Thursday, March 22, 2007

For businesses, it was business as usual

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Wednesday's water worries didn't dampen business efforts for local stores and restaurants.
For most, it was business as usual.
Only Wal-Mart reported an unusual morning because of the water line break. Management said the retail store sold out of bottled water by about 9 a.m., but the shelves weren't empty long.
A truck full of extra water was at the store before the last bottle was checked out, store representatives said. Another truckload of water had been ordered, they explained, to make sure the store would have enough water to meet the day's demands.
HEB management said they didn't have to order additional stock of water because of Wednesday's incident. But they did have several shoppers Wednesday afternoon who said they were in the market specifically to buy water.
'Yeah, I'm stocking up,' said Luke Shoemaker, a Temple resident who lives off of 31st Street near Brentwood. 'They're telling us not to use our water. So it's a preventative measure just in case things get worse.'

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Celtic crosses crop up in art, fashion

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Taking its roots in the time before Christ, the Celtic cross was a tool for early sailors to explore water ways between Ireland and other parts of Europe. The stone structures stood about six feet into the air and were detailed with symbols for geographical landmarks.
With each passing voyage came another map - or design.
Clans from the various settlements within medieval Ireland and Scotland started to associate themselves with particular maps.
That was then.
Now - the nowhere near defunct Celtic cross comprises its fair share of American art and fashion.

Area residents flock to bird show Saturday

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Here a 'chirp,' there a 'squeak' and everywhere a 'tweet, tweet.'
Yesterday's feathered guests at the Frank Mayborn Civic and Convention Center were part of a bird fair organized by the Texas Bird Breeders and Fanciers Association.
Their owners had traveled from all parts of Texas with the hope of making a few bucks. All the birds were on sale, ranging in price from $8 to $2,000.
'Some of our vendors are professional bird breeders,' said Director Carla Crowe. 'But for most of them, birds are their hobby.'

No arrests made in east-side slaying

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

It was loud yesterday evening at Lorena Taplin's house.
Her son, Ray Lee Taplin, was shot Friday - and last night, at least a hundred out-of-town relatives were milling around Mrs. Taplin's Barton Street property, trying to make sense of what happened.
The Temple police made no arrests yesterday regarding the Friday shooting on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive that resulted in the death of the 42-year-old Ray Lee Taplin. They cited self-defense as a potential reason for the shooting because of the additional weapons they found at the crime scene.
'What the police are saying ain't right,' said Mrs. Taplin. 'He didn't go over there with no weapons. That's just not the kind of person he was. My boy never bothered nobody. He wasn't mixed up in gangs and never did anyhing to disrespect nobody.'
Mrs. Taplin and her family said the incident was not accidental.
'He was called over there,' Mrs. Taplin said, referring to phone call that was made to her residence early Friday morning. 'The number is still on the Caller ID.'

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Garage sale offers all kinds of knick-knacks

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Princess Di was at the Bell County Expo Center yesterday, with an $11.50 price tag on the back of her head.
The life-size cardboard cutout of the famous royal figure was one of the garage sale items of the 14th annual fund-raising event for the Bell County Museum.
'I didn't want to sell her,' said Vanda Gardner of Gatesville, the vendor who brought Princess Di to the Expo Center. 'I just wanted to set her up to attract attention to my booth. But then my husband told me to put a tag on her. He said everyone was just going to ask how much it was.'

Cats rule at Civic Center

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

For a few hours Saturday, the Frank Mayborn Civic and Convention Center was a fully operational cathouse.
Not one run by a madam, but one full of actual cats doing tricks (legal ones) for judges.
Not that the kitties put forth too much effort. The felines just sat there while a human poked, prodded and squeezed various parts of their bodies.
'The judges look at each cat's color, softness, grooming style and skull shape,' said Judy Yearsley, owner of Celeste, a silver mackerel competing in the Persian Open portion of yesterday's cat show sponsored by the Show and Tell Cat Club. 'Health is key. If the cat doesn't feel well, then it won't be at its best.'

Cloth may not be sewn in Wal-Mart's future

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Nobody objects to grandma's making a quilt for the new baby.
The ruckus is about where grandma's going to buy the fabric for the quilt.
On Tuesday, a sewing-loving grandma marched outside the Seguin Wal-Mart, protesting the national chain's decision to get rid of its fabric departments.
Doreen Taft was circulating a letter that said Wal-Mart's booting of the fabric department would devastate rural customers who sew. In that letter, she said with no Wal-Mart, she'd have to go to New Braunfels for fabric.
Joy Graham, a resident of rural Thorndale, said she very much agrees with Ms. Taft's stance.
'If we can't buy fabric at Wal-Mart, then residents in rural areas like Thorndale and Rockdale would have to drive 40 to 60 miles for cut fabrics,' Ms. Graham said. The lifelong recreational seamstress said they would have to drive to Round Rock, Bryan, College Station or Temple for 'cut fabrics.'
In February, Mrs. Graham started a petition that read, 'Keep fabric department in Rockdale, Wal-Mart, Texas.'

Monday, March 5, 2007

Sights to be seen on leisurely trip

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Up a hill, around a curve and between the limestone quarries, the train that thought it could, did.
Albeit, two hours later.
But speed wasn't the point of Sunday's 33-mile trip from Cedar Park to Burnet.
It was 'for us to be on the great big choo choo train,' said 3-year-old Megan Maddry from Harker Heights. Dressed in pink, the little girl grinned as she sat next to 'the biggest window (she'd) ever seen.'
Miss Maddry was part of 'the Temple group,' as so dubbed by Train Conductor Steve Barry.
The 50 Temple people were assigned to Rail Car A of the Hill Country Flyer, an authentic passenger train built in 1922 by the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. They had boarded the train at 10 a.m. after a bus trip from Temple to Cedar Park.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Camera catches grin for berry soda label

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The Rosebud kindergartner doesn’t know what Fu Fu Berry Soda tastes like, but she loves the way it looks.
Six-year-old Reagan Maxfield looks at the pink drink, sees herself and then giggles. Her face is printed on the label of the Jones Soda product.
The youngster owes her soda-bottle stardom to the photographer — her 18-year-old cousin, Lynnsay Crittenden of Temple.
“The label turned out so good. I surprised myself with how good it was,” Lynnsay said. “But then again, it’s hard to take a bad picture of Reagan. She is so photogenic.”