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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Wet and wild
A line of severe thunderstorms roared throughout Henderson County on Tuesday afternoon, dropping significant rainfall and taking down trees and power lines.
The storm produced heavy rains in Athens, where the National Weather Service reports 2.16 inches fell. Residents in the county were seeing three or more inches in their rain gauges.
A Henderson County jury delivered a strong message to a 37-year-old Kemp man in the sentencing phase of a child sexual-abuse trial on Tuesday.
The jury, in Judge Mark Calhoon’s 3rd District Court, handed Danny Ray Lusk four life sentences and one 20-year sentence, the maximum jail time on each count.
Going to ‘WAR’
A program termed “We Are Responsible” was generated this year at South Athens Elementary School by its principal, Eugene Buford.
At first reading, the slogan appears to be for the school’s students. But, after looking at the slogan and noting that the abbreviation is WAR, Buford says the slogan is for educators.
A need that’s very easy to see
The Greater Athens Lions Club is asking for used eyeglasses, lenses, glass cases and hearing aids for the annual Lions Club White Cane Day this Saturday.
Too close to home
It was the kind of moment any parent would dread.
Give it to Jody!
The 50th annual Henderson County Farm and Ranch Tour concluded Tuesday with a luncheon on the floor of the Henderson County Fair Park Complex arena and the naming presentation of the Joe B. Fulgham Agriculturist of the Year.
The 25th recipient of the award was Jody Jackson of Murchison, whose farming and ranching operations started with a few cattle and some chickens then grew to one of the county’s most varied operations.
County votes to sell old annex building
Henderson County officials on Tuesday narrowly approved contracting with an Athens realtor to list the old Courthouse Annex building for sale.
Steve Grant Real Estate was chosen to sell the property by a 3-to-2 vote. Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronny Lawrence and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin cast the dissenting votes.
Burk to serve as next ACA administrator
Athens Christian Academy (Kindergarten through 6th grade) is pleased to announce Dale Burk as the new administrator beginning July 2013.
Bullying just got tougher
To reduce the prevalence of school age bullying the Athens Independent School District has added a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts, allowing individuals to quickly, easily and anonymously report urgent information that they may otherwise be uncomfortable revealing.
The Athens Odd Fellow Lodge No. 961 and Athens Rebekah Lodge No. 23 has seven students who are receiving a $500 scholarship to Trinity Valley Community College for this year.
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