During his younger years when acting was his first love, Officer Ray Hall, loaded with charm and charisma, dreamed of the day he would be a movie star. But, the Hollywood dream became a vapor as life landed him homeless in his car time and time again. Ray can hardly […]

A Public Servant

Royann Farmer retired from Ennis ISD at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, after 25 years of consecutive service. Her career in the field of education began at Travis Elementary in the special education department. After three years there, she moved to Bowie Elementary, but her time at Bowie […]

A Well-known Voice

Each of the bright, young men stepped up to the microphone and thanked the audience, which included their parents and the American Legion members who sponsor Boys State, for the opportunity that had been afforded them. They came as individuals to their part of a program that began in Springfield, […]

Love of Country

In this day and age of high-tech gadgetry, it’s refreshing to find three siblings whose imaginations go beyond the “right here and now.” Caroline, Jessica and Isaac Cross are fine examples of imagination at its very best. Add to this a great love for anything living and you have three, […]

The Cross Imagination

The American cowboy portrays an image of honesty, hard work and integrity. The cowboy takes care of his own and is proud of his western heritage. Through television and radio programs, poems and music, Red Steagall strives to ensure western heritage isn’t lost. Red lives by the values of the […]

One of the Boys

Most everyone has heard the references to Mutt and Jeff, Pete and Repete and Frick and Frack. Well, this is a story of Laura Villarreal and Tina Cobb, two tireless Waxahachie ISD volunteers, who are lovingly referred to by Cathie Robertson, the school’s athletic secretary, as Joice and Rejoice. “Simply […]


As a youngster, Tameji Berry enjoyed spending time with friends and keeping up with the latest fashion trends. She was an only child in a single-parent household, but she was blessed with a mother who had high hopes and dreams for her daughter. Tameji now lives in a beautiful neighborhood […]

Seeing Beyond Circumstances

When one walks into Brent Palmer’s home, it becomes very obvious what has captured his interest. Sitting in the middle of a room planned to resemble a tastefully designed pool hall is a pool table. During one of his sessions at his pool table, Brent confidently ran a table of […]

Cueing In

Mike has seen so many changes in the department since hiring on. “The fire pole was gone before I got here, and Martin Luther King Boulevard had yet to be named. The pavement stopped at the fire station’s parking lot driveway and continued to the Interstate service road,” he explained. […]

Stop, Drop and Roll

When it comes to her art, Star Marie Holdway touches the sky. This brilliant young artist is talented, driven, courageous, curious and, at just 13 years old, often wiser than her years. For her, life is not only about color and vision, technique and perspective or recognition and rewards. “I […]

Artistic Brilliance