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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 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.

  Cedar Creek Lake Festival of Arts set for May 29
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The highly anticipated Cedar Creek Lake Festival of the Arts, offering fine arts and craft items, live music on stage, food and old-fashioned fun, will be officially open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 29.
With a theme of “Experience Art Americana,” expect offerings ranging from traditional and familiar to cutting edge and new age.
New to the event will be commemorative, collectible posters and t-shirts, both with the new graphic design that’s been featured in all the print advertising.
There will be a limited number of both available for purchase.
The event is being sponsored by the Mabank Chapter of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and hosted on historic Market Street in the business district of downtown Mabank.
The road construction that had to be contended with during the ’09 Festival is just a dim memory, with the widened Third Street (State Highway 198) fully open for the past few months.
With the cooperation and support of the City of Mabank, a safe, family-friendly atmosphere will be provided.
“We’ve really ramped up the advertising for the Festival of the Arts this year and an even larger crowd than in the past is expected,” event chairman Scott Confer said.
“All precautions and arrangements are being made to assure the comfort and safety of attendees to the Festival,” he added. “Free parking areas will be clearly marked and the vendor spaces will be placed for easy access.”
Folks coming out to enjoy the Festival of the Arts should bring their appetite because various food vendors will be on Market Street selling festival-style food.
Blue Bell ice cream treats will be a popular seller, as will hot dogs, Frito Pie, snow cones, popcorn, pizza and various baked items.
With the exception of the food businesses on Market Street, show organizers have reserved the food vending spots for local non-profits.
This is an example of the Chamber of Commerce partnering with the community to help their fund-raising efforts.
At presstime, around 50 vendors were registered, with more expected in the last few days leading up to the event.
Already registered are artists with work ranging from watercolor, oil/acrylics, handcrafted wood and metal items, leather goods, Native American art and pottery, birdhouses, several artists with Southwest items, hand-decorated and crafted clothing for adults and children, flip-flops, jewelry makers, leaded stained glass, etched glass, a working blacksmith, candles and much more.
Be sure to visit the Mabank Fire Department, offering fire protection demonstrations and information for homeowners.
For the kiddos, the Mabank Police and Fire departments will also be represented with clowns in full costume to entertain and educate.
Very special, talented face painters will also be working.
Don’t miss the Mabank Garden Club’s plants and linens sale in the Pocket Park.
Friends of the Tri-County Library will have their popular vintage jewelry sale that day, also.
Look for OnCor Electric Delivery, the event’s Corporate Sponsor, with their “Take a Load Off, Texas Tour,” offering valuable information about energy efficiency and the measures that can be taken to conserve energy.
Visitors will be entertained by local folk and rock Christian entertainers on stage.
Headliners for the day will be the Sullivan Family, with Michael, Gina and the children showcasing their talents.
Chairs will be in provided in front of the stage for comfort during the music sets and for just resting between shopping.
Admission to the Cedar Creek Lake Festival of the Arts is free.
Artists and craftspeople still have time to reserve a space at $30 each, no electricity available.
Sellers will be asked to provide their own tents and furnishings.
No “garage sale” type merchandise will be allowed.
To receive an application or vendor information, call (903) 880-3846 or (903) 288-0183 or e-mail

TVCC honors high academic achievement at graduation
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Each time Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) hosts commencement, the college recognizes those students who have performed at the highest possible academic level.
During a typical graduation, two or three students will earn the “highest honors graduate” distinction.
During the spring graduation ceremonies, five students were awarded the honor.
In order to be a highest honors graduate, a student must graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
The students who earned the highest honors distinction were:
• Gloria Ayoade of Omaruru, Nigeria. Ayoade is transferring this fall to the University of Texas at Arlington in order to obtain a degree in accounting and economics.
• Wesley Campos of Palestine. Campos will transfer to the University of Texas at Tyler, where he plans on earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting.
• Addison Daniel of Eustace. Daniel is planning to attend the University of Texas at Tyler next fall, where he will work toward earning his bachelor’s degree in computer science.
• Jacinda King of Terrell. King will be entering the nursing program at TVCC in the fall and working to become a registered nurse.
• Carlos Tovias of Athens. Tovias will be attending the University of Texas in Austin in the fall, where he will major in bio-mechanical engineering.
Two of the students who were highest honors graduates also earned a different distinction Friday night. TVCC president Glendon Forgey named Ayoade and Tovias – along with Samantha Patterson of West – as recipients of the President’s Award.
The President’s Award is given to graduates who have shown exceptional dedication both in the classroom and in the community.
Students who received degrees and certificates during last week’s ceremonies were (listed in alphabetical order by hometown):
EUSTACE: Heather E. Bailey, AA; Addison T. Daniel***, AA; Caitlin M. DiBari, AA; Laura M. DiBari*, AA; Sumitra A. Grant, AAS; Heather M. Lane, CER; Holden R. Lane, CER; Rachel M. Lane, CER; Anna M. Maltos, CER; Rhonda K. Mast, AAS; Ashley McCarter, AAT; Samantha Slay, AA; Ozzie C. Windham, CER.
GUN BARREL CITY: Daniel A. Downing*, AA; Jennifer Ham, CER; Alesia P. Henderson, AA; Lori L. Hill, AAS; Vaugh R. Jacobs, CER; Robin L. Zitko**, AA.
KAUFMAN: Anna G. Barbosa, AA; Rosa Castillo, CER; Ashley D. Cummings, AA; Jesus H. Gomez, AA; Carly C. Gunter, AA; Bobie J. Leflore, AAS; Jillian M. Miller, AAS; Cheryl L. Pool, CER; Deena K. Powell, AAS; Alice E. Reynolds, AAS; Aaron B. Stiles, CER; Michelle Tamez*, AAS; Lloyd T. Timms, AAS; Ashley N. Vinson, AAS; Ashley M. Wilkins, AA.
KEMP: Cristin T. Atkins, CER; Keala D. Bonsal, AAS; Erin R. Burchard, AAS; Amanda M. Clamon, AAS; Jessica L. Daniels, AAS; Paula M. Donnell, AAS; Joshua D. Gatson, CER; William E. Glasco*, AA; Sarah D. Lawrence, AA; Tiffany Lenamond, AA; Robin R. Lindsey, AA; Jacob B. Long, AA; Lisa A. MacAllister*, AA; Hector Medellin, AA; Paige E. Moore, AA; Lynsey D. Nickelson, AA; Amanda Sanford, CER; Kevin Smiley, CER; Mark D. Smith, CER; Sarah E. Smith*, AA; Shirley Turner-Irvin, AAS.
MABANK: Cody R. Barnett, AA; Megan R. Davis, AA; Melanie P. Edwards, AA; Jose A. Gallegos*, AA; Billy E. Garrison, CER; Edna E. Gonzalez, AAS; Chalahn S. Graham, AA; Andrea S. Hicks, AA; Benjamin L. Johnson, AA; Rebecca A. Keisling, AA; Charles C. Klecka, AA; Drew W. Kunz, CER; Jeannie L. Lewis, AAS; Jody L. Mendoza, AAT; Shary G. Myers*, AAS; Ronald E. Ootsey**, AAS; Chelsea C. Penix, AA; Lance E. Popham**, AA; Carla A. Smith, AA; Twana D. Walker*, AAS; Shelly L. Young*, AAS.
MALAKOFF: Connie L. Monsivais, AA; Ashley E. Muehl, CER; Flirtacia Richardson, CER; Hannah L. Ricks, AA; Dickie L. Taylor, AAS; Shernett D. Thomas, AA; Victoria Topar, AA; Harley F. Willcox, AA.
SCURRY: Chelsea N. Boshart*, AA; Tamara L. Bussey, AAS; Joshua L. Lathem, CER; Dan H. Short, CER.
SEVEN POINTS: Kiva L. Bostick*, AAS.
TOOL: Amber D. Dunn*, AA; September D. Page, AAS.
TRINIDAD: Karina Caywood*, AA; Chasidi Hounchell, AA; Debbie A. Schwanbeck, CER.

Budget and tax workshops set
No overall tax increase planned for Mabank ISD
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–It’s that time of year again, as school districts and other entities start to review and set their upcoming budgets.
At the regular Mabank School Board meeting May 18, trustees were informed of upcoming budget workshops, and the legal dates for trustees to meet to set the budget and tax rate by assistant superintendent of business management Scott Adams.
The first board workshop and tax rate discussion is set for Monday, June 28, Adams said.
“Our initial goal is to have a balanced budget for the next year, while maintaining an overall tax rate of $1.38 per $100 valuation,” Adams explained.
The $1.38 rate is the current tax rate, and does not represent an increase for taxpayers, Adams explained.
Anotherl workshop, with discussion and explanation of the tax rate language, is planned during the week of July 5-9.
July 15, the district will publish the state required notices, and Monday, July 26, the board of trustees will adopt the tax rate and possibly adopt the budget.
If the budget is not adopted at the July 26 meeting, the district has until the Monday, Aug. 23, board meeting to take action.
The trustees will then set a date sometime in September for the state-mandated tax election, even though the rate remains the same.
The district has hired Dr. John Walsh of San Antonio to help design handouts and mailouts, as well as prepare the time line and provide other needed information for the tax election.
In other business, trustees:
• canvassed the May 8 election votes, declared them official and welcomed Dr. Jeff Gaddis to the board.
• elected new board officers.
Kenneth Odom will serve as president, filling the seat of retired board president Gary Sapp.
Dr. Darrell Kinnard was chosen as vice president and trustee Dean Fannin as secretary.
• heard a presentation on the district’s success in “Rachel’s Challenge.”
Rachel was a student at Columbine High School and lost her life in the tragic shooting there.
She has since become an inspiration against the bullying and harassment that precipitated the violence in Colorado.
Mabank students took part in several projects, including signing a banner specifying “Dare to Dream,” encouraging students to work toward high goals and raising $1,800 for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
High school students produced a video on the consequences of bullying and the junior high raised $2,300, splitting that between the Red Cross and a military hospital in Germany.
Counselors from each campus told of benefits they had received from the students, and commented that “Rachel’s Challenge” is now making an impact around the world.
• approved a trip by FCAA students to Chicago for the National Leadership Conference.
• approved the state-required Freedom from Bullying policy. The district currently has such a policy, but the state mandates a further description of “bullying” in the FFI (LOCAL) student welfare policy.
• agreed to seek a waiver for a low attendance day, when fewer than 85 percent of students attended due to bad weather.
• reminded everyone to leave early for the graduation ceremony at 7:30 p.m. today (May 27) at the Garland Special Events Center.
“Traffic around there is pretty heavy,” Superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall explained.
• heard all seniors, who took the state-required exit tests, are graduating.
• presented Media Honor Roll certificates to Kerry Yancey and Barbara Gartman of The Monitor; Charles Stiff and Art Lawler of the Cedar Creek Pilot and Tim Howard of KCKL Radio.



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

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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