Low-cost services are available in Cherokee County to women seeking affordable health care options for mammograms and PAP tests.
“(Breast cancer) a serious issue that takes the lives of too many woman, but more importantly, it's not something you have to live with, we can eliminate it. If we can eliminate a major health issue, why would we not throw all our major resources behind that?” asked Chris Taylor, Executive Director of Cherokee County Public Heath.
The department offers breast and cervical cancer screenings, for which women who meet age and financial need requirements can receive a PAP test or a mammogram for low cost.
An estimated 400 women utilized the program last year, and because extra funding through state grants is available in 2012, “we can help any woman who is from the state of Texas, though we try to focus on those from Cherokee County,” Taylor said.
Public Health officials arrange appointment with a provider – usually a hospital – for the exam, and covers partial costs.
“This program makes it possible (for them to receive the care they need) without burdening hospital systems with uncompensated care,” he said.
Texas Oncology Tyler offes a support grooup that meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at noon in the Boardroom. Call 903.579.9800 for more information.
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2 men arrested after standoff in grocery store
Two men were arrested early Wednesday morning after a standoff at the B&B Foods in Alto.
According to Alto Police Chief Jeremy Jackson, a person reported seeing two black males at the store just before 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Some area entities closed for holiday
Many area offices and businesses will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday and Easter.
JPD dispatcher killed in wreck
A dispatcher for the Jacksonville Police Department was killed Monday on her way to work, according to officials.
Amber Enge, 35, of Whitehouse was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon on CR 2177 in Whitehouse.
CR speed limit changes, E-filling fee top agenda
On Monday, Cherokee County commissioners set April 28 to hold public hearings concerning the changing speed limits on two county roads.
Religious lines drawn: Protesters met by members of Church of Wells
Other than a few community members' voices that rose above the crowd, the protest Saturday against the Church of Wells remained peaceful.
Folks attend weekend fundraiser for H.O.P.E.
It was an evening fit for royalty, as supporters of the Helping Others Pursue Enrichment (H.O.P.E.) program gathered Saturday at The Castle on the Lake outside Jacksonville for “A Renaissance Evening.”
Church of Wells members attend protest
About 30 members of the Church of Wells arrived at a protest Saturday. The event was planned after an incident at Wells Homecoming Day on April 5 where the church loudly "street preached" causing a disruption. Three of the church members were injured by two men at the parade. On Saturday, the event was peaceful, despite a few loud voices.
See the complete story and photos in the next edition of the Daily Progress on Tuesday, April 15.
5 receive scholarships from Chamber’s Agri-Business Committee
The Agri-Business Committee of the Jacksonville Chamber recently awarded five $1,000 scholarships at the Annual Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show on March 29.
Deadline to file taxes nears
As an April 15 deadline for individuals to file their 2013 federal tax return approaches, pressure is mounting for tax preparers.
Protest, march planned in Wells
The town of Wells is planning a march to the R&R Mercantile on U.S. Hwy. 69 from the former Dairy Queen to protest the Church of Wells.
The event is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
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