Sunday, March 29, 2009

Woman finds half-brother on MySpace

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

It took more than two decades for the siblings to meet.
Thanks to MySpace, 32-year-old Malinda 'Mindy' Mungia of Temple was able to locate her half-brother, 27-year-old Daniel Tamez.
The ironic part is the they live within 15 miles of each other. Daniel's home is in Academy.
'It's funny how we were so close and didn't know it,' Mindy said. 'It's been so long that I've been looking for him, and I can't believe that he was around the corner.'
She found her brother via MySpace on March 12 with the help of her stepdaughter, Cecilia Mungia of Temple.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Boy's illness no match for the love of friends

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Daniel Farnham is here.
That's become a common half-time rally cry at Central Texas Christian School basketball games.
'The announcer says those words, and everybody stands up and cheers,' said Coach Nuni Venegas. 'Daniel comes out to wave. It's wonderful.'
But it was no score or trick on the court that earned Daniel the honor. It was a far harder battle against pain.
Two years ago, the high school junior was diagnosed with lupus - an autoimmune disease that weakens the body's defense system against viruses, bacteria and germs.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Shelter offers a path to a new life

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

She watched it happen to other people.
'First my mom and then my friend. I said it would never happen. I'd never be one of them.'
But she was wrong.
'Easier said than done. It could happen to me and did. I was abused.'
Those words are from Kate, a battered woman seeking refuge in the non-profit Families in Crisis Temple shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Like all of the FIC clients, her safety is at stake, so to keep her identity secret, the Telegram is withholding her real name.
The Temple shelter was a godsend for Kate.
'Coming here meant me getting my independence back,' she said. 'And my self-esteem. I lost it for a while, but I got it back.'
'Yes, she did,' said Barbara Stephens, manager of the FIC Temple shelter. 'I was with her every step of the way. She's worked very hard.'

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Missionary finds fulfilling work on African farm

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Missionary work is God’s work — and in Lori Price’s case, it’s farming peanuts.
“And I never thought I’d be doing any of it,” she said.
But she is. She’s a career missionary with the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board, and her daily life in the Samogho village of West Africa is consumed with two things: teaching Christianity and maintaining a peanut crop.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Thoughtful landscaping sows value, enriches life

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Landscaping your home is no easy task.
'It takes work, time and patience,' said Janet Lockwood, co-owner of Tem-Bel Nursery.
And it takes money. According to the Texas Association of Realtors, homeowners should expect to spend up to 5 to 10 percent of their property value on landscaping.
'You have to look at it as an investment,' said Sara Irvine, managing broker at Joan Mikeska Realty in Temple. 'Because it's going to add to the overall value of your home, and that, sooner or later, will be a major advantage to you when it comes time to sell.'

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A matter of history

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

For more than a century, it's been a house of worship.
And today, the County Line Baptist Church in Rogers will become a state landmark. In a special ceremony, the Texas State Historical Commission plans to designate the site as one of historical significance with one of its familiar roadside markers.
'It's got such a rich history,' said Nancy Kelsey of Belton, the Bell County Historical Commission chair of historical markers. 'And recognition such as this keeps the area's legacy alive.'
County Line Baptist Church celebrated its sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, in June of 2006.
'So that makes us about 152 going on 153 this year,' said Ray Tharp, a longtime member of the church who served as interim pastor in 2005.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lutherans start clinic in Africa

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The people in Sierra Leone needed medicine - and some people from Temple wanted to help.
So with some fellow Lutherans from San Antonio, Waco and New Mexico, they developed a plan to open a clinic.
'And we did,' said Pat Dietrich, pastor of First Lutheran Church. 'The experience was overwhelming. The amount of need there is great, and the poverty they face is humbling.'
She was one of the group of 12 who undertook the mission. So was Dr. Dan Ladd of FLC-Temple.
They departed Feb. 1, and arrived in the West Africa country on Feb. 6.
'We got held over in London,' Ms. Dietrich said. 'There was a massive snow storm, and we were stuck.'
It was awkward, said mission participant Pam Hendricks of Covenant Lutheran Church in Temple.
'We didn't have any appropriate clothing,' Ms. Hendricks said. 'We were all dressed for tropical hot Africa.'
Bonnie Oltmann from FLC-Temple nodded her head. She and her husband Keith went on the trip.
'We had to go buy all new clothes,' Mrs. Oltmann said.
And the layover shortened the group's stay in Sierra Leone by four days. But they managed to accomplish their goals in the time they had. The Evangelical Lutheran Community Health Clinic was established long before they returned home on Feb. 16.

Salado church reaches 150 years

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Sunday will be an especially busy day at Salado Church of Christ, as the congregation will celebrate its 150th anniversary.
The theme will be 'Heritage of Faith,' and Pastor Joe Keyes says that's most appropriate.
'We wouldn't have got this far without faith,' Keyes said. 'It got us this far, and we're still here and growing.'
Planning to serve as host for Sunday's festivities, Keyes said the day is sure to be a joyous occasion.
'It'll be a homecoming,' Keyes said. 'For all members, past and present, to come together, celebrate and share memories.'

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Doll and woman make milestones together

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Barbie's lived half a century.
And Hilde Cort of Temple has been living right along beside her.
She has about 50 Barbies, and each one represents a different phase of her life.
'They're all very special to me,' Mrs. Cort said. 'I keep them in my office with my computer, so I can look at them every time I work on something.'
The doll that launched her collection was the 1992 Pinstripe Power Barbie.
'I had to buy it as soon as I saw it,' Mrs. Cort said. 'Because I had a business suit just like the one she has on. It's the one I wore to work most of the time. I was a business executive for 30 years.'
She purchased that doll 12 years ago, and that was the only hint her grandchildren needed. She's been getting Barbies as gifts ever since. And she's been buying them as the mood strikes.
'But not just any Barbie,' Mrs. Cort said. 'They all represent something about me.'

Barbie turns 50 without a gray hair on her head

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Come March 9, it'll be official.
Beautiful blond Barbie will be 50 years old.
'And it just isn't fair,' said Moni Bittenbinder of Temple. 'I turn 50 that day too, but she still looks 18.'
That's true. Barbie's waist is as slim as ever, she has no wrinkles and the phrase 'bad hair day' has never had reason to become part of her vocabulary.
Earning an average of $3.3 billion in sales every year, the Mattel Inc. Barbie doll remains one of the country's most popular toys.
'She tests out our imagination and our dreams through active play,' said Andrea O'Reilly, founder of the Association for Research on Mothering. She still cherishes the 25 Barbies of her childhood. 'I think this is why Barbie has such retaining power. She's not a scripted toy. Her storyline is limitless.'