Palestine Magazine January 2019 - Page 44

Charles Dwight Carter Expanding youthful horizons Through Texas Youth Advocates, Charles Dwight Carter has empow- ered local children with sports and education for more than a decade. TYA serves local young people, 14-18 years of age. Carter joined the non-profit in 2010 and became its CEO in 2017. “I want children to know there’s more out there than just their com- munity,” Carter told the Herald-Press. “We want to show them they can accomplish anything, if they work hard enough.” TYA’s ‘Sixers Basketball’ program, for example, takes local kids to big- ger cities to shoot hoops and experience life beyond Palestine. Carter and his crew have traveled to Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Shreveport, Louisiana, to play and learn. Carter doesn’t think of himself as an influential person, but he’s happy the community recognizes the work of Texas Youth Advocates. “It feels like we are making a difference,” he said. “That’s the goal.” Christie Scroggins Serving Palestine in many ways An area realtor since she was 25, Christie Scroggins is a familiar face around Palestine. Last year, she was named Anderson County Realtor of the Year by her peers. It’s a nice honor, but Scroggins is accomplishing a lot outside work, as well. She volunteers with Palestine Police Department’s Blue Santa program, Operation Read, the Luke Strong Foundation, the Bureau of Animal Regu- lations and Care (BARC), and the Jaquelyn Sky Foundation. She also served on the board of the East Texas Cultural Museum. “I find the time for these endeavors, because [at work] I have the best team in the entire region,” Scroggins told the Herald-Press. “There’s no way we could have succeeded without the 12 outstanding people on the team.” The ninth generation of her family to be born and bred in Palestine, Scroggins said she is grateful and humbled to be considered an influen- tial force in the city. “I truly appreciate it,” she said. “I look forward to being able to con- tinue to help out people of this community, in whatever way I can.”