Department has flu shots
Special to The Monitor
ATHENSThe flu season is upon us and the Texas Department of State Health Services in
Henderson County has set clinic dates and times for administering influenza shots.
Anyone already experiencing flu-like symptoms can visit the state health office for a
shot. Symptoms include body aches and upper respiratory problems, or fever, vomiting and
You do not have to wait until you are recovered, health department nurse Angela Rodriguez
said. The office is located at 708 E. Corsicana St. in Athens and is open from 8 a.m. to11
a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Health officials say those who were vaccinated last year against both seasonal and H1N1
flu will need a new dose this year, as the new vaccine protects against a different strain
of the flu, titled H3N2, as well as last years swine flu, and a Type B strain. It
usually takes three weeks before the vaccine becomes effective, Rodriguez said.
Most people will just need one shot to gain the above protection, but children under 9
getting their first flu vaccine will need two shots a month apart to prime
their immune systems.
A new higher dose is available for seniors 65 and older from their doctor to help
compensate for their age-weakened immune system. Sanofi Pasteurs Fluzone High-Dose
is four times stronger than the standard dose.
In addition, the department is recommending pneumonia shots be taken at the same time at
no extra charge.
Clinics have been set up at five different locations in the month of October. Four more
are scheduled for November.
Medicare and Medicaid cards are accepted, and fees for the shots are $20 per individual or
$30 per family.
The clinic dates are:
Oct. 7, WIC Seven Points, 210 E. Cedar Creek Parkway in Seven Points, 9-11 a.m. and
Oct. 14, Gun Barrel City Fire Station, 298 Municipal Drive, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Oct. 20, Athens Senior Citizens Center, State Highway 31 East in Athens, 9 am to 1
Oct. 21, Edgewood Civic Center 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Nov. 4, Cain Center, 915 S. Palestine Street, Athens 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 5, Halley Randall Elementary School, 131 VZ Fruitvale, 9 a.m-noon.
Nov. 10, Community Center, Malakoff, 503 N. Terry St., Malakoff, 9 a.m.
Nov. 18, Martins Mill High School, 301 Farm-to-Market 1861, Ben Wheeler, 1-4 p.m.
The office phone number is (903) 675-1936.
Way campaign begins
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENSThese are hard economic times. We hear it every day on the television and in
the newspaper. But as hard as it is for most of us, for others it is far worse.
Those are the folks the organizers of this years United Way Campaign want you to
think about as you ponder what you might give to help reach the $210,000 goal Henderson
County chapter president Tony Kalawe has set.
The one thing Ive learned form my experience as an NFL spectator is, it takes
teamwork to reach goals, Kalawe said. Lets make Henderson County look
About 150 people attended the kickoff luncheon for United Way in Henderson County and
enjoyed a tastefully prepared salad, entree, rolls and dessert at the Athens Country Club
while being reminded there are many among the county's 80,000 residents who need their
The campaign has already begun, and community-minded leaders at Solar Turbines and
Caterpillar and their employees have already raised $30,000 in pledges toward that goal.
Businesses, government officials, volunteers and helping agencies were all invited to the
campaign kickoff with a luncheon at the Athens Country Club Sept. 22.
Those from the 26 agencies tapped to benefit from the campaign had the opportunity to
share what their financial challenges look to be in the coming year, agencies like the
Family Peace Project, which has seen the fall-off in giving this past year.
Not that, weve ever been well off, fund-raising chairman Bobbi Fain
said. But now, we really need to raise $10,000 this month.
Representatives from the Family Resource Center report that the number of families they
served with school clothes and supplies has grown this year.
Henderson County United Way chapter president Tony Kalawe pulls the winning ticket for a
22-inch LCD HDTV, as an example of one of the many ways businesses, organizations and
individuals might use to raise funds to meet the chapter's $210,000 goal this year.
Others include Delinquency Prevention Program, Disciples Clinic of Athens, Helpline,
Henderson County Child Welfare Board, Labor of Love, Teen Court, Meals on Wheels and New
Also, the Rainbow Room, the East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, CASA, Dogs
Against Drugs, the Bully Prevention & Intervention Program and others.
Motivational speaker and administrator for South Place in Athens Hue Adams chose to speak
on the many benefits that come from giving of yourself, as he hoped to inspire those
present to go back to their businesses and organizations to plan fund-raising events for
This is our opportunity to be a blessing to someone else, he said.
Everyone here has been blessed above and beyond with health, talent and
opportunities. Share the wealth.
There are at least 41 beneficial health factors which have been proven to be associated
with altruism, Adams told the gathering.
Adams remunerated seven of them listed by Mayo Clinic Dr. Ann Vincent. Among them were:
the reduction of stress,
strengthening the immune system,
boosting endorphin production, which makes you have a sense of well-being, and
reducing sensation of pain.
He closed with two quotes from famous men, because surveys show most people believe they
From Abraham Lincoln: As you grow older, you will discover that you have been given
two hands one to help yourself and the other to help your neighbor.
And from Winston Churchill: We live by what we get, but we make a life by what we
To find out how you can donate to the Henderson County United Way Campaign, call Mary
Waddell at the Henderson County Fairgrounds at (903) 670-3324.
KISD joins funding protest
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMPA growing number of school districts are joining together to protest the
states system of funding Texas schools.
Tuesday, trustees of Kemp Independent School District joined with 57 other districts in
approving a resolution acknowledging education as a priority.
Kemp joins districts from Aledo, Denison, San Augustine, Lewisville, Pleasant Grove,
Hillsboro, Panther Creek and west of Fort Worth to Springtown.
The purpose is to provide one voice to protest the states lack of reliable funding
improvements during the upcoming legislative session, Superintendent Dr. Peter Running
The number of districts passing the resolution is growing daily, trustees heard.
The final statement in the resolution declares, We share one unified message to all
involved: Make Education a Priority.
In other business, trustees:
heard Running report on a minor bus accident that sent the driver to the hospital
with a wrist injury and a student to the hospital with a case of whiplash.
A vehicle tried to pass the bus at a high rate of speed as it (the bus) turned into
the school driveway, Running said.
heard Running thank voters for their support during the successful TRE election,
which passed 204 to 87.
honored the students of the month primary Nala Stefanos, intermediate
Michelle Juby, junior high Kourtney Hazlip and high school Hailey Stovall.
accepted the Kaufman County Appraisal Roll as the tax roll for the district.
The 2010 total market values are $673,411,646, with a certifiable taxable value of
heard tax collections for the current year are 93 percent, compared to 92 percent
for the same period last year.
heard the average daily attendance through Sept. 13 was 1,571 students, a gain of
five students from 2009.
Also, trustees heard nine primary students have enrolled since the September count was