voting law passed has strings
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Cedar Creek Area Lion’s Club hosted a
meeting with State Rep. Betty Brown, who reported on the State
Legislature’s recent session.
One law that passed in the House but failed in the Senate concerned
requiring two forms of identification to vote.
Aimed at stopping illegal aliens from voting and supported by 90 percent
of Texas voters, the bill was killed by a senator who refused to allow
the bill to come before the Senate for the vote, Brown explained.
“All it takes to keep a bill from coming up for a vote, is for one
senator to stand up and say, ‘I intend to speak for 10 minutes on this
bill,’” she said.
Many of her smaller bills were killed in this manner.
Because she carried the bill on the voter ID, those who were against it
also targeted her smaller bills, she said.
As an example, she said she was asked to support a bill that would ask
the public schools to teach the fact that Henderson County was named
after the first governor of the state following statehood, James Pinkey
The same senator stood up with his announcement that he would speak for
10 minutes on the bill, and it was killed.
Bills the Legislature passed, include:
• the castle law, allowing citizens in their home or car to defend
themselves from deadly force without having to retreat first.
• the two-year moritorium on the Trans Texas Corridor to allow the
public to study the details and plans more thoroughly.
• approving 3.9 billion for education.
• putting $635 million into the teacher retirement fund. instead of
giving each retiree a small increase each month they will receive a 13th
check this year.
• passed teaching an elective course at schools on the old and new
• created a border security council.
Brown talked about how dangerous the Texas border is becoming and the
fact the crime rate is increasing.
“We are not getting the help we need from the federal government on
protecting our borders,” she said.
When the meeting was over, Brown passed out a booklet on the proposed
constitutional amendments to be voted on in the Nov. 6 election.
Bridge Studio to
host MS fund-raising tourney
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–The Bridge Studio at Cedar Creek will be
hosting MS Bridge Across America games the week of Oct. 1-7.
American Contract Bridge League clubs all across America will be
participating in raising funds for and awareness of multiple sclerosis.
The proceeds from this tournament will benefit the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society to support research into the cause, cure, and
treatment of MS.
Games at The Bridge Studio will be held between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1 and Wednesday, Oct. 3, and 1-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Oct.
4-5. A final round is set for 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.
It will cost $7 to play.
The Studio is also presenting a hand-quilted lap throw entitled “Cards,
” sewn and donated by Johnette Betts. It will be awarded Sunday, Oct. 7.
Even if you don’t play bridge, drop by the Studio at 326 S. Gun Barrel
Lane to see the quilt.
MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system affecting the
brain and spinal cord. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20
Symptoms may be mild such as numbness in the limbs or severe with
paralysis or loss of vision. Many people with MS live with severe
fatigue, depression, and cognitive problems which affect their ability
to continue in their careers.
For more information, contact Gloria Rowland at (903) 451-3219.
ETMC offers October
special on mammogram screenings
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in recognition of
this important event, ETMC Athens and Cedar Creek Lake are offering a
special on screening mammograms.
Both facilities are offering a $95 special for routine – that is,
non-symptomatic – mammograms.
The special includes the radiologist’s interpretation of the film.
“We have lots of ladies who take advantage of this special on an annual
basis, and it’s continuing to grow,” ETMC Athens Director of Radiology
Richard Vasquez said.
Vasquez explained the special is for screening mammograms, which would
typically mean a woman 40 years old or older, without implants or
symptoms and in need of an annual screening.
“Mammography is a good safeguard for prevention,” he said.
“It’s still accepted as the gold standard for early detection. It’s safe
and quick, and it offers women peace of mind,” he added.
To take advantage of the mammography special, please contact your
primary care physician to get an order and schedule the procedure.
For assistance in obtaining the order, you can call the ETMC Athens
radiology department at (903) 676-2170, or call ETMC Cedar Creek Lake at
However, it is important each individual work through her primary care
Among the guidelines for good breast health, it is suggested women:
• obtain regular mammography screening starting at the age of 40;
• obtain annual clinical breast exams;
• perform monthly breast-self exams; and
• obtain a risk assessment from a physician.
A woman who still menstruates should, if possible, schedule the
mammogram for one week after her menstrual period begins, when the
breasts will be the least tender.
Women are asked to avoid using deodorant and lotions on the day of the
mammogram and should wear two-piece clothing to make undressing more
convenient. A specially trained radiologic technologist will perform the
The woman will be asked to undress from the waist up only and stand next
to the X-ray machine. Two flat surfaces will compress one breast first,
then the other for a few seconds. Compression is necessary to produce
the best pictures using the lowest amount of radiation possible.
Thanks to the official website of the National Breast Cancer Awareness
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Luke. I am the cutest
little male puppy ever. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I have now been started on my
parvo/distemper shots. I am a sweet little baby looking for a
wonderful home. I have a brother identical to me.
We are Ollie (orange), Rain
(grey) and Johnny (tabby). We are three sweet little kittens
that have been at the shelter for a while. Rain is female and
the other two are males. We get along with everyone and
absolutely adore people. We are sweet babies looking for
We are two sweet babies. One male
and one female. We were brought to the shelter by our owners who
were not able to keep us. We are good kids looking for our new
My name is Ben. I am a beautiful
male Yellow Lab mix. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I walk on a leash and current on
my shots. I seem to be pretty laid back. I am in need of a new
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