigate environmental crimes for the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office.
Those who dump illegally usually work quickly and at night. It would help if those who travel rural roads would be on the lookout.
Here’s what you could do to help:
• Get a description of the vehicle and note the time and place. The license plate is probably the best single piece of information.
• If you can, get a description of the people in the car or truck. However, do not put yourself at risk.
• Note the place where the dumping occurred. Oddly enough, many people can’t pinpoint where exactly they saw the dumping and are able to give only a general description.
• Call as quickly as you can.
People who are dismayed by the trash dumped on the side of the road often think they are helpless. They’re not.
Trash weighing more than 200 pounds is considered commercial dumping, a felony crime with a hefty fine attached. That detail of the law may be a shock to those who are now facing charges.
How to help:
To report illegal dumping or give tips, call the Kaufman County Sheriff’s office at (972) 932-4337, ask to be connected to the Abatement Officers’ extension.
If they do not answer, leave your name, phone number and a description of what, where and any details you remember seeing for them so they have the information the next day when they come in to work.
Someone will call you back to talk to you about the incident.
Let’s start the New Year out right with a cleaner Kaufman County!

Stroke, osteoporosis screening set, Jan. 8
Special to The Monitor
DALLAS–Residents living in and around the Seven Points community can be screened to reduce their risk of stroke or serious bone fracture.
Life Line Screening will be at the Lakeview Assembly of God Church with appointments beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The site is located at State Highway 334 and Wood Street in Seven Points.
A stroke, also known as a “brain attack,” is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the leading cause of nursing home admissions.
It often occurs without warning. The good news is painless screening can help identify problems that can lead to stroke before it is too late.
Screenings are fast, painless and affordable. They help identify potential health problems such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease.
A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.
These screenings are important because of the silent and often debilitating nature of the conditions.
The majority of strokes are caused by plaque buildup in the carotid arteries.
The abdominal aorta is the largest artery in the body and a weakness in the walls of the artery can cause a ballooning called an aneurysm, which can rupture.
A ruptured aneurysm is generally fatal. Peripheral arterial disease or PAD is also known as “hardening of the arteries.”
Sufferers have a 4-6 fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Risk is evaluated through a measurement called the “Ankle-Brachial Index,” which is obtained by reading the systolic pressure in the ankle and arm.
Atrial fibrillation is also known as irregular heart rhythm. This condition is associated with an increased risk of stroke.
Register for the stroke, vascular disease and heart rhythm screenings (including free osteoporosis screening) for $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.
Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of vascular screenings.
More than 85 ultrasound teams travel to local communities, bringing the screenings to residents.
These non-invasive, inexpensive and painless ultrasound tests help people identify their risk for stroke, vascular diseases or osteoporosis early enough for their physician to begin preventive procedures.
For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit the web at
Preregistration is required.

Help CCL Library by donating old cell phones
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–Many homes in America have at least one or two old cell phones lying in a drawer or closet somewhere, doing nothing but collecting dust.
Most people are unaware that cell phones such as these can be put to good use.
They can be employed by organizations and businesses that use them for fund-raising. One such organization is The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.
The library is collecting used and unwanted cell phones in order to raise money to replace the outdated computers in the facility.
They are asking the public to help by donating unneeded cell phones, which can be dropped off at the library, located at 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway, Seven Points.
Local churches, schools and civic organizations are requested to participate in this drive by collecting phones on their sites.
The donated cell phones are sent to Pace Butler Corporation of Edmond, Okla., a leader in the cell phone recycling industry.
Pace Butler pays for each shipment of cell phones they receive, while ensuring that each phone is recycled in a responsible manner and that no phone ever ends up in a landfill.
The money raised benefits a worthy cause while the environment is spared of cell phones’ harmful toxins.
By donating cell phones, the public not only helps the Library at Cedar Creek Lake raise money for new computers, they also help the environment, while at the same time getting rid of unneeded clutter in their homes.
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on donations and fund-raisers for its operating budget.
The library serves the entire Cedar Creek area of Henderson County.
It has a growing collection of books and audio video material with more than 35,000 titles.
The library offers programs for children, youth and the homebound through story hours, summer reading programs, book delivery, literacy and GED tutoring, broadband and wireless Internet browsing and proctoring on line tests, all free of charge.
For more information on how you can help, please call George Thadathil at (903) 432-4185.

Christmas cheer gathers around the piano
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Mabank High School choirs presented “An Evening in December” with song, dance, and community singing Dec. 13. under the direction of choral director Catherine Lindsley and with piano accompanist Kelly Lindsley.




Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
ABOVE: The Panther Edition choir entertained with this snappy song and dance number called “Yule Be Rockin’.”

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
AT RIGHT: Choir members Candace Clayburn and Rustin Pool began the chorale performance with a touching duet.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
BELOW: This trio (Rachel Davis, Carrie Burkhard, April Crom) was highlighted with a few lines from “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.”


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