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Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 320.51 Water Temperature:
84  degrees - top
degrees - bottom



  Boating dangers go up as temperatures fall
Special to The Monitor
ALEXANDRIA, Va.–Labor Day marks the start of the fall boating season, a time for cooler temperatures, uncrowded waterways and great fishing.
But this time of year also brings its own unique safety challenges, especially for boaters or anglers in smaller craft, says the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.
“There are reasons why October and November are the deadliest months of the year for boaters,” BoatU.S. Foundation Director of Boating Safety Chris Edmonston said. “However, the good news is that there are some common-sense steps that may prevent a small mishap from becoming serious.”
Here are some 2008 U.S. Coast Guard statistics, along with some fall boating season safety tips:
• While there are more accidents in the summer months when recreational boating is in full swing, the odds of dying if you are in an accident go up in the months of October and November. The reason? Being unprepared for the conditions.
Some 22 percent and 25 percent of all accidents in October and November, respectively, result in deaths.
• Statistics also show more than half of all boating deaths occur with small boats. That’s because they are usually open to the elements and more vulnerable to wind, waves and swamping.
• Cold water quickly saps away your strength. Wearing a life jacket could give you the time you need to safely re-board if you accidentally fall overboard.
Also, ensure you have a means to quickly get back aboard without assistance, such as a ladder or even a dockline.
More than two-thirds of all fatal boating accidents victims drowned, and of these, 90 percent were not wearing a life jacket.
• Don’t let sunny skies fool you. Dress appropriately, and recognize that even slight changes in the weather can make hypothermia a real threat if you are not prepared.
• In the fall, there are very few fellow boaters and anglers nearby – your closest potential rescuers.
Without the help of fellow boaters, your float plan is your only back-up. Share with a family member or trusted friend where you plan to go and when you expect to return, so they may notify authorities if you are overdue returning.
• A VHF radio is a must. Depending on where you are, a cell phone or personal locator beacon may be additional pieces of important communication gear.

Lady Cards open fall ball
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The second season of Lady Cardinal softball is scheduled to begin Saturday, Sept. 19. Preseason workouts started the first day of the fall semester.
Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad will travel to Bossier City, La., to participate in the Bossier Parish Community College tournament.
Six dates are on the Lady Cardinals’ fall schedule Johnston released. The spring schedule, which begins Feb. 2, 2010, includes 25 playing dates.
“Fall ball doesn’t count, so we use the fall to see where we are as a team,” Johnston said. “It’s a good judgment of what we need to work on for the off-season to have a winning program in the spring.”
After their trip to Louisiana to open the season, the Lady Cardinals are scheduled to play in tournaments the next three weeks at the University of North Texas (Sept. 26-27), UT-Tyler (Oct. 3) and Angelina College (Oct. 10-11).
The only two home dates on the schedule are Saturday, Oct. 17, against Bad Attitudes and Saturday, Oct. 24, against Texas Misfits Gold. Both dates involve doubleheader action that opens at noon at Lady Cardinal Field in Cain Park.
Johnston said she expects 26 players to report for the fall season, including four from the 13-win team this past spring, five transfers and 19 freshmen.


Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panther senior Alison Castle goes up for a shot during Mabank's non-district volleyball match against visiting Van Tuesday. Also shown are Jenna Penny (8, far left) and freshman Kourtney Holyfield (6).











Upcoming games

GBC co-ed softball

Sept. 8
7 p.m.
Replacements vs Dictators
8:05 p.m.
Impossibles vs Longhorns
9:10 p.m.
Xtreme-Tanksley vs Rebels
(end season)


Sept. 8
KHS vs Cross Roads

Sept. 11
MHS @ Lancaster*
EHS @ Edgewood

Sept. 12
KHS @ Grand Saline tourn.

Sept. 18
MHS vs West Mesquite*
EHS @ Quitman

Sept. 19
KHS @ Grand Saline(*district contest)


Sept. 11
EHS @ Edgewood

Sept. 18
MHS vs Van (HC)
KHS @ Rains
EHS @ Quitman


Cross country

Sept. 12
MHS @ North Mesquite
KHS @ Malakoff Inv.
EHS @ Malakoff Inv.

Sept. 19
MHS @ Palestine
KHS @ Lumberjack Inv.
(Stephen F. Austin)
EHS @ Pine Tree PJ

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