People, Places & Events




Benefit for slain deputies set July 7
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GUN BARREL CITY–A program to benefit the Henderson County deputy sheriffs killed and injured in the line of duty May 17 in Payne Springs will be held Saturday, July 7, in Gaters Concert Hall in Gun Barrel City.
The program is hosted by 106.9 The Ranch and $10 tickets will be on sale from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Prizes will be given away.
Performers will include Casey Donahew, Bart Crow Band, Kyle Hunt, Robin English, Lauren Alexander, Wes Ball, Native Texas Band, J.D. Clark and Jimmy Nash.
If you have a donation, contact Jim Nash, 106.9 The Ranch at (903) 874-8884.

DAR hears Carol Dwinnell speak on the history of hats
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MABANK–Carol Dwinnell was the speaker at the last Sarah Maples DAR meeting.
She says she cannot give a history of hat pins without a history of hats. She doesn’t collect them, she just accumulates them.
Hats have been around for a very long time. It is impossible to say when the first animal skin was pulled over a head as protection against the elements, and although this was not a hat in the true sense, it was realized that covering your head could sometimes be an advantage.
One of the first hats to be depicted was found in a tomb painting at Thebes and shows a man wearing a coolie-style straw hat.
Other early hats include the Pileus, which was a simple skull cap, the Phrygian cap, which became identified later as the “liberty cap” given to slaves in Greece and Rome when they were made free men, and the Pestasos, which comes from ancient Greece and is the first known hat with a brim.
It was in the late 17th century that women’s headgear began to emerge in its own right and not be influenced by men’s fashions.
Early in the 1800s most hats were enormous and adorned with flowers, feathers, ribbons and tulle.
By the mid-1920s, women’s hair had become much shorter with the shingle cut, and the cloche, which hugged the head like a helmet with a very small brim or none at all, had come into fashion.
Some hat pins were quite ornate, with musical instruments or tiny animal forms on them.
Some had adjustable ends so they could be swiveled to catch the light.
Some had screw in containers which might reveal a tiny mirror and powder puff, or even a vinaigrette, a container for smelling salts.
They could also be used as weapons. Some were so expensive and treasured, the handmade variety were named in bequests and legacies.
Taxes were levied to pay for the Queen’s pins and the purchase of handmade pins by her subjects was limited to the first day of the New Year.
Women saved for that “pin-day,” which was perhaps the origin of the expression “pin-money.”
Dwinnell is the wife of a Presbyterian Minister. They have four children, 11grandchildren and two dogs.
An elder in the Presbyterian church, she serves as the moderator for Grace Presbyterian women.
She is an avid genealogist, and has been a member of DAR for 18 years. She served as regent and registrar. She is a charter member of the Martin’s Hundred Chapter of the Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century, where she serves as the heraldry chairman.

Create powerful presentations to build business
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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–At some point, nearly every entrepreneur will have to stand up and make a group presentation about his or her business. It could be a pitch to get venture financing for the enterprise or to earn a new project commission.
You may also find yourself addressing a group of colleagues or potential customers who are looking for a product or service just like yours.
If you’re not accustomed to public speaking, even in small groups of people you know well, presentations can be nerve-wracking.
However, you have more control over the situation than you may realize. All it takes is research and preparation – the same steps needed for every other business decision you make as an entrepreneur.
Here are a few pointers on presentations:
• Understand the ground rules.
What is the purpose of your presentation? What kind of information does your audience want? Is the format a stand-up address or a conference table discussion? How much time will you have for the presentation and follow-up questions?
Knowing the answers to these basic questions gives you a head start on organizing your thoughts.
• Get to the point.
The first 30 seconds usually determines whether you capture your listeners’ attention. The remaining time can last an eternity for unorganized speakers, and pass quickly for those trying to say too much.
Begin and end with your strongest points. Never start off with an obscure joke or anecdote that has no relevance to your topic.
• Avoid overpreparing.
A presentation that’s too tightly scripted can be derailed in an instant by an unexpected question or distraction. Notes are fine, but a thorough understanding of your subject is better. You will be better able to handle questions and keep your presentation on track.
• Practice makes perfect.
Perform some dry runs with people who can provide honest and fair feedback and who understand your intended audience’s perspective. This will enable them to make a more informed evaluation and pose relevant questions.
• Stay focused.
Although you’ve rehearsed, you may still get the feeling that time is running out and quicken your pace. Or, you may want to ad lib because you sense there’s too much time remaining.
Relax. If you are organized and provide good information, your listeners will be looking at you instead of their watches. An occasional built-in pause will help you reset your pace and add impact to what you just said.
• If you don’t know, say so.
Never try to bluff you way through a difficult or unexpected question. Admit that you don’t have the information in hand, but offer to follow up afterward.
For more ideas on delivering effective business presentations, contact SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business.”
SCORE is a nonprofit organization of more than 10,500 volunteers providing free, confidential mentoring to veteran entrepreneurs and those just starting out.
There is a SCORE Chapter at The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Call (903) 887-3152 for an appointment.

ETMC launches annual free prostate cancer screening
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EAST TEXAS–It’s time to sign up for East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System’s ninth annual free prostate cancer screening for men.
Last year, ETMC screened more than 1,600 men.
From our annual ETMC PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood tests, 137 tests came back with abnormalities. These men were referred to their doctors for further evaluation.
The screening is a simple blood test, which identifies the level of PSA in the blood. An elevated level is an early sign of prostate cancer.
During the past eight years, ETMC has screened more than 25,000 men during its annual June prostate cancer screening.
You are at risk and eligible for the screening if you have one or more of these that apply to you:
• You are 50 or more years of age.
• You are 40 or more and are African-American.
• You are 40 or more and have a family history of prostate cancer.
• You are 40 or more and have not been in the care of an urologist for any prostate-related problems or diagnosis in the past year.
• You have not had a PSA test since July 1, 2006.
Symptoms of prostate cancer may include a painful or burning sensation when urinating, difficulty starting or stopping urine flow or inability to urinate, continuous pain in the lower back, pelvis or upper thighs, painful ejaculation, frequent urination and blood in urine.
“When prostate cancer is in its earliest, most curable stage, there may be no symptoms to warn you,” according to James Kolker, MD, radiation oncologist, and medical director of the ETMC Cancer Institute. “Prostate cancer is highly curable when detected early.”
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer kills 27,050 men each year and every man has a one-in-six chance of developing the disease in his lifetime.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. One in 34 men will die from prostate cancer.
This year 218,890 new cases will be found. African-American men are more likely to have prostate cancer and to die of it than are white or Asian men.
The good news is that the death rate is going down, because the disease is being found earlier.
“The earlier prostate cancer is detected, the more options you have,” Dr. Kolker added. “In addition to surgery, radiation beam therapy, hormone therapy and various combinations of these treatments, such as radioactive seed implant are available.
“This is a one-day procedure in which small radioactive seeds are placed inside the prostate gland to give a direct, high dose of radiation to the prostate tumor. Many early prostate cancers can be treated this way,” Kolker added.
In June, prostate screenings will be available at a number of ETMC sites including Athens, Carthage, Cedar Creek Lake, Clarksville, Crockett, Fairfield, Gilmer, Jacksonville, Mt. Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Rusk, Trinity and Tyler.
You must have an appointment to take advantage of these special screenings. Please call ETMC HealthFirst (Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.) to schedule your appointment at (800) 850-7050.
Proceeds from ETMC’s Henry M. Bell Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament help underwrite the prostate cancer screenings.
The sixth annual charity tournament is set for Friday, Sept. 21, at Willow Brook Country Club.


Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

ABOVE–My name is Bear. I am a beautiful male Rott mix. I was brought to the shelter by my owner who was scared the neighbor was going to hurt me. I am fixed and current on my shots. I am a good kid looking for my forever home. ABOVE–My name is Buttons. I am a beautiful female Dachshund mix. I was brought to the shelter by animal control so I have no history. I have been started on my shots. I am a little shy until I get to know you. I am a sweet thing looking for my new forever home.

ABOVE–My name is Molly. I am a beautiful full-blood female Aussie. I was brought to the shelter by my owner who was not able to keep me anymore. I have been fixed and had my shots. I am a shy girl until I get to know you, then I am very sweet. I am a beautiful girl looking for my new forever home.
ABOVE–My name is Tinkerbell. I was brought to the shelter by animal control so I have no history. My owner did not want to reclaim me. I am such a sweet, friendly, loving little girl. I am somewhere from 4-6 years old. I have been started on my shots. I am a beautiful little girl looking for my new forever home.

Pictured are just a few animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals. The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220 County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

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