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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.
 

PS VFD adds new brush truck
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

PAYNE SPRINGS–The Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department has acquired a new piece of equipment – a state-of-the-art attack truck or brush truck.
What makes the 2009 Ford 550 special is its Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS), fed with a 400-gallon water tank and 10-gallon suffocant canister.
Together with the compressed air, it makes a little water and soap go a long way – in foam, that is. It has an expansion ratio of 20 to 1.
The pumper is able to dispense the foam at 1,500 gallons per minute.
The foam clings, even to vertical surfaces, to cool the fire and deny it needed oxygen, veteran firefighter Don Meckline described.
Fire chief Randy Harley had it specially built to include a high-pressure nozzle on the front, unwinding hoses on both sides of the truck just behind the cab, in easy reach of firefighters, who have a place to stand between the cab and the bed to point nozzles at burning grass while the truck moves across the field.
Water hoses are stacked at the back, along with an 1¾-inch pre-connect to the CAFS.
It even has a hidden compartment spanning the length of the truck to hold a telescoping ladder.
“Our goal is always to save lives and properties and to lower our ISO rating,” Harley said.
An area’s ISO rating affects the home insurance rate, Harley explained.
His fire protection jurisdiction encompasses 36 square miles, and whether a property is next to a fire hydrant or two miles away from one, his district carries an ISO rating of 4, with 1 being the best rating and 10 the worst.
That rating is one of the best ISO ratings in Henderson County.
The $118,000 purchase from WesTex was the result of a grant application Harley made in 2004 to the Rural VFD Assistance Program, under the Texas Forest Service.
“We want to thank the forest service who gave us $96,000 toward a CAFS system. The rest of the funding came from Emergency Service District No. 2. They’ve always been very good to us,” Harley told The Monitor.
However, the 44-member fire department is still looking for financial support to fulfill its master plan for a third fire station. Harley also is seeking far and wide for assistance from every source he can think of, even from foundations in the Fort Worth area.
“Anyone need a good tax write-off?” he asked. “We have one.
“We are out of room and running more than 700 fire calls a year,” Harley said.
“It’s hard for us to go (have the time) beg for money when we run this many calls,” he said.
If the proposed station is built on two acres of hay field owned by the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District, then every residence, business and farm in ESD 2 will be within a 2½ mile radius of a fire station, Harley said.
Now, that’s impressive.

‘Big Top’ coming to Cedar Creek Lake
73rd edition of the Carson & Barnes Circus set for
Athens and Gun Barrel City, Oct. 27-28

Monitor Staff Reports

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Big Top is coming to Athens and Gun Barrel City Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 27-28.
The all-new 73rd edition of the Carson & Barnes Circus boasts the only remaining one big-tented circus touring America today.
The city-block-long tent will be going up at the Henderson County Fair Park very early Oct. 27 and at Gun Barrel City’s 40-acre city cite on Maintenance Drive early the following day. The unique tent rigging allows for close-up audience viewing of the quality family entertainment.
The public is invited to watch as the first units of the caravan begin arriving about an hour after dawn.
More than two dozen types of exotic and domestic animals will be unloaded, the largest traveling zoo of its kind. Everyone is welcome to watch as the animals arrive, are watered, fed and cared for.
The most exciting part is when crew and elephants work together to raise the largest circus Big Top in North America to 50 feet high.
The Carson & Barnes Circus supports the work of the Endangered Ark Foundation for the preservation of the Asian elephant and other animals.
While other circuses have reduced their size and schedule, Carson & Barnes is still the only organization capable of moving such a huge show to a new site nearly every day, seven days a week, touring some 200 towns and cities each 10-month season.
This year’s featured performer is the award-winning clown and world-renowned Freddy “Alex” Acero, King of Circus Comedy. He entertains with hilarious high-bounding joy-filled feats on the trampoline.
An international cast of performers will amaze with death-defying feats on the aerial trapeze, high wire, as part of motorcycle acrobatic teams, and as jugglers and clowns, along with elephants, camels, dogs and horses.
The show also features the Grand Spectacular Patriotic Parade, with a “Salute to America” displaying beautiful hand-made costumes and accoutrements.
Two shows are planned at each location, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Advance ticket purchases made on-line at www.carsonbarnescircus.com. by noon (Mountain Time, 11 a.m. Central) the day before, qualify for 25 percent reduction in cost. A two-for-one coupon (adults and children) can also be found in issues of The Monitor.
Regular tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for kids, ages 2-11.
The Carson & Barnes Circus family reaches back four generations, founded in 1937 by Kansas showman Obert Miller and his sons, who formed a tiny show called Miller Brothers Circus. From these humble beginnings, the circus has evolved into the Biggest Tent Circus in America today.
After more than 60 years of caring for, working and living with their elephants and other animals, the legendary D.R. Miller and his family established the Endangered Art Foundation in 1993, to protect the extremely endangered Asian elephant, as well as other exotic animals. The Foundation is home to the second-largest herd of Asian elephants.

Vietnam Memorial Wall finds home in Kaufman
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, a replica of the Wall in Washington, D.C., will permanently reside in Kaufman.
At the Friday luncheon, members and guests of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake heard from Kaufman County Treasurer Johnny Countryman.
“The Wall is 4/5 the size of the Wall in D.C. and will be able to withstand a 50-mile an hour wind,” he said.
“In spite of weather problems, we are currently pouring the foundation and sidewalk for it,” Countryman said.
A dedication ceremony is scheduled to take place around 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, he explained.
“But there are also events planned for the three days leading up to it,” he added.
One such event will be the participation of more than 100 motorcyle riders.
“They are members of the Patriot Guard and American Legion Riders and calls are coming in from as far away as Kentucky,” Countryman said.
“There will be food vendors and speakers such as Judge Wayne Gent and Rep. Jeb Hensarling and a young men’s singing group from Mansfield will be present,” he said.
Other ceremonies will include the laying of a wreath, and a candelight riders ceremony, he said.
“When all these people come to Kaufman, you can figure they will come on down to Cedar Creek Lake,” he said, noting those people will be looking for places to stay and eat, as well as to shop.
The Wall will be permanently installed along the back wall of the Kaufman Veterans Memorial Park.
Plans are in place to add restrooms, a gift shop and a museum, he said adding military equipment will also be on display.
The Wall made it’s first appearance in Kaufman in April, 2007, Countryman said.
“About 15,000 people visited the wall at the time,” he added.
“While it was here, we were made aware it didn’t travel well, and would probably be up for sale,” Countryman said.
“I had a nephew that was traveling with the Wall and he kept mentioning it,” he added.
Understandably so, Countryman said he was nervous about the quarter of a million dollar price tag.
Countryman is a member of the American Legion and he said they all began to work toward raising needed funds.
“The EDC has given us $100,000 toward the Wall and many other groups are now involved,” he said.
The military equipment planned for the park include a helicopter and a machine gun.
“We have a tank already,” he said.
There are also plans to purchase the Single Appraisal District building when it becomes available,” he said.
 

 

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.

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