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
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
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
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
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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Traipse back in time at
Monitor Staff Reports
WAXAHACHIE–Now in its 31st season, the Scarborough
Renaissance Festival continues to draw growing crowds.
Located just off Interstate 35E south of Waxahachie, the
30-acre-plus Scarborough Festival village provides a
medieval look from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each Saturday and
Sunday, rain or shine, through Memorial Day for the young
and old who visit.
Many visitors come in costume, and one can rent costumes
just inside the main gate.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
At a gallop, a mounted knight chops a really naughty head of
cabbage in half in a demonstration of martial skills prior
to the mid-afternoon session of the joust. Jousts are held
three times daily, both Saturday and Sunday, during the
two-month run of the Scarborough Renaissance Festival.
Although the festival is officially set during the reign of
King Henry VIII (1509-47), visitors’ costumes usually cover
a wide range of historical epochs – from pre-Christian
Vikings and Romans to Crusaders, Scotch Highlanders
(1300s-1750s) and French Musketeers (late 1500s-early
1600s), with the occasional “Conan” style barbarian warrior
and Native Americans.
One new costume look seen this year is “steampunk.”
A fast-growing science fiction sub-genre, “steampunk” takes
the gritty and hard-edged computer-based culture of the near
future (“cyberpunk”) and places that mindset and
inventiveness into the age of steam, the late 1800s – think
the old “Wild Wild West” TV show of the mid-1960s with even
more futuristic inventions.
Visitors stroll around the village, watching a wide variety
of shows on about a dozen different stages, while some
artists perform in the lanes for the folks walking past.
More than 100 shops offering just about anything hand-made
(or custom-designed), including jewelry, clothing, hats,
arts and graphics, candles and bath accessories, furnishings
and home accessories, musical instruments, pottery, books,
toys and games, gifts and historically accurate medieval
There are thrice-daily jousts with armored knights on
horseback, along with demonstrations of medieval weaponry
and fighting tactics.
More than 100 people are cast performers, acting out scenes
and speaking with visitors in the medieval style, and the
festival hosts a number of weddings and birthday
celebrations during its two-month run.
Visitors can choose food from more than a dozen eateries,
featuring everything from shepherds pie, salads and baked
goods to fair food (steak on a stick and turkey legs) and
different varieties of sweets, with roving vendors providing
pretzels, pickles, ice cream and roasted nuts.
There are eight different taverns offering adult beverages,
with the Cat and Fiddle Tavern holding twice-daily wine
Advance tickets ($22/adults, $8/children 5-12) are available
online at SRFestival.com; tickets are $24/adults and
$9/children at the gate, with free parking provided by Allen
Samuels Autoplex of Ennis. Discount tickets are available at
Tom Thumb grocery stores.
For more information, call (972) 938-3247, or check the
How redistricting works
By Michael Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer
AUSTIN–Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years based on
new census data to ensure House districts are balanced
according to population.
The driving principal behind redistricting is the idea that
districts need to be the same size to be truly
According to a report produced by the Texas Legislative
Council, “Significant population disparities between
districts undermine the fairness of representative
government and the principle of majority rule by giving the
voters of underpopulated districts the same number of
representatives, and thus the same political power, as the
voters of overpopulated districts.”
The Legislative Council is a non-partisan agency created in
1949 to provide impartial research and information to
To get equal districts, the state takes the total population
as provided by the new census and divides it by the number
of House members to arrive at an optimal population per
The Redistricting Committee then starts redrawing the State
House district map so that populations do not deviate from
this number by more than 10 percent.
This is why Henderson and Kaufman counties can no longer be
a district together – it would be too large.
Of course, there are many other factors exerting pressure on
the Redistricting Committee when drawing the districts,
including political considerations and the effort to join
similar groups and communities together.
And there is also the county line rule. According to the
Texas Constitution, while multiple House districts can be
formed inside a county, lawmakers must have a very strong
reason for cutting across a county line to draw a district.
In the map proposed last week, Henderson County is the only
county to be divided lthis way — which goes a long way
toward explaining why Henderson County commissioners are
State officials have said the division is because of the
size of Ellis County. The growth in that county, coupled
with the size of its neighbors, necessitates taking a
portion of another county to make the population numbers
However, according to a Texas Legislative Council report on
redistricting laws, “While state plans adopted in the 1970s,
1980s, 1990s, and 2000s by both the legislature and the
Legislative Redistricting Board sacrificed the county line
rule when necessary to maintain an overall (population)
deviation range of less than 10 percent, there does not
appear to be a legal impediment to the state’s returning to
a more strict compliance with the county line rule in 2011.”
Redistricting bills follow the normal legislative process.
According to current rules, the last day to pass bills in
the House is May 12 – so the process would have to kick into
high gear in the next couple of weeks to meet the deadline.
Tuesday, the bill was passed out of the Redistricting
Committee and is scheduled for floor debate next week.
If the House and Senate cannot pass redistricting plans in
time – or the plans are found invalid – then the process is
taken over by the Legislative Redistricting Board (LRB).
The LRB is composed of the lieutenant governor, speaker of
the house, attorney general, comptroller, and land
Two drug arrests made in
Monitor Staff Reports
CANEY CITY–Caney City Police Chief Kenneth Holder reports
the arrest of two men April 15 on drug charges.
Officer C. Meyers observed a black Chevy truck traveling
southbound on State Highway 198 and initiated a traffic stop
into the Kamman’s Exxon parking lot.
The driver, Charles Ward, 24, of Kemp, spoke to the officer
with slurred speech and kept rolling his head side to side
and up and down. The officer believed Ward to be
A passenger, Glen Nicholas, 31, of Gun Barrel City also
exhibited slurred speech and a strong smell of alcohol
emitted from him. A records check found Nicholas’ driver’s
license had been revoked for intoxication.
An inventory of the car revealed an open container of beer
on the passenger side and a syringe in the panel of the
driver’s side door, inside the center console the offier
found an electronic scale commonly used to weigh narcotics,
clear baggies and one bag containing an off-white powder
believed to be a controlled substance.
Both men were charged with manufacture or delivery of
Ward has a lengthy drug arrest record, while Nicholas’
record is confined to intoxication charges, until now.
Both men posted $7,500 in bonds and were released the same
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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.
information visit our website at petfinder.com