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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 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 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 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.

  Kemp warrant round-up underway
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Precinct 4 in Kaufman County is instituting its annual “Warrant Round-Up.”
Precinct 4 Constable Bryant Morris is urging those who have outstanding tickets to immediately take care of them.
A notice published Jan. 14 in The Monitor warns offenders to take care of their responsibilities. The notice stated it was a final “courtesy notice,” and the final reminder to pay that traffic ticket before an arrest warrant is issued.
“There are approximately 220 outstanding tickets, involving just those people who live in Precinct 4. That represents an amount totaling about $59,000 in fines,” Morris said.
Offenders are urged to contact the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace office at 103 N. Main Street in Kemp, or call (903) 498-8759, ext. 1.
To some people, a traffic ticket is not the most important problem in life, and they’re right, if they take care of it immediately.
The trouble comes when it is tossed in the “to do later” drawer and “later” just never comes.
“That traffic ticket could incur additional costs. It can grow from the amount of the citation and court costs to the added amounts for a Failure to Appear citation and then a warrant for their arrest,” Morris explained.
Another inconvenience that will happen if the ticket holder travels to another city, such as Dallas, and is stopped for whatever reason. A radio check will reveal the driver has an outstanding warrant.
The driver probably will be arrested, jailed and then transported back to the original jurisdiction of the warrant. All of that will mean more court costs, Morris pointed out.
If the vehicle he/she was driving is impounded, that’s another added expense, and what started as a simple ticket can really add up – and that’s not including the fine, Morris pointed out.
But not all tickets are for traffic offenses.
“It can be anything from speeding to possessing drug paraphernalia, no insurance, to fishing without a licence, issued by the game warden,” Morris explained.
“The only pre-warrant notice that will be sent involve tickets that are upcoming,” Morris said, adding pre-warrant notices are only sent once.
“Those ticket holders know they have outstanding citations, and they have a responsibility to take care of them,” he explained.

MHS basketball team visits senior citizens
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The Mabank High School varsity basketball team came bearing gifts for residents at Cedarview House Jan. 6.
Bringing Panther T-shirts, a small basketball for each resident and an invitation to come to a home game, the boys were welcomed by excited residents.
Residents reciprocated with platters of cookies and muffins.
Team members divided up in groups and visited with residents who remained in their rooms.
Staff said the visit was much appreciated by the residents.


Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Cookies and cold drinks were enjoyed by members of the Mabank High School
basketball team as they visited Cedarview House residents. Pictured are (from left)
Jacob Woodard, coach Mark Allen and Griffin Marshall.

VZ Tax Office to add credit/debit pay option
By Terry Britt
Monitor Staff Writer

CANTON–A long-awaited payment option for vehicle registration is coming to Van Zandt County.
Commissioners gave the green light Jan. 12 to add credit card or bank debit card payment processing equipment to the county tax assessor/collector’s office.
Residents renewing vehicle registrations have been limited to paying with cash or check, and likely will be very pleased with the addition, Tax Assessor/Collector J.J. Minyard said.
“I can’t wait. I’m excited to finally be able to offer this option,” she said.
Minyard estimated between 20 to 25 percent of customers visiting her courthouse office have wanted to pay with plastic, only to learn they could not.
“They have had to pull out their checkbook instead, or else I’ve had to send them across the street (to an automated teller machine),” Minyard said. “I hate that inconvenience for our customers.”
Minyard said she believes the new payment option will be in place starting March 1, and could be ready sooner.
Minyard told commissioners she is awaiting the card swipe units and personal identification number (PIN) input devices from Gov-Pay, the company she picked to provide the service.
NetData also offered a credit/debit card payment system, but it would have required a more expensive outlay for additional computers, Minyard explained.
The Gov-Pay system will only require connection of some additional phone lines in the main office and the three substations.
Paying with a credit card or debit card will incur a processing fee charged by Gov-Pay, Minyard said.
The additional fee will be 2.65 percent of the transaction, with a $3 minimum for credit cards, and 1.95 percent with a $3 minimum for debit cards.
“I hate that there is a charge for it, but it was the best I could find among companies that would work with a government agency,” Minyard said.
ATM fees cost her customers $2.50 in most cases, she pointed out.
The transaction fee will be listed as a separate charge on a customer’s bank or credit card statement, Minyard said.
Vehicle registration also can be purchased with a credit card by going to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website at http://rts.texasonline.state.tx.us.
In other business, the commissioners:
• accepted an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) allocation of $115,000 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The grant will be allocated by the State Energy Conservation Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
• authorized the county auditor to advertise for sealed bids for a solar water heating system for the Van Zandt County Justice Center, relative to the EECBG accepted.
• renewed a lease agreement between Janie Mullins and Precinct 2 for stockpiling road materials, and purchase sand to mix oil.
• set a public hearing for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, to set speed limits of 30 mph on Van Zandt County Roads 4114 and 4803, and 35 mph on VZCR 4923, 4912 and 3710.
• authorized the county judge to sign the 2009 Chapter 59 Asset Forfeiture Report for the sheriff’s office.
• approved the CodeRED Services Agreement Addendum with the East Texas Council of Governments for emergency notification system services.
• ratified county bills already paid.
• approved budget amendments for the sheriff’s office and county auditor.
 

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The 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 dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

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.

For further information visit our website at petfinder.com


 

 


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