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
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 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each
month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited
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 the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the
Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Management
District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third
Tuesday of each month at Oran White Civic Center in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission
meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
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 attend.
Tool City Council
meets at 7 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each
month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited
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.
Swine flu hits Texas and USA
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–A swine flu outbreak hit the news just last week, and
has been a daily news update ever since.
Calls to East Texas Medical Center in Athens and the Emergency Center in
Gun Barrel City reported no cases in the lake area.
Henderson County Emergency Management Coordinator Joy Kimbrough said the
swine flu has not made its way into Henderson County.
“To my knowledge, there are no reports of any cases in the 35 counties
that make up the North East Public Health Service,” she said.
Her information was supplied by Vicki McAlister, North East Texas Public
Health Coordinator for Henderson and Van Zandt counties.
Kaufman hospitals have not reported any cases, according to County
Health Authority Dr. William J. Fortner.
“There have been at least three cases reported in Dallas County,” he
Swine flu symptoms are no different from other types of flu: runny nose,
sore throat, coughing, nausea and vomiting.
Regardless of the symptoms, it’s the severity that one must consider
when deciding to go to the doctor.
“If you are not very sick, don’t go to the doctor or the hospital. Stay
home (from work or school) and rest until you can get over it,” Fortner
While U.S. authorities ponder the situation and what to do about its
borders, a total of 10 cases were reported in California, Texas and New
York last week.
The victims had not associated with each other, and all have recovered
or are recovering.
However, by Tuesday almost 64 cases were reported in the U.S. with some
patients being hospitalized.
Two Texas schools, one in San Antonio and, as of Monday, one in
Richardson – Canyon Creek Elementary – have closed.
Mexico is the hardest hit with the death count at more than 150 and
reported cases of illnesses numbering in the hundreds.
The Mexican government, in an effort to control the spread of the
disease, closed all of its schools to the 33 million students.
Swine flu is mostly a respiratory disease that affects pigs and humans.
While there is no vaccine to prevent the disease, there are treatments –
including Tamiflu or Relenza.
According to the U.S. government, there is no shortage of the drug.
As the number of cases in Mexico escalates, the U.S. Center for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) has said it intends to issue a travel
warning for Mexico.
The Center recommends all non-essential travel be avoided.
The World Health Organization has gone the CDC one better, raising its
alert concerning Mexico to a four on a scale of six.
The number means the likelihood of a pandemic has increased.
Scientist don’t understand exactly how the disease is spread, whether it
takes prolonged exposure or just fairly close contact.
Public health officials are stating it is not time to panic, but that it
is time to be concerned and to take common sense precautions.
Flu viruses are commonly spread through coughs, sneezes or by touching
your mouth or nose with unwashed hands, therefore:
• cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and
then discard the tissue.
• do not cough or sneeze into bare hands – instead use the inside of
• wash your hands often, especially following trips to the bathroom or
after touching doorknobs, telephones, etc.
Swine flu has a lengthy history, having occurred in epidemic proportions
in 1918-19 and in 1976.
In 1918, the cause of human flu and its links to avian and swine
influenza were not known.
Part of the problem is that pigs, unlike most animals, can contract
human and avian borne influenza, recombine them and then transmit it in
a new and more dangerous form, which is also more resistant to
No change for Seven Points median
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–One final meeting April 23, with Texas Department of
Transportation (TxDoT) settled the matter of the length of a concrete
median along widened State Highway 334 in Seven Points.
The gathering took place at Unlimited Signs and Graphics, owned by the
main complainant, Marilyn Tanner.
Tanner has expressed her discontent ever since the narrow but lengthy
concrete divider was created, stating her customers would find it
difficult to get to her business.
Westbound traffic would need to cross SH 274 and find a place to turn
around return to her business.
About 20 local dignitaries met with district engineer Randy C. Hopman,
area engineer Cheryl Tiner, representatives from state political
offices, including Amy Gould with Rep. Betty Brown’s Athens office.
TxDoT representatives hand picked the mayor, councilmen and economic
development directors to meet in the small confines of the sign shop.
There will be no change in the design those present were told.
“The median cannot be shortened without sacrificing safety,” Hopman
said, explaining the median was designed to keep traffic separated.
The meeting was not open to the public, so about 40 other individuals
and business owners waited across the street at the old M&M station for
someone to let them know what was decided.
Seven Points city councilman Hank Laywell said two of his children have
been involved in accidents at the intersection.
“I want them to leave TxDoT alone so they can get this road finished,”
Catfish Corner owner David Henderson said he wants the construction
completed. He described traffic, including 18-wheelers, cutting behind
his business to avoid the construction.
“One big 18-wheeler tore down our electric lines and left us without
power,” he said.
Tanner said she was not disappointed in the decision.
“I’m tickled to death. It’s going to be a good road,” she said.
The widening of SH 334 in Seven Points and the related construction has
been proposed for many years, Hopman said.
“It has been a long time coming. Now there will be left turn lanes. The
raised median was put in place to prevent accidents,” Hopman added.
County eyes new burn ban signs
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–Instead of sticking the small burn ban signs along the road,
Kaufman County will soon have fold-down signs warning of an imminent
April 20, commissioners approved a request from Fire Marshal Larry Ewing
to purchase the fold-down signs.
The signs will be installed on state markers such as farm-to-market,
state highway and entrance to the county signs, Ewing said.
“The signs cost $100 each initially, but we found a dealer (out of
state) that charges only $37.50 each,” he said.
The signs will be here in time for the summer drought season, he added.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved the annual renewal of the 2010 resolution for the Indigent
Defense Discretionary Grant program.
• tabled opening bids for waste hauling for the residential clean-up set
for Friday and Saturday, May 1-2.
The item will be put back on the Monday, April 27, agenda.
• tabled the discussion on the sale of Star Acres No. 2.
This item will also be put on the April 27 agenda with different wording
(approve the re-plat of Star Acres).
• approved road repairs for the city of Scurry, through its interlocal
Cost for the repairs is estimated at $2,330.
• approved a request from Embarq to install buried communications drop
wire along the right of way of County Road 4057, Precinct 4.
• approved budget transfers as presented by county auditor Hal D. Jones.
• accepted the auditor’s report for March as presented.
• paid bills totaling $248,968.32.
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
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
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