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Thursday, October 28, 2010

 

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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.

  Sanders describes commissioners court to Rotarians
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Henderson County Judge-elect Richard Sanders told members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake the judge presides over the commissioner’s court.
Sanders, for years the area Congressional aide for U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, spent much of his time at the Rotary club’s weekly luncheon Friday stumping for Hensarling, but also talked about the county judge’s position. RotarySanders.jpg (123500 bytes)
Sanders is unopposed in the Nov. 2 general election for election as the county judge.
“The job is about 60 percent administrative and about 40 percent judicial,” Sanders said.
The most critical function of the commissioners court is to produce a budget each year, he added.
Following David Holstein’s announcement he would not seek re-election, Sanders announced his candidacy for the job in September, 2009, and won his party’s endorsement in the March Primary. He will take office Jan. 1, 2011.
Sanders said one move the present commissioners court is to be commended for is the purchase of the Prosperity Bank building, across Prairieville Street from the nearly century-old county courthouse in downtown Athens.
“It is a very attractive building, located close to the courthouse,” he said.
“Prosperity (Bank) is building a new building (also on the courthouse square), and it will be September or October before they can move in,” Sanders explained.
In other business, Rotarians heard:
• Winnie Branam of the Family Resource Center ask club members to begin thinking about adopting a family for the holidays.
“We will begin our screening process by Friday, Nov. 26, for both toys and food,” she explained. “And we need volunteers to help with boxing and wrapping.
“Help the Family Resource Center help the kids,” she added.
• Assistant District Gov. Lee Montgomery present the Presidential Citation to past club president Robert Blaase.
• Robert Burns announce the date for the club’s next book distribution to primary school children.
“The Book Give-Away is three weeks from today (Friday, Nov. 12),” he said.
• a suggestion from Debra Davis to bring a veteran to the club’s weekly luncheon Friday, Nov. 12.

TAKS tests are on the way out
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–It isn’t like the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests will be missed by very many high school students or their parents, but the next question is, what will take its place.
Trustees at the Oct. 19 board meeting were informed this is the last year for TAKS testing.
High school students and graduates who will need to retake part or all of the TAKS exams will be allowed a grace period to do so curriculum director Dr. Debra Airheart explained.
“The last year for those high school students finishing their TAKS tests will be 2013,” she added.
The new tests will be referred to as STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness), Airheart said.
“The standards are going up and the new changes will be in place,” she added.
The new standards will be affecting school districts overall.
STAAR will focus on readiness and supporting skills.
In most cases, the tests will have more items to better measure student performance.
End-of-Course (EOC) exams will replace TAKS at the high school level.
The tests will cover English I, II, III, algebra I and II, geometry, biology, chemistry, physics, world geography, world history and U.S. history.
The tests will be tied to the end-of-year student grades and will have attached a point system to determine graduation, she said.
Decisions about modified versions of the tests have not been announced, Airheart added.
In other business, trustees:
• heard the overview of the district’s FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) rating, as presented by business manager Kim Johnson.
The district earned an Above Standard Achievement rating, she said.
Its score of 71 missed the Superior Achievement rating by one point.
It was the second decrease in our fund balance in the last two years, Johnson said.
Superintendent Dr. Peter Running said other districts across the state are also having to dip into their fund balance.
“The passing of our TRE gives us some breathing room, not a windfall,” he explained,” adding that districts who didn’t pass their TRE could be in an even worse financial bind.
• heard report from board members attending the TASB conference.
Each trustee attended different educational sessions.
Trustee Jim Collinsworth said he attended “The Non-Traditional Approach to Education” session, discussing the impact home schooling is having on public schools.
Trustee Steve Greenhaw said he heard the “Do’s and Don’ts of Booster Clubs.”
He also visited with an Irving delegation about a new campus building using solar and wind power with an expected 12-year period to recoup costs.
Foisey said he explored various technology procedures.

Nov. 5-6 is a ‘Shop ’Til U Drop’ weekend at CC Lake
By Charlotte Gish
Special to The Monitor

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–There is always something happening at Cedar Creek Lake, especially near the holidays! Just ask Opal Toney, who can regale you with family stories of past area holiday events.
My sisters and I can hardly wait for Nov. 5-6. That’s when we’ll get together to do our annual holiday shopping. My sisters are leaving their homes in Oklahoma to venture into Texas country! We know this is going to be a great weekend for shopping.
I will take them to my favorite stores, and try the new ones, too.
However, there are three special places we are putting on our shopping map this year.
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points is having a book sale, with great prices on books, audios, videos, games and magazines, which always make for good stocking stuffers.
They are getting ahead of the weekend, starting the book sale event Thursday, Nov 4, and going through Saturday, Nov 6. Library hours will be 9-5 except for Saturday, when it is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
I recently got a book tote bag, so now I can keep track of my books better. Bet they will make a good deal for you as well!
McDade’s Nursery on State Highway 274 in Tool is hosting the annual garage sale for the Cedar Creek Lake Humane Society, so please drop by to find some special items. The funds will be used to help us take care of the area’s homeless dogs and cats.
Of course, the next stop has to be the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar in Tool, where they will welcome you to browse, and of course buy from the home and holiday shops, bake shop and silent auction.
If we time it right, we could also enjoy lunch there, which they start serving at 11 a.m.
Have you tried Ruie Preston’s stew and cornbread? The ladies will also be serving delicious chicken salad sandwiches-a must!
They will also have great desserts to top off the meal. Buy some extra and take home for supper or for Sunday.
Proceeds from the bazaar are used to support community events, such as the annual Christmas community dinner.
These are just some of the shopping opportunities the Cedar Creek Lake has to offer. Join us at Cedar Creek Lake this special weekend and meet some new friends.

 

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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