Five months in the hospital. Six weeks in an intensive care unit. Allison Dickson spent the first half of 2014 fighting for her life. She suffered respiratory failure, went into shock, and her organs started shutting down. At age 34, she was put on life support three times. “I went downhill bad,” Dickson said, looking back. “I don’t remember much, which is a good thing. I don’t think it was pleasant.” But out of that difficult time, two endowed scholarships at Central Texas universities are now awarded annually in Allison Dickson’s name.
Rows of rooftops from new subdivisions are popping up around Killeen and Harker Heights, supplanting the farms and ranches that once marked this area. From country rustic and modern, to sleek and contemporary, there is a home style to fit every budget and fulfill a homebuyer’s wish list.
One hundred forty years after the last cattle, cowboys and chuck wagons meandered down the Chisholm Trail through Central Texas you can still find purebred longhorns grazing along the historic route. Longhorn rancher Judy Hundley is helping to preserve that legacy.
Lorrie Smith ties a brightly colored jingle apron around her waist. A fitness instructor at the Lions Club Senior Center in Killeen, she is about to guide a room full of seniors through a Zumba lesson.
Lupita Bluhm de Saldivar, her daughter Sophie, her cousin Julia MacLaughlin and friend Obdulia Cazares gather around the island in Saldivar’s kitchen for a tamalada (tamale-making party). The four women take on the role of tamaleras, people who make the tamales, and are ready to get started on a traditional Mexican food made from scratch. The tamalada is as much fun as it is work, as family members and friends all pitch in to make this annual holiday treat.
Lisa Taylor, manager of the Sammons Community Center in Temple, is putting finishing touches on plans for this year’s senior holiday dinner to be held Dec. 8 at the Frank W. Mayborn Center. Open to seniors 50 and older, this event draws up to 600 people for an evening of fellowship, dinner, dancing and games.
Daniel said we all have clutter in our lives from time to time. But there are some extreme conditions where disorganization begins to affect our families, our social lives and even our jobs. Here are two examples: