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Page 2 - The News :" nity uommu Friday, July 31.2015 @ @ t By Loretta Humble Special to The News I have an update for you on Don, our parolee friend who was released to my place in the coun- try last November. Don had some pretty serious physical prob- lems. including a trache- otomy and a stomach tube, which were ac- quired due to the cancer treatment he received in prison. Despite these handicaps, he was very eager, and able, to go to work and make something happen. He had the knowledge to set up a small sawmill which my friend. Carl, fi- nanced, and they had pro- duced a few cedar chests. He had a small trailer to ' " ! ' ! ,O~C!ii.! Around Town live in, and had started work on an apartment on the side of our workshop so he could work anytime. despite being on a moni- tor and severely restricted to his living quarters. I got to see what a sorry job our criminal justice system does helping folks coming out of prison try- ing to start a new life. l've already complained through two columns about their turning him loose with no provision for his medical care. The other bad thing that happened to him was the parole department over here never quite "got" him. and finally made him move away from a place in the coun- try among friends, with good, meaningful work to be done. He now lives in Tyler where he shares a small duplex with a friend he met in prison. He has been there for several months now. with nothing to do but visit with his friend. watch televi sion and com- municate with the outs ide world on a laptop 1 loaned him. Although it seemed pretty heartless to move him from here, there are some pluses to his new lo- cation. For one thing, the fo lks in the parole department over there are seriously trying to help him, and even seem to like him. or at least have him convinced they do. He and the guy he rooms with get along real well and help one another out. He finally has good medi- cal care. He was feeling pretty bad for a while, so ! was wait- ing to see how he did before I got back to his story. Now they have his meds stabilized and he seems to be doing quite well. But what has really got him feeling better is that the doctors have told him he has almost no chance of his can- cer returning. The treatment he got in prison that fried his trachea apparently fried the cancer as well. So he wants to get busy livingagain. This brings us to the one problem with where he lives now. He still is very lim- ited as to how much he can leave his resi- dence. He wants to work, to produce, to make some kind of progress, but has had nothing whatsoever he could do. So this weekend Carl and I went garage sale shopping. And we were in luck. We found a sale of the estate of George Barton Sr,, who owned and oper- ated the Fender Mender shop in Payne Springs for many years. There were all kind of tools spread out all over the place. His grandchildren who were running the sale gave us some great deals. We,got Don a band saw. and chop saw. and a miter saw, all electric, for $100. For $20 more, we got two work tables and a bunch of hand tools. We took them to Don yester- day. One good thing about where he lives now is that they have a large shaded yard with a patio where he can set up a workshop of sorts. The plan is to get him fixed so that he can make bird houses or other small items until he can get loose to make bigger and better things. The man wants to work and we are going to do our best to help him do it. 1'11 keep you posted. ASPERGER~S SOCIAL GROUP MEETING Lake Athens Baptist Church is hosting an Asperger's social at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at 5151 FM 2495 in Athens Par- ents and children will get toknow one another and discuss ideas on building a muc. h-needed social group. All high-functioning autism groups are wel- come. For more informa- tion, call Cyndy at (817) 253-9133, HENSARLING TOWN HALL MEETING U.S. Congressman Job Hensarling will host a town hall meeting,at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 at the Com :lluni y. : tendar,.o Henderson County Senior Citizens Center to give an update on recent actions taken by the House of Representatives and hear from county residents about the issues important to them. The senior center is located at 3356 SH 31 E, in Athens. Arts Department at (903) 675-6351 or mmatchael@tvcc, edu. SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS MEET Major WH How,dy Mar- tin Camp 1241 ofthe Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday at the Cal- those living in Athens, Brownsboro, Chandler, Eustace, Gun Barrel City, Log Cabin, Malakoff, Moore Station, Murchison. Payne Springs, Seven Points, Star Harbor Tool and Trinidad. 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