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.
Rotarians view Beacon Hill
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–A slide show for Rotary Club members featured the
attractions and amenities of the Beacon Hill resort community, now under
construction near Kemp.
The 140 acres on U.S. Highway 175, within the city limits of Kemp, has
everything one would expect, all with unexpected features making it a
one-of-a kind luxury community.
Developer/owner Jim Stewart narrated the show during Friday’s weekly
Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake luncheon.
“We’ve spent $13.5 million so far,” Stewart said.
One of the costs involved dredging the lake in the area to ensure
homeowners will be able to get their boats in and out with ease.
Amenities include a large marina with three party rooms.
The lengthy breakwater jetty was planned by Mesa Designs and is accented
by a large beacon at the end.
“We used new technology to light the beacon at the end of the jetty,”
As the lots sell, a vibrant community will grow into a luxury
development, he added.
“The city of Kemp is really appreciative of what we are doing,” Stewart
said. “This will increase their property tax (revenues).”
Other amenities include fiber optics, hiking trails and a small
constant-level interior lake for fishing.
As lots sell, a portion of the sales will be donated to the Family
Resource Center, he said.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
A program on the Beacon Hill Development, located on the eastbound side
Highway 175, was the featured subject of Friday’s Rotary Club of Cedar
Lake luncheon. Pictured are (from left) Rotary president Robert Blaase,
Hill developers Terry Ellis, Janice Ellis, Jim Stewart and Barbara
Using love and logic to rear
Local couple offers parenting course with a large dose
logic and love
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–There are times when even longtime parents doubt they
really understand parenting. (Our kids have a way of humbling even the
most confident parent.)
That’s why a local grandparenting couple have decided to offer
“Parenting with Love and Logic,” a seven-week course on techniques and
the right thing to say or do in the stickiest parenting situations.
“I wish I knew all this when I was raising my kids,” facilitator Burton
Specific answers and actions to take for the following situations are
covered in the course, Love said.
• How to get them out of bed in time to catch the bus.
• How to stop them from bickering and fighting.
• How to get them to help with the chores without an argument.
• How to discipline a toddler in public without creating a scene.
• How to get your teenager to return home at the agreed-upon time.
• How to stop the whining at dinner, and more.
Love said the techniques discussed in the course are effective with all
children, from toddlers to teens. “They even work in dealing with
adults,” he added.
Anyone who has contact with children, parents, grandparents, foster
parents, caregivers, are welcome to join the fun.
“You will laugh while you learn some new techniques, which could bring
calm to your life and responsibility to your children,” Love said.
The Loves have been married 50 years, have two grown children and five
Last fall, the couple got to care for their out-of-control 4-year-old
grandson for an extended amount of time.
His mother was at her wits end and asked them to see what they could do
She also referred them to the Love and Logic website, which was being
used in some form by the Flower Mound ISD.
They ordered some of the early childhood material and found that the
approaches and techniques worked with their grandson and continue to
They became so enthusiastic about the program that they attended a
facilitator workshop in Denver, Colo. in February, along with all the
material needed to conduct a course.
They are thrilled to share this “logical and loving” program with
families in the Cedar Creek area.
The Loves have already taken a group from the host church through the
course with encouraging feedback and results from the participants, who
were mostly grandparents.
Love reports one of the hottest topics was the use of empathy,
especially when then child has done wrong.
“We’re used to yelling, screaming and threatening,” Love said. “The
change in mindset to a big dose of empathy created a lot of discussion.”
Another technique discussed was giving children choices. “A child should
always be given a choice between just two things, this avoids a battle
over who is in control,” Love explained.
What choices to give is also very important.
“The choices given should only be ones the parent will be deliriously
happy for the child to do; and do not affect anyone else in the world,”
For example, a toddler gets to choose a half cup of milk or a full one;
whether to step his right foot into his pants leg first or his left leg,
Choices should fall within the boundaries set by the adult for that
child, he explained. Another way of using choices is when kids are
arguing in front of the adult.
“They are obviously bickering because they want to tempt the adult to
get involved,” Love said. “The adult could say, ‘You’re hurting my ears
with your arguing. You may choose to stay here and not argue or you can
go to your room and argue all you want.’
“That way you’ve told them how their action is affecting you and given
them a choice of actions to remedy the situation.”
Tool Fire Department inacts
mutual aid response agreements
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
TOOL–The city of Tool Fire Department has joined forces with its
July 16, city council members approved interlocal agreements for mutual
aid fire response between the city, Seven Points and Gun Barrel City.
“Council members for Gun Barrel City approved the agreement Tuesday
(July 14),” Mayor Michael Black said.
In other business, council members:
• installed councilman Tracy Bush as mayor pro tem.
• approved an interlocal agreement with Gun Barrel City for the use of
Police chiefs in both cities approved the agreement.
A fee of $25 will be paid to Gun Barrel City on an as-needed basis.
• approved a standardized form for those seeking appointment to the
council when a vacancy occurs.
• tabled requests by Jerry Buck and Dennis Candage for appointment to
the council seat vacated by the resignation of Leland Pitts.
The action was taken to give both men the opportunity to fill out the
new standardized form.
• presented Pitts with a certificate of appreciation for his service to
the city of Tool.
• approved a variance on the ordinance limiting the age of a mobile home
to be brought into the city.
The request was made by T.C. and Deborah Bigley, residents of Royal
Pictures and inspection certificates were submitted and accepted.
The structure is a 16-by-86-foot Crestridge mobile home built in 1998.
• approved a new contract with the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake.
• approved Ordinance 2009-04, an amendment to balance the fiscal year
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