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
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
“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
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
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)
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
watches as Cedar Creek Lake area mayors sign proclamations naming
as National Arts and Humanities Month. Seated are (from left) Gun Barrel
mayor Paul Eaton, Enchanted Oaks mayor Don Warner, Tool mayor Michael
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
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
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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
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
“His willingness to accept challenges and accept accountability for end
results helps meet the standards the District is implementing,” Goheen
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
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.”
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
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
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