People, Places & Events



Mabank firefighters
host annual chili supper

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
As firefighter Wayne McKenzie (left) stirs the kettle full of chili, long-time
Mabank Volunteer Fire Department supporter Dennis Smith (center) ladles
a serving into a bowl held by firefighter Mike Rowan during the annual Mabank
VFD chili supper fund-raiser Dec. 13. The department served more than 500
people and raised more than $3,300.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank firefighter Brent Nelson (left) adds jalapeños to Mabank resident
Samantha Brown's bowl of chili at the annual Mabank VFD chili supper Dec. 13.

UT-Tyler fall commencement held
Special to The Monitor
TYLER–The University of Texas at Tyler held fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 19-20, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.
Six hundred eighty-four degree candidates were recognized in the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Commencement speakers and the ceremonies during which they spoke were:
• Dr. David L. Lakey, Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner – College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
• Tom Harken, 1992 Horatio Alger Award of Distinguished Americans recipient – College of Business and Technology.
• Dr. J.P. Mohsen, president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education – Colleges of Education and Psychology and Engineering and Computer Science.
• Barbara Bass, City of Tyler mayor – College of Arts and Sciences.
Presentation of degree candidates were by the deans of each of the university’s colleges: Dr. Alisa White, Arts and Sciences; Dr. Jim Tarter, Business and Technology; Dr. William Geiger, Education and Psychology; Dr. James Nelson, Engineering and Computer Science; and Dr. Linda Klotz, Nursing and Health Sciences.
President Mabry gave remarks and certified the degree candidates at each ceremony.
Alumni representative Jeff Baker gave alumni association presentations.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service.
Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.
College of Arts and Sciences,
Master of Arts – Interdisciplinary Studies
Mabank – Lisa Jan Ashton, history.
Master of Pubic Administration
Mabank – Amber Fernandez.
Bachelor of Science
Mabank – Scott James Sutton, political science.
Tool – Sarah Lizabeth Ward, history.
College of Business and Technology
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
Kaufman – Gregory Hoffmeyer and Keith Bryan Coffey.
Bachelor of Business Administration
Eustace – Jana Lee Adams, accounting.
Kaufman – Charles Brett Carpenter, finance.
Malakoff – Jason Wayne Stukey, management.
College of Education and Psychology
Bachelor of Arts
Mabank – Tammy Sharp Doyle, psychology.
Bachelor of Science
Mabank – Christina L. Bates, psychology.
Bachelor of Science – Interdisciplinary Studies
Eustace – Lindsay Ann Weatherford.
Mabank – Lyndsey Olivarez.
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Bachelor of Science
Malakoff – Trey Wilson, computer science.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science
Eustace – Stephanie Fuller, health professions.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kemp – Rebekah Haigood.
Trinidad – David K. Myers Jr.

Children should make resolutions
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Most adults go through the process of making New Year’s resolutions each December, but children and entire families can set the goals too, and working together can help improve the likelihood of success.
“Goals for children can also lead to healthy habits for all family members and the support of the entire family is crucial to help children become healthier,” Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman Dr. Benjamin Brashear said.
“The new year can be a great time to start new habits regardless of the age of children,” he added.
For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children as young as preschoolers can set resolutions such as brushing their teeth twice a day, washing their hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
The AAP suggests that children ages 5-12 years old could try to:
• Drink milk and water while limiting soda and fruit drinks;
• Find a sport or activity that they enjoy and can participate in at least three times a week, such as basketball, jumping rope, dancing, or playing tag;
• Wear their seatbelt every time they get in a car and sit in a booster seat until they are tall enough to use a regular seat belt.
The AAP also recommends that teenagers could commit to:
• eating at least one fruit and one vegetable a day;
• removing negative thoughts, such as “I’m so dumb,” out of their vocabulary; and
• finding positive ways to deal with stress, such as through exercise, reading or talking problems out.
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Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nelson. I am a beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new home.

We are a whole litter of Shepherd mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so we have no history. We have been started on our first set of shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.

I am a beautiful Border Collie, who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful kid looking for a new 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


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