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
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
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
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
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
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.
Rotary speaker ‘talks trash’
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The rules for disposing of household trash have changed
a lot in the last 50 years.
The changes over time were discussed by Gene Keenon, speaker for the
weekly luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake.
Keenon is the manager for government affairs for Allied Waste Services,
as well as a member of the East Texas Council of Governments.
“About 117 Texas counties are without a landfill of their own,” Keenon
Environmental issues, cost and state and federal requirements make it
difficult, if not impossible, for some counties to support a landfill,
Repeating what many environmentalists and other authorities say, the
nation is a “throw away Society” Keenon said.
“Just 20 years ago, the average American threw away 5.6 pounds of refuse
per day. Today we average 7.2 pounds a day,” he explained
One example of a continual household trash item is the plastic baby
“When my wife and I had our baby (several years ago) I told her to use
cloth diapers. That lasted about two weeks. She then said I could use
the cloth ones when I was home,” Keenon laughed, saying that plan didn’t
Today engineers keep track of where the trucks dump their loads, which
do not carry hazardous waste such as tires and batteries.
Cut up tires can be put in the landfills but not batteries because of
the lead content.
“If someone gets caught dumping batteries, the fine can be $4,000 each,”
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
New member Shirley Salmon (left) is welcomed by the Rotary Club of Cedar
Creek Lake as its president, Robert Blaase, pins her with the Rotary
In other business, members:
• heard the Japanese exchange students would be arriving in March.
President Robert Blaase asked the membership if they wanted to host the
The response was yes and several times an “of course” was heard.
• heard the time for the bell ringing project for the Salvation Army
would soon be here.
Karen Kelso mentioned the Rotary Club is responsible for one day and
needs 16 volunteers on Saturday, Dec. 12.
H1N1 causes record numbers at
By Toni Garrard Clay
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Plenty has been written and said about the H1N1 flu virus: don’t
panic, it’s treated the same as seasonal flu, wash your hands, cough
into your arm, stay home if you’re sick.
What’s seldom discussed is the impact of the so-called swine flu on
besieged healthcare workers and facilities.
Despite the best intentions, many hospitals have been caught flatfooted.
A finite number of doctors, nurses and space set against an escalating
number of patients is, quite simply, a problem – a problem for which
ETMC Athens was prepared.
“We were ready. We put together a surge plan before it hit,” medical
director of the hospital’s emergency department Dr. Dan bywaters said.
A surge plan is a pre-existing guideline on how to handle a sudden and
dramatic increase in the number of patients.
That dramatic increase is precisely what happened at ETMC Athens.
In early September, the number of patients per day coming into the ER
By the end of September, that number had jumped to 116.
That’s a 42-percent increase within a few weeks’ time.
As of this writing, the average number of ER patients per day has
dropped slightly, to 100. But that’s still well above the pre-flu season
“As far as we can tell, this hospital has never experienced this
sustained 100-plus volume through the emergency department,” a clinical
consultant with Compirion Healthcare Solutions Britt Watts said.
It was the foresight of ETMC Athens Administrator Pat Wallace which
brought in a team of consultants this past April from Compirion, a
healthcare consulting firm focusing on improving hospital performance.
“We know, for the time being, we’re limited in terms of the space
available in the ER,” Wallace said.
“But we aren’t limited in terms of streamlining the process of moving
people through the emergency department as efficiently as possible. We
knew we could do better, and we’ve done so,” Wallace added.
This past April, the team from Compirion began working hand-in-hand with
existing staff under the leadership of Bywaters and Emergency Department
Director David Williams.
One of the first decisions made was to improve the way patients move
through the emergency department.
As patient movement became more efficient, physician hour coverage was
increased, and a special area was dedicated to see less acute patients,
including those with flu-like symptoms.
These changes were made in August and September.
“Those changes significantly reduced the amount of time patients spent
in the ER and helped the hospital handle the surge in patient volume,”
“It’s a credit to this hospital and its people that we put an effective
surge plan together in relatively short order,” SVP of Operations for
Compirion Bill Scarnato said.
“When you talk about a 42-percent increase inside 30 days – where would
we be today if we hadn’t put that plan together?” he added.
Remarkably, though the average number of daily patients has skyrocketed,
the average length of visit for those patients has dropped by just over
In early 2009, the average length of visit was 233 minutes. As of this
writing, it’s 165 minutes (2 hours and 45 minutes) and improving.
How has that been possible? Thanks to two main components: the creation
of a temporary triage treatment area which converted existing
non-patient space into five treatment spots, and an overhaul of the
process by which patients are seen through an ER visit.
Technically, the emergency department has 15 rooms. When needed, four
hallway beds are also utilized.
In addition to that, as part of the surge plan, are the five treatment
areas in triage (just off the waiting area) designated to handle
patients with flu and flu-like symptoms. A physician and nurse staff the
triage treatment area during peak hours.
The triage treatment area is not intended as a permanent fixture.
When the impact from the flu lessens, those areas will no longer be used
“The sustainable part of what we’ve done, what will not be changing, is
the new process developed by the existing team here in the emergency
department,” Watts explained..
“The commitment to overhauling the process has been outstanding,”
“What we’ve experienced is that the medical and nursing staff has been
very committed to improving the way things are done. They’ve bought into
the change, and that’s what’s made it successful,” Scarnato added.
That success couldn’t come at a more critical time. While the impact of
flu patients has slackened somewhat of late, healthcare workers are
being warned of another surge in H1N1 patients.
“We haven’t even seen regular seasonal flu hit yet,” Bywaters pointed
So get vaccinated, wash your hands and wait for this season to pass.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
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
We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
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
County Road 2403 in
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