Feb

08

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 8, 2015

Courtesy Photo  Kaufman County Master Gardeners’ Spring Seminar “Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together” is set for Feb. 28 at Grace Fellowship Church in Oak Grove.

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Kaufman County Master Gardeners’ Spring Seminar “Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together” is set for Feb. 28 at Grace Fellowship Church in Oak Grove.

Learn to grow fish and plants together

Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Kaufman County Master Gardeners present their Spring Seminar “Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together” at 9 a.m. Saturday Feb. 28, at Grace Fellowship Church in Oak Grove.
Aquaponics is a soil-free, herbicide-free, pesticide-free method for producing naturally-grown, healthy, fresh vegetables and fish locally.
While aquaponics is not really new, it is enjoying a resurgence of interest. Both commercial growers and home gardeners are attracted to aquaponics because it requires less space, only 5 percent water and up to 70 percent less energy than conventional gardens.
In addition, yields are higher and growing time is shorter.
Bay City Texas AgriLife Extension Center Extension Fisheries Program Specialist Peter Woods will discuss the difference between aqua- and hydroponics, the basic concepts of aquaponics, suitable plants and fish, and examples of some commercial operations.
Green Phoenix Farms in Mansfield Adam Cohen will discuss aquaponic systems suitable for the backyard gardener.
Grace Fellowship Church is located at 7650 FM 1388 in Oak Grove.
For more information, contact Sharon Burden at (972) 932-9069 or sbburden@ag.tamu.edu.

Feb

01

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 1, 2015

Courtesy Photo Rootseekers Genealogical Society President Margaret Ann Trail (right) and member Julie Gustafson (left) present Henderson County Historical Commission member Phyllis Vermillion with a Certificate of Appreciation at their meeting Jan. 19.

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Rootseekers Genealogical Society President Margaret Ann Trail (right) and member Julie Gustafson (left) present Henderson County Historical Commission member Phyllis Vermillion with a Certificate of Appreciation at their meeting Jan. 19.


Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Henderson County Historical Commission representative Phyllis Vermillion spoke to the Rootseekers Genealogical Society at the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank Jan. 19.
The historical commission, in accordance with the State Historical Commission, works to protect and preserve Henderson County’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future generations.
Members, appointed by the Henderson County Commissioners’ Court, serve two-year terms.
Vermillion said the commission is in possession of 7,200 old marriage records and is seeking family members to claim them.
The records were never picked up after being recorded beginning in 1893 and span several counties including Van Zandt, Smith, Anderson, Henderson, Navarro and Kaufman.
To receive a marriage record, fill out an application stating how you are related.
The commission also possesses Civil War pension records and approves the more than 16,000 historical markers posted throughout Texas near landmarks on the side of roads, in parks, cemeteries, and in front of old homes and courthouses.
To receive a historical marker, you must do your research and the commission will even help you.
Vermillion was a teacher and school librarian until she retired in 2008.
She went to work for the commission because she did not enjoy being retired.
Rootseekers meetings are held at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.
Anyone interested in knowing more about their ancestors is welcome.
Research assistance is available from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday mornings in the genealogy room.
The Henderson County Historical Commission is located in the old jail at 201 East Larkin Street, in Athens one block north from the courthouse. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Jan

15

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 15, 2015

Monitor Photo/Ron Wheeler Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders speaks to Rotarians about some of the new changes in store for the county, Jan. 9.

Monitor Photo/Ron Wheeler
Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders speaks to Rotarians about some of the new changes in store for the county, Jan. 9.

Sanders tells Rotarians how the county is saving tax dollars

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders reviewed the state of the county with the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members Jan. 9.
Sanders, a lifelong Texan from the Panhandle, said he is irritated when politicians talk about creating jobs.
“The government doesn’t create jobs,” Sanders said. “Business people in our communities create jobs. Sixty percent of new jobs are created by small businesses and jobs created by the government costs taxpayers money.”
Sanders thanked Rotary members for what they do for the Cedar Creek Lake community as a club and for help to grow the economy by keeping their businesses running.
“Henderson County is financially very strong. We are finding innovative ways to save money,” he added.
The county has seen many changes to lower costs without increasing taxes.
Sanders said he believes in limited government and would like to see Henderson County fulfill its responsibilities without increasing manpower.
“It is a difficult process as the cost of labor, materials, health benefits continue to go up,” Sanders said.
When the county offices moved to the new annex building, a new phone system was implemented which will save taxpayers about $90,000 by the end of 2015.
“We had 125 lines coming into county that we didn’t need. In 2011, we also went from six justices of the peace to five, saving $250,000 per year,” he added.
The biggest change affecting Henderson County residents is the establishment of two environmentally-friendly electric companies in the next few years.
“The number one thing is to not harm our environment,” Sanders said. “We need electric companies that burn natural gas.”
Southern Power is slated to build a plant in Trinidad, which will mean more tax revenue for surrounding schools and towns. Twenty to 30 construction jobs will be created for approximately two years and once built, 20 permanent well-paid jobs will be available. Southern Power’s plans have been approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and is currently seeking to finalize a contract with a huge buyer like Oncor.
“This guarantees they will be here a long time,” Sanders said.
Another power company is also in the planning phase of building a plant in the southeastern part of the county to help out during brownouts. This back-up power source will start up their plants after an outage so residents do not experience a break in electrical service.
Sanders said the court will save $40,000 a year by bringing in a Spanish speaking man who volunteered to translate.
“I am a fiscal conservative. I believe in living within your means and I don’t want to raise taxes,” Sanders said.
Another big change for the county will be the installation of new judicial software. The current AbleTerm software has been in use for the past 15 years, but is now outdated and without technical support.
The new Odyssey software will cost about $1 million and is slated to go live in March.
Currently, Henderson County’s population is approximately 78,500.
In other news, Rotarians heard:
• The Henderson County Black Rodeo (HCBR) is inviting citizens to participate in a Solidarity March, following the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade Monday, Jan. 19. HCBR is hoping to have more than 1,000 people participate in the march.
Individuals, groups or teams of all nationalities, religions and races should meet at 10 a.m. at the park across from the Trinity Valley Community College parking lot. The guest speaker at the event is District 4 Texas State Representative Stuart Spitzer.