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
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 every Tuesday
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
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 second and fourth Monday of each month in
the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited
to attend. Call for times, (903) 498-2013, ext. 2.
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 Thursday of each month. For more
information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the Oran White 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.
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Council names new interim
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–Eustace City Council members named officer Troy
Tucker the interim police chief and accepted the resignation
of police chief Robert Walker during a regular meeting Aug.
Walker is leaving to take a lucrative offer with Halliburton
Co., which involves a good bit of traveling and working away
Tucker has worked as a Eustace police officer for about a
Outgoing Eustace police chief Robert Walker (right)
congratulates officer Troy Tucker as his replacement. The
council named Tucker the city’s interim police chief with
the standard 90-day probationary period before naming him
chief. “I had a good teacher,” Tucker said of Walker.
“He has more experience than I had
when I took up the chief’s job,” Walker told the council.
“I’ve had a good teacher,” Tucker said.
Mayor Elisha Sanders expressed the council’s thanks to
Walker who has served the city since 2005.
“You’ve brought honor to our city and we thank you,” she
Tucker will serve as interim police chief during a
probationary 90-day period at $14 per hour, at which time
the council will evaluate his performance before naming him
Council members also hired Jordon Rouse to fill a general
After a lengthy closed-door session, the council choose one
of the two finalists. The city had received 53 applications
for the job, Sanders noted.
While other water providers have initiated drought
contingency plans, Eustace utility director Gene Burns noted
that Eustace has plenty of water.
With the fourth well at Stockard, drilled through two water
tables and capable of pumping 140 gallons per minute, the
city has much more water than it needs.
On average, the city is using 53,000 gallons per day, Burns
said, well below the city’s trigger point of 402,000 gallons
per day to initiate Stage 1.
At Burns’ suggestion, the council updated its drought
contingency plans to include the fourth well. The trigger to
initiate Stage 1 is set at 88 percent of total capacity of
four wells, instead of three wells.
On a related matter, Burns pointed out the work being done
throughout the city to fix pipe breaks, due to ground
movement related to the dry conditions.
“The water department needs tools to do the work more
efficiently,” he said.
The council approved expenditures up to $3,500 for the
purchase of a metal detector, pipe cutter, electric pump and
generator, work lights and a gas-powered saw.
In other business, the council:
• agreed to purchase asphalt up to $3,000.
• reinstated the city’s members in the Texas Rural Water
• agreed to renew a collections contract with Henderson
County Tax Office at 90 cents per parcel.
• tabled discussion on the FY 2011-12 budget.
Debt Ceiling agreement is
step in right direction
More steps needed to balance budget
By Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
Special to The Monitor
WASHINGTON–The debt ceiling agreement recently passed by
Congress and signed into law by the President, while not
perfect, is a step in the right direction.
Sensible spending cuts, not tax increases, are the right
path to a balanced budget. Here’s the quick outline of the
The agreement will cut nearly $1 trillion in federal
spending during the next 10 years.
It also sets up a joint Congressional committee to recommend
additional cuts of 1 trillion to 2 trillion.
The Committee’s recommendations must be finalized by Nov. 23
and must be approved or disapproved by Congress before Dec.
23, or $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts would be
triggered, starting in 2013.
The only alternative to across-the-board spending cuts is
Congressional approval of the Balanced Budget Amendment,
which would require Congress and the White House to balance
the federal budget.
I am a co-sponsor of the cut, cap and balance legislation,
which includes the Balanced Budget Amendment.
It would reduce federal spending by as much as $6 trillion
dollars over 10 years.
Unfortunately, it did not pass the Senate. I believe this
legislation would have best served our nation’s long-term
economic and national security interests.
The final debt limit agreement, although more limited in
scope, is a step in the right direction.
The agreement rejects the tax-and-spend policies advocated
by the White House and Democrat-controlled Senate and takes
constructive steps in the direction of fiscal
When the debt ceiling debate began several months ago,
President Barack Obama called for a “clean” debt ceiling
bill. This would have given the Obama administration a blank
check to raise the national debt and increase spending by
trillions of dollars.
It would have enabled the administration to follow through
on its stated intention to finance its continued spending
spree by boosting taxes to the highest levels in modern
Fortunately, America’s common sense prevailed. Faced with a
wave of opposition from across the county, the U.S. Senate
unanimously rejected the Obama budget plan, (97-0).
After months of political posturing and maneuvering aimed at
increasing spending and taxes, the White House and its
Congressional allies finally succumbed to fiscal
responsibility on Aug. 2, with approval of an historic new
The new legislation marks the end of automatic debt limit
increases. It has no tax increases.
Instead, a new precedent has been created that will require
the president and Congress to offset increased federal
borrowing with spending cuts that are at least
When President Obama was sworn into office, the national
debt stood at $10.6 trillion – a stratospheric level. During
only two and a half years of the Obama presidency, the
national debt has risen to more than $14.3 trillion.
This almost inconceivable level of national debt is a heavy
anchor on the American economy. It has stalled the job
creation engine of our country and brought us to the brink
of a double-dip recession.
This mountain of debt, combined with a tidal wave of
bureaucratic federal regulations and the impending
multi-trillion dollar costs of implementing Obama healthcare
reform, has stalled job creation and economic growth in our
Instead of economic recovery, the Obama administration’s
policies have increased unemployment by nearly one-fifth.
Nearly one American in 10 is unemployed today. The same
policies have doubled the cost of gasoline, seen the number
of Americans on food stamps swell to 45 million, and allowed
home values to drop by 12 percent.
The debt ceiling agreement signaled an end to the status quo
in Washington, D.C. Aug. 2.
Calls for fiscal responsibility from across Texas and across
America are being translated into action.
The thinking in Congress and in the White House has begun to
change from “how much can we spend, and how much can we
raise taxes,” to “how much do we need to spend and what
should be cut.”
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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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