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Council working to ensure families are provided services for children in area


COLDSPRING -- Appointed by San Jacinto County Commissioners' Court, Margaret Himes-Dorman is working with Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Council on Children and Fami- SHECO announces new board member respected in Polk County, and we believe she exemplifies the cooperative spirit and values that are so important to our members and to this organization." Davis is co-owner and chief financial officer for Pedigo Furniture. The Texas A&M graduate and certified public accountant also serves as a trustee and board vice president for the Livingston Independent School District and is very active in the Lions Club of Livingston, Polk County Relay for Life and the North American Home Furnishings Association. Davis is also a past treasurer and board member of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce. "I am extremely honored to be asked to serve on the Board, but even more, what a privilege it is to be able to step in to the outgoing position of Mr. Thomas," Davis said. "I've had the pleasure of knowing him my entire life, and he not only set the standard for being a Sam Houston EC Board Member, but he also taught those around him the importance of dedication and hard work. I hope to bring some positive traits to the Board, as well, and I'm excited to see what the future has in store for the Co-op." Eleven Board members, elected from five districts, represent Sam Houston Elec- Fundraising event raises $1,584 for Coldspring Area Public Library school. Once he discovers an ivory carving of a polar bear in his grandfather's study, his life changes dramatically. He becomes totally absorbed in a world of adventure and intrigue. The second author to speak was Travis Gibson, a retired educator and prolific writer. His book, Southern Gospel, tells the story of Jonell Eversole, the owner of an antique shop, who becomes involved in a potentially scandalous mystery involving the wealthiest family in her hometown. "This story of intrigue and entangled relationships will keep any reader up all night turning pages," said Librarian Pam Neely. A wide array of homemade goodies graced the dessert table – pies, cakes, cookies, cobblers, etc. Needless to say, they were enjoyed by everyone who attended, according to Neely. A silent auction was also held during the event. The auction featured items donated to the library by community members and local businesses. The items included a wide range of treasures – from home decorative pieces to fishing reels to porch decorations to baskets of food items. Proceeds earned by the event support the library's daily operation and add to its collection of books, audio books, CD/ DVDs, and other recreational and reference materials. lies in an attempt to recognize area organizations that provide services to children and families. The Shepherd resident said she was appointed to serve on the council about one year ago. "I've recognized several area organizations that provide services to children," Dorman said. "The Community and Children's Impact Center, headed by Brenda Meyers and Wright Way Christian, headed by Anita Wright, are both very active in Cleveland and the Shepherd area with programs that reach out to children," Dorman said. Dorman also mentioned the Sunshine Network in New Waverly, headed by Richard Robins, which has programs for children and families. "Our goal is to get all the entities to network together in helping to provide strong families, healthy communities and successful youth," Dorman said. The Council on Children and Families was created under Government Code during the 82nd Legislature in 2011. It is administered through the Deep East Texas Council of Governments. Statistics reported by the council indicate that the population of children in Texas is growing and changing rapidly. Between 2000 and 2010, the total U.S. child population grew by 1.8 million with more than half of that growth in Texas. Rural populations in Texas are declining in numbers of children, while two-thirds of the increase in the number of children statewide has occurred in eight counties. The racial profile is changing as well, according to the report. The number of white children declined in the past decade, while the number of Hispanic children grew by 39 percent. Hispanic children now make up about half of the total population of children in Texas. Of the 6.8 million children under age 18, about 5 million are served by Texas public schools, 3.1 million receive Medicaid services and 2.8 million receive Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits, according to the report. The council recommends that Texas child-serving agencies continue efforts to partner with communities to maximize local control and build on community strengths, use available public and private resources efficiently and cost effectively, and engage in communitybased systems focused on prevention and promotion of health and emotional wellbeing; implement systems of care; establish positive development and social-emotional needs and defelop partnerships with higher education. Membership on the council comprises executive leadership from health and human service agencies, the central education agency, juvenile justice agencies, the workforce commission and representatives from the public.


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