Posted by : May 25, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–Besides a monumental sign announcing the name of the city at the intersection, Seven Points is benefiting from a newly remodeled and spruced up fresh produce stand.
Under new management and called Graham’s 7 Points Produce, the stand presents crisp red and white decor reminiscent of a picturesque barn inside and out.
Its 1,200 square feet have been rebuilt and renewed from floor to ceiling. “I did most the work myself,” owner John Graham told The Monitor.
A wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables are delivered weekly on Friday mornings. They are displayed on tables and behind glassed refrigerator cases. On the wall from top to bottom are lines and lines of preserves, jellies, butters, sauces, relishes and pickles. Their labels denote tasty combinations. It’s worth the trip just to look some of these over like Sweet Potato Pecan Butter, perfect over home-churned vanilla ice cream, Red Pepper Jelly, Strawberry-Fig Preserves, Green Tomato Pickles, Sweet Fire Bread and Butter Pickles and Dilled Garlic.
A lighted panel emits the glow from golden honey in jars from 8 ounces to two gallons with various price values.
“My grandfather, W.B. Graham use to operate from this very stand from 1982-1993,” Graham said.
A longtime area resident, John and his brother have been operating a produce stand at the Farmer’s Market in Dallas. However the city plans some major renovation which includes downsizing the open air market. Taking over this place in Seven Points, he hopes will hedge his bets against the future.
He is joined by his wife, Tabitha, and on the weekends by his daughters Brittiney, 18 and Katlin, 14. Christina, 15, has her own baby-sitting business.
Besides broccoli, asparagus and eggplants, the refrigerator includes locally laid eggs for sale.
Opened April 19, the stand is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily throughout the summer. Also offered are potted plants, ornamentals and fern.
But John says his biggest seller and what he’s most proud of is seedless watermelon from East Texas. Several different varieties are available from now and through the hot summer. Also from around here are blueberries and blackberries just now coming into season, along with strawberries.
In addition to green beans, assorted citrus, cantaloupe, new red potatoes, Vidalia onions, cucumbers and of course, tricolored sweet peppers.
Dried beans, peanuts from North Texas, okra, tomatoes are on display, and soon cherries, plums, apricots and peaches.
There’s lots of sampling to be had. Or if you’re desperate and can’t wait another minute, he’ll be happy to slice up a juicy watermelon or cantaloupe right on the spot for you to enjoy the refreshing tastes of summer – the perfect stop to make with out-of-town guests.
Posted by : May 25, 2013| On :
More photos from the festival can be found in the Sunday, May 26, 2013 issue of The Monitor.
Posted by : May 8, 2013| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Two young men were pronounced dead at the scene of a two car collision Saturday morning on East Main Street near Harvey’s TV in Gun Barrel City. A third man was airlifted to the ETMC trauma center in Tyler with severe injuries.
Cedar Creek Lake resident Theresa Brantley came upon the aftermath of the collision of two Ford Mustangs shortly before 9:30 a.m.
She was joined by a second motorist, together they tried to free the occupants from the smoking wrecks but were unable to do so. All doors were locked or smashed, she told The Monitor. “I was afraid it would catch fire,” she said.
They subsequently called 9-1-1 for help.
Gun Barrel City assistant police chief Larry Warrick identifies the survivor as 18-year-old Kylan Wayne Jock. Fire rescue and EMS worked to free him from his 2005 Ford Mustang for transport via helicopter. Monday morning he was reported to be in intensive care with multiple bone fractures.
According to an update posted Sunday on Facebook by his mother, Jennie Morton, Jock has a crushed left arm, pelvis, three spinal disks and internal bleeding. Other sources also identify him as a graduating Eustace High School senior, who was on his way to work Saturday morning, when the collision occurred.
Justice of the Peace Dale Blaylock pronounced the deaths of Justin Dean Luper, 17, from Alvorado and Tyler James McMillan, a 19-year-old from the Gun Barrel City area. According to comments on Facebook, Luper has close family in the area.
Investigators at the scene believe Luper was driving a 1998 Mustang eastbound, and McMillan was a passenger. It appears the vehicle ran off the roadway on the right then travelled back onto the roadway, crossing the center line into oncoming traffic, where it collided with the 2005 Mustang driven by Jock.
“Upon impact, both vehicles came to rest on the north side of the roadway. The 1998 Mustang rolled over and was lying on its driver’s side after the impact,” Warrick said in a written statement.
Members of the Gun Barrel City Fire Department extracted all victims from both vehicles using cutting tools to free them from the wrecks.
This investigation is ongoing under the leadership of Sgt. Richard Widener and Department of Public Safety trooper Joe Gomez.