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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 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 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 OranWhite 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.

  Rotarians hear tips to prevent vehicle theft
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The number one vehicle stolen in the United States is the Honda Civic.
But that is not the case in the Lone Star State, according to Michelle Lanham of the Caruth Police Institute in Dallas, program manager for RATT (Reduce Auto Theft in Texas).
“In Texas, it is the pickup truck that is the most popular target, and there are more pickups sold in Texas than anywhere else in the world,” she said. RotaryAutoTheft.jpg (29035 bytes)
The top targets are the Ford F-150, the Chevrolet Silverado (No. 2) and the Dodge Ram (No. 3). Honda comes in fourth, she explained.
RATT has helped reduce vehicle thefts by almost 50 percent, Lanham told members and guests of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake at the club’s weekly luncheon Friday.
“In 1991, there were 163,837 vehicles stolen. The number dropped to 85,411 vehicles stolen by 2008, despite the fact the population has expanded in large numbers,” Lanham said. “The bad news is that vehicle burglary has gone up.”
Any small electronic device left inside the car that can be seen is a target – the GPS locator you bought and installed (not the one that came built-in), digital cameras and any other item that easily can be pawned for cash, she explained.
There are two types of thieves, the professional and the amateur, she said.
Both steal for money, usually to buy drugs, Lanham explained.
Prevention is important, such as getting your valuables out of sight, locking your doors and taking part in the Texas HEAT program.
HEAT is a sticker to be applied to the windshield of your vehicle, telling law enforcement that the vehicle can be stopped if it is seen on the road between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. (the time most thieves like to work), or if the car is going into Mexico at that hour.
“Any single thing you do toward that end (prevention) is helpful,” she said.
Car thieves will steal a car simply to rifle around and find something that has your personal information, such as your name and address.
“Almost 65 percent of stolen vehicles are recovered today,” she said. “While that sounds good, owners are warned that a bare frame is considered a ‘recovered vehicle’ by law enforcement.”
Teens between the ages of 16 to 19 are the typical perpetrators for car theft rings. The professionals hire teens, pay them $100 to steal a car and then strip off the parts to sell.
“Any vehicle is worth three times its selling value in parts,” Lanham pointed out.

KC trash pickup locations set for May 14-15 clean-up
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–A county-wide clean-up will be held Friday-Saturday, May 14-15, in Kaufman County.
The county will assist with unloading. The following items cannot be accepted – latex paint, pesticide containers or hazardous household waste.
Collection locations
Precinct 1 – Kaufman Trash Disposal and Recycling Center, 701 Alton Street, Kaufman, (972) 932-2161 or (972) 932-2216.
Trash and four tires allowed (residential only) at this location.
Precinct 2 – Precinct 2 Maintenance Barn, Farm-to-Markets 2932 and 741, Forney, (972) 564-7282 or (972) 564-4054, Ext. 3.
Trash and 4 tires allowed (residential only) at this location.
Precinct 3 – Terrell Citizens Convenience Station, CR 319 (north on State Highway 34), Terrell, (972) 551-6628.
Trash and four tires allowed (residential only) at this location.
Precinct 3 – Elmo Food Stop, 7938 E. Highway 80, Elmo, (972) 563-5362.
Trash only allowed at this location.
Precinct 4 – Kemp ECO-Station, 6520 Plainview Drive, Kemp, (903) 498-4135.
The Kemp ECO-Station will not accept the following items – TVs, computers, microwaves, barbwire, bricks, concrete, rock, roofing shingles, brush and no trailer loads of household garbage. They will accept four tires (residential only) at this location.
Precinct 4 – Mabank Rodeo Grounds, (903) 498-4135.
Trash only allowed at this location
Precinct 4 – Combine Fire Station, off FM 1389 on Davis Road, (903) 498-4135.
Trash and four tires allowed (residential only) at this location
Precinct 4 – Scurry, across from Sloans Grocery on SH 34, (903) 498-4135.
Trash only allowed at this location
Precinct 4 – Peeltown, across from Peeltown Store, (903) 498-4135.
Trash only allowed at this location.
The clean-up is sponsored by Kaufman County and is free to all county residents. Proof of residence will be required at all locations (driver’s license or water bill). No cattle trailers or closed-top trailers allowed.
Environmental Co-op will be sponsoring an electronics recycling and shredding event from 9 a.m-noon Saturday, May 15, at the Kaufman High School parking lot, 3205 S. Houston, Kaufman.
The event is sponsored by Environmental Co-op and American National Bank of Texas.
Please call Environmental Co-op at (972) 524-0007 for more information.

Local youths to compete in state 4-H Food Challange
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE-Some local aspiring chefs and nutritionists are looking forward to competing at the inaugural 4-H Food Challenge at the state-level in June. But they need your help.
So far, the group has raised $300 for the trip. They are $900 short.
Two 4-H teams from Henderson County qualified for the state contest. In fact, one of them placed first in their district of 22 counties.
Ranging in age from 15 to 18, Jonathan and Anna McSwain, Olivia and Caleb Wise and Joshua Bradley wowed the judges with their nutritional knowledge and presentation of their culinary creation: Summertime Salsa.
They had just 40 minutes to present a dish using what was provided, including a cantaloupe, sparkling cider, sugar and a cucumber.
“I think the judges were impressed with their presentation and the fact that all members of the team spoke about the nutritional aspects of the ingredients,” Dana Wise said. “I believe it was their teamwork that won them first place.”
The young people decoratively carved and scooped out the cantaloupe to use it as a bowl for a cantaloupe and cider salsa “salsa.” Then, they sliced the cucumbers and fanned the slices around the cantaloupe bowl for dipping.
“The judges don’t taste the creation. They just judge on presentation,” Dana Wise explained.
When the team competes at Texas A&M University in College Station June 7-11, the contest will include a calculation of the cost per serving, as well as the nutritional content of the dish. Based on a sales receipt for the secret ingredients, the young people will have to figure out the cost per serving.
Olivia Wise is headed for college this fall and she says her 4-H experience has taught her the value of service and being a part of the community. 4-H has opened my eyes to the opportunities in my community to serve others,” she told The Monitor.
Her younger brother, Caleb, agrees, “4-H has taught me to be a better citizen through serving others.” Plus, he likes to have fun while learning and meeting new people. “Because of my involvement in 4-H over the past five years, I have become a better public-speaker. I have gained knowledge about food safety and basic nutrition, and I have acquired leadership skills and held various leadership positions. 4-H has also taught me to set goals for myself and it has inspired me to work harder each year to achieve as much as I possibly can,” Olivia Wise said.
Jonathan McSwain appreciates how it helps him communicate better. “It also teaches us to be comfortable in varied social settings and situations at a younger age,” he said.
His sister, Anna, likes the breadth of activities and being able to do them with her best friends. “I can also participate in 4-H activities with all of my brothers, even though we are all in different grades in school,” she said.
The team is continuing fund-raising efforts.
Usually, the trip to state would come from United Way monies, but since contributions to United Way have decreased, it had to cut its sponsorship of 4-H by 70 percent. If anyone would like to help sponsor their state contest, please call (903) 603-4037.

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also email them at dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

We 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.

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