New Year’s dance party, square dance
Special to The Monitor
TOOL–The Log Cabin Swingers are hosting a great way to ring
in the New Year here at Cedar Creek Lake.
They are hosting a New Year’s Eve Dance Party with a new
format that includes Country Western dancing. All are
welcome. A $10 donation will be asked at the door.
Open dancing begins at 10 p.m. and lasts until midnight,
along with traditional foods of cornbread and black-eyed
peas, ice tea and coffee in a smoke-free environment.
The large dance floor, largest in the lake are, is open to
all ages for the New Year’s Eve event.
The evening begins with an hour of complimentary dance
instruction from 7-8 p.m. with square dancing and country
western dancing intermixed between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.,
followed by open dancing and snacks until midnight. For more
information on the dance party or dance lessons, call (903)
880-8822 or (214) 543-8641 for more information.
Special to The Monitor
TOOL–The Log Cabin Swingers are also hosting a Sunday
afternoon country western dance 2-5 p.m. Jan. 22, 2012, with
a great band coming down from Dallas. A small donation will
be accepted at the door.
Also a beginner’s square dancing class is set to begin the
first of February. The Log Cabin Swingers are hosting 10
weekly lessons to get your feet wet.
Plan to keep your New Year’s resolution by square dancing.
Special advocates salute volunteers
Specail to The Monitor
ATHENS–Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Trinity
Valley honored volunteers at the Honorable Jim Parsons
Volunteer Awards and Recognition Banquet Dec. 8.
The banquet is named in honor of the Honorable Judge Jim
Parsons, a long time advocate of children’s rights and
strong supporter of the work CASA does throughout the
CASA of Trinity Valley presented awards to all volunteers
present in various categories including Leaders in Advocacy,
Shining Stars, Rookies of the Year and Volunteers of the
Shining Star Awards went to 47 recipients celebrating a
total of 73 cases closed this year with children being
placed in a safe permanent environment.
CASA volunteers are assigned a case when a child enters the
Child Protective Services system. Some of their
responsibilities include speaking for the child when they
are unable, advocating for the child’s wishes to be approved
in legal hearings and insures the child is eventually placed
in a safe and permanent home where they can live safely and
Rookie of the Year awards were presented to volunteers in
their first year of service with CASA and included Larry
West and Elvis Allen from Henderson County, Deb Parish from
Anderson County and Terra Oden of Cherokee County.
The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to those
volunteers exhibiting exceptional support to the children
they represent and considered to “have gone the extra mile
for CASA kids.”
The recipients of the Volunteer of the Year were Roy Talbot
and Sally Simon of Henderson County along with Debbie
Riggins of Anderson County and Clara Page of Cherokee
CASA of Trinity Valley volunteers total 63 actively assigned
Volunteers contributed more than 1,350 hours of case work
and drove more than 23,000 miles while serving 546 children
For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer and
helping abused and abandoned children in your area call
(903) 675-7070 or go to
What to do when a pet goes missing
Monitor Contributing Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE– When a beloved pet runs away, gets lost or
accidently escapes, dealing with the loss can be a traumatic
and trying time for everyone involved, children and adults.
Pets, whether cat, dog, snake, fish or tarantula, become a
part of the family and life without them is never the same.
And most animals can be determined and smart enough to crawl
out of the tiniest opening, knock down barriers, jump over
fences and learn to flee at the slightest hint of freedom.
Owners do their best, but let’s face it, losing a pet can
happen to anyone. And the second a pet cannot be found,
panic hits hard and fast.
Wondering what to do, many people do not even try to find
their pet, especially if it is a small one such as a
hamster, tarantula or snake.
However, before allowing panic to get the best of you, here
are a few things you can do to increase the odds of “Fido’s”
• Post as many signs as you can around your neighborhood.
Especially corners where drivers will see them as they drive
by. Make sure to cover all directions cars may travel. Be
sure to include the color, size and type of animal along
with your phone number and amount of reward, if one is
Write in large print with thick bold marking pens blue,
black or green in color.
• Visit your neighbors in person. All of them. Let them know
when and where your pet went missing and ask them to look
out for your pet.
• Post fliers in local supermarkets, fast food chains,
churches and any place where many people will gather.
• Put an ad in your local newspaper. Include a photo, if you
have one, animal’s name and description.
Also, do not forget to check the “found” section of the
newspaper in case your pet was found by someone else.
• Do not forget to call the local sheriff’s department,
animal shelters and city animal control with a complete
description of your lost pet. Call or drop by every day to
check out the most recent animals picked up or dropped off.
• Keep looking every day. Walk around the neighborhood or
around the block. Get in the car and drive a few miles in
every direction. And search at different times of the day.
• When you acquire a cat or dog, put a collar and name tag
on your pet. Tags are inexpensive and can be created from
the kiosks in supermarkets such as Wal-Mart, Tom Thumb and
Kroger’s. (This, of course, is not possible with hamsters,
snakes, and spiders and such.)
• Microchip your cat or dog soon after adopting them. When
they are dropped off at a shelter, the microchip scanners
will pick up the ID information on the chip so your pet will
be returned as soon as possible.
Microchipping can be expensive however the benefits outweigh
the cost when your small family member is returned safe and
• Stay positive and enlist the help of friends and
relatives. The more folks out there looking, the better
chances of your pet being returned.
• If your pet was an indoor pet and never allowed outside,
keep looking in the small nooks and crannies of the house.
Move furniture, rummage through drawers and closets.
Remember, most animals especially the sick, injured or
nocturnal animals, love remote, dark, cool places. Even a
large snake or rabbit can hide in places we think would be
too small for them to crawl into.
• If you have lost a nocturnal pet such as a snake or
tarantula, keep a flashlight by your bed.
Wake up several times a night, scan floors, drapes and other
places for your pet. You may be asleep, but your nocturnal
friend will probably be out looking for its next meal.
• If you are sure you know what room the animal got loose
in, keep the door closed at all times. Unless it is a small
insect or arachnid, they most likely will not be able to
escape that room. Narrowing down the places you need to
look, is always very helpful.
• Don’t set out food. Pets could come out, eat, and then go
back into hiding. Then you wake up to the no bait and no
pet. If the animal is hungry, it will most like show up
during unexpected times.
With a little effort and persistence your pet can be found.
Don’t give up. Some animals have been known to return home
even after weeks and months of being gone.
(Editor’s note: Robyn Wheeler, the former owner of The
Creature Teacher, writes from experience having lost and
then found her 30-pound pet, Sulcata tortoise named Scooter,
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
have many 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.
information visit our website at