Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 2, 2017

Teri Caswell (left) of Faith in Action receives personal care items from the Henderson County Republican Club members, represented by President Anne Sherrill and Caron and Delbert Yelsma.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Henderson County Attorney Clint Davis brought an entertainment slide presentation going over the changes in recent gun laws to educate members of the Henderson County Republicans Club at their monthly dinner meeting Jan. 26 at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant in Gun Barrel City.
Texas is one of 15 states requiring a license to carry a handgun beyond one’s private property, 30 other states do not require one, Davis said.
Those qualifying for a handgun license are Texas residents for at least six month, the age of 21 or over without any felony convictions, and certified during a 4-6 hour gun safety class.
Non-license holders may have guns at their home or property properly stored without access to any under the age of 17. If carried in your vehicle or watercraft, it must be concealed. And the person in possession of a handgun must not be engaged in the commission of a crime greater than a Class C. (This excludes speeding tickets, Davis explained.) A charge of D.W.I is considered a Class A or B Misdemeanor and would be a problem for a non-licensed handgun holder. Also, you must not be a criminal gang member and have a handgun in your vehicle, Davis said. They are lawful to have while hunting or fishing.
No guns whatsoever are allowed at amusement parks, places of worship, courts, polling places, at any meeting of a governmental body, sporting events, race tracks, any federal property (including Post Offices), on public transportation, bars and night clubs where 51 percent of their revenues come from the sale of alcohol, hospitals, nursing homes and airports, unless checked and unloaded.
CHL holders may carry any caliber, open or concealed, holstered in belt or shoulder belt. Carrying in the hand is not allowed. CHL is a proper form of ID. There is no limit to the number of guns being carried in holsters on waist or shoulder belts.
Guns may be carried at public universities; not on junior colleges until Aug. 1, this year to give time for colleges to establish reasonable rules.
Businesses and Private Property may forbid guns by posting one of two signs with specified language in a conspicuous place in block lettering one-inch high in both English and Spanish. Signs preventing open carry are specified by statute 30.06 and those preventing concealed carry is 30.07. Absolutely no unlicensed gun carrier is allowed to carry into businesses selling alcohol. Also, a business owner may give personal notice to someone through speech or handing them a small lettered notice, such as a calling card. Employees of such businesses may carry their guns in their vehicles but not in company-owned vehicles if they have a policy against the possession of guns on their premises.
Government can’t limit guns in mixed-use buildings, only in the courtrooms or meeting rooms in those buildings. The Attorney General handles gun complaints, adjudicates them and collects a hefty fine for their trespass. Seems a bit self-serving, Davis pointed out.
Look for more proposed bills regarding guns, especially from those in support of constitutional carry, which means no license should be necessary to carry, he said.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 14, 2016


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Community members are looking forward to the weeklong revival now in its fourth year. The Movement planners Larry Reneau and Hugh Roberts tell how everywhere they go, people come up to them and either request a banner be put up in their yard or press a check or cash into their hands to help fund the life-changing presentations. “The favor in this community toward The Movement has been more than outstanding,” Roberts said.
This year, The Movement will host the nationally acclaimed Outcast BMX, featuring some of the top pro and amateur BMX riders in the country. Their back flips, superman seat grabs, and other jaw dropping stunts demand focused attention – and their testimonies about Christ keep it.
Outcast BMX shows are mind blowing events. “We had a great show at Brentwood Academy in Nashville. Rian Berger, the Director of Spiritual Life, exclaimed “On a scale from 1-10 they were a 17!! Their show was FANTASTIC and their presentation of the Gospel was even better! I couldn’t have been more pleased!”
In addition, pro skateboarder and pastor, Tim Byrne, will perform his amazing skills while proclaiming the good news youth will find meets their needs for a savior, Reneau said. “His message is so timely and he has the skills to gain him a hearing.”
These will fit the bill for youth night on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Starting at 5:30 p.m. pizza and beverages will be served to all youth attending (and their family members). “You won’t want to miss this, believe me,” Reneau said. “We’ve had some amazing performers in the past, but this will beat all. And with Gun Barrel City recently opening their skate park, we expect a lot of turnout for this very powerful night.”
“Every night will be powerful,” Roberts interjects. Local people will have moving testimonies of deliverance from human trafficking, addictions, pornography, offenses of child abuse and loss of loved ones to cancer. “We have a great God and we need to hear these stories of his deliverance from sin, sickness, bitterness and addiction,” Roberts said. “It’s what The Movement is all about.”
On Tuesday night Reneau will bring his message of breaking the chains through accepting and offering forgiveness.
Mabank’s First Baptist Church Pastor Larry Strandberg will kick off the event Sunday night with a message of hope, defining and practicing a saving faith and sharing that faith with others.
Those able to support the upcoming revival in prayer are invited to meet with the prayer team every Wednesday at noon at the new Mabank Pavilion Stage, Reneau invited.
All the messages will reflect on some aspect of the theme verse — John 10:10: “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Last year, the event counted 8,000 attending over the week. This year, the planners are expecting up to 2,400 each night. The Movement runs from Oct. 23-27. Starting at 5:30 p.m. a free meal will be available, as well as bounce houses for the youngest ones. The formal program begins at 6 p.m. with special musical performers, testimonies, skits and the message, ending at 8 p.m.
“The Movement reveals the very real damage done by sin which God warns against and the deliverance He offers in His Son, the man-God Jesus Christ,” Roberts said.

Tim Byrne, pro skateboarder and pastor, will present on Wednesday along with nationally-acclaimed Outcast BMX stunt riders.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 11, 2014

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler St. Jude Catholic Church parishioner Cynthia Snyder speaks to Rotary Club members about The Gabriel Project, an organization that helps mothers and babies in need.

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
St. Jude Catholic Church parishioner Cynthia Snyder speaks to Rotary Club members about The Gabriel Project, an organization that helps mothers and babies in need.

St. Jude Catholic Church to host International Food Festival Sept 12-13

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members heard about all the many activities that will take place at the St. Jude Catholic Church Rummage Sale and International Food Festival Friday-Saturday, Sept. 12-13.
“The purpose of the event is to raise money for the church’s Blessed Mother Teresa Outreach (BMTO) and The Gabriel Project and to promote fellowship,” Festival Chairperson Vickie Weaver said.
“We are all wearing matching T-shirts and the 40 community businesses that supported the event have their names printed on the back. A merchant bag with business cards, pens and notepads, will be given out to visitors at the gate,” Weaver said.
The rummage sale is both days and the food festival is Saturday, Sept. 13.
“This is going to be a huge event,” Weaver said.
Saturday’s festival will feature bounce houses, Clydesdale horse rides, a variety of vendors, live music, chuckwagon cooking, cakewalk, tractor-pulled train ride and much more.
The grand prize giveaway is four tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game.
BMTO helps needy Cedar Creek Lake citizens pay utility bills or gas for transportation to and from doctor appointments.
“Sometimes the monetary funds drop near zero,” Weaver said. “We appreciate the support and know we live in a great community that helps its fellow man,” she added.
St. Jude parishioner Cynthia Snyder also spoke about The Gabriel Project program which provides help to women and babies in need.
“The Gabriel Project gives food, baby items, transportation and support,” Snyder said.
“The church acts as a safety net and assures mothers they we will provided for,” she added.
Gun Barrel City Manager Gerry Boren attended the meeting in support of St. Jude, the festival and its projects.
“At this year’s parade (in December), we will ask everyone to bring diapers for The Gabriel Project,” Boren said.
In other news, Rotarians heard:
• Make A Difference Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 25. Electronic recycling and paper shredding will be available at the Mabank Pavilion. However, volunteers are needed for loading and unloading.
• the Rotary Club will give away 600 dictionaries to Kemp, Mabank, Malakoff and Eustace students sometime early this week.
• The second annual Cedar Creek Lake Lawnmower Races in Gun Barrel City are set for Saturday, Oct 4. The event will also feature a brisket cook-off and local young talent.