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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 6 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 Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. 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 6 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.

  EISD okays new math program
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–A new math program will be put in place at the Eustace Intermediate School next fall, and likely will be extended into the Middle School a year from now.
Eustace School Board members voted unanimously to purchase the Reasoning Mind math program for fifth and sixth grade students for the 2010-11 school year.
Trustees also allowed up to $37,500 of the purchase price to come from fund balance, if necessary.
Superintendent Dr. Coy Holcombe said activating the new math study program will involve purchasing some new classroom computers at the Intermediate campus.
“By this time next year, we’ll probably be able to extend this (program) into the seventh grade,” Holcombe told the trustees.
Action on the math program, which had been discussed for some time, capped a fairly routine, if lengthy (nearly four hours) regular session for the trustees June 15.
In other business, trustees:
• changed Student Accident Insurance carriers, as they accepted a bid from Hibbs Hallmark Insurance for the 2010-11 school year.
Holcombe reported the district’s current student insurance carrier, Texas Kids First, also presented a bid, adding both bids were “very similar.”
However, Holcombe pointed out the Hibbs Hallmark bid was almost $3,000 less, even though TKF’s bid was just $1 more than last year.
“I see no difference in coverage, and we’ve worked with Hibbs Hallmark before,” Holcombe said.
• took a number of personnel actions following a 100-minute closed session.
Board members accepted resignations from high school teacher Rob Tyner, newly hired high school teacher/coach Kris Jones, Primary School substitute Polly Shumate, Primary School teacher Judy O’Casey and high school instructional aide Karen Walter.
Trustees hired Stephen Hardy as a PE teacher/coach at the Middle School, Amanda Jones as an English teacher at the High School, Diana Buchannan as a Special Needs bus monitor, Clare Bradburn as a teacher at the Primary School, Emily Blackshear as a teacher at the Primary School and Molly Taylor as a teacher/coach at the Middle School.
Trustees also accepted the proposed salary schedule for Auxiliary and Professional staff, as amended, and approved the list of transfer students as presented.
• heard Holcombe present reports on (1) the preliminary budget from the Van Zandt County Appraisal District for 2011; (2) preliminary TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) scores; (3) 2010-11 Perkins Planning Amounts; (4) PaySchools; (5) summer office hours and (6) the summer meal program.
• reviewed revisions to Local Policy EIC, Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook, but took no action, as it was the first reading.
• agreed to buy MCS software for Point of Sale use in the cafeterias.
Holcombe said the existing software was too old to fix, and said the $9,097.50 cost would come out of the food service budget.
• heard Holcombe report attendance during the just-ended school year was excellent, at 96.49 percent for the year.
Enrollment is also up, to 1,451 students on the last day of school, compared to 1,426 in February.
“I hope that (growth) will continue through this summer,” he said. “It will certainly make budgeting a lot simpler.”

Trustees OK more parking
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Sufficient parking – or the lack of it – at Yellowjacket Stadium for football games and other large events has been one subject that will quickly stir the ire of local residents.
At their June 22 meeting, Kemp Independent School District trustees agreed to “rock in” an open tract of land to create more parking next to the softball/baseball complex.
This will take care of parking for regular games only, maintenance director Dewey Haley warned, adding there was room for approximately 250 vehicles in the suggested site.
Trustees agreed, and began a discussion concerning parking for the once-every-four-years homecoming celebrations Oct. 8.
“No matter what we do, we are not going to have enough parking for homecoming,” KISD superintendent Dr. Peter Running declared.
“There is additional room in another nearby field, weather permitting,” Haley said.
However, the possibility (maybe likelihood) of heavy rain in early October could turn that field into a muddy mess, Haley reminded trustees.
During another short discussion, trustees noted a number of people have said they liked the shuttle bus system – running from the Mabank Junior High parking lot – used in the past.
Trustees agreed that might be the best approach.
In other business, trustees:
• heard the financial report, tax collection report and investment report from business manager Kim Johnson.
The financial report for May shows the district in approximately the same position as last year at this time, she said.
The tax report for May showed collections at 89 percent.
“That is the highest it has ever been for the end of May,” Johnson said.
On the investment report, interest rates are up slightly, and the checking account is also earning a small amount, she added.
• heard the ADA (average daily attendance) final report from Dr. Debra Airheart.
The average ADA was 1,531 students on all campuses, but the final report for the end of the year showed a total of 1,485 attending KISD.
“We will do our budget on that number,” she explained.
• approved the band taking a school bus to Weatherford, Okla., even though the trip is not a school-sponsored event.
• approved submitting an application for low attendance day to be excluded from the ADA calculation.
• approved the renewal of the Workman’s Comp contract as presented.
• approved the Board Operations Procedures as presented.
• heard the May Board Buzz report.
“I thought it went very well,” trustee Jim Collinsworth said.
“It was a better exchange with the community than I have ever seen,” new trustee Chip Chambers said.

Music, fun, food, fireworks set for GBC July 4th Festival
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–In the past, Gun Barrel City’s Fourth of July Festival has consisted of vendor booths and a fireworks display.
This year, the city stepped it up and organized a “Concert in the Park,” featuring four up-and-coming bands – Bart Crow, Johnny Cooper, No Justice and Derek Sholl. They will entertain you for hours, after which the fireworks display will light up the sky.
Gates will open at 3 p.m., with the first concert starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at City Hall for $10 until Friday, July 2. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $15, with children 5 and under admitted free. All military/veterans are free with proper identification.
Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on! Canopy tents will be allowed towards the back of the concert arena, so as not to obstruct anyone’s view. No coolers are allowed.
Booths for arts and crafts will be set up outside the entrance to the concert arena and will include Scentsy candles, chunky jewelry, Beautification Committee cookbooks, purses, flip flops, a Presley Reed fundraiser booth and more.
Also, there will be a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids, as well as plenty of good food.
You’ll find food vendor booths selling burgers, hot dogs, corny dogs, nachos, chopped beef sandwiches, sausages-on-a-stick, Cajun pulled pork sandwiches, gumbo, smoked chicken quesadillas, catfish and snowcones. Water, sodas and beer will also be sold.
The city’s main goal is to get people to Gun Barrel City, to stay in the city’s hotels, shop in the city’s stores and eat in the city’s restaurants – to make Gun Barrel City be the place to be on July 4th weekend – not only this year but for years to come!
This is also an opportunity to help our community. Rita’s Club has a scholarship program which benefits Mabank, Eustace, Kemp, Malakoff and Trinidad schools. With the sale of beverages at the July 4 Festival, Rita’s Club will give a student from each school a $1,000 scholarship.
Event T-shirts will be sold for $12, and all proceeds will go to Matthew Muse’s Fight Against Autism Fund.
Matthew was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy seems to give children the most improvement. This therapy helps Matthew “Learn How to Learn,” and he has shown amazing progress.
All proceeds, after expenses, from July Fest will go towards the Gun Barrel City Miracle League, which is a ball field for those with disabilities, along with a proposed new Senior/Youth Center.
Planners have strived to make this event affordable and fun for everyone, and hope you enjoy this event as much as they have enjoyed organizing it for you!
Visit the event website at www.gunbarrelcityfestivals.net for all the details.

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also email them at dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

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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