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VOLUNTEER PROFILES

Program Trains Volunteers to Help Texans Improve Health

In the United States, 86 percent of health spending is related to chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these costs can be managed and potentially reduced through education and lifestyle modification.
December 28, 2017

Busy Betty Oglesbee

Betty Oglesbee stays busy. Recently, the matron of the city and county — both named San Augustine — joined with others to push for a playground at the county’s Children’s Services Building.
August 27, 2017

NET PEOPLE: Jack Canson

Jack Canson of Marshall is the town’s very own muse. Together with his wife, Nancy, the couple helped Marshall claim the title of “Birthplace of Boogie Woogie.”
June 28, 2017

Inspiring Aspirations

Schools, clubs, and a range of mentoring programs throughout East Texas focus on encouraging and empowering children, with some geared specifically toward artistic pursuits and others toward girls and the goal of helping youth visualize lives of achievement, accomplishment, and personal power.
April 24, 2017

Children’s Group Seeks Volunteers

The Children’s Advocacy Center, Van Zandt County, helps abused children get out of danger and into better situations, but the organization couldn’t do it without the help of volunteers — and the need is great right now.
December 30, 2015

Lost Girls

Sixteen-year-old Lilly is perched uneasily on a grimy barstool 300 miles away from home. It’s the sixth city she and her female “friend” Val have visited so far this year. Cruising around the sticky floor and smoky haze of the room, Val searches and finds a man eager to assault Lilly in exchange for money. A little scared and numb from the lifestyle, Lilly does as Val says, night after night, day after day.
May 2, 2015

CASA Receives Generous Grant

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Kids of East Texas recently received a $20,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to implement volunteer recruitment.
December 19, 2014

Volunteers Make Positive Changes

A small toddler is found living is squalor after a parent is arrested on drug charges. The child has not be bathed, fed or looked in on for several days.
June 26, 2013