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.
Hensarling aide outlines
health care legislation
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–One of the hot-button issues in Washington, D.C. this
year is health care.
A reform bill now under consideration is worrisome, due to the
anticipated costs, Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis members heard at their
weekly luncheon June 24.
Richard Sanders, aide to U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling, met with
Kiwanis members to discuss pending health care reform efforts.
“Everyone does have the ability to get health care when they need it at
the emergency room,” Sanders said. “However, that is the highest-cost
Folks without health insurance coverage typically do not have the
ability to get preventative health care, in order to avoid illness
before it strikes, because of the high costs involved, he said.
“The bill we’re debating now is 852 pages long,” Sanders said. The bill
should pass the House of Representatives, but may get bogged down in the
Senate, he added.
“It’s possible the bill could cost about 4.7 million jobs, because of
the costs to small business it will require,” he said. “That’s the
problem we see with mandatory (health) coverage.”
While many in Congress don’t object to providing health care cost
savings for low-income families, “low income as defined in the bill is
$88,200,” Sanders said.
Providing complete coverage to the 50 million people without health care
coverage or inadequate coverage could cost as much as $1.6 trillion, in
a time when federal budget deficits are running more than $1 trillion
per fiscal year.
The U.S. issues debt notes – such as Treasury bonds – to come up with
the money, but those notes eventually will need to be paid off.
“(Hensarling) is very concerned about leaving this sea of red ink for
our children and grandchildren,” Sanders said. “Our national debt in
1974 was $4.5 trillion. Now, it’s about $13 trillion.
“We would like everyone to have access to health care, but we need to be
able to pay for it,” he added. “The cost, right now, is a major problem
A major problem with one-payer health care systems, such as the
government-funded systems used in England and Canada, is that some
health care has to be rationed.
“If you need something, because of your age, you might not get it,”
Also, if health care was extended to all of the 50 million people
currently without health care, “there aren’t enough doctors to go
around,” he pointed out.
Another concern is the cost of cleaning up carbon emissions. A tax on
carbon emissions is included in a energy bill under consideration (and
narrowly passed by the House last weekend).
Sanders said the $646 billion cost of the energy bill could raise
Texans’ utility costs anywhere between $1,600 and $3,100 a year.
“(Hensarling) is very concerned about clean air and clean water, but we
have to do that at a level we can afford,” Sanders said. “It could cost
between 130,000 and 377,000 jobs in Texas alone.”
Those job losses point out another major problem for the federal
government – revenues from taxes and fees are down at a time when
federal spending is up sharply.
“China owns most of our debt, and at some point, we don’t know if we’ll
be able to count on China to continue to buy our debt,” Sanders noted.
“We could have a lot of the things we need, if we could cut out most of
the waste and fraud,” he added.
In club news, members were reminded there would be no meeting July 1,
and they would meet in conjunction with the monthly chamber of commerce
luncheon July 9.
At the club’s next meeting, Wednesday, July 15, a speaker will be
providing information about the upcoming 2010 U.S. Census.
The following week, club members will accept an invitation to hold their
July 22 weekly luncheon at the Cedarview House assisted living center.
Disabled vets receive
property tax relief in Texas
Special to The Monitor
AUSTIN–Military veterans who are totally disabled or cannot work because
of service-related injuries will pay no property taxes on their homes
under a new tax exemption approved by the Legislature.
“Texas has done the right thing by providing property tax relief for our
military men and women who have served their country and paid a heavy
price,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said.
House Bill 3613 provides an exemption of the total appraised value of
the homesteads of Texas veterans who have received a 100 percent
disability rating or are considered unemployable by the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs.
The new law is effective for the 2009 tax year, and swift action is
necessary to update local property tax rolls and ensure eligible
veterans receive the new tax break.
Eligible disabled veterans must apply for the tax exemption through
their county appraisal district.
An application form for veterans and appraisal districts to use can be
found on the Comptroller’s Web site at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxforms/vetexempt.pdf.
Veterans may also need to contact their mortgage lenders to adjust their
Independence Day Events
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–This year, the nation is celebrating its 233rd birthday
with holiday events all weekend. Here is a list of activities to assist
you in planning your own Independence Day celebrations.
• Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Pilots Party – A family-centered event
starting at 6 p.m. Friday, July 3, at the Pavilion at The Pinnacle Golf
and Boat Club in Payne Springs. Great food, music and dancing, pilot
autographs and pictures. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for
children. Call Bob O’Neil at (903) 681-4546 or order tickets on-line at
• Free Breakfast for military personnel, veterans and First Responders
at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 4, at the First Baptist Church of Eustace,
located at 209 Meredith St.
• Aircraft Display, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at the Historic
Aviation Memorial Museum, Pounds Air Field, 150 Airport Drive, Tyler.
For more information, call (903) 526-1945 or e-mail email@example.com
• A Tea Party in protest of federal policies and tax increases is set
for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at the intersection of Harbor
Point Drive and West Main Street near Gun Barrel City Hall. Bring tea
bags, stamps and envelopes.
• VFW Post 4376 is hosting a freedom program and dinner in honor of
returning soldier Mitch Kincaid. The patriotic program begins at 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 4, with a musical presentation by Girls Scout Troop 3572.
A free dinner of ham and all the fixings to follow.
• Four Mile Fourth of July begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at Four
Mile Lutheran, located off FM 90, 11 miles north of Mabank, with a
worship service, followed by various events all day. The 161-year
tradition of celebrating the fourth with a fund-raiser will benefit the
Prairieville Fire Station and the church cemetery. At 5 p.m. an
all-you-can-eat hamburger barbecue for $5 begins. Continuous live
entertainment, a silent auction, bingo and a free water slide for the
kids will be available, along with a bounce house, dunking booth,
horseshoes, games of skill, prizes and fireworks.
•A July Fouth Celebration starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 4, in the Kemp
City Park with a parade at 6 p.m.
• Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake air show gets underway at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 4. Premium seating is available for $50 to $100 at The
Pinnacle Club, with proceeds benefiting the Cedar Creek Veterans
Foundation. Others view the air show from the lake on boats. To reserve
a seat, call Bob O’Neil at (903) 681-4546, or order tickets on-line at
ccveteransfoundation.org/AirShowTickets.php. A fireworks display follows
the air show.
• Seven Points Volunteer Firefighters Fourth of July hosts a free
fireworks show with support from local business owners. Gather at the
park and library parking lot for best views of the display, which begins
at dark-thirty, Saturday, July 4.
• The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center hosts an Independence Day event
with free admission after 4 p.m. Saturday, July 4, with free fishing
right up until half an hour before the free Fireworks at the Fishery
show begins, one of the largest fireworks displays in East Texas. Food
venders will be set up most the day. The gift shop booth will sell ice
cream and assorted souveniers and glow-in-the-dark items. The Center
will open at 9 a.m. Prohibited in the park are pets, alcohol, tobacco
products and private fireworks, including “snap caps” and sparklers. The
Center is located next to Lake Athens. The event is accessible for the
mobility impaired. For more information, call the Center at (903)
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