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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.

  Teamwork quenches 65-acre grassfire
By Theresa Lewis
Special to The Monitor

SHADY OAKS- Shady Oaks, Malakoff, Caney, Trinindad VFD, Payne, Athens and Baxter fire departments were called to assist the Texas Forestry Service Oct. 9, in fighting a grass fire that quickly burned out of control along CR 1121 near Shady Oaks.
A large grass fire swept a trailer park, burning about 65 acres. High winds account for the flames engulfing two residences. Firefighters on the scene were able to save another 12-14 homes.
Shady Oaks Deputy Chief Andrew Wilson set up an Incident Command Center and turned it over to Athens Fire Chief John McCarry.
Kerens Police Chief Brian Miers, who lives approximately 200 yards from the fire, was on hand to assist with the scene and set up traffic control.
A massive amount of water and fire apparatus was on scene to fight the fire. It took 35-40 firefighters working together to battle the blaze and bring it under control.
This incident set a new standard for professionalism in Henderson County and demonstrated teamwork accomplished by the fire departments in a time of crisis.
The firefighters were toned out at 3:10 p.m., and the fire was brought under control and cleared at 7:31 p.m.
Seven Points grassfire
Seven Points Fire and Rescue called on Payne Springs and City of Tool fire departments to assist it in battling a large grass fire off CR 2404 and Farm-to-Market 85 on Oct. 10.
The 4:30 p.m. fire quickly consumed about 10 acres and 12-15 bales of hay.
Payne Springs Fire and Rescue chief Randy Harley responded with two firefighters, while Tool fire chief Mike Howell assisted with 10 firefighters. Tool assistant chief Ricky Williams arrived first on scene with Engine 38, Brush 38 and Tanker 38. City of Tool Chief Mike Howell advised the department expects to take delivery of a new 325 gallon brush truck Nov 2, 2010.

 

Early voting starts tomorrow continues through Oct. 29
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Early voting for the Nov. 2 General Election starts tomorrow.
Election officials expect more voters will take advantage of the two-week early voting schedule from Monday, Oct. 18, through Friday, Oct. 29.
Few county and local officials will be decided at this election, as most were decided in the March Primary.
However, Kemp Independent School District is holding a special election to fill a one-year unexpired seat on its board of trustees, due to trustee Scott Clearman’s move from the area.
Two candidates have filed to replace him. They are John Lane Taylor and former trustee Curtis Donovan.
Early voters may poll for the Kemp ISD at the sub-courthouse located in Kemp.
Henderson County Emergency Service District No. 1 patrons in Trinidad are determining whether the ESD tax cap may be raised from 3 cents per $100 valuation to 5 cents, a 2-cent difference on the cap, not an actual increase until the board takes action on it.
The ESD board cites the need for a new fire truck to replace a 22-year old engine.
Early voters may cast ballots at Henderson County sub-courthouses in Seven Points, Chandler and Brownsboro, as well as the election center on Larkin Street in Athens
The big race for many areas in the country are for U.S. Congress and Senate.
Incumbent congressman Jeb Hensarling (R) faces Ron Berry (D) and Ken Ashby (LIB). There are no Senate races this year.
State offices up for re-election include the governor, with three candidates vying to unseat Gov. Rick Perry.
Democrat Bill White, Libertarian Kathie Glass and Green candidate Deb Shafto are listed on the ballot.
Looking for the lieutenant governor’s seat are Republican David Dewhurst, Democrat Linda Chavez-Thompson, Libertarian Scott Jameson and Green candidate Herb Gonzales Jr.
Other state races include Board of Education District 9, where Thomas Ratliff (R), Jeff McGee (LIB) and Paul Cardwell (GRN) are competing.
Candidates for Comptroller of Public Accounts are Susan Combs (R), Mary Ruwart (L) and Edward Lindsay (G). Attorney General candidates include incumbent Greg Abbott (R), Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D) and Jon Roland (LIB).
Commissioner of the General Land Office candidates are R-Jerry Patterson, D- Hector Uribe and L-James Holder,
Candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture are R-Todd Staples, D- Hank Gilbert and L- Rick Donaldson.
Incumbent Staples was the former State Senator for Henderson County, while Gilbert was a former ag teacher at LaPoynor High School.
State Representative District 4 Lance Gooden (R) has no opponent.
Justices for the Texas Supreme Court places 3, 5 and 9 are contested, as are justices for the Court of Criminal Appeals places 2, 5 and 6.
About the only Kaufman County office voters will have to choose between are candidates for the county clerk’s office. Republican incumbent Laura Hughes is facing Democrat Sophia Clemon.
Henderson County voters will choose between R-Robert Nichols and L-David Scott in the District 3 State Senate race.
Henderson County Precinct 4 Commissioner seats are Democrat incumbent Jerry West and Republican Ken Geeslin.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace candidates are D-Sue Tarrant and R-Kelly Harris.

 

Texas Watershed program set for Oct. 21 at TFFC
By Paul Schattenberg
Special to The News

ATHENS – Protecting and enhancing the water quality of the Middle Trinity River Watershed will be the focus of a free, one-day public workshop to be conducted by the Texas Watershed Steward Program from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 in Athens.
The workshop will be held at Hart-Morris Conservation Center, 5301 County Road 4812, on the grounds of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, said program participants.
Texas Watershed Stewards is a program of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, said Jennifer Peterson, AgriLife Extension program specialist and workshop coordinator based in College Station.
“The workshop is being presented in cooperation with the Trinity Basin Conservation Foundation,” Peterson said. “And it is being funded by the TSSWCB through a Clean Water Act 319 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.”
She said the workshop is part of a statewide educational program designed to improve the quality of Texas water resources by educating and informing local citizens about their local watershed, potential impairments and steps that can be taken to help improve and maintain local water quality.
“This and similar workshops are held statewide,” she said. “They are designed to help watershed residents improve and protect their water resources by getting involved in local watershed protection and management activities.”
The Trinity River extends some 710 miles before emptying into Trinity Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. It is widely used for fishing and other types of recreation, and provides valuable habitat for many types of aquatic plants and animals.
“But development pressures, land-use changes, and other impacts have created water quality concerns for the river,” Peterson said. “The TBCF, TSSWCB and other stakeholders have been working on a plan to encourage land and water stewardship in the Middle Trinity River Watershed. The training on Oct. 21 will be an opportunity for watershed residents to be part of this effort.”
Peterson said the program includes information in watershed systems, water quality regulation and monitoring, methods to improve water quality, and direction on community-driven watershed protection and management.
“It also provides the basic knowledge and tools needed to form a watershed action group, participate in and organize local watershed activities, and become more involved in protecting and enhancing water resources,” she said.
Workshop attendees will receive a catered lunch, copy of the Texas Watershed Steward curriculum handbook and a certificate of completion.
The program offers seven continuing education units in soil and water management for certified crop advisors, seven units for professional engineers and planners, and seven continuing education credits for certified teachers. It also offers three general continuing education units for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders.
Pre-registration is open and required for participation. For more information and to pre-register, visit the Texas Watershed Steward website at
or contact Peterson at 979-862-8072 or jlpeterson@ag.tamu.edu.
Following the workshop, at the same location from 5-8 p.m., will be a separate but related event, the annual meeting of the Trinity Basin Conservation Foundation. The meeting will include dinner and a silent auction.
Attendees of both the workshop and meeting will receive a free special tour of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center from 4-5 p.m., Peterson said.
For more information on the foundation meeting, visit the Trinity Basin Conservation Foundation website at www.trinitybasin.org,   or contact Jody Carton at 903- 670-2260 or jcarton@trinitybasin.org

 

Come Adopt Us At
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.

For further information visit our website at petfinder.com


 



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