Cedar Creek Lake hits new record low
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE- The state meteorologist expects current
drought conditions to persist through the end of next
summer, based on dominant weather patterns.
Tarrant Regional Water District already lists a new record
low for Cedar Creek Lake. The current lake level is 7.6 feet
below normal pool of 322, breaks the record set in December,
As lake levels have been dropping, so has the water cover at
intake points for area fresh water providers at Cedar Creek
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District has brought in a
barge to float a water pump and run a line to shore to
extend its reach into the lake. The city of Kemp has asked
the district for help, as water cover at its intake has
shrunk to less than two feet.
The city of Mabank is in better shape. However, public works
director Ronnie Tuttle is still worried and is filing the
paperwork to gain permission to extend lines into deeper
water. “We don’t have a crisis yet, but we don’t want to run
out of water, either,” Tuttle said.
With the lake looking lower every day, perhaps more of us
are thinking about the amount of water we’re using and are
trying to use less of it.
According to several Internet sources, on average each
person sends 100 gallons of water a day down the drain.
Now, I know that if we had to get a bucket and lug home that
much water every day, we wouldn’t use that much water every
day. The sheer inconvenience of it would prevent it, so why
can’t we use less voluntarily?
Reducing water consumption requires just a few simple steps
– stop leaks, slow the flow and use water wisely.
First, check for and repair all leaks. Just one leak can
waste 300 gallons or more a day. Use your water meter to
check for leaks. Wait for the hot water heater and ice cube
maker to refill first. Turn off all faucets and water-using
appliances for 30 minutes.
Record the reading at your water meter at the beginning and
ending of the 30-minute test period. If the reading changes,
a leak is present. Investigate faucets, toilets, outside
faucets, water heater, etc. If you still can’t find and fix
it, call a plumber.
Secondly, don’t leave the water running. Teeth-brushing is
the most common way we leave the tap running. Try filling a
cup with water. Wet your toothbrush in it. Brush your teeth,
use water in cup to rinse your mouth, then clean you
toothbrush in the left over water. By just changing the way
you brush your teeth will save nearly an entire gallon of
water with each brushing. Multiply that by the number of
people in your home and it starts to add up daily, weekly,
Apply the same thought process to taking a shower, washing
hands, shaving and hand-washing dishes. Use the dishwasher
for only full loads, or better yet, switch to hand-washing.
First, scrape debris from dirty dishes into a slop bucket,
instead of rinsing them off; remove to compost pile. Use a
dishpan of soapy water and a second one for rinsing in which
a small amount of chlorine bleach as been added. Add a third
pan of water for a final rinse. Don’t leave water run down
the drain! This can save 20 gallons per load of dishes!
When it comes to washing clothes, only wash full loads of
dirty laundry. Wear an apron to protect clothing from
getting dirty. If something is not dirty or can be used one
more time, don’t wash it! Pretreat stains to avoid rewashing
Finally, using water wisely, means using water thoughtfully
before turning on the spigot. What would we do differently
if we had to fetch the water ourselves?
Kemp-Mabank students to perform
Into the Woods
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The students of Kemp and Mabank high
schools are partnering to bring an exciting theatrical event
to the Cedar Creek Lake area.
The schools are thrilled to have the opportunity to perform
the musical, Into the Woods, with the debut performance at 7
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 and 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, at Kemp
The following weekend performances are set for the Mabank
High School auditorium at the same times.
Reserved seating is available by calling Kemp at (903)
498-9241 and Mabank High School at (903) 880-1601. Tickets
will also be available at the door at the time of the show.
The audience will be presented with the adventures and
foibles of a familiar group of fairy tale characters as they
venture into the woods to attempt to make their dreams come
With a cast and crew of more than 30 students, the journey
began in October. Auditions were held at both high schools,
and the cast list was announced.
Cast members began learning songs, crew began designing
sets, lighting, and gathering prop and costume items.
As the rehearsal process continued, music consultant Denise
Irion discovered an unparalleled opportunity for the
students of these two schools. On behalf of both schools,
she applied for entrance into the Dallas Summer Musicals’
High School Musical Theatre Awards program, and the show was
A panel of judges will attend a performance and nominate
deserving students for awards to be presented during a
ceremony May 5, at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
Category awards include; Best Actor, Best Actress, Best
Choreography, Set Design, Supporting Actor/Actress, Featured
Performances, and Best Production, along with many others.
In addition, students from each school will be nominated for
scholarships worth at least $1,000.
The journey has continued into the month of November. With
this production, by Steven Sondheim, containing mostly
music, the cast has had its work cut out for them.
The members of the cast are: Witch – Jasmine Richman; Baker
– Caleb Murray; Baker’s Wife – Cassie Valentin; Narrator –
Bill Neighbors; Mysterious Man - Dylan Walker; Wolf – Bryan
Szczerba; Cinderella –Lindsey Haynes; Little Red Riding Hood
– Hannah Kellar; Jack – Austin Goswick; Jack’s Mother –
Nykol Taliaferro; Grandmother - Sammie Clark; Cinderella’s
Prince – Alec Irion; Rapunzel’s Prince - Max Irion; Rapunzel
– Taylor Carrington; Steward – Austin Taylor; Lucinda –
Ashley King; Florinda – Stephanie Helms; Cinderella’s Father
– Eric Jump; Cinderella’s Stepmother – Shelby Fry;
Cinderella’s mother – Sloan Lenz; Snow White –Rebecca
Kelley; Sleeping Beauty – Ginger Dewbre; Chorus members are
Emmalee Doss, Felix Lenz, Christian Tyler, Dylan Russell,
Mason Jones, Jennifer Dixon.
Crew members are Stage Mgr. – Breanna Dancer; Dance Captain
– Jason Hughes; Lightning Designer-Eric Jump; Tech – Clayton
Hanson, Patrick Wilcox, Jared Hukill, Davis Womack, and
Leeondre Williams. Director/Choreographer is Kemp theatre
teacher Jessica Bentley and Co-Director is Glenda Jump,
Mabank theatre teacher. Alec Irion is directing the music.
Denise Irion is also Wardrobe Mistress.
Performances of the show continue at Mabank High School at 7
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see an incredible performance
by students from both high schools and share the experience
Food drive set
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Northland Communications invites everyone to
participate in helping those in need this holiday season.
The company is holding its annual food drive from Nov. 1-22.
Northland is offering free installation on any new or
upgraded service to community members who donate 15 or more
Donations can be dropped off at the Northland Communications
Interactive Showroom, located at 1708 West Main Street in
the Sears Shopping Center.
For more information call (903) 887-0240.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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.
information visit our website at