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East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical Museum.
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court meets the first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45 a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building. For more information, please call 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more information, please call 489-2195. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center, located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3704. The public is invited.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beekeepers rescue open-air beehive from Mabank tree
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–What do you do when you think a flour sack has blown into the tree limbs and it turns out to be a huge beehive?
Jackie Barbaree, who works at the Mabank Donut Shop on South Third Street next to Colortyme, was faced with this dilemma. BeeHiveComb.jpg (203958 bytes)
Barbaree noticed the beehive before the Christmas holidays and called the city of Mabank water department after the holidays.

Monitor Photo/
Susan Harrison
An open-air bee hive hangs from a tree limb near the Mabank Donut Shop shortly before being removed by beekeepers Friday. It was estimated the hive took two to three months to build, and contained three to four pounds of wax.


The water department representatives brought four or five people who they knew worked with bees to take a look at the beehive and give them suggestions for its removal.
Barbaree also called Steve Rhodes of Lively and John King of Aley.
They, in turn, knew removing the beehive would not be a problem, if the city could find a way to lift them up to it, high among the tree branches.
Friday, city workers raised Rhodes and King in the bucket of a front-end loader to reach the beehive.
It took about 10 minutes for them to cut the comb from the tree and place pieces of it into a wooden box they brought with them.
King’s hobby is beehives and he has about 17 of them. He is mentoring Rhodes, who has around six beehives.
“It looks like it has about three to four pounds of wax, and probably took about two to three months to build,” King said.
King added it takes about three pounds of sugar water to build one pound of wax.
Barbaree reported the Donut Shop workers had been bothered by the bees inside the shop, but added she had not seen any other beehives in the area.
King told the group gathered to watch the extraction that bees do not like black, and warned the bees would be very cranky when the hive got cut from the tree.

Cardettes to teach dance clinic in Athens
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Cardettes will soon be teaching the next generation of dancers how to move.
Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Trinity Valley Community College Student Union Building, dancers as young as age 5 can spend a day sharing the Cardettes’ passion for dance.
This year, the college’s dance team takes young aspiring dancers under wing for a day. This spring’s dance clinic is open to girls ages 5-11 and will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
During the clinic, the Cardettes will spend part of the day teaching the young dancers basic techniques and putting together a routine.
The camp will culminate with a public performance at halftime during the men’s basketball game that evening.
Cost for the camp is $25 and that price includes a T-shirt, light snack and one ticket to the basketball game (campers get in free that evening). However, the $25 price is good only until Jan. 20. After that, date registration is $35.
The proceeds from the dance go to support the Cardette spring show. The proceeds will also go toward the Cardettes’ upcoming 50th anniversary Mediteranean performance tour.
To register for the clinic, please mail the participant’s name, age, contact phone number, T-shirt size (youth sizes only) and registration payment to: TVCC, Att: Dance Clinic, 100 Cardinal Dr., Athens, TX 75751.
For more information, call (903) 670-2641 or e-mail moakely@tvcc.edu.

Seven Points mayor lists 2010 accomplishments
By John Joe Dobbs
Seven Points mayor/fire chief

SEVEN POINTS–2010 has finally come to a close. It clearly has been an interesting year in the city, but regardless of what has happened with the council, we have made great strides.
Here is a list of the accomplishments that we have made:
• Made city hall a place to be proud of. By using free labor (community service), we were able to give the city hall a fresh coat of paint, concealing the chalky white walls and the cracks going down them, visible to visitors entering council chambers.
• Started in-house training for police officers. Not only does this provide for a better department, but saves the city money by not having to pay as much as previously paid in travel and training expenses.
The city now has four certified instructors teaching classes at the department and also outside agencies, which brings in money to the city.
• Went to a professional Class “A” uniform for police officers. No longer will we see officers in 5 different uniforms, including polo shirts and shorts, but one type.
This is the standard type of uniform one would expect to see worn by officers in any other city.
• Received new bullet-resistant vests for officers. Our officers deserve to have the basic necessities such as bullet-resistant vests. Most cities provide these vests to officers, now so do we. By offering the basic necessities of the job, we are able to recruit higher quality candidates for the position of police officer.
• Started the Citizens on Patrol program, at minimal expense to the city, providing for extra sets of eyes and ears on the streets.
It has already paid off by way of a member observing a metal theft in progress, which led to an arrest. The C.O.P. program uses one of the old white police cars with amber lights on the roof.
They also assist officers with traffic control at accident scenes, among other things.
• Hired a seasoned police chief. The Seven Points Department of Public Safety (Police Department) is now led by Chief Curt Koger, a veteran police officer with extensive Chief’s experience.
• We now have our officers cross-trained as EMTs and two of them are in paramedic school.
Our citizens deserve the best care they can get. Since our officers are generally the first on a scene, cross training them in medical emergencies just makes sense.
This training also comes at no cost to the city as the classes are grant funded.
And we now have two arson investigators and one fire investigator for the city - grant-funded as well.
Once the officers are medically trained, they will be trained as fire fighters to assist the fire department.
• Trained officers in code enforcement to help clean up the city. You will now have an officer assigned to your neighborhood as a primary point of contact. Officers will help the neighborhood crime watch, code enforcement, neighborhood enforcement and other things.
• Our city has a large senior citizen population that needs a place to go and socialize. The creation of a senior citizens center by a few of our citizens has turned out to be a spectacular place to visit, play games and grab a bite to eat.
It currently meets Thursdays at the Cedar Creek Lake Bible Church on State Highway 274.
For information call Shirley Kirksey, city secretary at (903) 432-4610.
• Brought citizens together for the first Christmas tree lighting. Bringing citizens together is what matters. The tighter the community, the better off we are.
• Completed an Emergency Management Report in September that had not been completed in five years.
Failure to complete this report by September would have made the city entirely liable for making its own emergency management.
This saved the city upwards of $100,000. By completing the report we were able to stay under the umbrella of the county’s plan.
• paid all bills the city owed, some that were due more than a year ago. Within the first month of being in office, we paid $20,000 in overdue bills that the prior administration had not paid.
Many vendors wanted cash “up-front” before they would ship anything to the city.
Within five months we have repaired our relationship with all of our vendors. Nothing is ordered unless we have the money to pay for it and we pay our bills when they are due.
• Opened all of our records to whomever wants to look at them.
If there is a record you want to see and we can provide it for you, please contact the secretary, Shirley Kirksey at (903) 432-4610, and she will be happy to assist you.
• Created a series of risk management classes for city employees.
These classes will reduce lost work time due to employee injuries and limit the city’s liability.
We are teaching our employees things like proper lifting techniques.
• Started a free concealed handgun class that is open to all citizens at no cost to the city.
Classes will be held approximately every other month with the next open class set for March.
Fire Department Updates
• Received a $72,000 grant for a new fire truck now serving the citizens.
You may already have seen the beautiful, black and red brush truck going to a call.
This is the first new truck the department has received in 20-plus years.
• Purchased a newer engine at a substantial savings.
Recently the old 1986 engine the fire department had finally died and we had to replace it. We found a 2005 engine at a great price.
• Received more than $11,000 in grants for new gear for firefighters.
• Went from eight firefighters when I became chief to 25 at the end of December.
More firefighters means a better response time and better care for our community.
• Response time on calls has been reduced from 15 minutes to a six-minute response time now.
Sent more firefighters to Texas A&M fire school than ever before at no cost to the department or to the city.

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

dogandcat.JPG (36626 bytes)We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call
(903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

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