People, Places & Events

    Business Expo 2006 set for May 11 in Seven Points
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–If you’re looking for information on a variety of businesses in the Cedar Creek Lake area, offering all manner of goods and services, free admission, free parking, door prizes and continuous stage entertainment, look no further than the upcoming Business Expo 2006.
Thursday, May 11, The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the first business expo of its kind at Cedar Creek Lake.
This event is designed to showcase products and services of area businesses, plus offer an afternoon of family fun for the citizens of the area.
Doors will open to the public from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lakeview Assembly of God Gymnasium in Seven Points.
Companies participating include Gold Sponsors Tri-County Ford, Teague Chevrolet Buick, Better Business Bureau of Northeast Texas, Shuck-A-Peel Restaurant, TVEC, KCKL, Home Instead Senior Care, First State Bank, Golden Days Media and Tony Kalawe/Edward Jones.
Also, Star Lite Custom Homes, Sharp Construction, Ruth Martin Insurance, OutDoor Advertising, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage/Sandra Morse, Christian Care Home Health, Mooreana’s Mind & Body Spa, The HamLins Apartment Community, Nettworking Computers, A.B. Graphics, Cornerstone Business Solutions, B & J Boat & Self Storage, Coldwell Banker, West Cedar Creek M.U.D., Mabank I.S.D., National Association for the Self-Employed, Cedar Creek Pilot and The Solar Screen Co. have all signed on to participate.
Additional participants will be added to the list as they register.
The businesses will be giving away door prizes, specialty items, brochures and lots of good information.
There are a few booths left and the Chamber is still accepting applications from members and non-members alike.
The regular spaces are 10x10 and a skirted table and backdrop are included in the price.
The spaces are priced at $125 for Chamber members and $195 for non-members.
Exhibitor set-up will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 11.
The Corporate Sponsorship spaces are $350 each and include a Premier Booth space and additional advertising in the media.
The banners have been ordered, so it’s too late for logo placement, but the premier spots are a great way to advertise your business.
Outdoor spaces for car/trailer/boat dealers are available for $350 each also and include the same “extras” as the Corporate Sponsorships.
If you’re a business owner and want more information or an application, please call the Chamber of Commerce at (903) 887-3152, or e-mail
For the Cedar Creek Lake area citizen looking for a free, fun afternoon, with door prizes, information on all manner of goods and services, food, fun and giveaways, mark your calendar for May 11.
Bring the entire family and come out from 3-7 p.m. for the Business Expo 2006, sponsored by The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.


Kaufman County sets clean-up
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KAUFMAN COUNTY–The annual Kaufman County Clean-up is set for Thursday-Saturday, May 18-20.
Residents may bring rubbish and other discardables to designated dropoff sites at no cost.
In Kemp, discarded items may be dropped off at the Precinct 4 maintenance barn on Bus. 175, where you may bring up to four tires. The barn may be reached by calling (903) 498-2121.
In Mabank, residents may haul unwanted trash to the rodeo grounds, or may call for more information to (903) 887-3241. Trash only, no tires or construction debris, will be allowed at this site.
For more detailed information on what can and cannot be dropped off at these sites, call (903) 498-2013.


Detour notice in Seven Points
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SEVEN POINTS–Pritchett Lane in Seven Points will be closed at the south end between Catfish Corner and Kidd Jones beginning Monday, May 8, through Sunday, May 14.
West Cedar Creek MUD will be performing utility construction and relocation of water and sewer lines as part of the State Highway 334 widening project.
Travelers normally using Pritchett lane should plan to detour by way of John Thomas Road.

Lucky9Farms hosts free day
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KEMP–Lucky9Farms is hosting a free day of activities commencing in an evening hayride at our farm on Farm-to-Market 2613 just outside of Kemp.
The event, set for Saturday, May 6, is a fund-raiser for the organization, whose mission is to rescue abused and neglected horses in the North Texas area.
Many horses are sick and undernourished because their owners do not care for them properly or because they are no longer useful and are being “put out to pasture.”
Lucky9Farms takes these horses and nurses them back to health, then provides them with a good home.
The fund-raiser begins at 1 p.m. There will be food and entertainment available as well as pony rides for the children.
A farrier will host a clinic on the Lucky9 farm at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m.
Carriage rides will be offered and guests can enjoy fun and games, such as horse shoes and karaoke, as well. All horse lovers are invited to visit Lucky9Farms.
Lucky9Farms exists on nine acres outside of Kemp, in Kaufman County.
The address is 18670 Farm-to-Market 2613 Kemp, TX.
For more information call (903) 498-8624.

‘Raise the Rafter’ event set for May 16
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MABANK– The main beam of the new Mabank High School will be hoisted into place in a special ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 16.
The community is invited to take part in the event by signing the rafter and celebrating its placement atop the new school.
The 21-foot-long steel beam will be placed in the courtyard of MHS for signing between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, May 4, for autographing.
Mabank Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall wants the community to be a part of the celebration.
“This is a significant event because it is the completion of the ‘skeleton’ of the building. We invite any community member, student or graduate of Mabank High School to celebrate this event with us,” Marshall said.
The I-beam rafter will be moved to the construction site to be hoisted into position by a construction crane.
After introduction by the superintendent and recognition of the board of trustees and other notable guests, a 14-story crane, operated by Charter Builders, will hoist the 1,000-pound beam into its place atop the two-story structure.
The rafter will then be bolted into place by steelworkers.
The whole ceremony should take less than 30 minutes, Marshall said.
Hunter Fisher, MISD construction and maintenance supervisor, explained the placement of the 1,000-pound I-beam is a significant milestone in the construction of the building.
“If we were building a skyscraper, it would be called the ‘topping out.’ In this case, the completion of the steel skeleton is a milestone event,” he said.
Claycomb Associates Architects designed the new school with input from the staff.
Charter Builders, Inc., is the company hired to construct the $33 million high school.