Rotary Club members hear arts
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The Henderson County Performing Arts Center has been
around for about 40 years.
“It’s a good place for children who are looking for a place to belong,”
Marcia Colbert, HCPAC representative said.
“We have changed the life of many kids,” she added
Colbert addressed the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake Friday at the
weekly luncheon, listing the many benefits of the theater group.
“This year we will have put more than 250 performers on our stage
ranging in age from six to 70 and older,” she said.
HCPAC ticket sales provide only about 20 percent of funds needed to
continue bringing quality entertainment, Colbert said.
“And as a non-profit organization, we are shamelessly begging all the
time,” she added.
“It costs the theater $700 per year, per actor to survive,” Colbert
The new theater space opened in February and although it is not much
larger, the theater expanded from 88 to 126 seats.
“We also now have ‘wings’ a larger stage and ‘fly space,’ “ she
The theater is located on Gibson Road in Athens.
In other business, following the meeting, several Rotarians went to Kemp
Primary for the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) Book Give-Away. Each
student was allowed to choose a book of their own to take home.
Rotarians helped write the children’s names in the books they had
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake enjoy writing the
names in their book to take home. The club, through the RIF (Reading is
program, donates hundreds of books each year to elementary students.
(from left, seated) Rotarians Debra Davis, Bob Burns, Father John
Charlene Jacobs. Present but not in the picture is Glenda Holbrook and
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Students first circle the table to see what choices there are and then
around again to pick out the book they want. The books are theirs to
take home. The Rotary Club of Cedar Lake presents students with a new
their own as a means to encourage a love of reading.
Ewing re-appointed as Kaufman
County fire marshal
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–Larry Ewing will serve two more years as the Kaufman County Fire
Monday, county commissioners approved Ewing’s re-appointment to the
Ewing thanked the commissioners and stressed that he was proud to serve
in the position.
Ewing’s next step was to give his yearly report, which included an
update on the 2008 fire code inspections.
He said his office has inspected 67 project locations, renewing permits
and locating fire hazards.
One building included an assisted living facility with 26 occupants,
which had not been inspected by the state in several years. It was in
bad need of being brought up to code, he said.
Another problem was a Halloween haunted house that had so many fire code
violations, Ewing described it as “a nightmare.”
The county fire marshal’s office answered 650 service calls, he said.
“The fire marshal’s office currently has 12 ongoing arson-related or
suspicious fires being investigated,” Ewing said.
Crandall Mayor Joe Baker was present to request an inspection agreement
between the city and the county, using Ewing’s department to inspect
projects in Crandall.
Ewing said he figured the inspections would cost the city approximately
“We have already inspected two schools,” Ewing said.
Commissioners approved the request.
In other business, commissioners:
• adopted an order delegating authority to the county purchasing agent
to extend bid closing dates as needed.
• approved an interlocal agreement with Morris County regarding a
contract the county clerk’s office currently has with Safe Guard.
The agreement was described as a sort of “piggyback” agreement.
• approved an on-line auction set for Thursday, Jan. 29, to dispose of
county surplus, abandoned and seized property.
• approved the deputation of Lisa D. Fox for the Sheriff’s Department.
• approved a budget transfer as presented by auditor Hal D. Jones.
• paid bills totaling $413,135.05.
• heard fire safety suggestions from Ewing for a safe holiday.
The tips included how to select and care for a live Christmas tree,
disposing of the tree after the holidays, caring for lights, avoiding
the use of candles and never putting candles on a tree.
Eustace ends year looking
Employees get incentive bonuses
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–After a lengthy review of the city’s financial statements and
cash flow outlook, the Eustace City Council authorized funds to remodel
the entry of the Community Center and pay end-of-year bonuses to
employees at its regular meeting Dec. 4.
The renovation of the Community Center into a new home for the police
department was authorized last month, pending a check by Police Chief
Robert Walker and Mayor Laura Ward of costs for raw materials and
Walker and Ward crunched the numbers, getting the cost to replace the
front door and doorjamb, and remove and replace the awning, down to
$3,500, Ward reported.
The work is to be done with volunteer labor from police officers, she
added. The police department hopes to move into the community center
early in the new year.
Council members tried to forecast actual operating costs for the city,
once the police department is working in the former Community Center,
but could only hazard a guess.
With the building vacant, the city is still picking up minimum utility
service costs, city secretary Drucilla Haynes said.
“The important thing is the city, (utility and police departments) are
now going in the right direction (financially),” councilman Chuck Powers
December is usually a strong month for the city with holiday sales and
property tax income, and January is expected to be robust, as well,
Another topic of discussion was a report on road repair work.
Ward said the last of the FEMA funds are being used up on the last
There are at least two more streets that need repair, Melton and the
south end of Cockerell, utility supervisor Tom Acker reported, and
estimated it would cost between $2,500 and $3,500 for road materials.
“Some of the work can be done during the cold months,” Acker added.
This discussion was recalled when council members discussed incentive
bonuses for the city’s 12 employees. Also noted was the fact employees
went without pay raises this past fiscal year.
Upon close examination of account balances and any anticipated
expenditures, members determined a $250 pre-Christmas bonus could be
included in the next paycheck for the 10 full-time employees and two
A decision to sign a new contract for electric services had to be
postponed until a called meeting set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.
The city had already given Ed Adair of LPB Energy the go-ahead to lock
the city into a fixed rate of 7.78 cents per kilowatt hour, Haynes said.
Further discussion on implementing an economic development corporation
ended with a consensus that the city could not afford to establish a
formal entity at this time, due to the prohibitive cost involved.
A lawyer would have to draw up the papers, including the by-laws. Also,
liability insurance would be necessary, Powers pointed out.
Councilwoman Lisa Roberts agreed.
“I agree, the city needs more business and the tax revenue that would
bring in, but I can’t see that the benefits at this time will even out
with the costs,” Powers said.
Ward encouraged council members to continue to recommend Eustace and its
available business properties as sites for business owners to set up on.
Council members agreed to have the handicap parking staff properly
striped per direction from the USDA Rural Development and to declare the
restroom at city hall as a private restroom and not open to the public.
If the 1920s-vintage city hall’s restroom was considered a public
restroom, “the public” might include customers who benefit from agency
funding, and therefore would require the facility to meet ADA (Americans
with Disabilities Act) requirements.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
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