Concerned Citizens and 4H give updates at Commissioners Court

June 22, 2015: By Sandi Argo

With summer here and school out for the next few weeks, the sentiment from homes around the county (and beyond) has been “I’m bored…there’s nothing to do”. It has been a sentiment that has lasted throughout the ages. One place that it is not heard is at the Concerned Citizens center.

In a report given to the Commissioners today, Concerned Citizens Director, Russonna Jones-Briscoe gave an enlightening account of the many activities that happen at the center. Among the most popular is the Movie Night, which happens on Fridays (please check the calendar or inquire at 940-567-2607 for information). Jones-Briscoe reported they had 35 in attendance this past Friday. According to Jones-Briscoe “We have even had one 96 year old and a 97 year old that have actually driven themselves to the center to be a part of the movie night. It has brought them fellowship and entertainment”. Both of which are good for all ages! Jones-Briscoe also reported about a new program the center has signed up to participate in, called the Premier program, which is in connection with the Meals on Wheels program the center operates. The Concerned Citizens were the first to sign up for the program, which will benefit the MOW with savings of around 17% (from $12K to $15K a year). Jones-Briscoe noted that she diligently stretches each penny they have as far as it will go in order to make sure that everyone that needs their services will get them.

Also discussed was the introduction and results of the Produce Express, which brings fresh produce to residents of Jack County each month. Jack County is considered a “produce deprived” county, thus enabling the program. The Produce Express comes to the center on the 1st Wednesday of the month, from 10 to 2.

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The Jack County 4H also presented results from recent shows and contests. District Representative, Miles Dabovich spoke first, commending the Jack County 4H for the success they have seen. Dabovich thanked the commissioners for the support they show. In recent weeks, the District has held several shows that Jack County kids have participated in, including a trap shoot recently in Iowa Park. Jack County 4H’ers were among 170 shooters that weekend. Dabovich also discussed the scholarship amounts that were given to 4H members this year, which totaled over $220,000.

Alinda Cox also spoke to the group about the kids, proudly mentioning the State-level awards that Jack County kids won (Karson Hood, in Poetry (4th in state); Kamlyn Thomas, in Vocals (placed 7th of 24); Kayla Martin, photo judging (placed 6th) and Hunter Smith, who placed well in Retail Meat ID.

Charlie Martin gave a briefing on a Range Improvement study and then shared information about water well testing done recently for over 70 participants. 16 of the wells tested were positive for fecal matter. The Perrin Advanced Chemistry group helped with the testing, and received valuable hands on experience.

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