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
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 Commissioners 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
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
Kaufman County Commissioners 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.
program taking applications
Special to The Monitor
KEMPKemp Municipal Police Association is currently accepting applications for its
third annual Santa-Cop Program for families in need starting Nov. 12 through Dec. 3.
Applications can be picked up at Kemp City Hall main lobby Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30
p.m. located at 304 S. Main St.
Only Kemp residents may apply due to the high number of applicants expected.
All applications must be filled out completely and any false or misleading information
contained will result in immediate termination from the program.
Persons applying must have proof of residency in the form of a utility bill,
identification and proof of income.
All applications must be returned to Kemp City Hall no later than 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3.
Please do not contact the Kemp City Hall or Kemp Police Department on the status of
applications as they will not have any information to assist you.
You will be notified directly from KMPA staff for further information.
Please contact KMPA president Steven Crawley at (903) 286-6032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local trustee attends program on advocacy
Special to The Monitor
AUSTINKemp school board trustee Jim Collinsworth gathered in Austin with trustees
from around the state Nov. 4-6, to focus on their roles as advocates for public schools
with state and national policymakers.
Trustees met for the second of five training sessions sponsored by the Texas Association
of School Boards (TASB). They began their activities by touring the state capitol and
participating in in-depth advocacy training.
The group toured Austins KIPP Public School, a K-12 charter school.
KIPP schools also are located in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio and in more than 30 other
Following KIPP and lunch at the UIL headquarters, the group toured The Griffin School, a
private college preparatory high school with a unique emphasis on fine arts.
Speakers included Arch Lustberg and Jim Bearden, CSP. Lustberg, a nationally recognized
trainer in effective communication, provided the group with tips for gaining closeness
His client list includes numerous political candidates, corporate executives and
Bearden, nationally known motivational speaker and author of The Relentless Search
for Better Ways, focused on techniques of successful leaders and leadership
requirements needed in the 21st Century.
Selected by TASB, the group of 30 trustees is participating in a yearlong education
leadership study program.
The TASB 2011 Leadership class represents Texas school districts of all sizes, with
student populations of 275 to 106,000, and reflects a wide range of property wealth.
Participants who complete all required elements will graduate next year with a unique TASB
Each session has a specific theme that builds on the previous session and features state
and national experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also
work on extended learning assignments between meetings throughout the year.
Created in 1993, the TASB Leadership program has more than 600 graduates to date.
TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school
School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The
districts they represent serve approximately 4.7 million public school students.
A history of mills, gins in Henderson
By Peggy Smith
HC Historical Commission
ATHENSAs a young girl, I have fond memories of my grandfathers gristmill in
Poynor and swimming in the millpond.
T.O. Milner opened Milners Stone Ground Meal in 1961 because of the memories he had
of his fathers gristmill in Anderson County when he was a young boy.
It was one of few around the state that could still operate from a big waterwheel, and it
was the best cornmeal around (I thought).
What he built from boyhood memories was a service to the neighbors. People from all over
the nation stopped there to see the mill in operation and buy meal, syrup, etc.
Charles F. Milner and Walter Scarborough were co-owners in a cotton gin in the early
1900s, when Poynor was still a new town.
Gristmills and cotton gins were a hub of activity from the time Texas won its independence
and even before.
These mills and gins served the people of Henderson, Anderson and Van Zandt counties, and
Even before these counties were carved out of Nacogdoches and Houston counties, the people
needed a place to have their cotton, corn and wheat processed.
There were crude mills before 1826 in Spanish Texas Missions. Settlers who lived too far
from these mills used a wooden pestle in a mortar hollowed out of a log or stump.
Small farms did not have the means to take their crops to town, and many would sell to
larger landowners, who combined it with what they grew.
By the 1850s, cotton was grown throughout East Texas. The soil was good and the product
Though cotton did not drive the economy like food crops did, Texas was joining the
southern states in its production.
A cotton gin extracted seeds from the lint. The gin might consist of three floors.
The top floor was where the seed was stored until it was taken to market, the middle floor
contained the gin, and the ground floor had a large wooden wheel, which served as the
power source, driven by horses, mules or oxen.
Once processed, cotton was pressed into bales and shipped over land or river to markets in
Houston, Shreveport or one of several large cities that attracted buyers.
J.J. Faulk, in his history of Henderson County, tells of a four-horse power cotton gin in
Old New York around 1861, but it dried up during the Civil War.
It was common for gins to also take care of the milling of corn and wheat.
Faulk also told of two up-to-date cotton gins in Larue, one owned by Gus Walker and the
other by E.C. Rowland and Frank Murchison.
J.M. Royall was owner of a gin in Murchison and in Brownsboro, while I.A. Barton and Sons
had two substantial gins to take care of the farmers.
R.A. Parker had approved scales there to weigh and insure full return on their labor.
Faulk also tells about the bridge built by John (Red) Brown from Old Brownsboro that was
used to take crops to the Colthorp Mill.
James Colthorp established a sawmill, but also had a carding machine and a grist mill.
The mill operated around the clock. Colthorp shipped flour and cornmeal as far as
Shreveport and Fort Worth.
The Chandler-Brownsboro Statesman reported in 2007 that Pee Wee Ackerson found a half
grist stone in Green Mill Crossing, and Kenneth Kidd recovered the other stone with
This stone is displayed in front of the museum in Edom.
Green Mill Crossing was on Kickapoo Creek, near the mouth of Tonkawa Creek.
In Eustace, there was a large cotton gin that had the capacity of producing several
thousand bales a year.
In the Malakoff, Cross Roads and Wild Cat areas, D.M. Thompson and J.D. Jaggers ginned all
the cotton in the community after the Civil War. It was hauled by ox wagon to Navasota and
The Trinity River was used when the waters were high enough to ship crops to market. Cross
Roads cut off some trade to Malakoff, with two gins at one time.
In the Carrol Springs area, J.B. Hogg owned and operated a water mill on Mine Creek. He
ground all corn in the country for miles around, since he was the only mill there.
Roads were scarce then and trips were long and hard to mill and market.
Chandler, Goshen and Big Rock also served the farmers.
W.W. Stirman erected what was called an undershot mill, because of the way
water was applied to the wheel.
Ten years later, Silas Rohrer had a much larger mill in the same neighborhood. Rohrer
added a carding machine to card raw wool into rolls.
It ran day and night during the Civil War. Frank Hart and the Birdwell Bros. operated two
gins and grist mills when Chandler was known as Stillwater.
John Hanson started a gin on Wolf Creek, but it didnt do well.
He moved it south of Athens, due to the urging of Nat Coleman, a large cotton producer,
who offered John four acres to move the gin. Needless to say, John moved.
The grindstone for the gristmill is still seen on the grounds near the gin.
The seed house, built in 1885, still stands, with the roof taken from galvanized iron
sheeting son Ed bought second from the sides of boxcars in the Palestine railyards.
The Henderson County Historical Commission is working to preserve history. Each family and
business has a story that needs to be told so that time doesnt erase their place in
This monumental task can only be accomplished with your help.
Peggy Smith, Vice-Chair, Henderson County Historical Commission
|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 Im black and white like
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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 email@example.com.
We have many animals at
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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visit our website at petfinder.com