Yearly Archives: 2014

Toy Time

BURLESON, TX — Will and Mary Smith love to play, whether with trains or words or both. This couple’s hobby — railroading — allows them to bounce their ideas off others who visit and enjoy their trains. They play with trains together, just as they do with words. With Will’s help, Mary has written a […]

Ms. Mac’s Yuletide Tales

CORSICANA, TX — Corsicana High School became an even better place for senior Kayza Mallet and junior Irvin Horn last year when “Ms. Mac,” otherwise known as Gloria McLuckie, became the school’s theater director/teacher. Now in her second year at CHS, Ms. Mac, who is also director of fine arts for CISD, is still bringing […]

Jubilate Sounds

MANSFIELD, TX —  Even though Gail Baker is a retired teacher, she is far from finished teaching. Most Tuesday nights, you’ll find her surrounded by 30 or more children, faces lit, eyes reading music, mouths singing loudly. With the help of Tiffany Williamson, the musical duo put together the Jubilate Choir, a children’s choir […]

Inspired by Music

MIDLOTHIAN, TX — Some people singing at Carnegie Hall may find themselves nervous and trembling at the enormity of it all. But for one little girl, she saw her future. “I remember standing on the stage at Carnegie Hall,” remembered Nyadia Thorpe, teacher and choir coach at Frank Seale Middle School. “Watching the women […]

Beary Christmas

OAK LEAF, TX — Once upon a Christmas, Kimberly Dufour filled a giant stocking with Teddy bears as a gift. The action sparked her own bear collection and a lifelong interest in holiday decorating. Today, the Oak Leaf resident calls on her family to make their home Christmas-ready. “My mom was into decorating with […]

More Than Bricks and Mortar

WAXAHACHIE, TX — The year 1914 was a very good year. Babe Ruth signed his first contract with the minor league Baltimore Orioles and, later that same year, was traded to the Boston Red Sox. Wrigley Field opened. The first Mother’s Day was celebrated. Joe DiMaggio was born. Locally, the Waxahachie Sanitarium opened its […]

Joyful Hands

WEATHERFORD, TX — Less than two years ago, Toby and Baily Mize hopped on a plane for Haiti to help children living in poverty. The couple had been supporting the cause financially through Back to Life Ministries for about six months when the opportunity arose for them to make the trip in March 2013. […]

A Unified City

ENNIS, TX — Cathie Morales is a born and reared Ennisite. After graduating from Ennis High in 1975, she and her sweetheart, Trent, married, and he attended Texas A&M University. Soon, they moved back to Ennis, where they brought up their children, Kyle and Calleigh. Cathie currently serves as president of Prosperity Bank in […]

Flight Path

WEATHERFORD, TX — Ever since he could point at an airplane flying overhead, Dennis Akins has been fascinated with anything related to aviation. “I always wanted to be a pilot,” Dennis shared. He grew up in Killeen and began his college career with a major in aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University. Dennis was following […]

Making It Official

DESOTO, TX — Slowly walking around the football field before each game, Christopher Alston takes in everything — the crowd, the noise and the energy. But once the whistle blows, it all slips away except for the players and the game. As an official for the Big 12 football conference, Christopher takes his job […]