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Thursday, November 11, 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.

  City gives mobile home owner a citation break
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Following a lengthy discussion Nov. 2, the Mabank City Council granted a 60-day moratorium on city fines to the resident of 328 Rickrod, so she can save up enough money to get her recently placed manufactured home moved.
Currently, the home crosses over the right-of-way and into the street. She estimates it will take $1,500 to get it moved somewhere else.
The home was set down and hooked up in its current location about two months ago, staff reported.
Staff also informed council members that the building at 103 E. Market St. needs to be brought up to code, if the owner still plans to lease it out. Formerly the Mabank Mall, the building’s rafters were left exposed when the city condemned and removed the adjoining building.
Mayor Larry Teague reported that city personnel installed heavy plastic sheeting to close up the hole to protect its interior from weather and flying birds.
Building inspector Mat Ewaskiw elaborated a long list of building code violations to the council, having spoken with the owners about them, as well.
“We have recommended that the owners have lead and asbestos testing done,” Ewaskiw said.
Owner Mrs. Mitchell Hurt said the couple would get the testing done before spending any more money on the property. If the tests come back negative, they will bring it up to code, she said.
In other business, council members:
• issued a Home Occupation Permit to Valerie Waldon to operate a beauty shop in her home at 1000 S. Andrea St. as long as traffic is not increased in the area.
Waldon is seeking a state license for her trade, and said she needed the permit to be a working shop. “I don’t take walk-ins, only referrals, so I can control the traffic flow,” she said, adding she won’t be putting up a sign, either, for the same reason. MabankCouncilScout.jpg (145322 bytes)

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Pearl Cantrell
Eagle Scout candidate Nathan Sullivan shows Mabank council members what his project to help beautify Market Street entails. He will lead fellow scouts in refurbishing 25 wooden benches for placement along the sidewalks.

• heard Boy Scout Nathan Sullivan outline his Eagle Scout project, which involves beautifying Market Street.
Sullivan’s plan has he and his troop stripping, sanding and paint or staining about 25 wooden benches, and then resetting them along the historic street.
“That’s awesome for you to do that for us,” councilman Tim Johnson said. “We appreciate the example you’re setting for the other youngsters in the community.”
• heard the Economic Development Corporation has bought new Christmas banners in four designs, with one displayed bearing the message “Merry Christmas from Mabank.”
Council members were impressed with the new banners, soon to go up on Mabank’s Third Street. Councilman Jeff Norman added that the recent EDC-sponsored Hay Bale Art Contest was a “big hit.”
Johnson added that the park will look really good once all the renovations are complete, and new baseball fields are fully installed with new lights. “It’s going to be really nice,” he said.
• noted the meeting was being held at the Fire Station, since the council chambers were being used for the General Election.

Mabank to collect gifts for needy children overseas
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Christmas is arriving early in Mabank, as Legendary Baptist Church prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child.
Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the site will be brimming with festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts.
Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Mabank residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.
From Mabank, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary, sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds to reach suffering children around the world.
Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.
To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org.
Local collection site
Legendary Baptist Church
323 Legendary Lane
Gun Barrel City, TX 75156
(903) 887-1221
Times are 4-7 p.m. Monday to Sunday, Nov. 15-21, and 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Nov. 22.
Last year, Mabank contributed more than 700 shoe boxes to join the Operation Christmas Child effort.
This year, organizers hope to collect more than 800 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries.
How to get involved
• Prepare, enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide.
• Pack, fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement. Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org.
• Process, sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at the collection site in Mabank as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.it www.samaritanspurse.org.
National Collection Week is Nov. 15-22.

Would your child’s car seat pass inspection?
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Securing your children properly in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats, in the back seat of your vehicle, is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash.
In fact, in motor vehicle crashes, child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.
That’s why Texas AgriLife Extension agent, Katie Phillips, is urging all parents and caregivers to attend the child safety seat checkup event Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.
Certified technicians will available to provide on-site child safety seat inspections and education from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kaufman County South Annex, 3003 South Washington, Kaufman.
Among child passengers under age 5, child restraints saved the lives of an estimated 244 children in 2008 alone.
From 1975 through 2008, restraints (child safety seats or adult seat belts) are credited with saving the lives of 8,959 children.
Because child safety seats do save lives, every state requires their use.
Even so, motor vehicle traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older.
Even though the majority of parents buckle up their children in child safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts, most do not use them correctly.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly threee out of four child safety seats are not used properly, which is a grave risk when traveling.
For a child safety seat to do its job right, it has to be:
• Appropriate for your child’s age and size;
• Installed properly in your vehicle; and
• Adjusted to fit your child securely.
If you’re a parent or caregiver, don’t miss this opportunity to have a free child safety seat inspection by a certified child passenger safety technician.
Technicians can provide hands-on advice and instruction.
Make sure your children are safe and you are in compliance with the current child safety seat law in Texas.
The law, which took effect on Sept. 1, 2009, requires all children under 8, unless taller than 4’9”, to be in a child safety seat system which includes traditional child safety seats with harnesses and booster seats.
Remember: All child passengers under age 13 should ride securely restrained in the back seat, where they are safest — every trip, every time.
To locate a certified child passenger safety technician in Texas visit http://buckleup.tamu.edu.

 

 

 

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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