Anne Bothwell http://keranews.org en For 120 Years, Four Generations Of One Family Photograph North Texas http://keranews.org/post/120-years-four-generations-one-family-photograph-north-texas <p>For more than a century, a family of Fort Worth photographers has captured vivid scenes across Dallas-Fort Worth and around the state. Four generations of Williams photographers have shot thousands of images, ranging from Pancho Villa's soldiers to author Larry McMurtry, from western landscapes to street life in Fort Worth.</p><p>The University of North Texas recently acquired thousands of these pictures. KERA’s Anne Bothwell talked with Byrd Williams IV, whose photos, along with those of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, are included in the collection. It includes more than 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:30:09 +0000 Anne Bothwell, Eric Aasen & Krystina Martinez 48322 at http://keranews.org For 120 Years, Four Generations Of One Family Photograph North Texas From The Pig Farm To The Opera Stage: This SMU Prize-Winning Singer Is On The Brink http://keranews.org/post/pig-farm-opera-stage-smu-prize-winning-singer-brink <p>Last weekend, Audra Methvin won the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. This weekend, she'll sing the same program of four arias at the McCammon Voice Competition in Fort Worth. The 27-year-old is continuing her studies at SMU.</p><p>In the Friday Conversation, she talks to KERA's Anne Bothwell about the path that led her from her family's prize pig farm in Levelland to the brink of a career as a soprano.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:22:30 +0000 Anne Bothwell 46832 at http://keranews.org From The Pig Farm To The Opera Stage: This SMU Prize-Winning Singer Is On The Brink Brooks Gremmels, Who Transformed A Small East Texas Town, Has Died http://keranews.org/post/brooks-gremmels-who-transformed-small-east-texas-town-has-died <p>A man who rebuilt a tiny East Texas town died Sunday.</p><p>Brooks Gremmels transformed Ben Wheeler, turning the Van Zandt County town into a thriving arts mecca. He and his wife, Rese, created art galleries and shops, as well as two restaurants that feature live music, and a library that gives away free books to kids.</p><p>He had pancreatic cancer,<a href="http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-Breaking/193489/brooks-gremmels-who-revitalized-the-town-of-ben-wheeler-died-sunday#.UubJ7rTnaUl"> the <em>Tyler Morning Telegraph</em> reported. </a>He was 70.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:19:46 +0000 Anne Bothwell & Eric Aasen 44448 at http://keranews.org Brooks Gremmels, Who Transformed A Small East Texas Town, Has Died How A Dallas Man Bought A Crumbling Texas Town And Made It Something Special http://keranews.org/post/how-dallas-man-bought-crumbling-texas-town-and-made-it-something-special <p>(<strong>Update, Jan. 27:</strong><a href="http://keranews.org/post/brooks-gremmels-who-transformed-small-east-texas-town-has-died"> Brooks Gremmels died over the weekend.)</a></p><p>A few years ago, Brooks Gremmels escaped Dallas and retired to a tiny East Texas town called Ben Wheeler.</p><p>The place was falling down. Buildings were vacant. Roofs were gone. Doors were missing. Weeds grew in the sidewalks.</p><p>People didn’t have much hope for the Van Zandt County town. But Gremmels did.</p><p>“Maybe I could spend a little money and clean up the town," he thought.</p><p>So, parcel by parcel, the multimillionaire <a href="http://benwheelertx.com/">cleaned up Ben Wheeler.</a></p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:25:49 +0000 Anne Bothwell & Jerome Weeks 39965 at http://keranews.org How A Dallas Man Bought A Crumbling Texas Town And Made It Something Special