Four-year-old and her family preparing to face tough road to healing

Landrie Lay is like any four-year-old girl, full of life and awe for a world so big, bright and new. Landrie’s mother and father, Lindsay and Christopher Lay and their family lovingly refer to her as “teencie.”

“How that happened, my husband nicknamed me ‘tiny,’ I’m very outgoing and Landrie came a month earlier. And we reacted, ‘she’s so teencie.’ She was born six pounds three ounces. That’s how it stuck,” said Lindsay

Lindsay is an RN and a Quinlan Independent School District graduate from Ford High School. Her husband Christopher graduated from Greenville Independent School District. Once the two met, their families blended together, with their children altogether under one roof and their daughter that they had together, Landrie.


A Man Called Mr. Quinlan

From left to right, Earnest Upchurch III, Earnest Upchurch, Sr., and Earnest Upchurch the III inside the Century 21 Upchurch Real Estate lobby.

He couldn’t help but walk into a food establishment or a corner store and be recognized as the man whose volunteering and contribution to the housing market helped shape the city of Quinlan.

Sometimes addressed as Mr. Quinlan, Earnest Upchurch managed to make waves in the community with his passion of buying and selling homes, fixing them up and doing it all over again.

With his wife, Gena, she and Earnest would volunteer and participate in city focused events and affairs that helped to make the city what it is today, whether it was to help promote the city to bring in businesses, focus on roadways, or simply serve the community at large with his hobby of buying and selling homes.

Earnest has been in the real estate industry since the 1980’s. It was during that time that he got his real estate license and a few years later helped to start Century 21 Upchurch Real Estate.


Like Mother, Like Daughter

D.C. Cannon Principal Angela House starts her day like any normal mother. She makes sure her kids are ready for a good, full school day. She goes to work, and does the same thing for the elementary school kids that she is responsible for.

Angela is used to seeing the fruits of her labor, watching young people grow up and go through elementary, middle school, high school, and beyond. Now, Angela is getting a front row seat experience with her daughter, Bree, a student who’s just down the street from D.C. Cannon.

Bree is a student at Ford High School and has just been accepted by Dallas Baptist University. An all-round student success story, Bree is involved in countless activities on campus and has survived many personal life challenges that tested the faith and resolve of her and her family.


Local Eagle Scout gives back to Quinlan school

Local Boy Scout Nicholas Conaghan from Royce City’s Scout Troop 312 chose to build a Gaga Ball pit for the students of Butler Intermediate.

The new pit is located in the middle of a large, open area of the playground behind Butler Intermediate, making it the newest piece of equipment for children returning to school to enjoy during recess and free periods.

The game, Gaga Ball, is very similar to dodge ball.

“What it is … it is very similar to dodge ball whereas if you get hit by the ball you’re out. Except it’s a lot safer because it’s only waist down.

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A life and legacy through football and relationship

Coach Mike Barton

You may remember a coach or a teacher that really inspired you, someone you really liked not because they were easy to work with, but because they were tough but fair, and kind of fun and maybe, just maybe, even cool!

Coach Mike Barton used to be the head coach at Thompson Middle School.

Barton now helps out in the athletic department and teaches health. Barton is also an Assistant Coach.

“Kids here like me and I don’t know why!” laughed Barton. “I try to form relationships but I think they like the structure. It was a pretty good program when I was there. It still is a good program.” 

Whenever he’s away from Thompson Middle School, Barton and a few members of the athletic department connect at Ford High School.


Moore new pastor at Quinlan FUMC

Mark T. Moore will assume duties on Sunday, July 1, as pastor of First United Methodist Church of Quinlan.

Staff-Pastor Parish Relations Committee Chair Charles Henderson announced that the committee was visited by District Supt. Vic Casad Monday to introduce the new pastor and his wife, Janet.

The new pastor is coming from First United Methodist Church of Cooper. He fills the position now held by Eric Rothe.



Faye Ingram celebrates 90th birthday


Friends and family of Faye Ingram gathered to celebrate and honor her on her 90th birthday Saturday at Friendship Hall of First United Methodist Church of Quinlan. With the honoree are her daughters, from left, Judy Barnes, Frances Jenkins, Mrs. Ingram, Jeannie Thompson and Phyllis Cambron.


Mary Wackerow elected district president



Quinlan News Briefs

East Tawakoni Police egg hunt March 24

The East Tawakoni Police Department will sponsor an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. Children 1 to 12 years are welcome to hunt, according to Mayor Johnnie LaPrade said.

The mayor said, “The Easter Bunny will be here for pictures. Parents bring your cameras.”


VFW announces karaoke changes

West Tawakoni Memorial VFW Post 2559 announced changes in its karaoke schedule.

JoAnne Ringwood said James Burns would “still be searching your songs” on Wednesdays when burgers are served and Fridays from 7:30 until 11 p.m. There will no longer be a Saturday night session. She said Scaredy Cat Karaoke would be available on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m.


Barbecue, crawfish boil March 24


Johnsons celebrate 61st wedding anniversary


Local residents Wayne and Virginia Johnson celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Feb. 21. The couple married at Garfield, Kan., in 1957.


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