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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 28, 2014

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

ATHENS–A burn ban in Henderson County is reactivated.
This time for 28 days, unless the county gets significant rainfall.
Henderson County Commissioners approved the ban 4-1 on Tuesday, after Fire Marshal Shane Renberg warned them of a recent increase in the number of fires calling for emergency service. Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence opposed the move.
The average moisture reading on an 800-point scale is 647 in Henderson County, Renberg said. The county is projected to be at 689 on the Keetch-Byrum Drought Index in two weeks.
Only 19 of Texas’ 254 counties are above 600. Seventy counties are currently under a burn ban, including surrounding Kaufman, Navarro and Ellis counties.
In other action, commissioners:
• approved a contract with Clifford Power Systems to continue to perform the annual inspection on the generators at the Henderson County Justice Center at a cost of $1,347.
• approved right-of-way permits for O’Brien Energy to bore under a road in Precinct 4.
• approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Star Harbor for labor and equipment to repair Land Cove and Hickory Circle.
• authorized payment of bills totaling $251,430.
• renewed liability insurance from the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool.

Sep

28

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 28, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson


The Scrubs pose with their shirts after winning the championship game in the co-ed league portion of the Gone But Not Forgotten Tournament September 20 at the Gun Barrel City Park. The tournament was held in memory of Dallas firefighter and former Kemp resident Scott Tanksley.

Sep

28

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 28, 2014

Courtesy Photo Indian Trail Master Naturalist Chapter members (from left) Chris Cook, James Patak stand with National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) member Bobby Montgomery at the Sept. 9 meeting at the Grand Ennis Buffet.

Courtesy Photo
Indian Trail Master Naturalist Chapter members (from left) Chris Cook, James Patak stand with National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) member Bobby Montgomery at the Sept. 9 meeting at the Grand Ennis Buffet.


Special to The Monitor
ENNIS–Indian Trail Master Naturalist Chapter members James Patak and Chris Cooke spoke to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) at the Grand Ennis Buffet Sept. 9. Patak is also a NARFE member.
He and Cooke discussed the 30-acre Texas Master Naturalist project, Kachina Prairie, located on the North East side of Lake Clark in Ennis.
Kachina Prairie is a rare, undisturbed part of the Blackland Prairie ecoregion and a southern extension of the North American tall grass prairie which once covered 170 million acres in North America.
The land is part of a parcel bought by Captain Mark Latimer in 1873.
It was designated as a city park in 1966, dedicated as a wild flower preserve in 1971 and deeded to the Texas Land Conservancy (TLC) in 1985.
The TLC and Ellis County Nature Society, oversee the tract under a written management plan. The City of Ennis pays any expenses.
The Texas Master Naturalist project, with support from the Texas Ag Extension and Parks and Wildlife Dept., uses trained volunteers to restore, preserve and maintain nature parks and conduct public education.
Controlled burns are used to maintain a healthy, diverse plant life and prevent woody invasives and non-native plants.
Plans for an information kiosk, bird blind and bird houses, insect boxes, trail markers, benches, an observation deck, and interpretive panels on historic plant and wildlife are being finalized.
Also underway is a plan to procure a full size statue of an American bison which roamed the Great Plains.
To make contributions to the Bring Back the Bison Campaign, send donations to Indian Trail Master Naturalist, 701 S. IH-35, Waxahachie, TX 75165.
NARFE Chapter 1191 covers Ellis, Navarro and the adjacent parts of the surrounding counties.
Membership is open to all active and retired federal employees and their spouses, former federal employees and former spouses who are entitled to a federal survivor annuity.
For more information, call the Corsicana office at (903) 874-3092.