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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 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 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 Oran White 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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Rotarians learn about identity theft
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Assumed identities are nothing new, as writers have used them as plot devices for centuries, and real-life spies and police investigators routinely use them.
But a new crime – “identity theft” as it is now known – came into being in the early 1990s.
Thieves steal the identity of individuals in order to make large purchases and steal money in the victim’s bank and savings accounts.
“This is easily the fastest growing federal crime,” U.S. Identity Theft Solutions consultant Gus Wolf told members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake at the club’s weekly luncheon March 11.

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Gus Wolf, consultant with U.S. Identity Theft Solutions, speaks to Rotary Club members at the club’s March 11 luncheon.

“By 2009, identity theft had affected about 11 million Americans,” he said. “Business owners are being held responsible.”
Almost 88 percent of all the ID theft crimes are committed by “trusted employees,” Wolf added.
The Federal Trade Commission is responsible for enforcing the rulings listed in FACTA, a booklet for businesses with the rulings on what they are required to do, Wolf said.
The information began as a booklet containing 49 pages, and ended up with 530 more.
“In 2007, Texas became the only state to condense the information down to three pages,” Wolf said.
“All businesses must be able to show that they have a reasonable and responsive plan to prevent data theft,” he explained. “When a company has allowed the theft to occur to their own employees, they can’t prevent an employee from spending up to 600 hours on company time to get their credit problems straightened out.
“In Texas, Attorney General Gregg Abbott said he has declared war on ID theft,” Wolf added.

Robertson asks for mentors
C-CORE project’s aim to help youth get, keep jobs
Monitor Staff Reports

GUN BARREL CITY–Former All-Pro linebacker Isaiah Robertson asked the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis members to join with him in a new venture Wednesday, becoming mentors for troubled youth through the Home Builders Institute’s C-CORE program.
C-CORE (Construction-Coaching Opportunities to reach Employment) is a way Robertson is trying to become more available to the Cedar Creek Lake community, even though he has operated the House of Isaiah drug rehabilitation center in Mabank for 21 years.
Robertson revealed that after more than 20 years, he’s looking to retire as the House of Isaiah director and become a volunteer, turning over operation of the rehab center to the Christian Life Center in Gun Barrel City, once the CLC finishes a project to build a new facility.

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Former All-Pro linebacker Isaiah Robertson speaks with Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis members Wednesday.

The C-CORE program, through the Home Builders Institute (HBI), will construct 31 homes (12 are already finished in the Dallas area) and find needy families to give those homes to, Robertson explained.
Under the program, volunteers mentor a student, age 16-18, with the aim of improving job placement and retention in careers associated with the home building industry.
A more practical result is the fact that youth who are mentored are far less likely to skip school, start drinking or using drugs, and are more trusting of their parents or guardians.
Robertson got involved with HBI after being named president of the Dallas chapter of the National Football League Retired Players Association, which is one group supporting the C-CORE program.
“Right now is the toughest time (the House of Isaiah) has ever had,” he told Kiwanis members. “The place is full – most of them are from Gun Barrel City, Mabank and Payne Springs.”
For most of its 20-year history, the House of Isaiah has counseled young men from the Dallas area seeking rehabilitation and an escape from drugs.
“What I teach is comeback,” Robertson said. “Nobody can care about them and motivate them like I can – that’s my niche.”
Robertson knows all about comebacks.
After a stellar NFL career at linebacker for the Rams (six-time All-Pro, 1971 Rookie of the Year), Robertson dabbled in acting (with appearances on “Police Woman” with Angie Dickenson), and became comfortable with a jet-set life-style, rubbing shoulders with movie stars and the rich and famous.
However, the money and women drew Robertson into the wrong crowd.
“I found myself associating with people who looked like, and sounded like, really cool people,” he recalled. “Then drugs appeared on the scene.”
Robertson recalled trying crack cocaine at a Hollywood party. “Thirty-one days and $30,000 later, I was strung out on it,” he said. “I became a junkie.”
Cocaine cost Robertson his marriage, his career and all his money.
After several unsuccessful stints in rehab, some of his former teammates literally dragged him to a treatment center, and spent the next year sitting with him as he slowly got sober.
One of his former Little League players called him and asked him to visit Texas.
“I didn’t like Texas,” he said, then amended, “Texas didn’t bother me; the Dallas Cowboys were what bothered me.”
Planning to spend a few weeks, Robertson wound up spending a year, splitting time with two church pastors, before Mabank residents Linda and Jerry Sims offered him 50 acres as a site to start his own drug rehab center.
During the past 21 years, more than 3,000 young men have come through the House of Isaiah, and he recalled how good it was to see those young men back at work full-time and putting their families back together.
While the House of Isaiah is in the Cedar Creek Lake area, Robertson said most of his time has been spent elsewhere – in the Dallas area, Hill county, California and Louisiana.
“I’m going to try to make myself more available to the community, if you’ll have me,” he told the gathering.

 
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