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Beekeepers rescue open-air beehive
from Mabank tree
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANKWhat 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.
Barbaree noticed the beehive before the Christmas holidays and called the city of Mabank
water department after the holidays.
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
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.
Kings 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
ATHENSThe Cardettes will soon be teaching the next generation of dancers how to
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 colleges dance team takes young aspiring dancers under wing for a
day. This springs 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 mens
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 participants 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 email@example.com.
Seven Points mayor lists 2010 accomplishments
By John Joe Dobbs
Seven Points mayor/fire chief
SEVEN POINTS2010 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
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
This is the standard type of uniform one would expect to see worn by officers in any other
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
We now have our officers cross-trained as EMTs and two of them are in paramedic
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 countys 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
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
Classes will be held approximately every other month with the next open class set for
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
Sent more firefighters to Texas A&M fire school than ever before at no cost to the
department or to the city.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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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