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  Environmental Co-op celebrates 10th anniversary
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Many know the Co-op as Kaufman County Solid Waste Management Cooperative, Inc.
That is the name the organization started with, but in 2005, the board of directors decided to shorten the name to Environmental Co-op to make the organization easier to remember.
“Most people thought we were a trash-hauling company when they heard the long name,” executive director of the non-profit organization Marilyn May said.
“We are not a trash hauler. In fact, we were established to manage the Kaufman County 20-year solid waste plan,” she said. “That is a document outlining how the county will minimize the solid waste created in the county, and minimize the amount of that material going to the landfill.”
Kaufman County does not have a landfill in the county, and hopes not to have to build one, May said.
“Therefore, all the trash accumulated in this county has to be either recycled or sent to Dallas or Ellis counties for landfilling,” May said. “It’s much more constructive to recycle any waste materials instead of sending them to be landfilled.”
March 13, the Environmental Co-op celebrated its 10th anniversary during the annual membership meeting.
Kaufman County Judge Wayne Gent spoke to the organizations membership about what Environmental Co-op has done for the county in the past 10 years.
Gent talked about all the grant funding the Co-op has brought into the county, totalling $1.5 million, which has been used for environmental education, equipment and convenience stations.
Grant funding has created all types of programs, from composting to recycling, to building a new Eco Station and household hazardous waste facility in the Kemp area off U.S. Highway 175 last year.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Ray Clark was also present for the meeting. Environmental Co-op is a member owned 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that accepts citizens to membership.
If you have an interest in becoming a part of an environmental organization that is keeping pace with environmental issues and new and innovative recycling information, please call (903) 524-0007, or e-mail  for membership information.

Mailbox smashing teens arrested
Special to The Monitor
CANTON–Five Van Zandt County teens were arrested March 16, by Precinct 2 constable C.B. Wiley. They were charged with criminal mischief.
Wiley said at 3:45 p.m. March 15, he answered a complaint by Arron Easley and others saying they witnessed five teen boys bashing mail boxes. They were going north on VZ County Road 2501, driving a silver older model Ford four-door car.
Easley was able to get a license plate number, which he gave to Wylie.
Wiley said with the information he was able to identify the suspect’s car owner, who identified the actors.
After the investigation started, Wiley said he took 16 complaints of mail boxes being smashed on county roads 2411, 2522, 2501 and 2502.
Some of the mailboxes had a value of more than $125.
Other criminal mischief cases were being investigated at different locations.
One of the teens, 16, was arrested by Capt. Lester Alexander with the VZ Sheriff’s Department, charged with theft and placed in the Grand Saline Juvenile Detention Unit.
Another complaint was taken by Canton Police Officer Charlie Brown on criminal trespassing and threats made to one of the boy’s stepfather.
Another complaint taken on the same car was a gas drive-off from Wal-Mart.
Due to the boys being teens, their names could not be released.
Wylie said when you add the time, labor, cost of the mailbox, loss of mail, mailbox stands and posts, it is easily more than $125.
Many of the owners of these mailboxes are elderly and depend on them for Social Security checks and other mail.
You should report all incidents of this nature.
The five teenagers were charged with criminal mischief. This charge carries a fine of $500 for each offense filed. These subjects could face fines of more than $8,000 each.
If these charges were filed in federal court as interfering with the delivery of U.S. Mail, the boys could face two to 10 years in a federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan. Usually, the government lets these cases stay in the county.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronnie Daniels stated he would hear each case. In addition to the fines, three months probation will be assessed.
They will also have to face the victims and replace the mailboxes, then report to Wiley.
“Many of these kids are not thinking they could mess up their lives over a mailbox, but county citizens are tired of replacing mailboxes every week while kids ‘have fun,’” Wiley said.
If you have information on mailbox smashing or stop sign theft or any theft, call Wiley at (903) 848-HELP, or the VZ Sheriff’s office at (903) 565-4133.

Concert at the pavilion July 5th
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–We all know what a great time summer is on Cedar Creek Lake, and this year will be no exception, because from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 5, local area businesses and entertainers will again be hosting the second annual “Free Concert on the Lake.”
This year, the event will be staged from the pavilion at Tom Findley Park in Gun Barrel City.
The bands will play to the water side, allowing boaters and floaters the opportunity to watch and listen to some of the finest entertainment in the area.
It’s also a great place to just hang out and picnic!
There will be lots of prizes and give aways, and organizers are even trying to put together a “Regatta,” which will consist of a race by entrants who must build their own (no store bought) human powered boats!
Entertainment already signed up for this year’s show includes Dino “Danger” Perelli, A.J. and the Badcats, Déjà Vu, and Stagecoach Karaoke.
Last year’s event was a great success and we look forward to a huge crowd this year on the biggest weekend on the lake!
There will also be an opportunity for local vendors to set up booths from which they can sell food, souvenirs, etc., with the only stipulation being that they must donate 10 percent of their proceeds to the Tom Findley Park fund.
This is a limited space opportunity.
Organizers are also looking for additional sponsors, vendors and bands, so if you’re interested in participating or have any questions, just call Dino Perelli at (903) 399-2732, or e-mail him at  and get on board for a great, fun, time on the July Fourth weekend! And it’s all free.



Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nelson. I am a beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new home.

We are a whole litter of Shepherd mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so we have no history. We have been started on our first set of shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.

I am a beautiful Border Collie, who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful kid looking for a new home.

Pictured are just a few 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.

For further information visit our website at


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