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.
New Kemp High School to open on
time, trustees hear
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–With the start of school just eight short weeks away, the new Kemp
High School is on target for receiving its first students.
Trustees approved the latest payment of $1,963,580.11 on the $19 million
construction project during their regular meeting June 22.
Visitors walk up one of the two main staircases to the second floor of
the new Kemp High School Tuesday. About 75 people toured the new
facility during a special walk-through sponsored by the Kemp School
“There has been tremendous progress since last month when I was
here,” architect Randy Fromberg told the trustees.
“You will be able to move into the classrooms on time,” construction
manager Blair Williams promised.
“I am still concerned about (the design of) the handrails on the
stairs,” school board president Keith Foisey said.
There will be money left over after the school is finished to work on a
change, Fromberg answered.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Plumbing stubs in the floor show where stations will be centered in one
of the second-floor science labs inside the new Kemp High School.
“I heard there was some storm damage to the structure,” trustee Jim
“Some roof materials were blown away, but I’m not aware of any damage,”
Kemp maintenance staff noted wind damage to guttering on the south wing.
“I’ll look into it,” Blair replied.
School board members noted they would host a special walk-through of the
new facility as part of the “Board Buzz” Tuesday (see related story,
page 1A, and photos, this page).
In other business, the trustees:
decided to retain Riata Financial Group as its Cafeteria Plan Manager.
It was a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” board members
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Incoming freshman Meagan Powell peeks through a slit in a plastic cover
over a second-floor window into the cavernous new gym during Tuesday’s
Trustees heard presentations from both Rusty Freeman of Riata and
Wayne Deselle of TCG Consulting on behalf of Region 10.
KHS teacher Barbara McFaul spoke against changing carriers, and praised
the current carrier.
“I will never believe that they (Riata and Freeman) have not had the
best interests of Kemp at heart,” she said.
Freeman acts as a third-party administrator who looks after certain
“I have been serving the Kemp district for 17 years,” Freeman explained.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Visitors walk through the cavernous competition gym at the new Kemp High
School during Tuesday’s tour. As planned, the gym will seat more than
• kept lunch prices unchanged from last year.
• authorized superintendent Dr. Peter Running to negotiate a contract
for electric utility service.
•amended board policy DEC (local) compensation and benefits, allowing
employees to donate leave and sick leave time to a fellow employee, if
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Visitors gather on the stage inside the new Kemp High School's 600-seat
auditorium during Tuesday’s walk-through. The auditorium features a
separate dressing-room area with storage, as well as a self-contained
• discussed a “students turn your cell phones on” program.
The program teaches students the appropriate situations for texting and
• heard Running was the second choice for Superintendent of the Year.
• heard a parent’s complaint about too much emphasis on dress code
Her son and daughter have been stopped in the halls too often, she said.
Cedar Isle hosts Support Our
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–Bringing the community together in a big way to support
four local military personnel and their platoons stationed in far away
places is the goal of the Cedar Isle Restaurant and Baja Beach Club in
The troops are stationed away from stores and are unable to get everyday
necessities they need, so the community is invited to bring items that
can be included in care packages for the troops.
The event begins at 2 p.m. and features live entertainment, games and
The event will raise money through donations, games and the selling of
T-shirts. The monies raised will be used to purchase additional items to
send to the troops.
The games present an opportunity for businesses to set up a tables amd
promote the business. The carnival style games will raise money from
ticket sales for additional items for the care packages.
The event also offers everyone in the community the chance to be a part
of the effort.
To volunteer or for information call Blake or Amber Dunn at (903)
880-6849 or Tiffany Padgett at (903) 275-7527.
Dog training classes scheduled
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE –Summer dog training classes are scheduled to begin
Thursday July 9, in the Cedar Creek Lake area.
Joan Guertin of Common Sense Dog Training will conduct puppy and adult
Beginning classes at 6:15 p.m. and an intermediate class at 7:30 p.m.
for former students who desire more training skills.
Cost of the program is $95 with a portion of the training fee donated to
Friends of the Animals in support of their efforts in providing low-cost
spaying and neutering for area pets.
It is never too early or too late to train a dog. Dogs can learn good
manners at any age.
The secret lies in using gentle, positive, motivational methods that
encourage the dog to want to learn.
Bad behavior is often the reason that dogs end up abandoned at shelters.
A dog with good manners will be a lifelong friend and member of the
Guertin’s success lies in 50 plus years of work with all breeds and the
development of a program designed to stimulate the dog’s desire to
In addition to basic training skills for the owner, the five-week puppy
and beginning program will stress resolution of problem behaviors such
as jumping, pulling on the leash, barking, digging, chewing and most
importantly, teaching the dog to come when called.
The intermediate dog class is for those who have completed a beginning
class and want to enhance basic skills and add more advanced skills.
All enrollees must be current on vaccinations and brought to class on an
appropriate leash and collar.
Proof of vaccinations will be required upon registration.
For information on class location and requirements for class admission,
call (903) 887-3803 and leave a message or (903) 340-7087 (cell).
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