Friday, December 6 2013 11:05 AM EST2013-12-06 16:05:41 GMT
(CNN/WAOW) - A highway department in Central Wisconsin is trying something unconventional that they say will help keep roads clear this winter. It involves a root vegetable. Beet juice, like the vegetableMore >>
A highway department in Central Wisconsin is trying something unconventional that they say will help keep roads clear this winter. It involves a root vegetable.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 2:32 PM EST2013-12-04 19:32:03 GMT
(CNN/WKRN) - It was supposed to be a lesson in social media and online use. An educator posted a picture on the internet to show her student's how quickly what you put online can spread across the worldMore >>
It was supposed to be a lesson in social media and online use. An educator posted a picture on the internet to show her student's how quickly what you put online can spread across the world wide web. Little did she know her lesson would go viral.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 3:14 PM EST2013-12-03 20:14:19 GMT
(CBS) - Americans took to their computers by the millions on Cyber Monday and went shopping. Early indications are that online sales were up more than 17% from 2012 on what was expected to be the busiestMore >>
Americans took to their computers by the millions on Cyber Monday and went shopping. Early indications are that online sales were up more than 17% from 2012 on what was expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year.
Monday, December 2 2013 10:26 AM EST2013-12-02 15:26:46 GMT
(CNN) - The holidays are officially here, and that means your credit cards are likely getting warmed up for the month of gift-giving to come. But if you're going to pass your plastic over the internetMore >>
The holidays are officially here, and that means your credit cards are likely getting warmed up for the month of gift-giving to come. But if you're going to pass your plastic over the internet during cyber week, you'll want to be careful to keep the identity thieves away.More >>
Friday, November 29 2013 4:09 PM EST2013-11-29 21:09:12 GMT
(CNN/WFAA) - A U.S. Marine is working to bring smiles to the faces of sick children, one perfectly decorated room at a time. The terrible twos aren't so terrible inside the Perry home. They're a gift. "She'sMore >>
A U.S. Marine is working to bring smiles to the faces of sick children, one perfectly decorated room at a time.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 4:29 PM EST2013-11-27 21:29:35 GMT
(CNN) - Thanksgiving is almost here. As a host, you may feel organized now, but the moment family descends and chaos ensues, all that organization often goes right out the door. And with it, your sanity.More >>
Thanksgiving is almost here. As a host, you may feel organized now, but the moment family descends and chaos ensues, all that organization often goes right out the door.
And with it, your sanity. Here are some tips on how to fail-safe your Thanksgiving dinner both in the kitchen and the dining room.
Tuesday, November 26 2013 9:48 AM EST2013-11-26 14:48:15 GMT
(CBS) - It might be time to toss the old sweat pants. Workout clothes for women are now a $30 plus billion dollar a year business. That's up 7 percent over last year. Yoga pants, and sports bras haveMore >>
It might be time to toss the old sweat pants. Workout clothes for women are now a $30 plus billion dollar a year business. That's up 7 percent over last year.More >>
Monday, November 25 2013 10:40 AM EST2013-11-25 15:40:21 GMT
(CNN/WDRB) - When you were a kid, maybe you were pretty handy with an Etch A Sketch, but maybe not as good as an artist in Louisville. A woman's work with a children's toy is drawing even more attentionMore >>
When you were a kid, maybe you were pretty handy with an Etch A Sketch, but maybe not as good as an artist in Louisville. A woman's work with a children's toy is drawing even more attention than her oil paintings.More >>
Thursday, November 21 2013 10:45 AM EST2013-11-21 15:45:27 GMT
(CNN) - Beginning next year, Abercrombie & Fitch will offer plus sizes in its women's clothing line. Currently, the retailer does not carry women's sizes above a 10. The shift comes as sales and profitMore >>
Beginning next year, Abercrombie & Fitch will offer plus sizes in its women's clothing line. Plus, one of Hollywood's bigger stars will soon have a new co-star in his real-life.More >>
Wednesday, November 20 2013 10:41 AM EST2013-11-20 15:41:52 GMT
(CNN) - Big changes in the technology world. A growing number of women are getting hired. In the past year, the tech industry brought on 60-thousand new workers and 36,000 are women. That's about 60%.More >>
Big changes in the technology world. A growing number of women are getting hired.More >>
By Christopher Dawson
When McIntosh High School lacrosse player Caitlin Obrien would feel exhausted and defeated during one of her home games in Peachtree City, Georgia, a quick look over to coach Mickey Beard would change her perspective, and her determination.
"He makes you want to do better and push yourself harder and give it your all because if he could, he would be doing that. And he is doing it, because he comes out here in his condition."
Beard uses a wheelchair, the result of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, which is also referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a neurodegenerative disease in which the brain progressively loses the ability to control muscle movement. The life expectancy of someone with ALS is on average two to five years, with their condition worsening over that time to a possible full paralysis.
Beard can still hold his head up, breathe and give his girls the advice and sarcasm they expect. His mind is still as sharp and as witty as ever. But it has been difficult for players like Shelby Durden to see his physical decline.
"I was 10 years old when he started coaching me and it's just hard to see someone you care for have to go through such a struggle every day of his life."
But the girls on his team did not shy away from the heartbreak of what their coach was going through. They embraced it with him, making it part of their lives. They researched ALS and when they learned that there was no cure, they became committed to helping raise money for the ALS Association. Their school and community were soon barraged by bake sales, silent auctions, fundraisers and ALS awareness events. The girls formed their own "Walk to Defeat ALS" team, and to help Beard with his medical expenses, they started an annual 5K run called "Miles for Mickey."
Coach Beard's team
They also pushed to make a difference in Beard's home life, bringing meals to his house, hosting "Lacrosse Dinners" and showing up for visits during the off-season.
On the field, Lacrosse began to take on a different meaning. Seasons were dedicated to Beard, and the team's rallying cry was for him. They would each wear a red sock on their left leg in his honor. Beard would give them a sarcastic remark, but Shelby knew him well enough to see he appreciated their help.
"I think he is definitely the first one to tell you that he doesn't want all the attention, he just wants us to think of it as his challenge that he has to overcome. But I think it really helped us become a year-round team, because in the off-season we are raising money for ALS and we've just become so close that we've now become a family."
Some girls on the team, like Amanda Lindsey, realized that choosing to get closer to someone succumbing to ALS is worth it, even at their young age.
"Mickey's the first person that I've ever had to watch slip away from me, and it's been hard on me, but I also know that his experience has transformed me into who I am. So even when his physical presence isn't with us anymore, it's always going to be a part of me. That I can carry him with me so other people can see what he was like by seeing what he did to me."
Beard did not have a choice about ALS. It was a burden thrown his way, which he took on without complaint, but with plenty of sarcasm. His team says you would know something was bothering Beard if he would not joke about it, so he made sure his ALS was a regular punch line for all to hear.
But you wouldn't hear Beard complain that life wasn't fair. He didn't even get to choose lacrosse, the sport that he says drives him crazy.
"I don't hate girls' lacrosse. It's just the rules are so frustrating. I got into it because my daughter was playing, and they said they just needed an adult to stand on the sideline and shuffle kids in and out of the game. I told them I didn't know anything about lacrosse, and they took that for a yes."
When Beard found out he had ALS, he stopped working and thought he was finished coaching. But parents would call, saying their daughters would only stick with the sport if he would still coach them.
So he continued as best as he could. As his muscles became weaker, he moved from using a cane to sitting in a golf cart on the field. This cart became a popular destination for the girls to hang out and talk about their boy problems. Beard says he was a trapped confidant.
"So I kind of became the team mom, and with a bunch of teenage girls, when you can't go anywhere and you're surrounded, it's a little frustrating, because you hear stuff you don't want to hear."
So there he was, coaching a game he didn't really like, having to listen to all this high school girl drama, and knowing that these were hours of a shortening life that he was not sharing with his family.
Then these lacrosse girls pushed even closer. They made a big deal about his ALS, and they would even show up at his house during the off-season, and watch his TV.
You might expect some frustration. But for Beard, this became his salvation.
Through all this, he did have one choice: whether he was going to share his journey of ALS. No one would fault him for keeping the pain and embarrassment of his condition to just his family. People would understand the desire to face your own mortality in private. But Beard chose to share his journey. He let the girls get close and help carry the load.
He doesn't fully understand why he means so much to these girls, but being needed helps him get up each day. Changing his attitude is one of the few things Beard can still do. He references a quote from Jeremy Williams, another Georgia high school coach suffering from ALS.
"He said everybody has difficulties, and it's like the wind. You can't control the wind but you can adjust your sails, and I actually told the girls that, and this being able to come out here with them, it's like that's what I do to adjust my sails, because they give me something to get up and look forward to."
A year ago, the McIntosh Girls Lacrosse team got to the state championship finals, and lost. At the end of this season, they were back in the championship match, ready to finally win it for Beard.
They lost again. Both times the team was feeling dejected, until Beard broke the silence. Amanda remembers it clearly:
"He was the first one after the game to come up to us and be, like, it's not the end of the world, that's not what it was about. It's about the journey that we've been on together and the experiences that we've shared together."
He also sarcastically added that because they lost, he now has to come out for yet another season. With that, the team knew they had really won.
Friday, December 6 2013 4:58 PM EST2013-12-06 21:58:16 GMT
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY (KYTX) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office has arrested a Nacogdoches Man on Child Pornography charges after a search warrant was conducted on his residence. Sheriff Jason BridgesMore >>
Justin LeJeune, a former employee of Nacogdoches ISD, has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 12:55 PM EST2013-12-06 17:55:46 GMT
LONGVIEW (KYTX) - One person is dead this morning after a train and vehicle collided in the 4000 block of EEstes Parkway in Longview. The incident happened around 3:00 Friday morning. Several lanes ofMore >>
One person is dead this morning after a train and vehicle collided in the 4000 block of Estes Parkway in Longview.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 12:48 PM EST2013-12-06 17:48:14 GMT
KILGORE (KYTX) - Bank robber, Randall Wikert, has plead guilty and accepted a 20 year prison sentence. His parole was also revoked. Mr Wikert robbed Bank Texas located at the Gateway Travel Center,More >>
Bank robber, Randall Wikert, has plead guilty and accepted a 20 year prison sentence.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 10:00 PM EST2013-12-07 03:00:23 GMT
(KYTX) - Tyler Police Department is responding to a call about a robbery in Tyler. Tyler Police tell us that the robbery was reported at 914 West Front St. around 6 p.m. Friday night. Details are limitedMore >>
Tyler Police Department is responding to a call about a robbery in Tyler.More >>
TYLER (KYTX) - With cold weather comes more problems for pets. Many cats and dogs not only could face cold nights with the freezing temperatures ahead. But so many stray animals have no where to go toMore >>
With cold weather comes more problems for pets.
Many cats and dogs not only could face cold nights with the freezing temperatures ahead.
But so many stray animals have no where to go to stay warm.
A mother turns to the Internet to help her son understand that glasses "are cool"More >>
It all began with a simple request back in October from a mom on Facebook: "Please share a picture of yourself in glasses so that Noah can see how many awesome people wear glasses!" It was on a page called Glasses for Noah, made by Lindsey Fisher for her son.More >>