Sunday, June 22, 2008

Author and family face near blunder at border

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

It all started when Dad decided he wanted to go to Mexico.
The family was in Del Rio, so he thought, 'Why not? Laredo's not far. Let's go look around.'
At least, that's how Mom remembers it.
'So they we were waiting in line at the border,' said Mom, Tab Lloyd of Nolanville, author of a book about cheap travel in Texas. 'And the closer we got to Mexico, the more signs we saw that said, 'No weapons, no drugs, if caught, there will be no questions, and you will go straight to jail.''
These were idle threats for the Lloyds until they realized that a guard at the Mexican border had spotted a toy BB gun that was laying on top of a luggage bag.

Texas is like a whole 'nuther country ... and you can see it without emptying your pockets

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Don’t cancel the family road trip just yet.
Yes, gas prices are high, but if the destination charges no admission, then a vacation could still be affordable.
In Texas alone, there are at least 120 price-free tourist attractions. That’s how many Tab Lloyd of Nolanville discusses in her book, “Free Texas: Free Things to See and Do in the Lone Star State.”
“It’s good timing that I wrote the book when I did,” Mrs. Lloyd said. “I wrote it as I traveled Texas last summer. That let the book be out now, when gas is so much.”
Her hope is that families will visit the historic Texan sites she’s described, so that little ones can learn about their state’s heritage while spending quality time with siblings and parents.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ministry keeps ladies looking, feeling good

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The Beatles took a sad song and made it better in 'Hey Jude.'
In the same spirit, the Belton Church of Christ has taken an objectionable phrase and transformed it into a positive ministry. The Holy Rollers program at Crestview Nursing Home is a ministry of the Belton Church of Christ.
Every Friday morning, a group called the Holy Rollers goes to the Crestview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Belton to treat the lady residents to a day at the hair salon.
The ladies get their hair shampooed and curled.
'They are so precious,' said Jan Doke, a proud Holy Roller. 'Their faces just light up when they get all dolled up for the weekend.'

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Woman dons clown makeup for smiles

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Knock. Knock.
Who's there?
It's a woman. It's a clown. It's both.
She's Buttons the Clown - the star of the Buckholts Cotton Festival and a frequent entertainer for dozens of community groups.
She's also Ruth Rolston of Temple, according to her driver's license.
But don't get confused. Buttons is Buttons, and Ruth is Ruth. The persona of Buttons is more than Ruth wearing make-up.
'You become the clown,' Ms. Rolston said, describing her transformation from Ruth to Buttons. 'You can't just put a costume on and say you're a clown. You have to have something on the inside, something that gives life.'
Nurturing that something, that inner clown, is no trivial task. Even though she's a veteran clown of more than 20 years, Ms. Rolston still needs some preparation time before she trades her nostrils for a red, squishy nose.
'You have to get into character, like an actor does,' she said. 'It takes me two hours to put my make-up on, and the whole time I'm doing that, I see Buttons come to life. And then I am Buttons.'

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Woman's collection grows as Barbie nears her 50th anniversary

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

To say she has a hundred Barbies would be an understatement.
Debra Miller keeps more than 1,000 Barbies on display in her North Bell County home. They're in a Barbie arena, a second-floor bedroom that's devoted to the collection.
The dolls that aren't waving from inside their original casing, stand at salute from within a series of glassed-in cubby shelves that decorate the back wall.
Larger items, like Barbie's Dream House, car, boat and motorcycle, sit on the tops of the room's dresser, buffet and bookcase.
Sitting inside drawers and underneath the bed and office desk are still more Barbie things: the board games, the outfits, collectors books, baseball caps and posters.
And yet Ms. Miller claims she is 'desperately seeking Barbie.' That's the phrase that titles the business card she gives to fellow Barbie collectors.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Butter inspires group to lose weight

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Butter is the diet's enemy. It's one of the first things on the do-not-eat list.
But, apparently, butter's not all bad.
It's the star of Sticks of Butter, a new weight-loss support group at Belton Church of Christ. Its leader and creator is Ed Wilks, a man who got inspired to drop some pounds when he opened a refrigerator.
'You can work hard all week, but when you get on the scale, you find out you only lost a ¼ pound,' Wilks said. 'And if that's all you lost, well, it's easy to get discouraged. But if you go to the fridge and get out a stick of butter and hold it up to your arm or waist, well, then you'll find out it's pretty big, pretty heavy. You see, a stick of butter is a ¼ pound.'
A light bulb flickered in his head, and the idea for Sticks of Butter was born.
The core principle is to maintain a close relationship to Jesus Christ while adhering to a self-chosen weight-loss program. Besides Wilks and Linda Cruz, group co-leader, five people are interested in participating. People from the community are welcome to join.