Quinlan native recognized for high-tech endeavors at Mastercard

39-year-old Travis May was recently recognized by The St. Louis Business Journal in a special “40 under 40” series for his work in cutting edge technology for Mastercard. 

May has humble beginnings in the small town of Quinlan.  May’s a 1998 graduate from W.H. Ford High School. Though he wasn’t the most popular nor was he an athlete or an academic superstar, May’s desire to accomplish doing hard things and discovering his passion put him in the spotlight.

May now resides in St. Louis, Mo but still thinks about home. He often thinks about the place he came from and tries to make visits.

“I usually come to Dallas about every Christmas,” said May as he reflected on Quinlan and his childhood in North Texas. “It was two years ago and my goodness has it [Quinlan] changed. The last time I lived out there … 2003 …I lived in Wills Point. I think WalMart wasn’t even there yet. It was just Brookshire’s. Brookshire’s was still pretty new. I’m proud of Quinlan.”


Reading Round-Up rounds up readers

D.C. Cannon Elementary was a buzz with excited boys and girls for the Annual Hunt County Reading Round-Up on Friday morning.

Some of the children donned cowboy attire, lining up one after another with preparation to be pared with Ford High School students and local citizens, school officials and city officials to be read too.

Books were set up and stacked on multiple tables and lined up near the bleachers within the D.C. Cannon gym. Books from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “The Adventures of Beanboy,” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and chronicles of “Star Wars” were given too and read to children.

Groups of kids with teens and adults were seated together on the floor, in chairs, on the bleachers and throughout the gym, reading, talking, laughing and spending time together with a good book.


Quinlan Police Officer recognized for Community Service

Quinlan Police Officer Jorge Herrerra was honored with a Certificate of Merit during the Jan. 14 Quinlan City Council Meeting. For putting in extra effort to help a citizen that was in need and using his own resources, Herrera was recognized for his dutiful service to the community and to the police department. Quinlan Police Chief Johnny Thornburg presented the award.


fKing Kat Tournament Trail Travels to Lake Tawakoni

Catfish anglers from several states will travel to the Lake Tawakoni at West Tawakoni, TX for a King Kat Tournament Trail event presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s. Local and traveling anglers will be vying for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to compete at the 2019 King Kat Classic which will feature a guaranteed payout of $120,000 in cash and prizes.

Anglers in the Mar. 9, 2019 Event will be testing their catfishing skills against other anglers and whatever Mother Nature has in store. More than 100 anglers from 10 states competed in the 2018 event out of West Tawakoni.

Unsettled March weather often challenges anglers to successfully pattern the fish. But last year Kevin Parks and Ryan Gnagy managed 181.26 pounds to claim the tip spot. The team fished north of the 2-mile bridge. Their winning strategy was pulling planer boards in 20 feet of water using shad for bait.

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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.


Dakota Evans wins first place in Patriot’s Pen Contest

Quinlan Independent School District and Thompson Middle School congratulates students Dakota Evans and his teacher Julie Todd for winning first place in the Voice of Democracy (VOD) Patriot’s Pen Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) at the District One level. Evans will be advancing to the state competition, representing Post 2559 in West Tawakoni. Todd won Middle School Teacher of the Year at the District 1 level and is advancing to the state level competition. QISD also would like to

recognize Post 2559 in West Tawakoni and commander Barry Cox for getting with the district to ensure local students and teachers had the opportunity to participate.


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.


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