Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 23, 2015


By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS-The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake annual Celebrity Waiter “TV: the Good Ole Days,” fundraiser at the Athens Country Club brought out many memorable and beloved television characters Aug. 15. Rotary Club members and their guests dressed as Fred Flintstone, Lucille Ball, the Jetsons, I Dream of Jeannie, and many more.
The event featured live and silent auctions, dining and dancing, raffles and much more. Live auction items included a Brinkman grill, a Texas flag flown over the state capital, Maverick tickets, a four night stay at the Fairmont Hotel, a dove hunt for four, wagon wheel rocking bench, a night at the Dallas Symphony with a private guided tour of the Meyerson Symphony Hall, Floors4U gift certificate, ice cream social at the Lighthouse, constitutional chair with Texas state seal and Channel 8 WFAA retired news anchor Gloria Compos to emcee an event.
The 2014 Celebrity Waiter event raised funds for donation to many local organizations including Tool Elementary School, local food pantries, Eustace ISD High School book club, Malakoff Education Foundation, Four Way Speech Contest, “Klothes for Kids,” The Library at Cedar Creek Lake and Tri-County Library, Polio Plus, Kaufman County Senior Citizen Center, the Family Resource Center and many more.
Total funds awarded during the 2014-15 year was $63,060.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 20, 2015


Monitor Staff Reports
AUSTIN–The Texas Press Association named Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) a ‘Champion of Transparency.”
“I am grateful to TPA for this honor. I believe local newspapers are essential for the communities not only in East Texas, but also across the state of Texas,” Nichols said. “I have and will continue to stand behind and support the needs of the newspapers within Senate District 3.”
TPA said Nichols was being recognized for his work to ensure there is transparency in government by providing Texans with access to governmental meeting and records, as well as ensuring public notices, required of governmental bodies, are available in newspapers.
“Many in government give lip service to transparency, but real champions of public access and accountability are few and far between, TPA Executive Vice President Donnis Baggett said. “Senator Nichols has an open door and an open ear to the issues that are vitally important to newspapers and the public in general. He is truly passionate about the citizen’s right to know.”
In the Texas Senate, Nichols serves as Chairman of the Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Senate Finance, Natural Resources and Economic Development, and Intergovernmental Relations committees. He is a member of the Legislative Audit Committee and a former vice chairman of the Sunset Advisory Committee.
The Texas Press Association is the voice to the state’s newspaper industry. TPA promotes the welfare of Texas newspapers, encourages higher standards of journalism and plays an important role in protecting the public’s right to know as an advocate of the First Amendment liberties. TPA is one of the nation’s oldest and largest newspaper trade associations, representing more than 450 newspapers across the state.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 6, 2015

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By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
VALENTINE SHORES–Neighbors along the shoreline in Valentine Shores met Saturday to get better acquainted and discuss a rash of break-ins in the area.
About 30 gathered in a back yard telling their stories of suspicious activity by persons coming off the lake and living in one particular residence in the area.
Tool Patrolman Jeremy McCoy joined the group about an hour into their meeting to answer questions and suggest security measures they can take to guard one another’s properties against burglary.
“I tell folks there’s nothing better than a good dog and a good security system,” McCoy said.
He also suggested posting inexpensive game cameras aimed at strategic points. “They take pretty good pictures and are at least evidence of trespassing,” he said.
A purple vertical stripe at least 12 inches long painted at eye level on a tree is sufficient warning that a guard dog or surveillance system is in use on the property, he added. “Signs can be carried off, lost in tall grass, but it’s hard to take down a tree,” he said.
He informed residents with the lake full, thieves find easier access to shoreline properties by boat — preferring weekend homes to others.
Though police do not suspect an organized crime ring, but rather finding evidence of couples and individuals acting alone, they have deduced certain patterns.
“We have two suspects, but they won’t confess to any other break-ins then the one, in which they were caught,” he said. They consist of a man and woman in their 20s.
In the last month they are noting the theft of keys taken off docks or from empty houses, in anticipation of a return trip, he said.
Another thing police are seeing are reports of folks seemingly fishing from small boats just offshore near a deck. “They could be casing the neighborhood. Call in any suspicious activity,” he said.
With residents living in the county, their best line of defense is one another and a guard dog.
“Watch your docks. Watch the water,” he said.