Saturday, October 31, 2009

Rusty's revival: Gospel concert to launch TC endowment fund

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Rusty Morales lived for God.
'His faith meant everything to him,' said his cousin, the Rev. Michael Rios of Dallas. 'He had a thorough understanding of Biblical theology.'
And Rusty wanted to celebrate it with a revival.
'He was so excited about it,' said mom Judy Morales of Temple. 'We started talking about how we could have it in the backyard.'
Having the revival somewhere else wasn't an option, because Rusty's health was on the decline. A 1978 motorcycle accident confined him to a wheelchair and a lifetime of hospital visits.
The revival didn't happen. Rusty died on June 14, five days after he and Rios started planning. He was 48.
'It was a Sunday,' Ms. Morales said. 'I went to go wake him up for church, and he was gone.'
But Rusty's dream of a revival is not lost. His friends and family aim to make the revival a reality with a Nov. 14 gospel concert.
'It'll be a memorial in his honor,' Ms. Morales said. 'There'll be praise, worship and gospel music.'

Musician returns to home church for concert

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

She's his mom, but she has no idea where he gets his talent.
'I just don't know where the kid came from,' said Colleen Palmer of Temple. 'Nobody else in the family is musically inclined.'
Her son, Daniel Palmer of Huntingtown, Md., is the leader of a new band called Scattered Leaves. He's the lead vocalist and lead guitarist.
'Our style ranges from punchy pop to melodic rock,' Daniel said.
The group's first CD, 'Midsentence,' was released last Christmas.
'There are some new songs we've been working on,' Daniel said. They have titles like 'Everybody Sing,' 'Wounds Will Heal' and 'Here.'

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Driven to sing, duo lives on the road

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

They've been married for more than 25 years, but they've never settled down.
'It's a gypsy life for us,' said Jay Roy.
He and his wife, Tammy, have lived in a bus since their wedding day.
'Well not the same bus,' Tammy said. 'The first one was a green school bus with yellow curtains.'
The next one was a Greyhound, and then they graduated to a series of RVs rigged with cable TV and Internet.
'No matter where we are, we're always home,' Tammy said.
And that's good for business. The couple's an award-winning musical duo, always on the way to the next gig.
The couple's in Bell County through the end of November for a series of performances in Temple, Belton and Moody.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A voice of silent praise: Woman channels her inner mime in service to the Lord

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

She worships without words.
The Anointed Mime, Patsy Jones-McClintock, doesn't need them. Her praise takes life from music and movement.
'When I'm the mime, I get shaken out of my soul,' Mrs. Jones-McClintock said. 'I get in the zone of the Holy Spirit, and it's overwhelming.'
Her first performance as the Anointed Mime took place about two years ago at Corinth Baptist Church in Temple.
'She came to me with the idea as a ministry,' said the Rev. U.C. Barnes, the pastor at Corinth. 'She felt very strongly about it, and when I saw what it was that she wanted to do, I knew it could be something that could enrich lives.'
Mrs. Jones-McClintock can remember the first Sunday she took the face of the mime. Her performance centered around Marvin Sapp's 'Never Could have Made it.'
'I was nervous,' she said. 'I knew I was doing this for God, and that made me want to do it well. And then came the adrenaline. I was so excited.'

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

From prison to JAIL: Former convict shares his story at ministry's annual banquet

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

A reformed inmate was the center of attention at Tuesday's JAIL banquet.
From the moment Rick Vasquez took the microphone, all eyes were on him. The Bell County Expo Center conference room was quiet, despite the crowd of more than 1,000 people.
'He's the Texas field director for Prison Fellowship Ministries,' said Steve Cannon, JAIL Ministry executive director, as he introduced Vasquez. 'He's a perfect example of what prison ministry can do. His is a story of transformation.'

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Resort offers dog park and daycamp

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

An in-ground pool in the shape of a dog bone is in the front lawn of the Barking Oaks Pet Resort.
'The goal is to have it working by next summer,' said the owner, Hansy Howard of Temple. 'There's going to be a tiki bar, so dogs can swim up for snacks.'
The luxury pet resort had its soft opening in September. The grand opening is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at 4153 Shallow Ford West Road in Temple.
The grand opening will be a fun party, Ms. Howard said.
'There will be pet tricks, door prizes and games for kids and dogs,' Ms. Howard said. 'Proceeds will benefit local animal advocacy groups.'

Pet resort pampers puppies

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Deep tissue massages. Private walks on the sun deck. And social activities.
It's everything a resort should be: decadent, fun and relaxing.
But humans aren't the customers at the Barking Oaks Pet Resort in Temple. Dogs are.
'The dogs are our guests,' said owner Hansy Howard of Temple. 'They can come for the day or stay overnight.'
From beauty treatments to outdoor playtime, there's plenty to do.
'The idea is luxury,' Ms. Howard said. 'They get individual attention here, and they get to play with friends and get exercise in the fresh air.'

Sorority starts tutoring program

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The sorority club is back.
'The hiatus is over,' said Ethel Flowers of the Delta Sigma Theta Temple branch. 'We're getting back on track.'
As a community service project, DST has adopted Meridith-Dunbar Elementary School in Temple.
'We are all educated African American women, most of us went to Meridith,' Ms. Flowers said. 'So we want to see these students succeed like we did. And they only way they're going to do that is get their grades up.'
So to improve TAKS scores and classroom performance, DST has launched an after-school tutoring program. Focusing on reading, writing and math, it meets 3:30-4:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in a classroom by the gym.
'All the curriculum is provided by the district,' said Veronica Moten, the Delta sister who initiated the sorority's adoption of Meridith-Dunbar. 'Students will be identified by counselors and teachers according to academic need.'
The tutors are the 16 women of the Delta sorority.
'It's a fine community service effort,' said member Paula Townsend.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Shelter celebrates a decade of assisting women and babies

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Pregnancy is new life.
There should be joy and hope.
But that's not the case for every expectant mother.
'I was depressed, hopeless and scared,' said Tyreena Mendez of Temple.
The month was March.
'I had one baby with me, and I was eight months pregnant with another,' Ms. Mendez said. 'I had no friends, no family, no where to go.'
She had come to Killeen from Puerto Rico to let her son Devyn see his father.
'He was locked up, about to go to prison for a DUI,' Ms. Mendez said. 'After that, I went to a shelter in Copperas Cove.' And that's where she learned about the Our Lady of Angels Maternity Shelter in Temple, a non-profit United Way agency that provides emergency housing to pregnant women.
By April she was an Our Lady resident.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fantasy breathes life into Temple grad's career

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

"They call me Daarken. It's my pseudonym, the only one that seems to fit. Everyone always says my work has a dark nature to it, so the name fits, and it's a lot more memorable than Mike."  - Michael 'Mike' Lim, 1999 graduate of Temple High School
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Nothing thrills him like the heroes and villains of his video games.
'I love fantasy,' said Michael 'Mike' Lim from the Temple High School class of '99. 'Comic books and video games have spectacular worlds, and for as long as I can remember, I've always been fascinated by the way the look.'
So Lim didn't dote on his schoolwork. He did what he needed to pass, and he focused on the images he sketched in his notebook. The harder he worked, the more interesting his images became.
'They became characters with back stories and personality,' Lim said.
After graduating high school, he went to study computer programming at the University of Texas, but quickly found that was the wrong approach.
'That was learning how video games worked,' Lim said. 'I wanted to know about the look of video games.'

Grandpa's gift makes the kids hunters for life

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

'If you hunt and fish with your kids now, you won't have to hunt for them later.'
Kathryn Kyle of Austin said she grew up hearing those words.
'And now that I'm watching my own kids grow, I see how true those words are,' Mrs. Kyle said.
The motto comes from her father, Alvin Dusek of Temple.
'My mother, brother, father and me - we did stuff all the time outside,' Mrs. Kyle. 'I got married, so did my brother, and now we're doing the same things with our kids, going to hunt and fish every chance we get.'
To make that a little easier, Dusek bought everyone in his family a blue tag lifetime combination hunting and fishing license.
'It was a very generous gift,' said son David Dusek. 'All 11 of us, we're quite excited.'

Temple foundation empowers the women of India

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By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

He's a store man by trade.
He couldn't help it; his father owned West Brothers, a popular department retail chain in Louisiana.
So as Glen West grew up, he learned about merchandise, staff morale, productivity and the daily finances of a small business.
'It was second nature,' said West, who's now retired and living in Temple.
The shop talk hasn't left him. He's using it to carry out a life-long dream of Christian ministry.
'I had a profession of faith at 17,' West said. 'I've always wanted to do God's work. That's what this is about.'
For three years West has run a department store called West Brothers No. 2 in Ahmednagar, India, to generate the funds for a ministry he operates there.
'The ministry is a microcredit center,' West said. 'We give $300 loans interest-free to women in poverty, so they can start their own businesses and make a profit that will give them a good home. We're there to encourage the women that they can improve the lives of their families and that they can do more than they think they can.'

Saturday, October 3, 2009

'I live by His rules now'

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Felon. Bigot. Addict.
'That was me,' said Robby Shadburn of Temple.
But those words are no longer accurate.
'He's a new man,' said coworker Mike Huisinger of Temple. 'Doing good is the only thing Robby's about now.'
God is the only explanation, said Johner Martin of the J.A.I.L. Ministries.
'That's right,' Shadburn said. 'It's as true as the chair I'm sitting in.'

Sermon captivates for more than 30 years

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

Thirty years have come and gone, and he's still preaching the same message.
It's tradition for the retired Rev. Joe Baisden of Belton Church of Christ.
'I'm honored that the congregation regards the sermon so fondly,' Baisden said. 'And it's an honor to be invited back each October to give it.'
Baisden's been preaching a sermon called 'Come Before Winter' the first Sunday of October since 1971, his first year as pastor at Belton Church of Christ.
'It's the same message,' said Judy Cass of Belton, a longtime church member. 'But it never gets old. He presents the lesson from so many angles that it's always fresh and new and interesting.'