Produce company sues senior citizens center
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Glenna Enos, executive director of the Service Center for Older Americans of Houston County in Crockett, has been telling civic groups, the County Commissioners Court and the Deep East Texas Council of Governments that all area senior citizen centers are in financial trouble. For months she has expressed significant concerns about the financial needs of the center in Crockett. Now, the William George Produce Co., Inc. has filed a law suit against the center for unpaid merchandise. According to the suit filed in the District Court of Houston County on April 13, the center owes the William George Produce Co., Inc. $72,725.09. Additionally, according to the petition filed with the court, the center has issued and delivered five checks that were dishonored and returned to the plaintiff’s bank for insufficient funds. The alleged total of the five checks is $5,978.14. The petition further states the defendant has paid $500 on one check, leaving a balance remaining due and payable to the plaintiff of $5,478.14, in addition to the $72,725.09. The William George Produce Co., Inc. is suing for $78,203.23 plus pre-judgment and post-judgment interest at the lawful rate, reasonable attorney’s fees and “such other and further relief to which Plaintiff is justly entitled.” According to the exhibit attached to the suit’s petition, the past due amounts date back to April 15, 2010. The checks that were returned due to insufficient funds were dated Dec. 20, 2010, March 11, March 24, March 31 and April 4. Four of the checks are signed by Victoria Scott and Willie L. Fobbs, and one check is signed by Norma Dell Jones and Victoria Scott. Enos has been critical of DETCOG for not disbursing federal funds in a timely fashion since October. A conflict continues to exist between Enos’ allegations and DETCOG officials who stated the senior citizen centers have been paid on schedule. Holly Anderson, director of the Area Agency on Aging at DETCOG, said in January that the area centers were warned in October they would be seeing reduced income because all Hurricane Ike grant funds they received in 2010 had been expended.