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

Young and old alike have delighted in sitting lakeside or out on the waves, casting their lines in hopes of hooking the fish that will become the subject of retold tales. The big catch is always in the back of a fisherman’s mind as he or she waits patiently for […]

Thrill of the Catch

Becca Prohaska is a hometown girl who grew up in Waxahachie and attended Ovilla Christian School. She loved high school athletics and was a solid athlete competing in many sports, but volleyball held a special place in her heart. She worked hard to elevate her game but never felt as […]

Building Character

In the spring of 2008, Crystal Fisher got a phone call no young wife wants to receive. A family friend said, “Brian fell on his head. I’m not sure if he’s gonna make it.” Brian, who was working in Kansas at a power plant at the time, had fallen 50-60 […]

Following a Fall

In the early morning hours before school on September 24, 2014, with some of the students still reconciling their bodies to being awake, a small team stood alert, excited and eager for the day to begin. Three nine-year-old Mt. Peak Elementary School students, Brylee Stewart, Sloan Short and Jeremiah Cuellar […]

One Pole, Many Prayers