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.
Fight childhood obesity and
make food fun again
Special to The Monitor
TYLER–The headlines scream of how our society as a whole – but our
children in particular – are overweight and headed towards an epidemic
of diabetes, heart failure, lowered life expectancy and poor quality of
You’re the parent. What do you do?
Is it inevitable?
You can beat the trend of obesity. And it doesn’t take a rich person’s
wallet or a doctor’s education to do it, either.
But who has time to plan out fitness routines and set up a special diet
And whose kids are going to cooperate?
That’s where parents have to get creative.
Part of it is your responsibility – your kids are worth the effort,
Part of it is knowing where to get help. Would you believe that help can
be found for free?
When you’re armed with these essentials, you can take on the task of
being a positive healthy role model for your children.
The good news is that you don’t have to go out and buy fitness equipment
or a new convection oven, says Maggie Griffin, Brookshire Grocery
Company’s staff nutritionist.
“You can make easy, small changes at home,” Griffin says. “Don’t
announce that you’re all embarking on a new healthy journey – that’s a
sure-fire way to meet resistance. Instead, just do it.”
For instance, put away the potato chips and pop up a bag of 93 percent
fat-free microwave popcorn.
That just saved hundreds of calories and fat, and nobody even noticed!
Take a walk around the block after dinner, before you settle in for
television and bedtime stories. Before you know it, you’ll all be
looking forward to it!
As you buy backpacks and pencils for back-to-school, think about another
necessity: a good breakfast.
“Study after study has shown that when kids eat a substantial, healthy
meal in the morning, they perform better on tests, get along better with
classmates, and keep their bodies running better,” Griffin explained.
Convenience foods are popular because they’re so easy.
But you can do it yourself, too. Fix a big skillet of scrambled eggs one
evening after supper. Divide the eggs out into wheat tortillas, sprinkle
with cheese (low-fat cheese, of course) and roll up.
Wrap in plastic and store in the fridge or freezer. Pop one or two in
the microwave for a minute and you can munch on these as you drive to
school each day.
Or get a travel mug, fill with cereal and add a splash of milk. Yogurt,
granola and fruit pieces…these choices are really healthy, ultra
convenient, and get your child’s day started right.
“You can do the same with lunch boxes and after-school snacks. All it
takes is a bit of knowledge and lots of encouragement,” Griffin said.
And that’s where Brookshire’s can help.
Every month Brookshire’s features “Celebrate Cooking,” a free magazine
filled with healthy recipes, kid-friendly suggestions and even a craft
or two to keep everyone happy.
You’ll find even more information online at
Griffin has a library of articles, recipes, videos and tips online
(click on “features”) and also has a phone hotline and e-mail account to
answer your food-related concerns. Your own personal nutritionist – at
A ‘fake vacation’ is truly
By L. Schroeder
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–When we run out of steam or tire of our demanding life, most of
us will take a nice vacation, a getaway, to be refreshed.
A problem many of us have is after spending time and money to go
somewhere, by the time we get back we find ourselves feeling drained,
not refreshed at all. Plus, we are now in debt for a useless trip.
I have found a very inexpensive way to get a needed break.
Take a stay-at-home vacation with a twist, what I call a “fake
You see, a fake vacation is just that – it is a fake.
You make it look like you are going on a trip, but you really don’t.
You stay home and here is the added twist – don’t tell anyone you are at
It seems to me that the average Joe doesn’t get to enjoy his home as
much as they might like.
Between working, sleeping and running from here to there, most folks
only get to enjoy their home for a short time in the evening. Sad to
say, this is usually spent watching TV.
Yet, we all have things around our homes we would like to enjoy other
than the TV, if only we had some extra quiet time.
This is how the fake vacation can help.
Everyone who normally interrupts you at home thinks you are gone, so you
are not bothered by them. Then, you can indulge yourself in some hobby
or recreation with no interruptions.
To have a fake vacation work, you can’t tell a soul what you are
Go around and let everyone who has the ability to bother you know you
are leaving for a trip, especially your adult kids.
Be sure to make up a good story abut where you are going, one you can
remember, because there will be questions about your trip when you get
On the day you are to leave, close the window blinds, put the car in the
garage and unplug every phone. Even the battery in your cell phone must
The reason for dismantling phones is so you do not answer them.
You see, if you do answer a phone, and it is the kids, the vacation is
We all know they only call when they want us to do something for them.
But, we don’t want to do their something, we want to do our own
something. Remember, you are hiding, so keep off the phone.
If you wonder if such trickery can work, I can truthfully testify with a
My wife and I have taken many a fake vacation.
When the pressure gets too much, we plan our escape and disappear for a
few days in our home.
Then, with plenty of time on our hands, we set out doing things we never
seem to have time for normally.
The results are a really enjoyable and refreshing vacation.
So, the next time you feel the need for a break, don’t pay for an
expensive vacation – try a fake one and just quietly disappear into your
You might just find it was the best vacation you ever had.
Watch for these three common
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Experts estimate that billions of dollars have been lost as the
result of fake check scams.
Scams involving fake checks come in many different forms, and can be
very hard to identify, as the printing technology used by scammers
The Better Business Bureau warns against three common check scams and
offers advice on the red flags to look for.
According to a recent survey by the Consumer Federation of America,
nearly one-third of adults have been approached by a scammer trying to
pass off fake checks, and at least 1.3 million people have become victim
of the scam, with an average loss of $3,000 to $4,000.
It can be practically impossible to tell a fake check from a real one
using only the naked eye, because fake checks can be printed in full
color and even include watermarks.
Many check scams plaguing consumers in the U.S. are the work of scammers
operating outside of the country – in Canada, Jamaica and Africa – which
makes it extremely difficult for law enforcement to track them down and
bring them to justice.
Scams involving fake checks typically require the victim to deposit a
check into their bank account, and then wire money back to the scammers.
While the check may initially be deposited into the victim’s bank
account – leading to a false sense of security – the fake check will
ultimately be discovered within a couple weeks and the bank will take
the funds out of the account.
The victim of the scam is out whatever money they sent to the scammers,
and will be responsible for paying the bank back if their account is
Following are three common scams:
Lottery and Government Grant Scam – Victims receive a letter
claiming they’ve won a lottery, or qualify for a financial assistance
Included with the letter is a check for at least a partial amount of the
money they supposedly have coming to them.
The victim is told that, in order to receive the rest of the money, they
are to deposit the check and wire back as much as several thousand
The victim is often told this is to cover taxes or administrative fees.
In June, a Nebraska woman lost $58,000 after being told she’d won $11
million in the Jamaica Lottery.
Mystery Shopping Scam – The victim believes that they are going
to earn a few hundred dollars by working for a company that provides
mystery – or secret – shopping evaluations for businesses.
The victim receives a letter in the mail, along with evaluation forms, a
check and detailed instructions.
The victim is to deposit the check into their bank account, and then use
the money to purchase items from specified stores and evaluate the
customer service. The rest of the money is theirs to keep for the work
Included in the list of stores to evaluate is Western Union or MoneyGram,
and the victim is told to wire as much as a couple thousand dollars back
to their “employer” and rate their experience with the money-wiring
Overpayment Scam – The victim is selling an item through a
newspaper classified or an on-line site such as Craigslist.
A buyer shows interest and asks to pay for the item by check. When the
check arrives, the amount is higher than the price of the item.
The victim is told that it was a mistake and is sometimes asked to wire
the extra back, or told the extra cost is for the victim to wire payment
to a shipping company that the scammer has chosen – of course, the
supposed shipping company is actually the scammers.
Don’t be fooled by a phone call. Just because you’ve spoken to the
scammer over the phone, it doesn’t mean they’re not trying to rip you
For more advice you can trust from your BBB on avoiding common scams,
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