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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.
  TVCC Christmas concert scheduled Dec. 6
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–A trip down Memory Lane will lead the Christmas season into Athens.
“Memories of Christmas” will be the theme when Trinity Valley Community College and Lakeland Community Concert Association present their annual Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 6.
The Cardinal Singers and TVCC Symphonic Band, featuring the talents of 120 students, are scheduled to perform in concert at 3 p.m. at Dogwood Baptist Church.
“We have done some good programs in the past, but this will be the best one so far,” TVCC choir director Byron McGilvray said.
“It’s going to be unlike anything we have done. It’s going to be impressive,” he added.
The concert is free and McGilvray said he expects around 1,000 to attend.
“I would advise getting there early. Our Christmas concert always has the largest attendance. We’ve had as many as 1,150 before,” McGivlary said.
The church, located at 6467 FM 2904 in Athens, has capacity seating of 1,000.
McGilvray, who will conduct the concert along with TVCC director of bands Will Fairbanks and assistant director of bands Lee Hudson, said the concert will have the format of a Christmas television special, much like the ones hosted by Perry Como and Andy Williams many years ago.
The concert will feature sacred tunes such as “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Oh Holy Night,” as well as the three most popular Christmas songs of all time – “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas.”
McGilvray said “Silent Night” will be the final offering and, keeping with tradition, the TVCC groups will be joined by approximately 15-20 former students, all of whom have participated in the concert in the past.
“The songs that will be performed are mostly going to be ones that everyone knows,” McGilvray said. “But there may be a piece or two that aren’t quite as familiar,” he added.
Music Department coordinator Dr. Marylyn Wright and Janis Capelle will assist the TVCC groups on keyboards and Kelly Driskell will provide narration.
McGilvray said the concert may also feature a surprise performance and an appearance by Santa Claus.

 

Don’t be a turkey this Thanksgiving: keep your drains clear
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–With the holidays, a common homeowner plumbing challenge is the clogged drain.
Typically, this is an unavoidable hazard we all encounter, but you can help keep it to a minimum with a little regular preventive maintenance.
Almost all bathtub and shower drains have strainers to keep soap and hair from getting into the drain. Simply keep these strainers clear and avoid letting large chunks of soap, hair or other debris from getting into the drain in the first place.
Sinks should likewise have filtering screens to keep the traps from clogging; regularly cleaning the filters will help prevent clogged traps.
Don’t treat your kitchen sink like its garbage can; yes you can throw large pieces of organic material in there and grind them up but don’t!
Remember that even though the garbage disposal will grind it all up, it still has to go through your sink trap, so if you avoid putting anything more than necessary into the garbage disposal you won’t have as much chance of a clogged trap AND your garbage disposal will last longer too.
When you use your garbage disposal, be sure to use plenty of water to flush all that ground-up material through the disposal and not let it sit in the trap, where it will harden and stick to the sides, the beginning of a clogged sink trap for sure!
Grease should also NEVER be poured down any sink.
 

 

Blount brings family history to DAR
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Dr. Mary Blount spoke of her Seminole ancestor John Blount at a recent meeting of the Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
The city of Blountstown in Florida was named for John Blount, a Seminole Indian chief.
Blount served as a guide for Gen. Andrew Jackson, who invaded Spanish Florida in 1818.
This invasion caused the United States to purchase Florida from Spain, and the territory became a part of the U.S. in 1821.
John Blount was rewarded for his services to Jackson with a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the president. He also was awarded a silver medal for his services during the Seminole War.
In 1823, he was granted a reservation along the West side of the Apalachicola River, four miles by two miles.
Blount and his tribe traded with the American and English trading companies while living on this reservation.
Several trading posts were located on the “Big River” and the Gulf of Mexico.

Courtesy Photo
Dr. Mary Blount (left) and DAR regent Margaret Ann Trail.

The U.S. government eventually purchased Blount’s reservation and transported the tribe to Texas. They settled in Polk County. This location was on a high hill, generally believed to be the peninsula that extends into Lake Livingston and is known as Indian Hill.
After the death of John Blount while enroute to Texas in 1834, this medal was passed to subsequent chiefs of the tribe: David Ellett, Bill Blount, John Blount (grandson of the earlier chief with the same name) and Alex Davis.
And finally to Mary Blount, whose Indian name is Mary Sixwomen Blount. She is the principle chief of the Apalachicola Creek Indians of Texas, and health officer of the family program.
She was born in Roddy, attended Mabank Elementary and Sunset High School in Dallas.
Blount earned her PhD. in clinical psychology from North Central University, Arizona, a masters in social work from the University of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor of arts in Spanish at North Texas State University.
Mary retired as regional director of child welfare in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1990, to assume leadership of her tribe.
She has more than 60 awards and commendations for her work in Indian child welfare across the United States.
In addition to tribal leadership, she is a Texas licensed private practice counselor, specializing in children and family problems, and a mental health educator and practitioner.
She has published several books and chapters in college texts on cultural diversity in counseling practice.
Her passions are genealogy research, Texas history, military history and anything Native American.

 

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.

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