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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Kiwanis hear about the
Character Network program
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–A two-minute message piped over the school
intercom twice a week has a profound effect on bullying and
student self-confidence, Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis members
The Character Network founder Jim Lord and director of
operations Matt Childs met with Kiwanis members, seeking the
club’s sponsorship for their program, which provides
recorded messages for schools.
While Kiwanis International has not formally endorsed the
Character Network curriculum, the organization has urged a
grassroots development at the individual club level, Lord
told the gathering.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
The Character Network founder Jim Lord explains how a brief
recorded message can help limit bullying in sponsored
schools as he speaks with the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club
Each two-minute recording opens with “A hero is a person who
does special things to help others, while a bully is a
person who hurts others.”
The recording then offers a brief scenario, illustrating a
youngster making a decision to be a hero through alternative
behavior, and hinting at the downside of being a bully.
A second set of recordings talks about a widely admired
person – the selection Lord played to club members was about
Tom Landry – relating Landry’s childhood and how he grew up
to become a hero to others, through his passion for life and
helping young people reach their potential.
Lord said he got the idea of developing hero/bully
recordings when his son became the target of bullying in the
The recordings offer scenarios involving physical bullying,
teasing, ostracizing and cyberbullying, which is growing
“Usually, only physical bullying tends to get a lot of
notice,” Lord said. “Both the bully and the target suffer
from the same thing – personal insecurities.”
Currently, there are about 130 messages of each series
already recorded, more than enough for a school to
alternately play one selection from each set throughout the
school year without repeats, Lord said.
Teacher and administrator surveys have revealed every school
official contacted found the Character Network curriculum
“effective” or “highly effective” in reducing discipline
referrals, Lord said.
Two area schools currently subscribing to the curriculum are
Lakeview Elementary in Gun Barrel City and the Eustace
Intermediate School, Lord noted.
Shorter (one-minute) recordings are offered for students at
the junior high and high school level, and are usually
broadcast three days a week, he added.
Childs said he and Lord, headquartered in Jacksonville, have
visited about a dozen Kiwanis clubs in the East Texas area,
and described club sponsorship as a three-step process.
Step 1 is deciding on the number of schools to be sponsored.
A single school is $540, while two or more schools are $360
each, Childs said.
“What you’re doing is buying a contract for a broadcast,” he
explained. “We would be signing you up for the 2011-12
school year, and we’d give you the rest of this year for
Step 2 is getting in touch with the schools and getting a
written commitment that they will use the program and allow
sponsorship tags (“sponsored by the Kiwanis club,” for
Step 3 is actual delivery of the recordings to the
“This opens doors for other clubs,” Childs said. “It’s great
for Key Club (the high school Kiwanis club) members to
mentor younger students.”
“The big appeal of the program is that it’s so simple to
use,” Lord said. “Teachers just push a button twice a week.”
In practice, the hero/bully recording is usually broadcast
right after the required moment of silence during each day’s
announcements, he said.
Children pick up on the hero/bully message right away,
“They really get it,” he said. “I don’t know how to describe
it – you have to go see it.”
Kiwanis members briefly discussed the possibility of
subscribing to the Character Network, agreeing to talk about
the program further.
For more on the Character Network, check the website
www.thecharacternetwork.com, or call toll-free (800)
community-minded Ford dealers honored
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–While residents of Cedar Creek Lake were contending
with snow, ice and freezing temperatures, Tri-County Ford
owner Andrea Pickens spent six days in balmy San Francisco.
Pickens was one of 75 Ford dealers worldwide being honored
for their community service.
Ford Motor Company’s annual “Salute to Dealers,” was held
Feb. 4, at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Pickens
and her daughter, Andi Harrell, enjoyed San Francisco Feb.
This year, about 3,000 U.S. dealerships and another 2,000 in
Europe, Australia and Canada submitted candidates for
consideration of which only 75 would be selected, Pickens
“Only the nominees and their guests attended,” Pickens said.
“They (Ford Motor) don’t automatically accept the
nominations. They do some very careful checking before the
75 are chosen,” she explained.
Pickens was chosen for her leadership and involvement in
Make-A-Difference Day, Rotary Clothes for Kids, serving on
the Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman board and the newly
formed Mabank ISD Education Foundation.
Six dealers, four from the U.S. (two from Wisconsin, one
from Kentucky and one from Alabama) and two from Europe
(Bulgaria and Germany), were named as honoree finalists.
“The stories of the honorees and their contributions were
the highlight of the evening. They truly exemplified giving
back to the community with their many projects,” Pickens
“I was very humbled. The contributions they performed were
amazing, and I was extremely honored to be a part of it,”
The keynote speaker for the event was former U.S. Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice.
“She spoke on the budget and the cuts the schools will be
having to make,” Pickens said.
Pickens met dealers from all over the world and executives
from Ford Motor Company, including Edsel B. Ford II, who
serves on the board of directors.
While the lake area was in a refrigerator mode climate-wise,
San Francisco was lapping up unseasonably warm weather, she
“We watched the Super Bowl with a group of dealers from
Australia,” she said.
“It was interesting listening to their comments concerning
the differences in football and their game of rugby,”
Following the indoor fun, she and Andi became tourists in
the most traditional sense.
“We walked down Lombard Street – the city by the sea’s most
crooked road,” Pickens said.
“We rode the cable cars and toured the city on the ‘hop on,
hop off’ bus,” she said.
They enjoyed riding in the top of a double-decker bus in an
exciting trip across the Golden Gate Bridge, Pickens
“It was great. We had a very good time,” she said.
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.
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