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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 attend.
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 the second and fourth Tuesday of each month 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 Tool.
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 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 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 attend.
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.

  Sewer upgrade gets green light
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Mabank City Council members authorized the city’s engineering firm to begin the bid process for improvements to the sewer plant March 2.
KSA Engineering informed the council that the plans have gained state approval and that the grant from the state is also ready.
The council expects to open bids in June.
Mabank Volunteer Fire Department training officer and former Henderson County fire marshal John Holcomb introduced several firefighters who had completed new training levels.
The council expressed their appreciation for the efforts and training these volunteers take on to serve their community and the surrounding area.
“I still don’t think we give enough recognition to firefighters and city workers,” councilman Tim Johnson said.
He described the quick response recently of firefighters to a heart-attack victim he witnessed.
“You just don’t know how much it means when you or someone you know needs their help,” he said.
In other business, council members:
• called an election for May 8 to elect three council members. Seats now held by Shannon Steakley, Dennis Terry and Tim Johnson are up for re-election.
• approved an interlocal agreement with Kaufman County for road maintenance
• approved the resale of property located at 212 Jurassic Circle in North Park per a bid proposed to the Kaufman County Tax Office for $6,059.56.

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Mabank Volunteer Fire Department training officer John Holcomb (left) and fire

chief Ricky Myrick (right) present firefighters Johnny Adams, Daemon Milton,
Michael Rowan, Donald Gordan and John Sullivan with certificates for completing
training programs.

Mabank ISD taxpayers wait until last day to pay taxes
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Tax collections for the Mabank Independent School District looked a little different this year than in years past.
The Jan. 31 deadline to pay property taxes fell on a Sunday, and folks paying their taxes took advantage of that by paying 2009 taxes Feb. 1, which still allowed them to avoid the penalty for paying late, MISD school board members heard Feb. 22.
“The 68 percent collection for January was low, but the amount deposited for the first week in February was the largest ever,” assistant superintendent of business Scott Adams said.
In other business, trustees:
• called the annual trustee election for Saturday, May 8, and established early voting times and voter locations.
Trustees up for re-election are Tyson Johnson (Place 3), Gary Sapp (Place 2) and Darrell Kinnard (Place 1).
• approved dance/drill constitution amendments as presented.
• approved the 2010-11 high school course guide as presented.
Trustee Darrell Kinnard voiced concerns that Mabank High School students might not be getting the higher math needed for pre-med and other types of career fields.
Students in junior high need to start taking Algebra 1 in order to take calculus in high school, he said.
Curriculum director Dena Mojica explained steps are being taken to encourage the junior high students to be aware of the need for higher math courses.
Also, high school students are able to take college classes in while still in high school, she pointed out.
• approved the textbook certification proclamation as presented.
• ratified the County Extension Agent letter.
The action was needed in order for students participating in FFA events to not be counted absent while out of class attending such events.
“TEA (Texas Education Agency) wants it (the letter) to be board approved,” Adams said.
• approved an amendment to Mabank ISD Policy DEA (local), which refers to paperwork on a teacher’s previous employment records.
Currently, MISD gives employees four months to get previous records transferred, but the state asks districts to give them unlimited time to procure their records from former employers.
• named Smith, Lambright and Associates, P.C. as the auditors for the school year ending Aug. 31.
• approved a TEA waiver application for low attendance day. The action pertains to a related H1N1 influenza low attendance day.
• approved the dual-credit (high school and college) course stipend for teachers, based on the total number of students enrolled in the course.
• heard Good Friday, April 2, will be a bad weather make-up day.
Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall explained the day, which normally would be a student holiday, was set aside as a bad weather day when the calendar was being discussed last year.
• heard the annual area chamber of commerce banquet is set for Monday, March 15, at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
• approved contract renewals and/or extensions for assistant superintendents, directors, principals and assistant principals as presented.
• authorized six elementary personnel slots, to be filled as needed.

Weather creates tons of road repairs
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Whether they belong to cities, the county or the state, roads and highways are deteriorating fast after a cold and wet winter.
Kaufman County Commissioners discussed how bad the weather has affected roads in their precincts at their Feb. 22 meeting, and all commented on how far behind their repairs were.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Deller asked to hire two people for road crew help.
“I have $10,000 in my budget for part-time help. We are so far behind, I need to have another man helping with patching,” he said.
Other commissioners agreed, saying they probably soon will be considering the same action.
Not only are the county-maintained roads in trouble, but commissioners discussed state-maintenance problems, saying Farm-to-Market 148 and others are in desperate shape.
“And their (the state’s) budget is about like ours, from what I hear,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Ray Clark said.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved an interlocal agreement with the North Central Trauma Regional Advisory Council to install teleconferencing equipment in the Emergency Management office.
“The sheriff’s department will have access to the equipment, which will be in my office,” director Kathy Morris said.
• renewed membership with the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas and paid $1,200 in dues.
• accepted reports from the auditor and tax assessor-collector for January.
The month of January showed a 77 percent collection rate, which Dick Murphy said is “not too good.”
He pointed out the amount of taxes collected Feb. 1, as citizens rushed to beat the deadline, was considerably better.
• proclaimed the week of Feb. 21-27 as “Severe Weather Awareness Week” in the county.
• proclaimed the week of March 14-20 as “Poison Prevention Week” in the county.
• paid bills totaling $477,830.04.

 


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The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also email them at dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

We 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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