County sets competition for
heavy equipment operators
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–Which commissioner has the best road crew?
The Kaufman County Commissioners agreed to set up a competition, or
construction “roadeo” for their precincts.
“The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT) has an event called a
Road-E-O in which workers’ skills are tested, so I came up with an idea
to do something similar with our workers,” Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim
“I have come up with some events that will test the skills of our
employees and commissioners,” Deller told the other commissioners at
their Feb. 2 session.
Speed is definitely not the object – the competition measures the skill
of the individual driver/operator, he added.
As planned, the event will take place in a large open area on the west
side of the county fairgrounds.
“We are hoping to have it sometime in June or July, a time least likely
to have a big rain-out,” Deller explained.
The Children’s Advocacy Center will operate a concession stand, with
proceeds to benefit the Center.
Plans are to have a tandem truck competition, testing the forward and
backing stop skills of the operator.
Operators will be tested on stopping as close to a barricade as possible
without hitting it.
There will be a slow driving race for commissioners only, with the
objective being to drive in a straight line as slow as possible without
Other events include curved driving, a bottle straddle, backhoe
competition, loading a truck, picking up a bat and rolling a soccer ball
with a motor grader without cutting the ground.
Deller said he planned to furnish prize ribbons and a rotating trophy to
be shown in the winning precinct’s office.
In other business, commissioners:
• voted to have the county’s attorney continue an appeal on litigation
involving Cause No.05-07-01152-CV, following a closed-session discussion
with their attorney.
The case involves Kaufman attorney Jo Ann E. Combs and the county.
• granted authority to the county purchasing agent to approve change
orders as listed in section 262.031 (b) of the local government code.
• renewed the Primary Rate Interface (PRI) agreement with Embarq for the
Kaufman County Courthouse and the Sheriff’s Department.
• appointed Terry B. Thomas, Taylor Golden, Larry Anderson, John Loar
and Harry P. Wilt as commissioners to the Emergency Service District No.
• accepted the financial report for Emergency Service District No. 2.
• appointed Harry Girouard, Chuck Cade, John Dabbs, Mark Sacharko and
Todd Gilcrease as commissioners to Emergency Service District No. 7.
• accepted the financial report for Emergency Service District No. 7.
• approved the deputation of Arthur Decardenas, Chris M. Sepulveda, Eric
L. Williams, Marianne Briggs, Douglas W. Adams, Daryl B. Landrum and
Robert S. McKissick for the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department.
• approved budget transfers as presented by auditor Hal D. Jones.
• paid bills totaling $658,803.87.
New treatment for pain available
to CCL residents
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Cedar Creek Lake area residents now have a new avenue for their
treatment of acute and chronic pain.
Local chiropractor Rick Harris, D.C. has been utilizing K-laser in his
office and achieving phenomenal results.
“K-laser is getting amazing results with both acute and chronic pain.
K-laser can work on a myriad of conditions, from joint replacements to
strains and sprains with exceptional results,” Harris said.
“I’ve been using the K-laser for more than a year and I think patients
who have undergone the therapy describe it best,” he added.
“In January, I went to see Dr. Rick for a problem with my back. While he
was giving me a treatment, I mentioned I have a problem with my knees,”
Marcie Oliver recounts.
“He then told me he could treat my knees with laser. He did say however,
if I needed to have knee surgery the treatment would not help.
“I agreed to do so, and after one treatment the pain had decreased. He
continued the laser treatments for five days.
“The knee pain has improved so much, I plan to continue next week with
the other knee.
“Welcome Dr. Rick to Mabank, and the whole Cedar Creek Lake area.
“My husband Ken and I feel we have a new friend, as well as a doctor,”
“K-laser works by increasing the energy levels in the cells in the
tissues being treated. This allows tissues to function at a more optimum
level and heal quicker,” Harris said.
“By doing this, pain levels and inflammation are usually decreased and
the damaged tissue functions in a more normal manner,” he added.
“The main advantage of the K-laser is its power,” Harris said.
“With the K-laser, we can get results in six to 10 visits, when lower
powered lasers often need 15 treatments or more to start seeing
progress,” Harris said.
His clientele for the K-laser are those who have undergone knee or
shoulder surgery, either recently or several months ago.
“Also, those with sports injuries have greatly benefitted from the
treatment,” he said.
Harris treats many athletes for injuries, as they want to return to
their activity as soon as possible.
“Really, sports injuries and chronic joint pain are similar. In both
cases, abnormal wear is usually the culprit, and K-laser therapy is an
appropriate treatment in both circumstances,” he said.
“Most types of soft tissue pain issues get significant relief with
K-laser in a few short visits. These usually last less than 10 minutes
for one area and the treatment is actually relaxing. Often patients will
feel the effects right after the initial treatment.”
Harris is the owner of Mabank Chiropractic, PA located between Groom’s
Ace Hardware and Brookshire’s Grocery on South Third Street.
Office hours are 2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
He is in the same office as local chiropractor Dr. Jeff Gaddis and is a
1996 honors graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, in active
practice since 1996.
For more information or to make an appointment for this new and
effective form of pain relief, call (903) 887-6882.
Mabank FFA members place at
Fort Worth show
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Mabank FFA students recently participated at the Fort Worth
Mallory Norman and Valerie Manning received first place with their Maine
Anjou Cow-Calf Pair. The duo also were named Grand Champion in the
Senior Heifer Division.
Taylor Rademacher also was named first in class and Reserve Grand
Champion Spring Heifer Champion.
Jordyn Costlow received sixth place in the Angus heifer division.
Also, Valerie Manning finished 10th in class with her Shorthorn heifer,
while Jake Costlow also finished 10th in class with his Angus heifer.
Brock Rademacher finished fifth in class with his Charolais heifer, and
Mitzi Pyle finished seventh place in class with her Limousin heifer.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
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