People, Places & Events




No-tethering dogs law goes into effect
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Henderson County animal control ordinance passed by Commissioners Court late last month isn’t the only new law dog owners should know.
Saturday, Sept. 1, a new state law went into effect prohibiting pet owners from using pinch or choke collars, or tying up their dogs outside:
• between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
• within 500 feet of a school
• when the temperature falls below freezing, whenever ozone or heat advisories are issued by local or state authorities, or whenever hurricane or tropical storm warnings are issued.
Violations of the new law, passed in the State Legislature this year, will be a Class C misdemeanor, punishable with a fine up to $500.
State Rep. George “Buddy” West wrote the legislation. According to the Senate Research Center, the author’s statement of intent includes:
• Chaining a dog can make the animal more likely to be a danger to public safety.
• Chaining a dog can cause physical and behavioral damage to the dog, and chained dogs are often the cause of excessive noise complaints by the public.
• Current law does not allow an animal control officer to intervene until chained dogs are suffering from obvious signs of starvation, dehydration, or other signs of abuse or neglect.
“[The new law] provides that a person commits an offense if the person, under certain conditions, unreasonably restrains a dog,” West said.
The law passed unanimously in both chambers of the State Legislature.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has long been an opponent of chaining, or “tethering” dogs, terms usually defined as “the practice of fastening a dog to a stationary object or stake, usually in the owner’s backyard, as a means of keeping the animal under control.”
According to the HSUS Web site, “Dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with human beings and other animals. A dog kept chained in one spot for hours, days, months, or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious, and often aggressive.”

TxDOT says lake area bridges are safe
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Most of the area bridges are deemed safe by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) engineers even though a few carry the “structurally deficient” label.
“The title ‘structurally deficient’ is very misleading,” Kelly Petras with Dallas TxDOT office said.
“The name simply means if the bridge were built today, it would not meet today’s standards. It could be the population has expanded, and roads leading to the bridge are larger, or other problems such as environment, erosion or the building materials are not what are used today,” she added.
Bridges that are deemed “unsafe” are closed to the driving public, she explained.
TxDOT recently released its list of structurally deficient bridges, and only 4 percent of the state’s 50,000 bridges fall into that category.
The term “structurally deficient” is the technical term used by the Federal Highway Administration to classify and prioritize bridges for federal funding, the report states.
There are 445 bridges on the state highway system that are “structurally deficient,” with 1,579 more in the off- highway system.
The report further lists 282 bridges currently under contract to be rehabilitated or replaced.
Another 1,303 bridges with the “structurally deficient” classification are under development as part of the state’s Unified Transportation plan.
Another 439 bridges with the classification are not currently scheduled for replacement, nor has funding been set aside for them.
Kings Creek Bridge on State Highway 274 is currently being replaced, while bridges on State Highway 198 over Cedar Creek Lake are scheduled for replacement.
Citizens recently became aware of bridge problems following the collapse of the I-35 bridge through Minneapolis on Aug.1.
The exact cause or causes for the tragedy has not yet been pinpointed and it could be six months to a year before all the facts are found.
Some have noted the bridge was held up with steel trusses, a fact many have expressed concern about.
“In all of Texas, there are only 16 bridges with steel trusses, and all 16 were tested within the first week following the accident and were declared safe,” Petras said.
“Every bridge throughout the state is inspected every two years,” she explained.
Improving safety is TxDOT’s most important goal and is a sacred obligation to the state’s driving public, the report states.

‘A Night at the Red Garter Saloon’ set for Sept. 22
Special to The Monitor
TOOL–Plans are in place and most of the details are finalized for the fifth annual “A Night At the Red Garter Saloon,” the major fund-raising party of the year for The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
Veteran chamber volunteer Linda Fernald of the Cedar Creek Pilot, is chairing the committee that will be presenting this year’s event.
The date is Saturday, Sept. 22, and it will be held once again at Promenade Hall in Tool.
The doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and include admission, steak dinner, chips to get started on the gaming tables and a giveaway ticket. A limited number of tables of eight are available.
Since this event has become one of Cedar Creek Lake’s most popular evenings of the year, Fernald has announced that only minor changes can be expected from last year’s event, all designed to improve or enhance elements of past “Red Garter” nights.
Attendees can once again expect an evening of country flavored music, auctions, gaming and many surprises, all with an “old west” ambiance and a touch of “glitz.”
A special steak dinner, cooked on the spot by a team of chamber volunteers, assisted by Sharon Strickland of Special Touch Catering, will get the evening started and satisfy even the most hungry cowboy in the place.
The spirit of the Old West will be alive at Cedar Creek Lake for one action packed, fun-filled evening.
“We always have people from all around the region attend this event and in the last four years, we’ve received rave reviews about the unique party that mixes the traditional Western theme with gaming and auctions,” chamber president Jo Ann Hanstrom said.
“Promenade Hall has been the perfect setting for the theme, with lots of room for the gaming tables, dining and dancing, plus the casual, friendly atmosphere is very appealing to every taste,” she added.
In keeping with the tone of the fund-raisers of past years, the 2007 Red Garter Saloon will feature gaming, with a professional company providing poker, blackjack, craps and slot machines for play with chips, a live auction offering an opportunity for friendly competition in bidding on items donated by Chamber members and friends of the Chamber of Commerce.
Lucky bidders will purchase a cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines, original art, tickets to Medieval Times, cabin nights, certificates for all manner of services and great retail items, to name a few.
The winnings from gaming tables will be cashed in for giveaway tickets and chances to win valuable donated prizes.
Live music with a country flavor will be presented by Cedar Creek Lake’s very own Dino “Danger” Perelli, with a dance floor for serious boot scootin’.
Volunteer committee members are calling on businesses for donations and sponsorships to help underwrite “A Night at the Red Garter Saloon.”
All contributors will be given valuable publicity leading up to and during the event, making donations a good advertising value. If you have an auction item that you can donate, call the Chamber of Commerce office and a volunteer will be happy to pick it up.
Sponsorships with “extras” include $1,500 Wyatt Earp, $1,000 Annie Oakley and $500 Buffalo Bill. Also, sponsorship levels at $300 Belle Starr, $200 Billy The Kid and $100 Jesse James are available.
Traditionally, the chamber has a valuable donated item that goes on display and ticket sales begin prior to Red Garter.
This year, First State Bank has donated a beautiful 8½ foot patio floor lamp, hand-built by Ronnie Davis.
The lamp is on display at The Hydrangea House.

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Asia. I am a very sweet Catahoula mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I am very friendly, walk on a leash, fixed and have received my shots. I am a very beautiful girl looking for my new forever home.

My name is Shelly. I am a beautiful little Collie mix? I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far I am a sweet baby. I am full of energy and just plays with other pups. I am a wonderful kid looking for my new forever home.

My name is Shark. I am a beautiful female Lab mix. I was brought to the Shelter by my owners who were not able to keep me. I am a good girl, I get along well with others, even other females and I adore people. I am a wonderful kid looking for my wonderful new home.

My name is Alley. I am a beautiful female DSH black with white cat. I was abandoned on one of the shelter worker’s porch in a box with my litter of kittens. All of my kittens have been adopted. I am now fixed with all of my shots. I am a very sweet and lovable girl looking for a home.

Pictured are just a few 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.

For further information visit our website at