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August 7
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 317.01
Water Temperature:
94 degrees - top
90 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

Tri-County Soccer sign-ups
The Tri-County Soccer Association will be holding sign-ups for the Fall 2011 soccer season. Signups will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, and from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Gun Barrel City McDonald’s. Children must be at least 4 years of age prior to Monday, Aug. 1, in order to play. Entry fee is $60. Games will begin Sept. 10.

Canoe/Kayak Skills
Purtis Creek State Park will hold basic canoe and kayak skills lessons from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Learn basic paddling skills, including safe entry and exit of the boat. Reservations are required. The deadline is the day before the lessons. For information, or to make reservations, call Purtis Creek State Park at (903) 425-2332.

Key UIL High School Football Dates
4A and 5A Schools Without Spring Training, 3A, 2A, 1A-11-man, 1A-Six-man
• Aug. 1 – First day of conditioning (No contact activities permitted. No contact equipment except helmets may be worn.)
• Aug. 5 – First day of contact
• Aug. 12 – First scrimmage
• Aug. 17 – Second scrimmage
• Aug. 22 – Third scrimmage (Schools opting for a third scrimmage shall not play on zero date)

Upcoming Events






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Sports Highlights

Hunter education instructors needed
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be conducting a free hunter education new instructor training workshop Saturday, Aug. 13, in Waco.
The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dewey Recreation Center, 925 N. 9th Street.
Instruction will be offered for new applicants and currently certified instructors in skills trail, live firing exercises and home study procedures.
The training puts fun and exciting activities into the learning experience. Students will benefit by going through actual hunting simulations and by making their own decisions regarding responsible actions using “shoot-don’t-shoot” scenarios.
Before attending the workshop, you must go to the following website and prepare yourself by going over the instructor training manual.
You will sign an acknowledgement and release that you have done the pre-workshop assignment as part of your training.
The site is education/instruct.phtml.
Every Texas hunter born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education course.
The hunter education program’s goals are to reduce hunting-related accidents and violations; promote safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunting; and enhance hunting traditions and values.
Hunter education provides instruction in Texas hunting regulations, wildlife management and identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility and outdoor skills.
By understanding hunting through education, hunters and non-hunters alike will help make a bright future for the sport.
To register, contact TPWD Area Chief Brent Heath at (254) 722-5660 or heathconstruction

‘Big Bassy’ caught at
Purtis Creek State Park

Courtesy Photo
Leia Bartlett, 9, of Tool, recently took a fishing trip to Purtis Creek State
Park where she caught “Big Bassy,” a 17½ inch largemouth bass.





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