Jul

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 27, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell Trees are uprooted and fall on rooftops of two neighboring houses on East Market Street in Mabank following Wednesday's early evening storm.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Trees are uprooted and fall on rooftops of two neighboring houses on East Market Street in Mabank following Wednesday’s early evening storm.


By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Thunderstorms rolled through the Cedar Creek Lake area from the northeast around 8 p.m. Wednesday, uprooting trees and damaging some roofs and power lines. However, by just after lunchtime the next day, power had been restored most everywhere.
“It could have been worse, but it wasn’t,” Kemp municipal judge/administrator Regina Kiser told The Monitor.
Kemp and Mabank both lost power to their water plants due to the storm.
In Mabank, the water plant was without power for 14 hours, due to a lightning strike at a transformer on the corner of Meadow Lake Drive and State Highway 334. The city drew on a mutual aid agreement with East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District to keep customers supplied. Mabank Utility Director Steve Barley said power was restored at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Uprooted trees on East Market Street and elsewhere interrupted power and caused roof damage.
The City of Kemp got by with a backup generator and calls to large water customers like the Kemp Nursing Home and a daycare to employ water conservation measures until power was restored around 10 a.m. “We were afraid we might run out of water and have to resort to boil (water) notices, but that didn’t happen,” Kiser said. By 1:30 p.m., the city had restored the previous water levels held before the storm, she added. Kemp city workers worked throughout the night to clear roadways of fallen tree branches and debris, she said.
In Gun Barrel City, power losses took out traffic signals on Main Street. The road department erected portable stop signs at major intersections. However no major traffic accidents occurred during the outage, police dispatch reported.
ECCFWSD had no power outages at its water and wastewater plants, however a handful of lift stations in Gun Barrel City did lose power, general manager Bill Goheen reported. Crews worked in Loon Bay, St. Francis on the Water and Harbor Point to keep the powerless lift stations from overflowing with portable pumps.
On the other side of the lake West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District manager Tony Ciardo reported no loss of power and no damages due to the storm.
In Seven Points, enterprising motorists on Jess Hinton Road along with a few residents worked together to clear fallen tree limbs from the roadway by use of a chain saw a motorist was carrying.
A house on CR 2139 on the west side of town lost a power line connecting them to the grid, affecting only the one residence, City Secretary Shirley Kirksey said. Reports of fallen trees were cleared overnight by a city crew.

Jul

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 27, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson


Bethany Anderson sets the ball for a teammate during the Kemp High School volleyball camp July 23 at the Kemp High School Gymnasium.
More photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, July 27, 2014 issue of The Monitor.

Jul

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : July 27, 2014

Courtesy Photo Dallas veterinarian Dr. Glen Campbell, Friends of the Animals Spay and Neuter Clinic volunteers and staff gather in the operating room on a Tuesday surgery day.

Courtesy Photo
Dallas veterinarian Dr. Glen Campbell, Friends of the Animals Spay and Neuter Clinic volunteers and staff gather in the operating room on a Tuesday surgery day.


Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake open its doors 12 years ago to spay and neuter dogs and cats. More than 30,000 surgeries later, the clinic is still going strong.
Dallas veterinarian Dr. Glen Campbell comes to Gun Barrel City each Tuesday to perform the surgeries, and has been named one of the best vets in Dallas by D Magazine. He has been the veterinarian for the clinic since the day it opened.
Volunteers who have been with this clinic from the beginning and are still volunteering their time include Leslie Kelly, Cheryl Gee, Janice Hunt, Lou Wiley, Joy Simmons, Victoria Hamelin, Bill Storey and Toni Miles.
The affordable spay and neuter clinic is a non-profit charity and performs surgery one day a week by appointment only. The clinic is not a veterinary practice and is dependent on donations to stay open.
Prices for surgery range from $25 for a male cat to $65 for a giant breed female dog. The clinic also sells Activyl Plus for cats and dogs for flea control.
Spaying and neutering dogs and cats means fewer feral cats and dog packs roaming around and the community becomes better every day.
For those families for whom even this very low price of surgery is a strain, there are several grants to assist with the cost.
The Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City (Monday-Friday), Christian Life Center Food Pantry in Gun Barrel City (Tuesday/Thursday) or Athens Food Pantry (Monday-Friday) can provide a voucher for this surgery to those who qualify. A co-pay is requested.
The earlier a cat or dog is spayed or neutered, the healthier it will be later in life and the quicker they will recover from surgery. The clinic will perform surgery on animals as young as three months or three pounds.
The clinic can also microchip pets for just $20. Microchipping includes inserting a tiny microchip into the scruff of the pet’s neck. If the pet ever ends up at a shelter, the staff will scan him or her, find the owner’s number and the pet is returned home. No appointment is necessary for this quick procedure but it is only done between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. Only cash or check is accepted.
Flea season is here again and the clinic sells Activyl Plus. Don’t be fooled by products that are less expensive.
To make a surgery appointment or for volunteer information, call (903) 887-7387.