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Gregg County awards $20K in tobacco grants

From Staff Reports
May 14, 2012 at 11 p.m.


Gregg County commissioners on Monday distributed $20,000 to six local social service groups that were among 13 entities asking for some $110,000 from the county's share of the 1999 state tobacco settlement.

Distributions come from interest on the $2.3 million local permanent fund. A letter from County Health Authority Dr. Lewis Browne asks County Judge Bill Stoudt to consider upping the distribution next year to $100,000, an amount the county formerly has awarded.

Entities OK'd for funds this year were as follows:

<ul> <li>Alpine Compassion Clinic, $4,000, for continuation and expansion of a medical and dental program for people who cannot afford care;</li> <li>Caring and Sharing, $4,000, for hygiene supplies and information for people in indigence on the dangers of tobacco use;</li> <li>Helping Hands of Kilgore, $4,000, to prevent water disconnection of clients and provide prescription assistance, diabetic and other medical supplies;</li> <li>Longview Community Ministries, $3,000, funding for emergency prescriptions and medical equipment for low-income clients;</li> <li>Longview Noonday Lion's Club Charities, $2,000 for eye exams and eyeglasses for Gregg County residents who cannot afford them;</li> <li>Newgate Methodist Mission, $3,000 for prescription and medicine assistance for low-income people.</li> </ul>

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