Students In An Uproar

When looking at Uproar Records from the outside, it may seem to be small and simple. Once you speak with those involved in Uproar, however, it reveals their passion for their work and for the Baylor and Waco community....

Making The Pen Bleed

Temples pulsed wildly with anger and fists clinched tightly enough that fingernails ripped into skin. Gabe Dominguez, formerly named on “Waco’s Most Wanted” list, remembers a fellow inmate pushing paper and pen into his hands and demanding that he write it out....

Innovation In Motion

The crowded streets of a big-time town glow with neon signs and blinking car signals. The city radiates with buses honking, people talking and sirens singing. It’s not unusual to pass a struggling violinist or a six-piece band playing for tips. Impersonators and magicians may even stop you in...

I Have A Dream

Telling your parents that you want something to eat. Knowing how to respond to a stranger. Engaging with a group of your friends while sitting still at a table. Responding to your dad’s question. Talking about many different subjects when conversing with a friend. Accepting the embrace of...

Song For The Houseless

Michael Gienger could have done what everyone else usually does. He could have frantically locked his car doors. He could have pretended to be on his cell phone or merely looked the other way in order to avoid eye contact. He could have just kept driving. But instead, when...

Building The Guild

Charleen Isbell and her dear friend Ellen Foster breezily finish each others sentences. A relationship initially constructed by a mutual love for wielding a paintbrush to canvas has become a relationship of profound connection....

The Art Of Grace

It is a Friday afternoon and the temperature reads less than scorching and a slight breeze is rustling the trees, causing some leaves to prematurely fall. At South Terrace Apartments, kids at Waco Arts Initiative will be searching through the scattered leaves to use in today’s class....

Life without limits

Story By Vanessa Mosharaf Photos By Sarah Griffith When Hilary Gill walks into room 120 at South Bosque Elementary, she is greeted with a huge smile and an enthusiastic “Giillll!” It’s just Ben. Again. One of her favorites. As the physical therapist for Midway Independent School District, Hilary visits...

Community backbone brings hope to East Waco

Story By Brittany Hardy Photos By Sarah Groman Shirley Langston, owner of Restoration Haven, is passionate about seeing lives change. Determined and business-like as she relays the details of the organization, tears fall from her dark eyes as she transitions into describing what makes her demanding job worth it....

Going the distance

He is crazy. Out of his mind. Borderline insane. They were all saying that; his friends and family tried to rationalize his decision to no avail. Nobody could figure it out. Why was he putting himself through this? Did he even know what his decision entailed? Not fully aware of that himself,...

Defeating Dyslexia

Cat." "C-A-T." The word is simple and familiar as it slips off the tongue. Elementary, one could say. We are so at ease with this word because we grew up learning the basics of reading and writing with words such as this. "Cat." For a dyslexic child, this word...

Fighting to Survive: Inside the Neonatal Unit

Stephanie Ramirez holds her 3-day-old daughter, Michelle, in her arms while the tiny newborn sleeps in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. Michelle was delivered five weeks early....

A Good Death

Nina Ferguson, 91, is resting in a hospital bed in her room in the home she shares with her friend and caregiver, Lucy Lupu. Nina is slender and frail - Lucy estimates her carrying weight at 95 pounds - but her eyes are bright and clear, and she thumps...

Q & A with local volunteers

Story By Lela Atwood Kay Furman Mission Waco Q: Why should people volunteer? A: Volunteering brings a different kind of satisfaction than a job. You do it solely when you want to with the satisfaction and the knowledge that you are helping people. You get a better idea of...