Shelter needs volunteers
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake needs volunteers to take
dogs and cats to KCAAP Spay Neuter Clinic in Crandall. Pickup
animals up at the shelter at 8:30 a.m. Monday mornings and check
them in, then return at 3 p.m. to pick them up and return to the
shelter. To volunteer call Krista at (903) 432-3422 or e-mail
TVCC spring concert
The Trinity Valley Community College Music Department is
presenting its first spring concert, “We Sing of Praise,” at 3
p.m. Sunday (today), at Dogwood Baptist Church, 6467 FM 2494,
three miles west of the college, in Athens. The college’s
Cardinal Singers and Chamber Singers will present a variety of
songs in the free concert.
For information call (903) 675-6327.
GBC First Assembly
The First Assembly of God Church, Gun Barrel City, welcomes new
pastor and his family. Pastor Tim Howard of Eustace begins his
ministry in the 10:30 a.m. Sunday (today) service. The church is
located at 721 W. Main St.
Kemp First Assembly
The First Assembly of God Church in Kemp is celebrating its
homecoming service at 11 a.m. Sunday (today) and at 2 p.m. with
a dinner served between the two services. The event will also be
the 23rd anniversary for Pastor and Sister Smeal at the church.
A guest speaker and singer from Houston will be featured. The
church is located on Business 175, next to the Kemp fire
Try ‘pocket gardening’
Kaufman County Master Gardener, Bonnie Hoover will present a
free program on how to make a simple pocket garden at 9 a.m.
March 5, just before the association’s monthly meeting at the
Kaufman Fire Department, 301 S. Madison St. Refreshments
CC Model A Club
The Cedar Creek Model A Club meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6
(first Tuesday of the month), at the Dairy Queen in Seven
Points. Visitors are always welcome and you do not have to own a
Model A to join.
Eustace hosts MADD
The Eustace VFD will present a victims impact presentation by
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5,
at the fire station. The department invites members of the
community to help them fill the station to standing room only.
CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake executive board meeting is
at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake,
Fragile Hearts group
The Fragile Hearts Grief Support Group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday,
March 6, at the home of Eric and Sonya Ward, 215 N. Coleman
Street, Mabank (met formerly at Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home).
Dinner is provided. For information or directions call Sonya at
(903) 386-0443 or Beth Landrum at (903) 880-4975.
PSUMC fellowship night
The Payne Springs United Methodist Church is hosting a
performance by the Mabank Panther Edition at 7 p.m. Wednesday,
March 7, following the 6:30 p.m. covered dish dinner. The church
is located at 9667 SH 198, across from the Payne Springs VFD.
For information, call (903) 451-3131 or (903) 451-2978.
HC Republican Women
The Henderson County Republican Women meet at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 7, at The Library at Cedar Creek Lake, Seven
Points. Precinct 1 county commissioner candidates will speak.
Women 18 and older are urged to attend. Spouses welcome.
VZ Senior Citizens
The Van Zandt Senior Citizens Club monthly dance is set for 7
p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Henderson County Senior Center in
Athens. Joe Walenta and the Ranch Hands will provide the music.
Junior Livestock benefit
The Kaufman County Junior Livestock Show board is hosting a
barbecue cook off with all proceeds benefitting the KC Junior
Livestock Show scholarship fund. The event is set for Saturday,
March 10, at the county fairgrounds on South 34, Kaufman. Judges
needed. E-mail Jackie Robertson at
or call Bill Thornton at (972) 452-3290 or (214) 729-4522.
HSCCL Art Auction
The third annual Art Auction benefitting the Humane Society of
Cedar Creek Lake is set for 2 to 7 p.m. for a silent auction and
6:30 p.m. live auction, Saturday, March 10, at the Library at
Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Drinks and appetizers plus $1
million fuzzy bucks included with ticket. For information call
Krista at (903) 432-3422 or Sue at (903) 887-2234.
All day walk-in tax day
Free tax help! First come, first served. An all-Day Walk-in Tax
day is set for Monday, March 12, at Tri-County Library, Mabank.
Bring all your information. For other times, call the library at
(903) 887-9622, and someone will call you back to make an
Orders for Low Cost Food Ministries are being taken from 9 a.m.
to noon, Monday through Thursday, March 12-15. For information
call James at (903) 603-5309.
CCL Literary Club
The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meets, beginning with
refreshments at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, at The Library at
Cedar Creek Lake. Lee Gary will present the program, “Three
AL dinner benefits
The American Legion Post 310 Auxiliary is hosting a salad dinner
from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, and a corned beef and cabbage
dinner with all the fixings, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17
(Saint Patrick’s Day). Proceeds from both meals benefit the
youth activities in the lake Community.
Rosser VFD chili supper
The Rosser Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual chili
and stew supper with doors opening at 5 p.m. and the auction
starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the station in
VFW homeless vet benefit
A benefit for the local VFW Post 4376 and the homeless veterans
home being built near the Dallas VA hospital, will feature the
Stephen Pride Show on Saint Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17 at
the VFW Post 4376, Seven Points.
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State heads for May 29
Candidate signup extended to March 9
Monitor Staff Reports
AUSTIN–Federal judges in San Antonio unveiled interim maps for
the state’s congressional delegation and for the state
Legislature last Tuesday in time for a unified primary election
The justices also released agreed upon maps for the Senate
districts formed in early February.
The court asked political parties to detail the election law
waivers they would need in order to hold their primaries then.
Here are the new dates:
• Filing for all offices were to reopen Friday, March 2, and
will close Friday, March 9.
• Early voting will begin May 14.
• Any runoff election would be set for July 31.
The new maps split the four new congressional seats as two
Republican and two Democratic.
Attorney General Greg Abbott said these maps are much closer to
those originally approved by the Texas Legislature last year. “I
consider these interim maps to be a substantial improvement over
the maps previously issued by the San Antonio court,” he stated
in a press release Wednesday. “The court properly rejected
demands by some plaintiffs to draw drastic and over-reaching
Gov. Rick Perry added, “While we believe the original maps drawn
by the Texas Legislature were fair and legal, I am pleased we
finally have maps that enable us to proceed with our elections.”
The state objected to the court’s first maps because the judges
started their drawings from the current political maps instead
of starting with the maps approved by the Legislature last year.
The U.S. Supreme Court kicked those back, telling the Texas
judges to start from the Legislature-approved maps, correcting
for violations of the federal Voting Rights Act, based on the
strength of legal challenges presented.
According to political analyst Robert Miller, the Republicans
will be favored to have 25 seats in the Congressional delegation
after the 2012 elections, and the Democrats 11.
Potholes follow rains, city tries to keep
The story of a country road
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
PAYNE SPRINGS–Payne Springs council members were all handed a
list of complaints regarding potholes and road repairs needing
to be made at the last council meeting, Feb. 21.
The city secretary had been told to document the calls and
complaints that come in regarding roads as a check against the
work currently being done by the city to fill potholes and make
With recent rains washing over some of the roads due to
inadequate drainage, the secretary handed in a list of 17
“Nothing gets done,” Del Mar resident Craig Thurmon told The
Monitor following the meeting.
“I dare one of these policemen to give me a ticket for weaving
along Leisureland Road to miss the potholes,” he taunted.
Council action on roads taken Feb. 21 included approving the
purchase of a four-foot attachment for a leased backhoe to
assist in the clearing of ditches alongside city- maintained
roadways. Currently, the city is using an 18-inch wide bucket
for the same purpose.
Councilman Chris Reed reported finding one that would serve the
city’s need for around $900, including shipping, via the
“It’s something we need real bad to clean out the ditches,
councilman Michael Juica agreed.
The next morning, The Monitor, along with the city secretary,
toured the trouble spots identified by city residents via the
list to see first hand, what Payne Spring residents are driving
The city is responsible for maintaining 27 miles of roads in the
city limits. These are interspersed with sections of roadway
maintained by Henderson County Precinct 2 Commission Wade
In May 2011, voters renewed a quarter of 1 percent from the
collectible sales tax in the city to be dedicated to road
maintenance. However, it was approved by only the barest of
margins – 13 approved the dedicated funding, while 12 opposed
Sales tax collected in Payne Springs still remains at the lowest
rate of any city around the lake, at 8 percent.
Leisureland Road serves residents of Three Harbors, Condo’s Del
Mar, Leisureland and Golden Oaks, with the city responsible for
the section from State Highway 198 to Cawthorn Road and the
county from Cawthorn Road on.
The Monitor found no major potholes on the city section of the
roadway. City secretary Karen Juica pointed out a patched repair
the city had completed two months before. “And it’s rained at
least twice since then and the patch has held,” she said.
Also she showed The Monitor where a giant double culvert had
been put in by the county at the city’s request to carry water
away from Leisure Land Estates, through Del Mar and into Cedar
“There’s still the last culvert (in Del Mar) that needs to be
enlarged,” she said. “But water flowing from there to the lake
doesn’t cross into anyone’s property and seldom spills over any
Right at the entrance to Del Mar was evidence of older repairs
and need for newer ones to be made.
“We worked in Del Mar last year and have other roadways in worse
shape that need work before we return here,” she explained.
On Magellan Street, she pointed out a new culvert that had
recently been installed on the left side of the street. No
culverts were used on the lakeside because water drains into the
She pointed out her own house, where she had laid out 4-by-4
wooden beams to run water away from the front door and down the
driveway and to the lake.
A few minor potholes were noted in Del Mar, where the speed
limit is only 20 mph.
Homeowners could help preserve their roads by clearing debris
and leaves out of the culverts in front of their properties,
Doubling back to Cawthorn, which the county maintains, and down
to Dyer Circle a major school bus route through the neighborhood
of Oakwood Shores, we say where Dyer Circle joins Oakwood
Shores. Some major potholes were seen at the stop sign, along
with signs of earlier repairs needing to be redone, due to water
seeping into the pavement and loosening the patch away from the
Some of the roads didn’t appear to have a base to it any longer
and are in continuous need of patching.
“All these roads could be fixed properly with a road crew and
$500,000,” Karen Juica said.
The city is patching with a flex base, a concrete and gravel
combination that is used to fill holes and hardens before a cold
mix of asphalt blacktop is smoothed over the top, followed by a
seal coat to keep water out. “It’s a process that requires time
and good weather to complete,” she said.
The city is doing these repairs with volunteers, mainly on
weekends and some late afternoons and during business house
using contract labor.
At the Feb. 21 meeting it was pointed out that the amount of
money spent on contract labor was up due to the recent good
weather, which allowed for more work to be done on road
So far, these roads looked like simple fixes, but even easier
preventative measures could be taken to preserve the roads.
Currently, an engineer working on a drainage project in
Southwood Shores is assisting the city in analyzing some of the
city’s roads and suggesting minimum culvert sizes needed in each
Councilman Michael Juica has twice tabled the discussion on
formulating an ordinance to standardize culvert sizes, until the
engineer’s analysis can be completed and an ordinance can be
worded for council consideration.
Keeping water from pooling on roadways through cleared drainage
channels and adequate culvert sizes is the best way to preserve
roadways and save money, Michael Juica told The Monitor.
The city’s current budget sets aside $30,000 for roads, plus the
addition of $15,500 of voter mandated funds for repairs,
totaling $45,500. Last year, the council adjusted the budget to
add $18,000 more to the purchase of road repair material.
In addition, the city sets aside $10,000 to pay for contract
labor to work during the week as weather conditions allow on
Either a councilman or a police officer checks on their progress
daily, The Monitor learned.
Over the past year, the city has also been acquiring its own
road repair equipment. After hiring a paving contractor to
rebuild the intersection of county roads 2507 and 2529 and a
stretch of 2529 for $12,000 in the summer of 2010 and have it
return to the same rotten condition less than two years the
council decided to do repairs themselves. It has acquired a
self-propelled asphalt roller (4,500), a hand-held vibrating
slate packer ($1,200), a seal coat machine ($1,800), a chip seal
spreader (cheap) and the use of a dump truck and backhoe.
The city also works with the county through interlocal
agreements limited to $3,000 each to repair roadway, depending
on priorities and weather conditions.
“There is a lot of road repair work needed in the city, and it
is being worked on,” councilman Michael Juica said. “But short
of collecting a hefty city property tax, the city is doing all
it can do to make repairs.”