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09-11-14 Issue of The Springtown Epigraph published in Azle, Texas.

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    Thursday, September 11, 2014The

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    Volume 51, Number 21

    $1Springtown, Texas 76082

    The tradition continued as the annual Lighting of the Letters ceremony capped the Homecoming pa-rade Sept. 8. TWO PAGES OF PARADE PHOTOS, 8-9A! Photo by Natalie Gentry

    Lighting of the LettersSISD deals with student death

    By NATALiE GENTRyBarely a week and a half into the

    school year, Springtown High School has faced the challenging task of dis-cussing coping with the Sept. 3 death of freshman John Tafoya, age 15.

    We activated the Crisis Team imme-diately after confirming the tragic news, said Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley.

    Recognizing the importance of shar-ing facts rather than allowing rumors to circulate, SHS Principal Scott McPherson as-sembled the fresh-man class in the auditorium shortly after lunch, Kel-ley said.

    McPherson explained that the meet-ing allowed a discussion about the loss and acted as a way to let the students know there are people they can speak with as they cope with the loss.

    The freshman class met as a group with the administration and counsel-

    ing department, he said. The som-ber tone led to the overall decision of squashing any rumors that might be generated on social media sites.

    More importantly, keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers is essentially part of the healing process this class must go through.

    Counselors at both SHS and the middle school were then made avail-able to students and staff.

    I believe most if not all of our counselors have re-ceived Trauma and Loss training, and we understand our role in the grieving process, Kelley said. Some stu-

    dents will progress through this more quickly than others, and our staff will provide assistance for as long as nec-essary.

    This loss has been difficult for many of us, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Tafoya family.

    Our

    thoughts and prayers go out to the Tafoya family.

    Mike KellySISD Superintendent Leading in a time of change

    McPherson takes high school reinsBy NATALiE GENTRy

    Its a new school year and the stu-dents at Springtown High School (SHS) have a new principal.

    For Scott McPherson, accepting the position was a homecoming of sorts.

    Prior to serving as principal at Forte Middle School in Azle, McPherson was the Porcupine baseball coach.

    So, as principal he wants to con-tinue the tradition of ex-cellence already estab-lished.

    When the students walk through the doors of SHS each morning, they know they are cared for, they will be chal-lenged academically, and they realize the ex-pectations for excellence are representative in all areas, McPherson said. Not only are the stu-dents being challenged, but I feel we have chal-lenged the teachers to raise their level of teach-ing within the classroom to a new height.

    He is a hands-on ad-ministrator and makes it a point to be visible within the school.

    As a principal, I feel getting into the class-rooms is a vital compo-nent of a school admin-istrator, and seeing great teachers and great stu-dents completing great tasks, is the sole reason I accepted this job, He said. Springtown has had a tradition of excellence for many years, and I do not want to falter in this area, but rather strengthen it in all aspects.

    Classroom walk-throughs are a part of my daily routine, and it is amazing how the teachers have opened their classrooms to this strategy and welcome me in their rooms, he continued.

    Another area McPherson has been encouraging is the use of technology in the classrooms.

    Teachers have accepted the chal-lenge to utilize technology more as a tool within their classroom, rather

    than a luxury merely used by the stu-dents, he said. As we trudge forward into the 21st century, I feel it is our re-

    sponsibility to prepare our kids with the skills needed to be an asset in our society.

    Technology that is to be used in the classroom should be an extension to the states curriculum and will not be expected to replace the guidelines we follow.

    McPherson comes to SHS just as major changes are taking place in Tex-as education as a result of the passing

    of House Bill 5 (HB5) by the legislature.

    While HB5 will im-pact a number of areas in the Texas Education Code, the new law will significantly change the requirements for high school graduation, grad-uation planning and state testing requirements at all levels, McPherson explained.

    The bill is designed to instill more flexibility in public education by enabling students to ei-ther pursue a traditional path into colleges and universities or move di-rectly into the workforce to help fill what business leaders say is a critical skills shortage.

    He added, The stu-dents of SHS are now given opportunities to choose the path that best suits them for the future. No longer does the state utilize a cookie cutter belief limiting students in their choices. With the

    governors approval, Texas students now need to pass five end-of-course

    SHS Principal Scott McPherson looks forward to the challenges, changes, and achievements that are sure to come with the role. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

    Springtown women arrested for cruelty when heat kills dog

    By NATALiE GENTRyAnimal control officers with the

    Parker County Sheriffs Office re-ceived a call Sept. 2 about a small black and white dog chained to a pole.

    The animal was without adequate water or shade.

    According to the probable cause affidavit, no one answered the door when deputies knocked.

    The dog later identified as Gator came out of his Dogloo but col-lapsed once he reached the full length of his chain.

    Although a bowl sat near the dog, it was empty as was the mop bucket.

    When the deputy checked on Ga-tors access to the bucket, she found the chain approximately three feet too short to reach it.

    The deputy stated that the ground around the bowl was completely dry.

    The officer put Gator in the air-con-ditioned truck and headed toward the Millsap Vet Clinic; however the dog died en route.

    According to the affidavit, the vet examined the dog and found his tem-perature to be 110 degrees.

    He reportedly concluded the cause

    of the Gators death was heat exhaus-tion.

    When the investigator on the case spoke with Gators two owners At-tavia Dean Cross, 53, and her daugh-ter Kearsten Ann Henager, 22, both of Springtown the women indicated they left their home at about 8 a.m. to take Henagers child to a doctors ap-pointment.

    Cross said that she had left water in the mop bucket within Gators reach.

    She also stated that they should have probably given him a larger container of water, because the dog tended to spill his water.

    Both Cross and Henager said they ran errands and paid bills after the ap-pointment then picked up their spous-es.

    The family then returned home at about 4 p.m.

    According to the affidavit, Cross told the investigator, I didnt think.

    Both women stated that they should have checked on him at some point during the day.

    The women were arrested on Fri-day, Sept. 5, and charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals torture, a state jail felony.

    The 2014 Springtown High School football Homecoming court:

    (l-r) junior repre-sentative, Jill Ray;

    sophomore represen-tative, Taylor Ervin;

    senior Queen nomi-nees Lauren Brou-

    hard, Kalie Wells, Nikki Sorrels, Rani

    Armstrong, Katie Sugg, Kendyl Dean,

    Sydney Johnson, Makenna Pruitt; and

    freshman representa-tive, Kassidy Sugg.

    Photo by Natalie Gentry

    Homecoming Court

    PLEASE SEE MCPHERSON, PAGE 2A.

  • Lords Acre Festival arrives Sept. 27The annual First United Methodist Church of Springtown Lords Acre Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 27.The event is conducted at the churchs Family Life Center on the corner of Highway 51 (Main Street) and Third.A grilled pork chop lunch begins serving at 11:30 a.m. $8 for adults, $4 for children while quilts, hand-made crafts, canned

    goods, pastries, and a silent auction go on. A live auction begins at 1 p.m.

    TAKS Out-of-School registrationFor the October 2014 administrations of the TAKS exit level tests, all registration for out-of-school examinees is online only.

    TAKS examinees (including former TAAS and TEAMS examinees) must register online at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/taksoos.While regular registration has ended, examinees can continue to register on site at Springtown High School the day of testing.The October 2014 TAKS exit level tests will be administered Oct. 20-23.Because the TAAS tests are no longer being administered, former TAAS examinees (including former TEAMS examinees) will

    take the appropriate part of the TAKS exit level English language arts and/or math test(s) on Oct. 20-22.On the day(s) of testing, examinees should arrive at Springtown High School at least 30 minutes before the designated testing

    time. Examinees must present picture identification, such as a drivers license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card to test. Examinees will not be able to take the test(s) without a picture ID. Contact the SHS campus test coordinator for further information regarding out-of-school testing.

    Cow patty Bingo fundraiser Nov. 15Its $10 to take a chance on where a cow might drop a patty on the Hinkle Elementary football field.A fundraiser for Springtown Project Celebration, the winner receives 10 percent of all ticket sales.Gourmet popcorn is also available. Cow patty tickets and popcorn can be purchased from members of the SHS Class of 2015.

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    ACE OF AZLE

    SECONDHAND SMOKE HURTS THEM. YOU JUST CANT SEE IT.

    Just because you cant see the effects of secondhand smoke doesnt mean

    theyre not there. Exposing your children to tobacco smoke means exposing

    them to tobacco-related health issues and chronic diseases. And every

    day in North Texas, our children are exposed, whether at public places like

    restaurants or even in their own homes. Learn more about the long-term

    effects secondhand smoke has on our kids and the benefits of tobacco-free

    environments at LongLiveParkerCounty.com.

    Made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    exams instead of 15 to meet state graduation requirements.

    These courses are English I, English II, Algebra I, U.S. His-tory, and Biology.

    The state will no longer re-quire students to pass STAAR Chemistry, Physics, Geometry, World History, World Geogra-phy, Algebra II, and English II EOC tests to graduate.

    I feel this is a tremendous

    blessing for the teachers of SHS as well as teachers across the state, McPherson said.

    We are off to a tremendous start to the school year, with ac-tivities going on several nights a week that involve many stu-dents, he said. Im glad to have the opportunity to come back to Springtown where my son will have a chance to grad-uate from one of the finest high schools in the state.

    McPherson new principal at SHS n MCPHERSON, FROM PAGE ONE

    By NATALIE GENTRyA Parker County man died

    in a fatal horseback riding ac-cident.

    Scott Tomkin, 62, of Weath-erford, was found in a pas-ture near FM 51 and Carter Road between Springtown and Weatherford in the evening of Sept. 3 and pronounced dead by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

    According to reports, Tomkin went out for a horseback ride at about 8 a.m. and was later found by a family member who

    then called the sheriffs office.The Parker County Sheriffs

    deputies responded to a call at approximately 6:45 p.m. in ref-erence to Tomkin.

    The horse was found, un-harmed, on the property.

    At this time it has not yet been determined whether the death was medical or an ac-cident, said Parker Sheriffs Deputy Danie Huffman.

    According to the medical ex-aminers website, a toxicology report was ordered and results are pending.

    Horse accident claims Parker County man

    Keep an eye out for flying t-shirts at Homecoming from a special gun manned by cheerleaders. The coveted coverings might come sailing your way Friday night. Before the game, at 7 p.m., the Sound of Springtown band will perform. At halftime, the King and Queen will be crowned. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

    Dont get in any hurry to head toward Weatherford on Highway 51 in the near future. Resurfacing began Sept. 8 and the roadway gets reduced to one lane at times, causing lengthy delays and backups. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

    Flying T-shirts

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    Area residents indictedby carla noah stutsman

    A Parker County Grand Jury met in Weatherford Aug. 7 to consider evidence presented by the Parker County District At-torneys office.

    That Grand Jury returned 37 indictments against 28 indi-viduals. Among those indicted are a Springtown woman, a Poolville man and four Azle men.

    Jeana Denise Moseley, 57, of Springtown, was indicted for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony; for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony; and for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, 1-4 grams, a first de-gree felony.

    Sammy David Mitchell, Jr., 44, of Poolville, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Jerry Dale Allen, 36, of Azle, was indicted for aggra-vated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felo-ny.

    Dennis Glen Brooks, 44, of Azle, was indicted for theft less than $1,500 enhanced with two or more prior theft convictions, a state jail felony.

    Virgil Tucker Murphy, 46, of Azle, was indicted for unau-thorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony.

    Allen Eugene Newkirk, 55, of Azle, was indicted for posses-sion of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Others indicted who do not live in the immediate area in-clude:

    Antonio Jose Barron, 25, of Fort Worth, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Adam Gene Campbell, 32, of Weatherford, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Luis Castro-Ramirez, 32,

    of Weatherford, was indicted for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony. Cas-tro-Ramirez was also indicted on two counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled sub-stance in penalty group 1, 1-4 grams, a second degree felony.

    Candice Lee Cooke, 23, of Weatherford, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Nathan Warren Cox, 25, of Alvarado, was indicted for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, 4-200 grams, a sec-ond-degree felony.

    Eric Joseph Decelle, 32, of Weatherford, was indicted for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger under the age of 15, a state jail felony.

    Lauren Raychelle Espinoza, 26, of Fort Worth, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Terry Curtis Greer, 31, of Weatherford, was indicted for possession of a controlled sub-stance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail fel-ony.

    Johnny Avis Hall, 52, of Mineral Wells, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Scott Eugene Harris, 52, of Weatherford, was indicted for evading arrest with a vehicle, a state jail felony.

    Eddie Franks Headspeft, Jr., 34, of Mineral Wells, was in-dicted for driving while intoxi-cated, third or more, a third-degree felony.

    Justin Wade Holland, 40, of Haltom City, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Gabriel Rivas Jimenez, 43, of Mineral Wells, was indicted for driving while intoxicated, third or more, a third-degree felony.

    Rubin Lawrence Jones, 47, of Millsap, was indicted for assault family violence (chok-ing), a third-degree felony.

    Tia-Jetton Makai McIntosh, 29, of Longview, was indicted for possession of marijuana, four ounces to five pounds, a state jail felony; she was also indicted for manufacture or de-livery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, 4-200 grams, a first degree felony.

    Jaron Coltyn Moore, 25, of Weatherford, was indicted for possession of a controlled sub-stance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, as well as for theft less than $1,500 enhanced with two or more prior theft convictions. Both charges are state jail felonies.

    Rachel Ann Noonkester, 43, of Lubbock, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Jason Michael Patterson, 37, of Weatherford, was in-dicted for possession of a con-trolled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Clayton James Pletcher, 38, of Weatherford, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Sandee Lee Snyder, 32, of Mineral Wells, was indicted for tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felo-ny. Snyder was also indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Cody Edward Stephen-son, 33, of Weatherford, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.

    Mandi Jo Ward, 34, of Bur-leson, was indicted for manu-facture or delivery of a con-trolled substance in penalty group 1, 4-200 grams, a first degree felony. Ward was also indicted for possession of a prohibited substance or item in a correctional facility, a third-degree felony.

    Jeana Denise moseley

    sammy David mitchell

    Dennis Glen brooks

    Jerry Dale allen

    Virgil tucker murphy

    allen Eugene newkirk

    Brookshires launches contest benefiting schools

    SISD sits second in the early standingsby nataliE GEntry

    The Brookshires chain is running a commu-nity oriented contest called the Extrapoint Pro-gram and the local store hopes to take home first place.

    During the contest, each Brookshires will partner with a local high school for a chance to win a portion of the $170,000 the chain plans to donate to local high schools.

    The school/town that texts their keyword to Brookshires number 43101 most often in proportion to their enrollment will win $20,000 for first place, $15,000 for second, and $10,000 for third.

    Springtowns keyword is PORCUPINES.

    Local store manager Mark Baumann, encour-ages people to text that keyword every day.

    The contest began Aug. 27 and will continue thru Nov. 11.

    After one week, Springtown is in second place out of the 134 participating Texas schools, Baumann said. We need everyone to text POR-CUPINES to 43101 to help Springtown schools win.

    I am hoping to get the town behind this pro-gram and text to win SISD that $20,000.

    Customers who text the keyword will also be entered in an instant win game and will have a chance to receive free item offers and win your-points, Brookshires loyalty reward program.

    This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint and is recyclable.

    Published weekly at 109 First Street, Springtown, Texas by Azle Tri-Country Advertiser, Inc. Periodicals class postage paid at Springtown, Texas, 76082. Postmaster: Send address changes to P.O. Box 557, Springtown, Texas 76082

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    A Springtown ex-student/teachers reunion is slated for SHS Saturday, Oct. 11, begin-ning at 3:00 p. m.

    Anyone and everyone who has ever been part of Spring-town schools is invited to at-tend.

    There will be time to visit and a short meeting before dinner begins at 5:00 p. m., and it is requested that every-one bring a covered dish.

    The Class of 64 will be honored for the 50th anniver-sary of their graduation.

    I know this reunion was going on during the 50s, said Julia Moseley. I dont know how many years before that.

    We want everyone to spread the word so we can have a huge crowd.

    SHS reunion set for Oct. 11

    Seven days of giving.During the week of Sept. 20-

    26, Friendship Baptist Church, located nine miles south of Springtown, will hold its sec-ond annual Impact Week.

    Over the course of these seven days, Friendship will be partnering Sunday through Saturday with non-profit or-ganizations and the cities of Springtown and Weatherford with the goal of donating 150 hours of community service to

    Parker County.Each day, Friendship will

    partner with different organiza-tions in the communities with the goal of impacting Parker County through a series of acts of service.

    Among the organizations Friendship will be serv-ing alongside are the City of Springtowns Wild West Festi-val and its public parks.

    The church will also aid Free-dom House, the Parker Baptist

    Association Center for Ministry and Training, the Weatherford Animal Shelter, Friendships own Food Bank, and the public parks in Weatherford.

    Pastor Zach Crook said, We are so excited about Impact Week this year. Last year, we exceeded our goal of 100 vol-unteer hours in seven days and we believe that this year we can make an even bigger mark on Parker County.

    We want this community to know that God loves them and we want to demonstrate that love in a tangible way through Impact Week.

    Friendship, located off of Highway 51 between Spring-town and Weatherford, is a long-established church over 100 years old.

    For more information about Impact Week and Friendship Baptist Church, call 817-594-5940 or visit www.friendship-weatherford.com/impact-week.

    Preparing for ImpactCountry church includes Springtown for special projects

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    Area real estate highly soughtMetroplex folks moving out here in drovesby mark k. campbell

    Today is the day to sell.Thats what Springtown real estate expert Kelly Mayo told

    Springtown Optimists Sept. 9.So many people are moving into the area that: There are not

    enough sellers and too many buyers, he said.Mayo noted that 85 percent of people moving into our area

    defined by Mayo as within the confines of the Springtown school district come from the Metroplex.

    In 2010, Mayo said that the latest census numbers show the areas population grew 29 percent since 2000.

    Countywide, the numbers soared 33 percent.That means more people coming here and more housing need-

    ed.Mayo said Texas real estate did not suffer as substantially as

    other states, especially California and Florida.Las Vegas, too, saw years of double digit property value in-

    creases that meant a big fall when the market shifted and the economy drooped.

    Mayo said North Texas defined as approximately Abilene to Tyler to Waco to the Red River has historically seen more mod-est increases, around 3 percent, which meant the precipitous fall was avoided.

    Texas held on during the recession, Mayo said. We saw some dramatic drops but not in property values.

    Since the end of 2011 to today, we have been on an incline.

    He said new home sales, real estate, and car sales are indicative of an areas economic health and locally things are good.

    Building and impact fees make constructing new homes inside city limits more expensive, so most newcomers are choosing to live in the surrounding areas.

    What people want is an acre of land and a house, Mayo said.In the area right now, such sites are averaging around $145,000-

    $150,000.Mayo added that those numbers are skewed up somewhat by

    more expensive houses in the Aledo and Brock area.He said he expects to see no interest rate increases of substance

    until the end of 2015 at least.The average time a house stays on the market nationally is six

    months; in North Texas that time is just four months and some-times much less.

    Mayo added that Keller is especially hot, that sometimes an owner will get multiple offers on the first day a house is placed on the market.

    Around here, just like the rest of North Texas, construction is hopping, Mayo said.

    Theres lots of building all around, he said, adding that mate-rial and manpower costs wood, cement, workers are rising because of the great demand.

    Mayo said if someone had a 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 2,000-2,500-square-foot house on some land for sale, We wouldnt be able to keep it.

    kelly mayo, a real estate expert, told Optimists that people are fleeing the big city to move out to our sur-rounding countryside. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

    The Epigraph remains one of Texas top papers

    Springtowns newspaper is all about Springtown!The staff of the Epigraph exists for one

    reason the people of Springtown.An annual winner of multiple awards

    at several journalism contests judged by its peers, the Epigraphs dedicated staff is determined to bring readers total coverage of every nook and cranny of Springtown.

    After all, were documenting the history of a small Texas town, an honor that isnt taken lightly.

    We jam the Epigraph full of stories and photography on school issues as well as pieces on budgets, crime, accidents, fires, residential development, the local economy, and a host of other things that are newsworthy to Springtown folk.

    And receiving the newspaper in the mail or buying one at a business isnt the only way to keep up with town goings-on.

    The paper has a booming Twitter audience @SpringtownEpi as well as an invigorating Facebook presence and a popular web site.

    Reporters regularly Tweet up-to-the minute information on breaking stories in town.

    Clearly, Springtown is far from a sleepy Texas town the Epigraph proves

    that weekly!The paper covers it all: from the

    gridiron to the council chambers.Oh, other news organizations pop into

    Springtown when something big arises. But the Epigraph is always here week in and week out chronicling the pulse of our community.

    In the paper youll find youth achievements, updates on service organizations, local men and women in military, anniversaries, weddings, and school activities.

    Not to mention special sections like the Wild West Festival, graduation, and the popular Letters to Santa.

    Plus there are columns and stories written by award-winning local authors who address vital city, state, and national interests and some perhaps not so urgent often with a unique sense of Lone Star humor.

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    From a stagecoach, to gun-fights, to the music of the era, the events and entertainment of the 30th annual Springtown Wild West Festival are aimed at providing the community a taste of the Wild West.

    And whats more iconic of the West than Texas longhorn cattle?

    From their introduction to the state in the early 1700s to the

    epic cattle drives of the 1800s, longhorns have been a symbol of the state and its colorful his-tory.

    This year, festival goers will have the chance to meet, sit on, and take a picture with a bona fide longhorn courtesy of Ward Welding and West Air.

    According to the Lonesome Longhorns website, all of the an-imals are drug free and are fully aware of their surroundings.

    The companies carry full li-ability insurance and are feder-ally licensed by the USDA.

    The animals from Lonesome Longhorns have been featured on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View, and the CBS Morning Show.

    The $5 charge for the expe-rience goes to the Tabernacle restoration fund, and everyone will need to bring their own camera.

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  • On Sept. 8, 2014 at 1:48 p.m., a beautiful soul departed this earth and went to meet her heavenly reward.

    A service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Biggers Funeral Chapel with additional services under the direction of Munden Funeral Home in Morehead City, North Carolina, (252)-726-8066.

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    Jessica Michele Massey of Springtown, was born Feb. 26, 1971 in Sea Level, North Carolina.

    Jessica lived a life that was not free from affliction and struggles, but she lived a life of love. Jessica loved with a pure heart, never seeing color, class, social status, or past mistakes made in a persons life. Jessica loved like Jesus loved.

    Jessica saw glimpses of Heaven during her last days and spoke of seeing her

    grandmother, two aunts, and a loving nurse, who had all gone before her. She spoke of meeting Jesus, who she said, had told her that He was waiting for her. She also spoke of getting new dancing shoes in Heaven. She passed from this life just as she lived her life, with a smile on her face, surrounded by people who love her.

    Jessicas family would like to express thanks to the Neuro ICU staff, the Respiratory staff, and the Palliative Care team at Harris Methodist Hospital in Ft. Worth, TX, for all the love and support you have given Jessica and her family. The family wishes for everyone to remember Jessica for her beautiful smile, the love that she brought to your life, and for you to think of her in her glorified Heavenly body, free from pain, walking, talking, and yes even dancing with Jesus! We will see you again, our beautiful girl. Until then, you will live on in our hearts and minds forever.

    She is preceded in death by her grandparents, James Massey, Molly Massey, William Brittingham and Arlene Brittingham.

    Survivors include her parents, Jesse and Billie Massey; sisters, Donna Massey Aliyetti and husband John, Sue Massey Scott, Allycia Massey English, and husband Nathan; her brother Kevin Massey; and a multitude of family and friends who were inspired by her life.

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    I would just like to take a minute to say thank all of you who showed your support for our family this last week, for all who attended the funeral of our little girl and all who called, sent cards, and messages, the hundreds of Facebook friends of Pandra, members of her army unit and her classmates, first grade and up, The cities of Reno and Azle with their support, Whites Funeral Home and Azleland with being so professional in what they do, and most of all we thank God for the 27 years He allowed us to have Pandra. Losing my daughter is the hardest thing Ive ever had to deal with. Our hearts are broken without repair, our tears are daily, but without all the above, I dont know what we would do. Thank you all. A.W. Teater and Family

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    John Raymond Tafoya, 15, a loving son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

    A funeral was held 11:30 a.m. Monday in Greenwood Chapel. Interment at 3 p.m. Monday in Holly Hills Memorial Park,

    Granbury. Visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood.

    John Raymond was born Oct. 21, 1998, in Fort Worth. We love you, John, and you will be missed.

    Survivors include parents, Tommy and Angela Tafoya; brother, Tommy Tafoya; sisters, Veronica Tafoya and partner, Josh Harris, Laura Tafoya and partner, Andrealiz Rodriguez, Julie Coker and husband, Olen, and Katie Tafoya; niece, Emma Coker and soon to arrive, Ellie Coker; grandparents, Bill and Letty King; grandmother, Berlinda Delgado; and numerous aunts and uncles, including the Tafoya, Montes and Cruz families.

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    Faye Jennings Williams, 91, passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

    A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Whites Funeral Home, 401 N. Main St., Springtown, 76082. Interment at Jaybird Cemetery. Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Whites Funeral Home.

    Faye was born July 29, 1923 in Wild Onion to Tommie and Naomia Jennings. She married Delbert A. Williams on May 20, 1939 and had many happy years together. She served on the Board of Directors for Affordable Housing of Parker County.

    Faye loved to read, travel, and cook. She was known for her homemade biscuits and

    gravy. But what she loved most was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

    Faye was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Gloria Jean Williams; great-grandson, Quint Boenker; brothers, Burnie Jennings, Herbert Jennings and Orville Jennings; sister, Callie Green; and uncle, Lether Darter.

    Survivors include children, Kay Wood and husband, David, and Kathy McCann and husband, Jamey; grandchildren, Lisa Rener and husband, Joseph, Shannan Muck and husband, Billy, Stephanie White and husband, Jim, Gloria Boenker and husband, Quad, and Jeremy McCann; great-grandchildren, Dustin Rener, Brandon Rener, Danielle White, Kayla White, Elizabeth White, Vannessa Pelt, Joelie Boenker, Oaklie Boenker, Quinlie Boenker, Carsen Muck, and Ryleigh McCann; great great-grandchildren, Kodi Rener, Daniel Rener, Colby Pelt, and Avery Pelt; brother-in-law, Lillard Green; and many nieces and nephews.

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    Bailey Goss Sullivan, 17, of the Aledo area, passed from this life Sept. 1, 2014, in an automobile accident as a passenger.

    A funeral was held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Springtown Church of Christ, 316 Church St., Springtown. Interment at Springtown Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Whites Funeral Home, 401 N. Main St., Springtown.

    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Springtown Church of Christ, P.O. Box 96, Springtown, Texas 76082 or the Aledo AdvoCats, P.O. Box 25, Aledo, Texas 76008, in honor of Bailey Goss Sullivan.

    She was born April 29, 1997, in Weatherford, the daughter of Christy Sullivan and Chea

    Goss, granddaughter of James (Sandy) and Barbara Sullivan of Springtown. She had just started her senior year at Aledo High School, where she was excited to be studying Web Technologies and Interior Design. She planned to go to college at Abilene Christian University. Bailey had previously lived in Springtown with her grandparents for a number of years attending and being baptized into Christ at the Springtown Church of Christ where she enjoyed many youth activities. She was a former student in Springtown for a number of years. Bailey had a great love for little children and animals and they loved her.

    Survivors include her mother, Christy Sullivan; younger sister, Cara (NaeNae) Sullivan; her father, Chea Goss and his wife Stacey; grandparents, James (Sandy) and Barbara Sullivan, of Springtown; aunt and uncle, Jackie and Linda Sullivan, aunt and uncle, J. C. and Gay Sills; cousins, Shawn and Heather Jackson Sledge, Joshua Dunlap, Chelsea Shearon and Derek Betts; Forrest, Hunter and Ranger Jackson; niece, Jaycie Shearon and several other aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

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  • Mrs. Billie Ruth Long Bell peacefully passed away on Sept. 7, 2014, as son, Willis Bell, comforted her at her bedside. Her spirit ascended into the heavens to be greeted by her Heavenly Father, family, friends, and former students who preceded her in that journey. One month and one day from her 90th birthday, she was proud that she had lived longer than others in her family (at the time of her passing).

    Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014 in Weatherfords East Greenwood Cemetery, with Whites Funeral Home, Weatherford in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. at Whites Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials and remembrances may be made, in her name, to the Parker County Historical Commission, 216 Fort Worth Highway, Weatherford, Texas 76086.

    Mrs. Bell came into this world on Oct. 8, 1924 as Billie Ruth Long, first-born of the late Stephen Willis and Sarah Ruth Simpson Long, in Parker County. She was later followed by sisters, Mary Linda, Ella Sue, Louise, and brother, Stephen (Steve) Willis Long, Jr. Growing up in those times meant frugality was necessary, to not dispose of something which might

    have some later use. She was an accomplished artist (with oil paint), photographer, and respected educator. Mrs. Bell took pride in being a self-reliant woman, especially in her later years.

    On May 29, 1947, Miss Long became the wife of M. W. Pos Bell in a double ceremony as her sister Linda became the wife of Thomas Giles Thompson of Abilene. After going to school summers and extension courses at night, M. W. and Billie Ruth received their B.S. and M.S. degrees, respectively, at summer graduation exercises at North Texas State University in 1950. Mr. and Mrs. Bell enjoyed long and productive teaching careers in Parker County, spanning four decades.

    Mrs. Bell began her teaching career in Azle (1945-46), continuing to Weatherford Independent School District at T. W. Stanley Elementary School (1946-1948), Millsap schools (1948-1951), and the Springtown Independent School District from 1952 until her retirement. Mrs. Bell, along with her late husband, M. W. Pos Bell, were highly-regarded and respected by their fellow teachers and their students.

    One of Mrs. Bells many involvements was as the sponsor of the Springtown High School yearbook, The Quill. She worked many long hours to ensure her students produced a top-quality publication, first in black-and-white, later in color, and expanding to include the entire school system. She later used this experience to the benefit of the Parker County Historical Commission, of which she was a member for many years, in the production of History of Parker County. In addition to The Quill, Mrs. Bell taught English and Latin (for a few years when it was offered at Springtown). In 1992, Mr. and Mrs. Bell moved into a refurbished home on the Bell Family Farm in Brock.

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    Geneological Society and the Parker County Historical Commission, she was highly-involved in the first restoration project of the current Parker County Courthouse. She worked with many long-time friends to ensure the historical aspects of that restoration met all state-mandated criteria for the necessary Texas state grant money to be awarded for the project, working with several courthouse restoration specialists from Texas Tech University. She was very proud of the results.

    In Nov., 2013, Mrs. Bell received a Member Emeritus award from the Parker County Historical Commission for her long years of work, contributions, and membership in the group. Many others who had become somewhat inactive, in more recent times, also received similar awards. She was very proud of this recognition.

    Mrs. Bells other involvements included The Order of the Eastern Star (following in her mothers footsteps) and Parker County Retired Teachers. She will be greatly missed by many people whose lives she positively impacted as students or otherwise. She was always proud when a former student shared their accomplishments with her, crediting her and her husband for helping them achieve their life goals. Although retired from the Springtown Schools for quite some time, she still cared about what went on in Springtown and her old friends out there.

    She was pre-deceased by her parents; sister, Louise Beadle; and husband, M. W. Pos Bell.

    Survivors include sisters, Linda Thompson (Abilene), Sue Richmond (Pecos); brother, Steve Long (Granbury); and son, Willis Bell (Weatherford); Additionally, many nieces, nephews, and an extended family of former students and co-workers.

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    Make New Friends......at Eagle Crest Villa where theres always something fun going on. This unique retirement and assisted living community offers a variety of social events and activities to enrich your life and your friendships. From the visiting seniors bands to the sing-a-longs around the piano, youll enjoy this safe and secure setting. And youll appreciate our knowledgeable staff of pro-fessionals who are ready to assist you around the clock. Come join us at Eagle Crest Villa. Youll be glad you did.

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    ...at Eagle Crest Villa. This new and exciting Retirement and Assisted Living Community is filled with active, fun loving people who live and work there. Enjoy some friendly conversation in front of the entry fireplace. Join in a spirited game of dominoes. Or work out in all the comfort of home and more. Its safe, too, for the peace-of-mind you deserve.

    So why not start the new year out right? Call or come see us. Well be glad to show you around and help you pick out your new apartment.

    Eagle Crest Villa Retirement and Assisted Living Community a new way of living thats right for you.

    To request a brochureand other information,contact DorothyCherryhomes todayat (817) 444-3249

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    To secure your place, all it takes is a security deposit. To request a brochure and other information, contact Dorothy Cherryhomes today at (817) 444-3249.

    www.eaglecrestvilla.com

    Make New Friends......at Eagle Crest Villa where theres always something fun going on. This unique retirement and assisted living community offers a variety of social events and activities to enrich your life and your friendships. From the visiting seniors bands to the sing-a-longs around the piano, youll enjoy this safe and secure setting. And youll appreciate our knowledgeable staff of pro-fessionals who are ready to assist you around the clock. Come join us at Eagle Crest Villa. Youll be glad you did.

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    Attendantsavailable24-hours

    Transportationtolocaldoctors,pharmacies,and shopping centers

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    Full-servicebarberandbeautysalon

    Exerciseroom

    Gameareas

    TVroom

    Mealspreparedthreetimesaday,plussnacks

    Bankingservicesofferedmonthly

    Petswelcome*

    Located in Azle, Texas, off Hwy 199 on Denver Trailacross from Harris Methodist Hospital

    V=030096EQUAL HOUSINGOPPORTUNITY

    A RETIREMENT AND ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY

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    www.eaglecrestvilla.com

    ...at Eagle Crest Villa. This new and exciting Retirement and Assisted Living Community is filled with active, fun loving people who live and work there. Enjoy some friendly conversation in front of the entry fireplace. Join in a spirited game of dominoes. Or work out in all the comfort of home and more. Its safe, too, for the peace-of-mind you deserve.

    So why not start the new year out right? Call or come see us. Well be glad to show you around and help you pick out your new apartment.

    Eagle Crest Villa Retirement and Assisted Living Community a new way of living thats right for you.

    To request a brochureand other information,contact DorothyCherryhomes todayat (817) 444-3249

    Eagle Crest Villa is located in Azle, Texas off Highway 199 on Denver Trail, across from Harris Methodist Hospital.

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    To secure your place, all it takes is a security deposit. To request a brochure and other information, contact Dorothy Cherryhomes today at (817) 444-3249.

    www.eaglecrestvilla.com

    Make New Friends......at Eagle Crest Villa where theres always something fun going on. This unique retirement and assisted living community offers a variety of social events and activities to enrich your life and your friendships. From the visiting seniors bands to the sing-a-longs around the piano, youll enjoy this safe and secure setting. And youll appreciate our knowledgeable staff of pro-fessionals who are ready to assist you around the clock. Come join us at Eagle Crest Villa. Youll be glad you did.

    Linenandmaidservice

    Attendantsavailable24-hours

    Transportationtolocaldoctors,pharmacies,and shopping centers

    Activitiesandsocialevents

    Full-servicebarberandbeautysalon

    Exerciseroom

    Gameareas

    TVroom

    Mealspreparedthreetimesaday,plussnacks

    Bankingservicesofferedmonthly

    Petswelcome*

    Located in Azle, Texas, off Hwy 199 on Denver Trailacross from Harris Methodist Hospital

    V=030096EQUAL HOUSINGOPPORTUNITY

    A RETIREMENT AND ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY

    EQUAL HOUSINGOPPORTUNITY

    Obituaries

    Billie Ruth Long Bell 1924-2014

    James Cannonball Lawrence1941-2014

    James Cannonball Lawrence, 73, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Fort Worth.

    Celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Whites Funeral Home, 105 Denver Trail, Azle.

    In lieu of usual remembrances, the Lawrence family suggests contributions in Jamess memory to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284 or National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

    James Howard Lawrence was born Jan. 27, 1941, in Monticello, Arkansa, son of the late Edwin T. and Mary Kate Smith Lawrence. Cannonball, for 50 years, made his career as a master electrician and was a member of IBEW Local Union 116.

    James was preceded in death by his parents.

    Survivors include wife of 55 years, Rosetta Lawrence of Azle; children, Jerry Lawrence and wife, Paula, Jenee Blackwell and husband, Robert, John Lawrence and wife, Kelly, Jeff Lawrence and wife, Mollie, James L. Lawrence and wife, Helen; brothers, Charles Lawrence and Terry Weddle; sisters, Sandra Coleman and Kathy Turner and husband, Ronnie; cousin, Robert Tanner; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends.

    The Springtown Epigraph, Sept. 11, 2014 Edition

    Texas A&M AgriLife Exten-sion Service in Parker County along with coalition of local partners will conduct a Friend-to-Friend Party to help women have a better understanding of breast and cervical cancer and the best way to prevent these cancers.

    The party will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 30 at the Springtown Senior Citizens Center, located at 1070 North Main Street in Springtown.

    A presentation on breast and cervical cancers will be given by medical professionals, and there will be a discussion of the obstacles women may encoun-ter when trying to access mam-mograms and Pap tests locally.

    Participants will also have an opportunity to visit with exhib-itors that conduct these screen-ings and the exhibitors will have staff members available to make screening appointments.

    Additionally, information will be available on how those

    who qualify can access finan-cial assistance if the cost of the screening prevents them from getting a screening.

    Cervical cancer is the easiest female cancer to prevent with a Pap test.

    It is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available.

    With a Pap test, the doctor is looking for any cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately.

    So, who should be screened and when should they be screened?

    According to the American Cancer Societys guidelines, women between ages 21 and 29 should have a Pap test ev-ery three years. The doctor may also suggest a HPV test if there are abnormal Pap test results.

    For women between the ages of 30 and 65, it is preferred that they have a Pap test plus an HPV test every five years, but

    it is also okay to have a Pap test alone every three years.

    If a woman is over 65 years and has had regular cervical cancer testing with normal re-sults, she should not be tested for cervical cancer.

    However, women with his-tory of a serious cervical pre-cancer should continue to be tested for at least 20 years after that diagnosis, even if testing continues past age 65.

    If a womans uterus and cer-vix were removed for reasons not related to cervical cancer and she does not have a history of cervical cancer or serious pre-cancer, she also should not be tested. Women with a his-tory of serious pre-cancer will need to visit with their doctor about their screening needs.

    Participants who pre-register will have their name placed in a drawing for a $50 gift card.

    For more information, call Parker County AgriLife Exten-sion at 817-598-6168.

    Staying healthy togetherWomens health event coming here Sept. 30

    Beef Cattle Field Day is be-ing held Friday, Sep. 19, at Bob Tallmans 3-T Rodeo Ranch, 3401 Lone Star Rd, Poolville.

    Registration with coffee and donuts is at 9 a.m.

    Topics to be presented in-clude Cattle Working System,

    True Test Scales, Horn Fly and Lice Control, Your Role in Theft Protection and TSCRA, Marketing Your Calves, and Customer Interaction with Fac-tory Reps and Sponsors.

    This is a free event with a sponsored chuck wagon lunch,

    so if you wish to attend, please be sure to RSVP to 817-598-6168 by Sept. 16.

    The program is presented in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Parker County and seven other sponsors.

    Cattle Field Day planned

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    The annual Homecoming parade featured all things Springtown including athletes, cheerleaders, dancers, the Sound of Springtown, pee wee teams and cheer squads, colorguards, royalty nominees, fire engines, trains and the fiery Lighting of the Letters. Photos by Natalie Gentry

    Homecoming Parade 2014

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    Proposition Number 1 (SJR 1)

    SJR 1 would authorize the trans-fer of certain money from the general revenue fund to the state highway fund and the economic stabilization fund. Money trans-ferred to the state highway fund may be used solely for the con-struction, maintenance and acqui-sition of rights-of-way for public roadways.

    The proposed amendment will

    appear on the ballot as follows: The constitutional amendment providing for the use and dedica-tion of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transporta-tion construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads.

    Published by Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry, www.Vote-Texas.gov or 1-800-252-VOTE (8683).

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  • 10AThursday, September 11, 2014 www.springtown-epigraph.netOPINION

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    EditorMark K. Campbell

    Continuing on February 23:The enemy marched into Bexar, and took possession of the town, a blood-red flag flying at their head, to indicate that we need not expect quarters if we should fall into their clutches. In the afternoon a messenger was sent from the enemy to Colonel Travis, demanding an un-conditional and absolute surrender of the garrison, threatening to put every man to the sword in case of refusal. The only answer he received was a cannon shot, so the messenger left us with a flea in his ear, and the Mexicans commenced firing grenades at us, but without doing any mischief.

    At night Colonel Travis sent an ex-press to Colonel Fanning, at Goliad, about three or four days march from this place, to let him know that we are besieged. The old pirate volunteered

    to go on this expedition, and accord-ingly left the fort after nightfall.

    February 24. Very early this morn-ing the enemy commenced a new bat-tery on the banks of the river, about three hundred and fifty yards from the fort, and by afternoon they amused themselves by firing at us from that quarter. Our Indian scout came in this evening, and with him a reinforce-ment of thirty men from Gonzales, who are just in the nick of time to reap a harvest of glory; but there is some prospect of sweating blood before we gather it in.

    An accident happened to my friend Thimblerig this afternoon. He was in-tent on his eternal game of thimbles in a somewhat exposed position, while the enemy were bombarding us from the new redoubt. A three-ounce ball glanced from the parapet and struck him on the breast, inflicting a painful, but not dangerous wound. I extracted

    the ball, which was of lead, and recom-mended to him to drill a hole through it, and carry it for a watch seal. No, he replied with energy, may I be shot six times if I do: that would be making a bauble for an idle boast. No,

    Colonel, lead is getting scarce, and Ill lend it out at compound interest. Curse the thimbles! he muttered, and went his way, and I saw no more of him that evening.

    February 25. The firing com-menced early this morning, but the

    Mexicans are poor engineers, for we havent lost a single man, and our out-works have sustained no injury. Our sharpshooters have brought down a considerable number of stragglers at a long shot. I got up before the peep of day, hearing an occasional discharge of a rifle just over the place where I was sleeping, and I was somewhat amazed to see Thimblerig mounted alone on the battlement, no one being on duty at the time but the sentries. What are you doing there? says I. Paying my debts, says he, interest and all. And how do you make out? says I. Ive nearly got through, says he; stop a moment, Colonel, and Ill close the account. He clapped his rifle to his shoulder, and blazed away, then jumped down from his perch, and said, That accounts settled; them chaps will let me play out my game in quiet next time. I looked over the wall, and saw four Mexicans lying dead on the

    plain. I asked him to explain what he meant by paying his debts, and he told me that he had run the grape shot into four rifle balls, and that he had taken an early stand to have a chance of picking off stragglers.

    Now, Colonel, lets go take our bitters, said he; and so we did. The enemy have been busy during the night, and have thrown up to batter-ies on the opposite side of the river. The battalion of Matamoras is posted there, and cavalry occupy the hills to the east and on the road to Gonzales. They are determined to surround us, and cut us off from reinforcement, or the possibility of escape by a sortie. Well, theres one thing they cannot prevent; well still go ahead, and sell our lives at a high price.

    Davy Crockett and the Alamos last days, Part 3

    HISTORICALHIGHLIGHTS

    Laurie Moseley

    Laurie Moseley is an author, archeologistand historian who lives in Springtown. He is the

    director of Springtowns Legends Museum.

    Autocorrect gone wild: The Lawyer and the Geisha

    LIFE MATTERSGerry Lewis

    If you use a smartphone, it has probably happened to you: that moment when autocorrect takes over and inserts a word that makes you say, Where the heck did that come from?

    A few months ago, Mrs. Sweetie was sending a text message to my brother. The subject was our neph-ew and the word she was typing was hero. Her phone decided to make it heterosexual. The fact that our nephew is het-erosexual would not have been a revelation to his fa-ther, but we were glad she caught it before she sent it.

    Her phone also refused to recognize my name. Gerry becomes Ferry or gerrymandering. If these smartphones are so dadgum smart, how can it not figure out that the most common name she will be typing is that of her amazingly handsome and humble husband? (Hey! Maybe thats my new nickname: Triple Hor not)

    This weekend I responded to fa-vorite daughters Facebook tag and listed my top 10 influential books I have read. This is what I thought I typed: 2. The Firm (John Grisham) first Grisham book I read that got me hooked on legal thrillers. About an hour later, Mrs. Sweetie was perusing Facebook and told me what I actually typed and posted: The Firm