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
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 every Tuesday
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 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
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
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the OranWhite 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.
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confidence is growing
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Members of the Henderson County Women’s Council of
Realtors heard the Mabank Economic Development Corporation
director say he is cautiously optimistic about the area’s
During the council’s monthly breakfast meeting Wednesday,
Scott Confer said previously he would have been happy to
entertain a single business prospect, but he is now
Also, during the past 10 months, Mabank’s gross sales tax
collections have seen a 3 percent to 12 percent increase,
“That’s significant, given that for three to four years
previously, the figures were flat,” he pointed out.
The country’s economic recovery is evident in the build-up
of orders of manufactured goods, stock market activity and
growth of private investment sources for new business,
As soon as the banking and appraisal industries fully adjust
to new rules and regulations, Confer foresees more capital
being made available for business and real estate loans.
Confer said he, like real estate agents, has seen the
distressingly large inventory of commercial property and
empty store fronts on main thoroughfares in the area.
“Businesses formerly on those properties were operating
close to the edge to begin with. They are now out of
business,” he told the council.
“Those with wider margins were brought to the edge (through
the recent economic challenges),” he added.
Like so much in life, business is also about attitude, he
said. “More business owners are beginning to feel ‘maybe,
now’s the time to get going again,’” he said.
In other business, WCR officers:
• installed two of its newest members – Lou Anne Whitley of
L&W Whitley and Courtney Dickens with Johnson Monroe Realty.
Membership chair Sue Stalcup noted other new members added
to the chapter this month also included Tim Sutton/Century
21 Excite, Liz Loncar/S Realty, Donna Sadler/Johnson Monroe
and past-president Sue Richardson, rejoining. New affiliate
member Scott Damuth of East Texas Title was in attendance.
• heard a presentation from sponsoring affiliate Moore
Insurance Agency, given by agent Sherry Bendall. She
introduced members to an incentive referral program that
represents a win-win for both Realtors and new homeowners.
• heard Hoss Pratt, well-known as the “prospecting king,”
will be the guest speaker at the March 16 breakfast meeting.
• heard a recent fund-raising dinner in Austin raised
$16,000 for the Texas Realty PAC fund.
Fire destroys home at
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
TOLOSA–Last Sunday afternoon (Feb. 13), the Kemp Fire
Department responded to a grass fire call at the property of
Cody Shelton at 19824 State Highway 274.
Cody and his wife were in the house at the time and were
unaware of it until his father, Cotton, called him about it.
The father and son are best known in the area for their
Timberline Hatchery operations at the back of the property.
(The hatchery, here since the 1980s, used to host school
tours, and according to semi-annual state inspections of the
operations, the Sheltons own the largest sole propriety
hatchery in Texas, Cotton said.
“I can hatch 1,250 chicks at a time,” he added.)
Kaufman fire marshal Larry Ewing said the cause of the grass
fire was undetermined Thursday.
However, it appears that it started towards the back, in
front of one of the many small barns of fowl – this one
where the turkeys live – and progressed downwind and
surrounded the house. Only one out building closest to the
residence was threatened by the heat, blowing out the glass
door and melting some vinyl siding.
Whether it began due to a stray cigarette ash, warm lawn
mower or by some other means may never be known for certain.
Cotton said there were no leaves, as these are kept raked
and removed as part of the hatchery’s operations.
The investigation is now in the hands of the insurance
carrier, Ewing said.
Cotton told The Monitor he was at the Yellow Rose having
lunch when a neighbor called him by cell phone to tell him
about the grass fire. He called his son.
“We didn’t know until the call that there was a fire all
around us,” Cody’s wife said.
Kemp firefighters put out the fire. However, hours later,
when the couple were out eating dinner at the Western Cafe
in Kemp, flames were seen and called in by neighbors.
Apparently, embers from the afternoon fire may have worked
their way under the vinyl siding and smoldered toward the
roof, Cotton speculated.
Besides losing all their personal furnishings and effects, a
1929 classic Chevy four-door sedan in mint condition was
also destroyed along with its paperwork.
The car had been seen in a variety of parades in Mabank and
Gun Barrel City since the couple acquired it about 18 months
ago and also played a part in several weddings.
VOICE speaks to Kiwanis
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–A program that started out as an anti-drug
effort aimed primarily at black students in Corsicana has
expanded to a multi-racial program helping a cross-section
of students in four Cedar Creek Lake area school districts.
The program, VOICE, started in 1989 in Corsicana, but now
sponsors student activities for pre-K to seniors,
marketing/development director Gina Dieterichs told Cedar
Creek Lake Kiwanis members at Wednesday’s weekly luncheon.
“Three years ago, our contract was extended, and we extended
into the Eustace, Tool, Malakoff and Trinidad school
districts,” Dieterichs said. “Last year, our contract was
extended again, and we now have two locations serving eight
The Corsicana office (she is from Kerens) primarily focuses
on schools in Henderson, Navarro and Freestone counties, she
Some of the programs offered through VOICE include “Too Good
for Drugs” for K-12 students, a Kids Connection (a 10-week
school curriculum aimed at elementary students), Project
Towards No Drug Abuse (for high school students) and
alcohol, tobacco and drug presentations with age-appropriate
related activities for pre-K through 12th grade.
One program that has been remarkably successful is “Spring
Training,” a fitness day camp for elementary students
conducted during the school’s spring break, Dieterichs said.
There is funding available for the program, but the problem
has been locating an appropriate site, she explained.
“Our staff members go into the schools, so they need
something to do (during spring break), as well,” Dieterichs
VOICE also sponsors CAP (college achievement program), which
helps students and parents prepare for college, learning how
to apply for financial aid or scholarships and explaining
the registration timelines colleges use.
For more information on VOICE, check the website
In club business, Kiwanis members:
• agreed to participate with Mabank school students to
collect items (such as personal hygiene items) to be packed
into “care packages” for former Mabank students serving in
the U.S. armed forces overseas.
The drive is being conducted as a “Rachel’s Challenge”
activity, and involves students at every grade level,
Past president Ralph Fortner agreed to chair the club’s
• briefly discussed plans for the club’s traditional
“Pancake Day” fund-raiser, set for 6-11 a.m. Thursday, March
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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.
information visit our website at petfinder.com