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Thursday, September 16, 2010

 

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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 attend.
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 Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in Tool.
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 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 to attend.
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 Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the OranWhite 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.

  Stray bullet nails youth at party
Wills Point junior high student hit by gunfire a quarter-mile away
By Julie Vaughan and Randal Brewer
Monitor Staff Writers

WILLS POINT–A Wills Point Junior High student was hospitalized after being shot by a stray bullet during a Labor Day party.
The bullet came from shots fired at a residence a quarter-mile away, authorities report.
Ranger Wilcoxson was playing billiards when a stray bullet caught him in the torso, according to police.
The incident occurred just after 6 p.m. off Farm-to-Market 751 north of Wills Point.
Family members declined to comment on the incident or Ranger’s condition, other than to say he has a “long recovery ahead of him.”
Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sam Mayer said he received a call that a juvenile had been shot “somewhere in the upper torso of the body.”
Mayer said the teen, along with other juveniles, had gathered at their coach’s house for a Labor Day gathering.
“This barn the children were in was hit more than once by stray bullets,” County Sheriff R.P. “Pat” Burnett Jr. said. “They were playing pool at a pool table in a game room, and he (the victim) was about to make a pool shot when he was hit.”
“The residence where the shot was fired from was on County Road 3803, where they were having a Labor Day gathering as well,” Mayer said.
Although there are some trees, Mayer said he estimated there was a quarter of a mile distance between the two properties.
“There were four adults and one juvenile out shooting. They had three different weapons out, and all five were shooting,” Mayer continued.
Mayer said it was hard to tell whether the five were shooting in the direction of the house, based on the information he was given at the scene.
“I think they believed they were shooting in a safe manner, but unfortunately they were not,” he added.
Mayer said the two rifles were seized at the scene for evidence.
“This was not an intentional act,” Burnett added. “I don’t know if these were ricochets or what, but ultimately you are responsible.”
Burnett noted he grew up hunting in most of the area around Wills Point as a kid, which is not something that can be done anymore, he said.
“If you are going to shoot a gun, you have to know where that bullet is going to go,” Burnett said. “These could have been ricochets. There are all kinds of things that could have happened here, but you have got to know where that bullet is going to go.”
Burnett offered these tips for gun owners:
• know your weapon,
• know the distance the bullet is going to travel,
• know the distance the bullet is going to travel if it ricochets and
• know what is in your area in that distance.
Wills Point Chief of Police Scott Johnson added everyone should pay close attention to firearm safety.
“We’re getting into hunting season, and people are getting their guns out and sighting in their scopes,” Johnson said. “It’s not illegal to discharge a firearm out in the county, but people could still be held liable, either criminally or civilly.
“The best thing to do is to go to a gun range, or at least make sure there is an embankment behind your target,” Johnson added. “You have to be aware of ricochets, and you have to know what is around you or beyond the trees.”
Burnett said this is not the first time someone has been shot by stray bullets.
“We are too populated to just go shoot where you want to shoot,” he added. “You have to shoot with knowledge.”
The sheriff and Texas Rangers are still investigating the shooting.
“Anytime you have a juvenile shot like this, you need as many eyes and ears as you possibly can, and different perspectives,” Burnett said.
“We do not believe this was an intentional act,” Burnett reiterated. “We are just very, very lucky this isn’t a tragic event, as bad as it is. We are fortunate no one is dead.”
Wills Point school superintendent Joe Oliver said that the thoughts and prayers of the school administration are with Ranger and his family.
“Our heart definitely goes out to the family, and we’re praying for a full recovery,” Oliver said.

Kaufman County lifts burn ban
Cities Readiness Initiative gets one year extension
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Kaufman County Commissioners lifted the burn ban Monday on the recommendation of the fire marshal.
After recent rains, fire marshal Larry Ewing said the county registers at the lowest risk for having grass fires.
Commissioners also renewed with the North Central Texas Council of Governments for the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRN).
The initiative maintains readiness to inoculate citizens in dire emergencies, such as a massive terrorist attack, public works director Kathy Morris, explained.
The program has been in place for five years at no cost to the county, she said. However, this year a 10 percent match from the county is required.
“That’s no problem, as it can be an ‘in-kind’ match, which includes milage or other physical items,” she explained.
Next year, the cost could go up even more, and while she recommended taking part in the project this year, she said the county should drop the agreement next year.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved conducting road repairs for the city of Rosser, per an interlocal agreement.
• adopted the 2010 appraisal roll as the 2010 tax roll.
The total amount of the tax roll is $8,714,210,468.
• established the courthouse annex courtroom, where the commissioners regularly meet as the central counting station for all elections through June, 2011.
• appointed the following election personnel:
– Theresa Floyd as counting station presiding judge.
– P.J. Gibson as counting station manager.
– Phillip O’Steen as tabulation supervisor of the counting station, and
– Carol Aga as assistant tabulation supervisor. All appointments apply to all elections through 2011.
• approved the resale of tax property located in Precinct 1.
• approved the deputation of Paula Renae Mayfield for the Sheriff’s Department.
• approved a request from AT&T to install communications drop wire along County Road 310 and CR 312, Precinct 3.
• approved a request from, CenturyLink to install buried communications copper cable along CR 4072, Precinct 4.
• approved budget transfers, as presented by auditor Hal D. Jones.
• paid bills totaling $942,746.03.

Thieves knock over ATM
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–Thieves caused a lot of damage, but didn’t get at the contents of an automatic teller machine at Cap City Convenience store recently.
Store owner Irfan Cheema said an alarm went off around 2:15 a.m. Sept. 1, alerting authorities to the break-in.
The store’s ATM was the target and Cheema estimates up to $4,000 in damage was done to the machine, which is still out for repairs.
The perpetrators were scared off by the alarm, and didn’t succeed in taking anything else from the store, he said.
Seven Points Police investigators were called to the scene and are conducting an investigation.
The store’s security cameras may have been inadvertently disabled the day of the break-in, Cheema said. “The police are looking into it.”

 

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The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also email them at dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

We 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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