Monthly Archives: November 2014

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 […]

Orchestrated from Above

WAXAHACHIE, TX — Brad Shotts enjoys spending quality time with his son, Blaine. As they do quite often, the duo went to the movies one Saturday afternoon shortly after Lone Survivor premiered in theaters around the country. They bought their tickets, purchased their customary concessions and found their seats, but something profound happened during this […]

Charitable Child

RED OAK, TX — Jada Mitchell carefully packs a box of food for delivery to one of several Red Oak shut-ins who look forward to the arrival of Meals on Wheels each week. She handles the items with care, knowing how important the foods are to their recipients. Arriving at the first drop-off location, […]

A Simpler Life

MIDLOTHIAN, TX — Monte and Shawn Mechler began their life together living in the heart of Dallas, only to yield to the rural/suburban appeal of Midlothian as their journey unfolded. Monte grew up in San Antonio, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in environmental design. Having served in the U.S. Marine Corps […]

What If?

MANSFIELD, TX — “The more experiences we can give kids in different ways, the better they are,” explained Monica Abrams, a science exploratory teacher and robotics coach at Mary Orr Intermediate School. “I like to do that. I like to give kids as many experiences as they can handle, because it’s all about getting them […]

Championing the Veteran

CORSICANA, TX — While his position is part time, there is nothing part time about Billy Richards’ commitment to Navarro County military veterans who have been honorably discharged. As the county’s veterans’ service officer, Billy works all hours necessary to help the estimated 3,400-3,500 resident veterans and/or their dependents receive the benefits they have earned […]

Wings of Honor

BURLESON, TX — Betty Shelton remembers her Burleson childhood, living with her grandmother. In those days, only 500-600 people called the small town home. During WWII, several families sent sons off to war. “Two families, the Bransoms and the Clarks, sent five boys each,” Betty recalled. “That impressed me, because they all came home, and […]