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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.

  BBB cautions about license plate gathering
Special to The Monitor
TYLER–The Better Business Bureau (BBB) cautions consumers about a new money-making opportunity that is claiming to pay individuals for gathering license plates numbers.
Research by BBB shows that this company (name purposely withheld) is aggressively seeking representatives.
Multi-level marketing is one form of compensation often employed by direct selling companies, whereby sales agents recruit other sales agents and receive a cut of their product sales.
Pyramid schemes, which are illegal, claim participants can make large amounts of money; however, in reality primary income is attained by recruiting people who then pay for the opportunity to recruit more people.
The money is then filtered up through the pyramid.
“Millions of people earn honest money by selling products through multi-level marketing (MLM); however, some money making opportunities blur the lines between MLM and pyramid schemes,” President and CEO of BBB Central East Texas Mechele Agbayani said.
“Many companies make big promises about their money making potential, but based on information on the company’s web site, BBB believes the potential to generate revenue may primarily depend on the ability of participants to recruit additional representatives,” she added.
BBB Central East Texas has received numerous calls this week to investigate the Dallas-based company.
This company is being marketed heavily on Web sites, including YouTube and Twitter, and at in-person sales presentations across the country.
In-person sales presentations have been held in many cities including Palestine and Lindale.
The majority of individuals contacting BBB’s offices learned about the company from a fellow church member.
In a very short time period, the Dallas BBB has received more than 14,000 inquiries on this company.
Participants can pay an upfront fee of $99 to join the program, but the company recommends purchasing a website used to recruit other independent consultants for a fee of $24.95 per month.
The company further claims that consumers participating in the program will earn income in two ways:
• The recruitment of other individuals to purchase the opportunity and the recruitment of registered customers.
• Commissions that are generated by collection of vehicle license plate numbers (limited to 10 qualifying license plates per month) which the company sells in order to identify the location of motor vehicles.
The company implies customers are lien holders, law enforcement, and government agencies, however, BBB has not been able to confirm this data.
BBB recommends consumers exercise extreme caution when evaluating any business opportunity and consider the following advice in order to make an informed decision:
• Avoid any plan that places primary emphasis on commissions for recruiting additional distributors. It may be an illegal pyramid scheme.
• Beware of plans that require purchase of expensive products and marketing materials upfront. These plans may be pyramid schemes in disguise.
• Don’t pay or sign any contracts in an “opportunity meeting” or any other pressure-filled situation without first taking time to think over the decision. Talk it over with a family member, friend, accountant or lawyer.
• Beware of plans that claim to sell miracle products or promise enormous earnings. Ask the promoter to substantiate claims. 
• Do your homework! Check with your local Better Business Bureau and state Attorney General about any plan you’re considering - especially when the claims about the product or your potential earnings seem too good to be true. 
• Remember that no matter how good a product and how solid a multilevel marketing plan may be, you’ll need to invest sweat equity as well as dollars for your investment to pay.
For more advice on evaluating business opportunities, go to www.bbb.org.

 

MISD education foundation well underway
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–The Mabank Independent School District Education Fundation is well on its way to becoming a reality, Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall reported.
“All the paperwork has been sent in and the tax free numbers are established,” he explained, in a Jan. 21, meeting.
The main goal of the foundation is to give back to the teachers and employees by providing for those items the district can’t provide, he said.
The foundation will be governed by a board of directors, he added.
In other business, trustees:
• were honored and thanked for their service, markign School Board Recognition Month.
• heard the report on the 2008-2009 Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) as presented by Dena Mojica.
• presented the Gold Performance awards, based on AEIS scores, to campus principals: Julie Wiebersch from Southside Elementary; Darin Jolly from Mabank Junior High; Brad Koskelin, Mabank High School: James Pate, the intermediate school; Kevyn Pate of Lakeview Elementary and Terri Watson of Central Elementary.
• approved TASB Local Policy Update 86 with amendments.
• approved the first reading for amendments to MISD Local Policy DEA (Local) concerning compensation and benefits to salaries and wages.
• heard the monthly financial report as presented by the assistant superintendent of business operations, Scott Adams.
“We are right where we expected to be, Adams said, adding that 34 percent of the property taxes for the districts were collected by Dec. 31, 2009..
• viewed a slide presentation on the district’s use of a $38,000 outdoor grant through the Texas Parks and Wildlife.
The purpose of the grant was to introduce kids to nature and wildlife by taking them to various state parks.
Students traveled to Tyler, State Park, Possum Kingdom, Purtis Creek and other destinations.
They learned outdoor safety, putting a tent together, outdoor cooking, and took lifeskills students with them to take part in the activities.
The district will re-apply for the grant in October.
• were reminded to mark their calendars for the annual employee banquet set for 6:30 p.m. on the tentative date of Thursday, April 29, in the high school commons area.
• tabled the discussion on a resolution regarding the purchase of real property by Kaufman County Appraisal District.

 

STAAR to replace TAKS tests
Special to The Kerens Tribune
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Robert Scott announced Tuesday the next generation of student tests will be called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR. STAAR will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), which is the criterion-reference assessment program that has been in place since 2003. The STAAR name, pronounced the same as star, will be used for the 12 end-of-course assessments mandated by legislative action in 2007 and the new third-grade through eighth-grade assessments mandated in the 2009 legislative session.
The new tests will begin in the 2011-2012 school year. Students in the graduating Class of 2015, who are currently in seventh grade, will be the first students who must meet the end-of-course testing requirements, as well as pass their classes, in order to earn a diploma.
The new tests will be significantly more rigorous than previous tests and will measure a child’s performance, as well as academic growth.
The grade 3-8 STAAR tests in reading and mathematics, by law, must be linked from grade to grade to performance expectations for the English III and Algebra II end-of-course assessments.
During a speech at the Texas Association of School Administrators’ Midwinter Conference in Austin, Scott also said the last TAKS-based school accountability ratings will be issued in 2011. Ratings will be suspended in 2012 while a new accountability system is developed.
The new state rating system will debut in 2013.

 

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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