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
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 Commissioners 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
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
Kaufman County Commissioners 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.
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
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 LAKEEarly 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 Clearmans move from
Two candidates have filed to replace him. They are John Lane Taylor and former trustee
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
Looking for the lieutenant governors 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
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 clerks office. Republican incumbent Laura Hughes is facing Democrat
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
|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 Im 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. Ive had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If
youd 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have many animals at
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