People, Places & Events


Blizzards to sweep North Texas Thursday, Aug. 10
Special to The Monitor
DALLAS–Dairy Queens in Gun Barrel City, Seven Points, Mabank and all of North Texas are predicting a blizzard of funds being raised for “Miracle Treat Day,” Thursday, Aug. 10, for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Proceeds from every Blizzard® sold that day in participating DQ locations will be donated to the organization that supports the two local pediatric hospitals – Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth and Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
“We encourage all of our customers to visit our DQ locations in North Texas, order a Blizzard® Treat or two and help hospitalized kids,” President of Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council Larry Newell said.
“With more than 150 Dairy Queen locations throughout North Texas, we expect an avalanche of sales resulting in a blizzard of benefits to Children’s Miracle Network.
“I know that our loyal customers want to be prepared for the blizzard that’s coming, so I recommend they begin planning their trip to one of our locations on Miracle Treat Day,” Newell said.
Instead of snow-filled blizzards on Miracle Treat Day, the Dairy Queens will serve up a variety of Blizzard flavor treats, including Oreo®, the August Blizzard of the Month. The Oreo Blizzard® debuted in 1985, the Blizzard’s inaugural year, and to this day remains the most popular flavor.
North Texan and Grammy-winning superstar LeAnn Rimes, the international spokesperson for Children’s Miracle Network, will serve as honorary chairperson for Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day.
Dairy Queen has been a supporter of Children’s Miracle Network since 1984, raising more than $59 million during that time.
“Dairy Queen is a great partner and Miracle Treat Day offers their customers an opportunity to treat themselves to a delicious Blizzard® and at the same time help North Texas children whose well-being depends on our two children’s hospitals,” said Rachel Garton, director of Children’s Miracle Network in North Texas.

300 area residents looking for new insurance carriers
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ATHENS–About 300 area residents must find a new home insurance carrier after regulators started shutting down Texas Select Lloyds.
Texas Select does not have the ability to protect its policyholders so their policies will be canceled by Aug. 23, according to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).
The Texas Department of Insurance confirmed that 324 Henderson County residents were among the estimated 154,000 Texas Select Lloyds policyholders.
Texas Select Lloyds, the state’s sixth largest home insurer, is a subsidiary of Vesta Insurance Group of Birmingham, Ala.
“My primary goal in this action is to ensure policyholders have insurance that is able to pay their claims should a loss occur,” state insurance commissioner Mike Geeslin said.
“We simply could not allow policyholders and ultimately Texas taxpayers to be at risk given the financial condition of these companies,” he added.
Affected policyholders should contact their insurance agents as soon as possible to begin securing new insurance coverage.
TDI is also assisting Texas policyholders to obtain new insurance immediately.
Consumer Assistance specialists may be reached at the Texas Department’s toll-free number, 1-800-252-3439.
TDI’s web sites, and, have been updated with information to assist consumers during this transition.
Other TDI resources on the Internet include homeowners price comparison and company and agent “look up” pages to verify that insurance companies, agencies and agents are licensed.
Geeslin noted that concerns with Vesta and its subsidiaries extend group-wide and were not limited to Texas Select and its underlying insurance contracts.
Vesta is a Texas-domiciled insurer and the parent company of four other Texas-domiciled insurers: Texas Select Lloyds Insurance Company, Vesta insurance Corporation, Shelby Casualty Company and the Shelby Insurance Company.
Texas Select is the only insurer with active Texas policyholders.
Vesta’s problems include a series of losses from hurricanes that drove a long-term need for additional capital.
Similar to the Texas actions, regulators in Hawaii have taken control of another Vesta subsidiary, Hawaiian Insurance and Guaranty Co. Ltd., and Florida regulators have taken control of another affiliate, Florida Select Insurance Company.

Rainbow Girls attend state conference
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GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow Girls (IORG) recently attended their state conference in Waco.
Diana Carter served as Grand Choir Director.
Following are a list of recognitions they received:
• Diana Carter and Ashlee Lanning earned proficiency certificates
• The assembly scrapbook earned the “Days of our Lives” award.
• Outstanding Vanguard Assembly.
• Participation in boxtops and labels for education and pop tabs for the Ronald Mcdonald House and Take Time to Read programs.
• Recycling old pantyhose for the Shrine Hospitals and supporting the Dallas Shrine Hospital Bazaar.
• Donating stuffed animals to police stations.
• Competing in ritualistic competition.
• Alexandra Murry received her three-year membership charm.
• Ashlee Lanning and Kayla Glidewell each received a charm for four years, and Diana Carter one for six years
Additional progrmas they are looking forward to supporting this year are the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research and recycling ink cartridges, cell phones and old laptops.
While in Waco, they enjoyed a tour of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.
The IORG is a service-oriented, leadership organizaiton for girls between the ages of 11 and 20.
Rainbow Girls participate in a wide array of activities, including leadership training, service projects, cheer competitions and annual retreats.
For more information about the Rainbow Girls contact Mae Glidewell at (903) 469-4251 or visit