Podcast: Scam hits seniors; guest attorney Jeff Weinstein

A new Better Business Bureau report says that sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes bilked at least $117 million from people in 2017.

The report found that seniors are the most frequent targets and suffer the largest losses by far in these scams. They are targeted through direct mail, cold calling, social media, text messages and smartphone pop-ups.

After learning of the report, attorney Jeff Weinstein renewed his vow to help people avoid being victims of these scams.

“Please run these opportunities by me before you send the money,” Weinstein said. “It’s almost impossible to ever get any of this money back. Once you send it, it’s gone. We don’t charge anything for a call to find out whether these requests are legitimate or not.”

Call Weinstein Law at 903-677-5333.

Read the Weinstein Law blog post here.

Have a manageable vegetable garden

By Lydia Holley/Special to HCN

Henderson County Master Gardener Association Intern Susan Skommesa will present “Square Foot Gardening” on Tuesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m., Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 S. Prairieville, Athens.

If you grow vegetables, you may already know the benefits. Most people grow their own vegetables for the taste. Even scientists agree homegrown vegetables taste better. According to a study done by Kew Gardens, there are certain chemicals in vegetables that impart a pleasing flavor, and homegrown vegetables have a much higher concentration of these chemicals than those commercially farmed and purchased from a store.

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Christmas tree silent auction benefits local charities

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCNow

Prosperity Bank in Athens has added a silent auction to this year’s Christmas charity efforts.

The bank has five decorated Christmas trees in its lobby and visitors can bid on each tree, each of which has been designated for a particular charity.

“We have such a great community of customers and residents. It is a way for us to have some fun and give back at the same time,” said Prosperity Bank’s Lynda Vance.

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MOPS group invites mothers to socialize

Press release

Sit back, relax and enjoy time together – childcare provided.

That’s the message a new group, Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS), is sending to women looking to connect with other moms in a relaxed, comfortable setting. MOPS meets from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at First Presbyterian Church Athens, 405 E. Corsicana St. Childcare and dinner are provided.

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Community rallies around 12-year-old’s battle with cancer

South Athens Elementary third-grade teacher Brandi Spencer is shown with her 12-year-old stepdaughter, Maggie Sue Spencer, and 2-year-old daughter Kazelee Spencer. South Athens has been holding “Maggie Sue Mondays," in which teachers and many students dress in orange to show support for Maggie Sue, a Kaufman Junior High student battling leukemia. (Courtesy photo)
South Athens Elementary third-grade teacher Brandi Spencer is shown with her 12-year-old stepdaughter, Maggie Sue Spencer, and 2-year-old daughter Kazelee Spencer. South Athens has been holding “Maggie Sue Mondays,” in which teachers and many students dress in orange to show support for Maggie Sue, a Kaufman Junior High student battling leukemia. (Courtesy photo)

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Specialist

Maggie Sue Spencer doesn’t live in Athens or go to school here. But the first day of every week at South Athens Elementary has been designated “Maggie Sue Monday.”

“Most people here don’t know Maggie, but they know she’s my family and they love her because they love me. That’s huge,” said Brandi Spencer.

Spencer teaches third grade at South Athens Elementary. She met Maggie Sue — now a seventh grader at Kaufman Junior High — when the youngster had just turned 4. Not long after, she became Maggie Sue’s stepmom. Spencer describes Maggie Sue as a peacemaker and an outgoing, bubbly cowgirl. “She always seems to have a smile on her face, even now.”

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