We hope you get charmed!

Mike Color

A new feature of your Kaufman County Life magazine debuting this month is our KCL Charm section. The section is a celebration of women — in all ages and all stages of their lives.

While KCL Charm has a distinctly feminine slant, we think some of our male readers will be interested in Charm features too, such as this edition’s “Take It Outdoors” article by freelancer Rachel Stallard. Outdoor living spaces and enhanced landscaping have gained popularity in recent years. Jen Forrester, owner of Terrell’s Jenniflower’s Simple Landscaping, Brad Henderson, owner of Elite Concrete Décor, and Beverly and Jerry Burr with The Front Porch, share their tips and thoughts in Rachel’s story.

KCL Charm also shares some of the latest fashion and accessory ideas that you can find right here close to home. We hope you’ll enjoy looking over and reading KCL Charm as much as our crew enjoyed putting it together.

Big cats

While Kaufman County is far from African safari country, residents might be surprised to know about 30 lions, tigers, cougars and other big cats are county residents.Staff writer Paul Bottoni shares the story of PrideRock Wildlife Refuge. It is not a zoo, but a sanctuary for rescued cats.Paul shares the story of Carol and Gary Holliman, who started the big cat refuge more than 20 years ago. Their story highlights how sometimes life leads us down an entirely different pathway than we ever dreamed — and that that path can be rewarding and meaningful.

Comfort food
For Terrell ISD’s public information officer Rachel Frost the days are filled with deadlines, newsletters, coordination of photo shoots and disseminating information to the district’s students, staff and parents.Staffer Gary Lindsley spent some time with Rachel who shares why spending time in the kitchen is a good respite from work pressures in this issue’s Cook’s Corner feature.

KaufmanCountyLife_SUMMER COVERForney at 140
Forney turned 140 years old this year and residents found at least that many reasons to celebrate. Please check out photos of Liberty Fest and interesting facts about the fast growing Kaufman County city beginning on page 6.

On Eagles’ Wings
In a different take on wildlife from his PrideRock Refuge feature, Paul Bottoni visits with folks at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center and efforts there to encourage the nesting of eagles.The center’s staff, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department and Oncor Electric, are going to great lengths to foster eagles nesting. We think you’ll find this effort heartwarming.

Pitching In
With a professional career in both public and private practice as a psychologist, Terrell’s John Kegerreis has taken volunteering “to the next level.” He’s been involved in projects as diverse as the city’s beautification efforts to helping set up a countywide recycling program.John is also a mainstay at the Terrell Chamber of Commerce, often putting in many hours a week pitching in to do whatever odd jobs come up. We encourage reading the Character Counts feature in this edition for some highlights of his contributions.

Mike Elswick