Author: East Texas Review

Smith County Clerk’s Office Receives Prestigious 5-Star Exemplary Award

Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips praised her Vital Statistics Department Tuesday for receiving the 5-Star Exemplary Award for outstanding achievement from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics Unit. She recognized the department’s employees for their work during the Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 “This marks the sixth year in a row for the Smith County Clerk’s Office to claim the 5-Star award, with four of those years being the prestigious 5-Star Exemplary award,” Mrs. Phillips said. “Although there are 254 counties in Texas, there are 325 Local Registrars in the State, with...

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Smith County Employee Recognitions

Several Smith County employees working in the Adult Probation and County Clerk departments were honored Tuesday, July 25, 2017, for their years of service. Kevin Dingler and LaMia Prymus were recognized for 10 years of service to the Smith County Adult Probation Department. Adult Probation Supervisor Kasey Quezada said Dingler works with 321st District Judge Carole Clark’s court and helps collect child support payments. She said he is hardworking, dedicated and witty. Ms. Prymus is the probation officer for 7th District Judge Kerry Russell’s court and takes pride in her work, Supervisor Mandy Zehren said, adding that Ms. Prymus...

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#IAmHHS: After a Stroke, I Transformed Myself

Deb Cotter is an Independent Living Program Specialist at ACL. She is one of more than 79,000 people who make HHS run every day.   I grew up in Maine as the quiet type. I came to Washington to work on Capitol Hill for then-Sen. George Mitchell of Maine. But as a seemingly healthy 24-year-old in 1992, I had a stroke due to a birth defect, which, among other things, partially paralyzed my left side.  It was not the life I had envisioned. Despite physical therapy, getting “back to normal” was impossible, and so I hit the restart button.  I had to find a new normal.  Part of that was to put others at ease with my disability. Rather than searching for the holy grail, a cure for my paralysis, I realized that I had to transform. I became more outgoing—because people are always going to ask you what is wrong with you.  I find that if I put others at ease with my disability it’s easier to get what I need. I went to work for a variety of nonprofits, and later government programs, that support people with disabilities. I finally emerged as more self-directed, the CEO of my own life. A major turning point in my life came in 2014, when I performed in a talent show for the Combined Federal Campaign, the federal government’s workplace charitable...

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Pine Tree ISD Announces Policy for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Pine Tree Independent School District announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request. Starting July 27, 2017, Pine Tree Independent School District will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district {or service area} about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications will be available during the 2017-2018 On-line Registration process that opens on July...

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Connecting Communities: Hideaway Highlighted in Commissioners Court

Hideaway recently celebrated its 50th anniversary since the community was developed by James Fair. Hideaway Mayor Pat Bonds gave a presentation about the city during Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, as part of the “Connecting Communities” initiative. Bonds said there are nearly 3,500 residents living in Hideaway, the second gated community to become a city in Texas in 2001. A homeowners’ association makes decisions for Hideaway that a city council would normally make. Homeowners’ association monthly dues pay for the city’s streets, parks, community buildings, golf course, three lakes, garbage pickup and fire protection. There...

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