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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 starts medical program for area high school students
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–With the largest segment of the U.S. population, the Baby Boomers, reaching retirement age, it’s no surprise that the demand for workers in the medical field is increasing.
With that in mind, the staff at Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) is helping area teens get a head start in one of today’s hottest career fields.
The statistics tell the story.
A visit to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website reveals some positive news to those looking to enter the medical field as a certified nursing assistant, CNA.
A CNA, according to the bureau’s website, “helps care for physically or mentally ill, injured, disabled, or infirm individuals in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and mental health settings.”
The demand for those in the CNA field is growing, expected to take a 19 percent jump between the years of 2008 and 2018.
“Financial pressures on hospitals to discharge patients as soon as possible should boost admissions to nursing care facilities.
“As a result, new jobs will be more numerous in nursing and residential care facilities than in hospitals, and growth will be especially strong in community care facilities for the elderly,” cites the bureau website.
Those statistics are no surprise to Gayla Roberts, TVCC’s Dean of Continuing Education.
Robert’s department offers several entry-level job training programs in the medical field for adult-age students who want to get training in a medical support field, but who are not necessarily interested in pursuing a degree in the medical field.
In the past year, said Roberts, the enrollment in medical field courses has increased 82 percent.
Much of the credit for the increase goes to a brand new program, which began in August.
This fall, the college started working with area school districts to allow students who were still in high school to enroll in dual-credit Certified Nurse Aide classes.
The program is designed to help high-school students get all the training they need to go directly into the workforce as a CNA. The CNA training program lets students as young as 16 begin earning a certification in the field.
In January, 2010, the college was approved for a $95,000 Job Education Training (JET) grant through the state. With the grant funds, TVCC’s Continuing Education Department was able to update its medical programs with new equipment.
A new Advanced Medical Skills lab was created where students could receive hands-on skills training.
“We decided to put in the Certified Nurse Aide training for high-school students because we were getting requests from area school districts for better job training,” Roberts said.
Her department began talking to school districts, and the response was overwhelming.
In no time at all, ISDs in Athens, Edgewood, Eustace, Kemp, Mabank, Trinidad, Malakoff and Westwood were all signed up.
This semester, 129 students from eight school districts in the area have students in the CNA program.
Although the students are in high school, they go through the same certification process as adults in the same program.
“Our students are very well trained and ready to go directly to work,” Roberts said.
Those high school students have to complete nearly 100 hours of instruction in order to earn their certification. Twenty-four of those hours are in a nursing home.
The classes are taught by nurses who have worked at least one year in a nursing care facility.
Many of the classes are taught by Jane Fritz.
Fritz was hired by the college this year to oversee the medical classes offered by TVCC Continuing Education.
She teaches them everything from how the joints of the body work to the basics on drawing blood from a patient.
The students attend some classes at their home schools and some at TVCC in the college’s new medical skills lab, which was also financed with the JET grant funds.
“We work very hard on helping our students succeed and giving them the best training we can,” Fritz said. “The students get far more than just the basic training.”
But even after many hours in the classroom, students still have to pass a state licensing exam in order to begin work.
“It has been a shift,” said Roberts, “to begin focusing on students who are not adult age.”
“It is an amazing thing for us to be able to offer a state-credentialed certification to a student who is not yet out of high school,” said Roberts.
The program is also designed to help those students – whether high-school age or adult – transition into a degree-earning program such as nursing. Those students who complete the CNA training can receive credit for their training if they enroll in TVCC’s nursing program.
For more information about Certified Nurse Aide classes for adults and high-school students, call the TVCC Continuing Education Department at (903) 675-6212.

SAR honors local firefighters
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS--The Athens Chapter of The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) presented a Fire Safety Commendation Medal/Certificate to Firefighter John Laywell, an Emergency Medical Service Medal/Certificate to Lt. Dillon Herbert and a Bronze Good Citizenship Medal/Certificate to Fire Chief Randy Harley.
Fire Captain Don Mecklin was also honored with a Fire Safety Commendation Medal/Certificate from the SAR East Texas Chapter.
SAR district vice president Mike Everheart presented the four awards.
In describing the work of his members, Harley stated that Herbert is also a full time employee with East Texas Medical Center EMS.
He is a fully dedicated responder and is always eager at the opportunity to train and advance his knowledge.
Laywell is a Fire Safety instructor and also a top responder. He is very active in school projects and will assist in any project involved in saving lives.
Mecklin is retired from the El Paso Fire Department and one of the top responders. His knowledge is in a wide range of Fire Safety and he is very active in promoting safety.

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

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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