Local photographer creates, publishes photo tribute book

Almost everyone has seen the hand-crafted, tear-soaked crosses placed alongside roads by those who have lost a loved one in a traffic tragedy.

One local woman has created a photo tribute in a book titled “Crossroads” to record the many memorials she saw while traveling.

Shana Duty of Keene started taking the pictures because she felt a need to do it, but the idea to make the pictures a photo book soon became her mission.

Her husband, Coner, offered his encouragement to complete the book. 

In a twist of fate one day she too felt the desire to build and place a cross for someone she lost to an untimely highway death.

After completing her book, Duty formed a nonprofit organization to provide help to loved ones after the cross is placed.

The book is available for purchase at www.trafford.com, or www.amazon.com.

Duty also has a Web site, shanascrossroads.com.

— Special to the Times-Review

Layland to sponsor Easter egg hunt

The Layland Museum and Friends of the Cleburne Public Library in Cleburne will hold an Easter egg hunt for children ages 2 to 10 at 5 p.m. Thursday in Hulen Park.

Hunts will be conducted for preschool through kindergarten, grades one and two, and grades three and four.

— Special to the Times-Review

Carnival to benefit log cabin restoration

A Cow Pasture Carnival benefitting the log cabin restoration in Rio Vista will be held from 6-10 p.m. April 8-9 and noon to 10 p.m. April 10 behind city hall.

Wristbands for unlimited rides will be available on Thursday and Friday.

For information call 817-373-2588.

— Special to the Times-Review

Joshua student named to Schreiner Dean’s List


KERRVILLE — Schreiner University of Kerrville has named Joseph Kuenz of Joshua to its fall 2009 Dean’s List. Kuenz is the son of James Kuenz.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, full-time students must earn at least a 3.3 grade point average and have at least 12 hours credit for the term.  

— Special to the Times-Review

Christian Lodge to have ribbon cutting

The Johnson County Christian Lodge will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new home at noon  Thursday at 314 N. Wilhite in Cleburne.

The lodge is a nondenominational, Christian-based, nonprofit organization, which provides a service to those in the city and county who are poor, displaced and homeless.

It will provide safe temporary lodging for displaced individuals and families and a resource center of local assistance programs and counseling services.

Organization officials said they seek to bring hope when negative circumstances occur in people’s lives.

For more information, call 817-641-2591 or visit www.jcclodge.org.

— Steve Knight

Williams to be sworn in

Johnson County employee Becky Williams will become Johnson County Clerk Becky Williams before anyone expected.

Williams was chosen by the Johnson County commissioners during their meeting on March 22 to fill the rest of County Clerk Curtis Douglas’ term after his resignation becomes effective today.

She will be sworn in during a special called meeting of the commissioners court at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Douglas, whose fourth term as county clerk was to end Dec. 31, chose to resign early after Williams defeated Richard Sikes during the March 2 Republican primary election.

Douglas announced on Dec. 16 that he would not seek re-election for a fifth term.

The swearing in ceremony will take place in room 201 of the Johnson County Courthouse in Cleburne.

— Steve Knight

Water tower worker identified as Kentucky resident

The man who died after falling into a concrete pit at a Cleburne work site Friday has been identified as Ramiro Mancillo, 53, of Sebree, Ky.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Web site lists Mancillo’s cause of death as ischemic heart disease.

The American Heart Association’s Web site lists ischemia as a condition in which blood flow, and thus oxygen, is restricted to a part of the body.

Cardiac ischemia is the name for lack of blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscle. Narrowed heart arteries cause the disease.

Mancillo fell into a 3-foot deep concrete pit surrounding the construction of a new water tower in the 800 block of Rose Street about 7:20 a.m.

Firefighters arrived to find Mancillo unconscious. They performed CPR, but were unable to revive him.

An ambulance transported Mancillo to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Workers are constructing a new water tower at the site to replace the existing one, which has been in place since the 1950s.

Mancillo was working for Phoenix Fabrication, an Indiana company.

— Matt Smith


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