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.
Cedar Creek Lake
discover Black Beauty Ranch
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–An animal per acre maybe wasn’t the goal, but it is
currently the reality for the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch near
Director of operations for the ranch Diane Miller said there are about
1,300 animals currently living on approximately 1,300 acres.
Miller was keynote speaker for the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake’s
weekly luncheon Friday.
She described the ranch’s purpose was to be a place where abused animals
could live out the remainder of their lives in a peaceful and natural
“The ranch was founded in 1979, beginning with 80 acres, and has now
grown to 1,300 acres,” she said. “It is the largest sanctuary open to
various species all living in the same area.”
Although the ranch is not “wide open to the public,” there are special
visitation periods, Miller explained.
“There are two open house events scheduled in the fall. The first is set
for Saturday, Oct. 3,” she said.
The other fall date and two dates in the spring will be announced at a
The facility merged with the Humane Society of the U.S. in 2005.
The only animals the facility is not involved in rescuing are the
domestic dogs and cats.
“We have animals from many species that often share a background of harm
at the hands of people,” Miller said.
A slide show pictured animals of various species, such as lynx and other
exotic cats, elephants and primate breeds.
About 84 horses recently rescued from starvation in Alliance, Neb., have
been put with a trainer and farrier, and are almost ready to be adopted.
On-line adoption forms are available at www.equineonline.org at fees
ranging from $250 to $500.
Burros, due to be shot and killed by the government as a solution to
overgrazing, were lifted 5,000 feet by helicopter out of the Grand
“The ranch currently has 15 full-time staff members plus the
volunteers,” Miller said.
“Future plans include building our own veterinary clinic, and when it’s
completed, we’ll be looking for a full-time vet,” she said.
For information or an appointment to see the horses before the adoption
open house, call Rachel at (916) 865-8993.
Tom Schieffer stumps
for Dem. nomination
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Tom Schieffer made a stop in
Mabank Friday on his way to Tyler to talk about his ideas for better
Members of the local Democratic Party met with him at the Tri-County
After congratulating the Mabank school district for earning TEA’s
highest rating, he said other areas of East Texas are not making the
“We need an educational system that fits the kid, not the other way
around,” he said. “We talk about the test, instead of the education
we’re giving our kids.”
He believes that students best suited for physical skills be prepared to
learn those skills that will make them successful taxpayers, such as
airplane mechanics, electricians, wastewater treatment operators and the
“We can’t have kids dropping out of school. Give them the skills they
need to compete,” he said.
Schieffer’s experience in Japan as the U.S. ambassador opened his eyes
to the competition among the children of Asia.
He also believes public education should begin earlier – for
preschoolers – and that after-school study programs should be made
available, ones that give parents an opportunity to be involved.
As governor, he said he would put together a task force of community and
business leaders, educators, parents and futurists to flesh out ideas to
make Texas students more competitive in a globalized workforce.
“The military has figured out a way to educate their workforce, why
can’t we?” he said. “Leaders create a culture where problems can be
solved, instead of politicizing the issues, that’s the kind of governor
I want to be.”
On funding education, “the state has to do more to fulfill its
responsibility. Funding from property taxes is pretty close to
exhausted,” he said.
A Fort Worth native, Schieffer said his experience as a lawyer, state
legislator, college trustee, president of the Rangers Baseball Club
(given the task of building the Ranger Stadium in Arlington) and his
service as U.S. ambassador to Japan and Australia uniquely qualifies him
to guide Texas into the future.
The important issues to Texans are public education, jobs, children’s
health insurance, rising college tuition, energy, protecting the
environment and transportation and are the areas of focus for him.
He believes he is the kind of Democrat who can work with moderates,
independents and thoughtful Republicans.
Mabank ISD host
6th annual New Teacher Luncheon
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Business leaders and citizens welcomed 43 new teachers to the
Mabank Independent School District Aug. 13.
The MISD and the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the
sixth annual New Teacher Luncheon, held in the commons area of Mabank
Assistant superintendent Linda McKee presented the welcoming greeting,
in which she thanked community leaders and businesses for their support.
The invocation was given by assistant superintendent of business
management Scott Adams.
School board president Gary Sapp introduced the board of trustees – vice
president Kenneth Odom, Michael Cathey, Dean Fannin, Todd Grimes, Tyson
Johnson and Dr. Darrel Kinnard.
MISD administration personnel were introduced to the new teachers,
ending with the notation, “these are the people you can go to when you
have a problem.”
Sapp described the honor of Mabank ISD becoming an Exemplary district.
The district is a part of Region 10, which stretches from Mabank to
Dallas, he explained.
Sapp presented statistics, pointing out there were no 5A school
districts designated as Exemplary.
“There were only two 4A districts (named exemplary), Mabank and Highland
Park,” Sapp said.
“Mabank High School is probably the only true Title One, Class 4A
Exemplary district,” Sapp pointed out.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Approximately 43 new Mabank ISD teachers were introduced at the sixth
annual New Teacher
Luncheon Aug. 13. Business and civic members from around the lake
introduced teachers at the event.
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