Sunday, August 26, 2007

Residents say singles scene needs help

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Being single is a way of life. Some people like it, some don’t. Saturdays are often lonely, and dinnertime can be an obstacle that must be overcome. Do I eat alone tonight - again? Or is there someone who might want to go with me?
Where you go to meet people “can make or break” the productive single life, according to the local singles the Telegram interviewed last week.
Of the 30 people contacted at random, 19 said it’s no fun being single in Temple.
“It sucks being single in Temple,” said Jackie Morris, 25, as she dined alone at Duckhorn Tavern. “I’ve been single for way too long. There are places to go and things to do here, but there is no variety. All of the community events draw the same kinds of people, either way too old or way too young.”

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sylvia's smile: Shoppers sad to lose their friend behind the counter

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

She wasn't famous, and she didn't have a million dollars.
But Sylvia Womack had a lot of smiles, and her friends and co -workers said she gave them away generously.
Mrs. Womack, 53, died July 17 - leaving a hole in the lives of dozens of Temple shoppers whose store of choice is the H-E-B on 31st Street. After 27 years, the smiling lady at register 3 isn't there anymore.
The Telegram received two letters from shoppers Beverly Bonnet and Barbara Brown who grieved Mrs. Womack's natural, but unexpected, death.
'For years and years, I stood in line so that Sylvia could check me out,' Ms. Bonnet wrote in her July 26 letter. 'She was accurate, speedy, friendly and always cheerful. She will be sorely missed by many.'
In a follow-up phone interview, Ms. Bonnet said Mrs. Womack was so special to her that she had to step outside her comfort zone to express her grief.
'I've never written a letter to the editor, but when I heard that Sylvia died, I had to do something. She's the reason I went to H-E-B,' Ms. Bonnet said. 'So many people must have felt the same way. After overhearing my name at restaurants and stores, random people have come up to me and said, 'I don't know you, but thank you for writing that letter. She will be missed by a lot of us.' '

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Goodbye, sweet nurse: Temple College sees end of an era

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Her 27 years at Temple College started with a TV - or more precisely, a TV commercial.
“The idea of being a nurse came along as I grew up. I always knew I wanted to do something with people. I just wasn’t quite sure what,” said Virginia Leak, the about-to-retire TC division director of nursing. “But then I saw a TV commercial that said, ‘Be a nurse,’ and I thought, ‘Maybe I can . . . maybe I will.’”
She did.
Mrs. Leak worked seven years as a staff nurse at Temple’s three hospitals before becoming an instructor for the TC vocational nursing program in 1980.
“But the real fun didn’t start until three years later,” Mrs. Leak said, her laughs coming quick and full spirited.
That’s when the college started its Registered Nursing program.
“It’s my baby. It’s become my life,” she said, starting to talk about the thing that lays claim to the last 14 years of her life.