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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.

  Pioneer Day coming
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–Booth space for the popular Eustace Pioneer Day on The Square are going fast.
The annual event is slated for Saturday, June 19.
Booth space with electricity is $20 for the day and those without only $10. Reserve your space by calling (903) 425-2751 or make checks out to Eustace Pioneer Fund, 207 Edgar St. Eustace TX 75124. PioneerDayParadecarline.jpg (158687 bytes)
Every year, this day-long celebration draws crowds to Eustace for games of skill and chance, along with the opportunity to pick up unique crafts and gift items offered.

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AT RIGHT: The Cedar Creek Model A Club members always have a fine showing in the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19.


A full day of entertainment and activities are planned for the annual event, starting with the fourth annual Pioneer Day 5K Walk/Run at 8 a.m.
Once again track coach Gene Myers is heading up this event. A $15 entry fee comes with a T-Shirt. The top three winners in each age group will be presented with an award following the race. Pickup a registration form at the city hall, or call Myers at (903) 477-1379.
Spectators thrill to see hometown high school track stars compete against arch rivals from neighboring school districts in this fun competition.
Others are inspired by the field of senior athletes this event continues to attract.
After the race, the bazaar opens for browsing through arts, crafts and food booths.
But you don’t have to wait long before the Pioneer Day Parade trots down Farm-to-Market 316 from the high school to the town square.
All who plan to participate in the parade should be at the school no later than 9:30 a.m., Pioneer Day coordinator Cary Reeve said.
Staged at the Townsquare Park, Pioneer Day also gives visitors a chance to sample a taste of the pioneer spirit with a tour of a log cabin, located across the square.
All day, a line up of entertainment, demonstrations, domino and horseshoe pitching contests are planned including a little bingo.
Trophies follow the 42 Tournament courtesy of the Jane Beeson Family. For more information, contact Robert Reeve at (903) 275-7722.
Horseshoe pitchers will be competing for cash prizes. Contact Jerry and Joel Boyd at (903) 425-0138.
The ever-popular pet show gets begins at 1 p.m.under the direction of Diane and Rick Shaffer.
If your pet has what it takes to circle the gazebo, be sure to be there with your leash. Questions? Call (903) 477-5460.
The day of festivities closes with a street dance beginning at 8 p.m. with music provided by John Allen and the Whiplash Band.

First State Bank looks forward
to another 75 years

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The latest bank branch added to the First State Bank family was the first one to celebrate the bank’s 75th anniversary with a reception Monday.
Receptions were scheduled throughout the week at the bank’s five locations in Henderson County. FSBGBC75.jpg (152971 bytes)
Board chairman Jeff Austin Jr. told of his father’s partnership with Charless Hooser on a farm in Frost to create one of the most successful banking ventures in East Texas, during a speech at the five-year-old Gun Barrel City branch location.

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First State Bank Gun Barrel City branch manager Sue Cardin stands with bank board chairman Jeff Austin Sr. and bank president/CEO Jess Laird during a noon-hour reception Monday marking the bank's 75th anniversary.


Together, the two men bought small banks and made them grow.
Bank branch manager Sue Cardin recalled the branch’s first day of business in a three-room suite, located at 616 W. Main Street in June, 2005. That day, just 11 customers came in, she said. She compared it to the vast numbers of visitors who came in just prior to the most recent three-day Memorial Day weekend.
The Gun Barrel City branch built and moved into its current location at 118 W. Main St. in September, 2006, she said.
On Tuesday, a similar review of the bank’s history was conducted at a reception at the Mabank branch.
There branch manager Ronnie Davis was commended for his steadfast service of 22 of the 23 years of First State Bank ownership. The acquistion of the Mabank branch in 1987 increased assets to $120 million.
While employing every new technological advance available, Davis said, “we will continue to be careful and conservative in our banking practices,” Davis said.
The First State Bank’s 75-year history dates back to the opening of the Farmers and Merchants State Bank May 1, 1935 in what is now the county tax office.
“It took a lot of courage for them to open a bank during the Great Depression,” FSB president and CEO Jess Laird said.
In 1962, it moved to the old Dean Hotel and in 1967, Hooser and Austin Sr. purchased that bank and renamed it First State Bank. In 1994, the Bank of Athens was added to the First State Bank family, increasing total assets to $245 million. Today, it is regarded as one of the highest-performing banks in Texas.
First State Bank has five locations 21,000 accounts, $296 million in assets and $193 million in loans, serving its account holders in four counties, Laird described. Both Laird and Austin expressed their appreciation to the bank’s employees and wonderful customers.
Though the bank has been marking its 75th year, all year, “this is a big day for us,” Austin said. He then described some of the activities that have looked forward to this day.
Each staff member made a donation to the charity of his or her choice, adding up to $20,000 donated as an expression of gratitude, Austin said. And a birthday party is planned for 2 p.m. Sept. 16, to honor everyone who is celebrating a 75th birthday in Henderson County at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Austin announced. “Ride the future with us, as we begin another 75 years,” he said.
Investing in people, technology, education and local communities has led First State Bank to this point, Austin added. “We have to work hard every day to earn your trust and patronage. To us, every day is game day,” he said.

 

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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