Jun

09

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 9, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell


All American Pumbing scored the “Biggest Fan Club” who helped dress the All-Americans.
Many more photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, June 8, 2014 issue of The Monitor.

Jun

01

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 1, 2014

Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Rootseekers Genealogical Society heard Ruth Shelton of Crowley speak on “Seeking your Roots” May 19, at the Tri-County Library.
Shelton reminded members that seeking your roots takes time and you must be patient.
It’s a must, if you hit that brick wall, to step back and give it a rest for some time and then go back, and put some effort into it, just don’t give up.
Shelton spends a few hours researching records each Monday at the Latter Day Saints Library near her residence.
She also provides assistance to members of the Rootseekers Genealogical Society in Mabank, when needed.
Her favorite websites are www.FindAGrave.com and www.FamilySearch.org.
Shelton first became involved in genealogy in 1957 when she traced her McLendon ancestors.
Then in 2001, she received a call from a distant cousin living in Indianapolis. At that time, she learned her grandmother, whom she thought had three sisters, actually had 13 siblings.
Shelton was determined to find out what had happened to the other siblings and her research lead her to Quitman, Miss.
Shelton has one son who lives in Benbrook, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren.

May

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : May 22, 2014

Monitor Photo/Susan Harrison Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce President Jo Ann Hanstrom (left) and Board Chair Ralph Fortner (right) stand with luncheon sponsor Purtis Creek State Park Director Mendy Davis and guest speaker Texas Parks and Wildlife Assistant State Park Director Kevin Good following the May 8 chamber meeting.

Monitor Photo/Susan Harrison
Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce President Jo Ann Hanstrom (left) and Board Chair Ralph Fortner (right) stand with luncheon sponsor Purtis Creek State Park Director Mendy Davis and guest speaker Texas Parks and Wildlife Assistant State Park Director Kevin Good following the May 8 chamber meeting.

By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (CCLACC) members heard from guest speaker Texas Parks and Wildlife Assistant State Park Director Kevin Good that Texas’ 95 state parks receive eight million visitors a year.
“Parks are dependent on the entry fees to operate them,” Good said.
Texas has 600,000 acres in state parks and the largest park is Big Bend Ranch.
Good said state parks have recreational value, preserve our natural resources, have cultural aspects, provide quality family time and make economic contributions to the state.
Park visitors bring funds to surrounding local communities by eating at restaurants, shopping and buying gasoline.
“Tourism at state parks provide 600,000 jobs in the state,” Good reported.
The state parks are in need of investment. More visitors bring more business but also additional operating costs.
“We are thankful for our volunteers. They provide more than 250,000 man hours,” Good said.
“One in four workers at a park is a volunteer.”
Good will be asking the upcoming legislative session for funds to maintain the parks and make capital improvements.
As the lunch sponsor, Purtis Creek State Park Director Mendy Davis, spoke about the need to replace the 25-year-old playground equipment at the park outside of Eustace.
“A new playground cost $100,000 and we’ve raised $4,000 so far,” Davis said, and encouraged chamber members to visit the park.
“We want children to visit the park early so they will be good stewards of our natural resources,” Davis explained.
Kid Fish was held May 10, and children received rods and reels courtesy of Trinity Valley Electric Co-op.
Davis reminded everyone, “we have water.”
The Mabank Fire Department was named as May’s Organization of the Month by Ambassador President Marty Mullins. They were selected for their assistance with the Chamber’s Car Show and Kiwanis Krawfish Boil May 3.
CCLACC President Jo Ann Hanstrom and Kiwanis representative Tate Cramm made donations to the Mabank Fire Department.