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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 attend.
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 Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in Tool.
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 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 to attend.
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 6 p.m. in the OranWhite 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.

  Celebrate Dance Day July 31
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Leslie Dare of The Dance Connection recently announced plans to celebrate National Dance Day July 31.
As announced by Nigel Lythgoe on the popular “So You Think You Can Dance” as part of his commitment to support dance education and physical fitness in the United States, National Dance Day is “a grassroots initiative that encourages the nation young and old to move.”
“Dance is a medium of expression and storytelling, which through shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD)’ has proven its value in bringing individuals from all walks of life together through a positive platform that has no boundaries, and cultivates imagination and passion,” Lythgoe explained. “Most importantly, National Dance Day is intended to promote health and wellness nationwide.”
To celebrate, The Dance Connection is hosting an open house with free dance classes, performances and refreshments at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 31.
Class offerings at presstime include clogging, hip-hop, tap, belly dance, ballet, musical theater dance (pending), Zumba (pending), pre-school dance and “mommie and me.”
In addition, Dare invites all dancers and would-be dancers to learn a simple, short hip-hop dance created for the event by SYTYCD choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha, and perform it all together in downtown Mabank.
View and learn the dance on-line at www.fox.com link, or on YouTube, or join others at The Dance Connection to learn the dance, and then perform it, filling Market Street in downtown Mabank with dance.
For a schedule of the day’s events or more information, check on-line at www.danceconnection-mabank.com or call (903) 880-9999.

Plans continue for two new
businesses in GBC

By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The new Denny’s Restaurant nears completion and a chiropractic clinic is set to get underway East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District directors heard July 21.
The plans and designs for the water and sewer connections for the chiropractic clinic to be located at the intersection of State Highway 334 and Dunaway Street in Gun Barrel City have been approved.
Construction is now ready to begin on the facility, KSA engineer Joncie Young said.
The second business, Denny’s Restaurant, also located on SH 334, near Southside Bank, is near completion.
“Its lift station is near completion and the restaurant’s opening set for the first week in August,” Velvin & Weeks engineer Chris Weeks said.
In other business, directors:
• gave the general manager the authority to pursue the marketability of the 12 acres of ECCFWSD property located in Enchanted Oaks.
The property was acquired when the old water plant was demolished and has been used as pasture for several years, general manager Bill Goheen explained.
• gave the general manager the authority to explore the best alternative to remove the farm house on the District’s property.
The sturdy, two-bedroom frame house is in good condition, making it feasible to sell to a buyer willing to move it, Goheen explained.
• approved a payment out of operating reserve for the un-budgeted expense of $10,604.20 to Purvis Bearing Service to replace two rotor gear box assemblies on the North Waste Water Treatment Plant oxidation ditch.
• approved the purchase of one desk top computer not to exceed $1,700, to be paid out of operating reserve.
• authorized the general manager to review bids and approve future purchases within the 2010-2011 budget for capital expenditures, contingent upon the availability of funds.
• approved the general manager as a Texas Rural Water Association Representative for District 13.
The district covers six counties: Henderson, Anderson, Cherokee, Houston, Trinity and Polk.
• approved the general manager to attend the North Rural Water Association Conference Sept. 27 -29 in New Orleans.
• approved the payment of bills.

ETMC Cancer Institute to close temporarily
Athens facility undergoes state-of-the-art revamp
By Toni Girard-Clay
Special to The Monitor

ATHENS–Big changes are under way at the ETMC Cancer Institute in Athens. And while those changes are certainly for the best, they will require the facility to be closed temporarily as new equipment is installed.
Beginning July 28, patients who would normally receive radiation at the cancer institute in Athens will instead transfer to the Tyler institute.
The Athens facility is scheduled to reopen in November. It was purchased by the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System this past December, having previously served the community since 1998, as the Athens Cancer Center.
“We’re committed to helping people as much as we can during this three-month period,” said Todd Sigmon, vice president of the ETMC Cancer Institute. “We’ll be providing our patients with gas cards, and our nurses and social workers will work closely with them and their families to provide any other assistance needed.”
Both Sigmon and ETMC Athens administrator Pat Wallace recognize that the transition period will be an unfortunate inconvenience for patients of the Athens facility. However, the end results, they say, will benefit future patients.
“There’s no question that this is another significant step forward in medical care delivery for the people of Henderson County and surrounding areas,” Wallace said. “We’ve always been dedicated to quality medical care close to home. So we’re bringing the very best equipment here.”
The linear accelerator used to deliver radiation at the cancer institute in Athens will be replaced by a state-of-the-art dual energy machine. The dual energy linear accelerator is the most current technology of its kind available, and will allow patients to receive more precise radiation treatments with fewer side effects.
In addition to switching out the machines, much of the time required by the renovation will involve adding more lead to the vault which houses the more powerful equipment.
During the transition period, radiation oncologist Dr. Heidi McKellar will continue to conduct consultations and make treatment assessments in Athens.
McKellar is another example of ETMC’s second-to-none commitment. A former Stanford University professor, McKellar was trained at MD Anderson, which is widely recognized as the number-one cancer center in the United States.
“This is all part of what we consider phase one of our plan,” Sigmon explained. “We’re looking down the road at adding on to the ETMC Cancer Institute in Athens, so that chemotherapy services will be located there as well. Bringing all the services under one roof would be ideal.” Chemotherapy services are currently located nearby on the ETMC Athens campus.
Come mid- to late November, when the ETMC Cancer Institute in Athens has re-opened, radiation patients in and around Henderson County will benefit greatly, Wallace said.
“Patients with cancer and blood disorders will be able to get care using the most advanced technology available,” he said, “without having to travel to larger cities.”
Sigmon also points out the benefits of having a nearby facility with state-of-the-art radiation delivery equipment.
“When you’re sick with cancer, the last thing you want is to have to travel long distances over and over again,” he said. “That’s a hardship not only of time and energy but with making transportation arrangement.
“By doing the modifications we’re doing right now, future radiation patients in the area won’t have to travel to larger cities to get the highest level of care. It will be available in Henderson County,” Sigmon said.

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also email them at dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

We 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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