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
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
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 the second and fourth Tuesday of each month 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
Henderson County Historical Commission
meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
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
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 Oran White 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.
Developing a soil fertility
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Forage production is the key to all livestock
A good soil fertility program is the first step at growing forages for
beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses or hay production.
In East Texas soils, one must get the right nutrients in the right
ratio, combined with rainfall, to grow forages.
Nutrient application rates will be based on the results of a soil
Select only those materials recommended for use by qualified individuals
from Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research, Stephen
F. Austin State University’s Soils Lab, certified crop advisors or
others connected with an accredited testing laboratory.
Soil testing is the foundation of a sound nutrient management program. A
soil test is a series of chemical analyses that determine the levels of
essential plant nutrients in the soil.
When not taken up by a crop, some nutrients, particularly nitrogen, can
be lost from the soil by leaching, runoff or mineralization.
Others, like phosphorus, react with soil minerals over time to form
compounds that are not available for uptake by plants.
Soil testing can be used to estimate how much loss has occurred and to
predict which nutrient(s) and how much of that nutrient(s) should be
added to the soil to produce a particular crop and yield.
Take soil tests at least every two years or at the beginning of a
different cropping rotation. The following practices are recommended to
develop a good nutrient management plan:
1. Soil test for nutrient status and pH to:
• determine the amounts of additional nutrients needed to reach
designated yield goals, and the amount of lime needed to correct soil
acidity (ph) problems and
• optimize farm income by avoiding excessive fertilization and reducing
nutrient losses by leaching and runoff, also to identify other
yield-limiting factors, such as high levels of salts or sodium that may
affect soil structure, infiltration rates, surface runoff and,
ultimately, groundwater quality.
2. Base fertilizer applications on:
• soil test results
• realistic yield goals and moisture prospects
• crop nutrient requirements
• past fertilization practices
• previous cropping history
3. Manage low soil pH by liming according to the soil test to:
• reduce soil acidity to improve fertilizer use efficiency
• improve decomposition of crop residues
• enhance the effectiveness of certain soil applied herbicides
4. Time nitrogen applications to:
• correspond closely with crop uptake patterns
• increase nutrient use efficiency
• minimize leaching and runoff losses
5. Use animal manures and organic materials:
• when available and economically feasible
• to improve soil tilth, water-holding capacity and soil structures
• to recycle nutrients and reduce the need for commercial inorganic
6. Use legumes where they are adapted:
• to replace part or all of crop needs for commercial N fertilizer
• to reduce erosion and nutrient losses
• to maintain residue cover on the soil surface.
Tri-County Library books and
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Tri-County Library has acquired a wonderful book for single
parents who feel they need some instructions about finances.
The book is titled “Head of Household, Money Management for Single
Parents,” by Kara Stefan.
We believe they can get some really valuable information from this
For those who are not single, we have a book by John and Stasi Elredge
titled “Love and War, Finding the Marriage You’ve Dreamed Of.”
“Arguing With Idiots” by Glenn Beck is full of interesting ideas, and
will make you think.
“Stones Into School” by Greg Mortenson is a record of establishing
girls’ schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
We have his other book on the same subject, “Three Cups of Tea.” He
explains how he has endeavored to make peace with books, not bombs.
“Blind Side, Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis deals with college
New fictions are “Breathless” by Dean Koontz, “Noah’s Compass” by Anne
Tyler, “Wrecker” by Clive Cussler, “First Lord’s Fury” by Jim Butcher,
“Pirate Latitudes” by Michael Crichton and “Swan Thieves” by Elizabeth
Every Tuesday, free genealogy research help, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Every Thursday, free GED instruction, 9 a.m. to noon. (No enrollment
Every Saturday, free English classes, noon to 1 p.m.
Every third Monday, Rootseekers (genealogy research), 7 p.m. (May come
as visitor, with option of joining.)
From time to time, some meetings may be cancelled for some dates. Call
the library to check if this will be your first time to attend.
If you have never visited Tri-County Library, we urge you to come and
meet “Whisper,” the library cat.
She is such a good natured cat. The only noises she makes are very soft
– even her purring is gentle. Some have told us how loudly their cats
meow, but not “Whisper.”
She says, “Well, I am a lady, and also I must live up to my name.”
The library’s phone number is (903) 887-9622, or check the website,
The library is located at 132 E. Market St., Mabank.
Making the right culling
By Brian Cummins
VZ County Extension Agent
CANTON–Most cattle producers struggle with making culling decisions on
their beef herd, because it is not an easy job.
Where do you start and which cows need to go?
The second question is easier to answer – the most unproductive cows.
The big question is how do you identify those unproductive cows?
That is where a good set of records would sure come in handy, and it
would give a rancher a good place to start.
A good cow man should evaluate all the breeding females in the herd
every year. For most of us, that is at weaning time.
The cows are in the pen, so they can be pregnancy-tested, evaluated for
structural soundness and have their age checked by examining their teeth
prior to giving any vaccinations.
Even though this may take a little more time, this information will
allow a producer to start making a cull list, making decisions easier.
An additional benefit to collecting this information would be during
times of drought, which seem to happen with frequency in this area.
It is usually more profitable to cull unproductive cows as a drought is
beginning, than to try to hold on until the drought is over.
The first place to start is to cull the cows that have the least chance
of being productive in the long term, or those that are the farthest
away from being productive.
Here is a set of guidelines to use until you reach your desired herd
• Open females
All open females should be culled.
This means cows that have calved and failed to re-breed, and during a
drought – the replacement heifers.
Let me explain the reasoning on selling replacement heifers so early in
the culling process.
They are the farthest away from being productive, and they have the most
value as a feeder animal.
According to some 2006 data, the average annual cash costs to carry a
cow was $366. It will be extremely difficult for that open cow to make
up the cost to carry her another year.
If you wanted to move this to the No. 1 culling criteria, I wouldn’t
In my younger days, disposition did not mean as much to me, but as I
have gotten older and more crippled up, the ill-tempered, hard-to-pen
cow just needs to go.
• Structural soundness
Evaluate the structural soundness of each cow, based on her ability to
raise a calf.
Anything that limits her ability to raise a calf or get re-bred needs to
be noted. This can include bad feet, long toes, eye problems, big teats
or bad quarters. Any cow that has history of prolapse needs to go.
A cow’s most productive years are from 4 to 8. The condition of a cow’s
teeth is indicative of her age.
Cows with broken or missing teeth and those whose teeth are badly worn
should be sold.
The open cows, cows with a poor disposition and cows with structural and
teeth problems should be culled every year.
If further culling is necessary, you will be getting into the productive
• Bred cows 9 or older
These cows will probably be culled in the near future and are close to
the end of their productive lives.
When you are in this group, cull the thinnest cows first.
Sell the cows that don’t fit. This could be cows that are too big or too
little, or the wrong breed. Take this opportunity to make your heard
Making the decision to cull is tough. When you keep accurate records, it
makes the job easier.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small
change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause
another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got
my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile,
but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my
doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to
smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children,
other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all
my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience
the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face
when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to
meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek
Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also
email them at
We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
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
County Road 2403 in
For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at