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.
hears how to find lifes balance
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMPMembers of the local chapter of the Womens Council of Realtors pondered
priorities and time budgets as they begin a new and hopefully more prosperous 2010 during
their first meeting of the year.
Methodist pastor Chris Schoolcraft related the formula he follows in keeping his work,
family and career in balance at a breakfast meeting Jan. 20.
I follow a 70/30 rule, Schoolcraft said he tries to limit his work and
career activities to 70 percent of his time and spends 30 percent in enriching his
personal and family life.
Name those things that hold value to you. Write them down. Track them. How much time
and money do you spend on these on a weekly and monthly basis? he asked. That
will show what you are really investing in. Then make changes accordingly.
Schoolcraft explained he finds it helpful to divide his day into five time frames, and
budget those sections following the 70/30 rule.
He reminded them that meeting with clients and associates for training, or over meals or
after-hours, also counts as part of the 70 percent.
Of the 70 percent dedicated to work, 70 percent of that should be doing things you enjoy
and only 30 percent the parts of your job that you like least, he added.
Schoolcraft pointed out everyone needs help and needs someone who will make them
accountable to their own priorities.
For Schoolcraft, this is his wife. When his 70/30 rule moves into 80/20 and then 90/10,
his wife confronts him in what he describes as a come to Jesus meeting, and
makes him face the facts and make the necessary changes.
Its hard, not just for you, but for pastors, too. It is a constant struggle
(to keep life in balance), he said.
I attend at the side of a lot of deathbeds, and Ill tell you, Ive yet to
hear one of these regret that they couldnt spend one more day at the office or make
one more sale, he said.
He also suggested examining our personal definitions of success. Are they truly yours, or
something passed down to you by others?
For me, if my children grow into responsible, caring adults, thats success. If
I truly know my wife on a day-to-day basis and she knows me, that is success. Define your
own success and live it, he said.
With the 30 percent reserved for self-development, he strongly suggests including regular
activities that feed your spirit. Time and money spent to inspire and call us to a higher
purpose pays dividends in how we relate to others, he pointed out.
Our relationships with family members, clients, customers and acquaintances speaks
about where we are spiritually, he said.
vaccine importance noted
Special to The Monitor
TYLERWe are at a critical moment in the fight against the 2009 H1N1 influenza.
We are fortunate that the influenza-like illnesses have gone down in the recent weeks but
flu experts warn that we should prepare for a possible third wave of the H1N1 influenza.
The number of people who get vaccinated against influenza typically drops after November.
Therefore, as we face the challenges of the novel H1N1 Influenza virus, the Northeast
Texas Public Health District (NETPHD) will focus on educating East Texans on the
importance of the flu vaccine.
With more than 118 million doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine having been made available
everyone that has not yet been vaccinated is encouraged to do so.
Though this has been an unprecedented year in terms of the number of people who have
received both flu vaccinations, most people still have not gotten the 2009 H1N1 vaccine,
which is still readily available.
The fact is if more people are vaccinated, the disease is less likely to spread in the
The most effective way that the members of the East Texas Community can protect
themselves against the H1N1 virus is to receive the H1N1 vaccination. says George
Roberts, CEO of NETPHD.
If you have any concerns regarding the influenza vaccine or questions about how to
find a vaccination location in the East Texas area, please call NETPHD at (877) 244-9641.
Dad urges Kiwanis members to help with MDA
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITYRaising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association goes year-round,
not just on Labor Day weekend, the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club heard Wednesday.
Mark Bailey told club members he
is the father of Eustace Middle School sixth-grader Roland Bailey, one of four boys with
muscular dystrophy (MD) in the lake area.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Groom & Sons Hardware employee Mark Bailey speaks to Cedar Creek
Kiwanis members about the Muscular Dystrophy Association and what it has done for his
family during the club's weekly luncheon Wednesday.
Roland (the subject of a December, 2008, feature story in The Monitor) has Duechenne
Muscular Dystrophy, one of more than 40 different MD diseases that attacks the bodys
muscles, and has been confined to a wheelchair since age 9.
Roland is widely known as the Eustace Independent School Districts No. 1 fan, and is
allowed access to the sideline during football games. He also gets a front-row seat at
other athletic contests.
He is the biggest competitor you will ever meet, his dad told club members
during their weekly luncheon.
His Head Start teacher, Stephanie Kirkhart, was the first to notice the then 4-year-old
having difficulty doing some routine tasks, such as climbing steps to reach the classroom
A physical therapist recommended a specialist, who, in turn, sent Roland to the Scottish
Rite Hospital in Dallas, where Dr. Susan Iannaccone (one of the leading MD researchers in
the nation) diagnosed Duechenne MD.
Mark Bailey said he was a former professional powerlifter, and had harbored high hopes
that Roland would be an outstanding football or baseball player.
But, I was raised to take whatever happens and go with it, he said.
Wearing a Stride and Ride T-shirt, Bailey explained the program urged
individuals to raise at least $65 and walk around the mall (or some similar public place)
to show solidarity with MD patients.
It used to cost $65 per minute for research, so people were asked to raise money for
one minute of research, he said. Now, it costs $80 a minute, because things
have gone up.
Funding pressures have forced the Muscular Dystrophy Association into some painful
cutbacks. The only time anyone hears about MDA is Labor Day weekend, Bailey
For example, Roland used to get $2,000 to help purchase a new wheelchair, but that
wont be available next year when Roland is scheduled to get a new chair, Bailey
His wheelchair costs $30,000, Bailey added.
A year ago this month, Roland underwent surgery to correct scoliosis (curving of the
The scoliosis was leading to breathing problems, because Roland was bent over. Now, his
breathing is near 100 percent, but he can no longer feed himself, being unable to raise
his arms high enough, Bailey said.
Most deaths with his disease comes from not being able to breathe or unable to
cough, he added.
The Eustace ISD has adopted Roland and continually holds fund-raisers to help the Bailey
family meet expenses.
Rolands Racers, for example, has raised more than $10,000 in the past
five or six years, Bailey said.
The Eustace school district really supports him, Bailey said. They make
him part of the team, and he really eats it up.
The kids on the team know that if he could be out there with him, he would, he
Research is looking for an effective treatment or cure. Stem cell research is a big
part of this, Bailey said.
Hes probably too old for a cure, but if they could find a way to prolong his
life, that would help, he added. The life expectancy of a Duechennes patient
is around 16 to 25 years.
Kiwanis president Denise York presented Bailey with a donation on behalf of the club.
In club business, members:
heard candidates are scheduled to speak to the club the next two meetings.
Jan. 27, Henderson County District Clerk candidate Amiee Freeman is scheduled to visit,
and Kaufman County judge candidate Bruce Wood is scheduled to speak Feb. 3.
discussed plans for the clubs annual Pancake Day fund-raiser, set Tuesday,
Feb. 23. As in the past, breakfasts will be delivered to businesses in the immediate Cedar
Creek Lake area between 6 and 11 a.m.
|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