Aug

12

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 12, 2016

Retiring Enchanted Oaks Mayor Don Warner holds a framed resolution recognizing his contributions to the small community over the past 20 years in city government. He will be missed by city secretary Pamela Foster, who gets a hug of appreciation for her working along side. He also received a 10 yrs service plaque from vfd and outstanding service  award.

Retiring Enchanted Oaks Mayor Don Warner holds a framed resolution recognizing his contributions to the small community over the past 20 years in city government. He will be missed by city secretary Pamela Foster, who gets a hug of appreciation for her working along side.
He also received a 10 yrs service plaque from vfd and outstanding service award.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ENCHANTED OAKS—It’s been a long fruitful run for the mayor of Enchanted Oaks. After having served 13 years in the small community’s top office, Don Warner is moving to Arlington to be near family. The community and city council held a farewell reception for him and his wife, Darlene, Tuesday, Aug. 9 following the city council meeting.
Around 70 people crowded into the community center to express their gratitude and well wishes to the energetic leader who consistently guarded the community’s safety over the years. Even those he had strong disagreements with came to wish him well, former council member Alan Bell observed. “That speaks clearly of Don’s character and reputation,” he said.
The couple have lived in the Cedar Creek Lake area for more than 20 years, having relocated here in 1992. Don followed his 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, with work on the super collider and then as a general engineer for DART.
Bell served with Warner on the council for 17 years. “He poured all his energy into being mayor,” Bell said. “He worked it eight hours a day, six days a week for no pay. Come to think of it he recruited me to run for the council.”
Bell attributes Warner with the reason the small community has its own fire department with two grant-funded vehicles and currently is developing a large park project to include a wilderness walking trail through 13 acres, through grant funding from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. The $147,000 project includes a city match of $73,500.
“He led the acquisition of the park property by proposing a trade with East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District,” Bell noted.
“He’s been excellent to work with; a very strong manager and communicator. I don’t think we’ll find another [mayor] with the energy and willingness to work as hard as he has for the city.”
City Secretary Pamela Foster recalls his community service mindedness didn’t just respond on the large issues but took on the daily tasks that vexed his neighbors. “He responded to all kinds of calls made to the city, including responding to skunks, wild hogs and snakes on boat docks,” Foster said. “He never hesitated to serve his neighbors in any capacity.”
About half dozen years ago, Warner led the fight to prevent the operation of a sour gas well in nearby Payne Springs. His main concern was there was no exit strategy for the area should something go terribly wrong at the wellhead. Most recently, he opposed another effort at a sour gas well going in under Cedar Creek Reservoir. “Through his efforts, we have beat that back two times now,” Bell said.
“He’s definitely leaving large shoes to fill.”

Aug

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 10, 2016

Hog trap-boarbuster

Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–AgriLife Extension agent Ralph Davis told Kaufman County Commissioners the agency won a $15,000 grant for it’s Hog Out educational efforts this year. The agency plans to purchase two hog traps priced at nearly $6,000 along with a trailer.
He plans to set up a program in which Kaufman County property owners may borrow the traps to decrease the damage done by wild hogs. “I expect a waiting list from residents,” Davis said. There will be a fee and deposit involved for using it on private land, he said.
The grant will reimburse the county the expense once purchased, Davis explained.
The county auditor suggested the traps be clearly identified as county property. The traps will come with a 30-day subscription to mount cameras and train the user in the trap’s use. Liability releases will also be involved.
“I’ll have to know exactly where these are going to be at all times, Davis said. “I’m pretty excited about it,.” Davis was expecting $5,000 he said.

Aug

10

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 10, 2016

Mabank varsity volleyball team picBy Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE– School may not be in session yet, but high school athletes are hard at work in two a day practices and scrimmages throughout the lake area.
Volleyball season gets underway to an especially quick start. The girls are already lacing up their shoes and strapping on their knee pads for official games with more than two weeks until the first day of school. In fact, by the time school gets underway and the general populous starts to become aware of high school sports, area volleyball teams have already played about half their games for the entire season.
Eustace volleyball Head Coach Chuck Powers told The Monitor that a deceptive number of games are played for the sport before school kicks off Aug. 29.
“If you look at our schedule,” Powers said, “You’ll see lots of tournaments in the first three weeks. The girls play lots of games in these tournaments and get the practice we need to evaluate our team pretty quick.”
For example, Mabank plays in four major tournaments with the school year barely coming into session. The Lady Panthers will participate in the Van Varsity Tournament Aug. 12-13, Eustace Varsity Tournament Aug. 18 and 29, the Tyler Invitational Tournament Aug. 26-27, and the Wills Point Tournament Sept. 1 and 3.
To put the number of games the volleyball players have already played at this point in the season in perspective, just a week after the Wills Point Tournament wraps up Sept. 3, Mabank will host its football homecoming game Sept. 9. The football Panthers will have played just three games that count in their pre-district standings, while the Lady Panthers will have played well over 25.
The Lady Bulldogs are competing in the Van, Eustace and Tyler tournaments against the Lady Panthers; while the Kemp Lady ’Jackets will test their mettle in the Eustace Tournament, then branch off to the Edgewood and Brownwood tournaments Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-3.
Mabank, Eustace and Kemp all began their season last Tuesday, Sept. 9. Mabank hosted Sunnyvale, Eustace hosted Athens and Mildred, and Kemp traveled to Rice.