Saturday, September 19, 2009

Former addict uses music to heal

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

From jail to church, music's been the one constant in his life.
'And that's because of God,' said Todd Smith of Temple. 'He's the one who put the music in me.'
That realization didn't come easy.
Smith had to endure a 20-year addiction to cocaine 'before things started making sense.'
'I'm doing what I'm supposed to now,' Smith said.
Known in the community as GODINTODD, Smith shares God's Word through rap music.
'I probably do 30 shows a year,' he said. 'Most are around here in Temple and Belton, but within the last couple of months, I've been driving as far as Dallas to perform.'
He's got about a dozen titles to his credit, some on a new CD called 'True Grind.'
The song 'Come as you is' says looks and lifestyles don't matter when it comes to church.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Alphabet for life

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Our ABC's never leave us.
The letters are there from kindergarten to the nursing home, guiding us through work and leisure.
'That's why literacy is so important,' said Chris Scherer of Temple's Altrusa. 'Quality of life depends on it.'
That's why Altrusa chose literacy as its focus for the 2009-10 club year.
'We want to do everything we can to get the word out that reading is important and fun,' said Mary Black Pearson, club president.
This summer, the club collected reading materials and educational pamphlets on literacy for low-income students returning to school through Project Appletree. And over the last year, they've opened a library at the Wheatley Alternative Education Center.
So when the Thursday Club asked Altrusa to support its ABC Book project, it was a shoe-in fit.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Marching 100 calls on Tiger pride for reunion performance

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Once in band, always in band.
That's how they feel, the Belton High School alumni of the Belton Marching 100.
'I haven't touched the trombone in 35 years. I wasn't sure if I could still play,' said Donnie Carpenter, class of 1974. 'But the notes and positions came back to me right away, and it sounds like I remember it. My air power's not quite what it used to be, though.'
He's glad to be 'back at it.'
For the last month, he's been practicing with 89 other Marching 100 alums in preparation for the group's anniversary, which is set for Sept. 12 during the BHS football game at Tiger Stadium.

California trip full of surprises

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Adventure's the word for the Marching 100's 1974 trip to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
'Getting to go and be a part of something that large was a once-in-a-lifetime thing,' said Debbie Newman of Moody, a drummer from the class of '76. 'We got to sightsee, and we got to tour Vegas on the way there.'
And they got to march in the parade.
'That was a long parade, the longest I'd ever seen or marched in,' Mrs. Newman said. 'We had practiced and practiced for it, but it was still longer than we imagined.'
Donna Leune, baritone player from the class of '74, remembers it to be at least 7 miles long.
'Maybe 10,' Mrs. Leune said.
'Maybe more than that,' said Bobby Hilliard of Hewitt.
'It was walking and marching and walking and marching,' Mrs. Newman said. 'There were little cars that would come and pick you up if you fell behind or couldn't make it. But the Marching 100, we were the only confirmed band that didn't have anyone drop out. We all made it. But I'll tell you one thing, after that my toes have never been the same.'

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Men aim for steady worship with outdoor fun

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

They fire their guns and arrows at wild game, but Jesus is the true target of the Legacy Outfitters.
'We are about having a relationship with Jesus Christ,' said Beau Bush of Temple, a member of the Outfitters shooting focus group. 'We want to be good husbands and good fathers, the kind of men God wants us to be.'
But to make that happen, it usually requires prayer and intimate discussion in a small-group setting.
'And that's generally tough to make happen for a bunch of guys who'd rather go hunting than anything else,' Bush said.
So to make it easier, the non-profit Legacy Outfitters organization was formed in 2002.
'It gives the man's man, the man who likes to hunt and fish, a place to be and worship while doing something they like,' said Larry Thompson of Belton, the man who helped organize the Temple-Belton branch in 2005 alongside Bush, Bryan Rugh of Belton and Todd Vincent of Temple.