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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 7 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 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 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 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 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.
  GBC turn lane violations to be enforced
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY-Since the recent red light reconfiguration in the Gun Barrel City, there has been numerous complaints regarding persons cutting across private drives to avoid red lights.
This is a violation of the Texas Transportation Code.
Due to these complaints, the Gun Barrel City Police Department will begin a zero-tolerance enforcement program to deter violations.
The violation is a Class “C” moving violation carrying a $279 fine from the Gun Barrel City Municipal Court.
Enforcement action will also increase for the violation of Disregarding an Official Traffic Control Device.
This violation is for persons exiting a business or residence and driving in the center turn lane to merge with traffic.
It is not a violation to enter the turn lane, stop and then merge with traffic.
The violation occurs while driving in the turn lane to merge.
This action can result in serious traffic accidents, due to the driver looking behind to enter traffic, thus increasing the possibility of striking someone entering the turn lane from the opposite direction.
This violation is also a Class “C” moving violation carrying a $279 fine from the police.
Any person observing police officers committing these violations are urged to contact Chief Damon Boswell at (903) 887-7151.
You are urged to note the time of the occurrence and the unit number of the patrol car.

 

Food manager certification course slated for July 22-23
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Statistics indicate that foodborne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States.
Each year, one in four Americans will become sick, one in 1,000 will become hospitalized, and 5,000 will die due to a foodborne illness.
Under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager on site.
Many of you have already received a letter from the Texas Department of State Health Services regarding this.
Under these new rules, each food establishment permitted by the Texas Department of State Health Services must have one certified food manager. New food manager certificates will be valid for five years.
Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Kaufman County, is offering a food manager certification training course.
This program will be offered for $110, Wednesday and Thursday, July 22-23, at Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
Cost includes training, materials and the State food manager certification examination.
This program is designed to not only prepare foodservice managers to pass the certification examination, it will provide valuable education regarding the safe handling of food.
Almost 50 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food is spent on meals prepared away from home. Therefore, careful attention to food safety will help keep customers safe and satisfied.
Foodborne illnesses are estimated to cost thousands of dollars in lost wages, insurance, and medical bills.
With these statistics, knowledge of how to prevent foodborne illness is essential.
The benefits of improved food safety include:
• Increased customer satisfaction
• Improved relationships with health officials
• Prevention of bad publicity and law suits due to foodborne illness
By attending the course, foodservice managers will learn about:
• identifying potentially hazardous foods and common errors in food handling
• preventing contamination and cross-contamination of food
• teaching and encouraging personal hygiene for employees
• complying with government regulations
• maintaining clean utensils, equipment and surroundings, and
• controlling pests.
Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices.
For more information about the Food Manager Certification Training course of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, called “Food Safety: It’s Our Business,” call Katie M. Phillips, CEA-FCS at (972) 932-9069 or e-mail kmphillips@ag.tamu.edu

 

Creature Feature
A Surprise Under My Chassis
By Linda K. Holt
Monitor Staff

KEMP – It was a rainy Friday morning and I backed my car out from its unprotected spot next to the house to head for work. But I stopped short for there was a surprise walking about where my chassis had been.
Its bright brown shell was a stark contrast to the dark mud that it clambered about on.
This colorful Three-toed Box Turtle was a species I hadn’t seen before. Usually they are mud turtles that have come up from the lake to lay eggs in my sandy soil.
This one’s orange colored skin with white and black stripes, orange and white dots and high domed tan carapace made it a colorful and unique find.
After a few moments of snapping photos, it decided it was camera shy and retreated into its shell.
The hinged bottom, or plastron, effectively covers and protects it’s head, tail and feet.

Monitor Photo/Linda K. Holt
A Three-toed Box Turtle makes its way out of a tire rut.

I don’t normally handle my subjects, wishing to intrude into their lives as little as possible, but this one was the exception.
I wanted as many photos and of as many sides as possible for identification purposes.
Once I had finished my documentation, I set him back where I had found him.
It was several minutes before he felt confident enough to come back out and move off into the weeds.
I look forward to seeing him again someday!

 

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

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 petfinder.com


 


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