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.
Hats off to cops
By L. Schroeder
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–After watching my favorite real-life Cops show cover the last
20-plus years, I was reminded of what our boys-in-blue have to contend
with while on the job.
I find it hard to believe there are so many folks, who are out of their
tree and need help to live a peaceful life.
Like the drunk old man in one clip, who the officers chased down because
he was half-naked running down the street after his dog at 2 a.m. – he
thought the dog was his girlfriend. That was a real mess.
I am no different than most people who feel uneasy when an officer is
around, largely because we are all law breakers at heart.
We feel guilty for running a stop sign or speeding.
Yet, if we got to know the local officers, we would find they are very
Like one officer I met after sneaking into a drive-in movie.
My friend lived very close to a drive-in, so one night we decided to
sneak out of the house and go see a movie for free.
As we crawled under the fence of the drive-in, I thought we were seen by
the ticket lady.
Since she said nothing, we felt pretty safe and took a seat in the
chairs outside the concession stand and begin to watch the movie.
Suddenly, an officer drives up and orders us to get in his car. We
thought about running, but being raised to obey and respect authority,
we got in without any trouble.
After a few questions like our age (13) and names, we began to explain
to him how we got bored and wanted to see the movie. We didn’t want to
wake my friend’s dad, so we slipped through a window and walked to the
As we sat in the back of the police car, I could see in my minds eye
being handcuffed, drug off to jail and put in a cold cell, waiting for
parents to come.
I knew I was going to need a good lawyer say, a Perry Mason type, to
come to my rescue.
As we explained to the officer how much trouble we would be in with my
friend’s dad (a former army drill sergeant), I noticed a small smile
creep across his face.
Then, this nice officer did a wonderful thing. He drove us to my
friend’s house and after a short lecture, told us to be good, let us go
and never told our folks.
We were in shock, but it was clear this officer didn’t want to see us
get beat any more than we did.
I admit we were wrong, but to be treated so nice had a very profound
effect on me, because I learned policemen are not people to fear, but
can be very understanding.
As a person watches these real-life cop shows on TV, you can tell not
everyone is as cooperative as we were.
Some folks are downright mean.
That is why my hat goes off to those in law enforcement. They actually
have one of the toughest jobs in the world.
This is why I feel we should be grateful to these men and women for
having the desire to serve and protect the law-abiding sane from the
So, maybe the next time we see one of these brave officers, even if we
are in trouble, why not give them a slap on the back and say “Thanks for
doing your duty.”
I think they deserve as much or more.
Pain relief for residents with
K-laser in Mabank
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Cedar Creek Lake area residents now have a new avenue for their
treatment of acute and chronic pain.
Local chiropractor Rick Harris, D.C. has been utilizing K-laser in his
office and has been achieving phenomenal results.
“The K-laser is getting amazing results with both acute and chronic
pain. K-laser can work on a myriad of conditions, from joint
replacements to strains and sprains with exceptional results.
“I’ve been using the K-laser for more than a year, and I think that
patients who have undergone K-laser therapy describe it best,” Harris
“In January, 2009, I went to see Dr. Rick for a problem with my back.
While he was giving me a treatment, I mentioned I have a problem with my
knees. He then told me he could treat my knees with laser. He did say
however, if I needed to have knee surgery the treatment would not help.
“I agreed to do so and after only one treatment the pain had decreased.
He continued the laser treatments for a full five days. The knee pain
has improved so much.
“I plan to continue next week with the other knee.
“Welcome Dr. Rick to Mabank and the lake area. My husband Ken and I feel
we have a new friend as well as doctor,” Marcie Oliver said.
K-laser works by increasing the energy levels in the cells in the
tissues being treated.
This allows these tissues to function at a more optimum level and heal
By doing this, pain levels and inflammation are usually decreased and
the damaged tissue junctions in a more normal manner.
According to Dr. Harris, the main advantage of the K-laser treatment is
“With the K-laser, we can get results in six-10 visits when often times
lower powered lasers need as much as 15 treatments or more just to start
seeing progress,” Harris said.
According to Dr. Harris, his biggest clientele for the K-laser is people
who have undergone knee or shoulder surgery either recently or several
After that he feels his next biggest clientele is sports injuries.
He states that he treats a lot of athletes for injuries as they want to
return to their activity as quickly as possible.
“Most types of soft tissue pain issues get significant relief with
K-laser in just a few short visits. These visits usually last less than
10 minutes for one area and the treatment itself is actually quite
“Ofentimes patients will feel the effects after the initial treatment,”
Harris is the owner of Mabank Chiropractic, PA located between Groom’s
Ace Hardware and Brookshire’s grocery.
Office hours are 8 a.m -noon and 2-5 p.m., Monday -Friday.
He is in the same office as local chiropractor Dr. Jeff Gaddis and is a
1996 honors graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, in active
practice since 1996.
For more information or to make an appointment for this new and
effective form of pain relief, call the office at (903) 887-6882.
Pets in Kaufman area go on-line
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Darbys Pals Rescue Inc., Kaufman, has joined other animal
welfare organizations listing their homeless pets on
Petfinder.com, the oldest and largest
database of adoptable animals on the Internet.
The site currently has more than 275,000 homeless pets listed, and it is
More than 12,500 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada and
other countries post their pets on the site.
Darbys Pals Rescue Inc. may be viewed at
A potential adopter enters search criteria for the kind of pet he or she
wants, and a list is returned that ranks the pets in proximity to the
Zip code entered.
Adoptions are handled by the animal placement group where the pet is
housed, and each group has its own policies.
Betsy and Jared Saul founded
Petfinder.com to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets.
Since its inception, the site has facilitated approximately 20 million
adoptions, making it the most life-saving initiative in animal welfare.
Sponsors include The Animal Rescue Site, BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a
manufacturer of home cleaning and floor care products, PETCO, a national
pet supply retailer that sponsors in-store adoptions and provides coupon
books for new adopters, and Merial, maker of the number one
veterinary-recommended flea and tick preventative FRONTLINE®, and
heartworm preventative HEARTGARD®.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
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
County Road 2403 in
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