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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.

  Boutique coffee shop opens in Mabank
Groovy Grounds is gaining ground with customers
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Now instead of traveling to Terrell or the Dallas Metroplex when you long for your coffee fix from Starbucks, you need go no further than Third Street (State Highway 198) in Mabank. There’s even a drive-thru.
All your favorites are there, with extra espresso, or if you like it more on the sweet side, a shot of syrup. If you’d rather have your sweets in the form of blueberry muffins, bagels and cream cheese, Greek yogurt, cookies or fresh sugar-free fruit pies, you’ll find that here, too.
In fact, the cake-like sugar cookie is a bite of Christmas all year long, and folks come by just to get them. (Better come early for these, they go fast.)
There are also chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal and raisin cookies. Those on the Weight Watcher’s program will appreciate that a slice of fruit pie is worth only two points.
Now, maybe your coffee break should include a comfy couch, pretties to look at and Wi-Fi connectivity; well you’ll find all those here, too.
In fact, the décor and roomy red couch will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into the Central Perk of the television series “Friends.”
“That’s the look we were after,” co-owner Cheryl Nekuza said of the revamped living room in what once was the Birdhouse Bed and Breakfast. “If Starbucks has it, we have it. And our baked goods don’t cost as much as theirs,” Nekuza said.
She didn’t want to compete with the recently opened Comfort Suites. So one day, just seven weeks ago while on her way to a hair appointment, she thought of opening a coffee shop. She spoke of it with her daughter, Emily, who has a culinary degree as a pastry chef, and her nail stylist friend, Kelly Hamilton.
Well, Hamilton has wanted to open a coffee shop since she moved here 13 years ago. She even had a name all picked out.
Making it a family project, in no time at all The Birdhouse B&B morphed into Groovy Grounds. Look for the sign and colored flags on the east side of the street north of the Mason Street (Bus. 175) intersection.
The downstairs is taken over by the comfortable coffee shop, kitchen and coffee brewing room, just off the kitchen.
On display throughout are beaded jewelry, home décor, personal care products and baby shower gift items. In the back is Hamilton’s roomy nail salon, forcing her customers to smell the coffee aroma and walk by the buffet table, where the delectable pastries go hand-in-hand with a warm cup of Joe.
Groovy Grounds is open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.
A 2004 Mabank High School grad, Emily is the production chief who grinds the beans, and keeps the smell of freshly baked goods mingling with the fragrance of fresh ground roast coffee.
Some of the flavored coffees offered include White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Frappe and Caramel Mud Slide. The featured coffee of the day may be viewed on Facebook – just search for Groovy Grounds, or you can give call (903) 887-1242.
For those who aren’t coffee drinkers, there are fruit smoothies and flavored Chai (tea). In an effort to draw on the after-school crowd, the shop has a Wii gaming system and Guitar Hero, available to paying customers, Cheryl Nekuza said.
Five upstairs bedrooms are being leased a month at a time, she said. “Wouldn’t you know, as soon as we change from being a bed the calls for reservations come in,” she laughed. “But, we think this will do better than the B&B did.”
Be sure to give them a try, and tell your friend who complains of the lack of a good coffee house to check them out, too. You’ll be glad that you did.

Lake Area Revival starts Sunday
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The Kemp Area Ministerial Alliance, made up of various Cedar Creek Lake area churches, are hosting a revival at Yellowjacket Stadium starting Sunday and running through Wednesday, June 9.
Each evening, the formal worship services start at 7 p.m. Kemp High School band director Jimmy Polk will serve worship leader.
Evangelist Joe Thomas of Watauga will be the featured speaker of the evening.
Presenting churches include Calvary Baptist Church, First Assembly of God in Kemp, First Baptist Church of Kemp, First United Methodist Church in Kemp, Hillcrest Baptist church, Lighthouse of Praise, Lion of Judah Church, Living Word Church, New Beginnings Baptist church, River of Life Church, Tolosa Baptist church Trinity Baptist, Trinity full Gospel Church and The Master’s Touch church in Seven Points.
“If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then bring a friend, neighbor or co-worker and introduce them to Christ. Better yet, let us all be in prayer that God begins a movement in our area and that we, his people, will return to him,” director Robert Long said.
He was referring to II Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Bring the children an hour earlier Monday night, so they can enjoy a magic show and hotdogs!
Tuesday night at 6 p.m., area youth can come early and enjoy free pizza.
Barbecue will also be available for purchase prior to the start of services each night.

St. Jude Festival set for June 5
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–St. Jude Catholic Church, 172 Luther Lane in Gun Barrel City (behind Pizza Hut), will hold a festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the church.
It will feature an evening of music at 6 p.m.
Events will be free pony rides courtesy of Knights of Columbus and the parish, dunking booths, cake walk, face painting, various games, crazy hat contest, train rides, music, craft booths, petting zoo, free blood pressure screening, blood bank on-site, Cub scout kite display and child ID by the Mabank Police Department.
There will be an array of delectable delicacies including, but not limited to, barbecue, Mexican fare, popcorn, snow cones, pulled pork, etc.
If you wish to have a booth, call (903) 887-1452.

 

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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