Local Events

Local church holding winter coat drive
Whitney Church of Christ will hold its “Warm Up Whitney” coat drive Saturday, October 27, from 2 to 6 p.m.
The coat drive for kids in Whitney, Blum and Aquilla will be held at the church, 109 East Jefferson Avenue in Whitney. Coats will be provided for infants through high school ages.
Registration forms will be required for a child to receive a coat. Forms are available at Whitney Elementary School, Whitney Church of Christ, Our Daily Bread Food Bank, and Lake Whitney Public Library. A form is also included in this edition of The Lakelander.
Return registration forms to one of the above locations, or email the form to bebesheri@icloud.com. Forms may also be faxed to 254-694-1353.
Coats are still being collected for the drive. If you would like to donate, drop-off containers are located at Whitney Church of Christ, Lake Whitney Public Library and Whitney Elementary School.
For more information, contact Sheri Wilson at 254-205-8756.


LWA sets kids’ auditions for Christmas show
Auditions for Lake Whitney Arts’ Children’s Christmas show will be held Thursday, October 18, at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 20, at 10 a.m.
The script calls for at least 15 cast members. Come and be a member of Christmas, USA.            The town folks include Skeezix and Sylvester, an elf comedy team; Dancer, the funny reindeer; and Mrs. Claus, the REAL boss of the outfit. These are just a few members of this delightful tinsel town.
The auditions will be held at the theatre, located at 500 South Bosque Street in Whitney. The box office may be contacted at 254-694-5105.


Applications available for Gaines grants
The Board of Directors of the Dorothy Gaines Foundation is accepting grant applications for 2018 until the deadline of Saturday, October 20.
The foundation is authorized to make grants to organizations and institutions that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or to governmental entities.  The foundation will make grants for specific projects, building and capital improvement campaigns and general purposes.
Grants will only be funded that will serve organizations and the people of Hill or Tarrant counties.
The Dorothy Gaines Foundation was established in 2003 by Dorothy Gaines as a private foundation with the primary purpose to promote the quality of life in Hill and Tarrant counties.
More information about the foundation and grant applications can be found on the foundation’s website at http://www.dorothygainesfoundation.org.


Trunk or Treat planned at Whitney Church of Christ
The Whitney Church of Christ will hold a Trunk Or Treat event in the church parking lot Saturday, October 27, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The event immediately follows the Warm Up Whitney coat drive at the church.
Earl Krieg, spokesperson for the event, said, “We look forward to serving the community of Whitney with these endeavors. We want to provide coats and jackets as needed for the children in the area. It is also our intention to provide a safe place as an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating.”
There will be games, candy and prizes, and all children are invited to attend.


Aquilla ISD implements “Build Your Own Teacher” program
In August, the Aquilla Independent School District (ISD) Board of Trustees unanimously approved its own district-wide “Build Your Own Teacher” program to help provide financial assistance to those paraprofessionals who are continuing their education to become teachers.
Superintendent Dr. David Edison said, “Paraprofessionals are the heartbeat of what we do every day; they help make this district function and tirelessly give of themselves. To me, this was the least we could do to say thank you, and to encourage them to continue their journey to become a teacher.”
Last spring, Aquilla ISD was denied the Grow Your Own grant provided by the Texas Education Agency. The Grow Your Own grant program was a competitive grant designed to facilitate increased entry of qualified, diverse candidates into the teaching profession, particularly in rural and small school settings.
The program also aimed to elevate the perception of the teaching profession through the development and facilitation of high-quality education and training courses at the high school level, and to address challenges Texas currently faces in terms of recruiting and retaining teacher candidates.
Superintendent Edison stated, “It was very disheartening to hear of bigger districts, even colleges, receiving this grant, yet the districts which I thought the grant was intended for were left out. Despite this setback, I knew we had to find a way to press forward to do what was right for our staff.”
That is when Dr. Edison and his administration created an extensive Aquilla ISD Build Your Own Teacher program that they would present to the board requesting permission to implement a program to assist paraprofessionals who are pursuing their teaching certifications.
Unanimous approval from the school board resulted in a program in which the district pays for up to $1,500 per semester for successful college courses completed by paraprofessionals in their teaching degree plan.
Board president David Snipes stated, “We are simply paving the way for our future teachers whom we hope have found a home here and who we hope know how much we value their service and dedication to this district. It’s a win-win for our district and the future students of this great community.”


ORCC to host HighRoad in concert
Open Range Cowboy Church of Whitney will host HighRoad in a live concert Saturday, October 27, at 7 p.m.
Ask Sarah Davison what her favorite Bible verse is, and she’ll immediately quote Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
It’s a scripture that has accompanied the acclaimed singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist through life’s highs and lows, and one she hand-copied—in a flowery cursive script—from her grandmother’s Bible.
“That verse has been with me from my hometown of 180 people to Nashville, going after what I feel called to do, trusting that He’s leading me down the right road,” she reflects.
It’s not only a scripture that beautifully encapsulates Sarah’s own journey, but the ordained path of her band, HighRoad, as well. A gifted pianist and vocalist, behind the scenes Sarah often lends her talents to a veritable who’s who of leading country artists. She toured with iconic Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones’ band on his final tour of Canada; has shared the stage with current chart-topper Chris Young; and she recently performed on the Grand Ole Opry with ACM Award-winner Mark Wills, among numerous other opportunities. But it’s the acclaimed ensemble Sarah founded in 2010 that is clearly the passion closest to her heart.
“I love playing for other artists, but at the same time, I’ve always felt called to do Gospel music,” she shares. “When HighRoad first started, it awakened this part of me I didn’t even know God had in mind.”
Since the group’s genesis, Sarah and bandmates Kristen Bearfield (mandolin, guitar, banjo, vocals), Kinsey Kapfhammer (guitar, vocals) and Lauren Conklin (fiddle) have already garnered six SGM Scoops Diamond Award nominations and an Absolutely Gospel Music Female Group of the Year award.
They regularly perform at leading Gospel music events including the Gatlinburg Gathering, Myrtle Beach’s Singing In The Sun and the National Quartet Convention.
Members have appeared on Gaither Homecoming Videos with Bradley Walker as well as played wuth Jimmy Fortune (Statler Brothers), Vince Gill, Chris Young, Mark Wills, and Emily Ann Roberts from The Voice. In 2018, they played on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville, and had their first two number one singles on Southern Gospel Radio.
The church is located at 582 FM 1713 near Whitney. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, contact William Heard at 254-266-4715 or visit http://www.openrangecowboychurch.com.