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New Healthy Texas Women Program Offers Expanded Healthcare Coverage and Services

  Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith joined state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, recently to announce an extensive outreach campaign to focus awareness on the state’s new Healthy Texas Women program which will deliver more care to more Texas women statewide. “State funding for women’s health services has reached an all-time high,” said Sen. Nelson. “We have expanded our provider network to the largest it has ever been and will continue working to make sure women all over the state can access family planning and other preventative health services.” Recognizing the importance and need for women to have access to comprehensive healthcare services at little or no cost, the Healthy Texas Women program offers enhanced health services and expanded eligibility for women who qualify. The program combines and streamlines two of the state’s previous women’s health programs to provide a full-range of women’s health services, including: –Pregnancy testing and counseling; –Family planning; –Immunizations; –Breast and cervical cancer screenings; and, –Screenings and treatment for diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol; and more. “We place a high priority on helping all Texas women access the comprehensive healthcare services they need, and we’re committed to helping ensure more women know what benefits are available to help them take charge of their health,” Commissioner Smith said. To access services, Texans can visit Through a concerted recruitment effort, the Health and...

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It Seems to Me – Dealing With Anger

Anger is a problem for many of us.  We often embarrass ourselves because of anger. Anger causes us to say things we may not mean and certainly should not have verbalized even if we did mean them. Anger is the catalyst for many crimes causing many people to do things they never would have done except for anger. Ephesians 4 instructs new Christians to put off the old man and put on the new man. Ephesians 4:26-27 tells us to put off anger, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” (NASU) Verse 26 indicates that not all anger is wrong and that it is possible to be angry and not sin. Deuteronomy 9:8 speaks of God getting angry at His people. Many other Old Testament passages speak of that as well. Multiple passages in the New Testament tell us about Jesus being angry at religious leaders deriving exorbitant profits in conjunction with Temple sacrifices. Mark 3:5 tells us that Jesus got angry at religious leaders who were trying to trap Him and misusing the Sabbath in the process.  Certainly God is not guilty of sin in His anger. Shall I remind you that you and I must be very careful in this area? You and I are not totally holy and...

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Home Country

  The evening was one of those that come back to you time after time, year after long year. It comes back and whispers of how good life can be when you’re well fed, enjoying life, and a good friend shares the front porch with you on a summer’s evening. It was that way with Doc and Steve the other night. Doc thought he might have to do a scientific paper on the soporific effects of ice tea, fried chicken, and corn on the cob. As long as it didn’t take any effort. So when this huge meal had been bull-snaked down, the two grinning friends came out to the porch to watch the sun go down behind the trees along Lewis Creek. The air had that orange and russet glow, and the breeze, that little one that caresses the neck, came slowly down from the hills and made their shirt collars wiggle ever so slightly. It was like taking a dry bath in paradise. Doc sidled up to one of the porch posts and gently tested it to see if it could hold the extra weight he was carrying with that meal. It stood fine, so he leaned against it seriously and looked out on the evening’s warmth. Steve, who was enjoying having a fine meal that someone else cooked for a change, leaned against the post on...

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Preservationists to Meet in East Texas August 11

  Registration is now open for Preservation Texas’s East Texas Regional Meeting.  The day-long gathering on August 11, 2016 in downtown Marshall will include discussions and networking opportunities organized around the theme of “On the Right Track: Preserving Historic Railroad Depots and Related Resources.” Lunch, tours of the historic Harrison County Courthouse and Ginocchio Hotel (currently under restoration) and a closing reception are included in the day’s events. “Marshall is a city with a very significant railroading heritage,” said Preservation Texas board member and Marshall resident Tony Crosby.  “This is the ideal city in which to bring together preservationists to discuss initiatives to ensure that the railroad heritage of Texas is protected.” Registration is $50 for current members of Preservation Texas and $75 for non-members (a complimentary one-year membership is included).  Founded in 1985 and based in Austin, Preservation Texas is the only statewide, full-service nonprofit historic preservation organization in the state.  It is best known for its annual Most Endangered Places lists, which has included Harrison County’s historic airport terminal and the depression-era Sabine Farms. “We are gathering preservationists and seeking new ideas and input to expand our Most Endangered Places program around endangered building typologies,” said executive director Evan R. Thompson.  “Railroad depots have been imperiled nationwide since the 1960s, and yet too many depots remain at-risk from neglect.  A comprehensive strategy to protect these threatened resources...

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One More Weekend to See “The Addams Family” in Palestine

With glowing reviews from patrons, you don’t want to miss your chance to see Palestine Community Theatre’s (PCT) production of “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” at the historic Texas Theatre in downtown Palestine, 213 W. Crawford. The show will run for only one more four-day weekend this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with curtain Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The production is sponsored by Nucor-Vulcraft and is a continuation of the story of the Addams family from years past. Wednesday has grown up and fallen in love with a “normal” boy, and the family and ghosts of Addams ancestors must find a way to get along with the boyfriend’s “normal” family. After seeing the show, patrons, who’ve come from not only Palestine and surrounding communities, but also the Dallas and Houston areas and even as far away as Arkansas, have said things such as, “very entertaining,” “amazing talent,” “wonderful production,” and “this is one of my favorites.” Tickets are still available for all performances and can be purchased locally at Palestine Chamber of Commerce, Palestine Visitor Center, Blake Furniture, and Discount Pools, and online at Tickets can also be reserved by visiting the PCT website,, and completing the Will Call form. Please remember PCT is an all-volunteer organization. You will receive a confirmation for your Will Call submission, but it...

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