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
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
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.
‘Texas Country Under the Stars’
Aaron Watson and Deryl Dodd headline at Mill Creek
Ranch Resort July 24-25
Special to The Monitor
CANTON – Texas country-western music stars will fill the night under the
stars at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton Friday-Saturday, July 24-25.
Texas Music Association’s 2009 Rising Star recipient the Cody Riley Band
will open the Saturday evening concert at 6 p.m. followed by
highly-acclaimed lyricist Jamie Richards and headliner Aaron Watson with
eight CDs under his belt.
Richards will also offer a matinee acoustic performance from noon to 2
The resort has arranged for misting machines and will have lots of cold
refreshment on hand throughout both days.
Friday’s concert starts 6 p.m. with Whiskey Fish. Deryl Dodd follows
with Rich O’Toole performing last to open the two-day “Texas Country
Under the Stars” event at the award-winning resort.
Mill Creek is offering a VIP ticket concert package, which include many
extras for the weekend.
Flat-rate tickets for Friday’s performances maybe purchased at the gate
up to an hour before show time for $12 and $10 each for Saturday’s two
Coolers containing alcoholic beverages will be charged an entrance fee
of $15 for each performance, or $20 for the weekend.
Non-alcoholic drinks will be available for sale and will not be admitted
into the event.
VIP tickets are $100 per person and are good for both days starting with
a barbecue dinner at 5 p.m. Friday.
It also includes admittance to the after-party and meet-and-greet
opportunities during the two days.
In addition, VIP ticket holders also get special discounts and shuttles
to Wired Zip Lines for use in between the shows on Saturday.
Special overnight packages are also available, which include continental
breakfast, shuttle rides to and from the concerts and late checkout
Sunday morning. Cottage overnight accommodation is $399 for both nights
and $120 for a weekend RV site. Single night stays are also available.
VIP tickets may be purchased on-line at www.outhousetickets.com
Individual ticket pricing is available by calling Mill Creek Ranch
Resort (866) 599-7275.
Eustace grandmother seeks
help for tiny cancer victim
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–At the age of only eight months, Scott James Brown has been
diagnosed with cancer.
“He was born with neuro blastoma, the number one type of cancer found in
newborn babies,” his grandmother Jami Rabon told The Monitor.
Usually, treatment is fairly easy, and doctors expected it to go away as
he grew, she added.
But in April, they found out that Little Scotty’s cancer is a rare form
that refuses to respond to conventional treatment.
Three months ago doctors removed a tumor and again thought he would be
“They (the parents) were told ‘that will be it. It won’t come back, go
live a good life,’” Rabon said.
But it did come back and this time, the prognosis was not a good one.
“The cancer spread to his bones and liver. They said he needed chemo and
started treatment. The doctors told them this would do it and that at
least 50 percent of this type of tumors just go away,” Rabon said.
But once again, they were desperately disappointed.
“It didn’t just not shrink, he got more tumors during the chemo. That
has never happened before,” Rabon reported.
Scotty’s father, Mike Brown, wrote about his son on a webpage he has on
He said once in the web site, go to the “visit” box and type in baby
“It is with heavy heart that I report that not one of the neuroblastoma
specialists have heard of a case like Scotty’s. We do not know the best
treatment or the best facility to take him to,” Mike wrote.
Different doctors have proposed various high risk treatments, he said.
The sad and confusing part of Scotty’s case is that the treatment should
have worked, but didn’t.
“The cancer had all the favorable pathology and should have responded to
chemo. It was painful news to find out the tumors had grown,” Mike
But the doctors also pointed out they have no idea what is actually
going on or how he will respond to the next treatment – it could be
good,” Mike wrote.
Grandparents Jami and Dave Rabon live in Eustace. Dave works for Story
Electric in Mabank and Jami works at East Texas Medical Center in Gun
Barrel City as an occupational therapist.
“I love it. I enjoy my job,” Jami said.
She enjoys helping people and became interested in becoming a therapist
years ago while still employed at Monroe Realty.
“It was Ralph Monroe who made it possible for me to go to school at
Trinity Valley community College. He allowed me to adjust my work hours
to my class schedule,” she explained.
Now her job is helping people get back to work or back into their
“We work mostly with upper extremities, treating things like carpel
tunnel syndrome, other nerve injuries and tendon problems,” she
Jami lost her mother in February and is planning an estate sale to help
raise money for her little grandson and his parents.
Scotty’s mother Julia (then Dorrell) graduated from Eustace High School
in 1995. She was very active in drama.
After graduation she attended Trinity Valley Community College on a
drama scholarship,” Jami proudly said.
“She’s a beautiful girl. She was Homecoming Queen, class president and
prom queen,” she added.
Julia went on to get a nursing degree in Colorado, where she met her
husband while attending the University of Northern Colorado in Greely.
Mike completed the Aims Community College flight training course, which
led to his becoming a corporate pilot.
The couple have made their home in Colorado and began their family. They
have a three-year-old daughter named Maylin.
They named little Scotty, now 11-months-old, after Mike’s brother, who
was killed by a bomb in Iraq.
The couple ask for prayer that they make the right decisions as to their
baby’s care and treatment.
In the slumping economy, Mike has received word he will soon be laid
Rabon took a three-month hiatus from her job to go to Colorado and help
tend her grandchildren.
“It helps that Julia is a nurse, because she can do many of the needed
treatments at home,” she explained.
A bank account for little Scotty has been set up at the Key Bank, 3607
Tower Road, Aurora, Colo. 80013. Anyone wanting to help with a monetary
donation may make a check out to Scotty’s Smile Fund.
Talent Box auditions scheduled
Special to The Monitor
WILLS POINT–The Talent Box will hold auditions for the 2009-10 season
opener, “Dearly Departed,” by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, at 2 p.m.
Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2-3, at the theatre, 244 North Fourth,
The cast needed for this hilarious comedy is seven men and seven women.
The play will be directed by Virginia Reid-Yost of Terrell.
The characters are Bud Turpin, patriarch of the Turpin family; Raynell,
his wife; Ray-Bud, the older brother; Lucille, his wife; Junior,
Ray-Bud’s younger brother; Suzanne, his wife, Delightful, the younger
sister of Ray-Bud and Junior; Marguerite, Bud’s sister; Royce,
Marguerite’s son; Juanita, wife of Teddy Wayne, cousin of Ray-Bud and
Junior; the Rev. B.H. Hooker, Raynell’s pastor; Norval, an old friend;
Veda, Norval’s wife; Clyde, Ray-Bud’s boss; Nadine, a friend of
Lucille’s and The Joy of Life Singers.
Some parts are pre-cast.
In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin
family proves that living and dying in the South is seldom tidy, and the
events surrounding both are always hilarious.
Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their
father’s funeral, the Turpins’ other problems keep overshadowing the
Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount, while
Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck
monster kids and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family
Their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life by
devouring junk food, and each of the neighbors add more than their two
As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray Bud says to his
long-suffering wife, “When I die, don’t tell nobody. Just bury me in the
back yard and tell everybody that I left you.”
Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and
neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull
together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally,
Production dates for the play are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct.
9-11, and Oct. 16-18.
For additional information, please call the theatre at (903) 873-8945.
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