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Thursday, December 30, 2010

 

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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.

  Sales tax rebates show a 50/50 payout
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Some 13 lake area cities receive sales tax rebates checks each month.
In December, half of the cities received an increase, compared to last year’s December rebates, while the other half collected a smaller check than last year.
Although a higher percent increase doesn’t always result in a large payment increase, it’s still welcomed
The city of Tool was paid almost $500 more for December then the same period in 2009. That 12 percent increase bumped the check for December to approximately $4,700.
“I really think most of the increase has to do with people ordering (goods) on-line,” Tool city secretary Neva Tankursley said.
Tankursley said the addition of a couple of new businesses also helped.
“McDade’s was a big draw, and the opening of the auto dealership, Cedar Creek Auto, also helped,” Tankursley said.
Smaller percentage increases, such as 2.5 percent for Gun Barrel City, added $5,000 to that city’s December check, to total $215,413.
Mabank also collected more ($3,839) for December than in December, 2009, to total $74,426.
The highest relative percentage increase went to the city of Payne Springs.
It received a 46 percent increase this month, compared to what the city received in December, 2009.
The $2,100 increase boosted the city’s December rebate check to $6,638.
The city approved a beer and wine proposition in November, 2009.
City staff agreed the increase in the city rebate check over the same period last year could be partially due to alcohol sales.
The city of Kemp also collected an 8 percent increase, compared to the same period in 2009.
Sales tax rebate checks paid to cities in December are calculated on sales made in October and reported in November.

East Cedar Creek perfects emergency call system
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The break in a water main was not East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District’s major problem – the lack of a proper system to notify customers of the break, and what to do about it, was.
“We have never had to do this before. It was an unfortunate learning experience,” office manager Angie Crowsey told district board members Dec. 15.
The original purpose of the call out system for the district was simply to alert customers on a one-on-one basis of an impending disconnect for past due bill payments, she added.
However, on Dec. 3 and 4, following a major water line break on State Highway 334 and Legendary Lane, a follow-up call to customers failed, due to overloaded circuits.
“Since then, we have talked to two mass calling companies and found it is not necessary to negotiate an contract,” Crowsey explained.
The systems allow a code name or number to activate a Dial My Call service and notify as many customers as needed, she added.
In other business, directors:
• approved the purchase of a raw water master meter for the Brookshire Water Treatment Plant (WTP), from Devices & Calibration at a cost of $2,573, to be paid from operating and reserve funds.
• approved both the Employee Policy and Safety manuals.
• agreed to transfer $1,123,326.54 from a bond interest and sinking CD into operating reserve to pay bond debt payments.
• heard committee reports as presented. The operations committee report on an inspection trip by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was given by general manager Bill Goheen.
“Turbidity reports were discussed and the system for logging the information in. The phosphorous count was extremely low and we are simply waiting on the results of the inspection trip,” Goheen said. “I think we are doing a good job on it.”
• heard a report on the upcoming sale of the district revenue refunding bonds.
The district had hoped to accomplish a 3 percent savings, but interest rates have since changed.
According to representatives from Southwest Financial Services, the district is looking at a lower savings, possibly in the 2 percent range, Goheen said.

The Monitor thanks Cason for 16 years of service
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–After 58 years in the newspaper business, The Monitor typesetter David Cason has decided it is time to join the permanently retired. He has been with paper since 1994, when former The Monitor owner Charlotte Whitaker hired him.
Previously, Cason worked for the Dallas Times Herald before it closure in 1991. Cason’s wife, Grace, knew Whitaker and recommended him for the position which started his 16 year career with the newspaper.
Cason worked at the Dallas Times Herald from age 13 to 17 , during World War II. His father was a linotype operator at the Dallas Times Herald too.
Cason was born in 1929 and graduated from North Dallas High School. He has a younger brother, Robert, who is a retired city of Garland fireman.
When Cason was 18, he started as a printer apprentice with the Dallas Times Herald.
In 1951, at the age of 21 Cason was drafted into the United States Army. He spent 14 weeks in boot camp at Fort Belvoir, Va. Then he was off to Germany for one and a half years as part of the first troops in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Cason was discharged in 1953 and he studied violin for five years at the New England Conservatory in Boston under the GI Bill.
In 1958, Cason returned to the Dallas Times Herald and received his Typographical Union card after a few months. He became what was called a “tramp printer” traveling to different newspapers that posted jobs with the union.
Cason’s first stop was at the St. Louis Post Dispatch. It happened to be the closest paper to Dallas that was hiring at the time.
While visiting his son, Brian Cason, in Boston, Cason quit the Dispatch after only a few weeks and started work with the Boston Globe. That position lasted three months before Cason headed to the nation’s capitol to work.
Cason worked for three papers in Washington, D.C., the Washington Star, Washington Herald and from 1961-67 the Washington Post.
In 1967, Cason moved to Terre Haute, Indiana to work for the Terre Haute Tribune Star.
While there, Cason attended a dance for the express purpose of meeting girls. His future wife, Grace, was at the dance even though she did not want to attend but was persuaded by a girlfriend to come.
That same girlfriend told Grace “to go ahead and dance with him,” after she had turned Cason down five times for a dance. They discovered that they both had been divorced for six years. Cason had one son, and Grace had eight children. They dated for four months and were married on June 1, 1967. Together they added two daughters, Annie born in 1968 and Cathy born in 1970.
Cason ended up at the Dallas Times Herald again when they moved to Dallas in 1969. In 1972, the family moved to Mabank and has lived in three different homes in the area.
The printing business was a skill trade position and Cason found it to be challenging work. Although he earned just $20 a week for 40 hours once he joined the union 1958, he was able to support his family over the years with the union scale wages.
Violin playing remains Cason’s avocation. He participates with the First Baptist Church of Mabank’s orchestra, where the family has its membership.
Cason enjoys traveling, and the family often visits Oklahoma’s Indian reservations, cavalry sites and Fort Sill. They also travel to Indiana.
In 2004, Cason and his brother, Bob, spent three weeks at the site of the Invasion of Normandy in France, the surrounding area and also London.
“I loved it and would go back in a second,” replied Cason when asked if he would like to return to Europe.
One of Cason’s most memorial historical sites is The Tomb of the Unknowns (soldiers) at Arlington National Cemetery and the changing of the guard there.
As an avid history buff, Cason is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and is the Sergeant of Arms of the Athens chapter.
Cason enjoys his favorite foods of shish kebab and strawberry shortcake when they are served.
He also enjoys following the University of Texas at Austin sports teams and his favorite the New York Yankees baseball team.
Cason plans to continue his hobby of shooting almost every week when the weather permits with his brother at Wiley’s Gun Shop in Van Zandt County. He has a concealed gun permit.
He plans “to take it easy” if that is possible with 11 children, 24 grandchildren and an “uncountable” number of great-grandchildren.
“We have a great time together,” Cason said.

 

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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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