Local Events

Lake Whitney Senior Center open Tuesdays
Lake Whitney Senior Center is open every Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The center provides coffee, water and individually-wrapped snacks. Face coverings and social distance is required.
Activities include crafts, chair yoga, games and fellowship.
The center is located at 503 North Colorado Street in Whitney.
For more information, call 254-332-0041.

Dr. Rao Ali, interventional pain
physician, opens Hillsboro office
One of the most devastating consequences of life can be excruciating pain. One expects pain from an injury or an illness or operation. One also expects that the pain will eventually end.
But what if it doesn’t and you are stuck in an endless cycle of pain that permeates your whole being?
There are a lot of misconceptions about pain. One of the worst is that “an old person just has to live with it” or that “there is some pain that just can’t be eased.” In fact, this is not true.
Hill Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Interventional Pain Physician, Rao Ali, MD, of Premier Pain Centers. Dr. Ali has been practicing medicine since 2000 and is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Interventional Pain Management. Additionally, he is also dual fellowship trained with an interventional spine fellowship at Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Arlington, Virginia, and completed a pain medicine fellowship at the world renowned University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
He has vast experience in managing complex pain conditions and has performed over 30,000 procedures. He is well known for using cutting edge technology to treat spinal and skeletal pain. He has presented his research at numerous national and international medical conferences, and his work appears in leading medical journals.
He is a member of several professional medical associations and continues learning new technologies for pain management. Because of his outstanding reputation and work, he was named one of America’s Best Physicians in 2018 by the National Consumer Advisory Board.
“Chronic pain can be so debilitating that it affects every part of a person’s life,” says Dr. Ali. “I offer top quality pain management using some of the least invasive, yet most effective pain procedures available. The focus is on increasing your quality of life and improving function so you can start enjoying life again.”
His practice uses top cutting edge technology to perform procedures to decrease pain, as well as other non-surgical therapies to ease pain. His areas of special interest are spinal cord stimulation, minimally invasive discectomy, radio frequency ablation, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.
He currently sees patients in Hillsboro on the first and third Mondays at the Medical Office Building, 1323 E. Franklin Street, Ste. 102, on the Hill Regional campus. If you need additional information and want to make an appointment, call 469-562-4188.
“What better way to begin the New Year than to be pain free,” said Dr. Ali.

COVID-19 test site moved to new location
The regional COVID-19 testing center in Hill County has been moved from the Hill County Fairgrounds to a new location for the month of January.
The testing center opened at the Hill County Courthouse John Erwin Annex on Monday, January 4, at 8 a.m. as a drive-through or walk-up testing site. The annex is located at 200 East Franklin Street in Hillsboro.
The site will operate from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. seven days a week.
The center will be moved back to the Hill County Fairgrounds the first week of February.
Anyone, no matter where they live, can be tested for free without an appointment at the center.
The site will offer oral COVID-19 testing with results expected in 48-96 hours. Those being tested should avoid eating or drinking for 15 minutes prior to being tested.
Anyone who tests positive will receive a medical consultation from a provider.

Massage therapy program
to be offered at Hill College
The Hill College massage therapy program is now enrolling for Spring 2021.
Licensed massage therapy instructor Adrina Carter, who brings over 10 years of experience, will be the program instructor. Carter has studied anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of massage therapy, hydrotherapy, kinesiology, and much more.
She has gained valuable experience through various massage therapy positions, including her work with chiropractors, physical therapists, nurse practitioners and spas. She became a massage therapist to help others understand how to deal with muscle tension and to live a better, healthier life.
“I look forward to meeting new students and diving into the new and exciting massage therapy curriculum,” said Carter.
Her skills include myofascial release, therapeutic massage, stretching modalities, prenatal and trigger point therapy. Carter currently works at Exhale Spa at the Hyatt Hotel, a high-end spa in Dallas.
Massage Therapy is a 520-hour course, offered from January 25 through June 9, 2021. Program cost is $3,053, including clinical hours, for a total of 52 CEUs earned upon completion. Financial assistance through the Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG), up to $1,221, is available to those who qualify.
Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cleburne. Students must register for all courses listed in the program and pay for classes at registration time. CPR for Healthcare Providers is required. Visit http://www.hillcollege.edu/ce for full registration requirements.
Hill College is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and this course makes up the required curriculum for the basic certificate in massage therapy.
The massage therapy curriculum is regulated by Texas Occupations Code 455, administrated by the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations.
For more information, contact the Continuing Education Department via email at ceinfo@hillcollege.edu, or by phone at 817-760-5820.

Lakeside VFD Ladies Auxiliary
to serve breakfast January 16
The Lakeside Village Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will kick off the new year with a breakfast and bake sale Saturday, January 16.
The ladies will serve a breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits, gravy and pancakes, along with coffee, milk and orange juice from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Takeout will be available for all items. As with all of the organization’s breakfasts, payment is by donation only.
Along with the breakfast, the ladies will hold a bake sale of all homemade items. Breads, cakes, cookies, pies and other items will be available for purchase.
“As with all of our fundraisers, we will serve for eat in and for takeout, and the ladies will observe the mask and safe distancing rules. We have also attempted to sterilize all surfaces as much as possible and will continue to do so,” said Ladies Auxiliary President Vicki Johnson.
“We hope to provide our community with a safe way to get out and enjoy a meal while helping our VFD to keep operating and keep the Fire Hall/Community Center open and safe,” she added.
Johnson also said that the Ladies Auxiliary will be meeting Tuesday, January 12, at 10 a.m. to set the rest of the schedule for the coming year. Anyone interested in joining the Ladies Auxiliary is invited to attend the January meeting at the Fire Hall on that day.
“We know we’ll be having a brisket dinner on February 13th, compliments of Amy and David Webb, Rex Broome’s daughter and son-in-law, so we hope everyone will go ahead and mark their calendars for that date when they note the Breakfast/Bake Sale on January 16,” she added.
The Fire Hall/Community Center is located at 136 CR 1275, just east of FM 927 and Hwy 56 North, right next to the water tower.
For more information about the breakfast or the Ladies Auxiliary, call Jackie at 254-775-4425.

Church hosts
12-step recovery
program weekly
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program that meets every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Hillsboro.
Organizers say that the program is for anyone with “hurts that haunt our hearts, hang ups that cause us pain and habits that mess up our lives and that we just cannot seem to control.”
The recovery system combines the dynamics of small groups, sponsors and accountability partners to build recovery for those struggling with addictive habits, codependency, childhood hurts, grief, divorce, anger, anxiety or other life experiences and failures that affect peace.
Also offered on the same night and time is Celebration Place, a tried and proven system of healing that helps children struggling with hurt from childhood experiences. It provides a safe environment for children to discover their own pathway to healing.
Children will embark on a journey of songs, games, videos, impactful experiences, friendships and conversations about Jesus.
The church is located at 1100 Old Bynum Road in Hillsboro.

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