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Latexo ISD receives boost to its Health Science program

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The spelling of the device described in this story is correct. “Manikin” refers to a human body simulator used in healthcare demonstrations. It is not to be confused with “mannequins” that are used to model clothing.

Latexc ISD logoFrom Courier Staff

LATEXO – Latexo ISD recently received a new addition to its Health Science program: a $20K Laerdal patient simulator manikin. 

According to Health Science Teacher Krystal Patterson, the manakin provides an opportunity for students to practice interaction with a patient in a clinical setting.

 The manikin will be primarily utilized by the Practicum/Clinical and Health Science Theory classes, but it will also be available to other LISD medical classes. 

Students can check pulse rates, heartbeats, and blood pressure using the manikin. They can listen to the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Students will be taught how to take basic vital signs, which can be monitored on a computer screen, showing EKG rhythms and possible abnormalities. They will also learn how to identify emergency situations and provide life-saving assistance for someone in cardiac arrest. 

The manikin is interactive and can be programmed to exhibit “real-life” reactions. As students work their way through different “patient” scenarios, the manikin can speak or respond by crying, coughing, wailing, groaning, wheezing, or even going into respiratory distress. Laerdal manikins provide an excellent opportunity to build a solid foundation in the medical field for high school students.

Julie Redmon of Laerdal Medical spent two days at LISD training on the use of the manikin. 

“As they progress through the programs Latexo offers, students can practice skills to obtain a certification and begin working after graduation. I travel around the country teaching classes and see many simulation centers,” Redmon said. 

She added that Latexo ISD is “committed to providing a world-class opportunity for its students. It shows in the simulation center that they are developing. They are keeping up with the same standards as much larger schools. It was a pleasure to work with people who are so committed to their students and school.”

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Houston County residents among SHSU grads

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HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State University announced its list of graduates who received degrees at the conclusion of the fall 2021 semester.

Several Houston County residents were among the graduates of this class. They include:

From Crockett – Leyth Jaber, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice; Emma Johnston, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Nursing; Irene Ortiz, Master of Science, Criminal Justice; William Revels, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Cum Laude; Katrina Stephen, Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences and Jonathon Wolf, Bachelor of Science, Health Care Administration.

From Grapeland – Taylar Mullen, Bachelor of Science, Health Care Administration

From Kennard –  Daniel Cook, Bachelor of Business Admin, Banking & Financial Inst and Finance

From Lovelady – James Baker, Bachelor of Science, Biology; Tatyana Bryan, Bachelor of Science, Victim Studies

 Jamie Gross, Bachelor of Science, Education, Cum Laude and Rodjenea Strickland, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice.

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Kennard ISD honors retiring employee

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Kennard ISD HonorsBy Jan White
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KENNARD – A reception will be held at the Kennard ISD Cafeteria on Sunday, Jan. 9, from 2 -4 p.m., to honor Carolyn Harrison for her 43 years of service to the Kennard School District. 

Harrison retired as Administrative Assistant to Superintendent Lindsey Malinda on December 17, 2021, but her legacy at the Kennard School District started many years ago.

Carolyn Morgan was born in Houston on October 6, 1947, the only child of D.L. and Louise Morgan. When Carolyn was about a year old, the Morgans moved to the tiny community of Center Hill. She attended school in Kennard from first through twelfth grade, where, in 1966, she graduated as Valedictorian of her class. Carolyn continued her education at Massey Business College in Houston, aftward finding employment with Fenley & Fenley Law Firm in Lufkin, and later with Crockett attorneys Joe Griffith, J. B. Sallas and Gus Merriwether. 

On June 26, 1971, Carolyn married Jerry Harrison. Their first child, Jennifer, was born in October 1973, followed by Jeffrey in May 1976.  In 1979, Carolyn saw a job posted in the newspaper for the tax collector position at Kennard ISD. She applied for and accepted the job working with Roy English as a Tax Collector Clerk at Kennard ISD. The move fulfilled Carolyn’s desire to have the same time off as her children and also be closer to home. When Mrs. Jim Barclay retired as administrative assistant to the Superintendent, Carolyn stepped in to fill the position, which she’s maintained ever since. 

As the administrative assistant, Carolyn wore many hats – she was board secretary, produced vital reports, agendas, minutes, was overseer of Trustee elections, transportation reports, cafeteria reports, and personnel records. But most people will remember Carolyn as the face of the Administration office. Her many years of service and in-depth knowledge of policies and procedures provided continuity and made her the go-to person for answers on numerous topics. Always friendly, cheerfully greeting visitors, and helping direct them to where they needed to go, Carolyn is well known and loved by many.

Amy Gladden, a long-time friend, and colleague tells the story of Carolyn and her typewriter. “Mrs. Harrison was the last person in Kennard ISD to use an electric typewriter. She insisted on having one long after everyone else had transitioned to computers and printers. One of the hardest parts about leaving her job was that she would have to give up her treasured electric typewriter. She’d made up her mind to ask if she could have it, but the district beat her to the punch, gifting the typewriter to her upon her retirement. Now not only has Kennard ISD lost their beloved Mrs. Harrison, but they’ve also lost their last typewriter!” 

Family has always been an integral part of Carolyn’s life. Not only is she grandmother to Lauren Cyr and Clay Cyr, but she is the proud great-grandmother to the newest addition to the family. Lauren’s adorable daughter. Since her retirement, Carolyn has been able to spend more time with Rhylynn, who was born in July of 2021.

We at the Courier, along with family and friends, would like to offer our congratulations to Mrs. Carolyn Harrison on her retirement. We wish her the all best as she moves forward to enjoy this new chapter of her life.

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Community celebrates MLK Day

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MLK DayBy Jan White
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CROCKETT – On Monday, Jan. 17, citizens of Houston County will gather to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a parade around the courthouse and a celebration at Davy Crockett Park. 

“Unity in the Community” is the theme for what organizers hope will become an annual tradition. The parade will begin at First Baptist Church and make its way around the square to eventually conclude at Davy Crockett Park.   

Colonel Cedric G. Hill will serve as the parade’s grand marshal. A graduate of Prairie View A&M, Colonel Hill has served in the military since his commission from Prairie View in 1992. A highly decorated officer, Colonel Hill also has a Master’s Degree in Sociology and in Counseling & Guidance from Prairie View and a Master’s from the University of Houston Graduate School Of Social Work. While at the University of Houston, he was nominated by his peers and was awarded the Martin Luther King Social Justice Award. Colonel Hill, his wife Dionne, and two children, Tevin and Cedric Hill Jr., reside in Houston. 

High school bands, businesses, civic organizations, 4-H Clubs, churches, car clubs, and trail ride clubs are encouraged to participate in the parade. Applicants must pre-register before Jan. 13. The parade lineup will start at 8 a.m., with the procession beginning at 10 a.m.

Vendors are invited to set up tables and booths at Davy Crockett Park. For more information regarding the festivities, please call or text KJ at 936-300-2477.

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Walk Across Texas! underway in Houston County

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HOUSTON COUNTY – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Houston County is hosting yet another Walk Across Texas! program for the new year. 

The Walk Across Texas! program encourages people to develop a habit of regular physical activity. Teams and individuals walk — or run, dance, garden, swim or do any other form of exercise — for an eight‐week period. Each 20 minutes of exercise counts as one mile. At the end of that time each team’s or person’s total mileage is added up. A quick look at a map of Texas shows how far everybody would have gone if he or she had been walking in a straight line. 

“You can walk together, individually, outside, at a park, at a grocery store or at a gym — any way that fits your schedule and lifestyle,” said Tasha Brent, Family & Community Health Agent. “Keep track of your team’s miles to see if together you can go the equivalent of the 832 miles it would take to walk across Texas in eight weeks.” 

Brent said anyone can participate. 

“This new year we have 4 different challenges to help encourage teams in a friendly competition. Following great success from the past few years and keeping the momentum, we have a Battle of the Badges competition where police, fire, paramedics or any first responder agency can create teams and battle against other agencies to be featured at the top of the weekly leaderboard and claim the traveling trophy, currently being held by the Crockett Fire Department. Also, a Bank Battle where I have called out the area banking institutions to compete for the top of the leaderboard. This challenge is also carrying over from the previous years with a traveling trophy currently being held by Lovelady State Bank from 2020. Also, The Time of Your Life challenge is open for anyone in the community that does not fall in the other two challenge areas. Friends, family members, churches, businesses… any one you want to form a team with would join this challenge. 

There is no need to wait to begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Additionally, new this year is the Hometown Heroes league where healthcare workers can join with their teams to compete against other departments or offices in the county. 

Team Captains will register/login and create a team under their respective League. 

 League Codes are:

 Time of Your Life-


Hometown Heroes-


Bank Battle-


Battle of the Badges-


You may begin entering milage January 1, 2022. Registration is at www.howdyhealth.org. Choose Walk Across Texas! Adult. There are tutorials available on the website or anyone with questions about this online registration can contact Tasha Brent, Family and Community Health Agent with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at the Houston County Extension Office at 936-544-7502 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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