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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Retired CPS worker
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Child Protective Services investigators see
everything from hoarding to child custody battles to
excessive – sometimes horrific – punishment during the
course of responding to citizen concerns.
While sometimes there is no problem, at other times, abuse
and neglect can be shocking, retired CPS worker and new
Kiwanis member Richard Siemens told his fellow Kiwanis
members during Wednesday’s weekly luncheon.
State law requires a person who suspects another individual
– child or adult – is being abused, neglected or exploited,
to report that situation to authorities.
“You are not supposed to go out and check for yourself
whether it’s true or not,” Siemens said. “The law says, if
you suspect abuse, you have to call.
“If you do not report (the abuse), it’s a Class C
Misdemeanor,” he added.
Many reports are generated by concerned teachers, but
sometimes the chain of command kicks in, and the child ends
up having to answer the same questions from the teacher,
then the school nurse, then the principal, which does not
help, he said.
Probably about a quarter of all reports are unfounded, but
there are more than enough true reports to keep chronically
overworked state investigators and caseworkers running from
incident to incident, he said.
While there is no excuse for not calling, if someone calls
the CPS toll-free 800 number (all calls go to Austin), the
reporting person may have to put up with being on hold for
an hour until a caseworker can get to them, Siemens said.
Online reports are always done last, so it may be two or
three days before those reports are viewed and evaluated, he
In 15 years with CPS, Siemens said he has seen a wide range
“Have you seen (the television show) ‘Hoarders?’” he asked.
“I’ve seen those situations.”
He recalled one household where the parents and two children
all slept together in the same bed and stayed in one room,
“because the rest of the house was stacked floor to ceiling
with (full) trash bags – they never threw away anything.”
“You have to be really sensitive to cultural issues,”
For example, he recalled a situation where the parents and
two children (a boy age 7 and a girl age 9) all showered
“Their culture permitted that,” he said. “You try to counsel
them or provide them with counseling services to help them
understand our culture, and understand how that behavior is
not accepted here.”
Many CPS complaints involve excessive punishment, such as
one daycare operation where a hyperactive 2-year-old was
duct-taped to the wall to keep them quiet and still, he
Occasionally, during custody battles, one parent will call
to report the same type of behavior over and over again. At
some point, investigators simply do not continue their
investigation, if no evidenced of abuse has been found, he
If the parent continues to persist in lodging false
accusations, the state will file suit, but that rarely
happens, Siemens added.
“It’s very difficult to tell at times,” he said. “You have
to watch the child’s behavior closely to see if they’re
When a child is injured, those medical records are sometimes
forwarded to a forensic physician, who can tell if an
injury, such as a broken bone, actually was the result of a
fall – as the parents say – or is the result of abuse, he
If children are removed from the home, that requires court
action, and the CPS attorney (in Henderson County, an
assistant District Attorney) makes that determination,
usually within three or four hours.
“You can do an immediate removal, if you believe the family
might run with the child,” he said.
Graham named Miss Rodeo
Monitor Staff Reports
SAN ANTONIO–Lauren Graham was crowned as the 52nd Miss Rodeo
Texas during pageant ceremonies in San Antonio June 24.
Graham, 21, is a 2008 Mabank High School graduate. She is
the daughter of DeeAnn and Kevin Graham of Kemp.
“It is truly an honor to serve as the “First Lady of Rodeo”
in Texas,” Graham said. “To be named the 52nd Miss Rodeo
Texas means I will have more than a half a century’s worth
of boots to fill, but having this opportunity is
Graham entered the statewide pageant as Miss West Texas Fair
She is a senior at Texas A&M University in College Station,
majoring in Agricultural Communications and Journalism.
“Thanks so much to the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant, its
leadership and ambassadors for this fabulous and prestigious
privilege! I can’t wait for my year to start as the newest
Miss Rodeo Texas!” she said.
Along with winning the coveted statewide title, Lauren
earned a $15,000 scholarship, a trophy saddle and trophy
buckle, a fur jacket and many additional prizes.
In addition to the overall title, Graham also won awards in
the performance categories – Speech, Photogenic,
Personality, Appearance and Horsemanship.
Graham is a member of the Agricultural Communicators of
Tomorrow, Masters of Beef Advocacy, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority,
Aggie Angels, ZTA Stompfest Team, American Quarter Horse
Association, National Cutting Horse Association and Texas
CattleWomen, Inc. Lauren also competes in breakaway roping,
cutting and reining and has been a volunteer in numerous
A Texas tradition for more than five decades, with the Miss
Rodeo Texas inaugural crowning in 1959, the Miss Rodeo Texas
Pageant has produced seven Miss Rodeo Americas.
Since the inception of the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant, Miss
Rodeo Texas has served as a vibrant, colorful goodwill
ambassador of rodeo, the official sport of Texas, working
closely with professional rodeos, rodeo associations and
community organizations to preserve our western heritage and
keep the western industry alive and flourishing in today’s
Contestants from all over the state participate in the Miss
Rodeo Texas program competing for thousands of dollars in
scholarship awards and other prizes among three age groups
vying for their respective crowns.
The Miss Rodeo Texas contest consists of pageant winners
from 19 to 24 years old. The Miss Rodeo Texas Teen consists
of winners from 14 to 18 years old and the Miss Rodeo Texas
Princess competition consists of 9- to 13-year-old
The selection of each of the rodeo queens is based on
horsemanship, appearance and personality competitions. As
the reigning Miss Rodeo Texas, Graham will be competing in
the Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas, Nev., in
conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (PRCA).
The coronation of Miss Rodeo America 2011 will be in early
“I could have never made it this far without the support
from my family and friends,” Graham said. “I have such a
huge backing and I know they will all be there cheering me
in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in December in Las Vegas!”
Rotarians observe 25th
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY– The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake marked
its 25th year with a very special luncheon June 25.
Local businessmen founded the Cedar Creek lake chapter with
encouragement from the Athens Rotary Club.
Charter member Damon Stephen recalled some of the club’s
“firsts” during the anniversary celebration at Vetoni’s
• The first unofficial meeting was held May 23, 1986, to set
• The first official meeting was June 25, 1986.
• The first program was on the hospital district and was
presented by Andrea Gibbs.
• The first project was picking up trash on State Highway
“We learned to hate people who threw out cigarette butts,”
Stephen laughingly said.
• The first woman to join the local club was Janet Adams
(1989), then manager of Cedar Creek Country Club.
Several past presidents highlighted the club’s
accomplishments during their term in office.
Gibbs recounted that during her term, the club first
participated in “Make a Difference Day.”
During Bruce Easley’s presidency Rotary marked its
centennial in the United States.
Easley said since the first internal project provided public
restrooms for citizens in Chicago, he felt it fitting to
follow the example.
So the club built the restroom facilities at the Mabank
Barbara Turner retold what the club did to mark its 20th
During Lee Montgomery’s leadership, the club provided a fun
day for handicapped kids at the Whatz’ Up Family Fun Park.
The club’s international chairman, Ted Ingersol, said he is
bringing a very international item for the auction during
the annual Celebrity Waiters’ fundraiser – French chef to
prepare a dinner for 20 people.
Robert Blaase’s presidency achieved the highest netting year
for fundraisers; the golf tournament and Celebrity Waiters
Liz Smith said during her year, the club bestowed the second
highest number of Paul Harris Fellows in the district.
District governor Jim Archer highlighted what the
international Rotary Club accomplished with the combined aid
and support of all the individual clubs.
“When this club was formed, almost one million children were
struck with polio. This year, there were only four reported
cases. In India, with approximately one billion people,
there was only one reported case,” he said.
The Rotary International has been instrumental in involving
business (Bill Gates) and other celebrities to eradicate the
dread disease from the earth.
The local club is proud to present 30 scholarships, annually
to graduating seniors from Eustace, Mabank and Kemp high
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.
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