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.
Mabank Western Week Events
Youngsters, adults enjoy annual Western
Week kickoff games
Monitor Photo/ Katherine Veno
The 54th annual Mabank Rodeo Queen and
her court stand in front of the Mabank Fire Department following
the Queen’s Dinner Wednesday. Pictured are (from left) Megan
Lilley, Grace Ann Klecka, Destiny Webb, Natasha Dare, 2009
Mabank Rodeo Queen Katie Thomas, Tori Jones, Lindsey Krueger,
Haley Halbrook and Melissa Weller.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace first-grader Kelsie Hudson inks her left forefinger
under the direction of Mabank Police Officer Kenneth Otterline
as he prepares a child ID kit on the youngster between Western
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Central Elementary incoming second-grader Payton Bradshaw takes
a big bite of cotton candy while waiting for the next game to
start at the Mabank Pavilion.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Volunteer Fire Department
members put on the brakes as they skid past the pylon. The team
didn't attempt to make a turn – just stopped and headed back on
the other side – and that strategy paid off with a 14.43-second
time, grabbing first place (and a $100 cash prize) in the annual
The Rodeo Queen Contestants No. 2 team,
using a bit of male muscle power, clocked 17.03 seconds, enough
to grab third place in the annual Western Week bed races at the
Mabank Pavilion Tuesday.
See Thursday’s edition of The Monitor for
photos from Saturday’s Cowboy Breakfast at the fire station and
the Western Week parade and rodeo.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank resident Debbie Chisholm gets ready to make the catch
during the adult division of the egg toss during the annual
Western Week games at the Mabank Pavilion Tuesday. Chisholm and
her partner were runners-up in the egg toss.
BBB warns of Craiglist scams
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Better Business Bureaus across the country are receiving
reports of a new scam on Craiglist that deceives buyers by falsely
claiming BBB accreditation and participation in a phony buyer’s
BBB warns there is no such thing as a BBB Purchase Protection Program
and any on-line seller claiming participation in this program is
In its 2009 Internet Crime Report, the Internet Crime Complaint Center
(IC3) reported receiving 275,284 complaints, more than 33 percent
increase from 2007, with a total dollar loss form all fraud cases of
And scams involving non-delivered merchandise and/or payment were by far
the most reported offense, comprising nearly 33 percent of all
Consumers look for BBB Accredited Businesses and the BBB seal when
evaluating the trustworthiness of businesses because the logo tells them
the business lives up to BBB’s rigorous standards.
Unfortunately, some businesses and scammers will lie to customers and
falsely claim they are accredited by BBB, therefore it’s important to
verify BBB accreditation at the source at bbb.org.
BBB has received reports from consumers from coast to coast who were
shopping for items on Craiglist – such as golf bags and strollers – and
came across an ad claiming the seller was accredited by BBB.
After inquiring about the item, the buyer received an e-mail from the
The e-mail explained the seller was accredited by BBB and they were a
participant to the BBB Protection Program.
This supposed program would protect the buyer should they not receive
the items they paid for.
In truth, there is no such thing as a BBB Protection Program. Not only
are these scammers lying about being accredited by BBB, but they also
fraudulently use the BBB logo on their web sites, overstockshop.biz and
overstocksales.org, and have stolen images from the BBB web site to
mimic the layout and design used by BBB.
The scamming sellers use more than a dozen names including, Emma Lawley,
Hollie West, Claudia Curtis, Mallory Downs, Stephanie Bradford,
Elizabeth Stanford, Kristine Gilmore and Linda Koller and have gone so
far as to create a fake BBB reliability report for each phony identity
which is linked form – and hosted on – the scammer’s web sites.
BBB contacted the web hosting company of overstockship.biz which
suspended the scammer’s site.
Since then, the scammers have set up shop at overstocksales.org and BBB
is taking steps to have that site taken down as well.
BBB offers the following advice for verifying a company’s accreditation:
• Businesses will often post the BBB Accredited Seal on their web site
to how customers they meet and uphold BBB’s standards.
To verify accreditment, consumers should click on the BBB logo which
will redirect them to either a confirmation page or the company’s
reliability report hosted on the BBB web site.
• Don’t take a business’s word for it. Visit
www.bbb.org and review the BBB
Reliability Report and rating from BBB, as well as additional
information on the business’s management and complaint history.
• Consumers who believe a business is fraudulently claiming BBB
accreditation should notify their BBB and file a complaint either via
letter, on-line at www.bbb.org.
or over the phone.
For more advice on how to avoid scams on-line and find trustworthy
businesses, visit www.bbb.org.
Mabank ISD keeps ‘superior’
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Mabank Independent School District has once again been awarded a
superior rating from the Financial Integrity Rating System (FIRST). It’s
the highest rating that can be earned, trustees heard during their June
“They (the state) have been doing the FIRST report for about five years
and MISD has always earned a Superior Achievement,” Scott Adams,
assistant superintendent of business management said.
The district earned a score of 79, out of a possible 85.
In other business, trustees:
• renewed the custodial services contract with GCA Services Group of
The five-year contract goes through the bidding process next year,
trustees were told.
However, the contract must be renewed every year during the five-year
• renewed the articulation agreement with Texas State Technical College,
• approved the second reading of the Texas Association of School Boards
(TASB) local policy, Update 85.
• approved MISD Policy DEA (local) compensation and benefits salaries
and wages, second reading.
• approved the second reading of MISD Policy EIC (local) Academic
Achievement Class Ranking, with a minor adjustment.
The term “beginning with” was changed to “prior to.”
• heard a status report on the education foundation.
“I am waiting for everyone to turn in their questionnaires,” Adams said.
When all the forms are in, the establishment procedure will continue, he
• heard the TASA/TASB convention is set for Thursday through Sunday,
• determined to meet at 5:30 (an hour early) at the July 27, board
meeting for a budget workshop.
The trustees have until Sept. 1, to approve a budget, Adams said.
The district has approximately $925 million in taxable properties, he
Also, House Bill 3646 was recently signed. It is the fourth version of
the education revenue disbursement bill, he said.
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