‘The Villages of Cedar
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Huffman Builders, LP announced it has
reached an agreement with WHSC Gen-Par L.L.C. to develop the 2.41
acre tract of land located at the corner of Manning Drive and State
Highway 198 in Gun Barrel City.
This development will be known as “The Villages of Cedar Creek” and
will feature three custom built medical office buildings for sale
and/or lease to medical professionals serving the population near
Cedar Creek Lake.
The first building currently under construction by Huffman will
house the expanding medical office facility for Dallas Eye Care
Dallas Eye Care Associates has been providing ophthalmologic medical
services to the people living in the vicinity of Cedar Creek Lake
area for the past eight years.
This expansion will encompass the latest “state of the art”
equipment for the diagnosis and testing of diseases of the eye.
In addition, Dallas Eye Care Associates’ new building will house the
newest technology in eye wear, including an on-site laboratory and
numerous optical dispensing stations designed for the comfort of
“We are proud to serve the Cedar Creek residents and hope our
significant investment in our new building will demonstrate our
commitment to providing the highest quality of care for these
patients that need eye care in the area,” managing partner of the
six physician medical practice T. Stacy Wood, MD said.
The new building is scheduled to open in March.
It will contain five fully equipped diagnostic evaluation lanes, a
dedicated contact lens dispensing suite, an extensive testing
facility and an expanded retail optical shop.
The building will provide ample off-street parking with dedicated
For additional information concerning “The Villages of Cedar Creek,”
please contact Huffman Builders at (214) 646-9832, or visit their
Foster parents not allowed
to smoke beginning Jan. 1
Special to The Monitor
COLLEGE STATION–Foster parents in Texas have just been given another
reason to make quitting smoking their number one New Year’s
resolution this year.
“As of Jan. 1, foster parents in Texas will no longer be allowed to
smoke in their homes or vehicles,” Texas Cooperative Extension
program specialist for health education and development Courtney
“They need to take it outside,” she added.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ publication,
“Minimum Standards for Child-Placing Agencies,” states that as of
New Year’s Day, “caregivers and other adults may only smoke tobacco
products outside” and “no one may smoke tobacco products in a motor
vehicle while transporting children in care.”
For more information visit the agency’s Web site at http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/
Smoking doesn’t affect only the smoker, Schoessow said. Children
living in homes with smokers can develop some serious medical
According to figures from the Environmental Protection Agency,
babies and children who live with adult smokers are “at increased
risk of lower respiratory tract infections and are more likely to
have symptoms of respiratory irritation like coughing, wheezing and
“The EPA estimates, with children under 18 months of age, secondhand
smoke causes between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract
infections, resulting in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalization each year,”
“Children who live with smokers are also more likely to have ear
infections than children who don’t,” she added.
The EPA estimates as many as one million children with asthma have
more – and more severe – episodes each year if they live with adults
“Opening windows isn’t enough.Ventilation systems in homes cannot
filter and circulate air well enough to eliminate secondhand smoke,”
“Poisons from smoke linger in the air up to seven days. People may
be exposed even it they are not present while a person is smoking,”
But deciding to stop isn’t all it takes.
“Quitting can be extremely difficult,” she said.
Smokers often need some help with this resolution. That’s why
Extension developed its “Put It Outside for Healthier Kids” program.
This program will help adults stop smoking – or at least teach them
the importance of keeping their smoke away from children.
For more information on the local availability of this program,
contact any county Extension office.
Gospel concert set
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Ernie Dawson and Heirline will be in concert at 6 p.m.,
Saturday Jan. 6, at the Lifeway Concerts Gospel Music Hall located
at 6513 State Highway 19 South in Athens.
Also appearing will be The Lifeway Trio.
Doors will open at 5 p.m.
Tickets are available at First State Bank, Art Glo Day Spa in
Athens, and the Scroll Christian Book Store in Tyler.
Malakoff Pharmacy in Malakoff, and The Victorian Lady Tea Room in
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Information and purchase of tickets by phone may be made at (903)
675-5217 or (903) 477-8084.
Ernie Dawson and Heirline’s first top twenty song was “Mama’s
Other top of the charts songs he has written are “That’s God,” “He’s
Alive,” “Oceans of Grace,” and his latest single, “My Home.”