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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, 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 welcome.
Gun Barrel City Council meets in City Hall, 1716 W. Main, 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 1720 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 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 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 to attend.
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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People, Places & Events
 
Williams Pest Control observes 24th anniversary in the lake area
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–After spending scarcely three years working for All-Tex Pest Control, Larry Williams struck out on his own and opened his own company, Williams Pest Control, on March 1, 1988.
Williams is a Mabank High School graduate. He began his business career in 1984 by opening a car detailing business.
Then, during the winter he helped the owner of All Tex Pest Control, owned by Olen Weatheread, with a community project selling Christmas trees for the Optimist Club.
The owner offered him a job and he went to work for All-Tex in January of 1985.
Now 24 years later Williams recounts his successes, enough so that he tries to give back to the community be donating his services to charitable organizations such as the Genesis Center and MAGS (Mabank Area Good Samaritans).
“We’re members of the national Who’s Who in Business, we have received honors from the Genesis Center as a thank you for taking care of their facility and The Best of Gun Barrel City - 2011 award,” he said.
The warm, winter weather has been conducive to the increase of insect populations, he explained.
“Insects just love all this moisture and warmth,” Williams explained.
“Especially termites and ants. They are social insects. As soon as they outgrow the colony, they swarm and seek new living spaces,” he added.
Because of the upcoming prolific spring season, Williams had advice for area homeowners and businesses.
“I recommend quarterly maintenance, especially for those who are on waterfront property,” he said.
Termites are a huge problem, not just in the lake area but all over the country.
“Termites do about $5 billion in damage across the United States,” Williams said, adding “and next on the list are ants, especially carpenter ants that get inside the walls of structures causing a great amount of damage.”
“The pest control industry is a huge business and in this state it is governed by the Texas Department of Agriculture,” Williams explained.
That includes what chemicals he can use, how much he can buy and where they can be used.
“Today we use mostly synthetic chemicals, and those made from plants, like chrysanthemums,” he explained.
“Products such as chlordane, an organic phosphate, are no longer on the market,” he added.
There are very strict rules for the treating of schools, with all the children around, he said.
“We can do more for the schools in the summer months when students are not attending,” Williams said.
Another bit of advice Williams said potential pest control customers should be aware of involves seeking someone to handle their needs.
“They need to be sure and check the credentials when hiring a pest control person or business,” he warned.
“If the company cannot afford the necessary chemicals and asks for money up front, then take heed and remember the saying, ‘buyer beware,’ and possibly look for another company.
Williams is proud he is not only licensed but belongs to several business organizations, as well as, having attended schooling on pest control at A&M.
“I belong to BNI (a global business referral organization) and served as president of the local chapter which covers North East Texas,” he said.
The local chapter is called Cedar Creek Professional and only one member of each type of business is represented by its membership, he explained
“I am also a member of the Texas Pest Control Association, the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Association and the local Kiwanis,” Williams said.
He has four trucks to provide service for his customers. One is manned by his son, Tyson, 19, whom Williams said he is very proud of.
He and his wife, Rhonda, have been married for 23 years and in addition to Tyson, have two girls, Amber and Kayla, both are nurses.

 

Political essay student scholarship now available
Special to The Monitor
AUSTIN–The Texas First Foundation’s Student Fellowship Program is offering a unique opportunity for high school and college students across the state.
The program gives students an opportunity to weigh in on important policy decisions facing our state, earn publication of their ideas to a wide audience of policy-minded Texans and lawmakers, and win a possibly $250 scholarship.
The Texas First Foundation is a 501c(4) nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting an open and honest political dialogue in Texas and advocating for practical public policies that put Texans first.
Students are invited to submit an essay on any policy issue they believe important to Texans. Selected essays will be published by Texas First Foundation to an audience of several thousand policy minded Texans, including all state legislators.
In addition, the top 10 essays from both high school students and college students will receive awards of $250 each.
This program is a great way to engage young people substantively in Texas policy debates, infusing fresh voices and ideas and a unique perspective into some of Texas’ most pressing issues. Publication is also a great way for students to build their resumes and college and graduate school applications.
“The Student Fellowship Program offered by the Texas First Foundation is a wonderful way for students to broaden their knowledge on policy issues while having their opinions be heard,” Texas State Representative District 2 Dan Flynn said.
“I encourage all students to take advantage of this amazing opportunity and I applaud the Texas First Foundation for calling students to take part in such an educational experience,” he added.
Admission deadline is April 30.
For more information, go online to www.texasfirstfoundation.com/about/student-fellowship-program/.

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

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.

For further information visit our website at petfinder.com

 

 

 

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