Jul

12

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 12, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–The Cedar Creek Poker Run kicks off at the Boondocks on July 15 in Seven Points.
Pre-registration begins on July 14 and runs from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Rates are $25 per poker hand. Don’t forget to pick up the 2017 Poker Run t-shirt as well. The Boondocks are located at 2101 E. Cedar Creek Pkwy, Seven Points. To contact, please call (903) 432-2010.
Registration on the day of the Poker Run begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. You can come meet around 200 or 300 people at the event. You may also purchase poker hands as well as merchandise, raffle tickets and renew or buy a membership.
The Poker Run stops will happen from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., followed by a party at Tom Finley Park in Seven Points. The Bad Monkeys will be playing from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Also during this time the poker hands will open, and the silent auction will begin. Raffle tickets will also be sold for the Booze Barrel, followed by the live auction at 7 p.m.
After the live auction, Poker Run winners will be announced. The winners of the raffle will also be drawn, as well as the announcement of the best dressed crew winners.

Jul

07

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 7, 2017


By Denise York
Monitor Staff Writer
PRAIRIEVILLE–The congregation of Four Mile Lutheran Church, along with friends and community members gathered to honor those who fought to make us free this Independence Day, July 4.
The day began with a business meeting regarding the Four Mile Cemetery. The annual event is the main fundraiser benefitting the upkeep of the cemetery which was decked out in patriotic red, white and blue ribbons. All the graves of the Veterans had new American flags placed on them.
Four Mile Lutheran Church is the oldest Norwegian Lutheran church in Texas, having held continuous services from 1848 to present day. The first church in this location was built in 1853 and rebuilt in 1875 after a termite invasion. In 1941, the church was improved and currently is the Adult Sunday School space. In 1956, a vacant church was purchased and moved from Mabank to adjoin the 1875 building. The Sanctuary was renovated in 2014 and re-dedicated on October 12, 2014. This is their 169th year serving their community.
Bishop Erik Gronberg was invited to give the sermon at the service. He spoke of the importance of knowing our heritage. “Remember the immigrants who came from a dreary land with hope in their hearts – 169 years ago.”
He told the congregation to “celebrate their freedom. Freedom is not just freedom from, but freedom for. Freedom is to serve.” He congratulated the church’s efforts to help the victims of the April tornadoes in the Canton area.
The Veterans in the congregation were recognized during the service and a bell was tolled for the deceased as their names were read aloud. The congregation then dispensed to the front of the church as the Veterans raised the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.
The crowd then gathered in the community hall for and old fashioned church potluck.

Jun

07

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 7, 2017


Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–It’s time to polish your boots and dust off your chaps. Western Week in Mabank is coming!
Game Night is always a must attend event for laughter, fun and camaraderie. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, with the ever-popular bed races set for 7:30 p.m. Organizations and businesses are forming their teams now to compete in this uproarious event, where the lightest team member gets on the hospital bed and hangs on for dear life, while four burly, speedy team member rush the wheeled metal bed around a race course under the Mabank Pavilion without dumping out their “patient.” The teams vie for cash and prizes! Don’t miss out on this team-building competition. For more information, contact Johnny Adams at (903) 880-3858. Other games such as the boot toss, wagon races and stick horse gallop are offered, so there is something for everyone in the family. Come on out. It’s a blast.
On Saturday, June 17 the third annual CASI Chili Cook-Off gets down to serious business with registration at the pavilion starting at 9 a.m., with beans being handed to judges at noon and chili at 1 p.m.
The Rodeo Queen Rehearsal will be held at the arena Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. Swing by to check out all the rodeo queen nominees as they go through their paces.
Wednesday at 7 p.m. the Queen’s Dinner is held at B-n-R Country. Come early. This event fills up fast.
Rodeo action starts at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Alene and Andrew Gibbs Memorial Arena on Mason Street in Mabank and continues Saturday after the parade with calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc, ranch bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, ladies’ open barrels, bull riding, bareback and calf scrambles.
The Parade kicks off at 4 p.m. starting at the arena. Line-up begins at 3 p.m. Horses, rodeo queen and court, floats, cute kids thread their way through Mabank streets hitting Troup, where the Mabank Nursing Home is, and historic downtown Market Street, circling back to the rodeo arena where pre-show activities with concessions and vendors are ready to serve the rodeo spectators with souvenirs, good eats and various Western wear accoutrements. The rodeo starts time is 8 p.m., with a barn dance after the rodeo at the pavilion.
Come celebrate the rich heritage of Mabank at the Rodeo and Western Week activities.