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Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or www.bninetexas.com
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each Wednesday morning at the KC Senior Citizen Center, 405 W. Walnut in Mabank. (903) 887-6549 or (903) 887-1514.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. (903) 887-4796.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathey Brown email rakbrown1@embarqmail.com  or (800) 422-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.
GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. (903) 887-0293.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 451-4221.
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Thursdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. (903) 887-2781.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 887-5252.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).
Mabank TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mabank First Baptist Church. (903) 887-7700 or (903) 451-0126.
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. Donna Dean at ddean45@hotmail.com.
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. (903) 887-6201.
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. (903) 675-6222.
Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.
Westside Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays at Cedar Creek Bible Church Activities Building, located at 700 N. Seven Points Blvd. in Seven Points. Seniors 55 and older are invited for games and fellowship. Call (903) 340-9672 for more info.

 

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Feral hogs cause extensive damage in farm and ranch country
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–What the drought didn’t wipe out on local farms and ranches, wild hogs are finishing up.
Farmers and ranchers in North Texas are experiencing an influx of one of nature’s most formidable eating machines.
Kaufman County Precinct 4 commissioner Tom Manning, who also runs a cattle spread north of Mabank, presented a report at commissioner court March 12, listing the damage and the seriousness of the problem.
In a private interview on March 26, a frustrated Manning reviewed the problems inflicted on his own property and that of his neighbors.
“It’s not just the damage to the land, it’s the hay crops and forage. They completely destroy,” he said, adding the loss can be totaled in the thousands of dollars.
“Heavy damage was reported in the Kemp, Mabank, Peeltown, Prairieville and smaller communities nearby,” Manning said.
“Lawns and greens are not left out of the mix, either. They have done a tremendous amount of damage at Indian Oaks Golf Course in the Peeltown area,” he explained.
Another big problem concerns the levees on the Trinity River, especially near Combine.
“When we inspected the levees, we found extreme damage. A heavy rain will bring on erosion that will cost a lot to repair and this doesn’t count the many thousands of dollars lost in grazing and hay production,” Manning explained.
“When it gets to the point where they get into the cities and tear up people’s lawns and flower beds, then maybe the problem will be taken more seriously,” he said.
In the general area that includes and surrounds Precinct 4, he said he and fellow hunters killed 247 of the destructive animals.
“The average sow (female) weighs around 250 pounds or even more and they are not the least bit intimidated by dogs or even people,” he said, adding, “they have absolutely no natural predators.”
The wild pigs are very aggressive when defending a litter of piglets or even just when searching for food.
“Some of them, including the sows, have cutters (tusks or teeth sticking out) as much as three and a half to four inches long,” Manning described. “And they can really cut up a dog or even a person,” he added.
The beast is very prolific. The county AgriLife Extension agent explained that one sow can have two or three litters of six to eight piglets in a year.
Those babies are ready at six months to have litters of their own.
“Almost everyday, when I step next door to the sandwich shop for lunch, there will be hands from the local ranches having their lunch and talking about the number of hogs they’ve seen just that day,” he said.
“There are numerous reports of 25 to 30 pigs spotted each day on the land where the hands work,” Manning explained.
As the weather heats up, the hogs do their wandering and rooting at night and then just lay around wherever they can find shade.
Traveling in groups or herds, the whole family can cover a couple of miles in half a day, Manning explained.
“The majority of my precinct is rural, but there have also been reports of hogs, and the subsequent heavy damage they have done, in Precincts 3 and 1,” Manning said.
Manning is endeavoring to increase the awareness of the need to eliminate the hogs. He also referred to the state program encouraging counties to join in on getting rid of “Texas’ Most Wanted Pest”, according to Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples.
The 2011 statewide Hog Out Challenge resulted in the removal of 12,632 hogs and netted five counties a share in $60,000.
The number one winner, Hardeman County, collected $20,000.
The other four winners were Clay, Lavaca, Callahan and Goliad.
The 2011 Hog Out challenge was extended three months, adding Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, to the challenge calendar.
Again, Manning said the problem is serious and should not be ignored by property owners.
“This is something that people need to report to Ralph Davis (Texas AgriLife Extension office - (972) 932-9069; the County sheriff’s office (972) 932-4337, or call me (903) 498-2013 - ext. 2). I’ll get a hold of somebody who can help.”
Manning said he is determined to eradicate the wild hogs.
“My thing is to use every resource available to end this infestation,” he said.
The Texas AgriLife Extension service information listed the following information on the feral hog problem in Texas.
• Feral hogs cause an estimated $500 million in damages annually, including $52 million in agricultural damages.
• There are an estimated 2.6 million feral hogs in texas.
• Feral hogs are predators of lambs, kid goats, baby calves, newborn fawns and ground nesting birds. They also compete for food and space with many native species of wildlife.
• Feral hogs commonly destroy urban yards, parks and golf courses, as well as rangeland.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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