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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Local church reports on
Joplin, Mo. relief efforts
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
JOPLIN, MO.–Ten men from the Christian Life Center Church
drove three vehicles pulling two trailers loaded down with
building and plumbing supplies up to Joplin, Mo. to do what
they could over the July 7-9 weekend to lend a hand at
Two months after a devastating F-5 tornado tore up a mile
wide strip through the area, fields of debris are all the
eye can see in many parts of the city.
Courtesy Photo/Barry Boatright
Ten men reroofed this home owned by the gentleman on the
right over last weekend in Joplin, Mo.
According to Pastor Barry Boatright, the people in Joplin
don’t want the nation to forget the real ongoing need the
area is experiencing as it deals with the storm’s aftermath.
“This is just far beyond any tornado damage I’ve ever seen,”
Fifteen churches are being used as relief centers in
conjunction with the Red Cross and other agencies to
distribute needed supplies and coordinating rebuilding
activities throughout the city.
The group was assigned to the very fringe of the destruction
to help restore the only habitable house on the block, under
the auspices of Disaster Relief USA, a subsidiary of the
International Pentecostal Holiness Church.
In two days, the men reroofed the house which is situated
just two blocks from a hospital, and restored the back
decking, spending $2,000 in tools and supplies from Home
Home Depo has been reduced to a large tent on its parking
lot, with product being shipped in, Boatright said.
“We bought nail guns, roofing tiles, plywood, nails and tar
paper and got it done,” Boatright said.
“There was a constant flow of dump trucks picking up debris
and stuff to haul away,” he said.
Boatright plans to take another group up there in a couple
of months. “This is going to be a repair job for years to
come,” he said.
Over the weekend, Boatright’s group also met other church
groups form Idaho, Arkansas and Oklahoma doing similar types
of work, pitching in wherever they could.
A cross (at center) is all that remains of a catholic church
in Joplin, Mo. Devastation is all one can see in all
directions two months after an F-5 tornado left a mile-wide
debris field through the area.
Boatright was impressed at the way people
from many different churches were coming together both in
the city and across the nation to help deal with the
Many homeowners didn’t have any house insurance. Others had
insurance but not enough to restore their homes.
While the area seemed well stocked as far as food and
clothing went, Boatright observed the need for building
His group carried up several thousands of dollars worth of
plumbing fixtures, paint brushes, faucets and sinks.
“Next time we go we’ll be bringing roofing materials,” he
Anyone wanting to help in the effort or join the caravan for
the next 8.5 hour trip can call Boatright at the church at
(903) 887-5429 or donate monetarily to the American Red
Cross or Disaster Relief USA and designate funds for Joplin,
Mabank, ECC move into
Stage 1 Drought Condition
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The city of Mabank announces to its water customers
that the city has moved into Stage 1 of its Drought
And East Cedar Creek Freshwater Utility District has also
begun its Drought Contingency Plan.
With the lake level falling, as of July 13 the city requests
voluntary reduction in water usage by all water customers.
In Stage 2, water restrictions will apply that include
restricting watering plants in early morning and evening
hours by hand-held hose (no sprinklers), no washing down
driveways, sidewalks and parking lots. Those households
using more than 10,000 gallons will be subject to a
surcharge as stipulated by Tarrant Regional Water District
and the Commission on Environmental Quality. Certain
exemptions apply for agricultural and livestock operations.
Call your water supplier to get more information on these.
Should the city move into Stage 2, water users will be
Everyone is asked to use every effort to conserve their
water use and prevent water waste.
Fine revenues are up
Commissioners consider nixing furlough
days for upcoming budget
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–Between an increase in fines and new collection
methods, the amount of fines and fees collected at the
justice of the peace offices have increased.
Attorney Jeff Brown reported to Kaufman Commissioners
Monday, that all four J.P. precincts have seen a substantial
increase in collections over the same six-month period in
Precinct 1 (Kaufman) saw a 9.3 percent increase from Jan. 1,
to June 30, netting an increase of $14,758 over the same
period last year, Brown said.
Precinct 2 (Forney) collected 29 percent above the previous
year, a total increase of $59,744.
Precinct 3 (Terrell) had the greatest increase, almost 82
percent, totaling $281,349 above the same period in 2010
Precinct 4 (Kemp-Mabank) had an increase of 29 percent over
the same period in 2010, with collections of $56,981 above
the six-month period in 2010.
Total funds for all four J.P. offices collected in 2011 for
the Jan. 1 to June 30 time period was $1,322,615, with a
total increase of $412,832.
Commissioners heard that savings from staff attrition and
hiring freezes, departments conserving supplies and the
impact of furlough days, is making a big difference in the
“Whether it continues or not, we don’t know at this time.
But so far, it’s good news,” County Judge Bruce Wood said.
In another comparison, commissioners were shown the figures
for a nine-month period from Oct. 1, 2010 to June 30.
Revenue was $31,074,385, up by $1,162,266 over the same
period a year ago.
Expenses totaled $23,351,049, a savings of $2,863,290.
The total reduction for the nine-month period equaled
Several commissioners made comments about the upcoming
budget year, including they might not have to do furlough
days in the coming year.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved a request from Judge B. Michael Chitty to stop
the current system of management of the Kaufman County Law
“Judge David Lewis has agreed to assume its management,”
“The Law Library fund has about $300,000 in it,” Chitty
Also, by state law, the jail must maintain a law library and
has a library at the Law Enforcement Center for that
purpose, Sheriff David Byrnes explained.
Commissioners also approved Chitty’s request to authorize
the jail law library to be a branch of the County Law
“This won’t impact the county budget in any way,” Sheriff
David Byrnes said.
• heard from Environmental Director Marilyn May concerning
grants received in the past two years.
“Our grants are over and I am reporting on what we have
completed,” May explained.
Three grants were received beginning in December, 2009.
“We were able to acquire an F-250 (pickup) with all the
amenities, two lap-tops and printers, infrared-digital
cameras and safety equipment,” she said
Banners were also placed on county roads with directions on
how and where to report illegal dumping, and several
clean-ups were held, she added.
• authorized a tax abatement for J.I.T. Manufactoring, Inc.,
at the request of the city of Mabank and authorized the
county judge to sign the agreement.
The company makes advertising merchandise.
• accepted the auditor’s report for June, as presented by
Hal D. Jones.
The report is available for reading in the judge’s office.
• accepted the treasurer’s report for May, as presented by
treasurer Johnny Countryman.
• approved the official bond and oath of Deputy constable
Precinct 2 Constable Brent Ryan Johnson,.
• approved a request from CenturyLink to install buried
cable upon or under County Road Travis Lane, Precinct 1.
• paid bills totaling $1,252,089.23.
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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