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New assisted living facility should have residents by the end of the month

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061622 new assisted living facilityThe new 24-bed facility should receive its license by the end of the month.

By Emily Banks Wooten
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Heidi Barnes, residence manager of Country Place Senior Living of Livingston located at 1860 N. Washington Ave., presented a program on the new assisted living facility to the Rotary Club of Livingston recently.

Barnes informed the Rotarians that the state was there June 6-8 and that the new 24-bed facility should receive its license by the end of the month.

“I’m way, way ready to have my residents come in,” she said, adding that 17 are already signed up.

Explaining the difference between assisted living and skilled facility, Barnes said skilled facility residents have 24-hour care, IVs, feeding tubes and would care, whereas assisted living provides 24-hour care and meds for residents, but that every person has their own apartment, or suite, with bath, and a kitchenette with microwave and fridge.

“When our residents move in, this is their home. They can come and go as they please. Some still drive. The benefit to assisted living is that we give our residents all the independence that they want and need. This is a new experience for some,” Barnes said.

“Country Place is very homey, it’s inviting. One of the most important things is socialization. Our facility offers five or six activities per day.Country Place has a full-time activity director. We can take them to Walmart shopping and to doctor’s appointments locally. We have a lot of fun. We’re always looking for volunteers. We have a grand piano. We play bingo. It’s all about finding ways to connect with them,” she said.

“All of our Country Places are identical. We only go to rural communities,” Barnes said, adding that there are eight in Alabama and that Livingston is the fifth in Texas.

“There are government benefits for veterans. If you were active in World War II, Korea, Vietnam or the Persian Gulf you get benefits or if your spouse was in any of those, you get benefits. Married veterans get money too,” Barnes said. “This will probably be their last home. We are allowed to have them age in place. It gives a lot of comfort to the adult children in the family.

“Typically, our rooms range from $3,155 to $4,195. It costs about half the price of a skilled facility. We’re private-paid. We do take long-termhealth care insurance. I can’t push the VA benefits enough,” Barnes said, adding that as of now, they don’t take Medicaid.

“Residents may bring their own furniture and hang things on the walls, wall treatments, window treatments. And we are pet-friendly,” she said.
Barnes said the company owns additional land adjacent to the facility and that moving forward, they’re going to open a memory care facility. “They think of everything. If their dementia gets too bad, they can just move next door,” she said.

Barnes said Country Place also offers respite care for a week at a time in the event a caregiver is going on vacation or is burned out and just needs a break.

“I have a very supportive team,” she said.

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Local students receive degrees

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From Enterprise Staff

The following area students received degrees during the 2022 Spring semester at Sam Houston State University.

From Corrigan: Audrianna Cuevas, bachelor of science in criminal justice; Jessica Hampton, bachelor of science in education; Makenna Hughes, bachelor of science in nursing, cum laude; and Colton Lovell, bachelor of science in criminal justice.

From Livingston: Javier Casas, bachelor of science in health care administration; Teressa Estes, bachelor of business administration in accounting, magna cum laude; Jada Henderson, bachelor of science in sociology, cum laude; Lauren Lewis, bachelor of science in psychology; Rachael Presley, bachelor of business administration in accounting, summa cum laude; Ryan Rice, bachelor of science in psychology; Ethan Smith, bachelor of business administration in general business; and Jammie Trujillo-Cotton, bachelor of science in nursing, cum laude.

From Onalaska: Samuel Fuqua, bachelor of business administration in marketing; Patrick Hyland, bachelor of science in computing science, summa cum laude; and Jordan Jessup, bachelor of science in criminal justice, summa cum laude.

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Local achieves perfect 4.0

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From Enterprise Staff

Jude Steeber of Livingston, a mechanical engineering major at LeTourneau University in Longview, was named to the Spring 2022 President’s List for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester.

LeTourneau University President Dr. Steven D. Mason said being named to the President’s List is, indeed, a significant achievement and honor.

“As the comprehensive Christian polytechnic institution in the country, LeTourneau University attracts students who are among our nation’s best,” Mason said. “I’m especially impressed with these honor roll students, and I expect them to have a significant impact on our future.”

LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs online and at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, located 120 miles east of Dallas, and 60 miles west of Shreveport.

Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.

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Local receives scholarship

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From Enterprise Staff

Jaycee Graham, a recent graduate of Onalaska Junior Senior High School, is one of 493 students receiving a scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s educational program.

These scholarships are part of the rodeo’s $14.1 million in scholarships and total annual commitment of more than $22 million in educational funding and are awarded to students across the state of Texas.

“Our mission of promoting agriculture while supporting Texas youth and education is at the core of everything we do at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” President and CEO Chris Boleman said. “We are proud of what these scholars have accomplished, and it is thanks to the generosity of our donors that we can support these students as they continue their educational journey.”

The 493 recipients represent the majority of the rodeo’s scholarship programs, including Area Go Texan, Exhibitor, Hildebrand Family, Houston Area, Military and School Art scholarships. Each student received $20,000 to apply toward a four-year undergraduate degree, for a total scholarship commitment of nearly $10 million.

Of the scholarship recipients, 68% are female and 32% are male. Thirty-five percent of the scholars are the first in their family to graduate high school and nearly half will be the first in their family to attend college. These scholars will attend 42 different Texas colleges and universities, and the top three schools these students will be attending are Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin and University of Houston. These students have chosen 110 different fields of study, with the top chosen majors being biology, psychology and mechanical engineering.

Additional information about the rodeo’s continued educational commitment can be found at rodeohouston.com. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the rodeo has committed more than $550 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2023 rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28-March 19. The 2023 World’s Championship Barbecue Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, is scheduled for Feb. 23-25. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #rodeohouston online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest.

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All-day cookoff, party planned

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Event to kick off Polk County Youth Rodeo

From Enterprise Staff

The 2nd annual Rodeo Kickoff, Cookoff and Barn Party, an all-day festival to raise funds for the Polk County Youth Rodeo Association located at 101 Fair St., will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Barney Wiggins Memorial Fairgrounds Arena. An arena style concert is slated for 5 p.m.

“We raised a little over $5,000 last year. We would love to raise more this year. It would mean a lot to the youth,” Tim Martin, event organizer, said.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 11-17 and free for children 10 and under. There will be a variety of activities for the children, entertainment all day and over 50 vendors. To obtain a vendor slot, contact Patty at 281-216-3099.

The barbecue cookoff will be sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society and there will be a 60% payout based on the number of entries. For entry forms, contact Tim at 936-425-0474.

All proceeds will go to the Polk County Youth Rodeo Association. This year’s Polk County Youth Rodeo is slated for July 6-9.

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