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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.
  American Red Cross begins new holiday giving campaign
Special to The Monitor
TERRELL–This holiday season, when economic conditions are tough and people really want their gifts to matter, the American Red Cross is kicking off a new holiday campaign that offers a way to give a gift that has real impact.
Gifts that Save the Day is a new holiday giving campaign that inspires people to make a gift that can save the day for those in need.
Through the on-line catalog at www.redcross.org/gifts,  people can make a donation that could provide food and shelter for a disaster victim for a day; a military comfort kit with a robe, phone card and other supplies for a wounded warrior; or a month of basic necessities for a family in another country who lost everything in a disaster.
“We know that these are difficult times for many families and businesses in North Texas, but the Red Cross has seen when Americans are in need, America always responds,” Terrell branch manager, American Red Cross-Dallas Area Chapter, Michelle Conrad said.
“The holiday season is traditionally a time of hope and generosity, and this campaign gives us all a chance to make a difference in someone’s life,” she added.
Although retail sales are projected to remain flat this holiday season, online holiday gift-giving is expected to grow by 4 percent.
Following this trend, people buying gifts online this holiday season can make an online donation to the Red Cross in the name of someone special.
Gifts made through the catalog are contributions towards a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item.
The donations will be used to provide assistance where it is needed most within the program area; remaining money is put to use where it is needed most.
“These have been turbulent economic times for the Red Cross and other non-profits, with more and more people seeking help,” Conrad said.
“The Red Cross is working very hard to raise money now so the organization can be there tomorrow with help and hope when people need it most – when the next disaster strikes, when a neighbor’s house burns down or when someone needs life-saving blood,” she added.
Since Thanksgiving Day, the American Red Cross has helped nearly 200 people who have suffered from home fires in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including four families in Kaufman and Van Zandt counties.
For each family, the Red Cross arrives on the scene and makes sure that they have a safe place to stay, food to eat and clothes on their back.
These numbers are expected to rise in the weeks ahead.

 

On-line holiday shopping protection ideas
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Furthering its commitment to create a community of trustworthy businesses, Better Business Bureau (BBB) has partnered with Azigo, a leader in user-centric technologies, to help consumers find businesses they can trust when they search and shop online this holiday season.
Industry watchers are predicting online sales will be up this year, and now consumers can rest assured that the businesses they buy from are worthy of their trust.
The BBB’s Accredited Business Locator is powered by Azigo’s free, downloadable browser plug-in and displays the “BBB Accredited Business” seal whenever consumers search for products or services using popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.
This seal indicates that a business is reputable, and offers one-click access to the BBB report for that business.
This provides maximum consumer protection and minimizes the risk of online fraud.
In addition to offering trusted guidance and advice to consumers on thousands of topics, BBB provides objective, unbiased evaluations on more than four million businesses across North America.
More than 350,000 businesses across North America have earned BBB accreditation and agree to uphold BBB standards for trust, which include honoring promises and resolving marketplace disputes with customers.
By partnering with Azigo, BBB can more easily deliver the most up-to-date information about trustworthy businesses to consumers in real time when it matters most – before they buy.
These in-browser reminders are powered by Information Card technology, a new standard endorsed by industry leaders such as Google, Microsoft, PayPal and Equifax.
Information Cards simplify the Web, reducing login and website registration to a “one-click” experience while maintaining user privacy and safety.
Azigo’s service uses Information Cards to create new and exciting Web experiences, such as cross-site shopping reminders.
“Consumers rely on the BBB seal to help them quickly and easily identify trustworthy businesses, and the new Accredited Business Locator makes it even easier for shoppers to find businesses they can trust online,” Northeast Texas BBB spokesman Jeannette Kopko said.
“With more than $150 billion being spent online this year, we see our partnership with Azigo as a distinct way to help bring our advice and services directly to consumers at the point in time when they need help the most,” she added.
“Azigo is committed to putting individuals in control of their digital experiences and to helping businesses build trusted customer relationships,” Azigo president Jack Connors said.
“Trust is an essential component of this new user-centric model, and it’s also at the core of BBB’s mission. We are very excited about this partnership,” he added.
About BBB serving Dallas and Northeast Texas
The Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc., is an independent, non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior.
Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s standards of ethical business behavior. BBB services include BBB Reliability Reports™ on businesses, complaint resolution services, advertising review, and information on topics affecting marketplace trust.
The BBB serving Dallas and Northeast Texas was founded in 1920, and is one of 124 BBBs serving the U.S. and Canada.
The BBB System evaluates and monitors more than four million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit www.bbb.org  for more information.
About Azigo
Azigo is committed to giving people greater control over their digital footprint, providing individuals an “anytime, anywhere” connection to their accounts, profiles, and relationships with friends and businesses they trust.
The company offers related services that enable businesses to create durable, digital relationships with their customers, enabling opt-in delivery of relevant messages wherever their customers go in the virtual and physical world.
Azigo creates and uses open source technology in the development of its solutions, and is a member of the Information Card Foundation http://www.informationcard.net
For more information about Azigo, please visit www.azigo.com.
 

Donations for food drive still needed
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Donations to the 28th annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive are still being accepted as the drive moves into its final weeks.
The goal is to feed 16,000 families in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
The food drive is sponsored by Brookshire Grocery Company (BGC) and various service organizations, including St. James Episcopal Church.
“Many families receive assistance through this effort, and every single donation counts,” director of consumer and community relations for BGC Sam Anderson said.
Donations may be made by placing non-perishable food items in designated bins inside participating stores before Christmas.
Needed items include canned meats, vegetables, soups, beans, rice and pasta, among others.
BGC will give at least one baking hen to each family assisted by the drive.
In 2008, the company provided more than 16,000 hens. Food drive officials expect to provide the same or more this year.
Volunteers will gather, sort, box and distribute the food before Christmas.
Anderson said the drive targets those most in need, especially the elderly and single-parent households. Recipients are screened by local relief organizations or government agencies to verify degree of need.
All food will be distributed in the area where it is collected.


 

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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