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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 322.77 Water Temperature:
83  degrees - top
degrees - bottom


Inaugural tourney raises $11,000
By Pearl Canrell
Monitor Staff Writer

PAYNE SPRINGS–In its first golf tournament, members of the Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation were able to attract 84 golfers, numerous sponsors and raise $11,000.
Benefitting from Monday’s efforts are returning soldiers wounded while wearing the uniform.
Last year, the CCVF was able to make a $10,000 donation to Fisher House, providing hospitality for the families of veterans undergoing treatment at the VA Hospital in Dallas.
Some of CCVF members were sure more could be raised and set out to do so by adding a golf tournament.
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The team of Matt Neyra (left), Robert Campbell, Bill Darsett and Todd Killiam took first place in the inaugural Cedar Creek Veterans Foundation golf tournament Monday with a score of 49 at the Pinnacle Club Course. They were sponsored with a $500 team fee by Gilbert & Jones ladies apparel in Gun Barrel City.

Besides cash prizes for first and second place winners, prizes were awarded to third place, the longest drive and closest to the pin.
The top scores were all really close, with the first place team winning with a score of 49 for the $400 prize.
The second-place team, sponsored by Realtor Sue Stalcup, had a score of 50 for Sue and John Deloche and Bill Bywaters. Their fourth teammate, Bill Purdy, had to scratch as he couldn’t attend.
The third-place team of Richard Shiplen, Bob O’Neil, Jason Walls and Matt Koester won with a score of 51, though two other teams also tied with that score.
Their prize was four rounds of golf for four at four different golf courses, however the team donated their prize back to the foundation, as did the second place team.
Michael Higgins and Brenda Gilliam won for the longest drive.
Closest to the pin winners were Koester and Sue Deloche.


Pond plant management symposium set at TFFC
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–The two questions most often asked by pond owners are “What’s that stuff growing in my pond?” and “How do I control it?”
Those questions and more will be addressed at the Aquatic Plant Management Symposium at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19.
Preregistration is encouraged, and the $20 fee includes a barbecue lunch. To register call (903) 676-2277. All registration fees will be collected at the door; only cash or checks will be accepted.
For the most part, both public impoundments and private ponds in Texas are created, not natural, and most therefore do not have native aquatic vegetation.
Exotic vegetation often invades, and can hamper access, impede boating and create unsafe conditions for swimming.
The symposium will feature presentations on Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) statewide aquatic plant management plan, Lake Athens aquatic plant control rules, and a case study of aquatic plant management on Lake Conroe.
Dr. Michael Masser of Texas A&M University will speak on management of aquatic weeds in private lakes, and TPWD fisheries biologists Dr. Richard Ott and Mark Webb will present information on native vegetation that can be planted to provide habitat for fish, improve water quality and help crowd out invasive species. Webb will also talk about controlling noxious plants.
A tour of a native aquatic plant nursery recently established at the TFFC will show attendees how they can grow their own aquatic plants for planting into ponds.
Pond owners may bring samples of plants from their pond in waterproof plastic bags for identification and control recommendations.
The symposium is sponsored by the Lake Athens Property Owners Association (LAPOA), which is donating the proceeds from registration to TFFC’s annual Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament.
The symposium will be held in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center at TFFC, located off Farm-to-Market 2495 at Lake Athens; call (903) 676-2277 for more information.
Please note that entry to the Hart-Morris Conservation Center is not through TFFC’s main entrance. Instead, when approaching TFFC heading east on FM 2495, turn right onto Peninsula Point Rd., the second street after crossing the bridge over Lake Athens.
Follow Peninsula Point Rd. (also known as CR 4812) for 0.2 mile to Gate E on your left. Enter Gate E and park in the lot surrounding the Conservation Center.


Upcoming Events


June 24
Race Day
skippers meeting 9 a.m. race 10 a.m.

July 10
Marker Bouy Regatta

July 24
Race Day
skippers meeting 9 a.m. race 10 a.m.

Aug. 14
Fun Sail 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Aug. 28
Race Day
skippers meeting 9 a.m. race 10 a.m.

Sept. 11
AMU race 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Aug. 2
Practices open

Aug. 2
Practices open

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