Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 8, 2013

BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL: New faces, employees gain seniority, an interesting scholarship, a ribbon cutting and - YEP! - still looking for the best cup of coffee in Jacksonville

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Officials with Jacksonville's Angelina House, — a senior living community by Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. — have announced the recent hire of Dustin McCune, a 32-year-old town native, as its new residence director.

McCune was “born and raised” in Jacksonville and has 10 years of experience in operations. But he is new to the health care field, officials said.

The new residence director  indicated he is looking forward to the challenges of the job and getting to know the members of the community.

Those challenges include overall management of Angelina House — located near the intersection of O'Keefe Road and Philip Street — and the “quality support” of residents, according to a news release.

(The emphasis of the house is to promote independence and individuality to seniors.)

McCune's duties also include responsibility for establishing relationships with his residents, with family members, and also with community organizations.

His will be the task of ensuring the house is in compliance with local and state policies, and maintaining the residence's budget.  Also, he will facilitate unspecified operational duties.

McCune, has a 12-year-old son Grayson, according to the release.

Questions? Comments. Contact McCune at 903-589-1105 or email DMcCune@alcco.com.


It would appear that it is time for congratulations. Some employees of local call center Stream Global Services, celebrated their employment anniversary during the first quarter, according to a news release.

Stream Global, located at 1020 Willowcreek in Jacksonville, celebrates employee anniversaries with cake and certificates of appreciation.

• Those celebrating four years are:  Orren Drath, Estrellita Galan, and Vicki Otero.

• The employees who recently celebrated three years of employment are: Jordan Akin, Erica Barboza, Jennifer Estrada, Siria Estrada, Shayla Franklin, Maria Gonzales, Cherie Jiles,   Maria Morales, Heather Savage, Ana Sotelo, Adriana Tavera and Cesar Valenciana.

• The employees celebrating two years seniority are: Kristopher Cauley, Jessica Morris and Lori Sellers.

• And the large group of employees celebrating one year of service with Stream include: Christy Alvarez, Chanda Anderson, Brandy Bell, Taesia Clayborn, Gabriella Fellbaum, Mitchalin Ford, Amy Garland, Alex Good, Darnell Harris, Brian Hester, Brittany Hinton, Jasmine Jones, Herbert Kimbrell, Athena Kleisner, Terri Lawson, Nallely Leon, Cindy Morris, Juan Ornelas, Moises Salgado, Katelyn Whiteley and Quinton Womack.  

Again, congratulations!


Students are definitely the successful businesspeople of tomorrow. So let's have them explain the national debt to us. This recession-revaged reporter certainly could use a lesson or two.

“The National Debt” is this year's Cherokee County Republican Club's 2013 Memorial Scholarship topic. At least one $500 scholarship will be awarded to the winning, college-bound, 2013 high school graduate. Essays are due by 6 p.m. April 22.

Don't bother sending letters of recommendation or any school transcripts. This year's essay will be awarded on the quality of the writing alone. It should be three hundred words max — or two 8 and a half by 11 pages. Sources can be cited on a third page.

The national debt topic was selected by the CCRC Scholarship Committee. And if the recession has touched your lives in a any way, shape, manner or form, the National Debt — aside from immediate survival —  will be something that has crossed your mind once or twice.

So, students, riddle me this: “Is government debt important to you and your generation?” That's your official question.

For reference material, students are authorized to draw on the United States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of Texas, and both the 2012 platform  of the National Republican Party and the Republican Party of Texas."

To inquire further, email cherokrepublican@myinu.net or call 936-858-3801.

Good day. And … GOOD LUCK!


Tuesday saw members of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce holding a ribbon cutting for Primerica Financial Services.

Perry De Leeuw, the Regional Vice President with Primerica, Inc.  expanded his office and moved to this new location at 1648 South Jackson St.

It should be noted that Primerica considers itself the largest independent financial services marketing company in North America.

“Our goal is to help ordinary families prepare and execute sound financial decisions for their future,”  De Leeuw said in a chamber news release. “We have already shown many local families how to do just that, and with our expansion we are prepared to grow locally by providing people with sound financial products, as well as a great business opportunity as a Primerica Representative.”  

To inquire about Primerica, contact Perry De Leeuw at 903-721-2793.


We're still looking for the best cup of coffee in town. Would anyone else care to to evaluate the city coffee supply before the Jacksonville Daily Progress does its own survey and pronounces a winner?

 Here's a judge update: Jacksonville Joe's is wayyyy in the lead. And remember, the coffee must be hot, tasty, and filled with caffeine.