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Mayors proclaim
Arts & Humanities Month in area

Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mayors of four Cedar Creek Lake area cities signed proclamations Tuesday naming October as National Arts and Humanities Month in their respective communities.
The signing, held at the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office in Mabank, drew together Gun Barrel City mayor Paul Eaton, Enchanted Oaks mayor Don Warner, Tool mayor Michael Black and Mabank mayor Larry Teague.
Dennis Gilmore, director of the Henderson County Performing Arts Center, said the HCPAC and other arts and cultural organizations across the country will mark the month of October with special observances and performances.
“It is important that we recognize the vital role that the arts, such as theater, music, visual arts, dance, poetry and creativity in general play in our daily lives,” HCPAC president Jo Ann Johnson said in a prepared statement.
Johnson urged support for the regional theater and other arts organizations in Henderson County.
Throughout the year, HCPAC offers concerts and live performances at the Athens Theater Complex and other venues across the region, along with classes in theater and dance, youth plays at various venues and other community/county-wide events.
The HCPAC will close out the month-long celebration with a presentation of Barry Manilow’s hit musical, Copacabana.
Actors from Kemp, Chandler, Gun Barrel City, Malakoff, Athens, Mabank and Trinidad are among 30 singers/dancers who have come together to present the musical.
Performances are set for 7 p.m. nightly Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Oct. 26.
For more information or reservations, contact the HCPAC theater at (903) 675-3908.
Established in 1993, the National Arts and Humanities Month encourages Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a life-long habit of active participation in the arts and humanities.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Henderson County Performing Arts Center director Dennis Gilmore (standing)
watches as Cedar Creek Lake area mayors sign proclamations naming October
as National Arts and Humanities Month. Seated are (from left) Gun Barrel City
mayor Paul Eaton, Enchanted Oaks mayor Don Warner, Tool mayor Michael Black
and Mabank mayor Larry Teague.

County adopts $37M budget,
sets tax rate half-cent lower

By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–After toiling over the budget since April, with a lot of struggling and tweaking, Kaufman County commissioners approved a $37.1 million budget Monday.
Afterwards, commissioners set the tax rate at 55.65 cents per $100 valuation, which is ½ cent lower than 2008.
The rate contains 44.70 cents for the general fund and 7.80 cents for road and bridge for a total of 52.50 cents per $100 valuation for the operating budget.
Added to the 52.50 cents is the debt service amount of 3.15 cents.
Road and Bridge amounts are calculated on the total number of miles of roads in each precinct.
The amount for Precinct 1 is $2,197,214, Precinct 2 is budgeted $2,031,314, Precinct 3, will receive $1,998,469, and Precinct 4, which has the largest number of road miles, to receive $2,541,203.
In other business, commissioners:
• proclaimed Oct. 5-11 National 4-H Week in Kaufman County.
Extension Agent Carrie Sharp listed the number of steers, goats and pigs that will be shown at the State Fair, and described the activities in which 4-H club members participate.
• designated officials of the Indigent Defense Grant Program 2009.
• authorized a service contract with Marion Porter to maintain and remodel county property and the supervision of such work for the year ending Sept. 30, 2009.
• heard a presentation by County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Erleigh Wiley on a three-year certification program for aspiring court administrators.
• awarded a $37,246.92 contract to Satellites in Motion for the mobile units in the Sheriff’s Department.
• agreed to advertise for bids for the furnishing and installation of a security fence surrounding property located at Farm-to-Market road 429 in Precinct 3.
Bids close Thursday, Oct. 23 and are opened at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27.
The fence will be six feet high, with two 20-foot sliding gates, encompassing a total of 4,000 linear feet.
• agreed to advertise for bids for emulsion for all precincts. Bids close Thursday, Oct. 16 and are opened Monday, Oct. 20.
• approved budget transfers as presented by Auditor Hal D. Jones.
• paid bills totaling $364,568.83.

Blodgett named ‘Operator of the Year’
Monitor Staff Reports
TYLER–The chief wastewater operator for East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District received a prestigious award from the Texas Water Utilities Association recently.
James Blodgett was named the “Small System Wastewater Operator of the Year.”
The award was presented during the East Texas Regional T.W.U.A. school held in Tyler Aug. 25.
“James has been instrumental this year in achieving discharge permit limits at our North Wastewater Treatment Facility,” general manager Bill Goheen said.
“His willingness to accept challenges and accept accountability for end results helps meet the standards the District is implementing,” Goheen added.
Blodgett also recently passed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality certification test, and now holds a Class B Wastewater License.
He has been with ECCFWSD for nearly five years.
“We hope he remains with the district until his retirement,” Goheen said.

East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District
Chief Wastewater Operator James Blodgett (left)
receives congratulations from general manager
Bill Goheen for being named “Small System Wastewater
Operator of the Year.”

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Nelson. I am a beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever home.

My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new home.

We are a whole litter of Shepherd mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so we have no history. We have been started on our first set of shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.

I am a beautiful Border Collie, who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful kid looking for a new 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


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