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.
If passed, health care
will not be able to be repealed
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling hosted town hall meetings
throughout his district on Monday, starting in Chandler, followed by
Mineola, Grand Saline, Kaufman and finishing in Forney.
Large crowds turned out to hear the congressman and to be heard.
Several from the audience wanted to know: Can this bill be repealed if
new members are voted into Congress in future years?
Hensarling expressed that as a practical matter, the government will not
be able to turn back, once the bill is passed.
What can voters do to be sure HR 3200 does not pass?
“If the Blue Dog Democrats can be persuaded to vote against HR 3200, the
bill might fail,” Hensarling answered.
He suggested that citizens contact their family members, friends and
business associates who are represented by a Blue Dog Democrat and ask
them to contact their representative to vote against HR 3200.
Although Hensarling is for health care reform for a variety of reasons,
he does not support HR 3200.
“I will admit that I have read portions of HR 3200, but have not read it
all,” Hensarling said in referring to the 1,018-page bill.
Hensarling said the Democrats have the members to pass the bill.
The meeting, originally scheduled at the Kaufman County Courthouse
Annex, had to be moved to Maples Hall to accommodate the large number of
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Town meetings discuss
health care reform bill
Special to The Monitor
CHANDLER–Congressman Jeb Hensarling discussed solutions to our nation’s
health care crisis with Henderson County residents Monday, less than two
weeks after a key House of Representatives committee approved
legislation that will set the stage for a government takeover of health
“Many of the solutions to our most challenging health care problems can
be found in places like Chandler, Brownsboro, Athens and Seven Points
rather than in Washington,” Hensarling said.
“I was encouraged by the feedback and solutions I heard from patients
today. There is no doubt that we must fix health care in our country. I
want to ensure that you can have access to the health care you need,
when you need it and at a price you can afford,” he said.
Hensarling opened the meeting by discussing his principles for health
care reform. When he served as Chairman of the Republican Study
Committee, Hensarling commissioned a Health Care Task Force to develop a
patient-centered health care reform plan.
The task force developed the following principles that guide
Hensarling’s approach to the September showdown on government ran health
• Every American, regardless of health or financial status, should have
access to affordable health care coverage of their choice. Nobody should
go bankrupt because they get sick.
• Health care in America should be family-focused and patient-centered.
It must put patients, in consultation with their doctors, in control of
their health care. Your health care decisions should not be made by your
employer, a health care plan selected by your employer or the
• People should own and control their health care plan, and it should be
personal and portable.
• Americans who are happy with their current plan should be allowed to
• Forcing Americans into a government health care program will not solve
America’s health care challenges.
“Every American – no matter how sick they are, and regardless of their
financial status – should have access to health care. Americans should
know that if they get sick, they can get the care they need, when they
need it and that they won’t go bankrupt in the process,” Hensarling
Hensarling also discussed the evidence out of the Harvard School of
Public Health indicates that nine in 10 Americans believe their existing
plan meets their projected health needs.
“While many East Texans need access to care, those who are happy with
their current plan shouldn’t be forced to give it up,” Hensarling said.
The congressman followed with an overview of what drives up the cost of
health care, making unaffordable for too many Americans.
“Health care is expensive in America because there is so much waste,
fraud and abuse associated with it. That’s what happens when the
government and insurance companies make too may decisions about your
care,” he said.
“I’ve voted for reasonable medical liability reforms that the American
Medical Association has noted could save between $70 billion and $126
billion in one year alone.
“There’s something wrong when it’s easier to sue the doctor than it is
to see the doctor. This is one example of who we can cut costs and
improve care. We should focus on things like preventative care, wellness
programs and medical breakthroughs,” he said.
The discussion then turned to a review of the health care plan offered
by Washington Democrats.
Hensarling praised them for sharing his goal of quality, affordable
health for all Americans, but questioned the ultimate results of their
“If you like the way the government is running our banks, our mortgage
companies, AIG and General Motors, you’ll love their takeover of your
health care,” Hensarling said.
“Congress needs to remember the Hippocratic oath when crafting a plan –
‘first do no harm.’ I am cautious about the proposals I have seen
• bureaucrats would stand between doctors and patients in the exam room,
• they will delay treatment and produce lower quality care for East
• they would force 120 million Americans out of their current health
care plan,” he said.
Hensarling talked about the difference between patient-centered health
care and a government takeover.
“Frankly, I’d prefer to trust the opinion of a physician, with their
years of training, rather than government bureaucrat when it comes to
the care my constituents and family receive,” Hensarling said.
“And when it comes to prompt treatment, I cannot imagine what it would
be like for my wife and me to wait on a bureaucrat to decide when – or
if – one of our children can receive a treatment that a doctor has
ordered for them.
“To watch my children suffer as we wait for government approval would be
too much to bear. I have serious concerns about the quality of care in a
system than prioritizes controlling costs over providing care,” he said.
Hensarling also addressed a growing concern of many older Americans
whose decisions about end-of-life treatment could end up in the hands of
a Washington bureaucrat.
“Frankly, I’d be worried. Patients and their families should make the
ultimate decisions about how end-of-life care is delivered, not a
bureaucrat who doesn’t think a treatment such or a test is ‘cost
efficient,’” he said.
Hensarling praised the accomplishments of American innovation in health
care and expressed concern about the chilling effect a government
takeover would have on new treatments.
“As a result of American breakthroughs, we lead the world in access to
technologies like MRIs, and allowing those afflicted by diseases like
cancer to enjoy a higher rate of survival than our European
“A government takeover of health care will stifle these inventions that
have made us leaders, leading to less choice and fewer treatment options
for our parents, spouses and children,” he said.
“There is a fundamental decision being made in this debate over who will
control health care in America. Will it be parents, families and
“Or, will it be Washington bureaucrats or insurance company accountants?
I am ready to work together with colleagues on both sides of the aisle
to deliver a health care program that works – but I cannot support a
system that emphasizes cost over quality and chooses the opinion of the
government over that of the physician,” Hensarling said.
More meetings in Henderson County are to take place toward the end of
Check The Monitor’s News in Brief listings for dates and times.
Area business leaders urged
to support United Way drive
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–United Way affects everyone in some fashion, the
president of the Henderson County United Way fund-raising drive told
area business leaders Aug. 6.
“It’s important for us all to get behind the United Way,” Reuben Austin
said during the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly
Austin pointed to the Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City, the
American Red Cross and the East Texas Crisis Center in Athens as
examples of local agencies that obtain funding through the annual United
Way campaign, which will kick off this month.
“We benefit everything from child care to Boy Scouts,” Austin said.
He introduced three luncheon attendees – UW board members Eston
Williams, Ralph Monroe and Ralph Fortner – and also pointed to Mabank’s
Solar Turbines as one of the campaign’s largest single contributors.
Austin said the United Way appropriations committee has to winnow down a
stack of deserving requests each year, and introduced Carolyn Barnett to
speak about the Henderson County CASA program.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers act as advocates for
children who are in the foster care system, Barnett explained.
“We make a commitment to stay with the child while they are in the legal
system,” she said. Most of the time, that’s usually a year, but it can
be up to 18 months, she added.
CASA volunteers attend court sessions with the child, and represent the
child’s needs and desires while he/she is going through the legal
“During that time, the CASA volunteer is usually the only adult to
consistently stay with the child,” Barnett said.
Out of the approximately 18,690 children under age 18 in Henderson
County, there were 1,085 who were reportedly victims of sexual/physical
abuse during 2008, according to Child Protective Services (CPS) records,
“There were 432 confirmed victims,” she said. “Of those, 101 were
removed from their home and put into foster care.”
Of the 274 children in CPS/foster care last year, 129 came from the
western end of the county, Barnett said.
Parental drug abuse is by far the most common reason for children to be
removed from the home and placed in state custody, she said.
“According to CPS records, 89 percent of their cases has to do with
drugs in the home,” Barnett said.
“What you have to realize is that a child coming out of a meth house
usually has nothing but the clothes they have on,” she pointed out.
“Often, the babies who come from a meth house have a higher level of
meth in their bodies than the adults. It’s really a sad situation.”
CASA volunteers go through 30 hours of training before they are matched
with their first child.
“We need to get the word out, and we definitely need more volunteers to
help serve these children,” Barnett said.
“This is just one of the agencies that we deal with every year,” Austin
said as he returned to the podium.
This year’s United Way goal is $176,500, he said.
“The good news is that we’re almost there (at the goal) already,” Austin
said. “The bad news is that it’s (the money) still in your pockets.”
Residents and businesses in the Cedar Creek Lake area are always some of
the United Way’s biggest contributors, Austin said.
“It’s up to all of us to make a difference,” he said. “I’ll leave you
with that challenge – do what you can to make a difference.”
In other business, the chamber members:
• were reminded of the Rotary Club’s Celebrity Waiter Dinner at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15.
• heard the chamber’s July 20 Red Hot “18” golf tournament was a huge
success, with a record 21 teams participating.
• were reminded of the chamber’s annual “Night at the Red Garter Saloon”
fund-raiser, set Saturday, Sept. 12, at Promenade Hall in Tool.
• heard Kathy Kendrick and Fortner were the top two prize-winners in the
chamber’s recent membership drive.
• witnessed Ambassador president Sharon Strickland honoring Paul
Edmondson, manager of Walmart No. 516 in Gun Barrel City, with the
chamber’s “Business of the Month” certificate.
Citing a number of rumors circulating about Walmart, Edmondson said, “We
are staying put.”
There will be a remodeling project next year, he added.
The store is being forced to curtail the use of its front sidewalk as a
base for numerous fund-raising activities, Edmondson added. “We’ll be
able to do only two or three on the sidewalk throughout the year,” he
• heard Main Place Cinema in Seven Points was sponsoring the luncheon.
Main Place Cinema general manager Mary Valentin said starting Monday,
the theater will offer a free classic movie at 1 p.m. each second
Monday, and Tuesday nights would be providing a free family/Christmas
• heard the Texas Workforce Commission will be holding a job fair for
residents in the Gun Barrel City/Seven Points/Tool area Tuesday, Sept.
• heard the Gun Barrel City Chapter will begin holding monthly meetings
at 8 a.m. the third Thursday at Sweet Mimi’s. The meetings will be open
to any chamber member or visitor.
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