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UMC fellowship
The Payne Springs United Fellowship night opens at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, beginning with a covered dish supper, followed by the program at 7 p.m. Mike McConathy and his guitar will be featured. The public is invited. Church is located on SH 198, across from the fire department. For info, call (903) 451-3131.

Country Music Poynor
Country music presentation opens with a meal at 6 p.m. and music from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Poynor Civic Center. For information call (903) 360-0766 or (903) 876-5448.

Grief counseling meeting
Restoration House Ministry is hosting grief counseling meetings at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 17 and 24 (first, third and fourth Thursdays of each month). All in need of healing are welcome, as grief comes in many forms – death, divorce, separation or a major change. For information call Pastor Barker at (903) 887-4881, or the Rev. Kathey Floyd at (903) 880-9692.

Sweetheart Playday
The Rope, Catch & Ride for Christ Cowboy Church arena team is hosting its Playday Series, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday March 5, with a rain date of March 12. Five events offered – must make two out of three. Negative Coggins required. Age groups – lead line 12 and under, 13-18, and 19 and over. Concession stand open. North on SH 198, right on CR 2807. Cowboy Church looks like a red barn on the right. For information call (903) 880-2695.

Methodist OWLS study
Mabank First United Methodist Church OWLS (Older, Wiser, Loving Seniors) are sponsoring “From Age-ing to Sage-ing,” a study by Zalman Schichter-Shalome and Ronald S. Miller, taught by the Rev. Eston Williams, pastor of Aley UMC. Sessions remaining are planned for 7 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 28, March 7 and 14, at Mabank FUMC. Free except for study book.

CC Civic League
The Cedar Creek Civic League meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at Tri-County Library, Mabank. Program is by Stephen Gent of McDades Nursery. Guests are welcome. For information call (903) 451-3229.

CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake executive board meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points.

Tamarack Ladies
The Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, at TLC Hall. A potluck luncheon will follow the meeting. All ladies residing in Tamarack are invited. For information call Linda at (903) 887-8984.

GBC Beautification
The Gun Barrel Beautification Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Brawner Hall. All interested POA groups are invited to enjoy Carol Morton of Keep Athens Beautiful present a PowerPoint program. For information call GBC city hall (903) 887-887-1087.

Composting classes
Environmental Co-op hosts Master Composting Classes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays (basics) March 3, (organic gardening) March 10, at 100 E. Aimiee Street, Forney, and (building a compost pile) from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 12, at 200 E. Main Street, Forney. For information call the Co-op office at (972) 525-0007, or e-mail ecoprograms@trashbusters.org to reserve your spot.

CCL Garden Club
The Cedar Creek Lake Garden Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the community room at Tomlinson’s Funeral Home. Donna Malik will present “Let’s Visit Butchart Garden,” describing the 55 acres of floral displays. Remember to bring items for the March Madness White Elephant Sale and hygiene items planned for the February meeting, canceled due to snow.

TVCC concert
The Trinity Valley Community College Music Department will present a concert titled “We Sing of America – Our Heritage of Freedom,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Dogwood Church in Athens. The event features a variety of patriotic songs performed by the Cardinal Singers and Cardinal Brass Ensemble. The church is located at 6467 FM 2494, three miles west of the college in Athens. For information call (903) 675-6327.

Basic Internet class
Navigating the Internet classes, taught by A.J. Amyx, marketing director of A New Way to Market, are set for 6 p.m. Tuesdays, March 1, 8 and 15, at Tri-County Library. Class fee charged. To register or for information, call the library at (9030 887-9622.

Radiate 2011
The First Baptist Church of Malakoff is hosting “Radiate 2011,” a chance to worship free with Godly men, at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, and at 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, March 7-9. The church is located at 220 W. Mitcham, Malakoff. For information call the church at (903) 489-0228.

CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, at The Library at Cedar creek Lake, Seven Points. Charles Finsley will review Hannah’s Letters. Guests are welcome. For membership information call Ruth Pimm at (903) 778-4752.

Kemp PS fund-raiser
Kemp Primary School is hosting a silent auction during school hours. Place bids in person from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by calling the school between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Bidding will extend from 5:30 to 7 p.m. during Open House Thursday, March 10. Proceeds will be used to purchase “SMART Boards,” a computer-based learning tool.

AARP Driver Safety
A one-day AARP Driver safety Course is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway, Seven Points. Designed for drivers age 50 and over, but open to anyone. Drivers may qualify for reductions in auto insurance. For information, call Jean Dirks at (903) 887-3836 or the library at (903) 432-4185.

‘Unleashed youth’ summit
The “Unleashed Youth” summit, featuring swimming, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, pizza, inflatables, worship services and guest speakers, is set for 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday/Saturday, March 11-12, at the Cain Center in Athens. A fee to cover the Cain Center cost will be charged. For information, call (903) 887-5429 or visit facebook.com/retroyouth. Sponsored by Retro Youth, a division of Christian Life Center.

KofC fish fry
The Knights of Columbus Mary Queen of Heaven Council 12253, Malakoff, is hosting an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 11. Meal includes catfish, French fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, drinks and home-baked goods. Take SH 198 to Star Harbor Road (CR 3062) in Malakoff. Follow Catholic Church sign to CR 1703.

BBQ judges sought
The annual Kaufman County Junior Livestock Show Barbecue Cook Off Scholarship fund-raiser needs judges at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, to help judge beans, chicken, ribs and brisket. Call Bill Thornton at (972) 452-3290 or (214) 729-4522.

PS Fire Rescue benefit
The annual all-you-can-eat fish fry benefitting the Payne Springs Fire Rescue is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9. A 2007 Harley Davidson FX/ST is a part of the fundraiser. View pictures at www.psfirerescue.com. For information, call the fire station at (903) 451-4511 and leave a message.

Free tax help
Free tax help is available at Tri-County Library, Mabank, with Peggy Rogers, VITA. Rogers worked for the IRS for many years and keeps up with current changes. Call the library at (903) 887-9622, leaving name, local phone number (calls from cells with long distance numbers will not be returned), and the best time for her to return your call to set up an appointment.

AARP free tax help
AARP free tax services will be available from 8 a.m. to noon through Wednesday, April 13, at the following locations – Fridays at the Henderson County Senior Center, Athens, Mondays at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven Points, and Wednesdays at the Senior Citizens Center, Malakoff. For information call (903) 778-2423.

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State OKs Mabank water meter transfer
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality favors sale of 800 meters to East Cedar Creek water utility
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Mabank’s application to transfer part of its water service territory to the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District was unanimously approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) commissioners Wednesday.
The vote marks the beginning of the end of what has been a two-year dispute between Mabank and Gun Barrel City over the transfer of about 800 water meters from Mabank’s water system to the ECC system.
Gun Barrel City leaders would like to open a city water department, but to date have no contract with any water provider to do so.
The city has taken action to block the transfer on each occasion, and it is rumored the city will continue in its course of action.
The TCEQ chairman (identified as Mr. Shaw) commented that there was “no question that this application met the requirements of the (Water) Code.”
Nonetheless, commissioners asked a number of questions pertaining to the ECCFWSD’s service capacities, improvement plans and finances. All questions were answered to their satisfaction and entered into the record before the vote.
Gun Barrel City has another 20 days or so to register any motion to rehear the case, which basically asks commissioners to reverse themselves. This is very rarely done, except to correct an obvious error in the written order.
TCEQ has 45 days from the time the order is signed to act on any motion to rehear. If their decision is not reversed, Gun Barrel City has 30 days to appeal the decision in the Travis County District Court.
According to legal counsel for ECCFWSD, there is no admissible evidence in the record to support a reversal at the district court level, and the court likely will affirm the TCEQ’s action.
ECC general manager Bill Goheen told The Monitor that the sooner the matter is clear of protest, the sooner Gun Barrel City residents can reap the benefits of lowered water bills.
Currently, Mabank charges GBC residents a $29 monthly minimum and $3.70 per 1,000 gallons up to 10,000. The ECC charges $17.26 minimum and $3.25 per 1,000. Both have rising rates, based on monthly usage minimums above 10,001 gallons and 20,001 gallons.
“I would hope city leaders would accept the fact the best water and sewer service for the citizens of Gun Barrel City is ECCFWSD,” Goheen said.
“The additional customer base will increase the synergy of the district and the subdivisions acquired under the transfer will benefit through lower monthly minimums and water rates,” he explained.
“We look forward to working with city leaders for the area’s economic growth. I have invited council members as well as the mayor to review our plans, but have received no interest on their part,” he added. “We still would like to create an open dialog with the city. Without this neither party will be able to plan for the future.”
As far as water treatment capacity is concerned, the district will very soon have all the older filters and clarifiers on line and fully refurbished to serve the additional customers.
As far as raw water capacity, the district has an unlimited withdrawal agreement with Tarrant Regional Water District (which owns Cedar Creek Lake), plus an additional 600 acre-feet recently acquired through a 50-year agreement with the City of Trinidad.
“As the surrounding communities and Henderson County grow within the district boundaries, the district is prepared to meet the demands, with a long-range plan to take the district into the year 2017 and beyond,” Goheen said.
Gun Barrel City manager Gerry Boren was not available for comment by presstime Thursday.
 

 

Seven Points police officer put on leave
Hush-hush external investigation involves Lt. Mike Tayem
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–Seven Points Department of Public Safety Lt. Michael Tayem is now on administrative leave.
“Up until yesterday, he was on restrictive duty, but as of today, he is currently on administrative leave,” Police Chief Curt Koger said Thursday.
The reasons for a pending investigation involving Tayem have not been released.
Koger said he placed Tayem on administrative leave until there is a final outcome of the pending external investigation, he explained.
Basically, administrative leave means the officer is not able to function as a police officer. He must turn in his badge and ID card.
Tayem is prohibited from coming to work until the conclusion of the investigation.
He is on leave with pay, Koger said.
Several agencies are involved in the investigation, but Koger said he was not sure of the reasons.
“This investigation is in its early stages and I don’t want to speak for other agencies,” Koger explained.
“They are not telling me who is doing what,” he said. “At this point I have no reason to believe other officers are involved in the investigation.”
Seven Points mayor Joe Dobbs said he is also in the dark on the matter.
“I don’t know enough to even comment on it. That’s why I have a police chief and legal counsel, so they can make the best decision necessary,” Dobbs said.
“But like with anything that happens, we don’t need to rush to judgement,” Dobbs said.
A call to Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee’s office on the status and reasons for the investigation had not been returned by presstime Thursday.

Tri-county population tops 230K
2010 Census figures released for Texas
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–According to 2010 Census figures for the state of Texas released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday, all counties surrounding Henderson County registered an increase in population from the 2000 Census, with Kaufman and Ellis counties growing 25 percent or more.
Henderson County registered 78,532 residents on April 1, 2010, a modest increase of about 5,000 residents.
2010 Census population figures for surrounding counties are:
Kaufman – 103,350
Ellis – 149,610
Van Zandt – 52,579
Anderson – 58,458
Navarro – 47,735
Smith - 209,714
Cherokee – 50,845
A citizens committee in Henderson County will use detailed data to redraw voting precinct lines and submit them for review to county commissioners.
Nationally, the Census figures will be used to reapportion seats in the House of Representatives among the various states, and state governments will do likewise.
Nationally, the Census Bureau counted 308,745,538 individuals residing in the U.S. without regard to citizenship status. That amounts to a 9.7 percent increase over 2000 figures, continuing a multi-decade growth trend.
Accordingly, 25,144,561 live in Texas, a 20.6 percent increase over 2000 census figures, with the state gaining four new congressional seats to total 36.
Texas’s four new seats are the biggest gain. Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington also gained, shifting 12 congressional seats, affecting 18 states, according to a published speech by U.S. Deptartment of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
California still leads with 53 House seats. Those states losing seats are Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Every 10 years, the U.S. Department of Commerce is tasked with conducting the decennial census.
Lawmakers and entrepreneurs use Census data to apportion public funding, help identify markets and to make major investment decisions. It will determine funding for things like the school lunch program and Medicare, and new highway and hospital construction aid.
Annually, the federal government has dispersed more than $400 billion to local, state and tribal governments.
Texas’ five most populous cities remain Houston, at 2,099,451; San Antonio, 1,327,407; Dallas, 1,197,816; Austin, 790,390 and Fort Worth, 741,206, a gain of 38.6 percent.
Among the most populous Texas counties, Travis County (home to Austin) grew the most, with a total of 1,024,266 for an 26.1-percent increase, followed by Dallas County with 2,368,139; Tarrant, with 1,809,034 and Bexar (San Antonio) with 1,714,773.
Those identifying themselves as Latino or Hispanic in origin totaled 37.8 percent of the Texas population, though respondents could choose more than one socio-cultural designation. The majority of respondents made “white” at least one of their choices. Those identifying themselves as black totaled 11.8 percent.
The five states with the largest populations are California, Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois, with New York the only state to consistently make the top five each decade since the Census’ beginning in 1790.
The least populous states remain Alaska and Vermont. Delaware didn’t the list in 2010, but Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota did.
Those states with the fastest growth rate in the last 10 years are Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Texas.
Locke was very proud of the fact that the 2010 Census was conducted on time and under budget. Of the $7.4 million appropriated to conduct the census, $1.87 million, or nearly 25 percent, was returned unused.
U.S. Census chief Bob Groves said the first Census in 1790 counted 3.9 million U.S. residents. By 1910, that number had grown to 92 million and then doubled by 1970. In 2000, the population of the United States totaled 281,421,906.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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