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The ltd[a~koff_News, Thursday, May .28, !981~7A ..... %/ Q S O MAUREEN COOK I ement Secretary Light Company in the company May than 37 years of ser- s honored with a recep- Room of & Light Company Unit of the held their Ly, May 13, at sh Trace Inn in Smith welcomed expressed his ap- unit during the past given from field staff field represen- Tyler presen- the form of a film Quit Quiz on accounted for and suicides 75 of deaths , says Dorthy k~ily life education on the home economics Exten- A&M Univer- ,,~, iI i/i' t 1 reception District Office in Athens. Mrs. Cook began with TP&L in 1942 as a cashier stenographer and in 1972 she became District Manager's Secretary. Mrs. Cook and her husband, Loran Cook, live in Athens. Mrs. W.C. Fleming, Jr. presented a press book of the year's work. The next meeting will be held Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. and will be an awards presen- tation for those who have done outstan- ding jobs in crusade, special events, and special gifts. Parkview Church plans special services, school By PAT HARRIMAN Henderson County once again faces the possibility of losing ambulance service. CareFlite, Inc. cannot afford to operate its two ground ambulances unless it has at least 4,000 subscribers, according to general manager Frank Miller. Currently, the company has 1,900 subscribers. "The membership drive is not doing well," Miller disclosed. "People don't realize what's going to happen. We're going to have to pull out unless we have enough subscribers to provide a financial base. We're not tax-supported or subsidized." "We're very pleased with our operation," he continued, "and would like to keep a good, solid ambulance service. In all respects, our operation is solid, except financially. It has to be a community-supported program. It's a necessary service that has to be sup- ported by the people and the govern- Parkview Missionary Baptist Church has set Vacation Bible School for June 1-5 from 8:30 a.m. to ll:30,a.m, each day. The closing program will be Sun- day, June 7, at 6 p.m. Children ages 2-14 are invited to at- tend. Also planned is Revival at Parkview for the week of June 14-19. Services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday night and at 7:30 p.m. the remainder of the week. Bro. Johnny Crouch, new pastor, will bring the nightly messages and Scott Williams will serve as music director. Everyone is invited to attend. without spending a tremedous amount of money." Miller said ambulance service can't be treated as a traditional business and charge only users fees. "The problem there is that we don't have the volume of business it takes to treat it as a traditional business. Henderson County doesn't have a large metropolitan base. To support two or three ambulances on a free-market approach would make the costs a lot more than they are now. Another problem is that we can't deny service to someone that doesn't have money." He said another problem is that the collection rate is about 60-65 percent, which is "a problem faced by all am- bulance services. R's difficult to collect because you've already performed the service." Although subscription fees have doubled since last year, Miller said that money pays only half of the expenses. He said CareFlite "still depends on ment." collections to support the other half." County and hospital officiaLs say they He said the company iost $70,000 last think the service is important, but they year but would like to break even this cannot afford to maintain or subsidize year. it. County Judge Winston Reagan said in the 10 years he's been in office, the county has had two other private services and county service. "The problem (with the private services) is the same thing," Reagan said. "People will not subscribe. Jor- dan and Eubank (services before CareFlite) were unable to get enough subscriptions to run satisfactory am- bulance service for Henderson County." "It's very important we get enough subscribers," Precinct 3 Commissioner Saint McLean said. "I don't see how we could support something like that. I don't know where we'd come up with the funds." Henderson County Memorial Hospital Administrator Gene Mclntyre said ambulance service "is a necessity, but it's a money-losing propositiop and this hospital doesn't have the capital background to own or subsidize a service." Miller said subscription services are used by rural areas throughout the country and larger metropolitan areas have tax-supported services. "That's the trade-off," he said. "You do it this way or pay higher taxes." "If the county did own an ambulance service, we'd have to raise taxes to pay for it and people can't pay anymore than they already are," McLean said. Reagan said the county's budget is "so tight, it would be almost impossible to render ambulance service unless some type of joint operation between the county and city were worked out." He went on to say that ff CareFlite leaves, some type of revenue bond would have to be passed because "I don't know where the funds would come from if these people left. There's no way to operate a modern ambulance service and meet all the requirements of the state health laws and standards for the Trinidad Future Homemakers of America were installed Tuesday night at Trinidad School. Pic- , is Kern Jenkins, Lauri Bradley, Jo Dell Colvin, Linda Rowland, Lisa Ardoin, Debra Shedd, Anna Ochoa. , Jennifer Chandler and Vlckl Bell. (Staff photo by Stacy Dunacusky) "Profit is not a goal," Miller said. "We're not trying to recoup last year's losses or make money. We would just like to at least pay our operational Costs." He said although the cost of service "sounds tremendously expensive, we're in llne with what other operations are charging. Our pick-up fee for members is $75 and $I 35 per mile. Non- member rates are $120 and $5 per mile. It's simply because we receive no other funds," He went on to say that fuel costs have "impacted our operation. That is probably the most significant cost increase. Wages went up, but not Bricks Cracked? Sills Rotten? Unlevel Floors? ---CALL-- Derl Cannon Rt. 1, Athens 675-7096 '1 SIZE 4 FOR A78-13 99.00 B78-13 119.00 C78-14 130.00 E78-14 140.00 F78.14 1 SO.00 anything like what's happened with locally by Dugan Boyd, who is in the fuel." CareFlite office. He said he will take CareFlite has extended their the information over the phone or cards membership drive until June 5 and can be picked up and turned in to him. Miller says he is "very optimistic that His number is 675-2273 and he can be we'll reach our goal. We're doing a reached between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. direct mailing over the weekend and Reagan and all of the commissioners hope to pick up another couple of said they were members and that they thousand subscribers. We're mailing encouraged everyone to join. out enrollment cards that just have to "To me," Reagan said, "ambulance be filled out and mailed in." service is health care just like any other Applications are also being handled insurance policy." Mounting! Focus on buyer for good events To be effective in planning corn- product itself. munity festivals, fairs and similar It's also important to segment the events, focus on the customer, says a event to satisfy different client groups recreation and parks researcher at and to add a new dimension each year Texas A&M University. and to build the promotion program It's important to find out what people around it. Bring in something new each want and to sell the benefits of the year and abandon old things that have product (fair or festival), not the turnedintolosers. 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