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August 2019


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Vacation 2019


Stronger Together


2019 Tiger Football Schedule


Community Calendar


City News & Updates


Gunet Volunteer Fire & Rescue


Simplify Back-to-School Dinners

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Vacation 2019

There is nothing more special than time with your family and taking time to relax and recharge. Those of us with families know that the most convenient time to take advantage of that much needed family time is during the summer break…so we asked our Gunter families to send us their favorite vacation photos!! So many fun places and happy, smiling faces… THIS is what it’s all about Tigers!!! If you want your photos to be included with our next special section in GUNTER Magazine, be sure to follow the Gunter Magazine Facebook page to submit yours!! We’ll be looking for Back To School Photos in August!!!! #WeAreGunter #GunterProud #GUNTERMag


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Stronger Together The Gunter High School cheerleaders set their teams last Spring and immediately got to work to prepare for a successful 2019 – 2020 school year. One of their first items on the agenda was Cheer Camp. The team attended NCA camp last month at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine. They adopted the theme “Stronger Together” - which kept the cheerleaders focused and on track all during camp. As a team, the girls won superior ribbons each day. They won 3 spirit sticks, won the stunt safety award, won the award for crowd involvement and even earned a bid to Nationals!! Not only did the team perform well, but individually, the cheerleaders girls did amazing as well. From the Varsity squad, ten girls were nominated for All-American Cheerleaders: Finlee Gibson, Lana Saenz, Bella Craven, Sydney Wright, Bailey Brackeen, Natalee Hayes, Macky Hinkle, Kiley Meadors, Bria Savage and Rhiana Vincent. Our deepest congratulations go out to each of these ladies on their nominations! Out of those ten All-American nominees, four made the All-American Team! In order to qualify for the team, each nominee had to complete a tryout in front of the judges and the other teams on the final day of camp. Congratulations to Finlee Gibson, Lana Saenz, Bella Craven and Sydney Wright on your award – we are so proud of you! We’d also like to congratulate our Mascot, Stephanie Pelley, who was nominated as an All-American in the Mascot division. August 2019 | 7

Community Calendar

August 2019 August 13 Ask an Author: Talk with Miranda & Baptiste Paul 10:30am at the Gunter Library & Museum Ask these amazing authors about what it takes to be an author during a video chat.

August 7 Class of 2022 Schedule Pick Up August 8 Varsity Volleyball Tournament at Carrollton (August 8 – 10) Class of 2020 Senior Portraits 9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 3:00pm

City Council Meeting 6:00pm – Regular City Council meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at Gunter City Hall. Upcoming meeting agendas are posted on the city’s website ( 72 hours prior to the meeting and on the bulletin board outside the main entrance door at City Hall.

Class of 2023 FISH CAMP 6:00pm August 10 Meet the Tigers 6:30pm – Football Intersquad Scrimmage 7:30pm – Meet the Tigers August 12 Gunter High School Parent Meetings: 6:00pm – 9th grade 6:45pm – 10th/ 11th grade 7:30pm – 12th grade Gunter Middle School Meet the Teacher 2:00pm – 6:30pm Come & Go August 13 Ask an Author: Talk with Miranda & Baptiste Paul 10:30am at the Gunter Library & Museum Ask these amazing authors about what it takes to be an author during a video chat. Tiger Volleyball vs. Nocona 5:00pm at Gunter High School Elementary Meet the Teacher 6:30pm – 7:30pm Come & Go New to Gunter Elementary 101 Meeting 5:45pm – 6:30pm in the Elementary School Cafeteria August 15 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

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Public Hearing on Tax Rate & Budget 6:00pm – Gunter Fire Department Training Room (104 N. 4th Street). The public is urged to attend and express their views in regards to the proposed tax rate increase for 2019. August 16 Tiger Volleyball vs. Farmersville 4:30pm at Gunter High School Tiger Football Scrimmage 6:00pm at Van Alystyne August 20 Tiger Volleyball vs. Celina 5:00pm at Gunter High School August 22 Varsity Volleyball Tournament at Argyle (8/22 – 8/24) Tiger Football Scrimmage vs. New Boston 6:00pm at Paris Wildcat Stadium City of Gunter Public Hearing 6:00pm at Gunter Public Safety Building (105 N. 4th Street) to consider a petition to rezone property as M-2 Manufacturing/Industrial District – Heavy.

6:00pm at Fire Department Training Room (104 N. 4th Street) to consider testimony and act upon an ordinance amendment. August 25 Faith’s Friends and FUNovation’s Birthday! 3:30pm – 5:00pm at FUNovation Station Join in for this FUN event celebrating Faith Friends (service opportunity for friends who are experiencing cancer) and FUNovation Station’s 1st birthday! Activities include Camp Gladiator Obstacle Course, Homemade Sugar Scrubs and the chance to play in the Play Boutique!

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August 27 Tiger Volleyball vs. Van Alstyne 5:00pm at Gunter High School August 29 Varsity Volleyball Tournament at Nocona (8/29 – 8/31) JV Tiger Football 5:00pm at Celina Gunter ISD Board of Trustees Meeting 6:00pm in the GISD Administration Building; Meetings are held in accordance with the Texas Open Meeting Laws. August 30 Tiger Volleyball vs. Lindsay 4:30pm at Gunter High School Varsity Tiger Football 7:30pm at Daingerfield Save the Date Monday’s at 6:00pm Women’s golf clinic at The Bridges We are still going strong, having fun and learning how to golf. We meet every Monday night at 6pm. Cost is $15. You don’t have to be a member to join us. Don’t be shy...there are ladies at all different levels. Yes, some have never swung a club! Hope you can join us! Send calendar submissions to Submissions must be recieved by the 15th of the month prior to the event.


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Notice of 2019 Tax Year Proposed Tax Rate for the City of Gunter, Texas A tax rate of $0.615 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of the City of Gunter. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate. The governing body of the City of Gunter proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of payment of debt and operations and maintenance of the City.


$0.615 per $100


$0.61 per $100


$0.552973 per $100


$0.619968 per $100

Public hearings will be held by the Gunter Planning and Zoning Commission at 7:00pm on August 8, 2019, and the Gunter City Council at 6:00pm on August 22, 2019, at the Gunter Public Safety Building, 105 N. 4th Street, Gunter, Texas 75058. The purpose of the hearings is to consider a petition to zone the following property as M-2 Manufacturing/ Industrial District – Heavy. 10.25 acres in the Samuel I. Pettus Survey, A-0939, Grayson CAD ID 131670. Any member of the public has the right to appear at the hearings and present evidence for or against the proposed zoning request. Written comments may be submitted prior to the hearings by mail at PO Box 349, Gunter, Texas 75058 or by personal delivery at Gunter City Hall, 105 N. 4th Street, Gunter, Texas 75058.

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the City of Gunter from the same properties in both the 2018 tax year and the 2019 tax year. The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that the City of Gunter may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate. YOUR TAXES OWED UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE RATES CAN BE CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:


Property tax amount = (rate) x (taxable value of your property) / 100


For assistance or detailed information about tax calculations, please contact: Mr. Bruce Stidham Grayson County Tax Assessor – Collector 100 W. Houston, Sherman, TX 75090 / PO Box 2107, Sherman, TX 75091 903-892-8297 You are urged to attend and express your views at the following public hearings on the proposed tax rate: FIRST HEARING: August 15, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Gunter Fire Department Training Room, 104 North 4th Street, Gunter, Texas 75058 SECOND HEARING: September 12, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Gunter Fire Department Training Room, 104 North 4th Street, Gunter, Texas 75058

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The Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Gunter, Texas will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:00pm and the City Council of the City of Gunter, Texas will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Fire Department Training Room, 104 N. 4th Street, Gunter, Texas to consider testimony and act upon the following: An ordinance amending the Gunter Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulation Ordinance and Building Codes to cause said ordinances to be in compliance with House Bill 2439, House Bill 3167 and House Bill 2497, which bills take effect on September 1, 2019. You may attend the meetings and make comments for or against the requested item. You may also send written comments before the date of the meetings to the City of Gunter, 104 N. 4th Street, Gunter, Texas 75078.


DO YOU WANT TO HELP YOUR COMMUNITY? DO YOU WANT TO SERVE OTHERS WHEN THEY NEED YOU MOST? Gunter Volunteer Fire and Rescue is looking for (and needing) people that would like to become a part of their team. Below is a list of frequently asked questions to determine if this might be the right opportunity for you. How much will it cost me to be on the department? Nothing except a little time. They provide everything that you will need.

many other ways. If you are interested in going into fires, they can also provide the training for that. Do I have to live in the city limits of Gunter? No, you only need to live in our fire district which goes well outside of the city limits. There are exceptions to this rule however, such as, if you work in the fire district and can leave the job to respond. The exceptions are handled on a case-by-case basis. What is the minimum age to be a firefighter?

You are covered by Workman's Compensation as well as other department provided insurance.

You must be at least 18 years old to be a firefighter but they do have an Explorer program that allows those as young as 14 to participate.

Do I have to stay at the station for shifts?

What will I be doing?

Gunter Volunteer Fire & Rescue doesn’t work in shifts. However, they do provide a comfortable environment so that the firefighters can hang around the station if they choose. Each individual responds to calls when they are available.

You will be involved with structure, wildland and car fires, medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents and traffic control, public education, fundraisers, community events, search and rescue, hazardous material responses, training and many other activities.

What about insurance? Am I covered if I get hurt?

What if I don't currently have any certifications? They provide training. They also pay for some courses when firefighters choose to add to their certifications. Do I have to change my career to volunteer? No. Their firefighters work in many different careers. They have homemakers, engineers, project managers, construction personnel, managers, administrative assistants and many other professions. This variety of knowledge is one of the things that makes their team strong as they are able to utilize this diversity. Am I expected to go into fires?

If you would like further information about volunteering, please schedule a time to come by the station and they can answer all of you questions. You can call 903-433-2222 or message them through Facebook to schedule a time.

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In Good Taste

Simplify Back-to-School Dinners with Nutritious Meal Plans

Pecan-Crusted Air Fryer Pork Chops Cook time: 22 minutes 1 1/3 2 1 1 1/4



ack-to-school season can be cluttered between afterschool activities, weekend sports and evening homework – as well as making dinner each night. Creating a master meal plan with quick, simple and nutritious meals is an easy way to take control of your family’s hectic schedule. Start by stocking the pantry with staple ingredients that amp up the nutrition and flavor of your family favorites. For example, American Pecans are a nutritious ingredient to have on-hand – among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats and packed with plant protein, fiber and essential minerals – and “The Original Supernut” is versatile enough for breakfast, lunchboxes, dinners and on-the-go snacking. Adding one bag to your weekly grocery list provides a canvas for

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exploring new dishes that are both nutritious and delicious. In fact, according to the Food and Drug Administration, scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1 1/2 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving (28 grams) of pecans contains 18 grams of unsaturated fat and only 2 grams of saturated fat. Updating your dinner repertoire doesn’t have to be complicated. Fuss-free recipes such as Pizza with Pecan-Herb Topping, Baked Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders and Pecan-Crusted Air Fryer Pork Chops can be ready in less than an hour and put a fresh twist on classic favorites to please parents and kids alike. Discover more back-to-school meal-planning recipe inspiration and cooking tips at

cup pecan pieces cup arrowroot starch teaspoons Italian seasoning teaspoon onion powder teaspoon garlic powder teaspoon sea salt, plus additional, to taste 1 large egg 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, plus additional for serving 1 tablespoon water 2 garlic cloves, crushed 6 medium boneless pork chops, trimmed of fat Heat air fryer to 400 F. In medium bowl, mix pecans, arrowroot starch, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. In separate bowl, whisk egg, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, water and garlic. Cover pork chops in egg mixture then transfer to bowl with pecan mixture to coat all sides. Repeat with remaining pork chops. Place three pork chops in air fryer basket. Cook pork chops 6 minutes, flip, then cook additional 6 minutes. Set aside on plate. Repeat with remaining pork chops. Serve hot with Dijon mustard, if desired.

Baked Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders Cook time: 35 minutes

2 cups raw pecan halves or pieces 1 cup panko or gluten-free bread crumbs 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste 1 1/2-2 pounds chicken breast tenders or chicken strips 3 large eggs 1 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour blend pepper, to taste Buttermilk Ranch Dip: 1/4 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon parsley 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried dill 1/2 teaspoon salt Heat oven to 425 F. In food processor, pulse pecans until fine as breadcrumbs. In shallow bowl, mix pecans with panko, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon salt. In separate shallow bowl, whisk eggs until smooth. In third shallow bowl, add flour. Lightly season chicken tenders with salt and pepper, to taste. Working with one chicken tender at a time, dip in eggs, flour then pecan mixture. Be sure to press pecan mixture into chicken to be sure it is completely coated. Set chicken on baking sheet lined with cooling rack or parchment paper. Repeat with remaining chicken. Place chicken on center rack and bake 20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

To make Buttermilk Ranch Dip: In small bowl, whisk buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, dried dill and salt until smooth. Serve pecan-crusted chicken tenders warm paired with Buttermilk Ranch Dip.

Pizza with Pecan-Herb Topping Cook time: 40 minutes

1 store-bought pizza dough 1 cup raw pecan halves or pieces 1/2 cup fresh parsley 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) 1 pinch salt 1 pinch pepper 1/2 cup jarred pizza sauce 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup thinly sliced red pepper 1/2 cup thinly sliced Vidalia onion Heat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly flour clean surface. Using rolling pin, roll out pizza dough to 1/8-inch thick and transfer to prepared baking

sheet. Gently pierce dough with fork to prevent air pockets. Bake crust 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden in color. In food processor, pulse pecans, parsley and garlic powder until mixture becomes coarse crumbs. Transfer to bowl and stir in Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes (if desired), salt and pepper. Set aside. Using spoon, evenly spread pizza sauce over crust. Top with mozzarella cheese, red pepper slices and onion slices. Sprinkle 1/3 cup pecan mixture evenly over pizza. Transfer pizza to oven and bake 10-15 minutes, or until crust is crispy and cheese is melted. Serve with remaining pecan-herb mixture. Notes: If dough instructions differ from recipe, use package instructions. Additional topping options include: pepperoni, olives, ham, bacon and roasted veggies. Leftover pecan-herb topping can be used for pasta and salads. August 2019 | 15

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GUNTER Magazine is the only publication that mails to every home and business in Gunter, Texas during the school year. We cater to Gunter’s...

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GUNTER Magazine is the only publication that mails to every home and business in Gunter, Texas during the school year. We cater to Gunter’s...