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
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 Commissioners 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 Commissioners 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
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMPPrecinct 4 in Kaufman County is instituting its annual Warrant
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,
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
theyre 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
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, thats another added expense, and
what started as a simple ticket can really add up and thats 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.
basketball team visits senior citizens
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITYThe 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
CANTONA long-awaited payment option for vehicle registration is coming to Van Zandt
Commissioners gave the green light Jan. 12 to add credit card or bank debit card payment
processing equipment to the county tax assessor/collectors 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
I cant wait. Im excited to finally be able to offer this option,
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 Ive 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
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,
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 customers 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 sheriffs 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 sheriffs 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 Im 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. Ive had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If
youd 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have many animals at
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