Yearly Archives: 2013


Carving Time

The age of retirement was several years away for Bob McCommas, a high school business teacher, when the desire to fulfill his creative talents began creeping in. Like many retirees, Bob knew he would like to travel, but that would not always be feasible. A trip to a local woodcarving store inspired Bob to […]


Twenty Seconds of Courage

RED OAK, TX —  Brian Caudell has found his niche in theater and acting, and he loves sharing it with others. “The biggest passion I have is theater,” he said. “It’s what I’ve done year after year.” Brian has lived in the Red Oak area for 11 years and graduated from Ferris High School […]


A Hoedown Christmas

MIDLOTHIAN, TX — Uh, oh. Santa is in trouble. His entire operation is busted, and he is now broke. If Santa has no money, then where will the supplies come from to make the toys and presents? If there are no toys or presents, then there will be no Christmas! Oh dear, who can help […]


A Mountain of Toys

MANSFIELD, TX — In December 2012, Flo Torres just wanted 2,000 toys for their Christmas Toys for Tots drive. With the organization adding an extra drop-off date to accommodate the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts, director Flo Torres wanted to ensure a big turnout, but she never anticipated this. “I kept saying, ‘I’m […]


Hidden Angels

BURLESON, TX — Sitting in a room with no windows — only computers, maps, video surveillance monitors and databases — Phil Lewis and nine other public safety communications specialists are angels waiting to help. Hired by the Burleson Police Department about five years ago, Phil loves being part of the police family and participating in […]


Christmas Angel Blessings

CORSICANA, TX — Church bells, school bells, bicycle bells — all evoke memories. Even seasonal bells, such as the ice cream truck in the summer or Christmas bells during the holidays, are special. Many people can also add to those sensory Christmas memories the annual ringing of Salvation Army bells by bell ringers who stand […]


That Hat Lady’s Secret

GRANBURY, TX — A great hostess needs to be good with names and make everyone feel welcome. Fran McPherson is a welcoming sight. Fran is a member of Senior Circle and Healthy Woman, where she is a strong volunteer and wears a smile as she welcomes people to the many activities held during the year. […]


Elves in Action

ENNIS, TX —  Some people are just born with it — that heartfelt desire to give back to those in need. Members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, a motorcycle club with a mission, are some of those people who see a need and work diligently all year long to make holiday dreams […]


November 28 – December 4, 2013

Cap off your Thanksgiving holiday with one of these events. November 29 Night of Lights Parade: 7:00 p.m., Historic Downtown District. Following the theme Christ, Mighty Savior – Walking in the Light, this year’s parade travels east on Pearl Street, goes around the Square and back down Bridge Street. For more information, call Historic Granbury Merchants Association, (817) 573-5299, or visit www.granburysquare.com. […]


In Desperate Need of Change

Heather Martinez found herself at a place in her life, some seven years ago, in serious need of change. “I had pretty much given up hope of ever changing. I mean, when you weigh 250 pounds, what’s another 25 pounds? And another. And another. I knew I was out of control, but I had […]