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
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
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
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
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
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.
Local residents swelter
without power for two days
Oncor, TVEC work hard to restore
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Several residents in the Kemp area were still waiting
for electrical power to be restored Friday, after outages began on
Wednesday, mostly due to downed trees and blown transformers as a result
of storms that rolled through the area.
Frustrated residents had to throw spoiled food away, at a time when
pocketbooks are tight. “It was just very irritating,” one Hilltop
While crews worked to restore power, summer temperatures began to soar,
and those without electricity were also without air-conditioning or
fans. “It was so hot. It made me think about the pioneers and people who
lived in Texas before air-conditioning,” the resident said.
Crews from Oncor and Trinity Valley Electric Co-op worked into the
weekend getting power to several Cedar Creek Lake area communities hit
hard by a series of storms last Wednesday and Thursday.
“It was just one wave of storms after another,” TVEC general manager/CEO
Jerry Boze said Monday.
Starting Wednesday and continuing through late Thursday, June 10-11, a
series of storms brought waves of lightning, high winds, some small hail
and high waters. Trees were blown over and power lines downed, but not
as much around the lake as in some areas.
“At the height of the storms, only about 3,000 customers suffered
outages,” Oncor area manager Brenda Walker, located in Palestine, said
Walker’s service area covers the communities around Cedar Creek Lake,
Athens, Palestine and Fairfield.
However, considering the amount of damage recorded in the Dallas/Fort
Worth Metroplex, “We were very lucky,” she said.
“The 3,000 lake area customers all had their power back on by Saturday
afternoon,” Walker added.
“At the height of the storms, we had about 6,500 customers out,” Boze
reported. “We had the last ones wrapped up in the early hours of
Boze added the lightning produced by each storm wave was the worst he
had seen in 25 years with TVEC.
Lightning strikes blew out transformers and fused power lines, he
“Talking with our people, everybody was saying they don’t ever recall us
having that many storms coming through,” Boze added. “It caused more
problems than we had with (hurricane) Ike last year.”
The Kemp area was particularly hard hit, with numerous trees downed, and
Boze said the Kaufman area of TVEC had the most outages.
A very few Oncor customers had to make repairs to their homes before the
power could be turned back on, Walker reported.
The lake area and surrounding communities are served out of Oncor’s
Athens Service Center, she said.
“Kemp residents are the exception – they are served out of Terrell,
which is served out of Mesquite,” Walker added.
Walker said whenever bad weather is in the area, everyone should seek
shelter, especially in lightning or high wind conditions.
“We normally try to wait until the force of the storm has passed before
we send out assessment crews,” Walker said. “Then we give the
assignments for repairs and roll the trucks.
“When we have a large storm, crews often come in from areas that were
not impacted by the storm,” Walker explained. “For instance, we had
crews come in from as far away as Lufkin.”
“We had all of our available crews out, and all of our contractors,”
Boze said. “It just takes a while, when you’re covering a big area.
“It’s like fighting a swarm of bees,” he added.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Trees were downed all over Kings Creek Golf Club as a result of storms
night June 10. Fallen trees, lightning and high winds left more than
3,000 area residents
without electricity. This tree is at the entrance into Kings Creek Golf
Rotary tourney brings in
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–While there’s still money coming in from hole sponsors
and other sources, the recent Rotary golf tournament earned more than
$7,000 over expenses, treasurer Glenda Holbrook reported.
The funds earned at the tournament go toward the 30 $500 scholarships
awarded by the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake to graduating seniors
from Kemp, Mabank and Eustace high schools each year.
Friday, new member Tiffany Lillie was welcomed into the club at the
She received a club banner, a Rotary pin and an information packet.
June is Rotary Fellowship Month, members and guests were told by Lee
Montgomery, who was handling the program and announcements for the
He said the various fellowships include 66 interests Rotarians take part
Montgomery showed a video of Rotarians assisting people wounded by land
mines in countries where the armies have left, often leaving behind the
implements of war.
Members were reminded of the upcoming Installation of Officers dinner at
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Former club presidents and directors welcome new member Tiffany Lillie
into the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake Friday. The club is a community
organization that participates in local, national and International
programs that benefit
mankind. Pictured (from left) are Andrea Pickens, Kathy Nailling, Glenda
Lillie, Lee Montgomery, Ronnie Davis and Mike Groom.
Health Fair set for Saturday
Carter Blood to receive donations
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–Aley United Methodist Church will host a Health Fair 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20.
Dorothy Keefe, R.N., the church’s parish nurse, has invited a varied
group of health care providers to offer health screenings and important
“Health fairs give the consumer an opportunity to do some comparison
shopping before a need becomes drastic.
“Our purpose is to get medical access information out to the people, to
make it possible for them to get affordable healthcare and if possible
help them prevent health problems before they start,” Keefe said.
“Keefe has been a real help to the people of our church and many others
in the community,” Pastor Eston Williams said. “We are excited to host
this event,” he added.
Free screenings will be offered for those who wish to be checked for
diabetes, hypertension and strokes, respiratory problems and other
potential health challenges.
Represetatives from East Texas Medical Center and the Presbyterian
Hospital in Kaufman have been invited.
Home health care options will be explained by folks from Country Nursing
Solutions, Angel’s Care, At Home Health Care and Cedar Lake Home Health.
Alternative health care options will be explained by folks from Cedar
Creek Health Care and Cedar Creek Wellness Spa.
Hospice services will be represented by Caring Hearts, Hospice of East
Teas and Lighted Pathways.
Representatives from the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s
Association will also be there.
Home Instead will provide information about services they provide that
enable a senior citizen to stay home as long as possible.
The Mabank Nursing Home and Cedarview House will share information about
other living arrangements for seniors.
Financial options will be offered by Wells Fargo Bank and Tiffany Little
will be there to share insurance options available through State Farm
The Carter Blood Bank will be available for donations of blood.
A baked potato bar will be available with donations going to the
church’s scholarship fund.
Aley United Methodist Church is located 1.5 miles west of Seven Points
on Cedar Creek Parkway (State Highway 85.)
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
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
County Road 2403 in
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