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Federal, county and city offices will close Monday, Dec. 26, in
observance of Christmas. Post offices and banks will close to
allow employees to observe the holiday.
Eustace tax office hours
The Eustace ISD tax office will be closed through Tuesday, Dec.
27, and reopen from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28
through Friday, Dec. 30 to accept payments. For information,
call (903) 425-5232.
The Westside Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 29, at the Cedar Creek Bible Church activities
building, located at 700 North Seven Points Boulevard. Seniors
55 and older are invited for games and fellowship. A light lunch
will be served. For information call (903) 340-9672.
49er’s New Year’s Eve
The Cedar Creek Lake 49er’s Senior Citizens Club annual New
Year’s Eve celebration tickets are on sale at the club, or join
us from 7 to 9:30 p.m. any Thursday for dancing to the music of
Chuck & the 49er’s. No smoking or alcohol. Located on Arnold
Hills Road, two blocks south of SH 334 in Seven Points. For
information, call or fax to (903) 432-3552.
New Year’s eve concert
The Caney Creek Baptist Church is hosting a free concert with
fireworks, coffee and hot chocolate from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 31, at the Caney City Boat Ramp.
Log Cabin Square Dance
The Log Cabin Round and Square Dance Club is hosting its New
Year’s Eve Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at
Promenade Hall, 1210 North Tool Drive, SH 274, Tool.
Country/western and square dancers are invited. Black-eyed peas
and cornbread will be served at 10 p.m. The club meets the first
and third Saturday of each month. For information, call Dee at
CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake executive board meeting is
at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church monthly fellowship
starts with a covered dish meal at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4,
followed by “Always Abounding” gospel music led by Billy House.
The public is invited. The church is located at 9667 S. SH 198,
across from the PSVFD. For information, call (903) 451-3131 or
The Trinidad VFW Post 4133 is hosting a turkey shoot benefit
from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Rules and safety requirements
available at the Post. Proceeds benefit the Post. For
information call (903) 778-2677.
The Family Resource Center, located at 107 Spring Valley, Gun
Barrel City, is looking for your help. The Center needs heaters
for babies, the elderly and people without heat. For
information, call Debbie at (903) 887-4711. Donations are
Recycle Christmas lights
Kaufman County residents and surrounding areas can recycle
broken or unwanted Christmas lights for free at the
Environmental Co-op Recycling Plant, 1100 Airport Rd., or The
Environmental Co-op office, 401 N. Adelaide, both in Terrell.
All types of string lights are accepted, including icicles and
LEDs, with plans to expand locations to Kaufman and Kemp. For
information, call (972) 524-0007 or visit
The Texas Department of Health Services monthly immunization
clinic at the Mabank Fire Department, 111 E. Mason, Mabank is
from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 30, (The fourth
Tuesday, odd months only). No clinic on holidays. For
information call (972) 932-2038.
The NA is teaching coping skills to families of addicts at 8
p.m. seven days a week at 715 South Seven Points Dr. Suite D,
Seven Points. For information, call (903) 432-2405.
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Nearly 50 dogs seized
Mabank woman says she was operating an animal
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–In a custody hearing Tuesday, a Mabank woman relinquished
custody of 47 dogs of mixed breeds to the SPCA of Texas. Kaufman
County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Johnny Adams told The
Monitor that the defendent did not contest the hearing’s
Authorities contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals Dec. 15, after observing two deceased dogs in the
backyard of a Woodlawn Street Mabank address, while responding
next door to a call on an unrelated code compliance issue.
Officer Robert Garcia saw that two of the many dogs in the
backyard behind the house were dead. The Mabank Police
Department called the SPCA of Texas and obtained a seizure
After observing the dogs’ conditions, SPCA Chief Investigator
Colby Grady and Mabank Chief of Police Kyle McAfee agreed the
dogs should be removed immediately. Property resident Denise
Perales, 36, told officers that she was operating an animal
rescue. Besides the dogs, officers found four fish, one
fat-tailed gecko, a gerbil and a California king snake on the
Many animals were cruelly confined and were not receiving
appropriate food, water or shelter.
Most of the dogs were living in their own waste inside pens
outside the residence.
Both deceased dogs were found inside pens, one alone in a
makeshift shelter and the other in a pen with a living dog.
Some dogs were housed inside a shed in crates and wire cages
holding one to four dogs each.
No food was observed on the property and the only water the dogs
had to drink was rainwater that had collected in various
containers strewn around the property, Grady reported.
Some of the dogs were thin and had eye discharges.
The animals were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Perry Animal
Care Center, located at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney.
The animal owner said she was finding homes for the dogs through
giveaways and sales, McAfee said.
Anyone who suspects inhumane conditions or animal neglect in
their area should contact the SPCA of Texas or local law
To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help
abused, neglected and homeless animals and other programs and
services, go to www.spca.org.
Let’s welcome home the troops
The Monitor would like to recognize our returning troops with a
special tribute in January and asks readers to submit photos and
stories about their loved ones recently returned from
Afghanistan and Iraq as a result of the President’s troop
Send your stories and photos to the newspaper by Jan. 20, 2012
by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at The Monitor,
P.O. Box 48, Mabank TX 75147, or simply drop it off at the
office, located at 1316 S. Third St. next to Groom & Sons Ace
Hardware between 8:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m.M-F.
All submissions should include a contact name and phone number,
details of military service and a photo.
Tip turns up $250,000 worth of meth
Monitor Staff Reports
TERRELL–Kaufman County Narcotics investigators made a sizable
methamphetamine drug bust Dec. 6 at a Terrell hotel.
According to a press release from the Kaufman County Sheriff’s
Office, more than two pounds of meth with a street value greater
than $250,000, along with $5,000-plus in cash.
The bust was sprung after narcotics investigators received an
anonymous tip claiming a drug operation was set up in a hotel
room and the operators used a Chevrolet Malibu.
While investigators were setting up surveillance the suspected
Malibu left the hotel. Police followed the car and stopped it on
I-20, where the suspects reportedly gave permission for the car
to be searched.
The search resulted in finding more than a pound of meth and the
arrest of two individuals.
After the passengers were taken into custody, a search warrant
for the hotel room was issued and another pound or more of meth
was found in the room, along with a wanted man, Jack O’Neil
Hargrove, 47, of Royce City, who had outstanding warrants and
was said to be armed and dangerous.
He was taken into custody at the hotel, along with one other.
A total of four people, Hargrove, Sharon Boatright, 48, and
Connie Krystine Boatright, 17, both of Terrell and Crystal
Jordan, 30, of Greenville, were charged with various drug
Hargrove was held without bond. The Boatrights were being held
on bonds of $500,000 each and Jordan’s bond for the drug charge
was set at $100,000.