The Monitor display ad deadline is noon Friday, Dec. 30, for The
Monitor, Thursday, Jan. 5 issue. Regular deadlines for
classified word ads.
Eustace tax office hours
The Eustace ISD tax office will reopen from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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 (today) at the Cedar Creek Bible Church activities
building, located at 700 N. Seven Points Blvd. Seniors 55 and
older are invited for games and fellowship. A light lunch will
be served. For information, call (903) 340-9672.
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 a 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
CCL Garden Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6,
at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. A white
elephant sale is set for prior to the meeting. Bring donations
priced. Also bring dried materials for a wreath. Club will
furnish wreaths. For information on joining call (903) 498-6544.
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.
CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets starting with
refreshments at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Library at
Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Mike Howard will present
“Protecting Our First Families.” For information regarding
membership, call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.
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.
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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.
Man catches copper thieves
CR 2100 homeowner holds suspects at gunpoint
until deputies arrive
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–Two suspected copper thieves were held at gunpoint
by a homeowner Dec. 21 and arrested by Henderson County
According to a press release from the Henderson County Sheriff’s
Office, Jake Frideley, 21 of Seven Points, and Colby Wilcotts,
23, of Kemp, were charged with theft of copper wire/cable, a
State Jail Felony.
The Sheriff’s Officers received the call from dispatchers after
the homeowner called 911 informing that he had the suspects at
gunpoint at a CR 2100 residence near Seven Points.
Investigators concluded the men had entered the home owner’s
property without consent with intentions to steal a spool of
electrical wiring containing copper and other metals. Copper has
a high value and can be sold easily.
Frideley and Wilcotts are in custody at the Henderson County
Wilcotts is being held without bond as a result of a parole
violation. Both are still in jail.
In other action, deputies confiscated marijuana from a Payne
Springs residence on Dec. 20 after obtaining and executing a
Robert Eugene Messenger, 59, was booked into the Henderson
County Jail for Possession Marijuana and received a State Jail
Felony, and Sunny Lyn Baker, 36, was booked for Possession of
Marijuana and charged with a Class B misdemeanor. Both bonded
Valedictorian dies over holiday break
Special to The Monitor
CRANDALL–Crandall High School 2011 valedictorian, Robert Long
III, died unexpectedly in mid-December.
Long, returned home from college during Christmas break and
attended an evening basketball game Dec. 12.
Afterwards, Long went to a friends house to meet up with some of
his classmates, who were also returning home from college and
then arrived home to go to bed.
He was found unresponsive the next morning by his father.
Cause of death is unknown at this time.
He received the hustle award in both football and baseball his
senior year, ran track and entered the University
Interscholastic League academic competition for four years.
He was also a member of the student council and Mu Alpha Theta
Long was an animal science major at Texas A & M and was studying
to become a veterinarian.
Services for Long were held at First Baptist Church in Kaufman.