Sunday, January 27, 2008

Addicts find new life at recovery shelter

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Yes, it was warm and cozy at the Humble House Monday night, not like the dark street outside where the cold wind blew.
A chandelier hung above the dining room table. Keith and Brandon sat there. They were listening to the chattering group in the living room.
Mike and Richard were teasing Randall about his resemblance to music star Randy Travis.
The men were waiting for dinner. P.K. was in the kitchen fixing some barbecue and beans.
It doesn't sound like much, but miracles can come wrapped in plain packages.
The men of Humble House are recovering drug addicts. Every night's a miracle, they said, their words true to the program's mission statement.
'There's the Good Lord, friendship and comfort - and P.K.'s cooking,' Richard Farmer said. 'There's hope we can get better.'

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Couple finds driftwood that resembles crucifix

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The floodwaters receded, and a sign of the divine floated to the hands of two non-believers.
This may sound like something from the Old Testament, but it's not. It's how a non-religious Temple couple came to own a 3-foot piece of driftwood that looks like Christ on the cross.
Preston Hauffpauir spotted his find at Arrowhead Point on Belton Lake not long after last year's springtime floodwaters started to recede.
'My husband - he's always looking at the driftwood,' said Holly Hauffpauir. 'He likes to carve.'
The cross's gnarled edges are what captured Mr. Hauffpauir's initial interest.
'I thought the wood's shape was beautiful on its own,' he said. 'So I took it home.'

Sunday, January 20, 2008

China craze: Woman's world shines with paint

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Everything pretty was painted by her mama.
From kitchen to bedroom, her childhood home was wall to wall china. There were bowls, platters, cups, saucers, pitchers, lamps and vases, all designed and painted by her mother, Lillian Burrier, 76, of Temple.
'Everywhere I looked, there was something she had done, something lovely,' said Belinda Psencik, 43, of Moffat.
Mrs. Psencik's favorite piece is a large serving plate that has a picture of a fire hydrant painted on it.
'There is a bucket by the fire hydrant. Some water is dripping on some little flowers, and some wrens are perched on the bucket,' Mrs. Psencik said. 'That's my picture. It has hung above my bed ever since I can remember.'

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Ministry finishes first year; Fort Hood to launch similar program

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

They're addicts - and they're committed Christians.
They're the people of Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based 12-step recovery program that meets at Temple Bible Church.
At least 150 people participate each week. They acknowledge their weaknesses and the need to heal through small group sessions and one-on-one counseling.
'We've been at it for a year now,' said Charlie Turnbo, the director. 'God's done a lot of good this year. We're looking forward to another.'

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Local photographer's first exhibit exceeds CAC's sales average

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Sometimes a photo leaves you speechless, no matter the thousand words its worth.
A stunned December silence greeted Matt Brandon's first-ever photo exhibit at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple. The curator used just one word to describe the mood.
'Shocked,' said Marilyn Ritchie, CAC curator and visual arts director. 'People were shocked. Nobody expected his work to be so beautiful.'
Six of Brandon's photos were sold.
'It's not usual for people to buy that many photos at an exhibit,' Ms. Ritchie said. 'Two or three, maybe, but not five and six. That's a lot.'
People don't buy photographs as frequently as they purchase paintings and sculptures, the longtime curator said.
'For some reason, people don't see photographs as art, but (Brandon's) photos - you look at them, and you know they're art,' Ms. Ritchie said. 'I've never seen a photo exhibit be received so well.' 

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Her trash, his treasure

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

These are the files of Bell County lives - the records that sit in the home of Michael and Nancy Kelsey in Belton.
Folders and binders fill the storage boxes and filing cabinets that crowd the couple's foyer.
'If it sheds light on the history of Bell County, we save it,' Mrs. Kelsey said.
There are estate records, diaries, ledgers, photos, high school yearbooks, letters and newspaper clippings.
'We collect,' Mrs. Kelsey said. 'That's how we find the information for our books.'
She and her husband are the authors of the series 'Notes on Bell County.' The second volume, 'Hillcrest Cemetery,' was published Dec. 7. It joins the first volume, 'South Belton Cemetery,' in what will soon be a trilogy.

Perpetual cemetery cruise preserves Bell County's past

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

There are at least 50,000 dead people in Bell County.
The tally didn't come from a mail-in census; it came from a tombstone count by Joe and Dorothy Button of Killeen.
Cemetery hopping, more or less, is the couple's hobby.
This particular pastime, though, is an invaluable act of community service, according to Ron Gates, chair of the Bell County Historical Commission.
'The Buttons are the cemetery people,' Gates said. 'If anybody has a question about a grave or a cemetery, they either have the answer or can find it for you.'
The 50,000 tombstones the couple has counted since 1997 are from private family cemeteries and random one- and two-man burial sites, found hidden behind groves of trees or on rural road sides and river banks.
'The total doesn't include the larger commercial cemeteries,' Mr. Button said. 'It will one day. We just haven't gotten around to it.'