(UPDATE 5:50 pm: Adds quotes from Lance Gooden and Jo Ann Hanstrom. )
By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN
Funding for the Highway 334 bridge project on Cedar Creek Lake was approved today, according to State Rep. Lance Gooden.
The approval came during the Texas Transportation Commission meeting in Austin.
“While I won’t rest until I see dirt moving, I’m more confident than ever that we are back on track to finally get this done,” Gooden said. “I appreciate Senator Nichols and lake area leaders, especially Jo Ann Hanstrom, for their diligence and support as we’ve worked to make this happen.”
Two Henderson County lawmakers asked for Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr.’s support for the Highway 334 bridge project on Cedar Creek Lake.
State Rep. Lance Gooden and State Sen. Robert Nichols sent separate letters to the chairman this month ahead of the upcoming Transportation Commission meeting.
“This project has been a priority of mine,” wrote Gooden, “the chamber of commerce, businesses and area residents in my district for several years. Senator Robert Nichols and I agree this is one of the greatest transportation needs in Henderson County. This is not simply a convenience issue, but a safety issue.”
For a great family night out to celebrate the end of summer and back-to-school, look no further than the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Back to School Bash, slated for 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. on August 18 at Mabank Pavilion.
This brand new event is being planned as a fundraiser for both the chamber and the Mabank Athletic Booster Club and the highlight of the evening will be a fried fish (or chicken) dinner with all the trimmings for $10 per tickets. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the chamber office or from any Mabank Athletic Booster Club member.
The Gun Barrel City Masonic Youth Rainbow Girls attended their annual state conference in Waco, Texas, June 28-July 1, where the theme was “Journey to Neverland.” The Gun Barrel City Assembly was recognized for participating in Boxtops for Education, donating pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House, and for their many hours of service. Samantha Ramos earned her proficiency certificates; and three girls, as well as their Mother Advisor, participated in the ritualistic lectures and assembly room set-up competitions. Tara Trimmins was recognized for her 8 years of membership in Rainbow, and Samantha Ramos and Emily Currey for their 5-year memberships. Emily took part as Sister of Patriotism in the Memorial Service and served as a Grand Page. The Assembly was very excited and proud when the following appointments were announced: Samantha Ramos as Grand Patriotism, Emily Currey as Grand Representative to Alabama and Mississippi, and Tara Trimmins as Junior Member of the Grand Executive Committee. The girls were also treated to an evening at SkateWorld (skating and laser tag).
The Gun Barrel City Masonic Youth Rainbow Girls installed new officers on June 16. Emily Currey was installed as Worthy Advisor, and the theme for her term is “Live Life in the Moment with No Regrets.” Her motto is “Live life for the moment because everything else in uncertain;” colors are the hues of dusk and dawn; flower, the Plumeria; mascot, the Phoenix bird; and her scripture is “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.”–Esther 4:14.