Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 22, 2017

By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Every year, the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates the spirit of community by recognizing key volunteers who contribute their time, talents and creativity to increase the quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
It takes many hands and hearts working in many different areas to bring the colorful festivals, man the emergency rescue and fire departments, raise funds for educating the youth and creating opportunities, and bringing comfort, nurture and nutrition to our most vulnerable citizens. Those who have contributed most in 2016 along these lines were nominated by the community at-large, vetted and selected as finalists.
The local chamber-hosted 17th annual awards banquet Monday, March 20 held these up for public applause, gratitude and honor to receive the title of Citizen of the Year, Lifetime Service Award and Ambassador of the Year, among other awards.
The evening’s theme was “Volunteers – Holding the Winning Hand,” and the room at the Cedar Creek Country Club was festively decorated with playing cards, dice and poker chips.
Robin Neighbors, a Mabank High School graduate, was named the “2017 Citizen of the Year.” Her long-time involvement with Mabank Athletic Booster Club raising more than $100,000 to fund nutrition, scholarships, equipment, trips and other necessities for the school’s athletic department put her ahead of the rest. Chamber board member Jim Thompson presented the award. Neighbors also serves on the Mabank ISD Education Foundation, as board president. She is a long-time Mabank Chamber of Commerce board member, chairing and co-chairing many festivals and fundraising events such as The Ladies Poker Night, Mabank’s Festival of the Arts, Ole Fashion Christmas – all the while fulfilling her responsibilities as a wife and mother of two children.
Kathy and John Kendrick were honored with the “Jean Nichols Lifetime Service Award” for their unselfish giving of time and energy for the betterment of the Cedar Creek Lake Area community. The couple have been area residents for over 10 years.
They quickly established themselves as not only tireless workers for their own brand new business (Lone Star Maps), but as community-minded people who were dedicated to making their new home a great place to live and work,” said presenter Chamber Chair Tony Kalawe.
Their many volunteer activities include sponsoring chamber events, serving on chamber committees and as ambassador members, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, shopping for schoolchildren clothes as Kiwanis Club members, as well as delivering pancakes, reading to children and working alongside the Parrot Head Club raising funds to support Special Olympics, scholarships and other worthy projects.
Mabank Fire Department Chief Ricky Myrick was named the recipient of the “Mary Helen Myrick Award” by last year’s winner, Fred Carter.
“He is quick to encourage safety among the firefighters he is responsible for and consistently reminds us to be careful, watchful and that everyone of us to come home,” Carter said.
Myrick has been a top-rated firefighter for more than 40 years and the Fire Chief for the past 18 years. He is also a Master Electrician.
“My chief is always willing to provide assistance, above and beyond his responsibilities, and accept special assignments that serve and benefit his community,” Carter explained.
Mabank Education Foundation President Robin Neighbors named the 2017 Mabank ISD School Campus Teachers of the Year and presented each of them with a $100 gift to spend at any chamber member business.
The teachers are:
• Central Elementary School teacher Nancy Schiff,
• Southside Elementary School teacher Carole Jordan,
• Lakeview Elementary School teacher Jeryn Toops,
•Intermediate School teacher Peyton Adams,
• Junior High School teacher Tammy Zylman, and
• High School teacher and Scholar Institute Program Director Aaron Williams.
Chamber Ambassador President Ally Greenville received the “Kathy Kendrick Award” for her enthusiastic and selfless volunteerism, benefiting the Cedar Creek Lake area,
“She welcomes new businesses into the community and hosts ceremonial ribbon cuttings for new Chamber members,” said presenter Gun Barrel City Chamber Chair Scott Six.
Greenville is an active Kiwanis member, serving both as a board and committee member. She is seen regularly at chamber fundraisers such as the car show, luau and business expo.
Joy Long was named Ambassador of the Year by Greenville for faithful service as a member of the Ambassadors program for many years. “She has been an outstanding advocate for our growing chamber and has been involved by stepping up and volunteering at chamber-sponsored events including the awards banquet, community clean-up day, new teacher luncheon, ribbon cuttings and business after hours,” Greenville explained.
Marty Mullins named Tate Cramm as the “Volunteer of the Year for the Ambassador” program for attending ribbon cuttings, serving on fundraising committees, and being a good representation as the “face of the chamber.”
“He rarely misses a ribbon cutting or event and steps up when called upon for committee work, fundraising opportunities and goes above and beyond to make sure he represents the chamber in a positive and productive way,” said Mullins.
Chamber President Jo Ann Hanstrom named B. G. Pierce for the “President’s Hall of Fame Award.”
“This award is for a company or individual that may be ‘under the radar’ so to speak, in their support for the chamber,” Hanstrom explained.
Pierce was honored for his steadfast support for the chamber over the years, doing tasks behind the scenes, moving the chamber office three times and participating in events for more than 10 years with time and fundraising.



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.