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
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 every Tuesday
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
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 second and fourth Monday of each month in
the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited
to attend. Call for times, (903) 498-2013, ext. 2.
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 Thursday of each month. For more
information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Oran White 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.
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Police chief gets raise
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
PAYNE SPRINGS–With consistently rising sales tax revenue
collections, Payne Springs council members agreed to a
modest annual raise for the city police chief.
Chief Tim Meadows received a $1.92 per hour increase
Tuesday, bringing his yearly pay to around $36,000.
Council members also replaced resigning city clerk Ashley
Cates with Kenna Acker. Acker will assist city secretary and
judge Karen Juica with both city and court business.
The city has been successful at purchasing a slightly used
roller to assist with patching potholes for $4,500, an item
approved last month.
Volunteers plan to give the roller a work out this weekend
with the addition of two loads of cold mix council members
approved purchasing up to $4,000.
Councilman Michael Juica and Meadows have been volunteering
their time for both the city hall construction and for
simple road repairs.
Red Dot is expected to complete the erection and closing in
of the new city hall building (see below) within the next 10
days, council members heard.
All kids encouraged to
join ‘Beach Blast’
Special to The Monitor
MALAKOFF–Summer time is here and area children will have the
opportunity for a little vacation. Parents will be happy –
the trip is free!
Beach Blast, the Vacation Bible School program to be
provided by the First Baptist Church of Malakoff, will take
children 4 years old through completed fifth grade to the
“We want to invite all area children and visitors to come
along as we have some fun in the sun. When we arrive at the
beach, the kids will dig into God’s promises, provision,
power, plan and presence. They will learn that no matter
where they go or what they do in life – God is faithful,”
FBC Children’s Minister Kasey Holt said.
“We want to encourage and welcome all area children to come
be a part of our Beach Blast. Our adventure will include
exploring Mission Island, Bible Study Getaway, Recreation
Resort, Craft Cabana and the Music Hut,” Holt adds.
The motto for the week is “God is faithful. I can dig it!”
The fun-packed week at the beach starts 9 a.m. and continues
to noon. Monday–Friday, June 27-July 1.
On-site registration opens at 8:45 a.m.
There will be a Family Fun Night at 6 p.m. Friday. Families
will be treated to hot dogs, sno-cones, inflatables and a
water slide to celebrate the fun-filled week.
Bus transportation will be available by contacting the
church in advance.
According to Holt, parents interested in their child
attending the Beach Blast should call (903) 489-0228, or to
complete an easy online application from the church’s
website, please visit
Kiwanis hear about Masonry
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–There’s a lot of similarities between being
a Kiwanis member and being a Shriner, Cedar Creek Lake
Kiwanis members heard Wednesday.
To be a Shriner, you first have to be a Mason, and the roots
of Freemasonry, in legend, go back to the Biblical story of
the building of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, industrial
salesman Darrell Hefley told Kiwanis members at their
regular weekly luncheon.
The origin of the Freemasons is unclear; at least one
clearly Masonic text dates back to the late 1300s. The Grand
Lodge of England was founded in 1717, and the fraternal
organization was established in the English colonies in
America by the 1730s.
“Masonry is very much involved with U.S. history,” Hefley
Fourteen of the men who signed the Declaration of
Independence were Masons and 14 U.S. Presidents have been
Masons, beginning with George Washington.
U.S. currency contains several symbols relating to
Freemasonry, Hefley said.
There are many different affiliated groups – the Scottish
Rite and the York Rite being the two most common types of
Masonic lodges in East Texas – but there are very few
practical differences between them.
As a fraternal organization, women are not allowed to
participate in a lodge’s meetings, but women’s affiliated
groups – the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of
the Nile (Shriners) – actually do much more work than the
men, Hefley admitted.
There are more than 870 lodges in Texas, including Gun
Barrel City, Eustace and Canton.
When the Shriners (officially the Ancient Arabic Order of
the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine) first organized in New York
City in 1870, one of the original members had recently
traveled to the Middle East.
“At that time, the Middle East was seen as very intriguing
and colorful, so they chose the Middle East as their theme,”
Hefley said. “The main idea was just to have fun.”
The Middle Eastern theme is shown by the fez (a felt hat
native to Morocco) worn by Shriners during parades and other
activities, he noted.
Just as the Masons primarily raise money for charities and
scholarships, Shriners use most of their fundraising efforts
to pay for operating 22 Shriners hospitals around the
Shrine hospitals (there are two in Texas) provide no-cost
health care for children, primarily orthopedic services and
“They’ve probably done more for burn care than any other
entity,” Hefley said.
“The (Shriners Hospital) budget is reaching around $1
billion a year,” he said. While most of the funds come
through a major endowment, Shriners hold fundraising
activities for hospital operations throughout the year,
including a February partnership with the International
House of Pancakes restaurant chain.
There are 191 Shrine Temples throughout the U.S., Canada and
foreign countries, with the headquarters at the Imperial
Shrine Temple in Tampa, Fla., he said. There are 13 Temples
in Texas, including Garland and Tyler.
While charity work is the major focus – Masons donate more
than $2 million a day to charities – “it’s a social outlet
for my wife and I, as well,” he said.
Hefley plays in the Shriner’s float band during the
Starlight Parade each evening at the State Fair. “We do a
lot of parades,” he noted.
One big concern for Masons and Shriners alike is the loss of
membership to death, as the median age is now above 65,
Masons do not solicit new members, but can respond if asked
about the organization. To be a Mason, you must be of legal
age (18 or 21, depending on the lodge), believe in a Supreme
Being and be of good moral character, he explained.
“You get out of it what you put into it,” he said. “That’s a
cliché, but it’s really true.”
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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.
information visit our website at petfinder.com