Grayson County Rotary Club
Grayson County Rotary Club
Judge Rim Nall gave an update on the county’s drug court at the recent Grayson County Rotary Club meeting.
The court began in 2005 with a goal of helping people to return to being good, productive citizens. The mission of the court is the integration of substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, intensive probation, educational programs, employment and judicial oversight to promote public safety and individual responsibility. In some cases, people going through the program have been using drugs since early childhood.
Nall explained that the selection of persons to go through the drug court program is very stringent. Among those not accepted into the program are people who are: casual drug users; are on parole or off probation in another county or state; have an undisposed criminal case; have been convicted of murder of child sexual abuse; or going through another drug court program. Those accepted into the program are required to see the judge every two weeks, as well as seeing their probation officer. People doing well in the program are rewarded and those who aren’t are punished by possibly increasing drug testing, doing community service work, reporting more often to their probation officer or maybe jail time. It was noted that 95 percent of those in the court started out with marijuana. Nall added that THC, the ingredient in marijuana that enables the user to "get high" is five times more potent in today’s marijuana than it was in the 1960s.
The judge reported that 75 percent of all drug court graduates nationwide remain arrest free at least two years after completing the program. Drug courts reduce crime by as much as 45 percent and are six times more likely to keep offenders in treatment to get better. For every dollar spent on a drug court, taxpayers save $3.36 in criminal justice costs. Grayson county’s STAR recovery has a 70 percent success rate. Of the 177 people who have entered the program, 122 have graduated. Of the 122, 101 remained arrest-free for at least two years after completing the program.
To share information with or learn more about the Grayson Count Rotary Club, call Terry Everett at 903-814-0292 or go to www.graysonrotary.org. The club meets at 6:50 a.m. every Wednesday at Fulbelli’s Restaurant in downtown Sherman.
Sherman Ex-Students Association
The Sherman Ex-Students Association board of directors held its monthly meeting Monday at the Sherman Ex-Students museum/office.
Outgoing president, Jan Bateman, presented Mack Snider with a certificate of appreciation for the four years he has served as treasurer for the organization. New officers leading the group are: Nancy Spiller, president; Jane Batemen, vice president and awards luncheon chairwoman; Gail Grigg, secretary; and Sandra Carter, treasurer. Betsy Anderson was introduced as a new board member and Jimmy Jack Beale was elected as a new board member. Other board members are Steve Gentry, Margaret Kloppers (publicity chairwoman), Kathy Meador (membership chairwoman), Randy Atkinson, Sandra Carter, Mignon Plyler, and Dana Condron (scholarship chairwoman). Betty Roberts, museum director, serves as ex-officio board member.
Membership into the association is open to any student that enrolled in Sherman schools. Associate memberships are also available to faculty and family members. The group’s museum and office is located at 2701 Loy Lake in Sherman. Museum hours are noon until 3 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday. The museum can also be opened at other times by calling 903-891-6737 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dorchester Women’s Club
DORCHESTER — Halloween was the theme of the Oct. 8 meeting of the Dorchester Women’s Club. Hostesses were Jackie Bartlett and Margie Noel.
President Barbara Welch led in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. She welcomed the group with a quote from Ruth E. Renkel, "Somehow, the poorest man leaves his children the richeest inheritance." The meeting’s parting thought was from Matthew Barrie, "The life of every man is a diary in which he means to wrote one story and writes another."
The day’s program consisted of members telling family stories or describing an item of significance. Rural life more than 65 years ago, a special Pinocchio, relatives, canning and the lack of vandalism were among topics discussed.
During the business meeting, minutes were approved and the treasurer’s report given.
October birthday celebrants were Pauldeane Lilly, Sue Reeves and Margie Wester. Cathye Ballou won the door prize provided by Carol Groner.
The next meeting will be a potluck luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Dorchester Baptist Church. Area women are welcome to attend.