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,
call (903) 425-4702. The public is welcome
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the
third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library.
For more information, call (903) 425-7131. The public is
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6:30
p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. Call (903) 887-1087 for
more info. The public is welcome.
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 (903) 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 second and
fourth Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Kaufman County
Courthouse in Kaufman and sets a night meeting the second Monday
of the quarter at 6 p.m. Call (972) 932-0218. 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
(903) 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets at 6 p.m. the
third Monday of each month in the Board Room in the
Administration Building. For more information, please call (903)
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 (903)
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 (903) 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
(903) 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 (903) 451-9229. The public is welcome.
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 Thursday of each month. For more
information, please call (903) 432-3176. The public is invited
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 (903) 432-3522.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 6
p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information,
please call (903) 432-3704.
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Housing authority director encourages
tenants’ personal growth
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Kiwani members heard of one woman’s efforts
to make a difference in the community at the weekly meeting
at the Jalapeno Tree restaurant Feb. 22.
Guest speaker Kemp City Housing Authority director and owner
of Keepsake Photography Debra Doss explained her duties and
responsibilities in running a low-income housing complex.
“I was born in Kemp so a lot of these people I’ve known all
my life. I want them to feel safe, be able to call this home
and to get to know their neighbors,” Doss said.
“ I don’t want anyone to look back at living in low-income
housing as a bad time,” Doss added.
Doss is in charge of 58 units which provides housing for 29
children and 75 adults and 59 names are on the waiting list.
Turnover is slow as once tenants get in, they tend to stay
for a long time.
All tenants pay an income-based rent for one, two or three
bedroom apartments with a backyard, storage shed and front
Residents also have access to two large playgrounds and a
community room for birthday parties and other celebrations.
“Every year we take on new improvement projects,” Doss said.
Those projects include things like adding microwave ovens
and ceiling fans to all of the units, and new storm windows
are currently being installed.
Doss says the new storm windows will take up to three years
to install and cost upwards of $180,000.
Doss also provides advice to support the personal growth of
her tenants. She encourages many tenants, especially single
moms, to get their GED and take online college courses.
“I want all my tenants to know there are ways of getting
help if you look for it,” she said.
Doss feels it is important for children to see where their
food comes from, so she created a community garden in which
everyone can participate in planting, caring for and eating
their own fruits and vegetables.
At Christmastime, Doss calls every tenant to make sure all
the children will receive Christmas gifts.
“Last year, a tenant called me just before Christmas upset
because she did not have any money to buy her daughter
anything,” Doss said.
She phoned all of her tenants and found several other
parents in the same situation. That day, she bought three
gifts for each child so they would be able to open gifts
from Santa the next morning.
“Those gifts are not extravagant and very practical. Things
like school supplies, hoodies and shoes,” Doss said.
“One little boy asked for a roll of duct tape so we bought
him several rolls in various colors to last him for a
A few days later, the little boy presented Doss with a rose
made of black and orange duct tape.
“If I ever feel like I’m not really making a difference, I
look at that rose and know that I am,” Doss added.
The Kemp City Housing Authority is funded solely by
government HUD grants and donations from citizens.
The low-income housing facility maintains a food pantry for
dried goods and necessities such as toilet paper,
toothpaste, towels and soap. Donations are always welcome.
For more information call (903) 498-8211 or send an email to
Mental health course to be offered in
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of
Kaufman County will sponsor the “Visions for Tomorrow” free
education course March 6- April 12.
This course is specifically designed for caregivers of
children, adolescents, and young adults diagnosed with
The workshop series of six will be held each Tuesday night
from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lakes Regional Mental Health
Mental Retardation Center (MHMR).
The course will present information many mental illnesses
including brain biology, Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD),
Autism, Asperger’s Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Disorder,
Tourette’s Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizo-affective
Disorder, Depressive Disorders, and Bipolar Disorder.
Various anxiety disorders will also be discussed including
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Phobias,
Separation Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Other topics covered include Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD),
eating disorders, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Borderline
Personality Disorder, transition issues, psychiatric
rehabilitation, legislation and legal issues, psychosocial
and psychotherapy treatments, coping and self-care skills,
communication and organizational skills, problem management,
and alternative treatments.
Volunteer teachers have undergone intensive training as
The Lake Regional MHMR Center is located at 400 Airport Rd.,
Space is limited.
To register call Emma Glenn at (972) 962-3784 or Glenda Berg
at (214) 202-1183.
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.
information visit our website at