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BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. For more information, call Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 887-6549.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more info, call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Celebrate Recovery meets each Friday at Rope, Catch & Ride Church in Mabank, located at 570 VZ CR 2807. For more info, call (903) 603-8051.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For info, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email,   or (800) 422-2260 or visit
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more info, call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. For more info, call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email   for more information.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 2:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For info, call (903) 498-2140.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. Call (903) 675-6222 for info.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. For more info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.

Gent’s retirement features humor and travel plans
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Not only is Kaufman County Judge Wayne Gent counting the days to his retirement from public service, he’s marking a birthday – as he has every year on Christmas Day, since 1942.
A lifelong resident of Kaufman County, Gent ends his last term of 12 years as county judge (since 1999) the end of the month. He is ready to pass the gavel to successor Bruce Wood, who gets sworn into office Jan. 3.
“People ask me a lot about my retirement plans and here’s what I tell them,” Gent said with a big smile. He facetiously listed:
• “Mondays, I plan to play with my horses and cows.
• “Tuesdays, I intend to go to the law office and harass the kids (Gent has three grown children, who are attorneys).
• “Wednesdays, I will work to improve my golf game.
• “Thursdays, I will go back to the law office (located across from the courthouse).
• “Fridays, I’ll probably catch up on my fishing.
• “Saturdays is grandkids’ day, and
• “Sundays, I’ll go to church and then spend the rest of the day with my wife, Tina,” he said.
When he gets tired of his weekly schedule, Gent said he plans to continue practicing probate law, which he enjoys and has done for the past 20 years.
He also plans to take a family trip in February with Tina and son Wade, to Jackson Hole, Wyo. for a snowmobile tour.
All told Gent has served as county judge 25 years in two split terms from 1975 through 1982; and 1999 to through 2010. Maxine Darst was county judge in between.
He also served as Kaufman County Special Judge from 1983 through 1995 and has practiced law since December, 1973.
A come-and-go reception in his honor was held Dec. 11, at the Orman’s family cabin in Rosser.
Kaufman dignitaries present during the first hour included county judge-elect Wood, tax collector Dick Murphy, retired tax collector Donna Sprague, Precinct 1 Commissioner Jerry Rowden and 35 or so assorted friends and co-workers.
During a regular meeting of the commissioners Dec. 13, District Attorney Rick Harrison read a special resolution in Gent’s honor.
The document listed his lifetime accomplishments, including service in the U.S. Marines Corp in Vietnam and several years as Santa Claus for the Kaufman County Children’s Shelter to the delight of quite a few youngsters.
The resolution named Friday, Dec. 24, as Wayne Gent Day.
The list of organizations he belongs to is extensive, including being a board director of the Tobacco Permanent Trust Fund, the Grand Masonic Lodge of Texas, and the American Legion.
He is a member and past president of The Kaufman Lions Club, Kaufman Chamber of Commerce, and the Kaufman County Bar Association.
Gent is a past president of North Central Texas County of Governments and the North & East Texas County Judges & Commissioners’ Association.
He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3905, the Marine Corps League and the Marine Corps Scout Sniper Association.
Gent graduated from Kaufman High School in 1960, and later earned a BBA from Texas Tech University and attended South Texas College of Law, earning a doctorate of Jurisprudence.
He married Tina Carlisle and the couple have three children: Lisa, Wade and Kelly, and five grandchildren.
Gent was wounded in Vietnam, where he served as a Scout Sniper, earning him the thanks of a grateful nation and the Purple Heart.
He ended his military career serving in the National Guard a tank commander.


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