Posted by : April 17, 2014
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City will not pay per animal increase
By David Webb
SEVEN POINTS–The Seven Points City Council approved a special deal that city officials cut with the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake (HSCCL) on a new contract during their meeting April 10.
HSCCL negotiated new contracts with all of the other Cedar Creek Lake cities to raise the price per animal delivered to the animal shelter from $22.50 to $45 each, but Seven Points had held back behind the other cities.
Seven Points officials complained about not being able afford the increase so they negotiated a trade-out with the nonprofit group.
Seven Points will continue paying only $22.50 per animal, but the city will mow the animal shelter’s two-acre property from April 1 to Oct. 31, 2014, under the terms of the one-year contract.
City officials estimated the mowing would cost the city about $300, which they project will save the city a substantial amount of money on dealing with stray dogs.
Humane Society officials said price increases were necessary to keep the animal shelter open. New contracts were also negotiated with Henderson and Kaufman Counties, changing the county contracts from flat fee annual amounts to $45 per animal charges.
In other action, the council:
• ordered all city job openings be posted in the newspaper.
• ordered a 30-day notice be given to Cynergy so a contract could be signed with ALPS for IT services.
• hired Melanie Edwards to be the police dispatcher.
• accepted the resignation of police officer Bryan Cook and hired Chris Watson to replace him.
Posted by : April 10, 2014
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Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Bobby Rosenbalm and his wife, Carrie check on the brisket they’ve been smoking since 1 a.m. Saturday for the three-meat cookoff benefit at the Eustace fire station. This is the first event the Athens couple has entered. They and their 13-year-old daughter, Cassidy, spent the night in sleeping bags huddled on lawn chairs to prepare their mouthwatering entries of ribs, chicken and brisket. Bobby works for Atmos Energy, one of the event sponsors.
Many more photos from this event can be found in the April 10, 2014 issue of The Monitor.
Posted by : April 3, 2014
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By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Photos/Ann Fuller-Sisson
County residents study the T-shirt messages hung across a clothesline on the Henderson County Courthouse lawn to bring attention to the problem of family violence and sexual assault Tuesday in Athens.
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–A colorful display of T-shirts hung on clotheslines strung across the Henderson County Courthouse lawn Tuesday is meant to arrest the eye and jar the senses to the very real problem of sexualized violence in this county.
County officials, volunteers and victims of domestic abuse gathered to solemnize the occasion marking April as Sexual Assault Awareness month in Henderson County.
District Attorney Scott McKee followed County Judge Richard Sanders at the microphone calling on residents to be alert to the signs of domestic abuse and not to just ignore it. But offer a sympathetic ear and steer them to professionals, like the East Texas Crisis Center, or to houses of faith for help.
“Every person throughout this community shares a responsibility to each other and to generations to come to help break the cycle of abuse,” Sanders read.
He reported 440 sexual assault reports in 2013. More than 2 million Texans have been the victim of sexual abuse. Of those 2 million, Henderson County confirmed 152 victims of sexual assault. These are the cases that are reported. No one really knows for sure how many cases of abuse go unreported.
“Together, united in this effort, we can continue to make a difference,” he concluded.