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Lake Area

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 7 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 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 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 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 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.
  BBB warns against swine flu scams and e-mails
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Relying on reports from on-line security experts, the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fraudulent e-mails and websites trying to take advantage of the current swine flu outbreak.
Scammers read newspapers, watch TV and surf the Internet, and they know that by using a hook from the day’s top headlines, they’ll be able to catch lots of fish.
Right now, issues associated with swine flu and a potential pandemic are of global interest, and that means scammers have a very large pond to go phishing in.
According to McAfee Avert Labs, an on-line security company, spammers began pumping out e-mails as soon as the first accounts of swine flu were being reported in the news, accounting for 2 percent of all spam messages.
The messages include such subject lines as “Madonna caught swine flu!” and “Swine flu in Hollywood.”
The company reports that the e-mails do not contain malware, but often link to on-line pharmacies.
According to F-Secure Corp., another on-line security company, more than 250 websites with the term “swine flu” were registered within the first few days following the announcement of the outbreak.
F-Secure predicted the scam artists are preparing to use such websites in a variety of different on-line scams. F-Secure also reports that one website is already selling a “Swine Flu Survival Guide” PDF for $19.95.
BBB offers the following advice to avoid swine flu scams:
• avoid opening e-mail from an unknown source – do not click on any links in the body of the e-mail or open any attachments. Instead, delete the e-mail or report it to the Federal Trade Commission by forwarding the e-mail to
• don’t believe on-line offers for vaccinations against swine flu, because a vaccine does not exist. For more information on swine flu and updates on progress in fighting the outbreak, go to
• make sure your anti-virus and anti-spyware software is up to date, and all operating system security patches have been installed.
If your computer becomes infected as the result of a spam e-mail about swine flu, you can report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at

Beacon Hill highlights ‘Paradise within Reach’
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–When the ultimate luxury lakefront paradise is within easy reach, there is no need to travel any further than Beacon Hill at Cedar Creek Lake.
The community’s Grand Opening celebration held on May 1, highlighted the multitude of amenities and natural beauty offered at Beacon Hill, located just 45 minutes east of Dallas.

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Host Jim Stewart welcomes guests to the Beacon Hill open house. About 200 people got a look at the premiere development's 101 homesites May 2.

The exclusive VIP party began at 5:30 p.m. where approximately 200 special guests gathered in a tented floral paradise bedecked in seasonal landscaping.
Among the attendees joining developer, Kemp Lakeside Investors, in a champagne toast to the grand opening of Beacon Hill were local and Dallas builders, architects, interior designers and bankers.
There were several dignitaries in attendance, Richard Sanders representing Jeb Hensarling, County Judge David Holstein, other local city representatives, Miguel Rivera a renowned architect from Austin, D Magazine, ON Magazine, Dallas Morning News and local media, as well as former banker Tom Carpenter from Tyler and representatives of the City of Kemp.
Also in attendance were guests of Ebby Halliday Realtors including prominent Dallas residents, clients and lake living-focused prospects.
After the toast, guests feasted on a buffet of surf and turf delicacies and other tropical island delights, sipped champagne and wine, and enjoyed dancing to the island rhythms of a Reggae Band.
In addition to the festivities in the tent, a signature drink called “Beacon Hill Sunset” and cigars were served on the jetty.

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A Hydro-Sports Yamaha jet-engine speeder exits the marina beside the beacon which shoots a beam of light straight up in the air to assist boaters returning to the marina after dark. A group of visitors are onboard for an offshore tour.

Throughout the evening, guests previewed renderings of the private marina, idea books of approved builders/architects; an exhibit on the prototype home that will be built at Beacon Hill.
Guided tours of Beacon Hill’s waterfront via boats were provided by Texas Hydro Sports along with golf carts tours of the property.
A luxurious Bentley was available and driven by Christopher Campbell Moore of Bentley-Dallas which was on hand for personal touring.
The landscaping for the event was created by Patty Thompson with Creative Touch Exteriors.
As night fell, guests gathered for a ceremonial lighting of the community’s signature beacon, a beam of light shooting straight into the night sky from the jetty, lit sparklers and watched a fireworks display that heralded the evening’s close at 8:30 p.m.
The event benefited the Family Resource Center, a local Henderson County charity, with director Toni Muirhead accepting the donation.
The natural environment that has been painstakingly planned and preserved throughout Beacon Hill inspired the grand opening’s gala garden ambience.
In addition to the beautiful marina area, the ultra luxury community’s distinguishing features currently under construction include tiered home sites providing multiple water views of Cedar Creek Lake, meandering water features with waterfalls, and an interior nine-acre pond that has been stocked twice with championship bass.
When work is completed, the aerated pond will include a fishing pier and a swimming/picnic area with a diving platform, sandy beach and pergola.
Another outstanding natural feature is the perimeter green space that begins at the stunning gated entrance monument and extends along a scenic drive to the marina.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has designated the green space as protected habitat for migratory North American pelicans, wood ducks, and other wildlife species.
Nature trails and cart paths, and observation platforms overlooking the wildlife and a natural island controlled by the Audubon Society will encourage residents to enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.
Centrally situated within the community with a panoramic view of Cedar Creek Lake is the amenities center, currently under construction, that will offer a clubhouse, exercise room, and a beautifully landscaped outdoor swimming pool area.
“Every detail of Beacon Hill has been carefully thought out,” said Jim Stewart, the developer and visionary of Beacon Hill along with his wife, Barbara, both long-term Cedar Creek Lake residents.
“We wanted to create a lakeside play paradise with the all the luxury amenities and state-of-the-art infrastructure one would expect.
“At Beacon Hill, you’re living your vacation. There’s no need to fly off someplace else. Lakeside living is a very cost-effective option,” he added.
Beacon Hill is located on U.S. Highway 175 just east of Kemp and only 45 minutes from downtown Dallas.
In addition to lakefront home sites featuring steel retaining walls that allow for the construction of recessed boathouses, Beacon Hill also offers interior pond-front and lake view home sites.
To view the selection of available home sites, please visit the Welcome Center, open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Or contact Ebby Halliday REALTORS® Janice and Terry Ellis at the sales office at (903) 498-LAKE (5253).
Information is also available at

Controlling internal parasites in cattle
By Brian Cummins
VZ County Extension Agent

CANTON–At the recent Upper Sabine Cow-Calf Clinic, we had a presentation on controlling internal parasites that probably better explained why some of our efforts to control parasites fail.
The reasons vary from “de-worming” at the wrong time of year, to incorrect dosage to using the wrong products.
Dr. Thomas Yazwinski, professor of animal science from the University of Arkansas, told the crowd that there were several reasons to control internal parasites.
They included:
• anorexia,
• reduced feed efficiency,
• blood and tissue loss,
• reduced productivity,
• introduction of secondary pathogens,
• reduced immune competence, and
• reduced drug and vaccine efficacies.
In his presentation, Yazwinski covered the various species of nematodes that we call stomach worms.
Ostertagia, Cooperia and Haemonchus were the three that caused the most problems.
He next talked about the succession of various products:
• phenothiazine (the old green drench),
• thiabendozole (TBZ),
• levamisole (the first injectables, Levasole and Tramisol),
• second generation benzimidazoles (“white” de-wormers), fenbendazole (SafeGuard), oxfendazole (Synanthic) and albendazole (Valbazen),
• Ivermectin (first endectocide) (Ivormec),
• Morantel Paratect Bolus,
• Doramectin (Dectomax),
• Ivermectin Sustained Release Bolus,
• Eprinomectin (Eprinex), and
• Moxidectin (Cydectin).
One of the biggest problems that we face is the issue of resistance. I can remember when TBZ came out and really cleaned cattle up.
However, only a couple of years later, that product lost its effectiveness. We then we got the first injectables and the “white” wormers.
Ivermectin came out in the early 1980s, and it was a totally new chemistry.
All of these products were great in the beginning, but the nematodes (worms) began to develop some resistance to them. How did this happen?
The biggest contributor to the problem is under-dosing. Most of the wormers say to use so many mg (milligrams) of product per kg (kilogram) of body weight.
By not accurately dosing the animals to their correct weight, some worms were not killed, and they passed on the drug resistance to their offspring.
Another problem is the improper timing of treatment, relative to the parasite. The best time to de-worm cattle here in East Texas is the end of May and in June, but that’s not when most people choose to work their cattle.
The end of May and June time period coincides with peak grass growth, and the chance to clean the animals out and not have them re-infest on short grass.
Yazwinski suggested producers should take stool samples following the use of wormers and have their veterinarian check for efficacy of the wormer.
He also mentioned that pour-ons and generics were not as effective. The pour-ons leave a sub-lethal dose in the animals that allow some worms to develop resistance as it leaves the animal’s system.
From his research at the University of Arkansas, Yazwinski has noted generic de-wormers had less efficacy on killing worms than brand name products.
The active ingredient may be the same, but something in the carrier was causing a reduction in the killing effect. So, generics may cost less, but do not kill as effectively, allowing resistance to build in the worm population.
There is no measure that will give 100 percent control.
Our best management will be to worm at the proper time, use the proper dosage (if you are guesstimating, dose all animals at the rate for the largest animal in the herd) and alternate classes of products. For example, use the “white” drenches one time and the injectables the next season.

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

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.

For further information visit our website at


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