Her message is simple: “Don’t make the same mistake I made.”
Cedar Creek Lake resident Angie Evans has created a Facebook page for people who are dealing with their addictions. Her page is called “Surviving Addition.” Evans says she has received 600 likes in four weeks, 50 in one day.
Evans has a compelling story to tell about her own addiction and how she now has to live with decisions she made while addicted to methamphetamine.
“I smoked meth while I was pregnant, not once but three times,” she said. “My last born was two months premature weighing only three pounds. I went to jail three weeks later and was told that he would be adopted by my parents.”
She considers this the her rock bottom.
“I was saved by the grace of God. I surrendered myself to God and just prayed for help,” Evans said.
She found her religion while sitting in jail.
Evans, after accepting a plea bargain in court, spent nine months in Texarkana.
“It changed my whole life,” she said. “One day after my son turned one, I got to meet him for the first time. I live with the choices I made every day.” She is now part of her son’s life and is grateful every day.
Evans said she created the Facebook page, “Surviving Addiction,” to reach out to others in her situation. “My heart wants to help and in return it helps my heart,” she said.
Evans fought her demons and has been clean now for three years. “It’s not every day someone can complete rehab and come back to Cedar Creek Lake to succeed,” she said.
In addition to her Facebook page she is working on a Walk for those that lost their life to addiction or depression.
Surviving Addiction is be considered a 24-hour-per-day Narcotics Anony-mous group. Evans said the page is private and users must be accepted to have access. This was put in place because some individuals did not want their information seen by the public.
If you are interested in becoming a member of Surviving Addiction, you can find Angie Evans from Mabank on Facebook.
“They can know someone understands their life,” she said.
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County discusses appointments
The Henderson County Commissioners discussed the appointment of three members to the Regional Fair Park Board at their Tuesday meeting.
Judge Richard Sanders said three positions were expiring on the park board. The positions are currently being held by Bob Myers, Ken Hayes and Martin Davis. Sanders said Bob Myers of Precinct 4 was the only board member who showed an interest in remaining on the Fair Park Board.
Hazardous materials response
The Athens City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Henderson County for hazardous materials response.
Now that the city has approved the document, it will go to the Henderson County Commissioners Court to be approved and signed.
More than 50 people were at the Cain Center on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the crowning of Athens' own Sharon McCauley as Miss Texas.
The event was attended by dignitaries such as City Administrator Pam Burton, Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught, Miss Texas Pageant historian Randy Pruett and Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders. Many of McCauley's family members also were on-hand for the celebration.
Primary filing complete
Filing for the March 2014 primary elections ended Monday for several key positions across Henderson County.
A total of 25 Republicans filed for a county position, while four Democrats filed.
BISD, county at odds
A verbal agreement between Brownsboro Independent School District and the Henderson County Tax Assessor/Collector's office led to an intense meeting Monday.
Representing Milburn Chaney, county employee Cindy Edwards addressed the school board Monday during its regularly-scheduled monthly meeting regarding the change in tax collection.
Magical time of year
Despite temperatures below freezing, parades were held in Athens and Gun Barrel City Saturday night. Above, Santa Claus made his annual appearance in the Athens parade around the county courthouse square. Hundreds of people braved the cool weather to enjoy the parade and after-parade party.
Henderson County TEA party forming
A public meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 16 primarily for the purpose of forming an active TEA Party/Grassroots group in Henderson County.
Benefit scheduled for Jan Aaron
Jan is the wife of George Aaron, owner of Elite Tax Service and Pea Pickers Produce in Athens.
Prescribed burn planned for Purtis Creek State Park
Park Superintendent Mendy Davis announced the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff plans to conduct a prescribed burn at Purtis Creek State Park sometime during the months of January - April.
Obstacles removed, DA approves
Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee believes a new law designed to remove obstacles to accessing evidence can help prevent abuses such as the ones that sent Michael Morton to prison for 25 years for a crime he didn’t commit.
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