People, Places & Events



 Mabank approves The Ranch at Cedar Creek subdivision
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Paperwork has been completed, and The Ranch at Cedar Creek is ready for development to proceed.
The city of Mabank recently approved the plat, roads and utilities for the long-awaited subdivision, located just west of the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Developer G. Richard Goins filed the plat and restrictive covenants with Kaufman County, which now enables purchasers to close on contracted lots.
Tracy Nowell, owner of Johnson Monroe, Realtors and agent for the development, said the property has been offered publicly and through the Henderson County Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service for about six months.
“We started a limited marketing campaign last November, knowing that it would take a few months to complete and get city approval. The development process always seems to take longer than one might expect,” Nowell said.
“We, along with several buyers who already have contracts on their preferred lots, are excited to finally get going full steam,” Nowell added.
The Ranch at Cedar Creek covers 139 acres of prime East Texas real estate, uniquely situated between the northern shores of Cedar Creek Lake as its western boundary and Cedar Creek Country Club as its eastern boundary.
It features approximately 7,000 feet of Cedar Creek Lake shoreline and 3,500 feet of golf course frontage, rolling hills, elevated interior terrain with panoramic water views and picturesque acreage.
The Ranch at Cedar Creek is currently offering Phase One golf course and interior lots.
Phase Two, which will commence development in the next year, will offer waterfront, water view and acreage lots.
Most lots in Phase One are 80 feet wide and 130 feet in depth. A select number of lots are larger, due to topography.
Golf course lots range from $55,000 to $75,000, and interior lots range from $25,000 to $35,000. The development runs down the west side of the front nine of the Cedar Creek Country Club.
The Ranch at Cedar Creek is an exclusive gated community, and has been annexed by the City of Mabank, which will provide water and sewer services. All utilities are underground.
A social membership at Cedar Creek Country Club (initiation fee only/subject to normal club approvals) is included with each lot purchase. This membership may be upgraded at an additional charge, subject to club and membership approval.
In order to protect the future value of Ranch owners’ investment, tight but reasonable restrictive covenants have been created, and architectural control of all improvements will be maintained.
“This is just a great development,” listing agent Sue Stalcup said.
“The views of the golf course are just outstanding,” Stalcup said. “We have builder packages that are being offered for the first time for multiple-lot purchases.
“The ranch is a first-class place for a recreational second home, retirement home or to raise a family,” Stalcup added. “Access to the country club and the lake – all within 45 minutes of downtown Dallas – The Ranch has it all! Call me, and we’ll find you the perfect lot.”
The Ranch at Cedar Creek is located off U.S. Highway 175 at the turn for the Cedar Creek Country Club, at what is currently Kaufman County Road 4022, past Country Club Drive about one-quarter mile on the south side.
There is a second entrance off Briarwood from the south, next to the CCCC clubhouse.
Additional information on The Ranch at Cedar Creek can be obtained from Sue Stalcup of Johnson Monroe, Realtors at (903) 887-4477, or toll-free at 1-800-723-4166. Johnson Monroe, Realtors is located at 210 W. Main in Gun Barrel City.

Schell’s documentary to appear at video festival
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City resident Jack Schell has just received some good news.
His nine-minute documentary, “A.K.A Donut Dollies,” has been accepted into this year’s 19th annual Dallas Video Festival.
His production will be shown, along with four other short documentaries, at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, in the Kalita Humphries Theater at the Dallas Theater Center.
He will also be appearing there at 6:30 p.m. at a “Meet the Film Makers” reception.
“A.K.A Donut Dollies” illustrates a special mobile recreation program provided by American Red Cross girls to American soldiers in forward areas of Vietnam.
He used 38-year-old photos and slides sent to him by 19 former “Donut Dollies” and voiced the narration himself, along with former Donut Dollie Jennifer Young.
The Dallas Video Festival runs from Aug. 8-13 at the Angelika Theater and The Dallas Theater Center.
Schell is the owner of Golden Days Media, a Gun Barrel City production company, specializing in using clients’ own photos, slides, film, and videos to create video shows for special events such as reunions, anniversaries, memorials, birthdays and documentaries.
He is retired from a 42-year radio and TV career in Dallas where he “did everything from behind and in front of the camera to on-air personality and/or program director for stations including KVIL, KRLD, KMGC, KNUS and KLUV.”
His websites are and

Duckworth reminds Cedar Creek Rotarians of goals
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–It was a greatly reduced crowd at the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake weekly luncheon Friday.
Many Rotarians were introducing new teachers at the annual Mabank Independent School District’s New Teacher Luncheon (see related story), club president Barbara Turner noted.
Assistant district governor Randi Duckworth of Wills Point told the gathering the District’s emphasis this coming year will be on four goals:
• membership growth and retention,
• Rotary Foundation giving,
• leadership development and
• the family of Rotary activities.
Duckworth reminded the gathering of Rotary guidelines and service goals, adding the group “has some great goals this year.”
In club business, those present witnessed Duckworth formally inducting new member Linda Holbrook, a resident of the Kings Creek Golf Course development.
Holbrook is a partner in the Powertrain sales group, which provides new/used/reconditioned vehicle parts.
Turner also reminded the gathering of the upcoming Celebrity Waiter Dinner, the club’s biggest annual fund-raiser, set for Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Athens Country Club. Tickets for the event are $60.
Turner added the event’s traditional auction includes many outstanding items, such as trips to Cancun, the Caribbean and Las Vegas, along with golf packages, fishing packages, dining packages and shopping sprees.