Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

April 14, 2013

Something to Smile About

People line up for dentist’s day of free dental care

By BRIAN SMITH

Going to the dentist isn’t normally a joyous experience. Tommy Minor’s visit to Dr. Tom Novak on Friday was.

Because Novak’s program “Dentistry With a Heart,” Minor and many others from throughout the county had the chance to have dental work done at no charge.

“Hey, I’m getting my dental problem taken care of for free. How could it be a bad day?” Minor, of Peaster, said.

Minor admitted not having been to the dentist for a “few years” because of financial issues. He heard about the program through a newspaper article and decided to come out.

“I came here for a cleaning, but ain’t no telling what they’ll find when they get in there,” Minor said with a laugh.

This is the third year for the program and word has spread. People began lining up at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday. Cookie McLemore was first in line for the second straight year. She met up with Donna Brazzell, who she met last year at the event.

“It’s just really nice what he’s doing,” McLemore said. “You get here and meet people. Everyone’s just been great.”

Brazzell arrived around 4 p.m. and saw her old friend with the two reminiscing for the evening.

“People have been talking. They’ve been laughing,” Brazzell said. “It’s like you’re spending time with brothers and sisters from another mother.”

Novak’s staff, all decked out in blue “Smile, it’s free” T-shirts, reveled in the atmosphere, recognizing people from last year as they began passing out forms telling what was needed about 20 minutes before the 8 a.m. opening. Novak himself came out and walked amidst the throng of people, which numbered about 100 people before the event.

Novak said he and his staff get as much, if not more, back from those they help than they give.

“People tell me it’s so nice what I’m doing and maybe it is,” Novak said. “What they don’t realize is everyone here will tell you it’s the best day we have here all year. It’s low pressure, everyone is pleasant and kind. I like to think we’re doing a little bit of good, but we’re the ones who are the big winners.”

Text Only
Front Page
  • 0729 one purple heart group.jpg A Purple Heart County

    County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse. 

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • WISD to propose tax rate decrease

    Weatherford ISD, which is projected to see a rise in property values, is proposing a one-cent tax rate decrease, which would slightly increase taxes for the average homeowner. 

    July 28, 2014

  • Israel Andrade Illegal indicted for burglary, child indecency

    A Parker County grand jury has indicted a man accused of breaking into a Springtown-area home earlier this month and molesting a sleeping 9-year-old girl.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_9754.jpg Home destroyed by fire

    WEATHERFORD – A fire that broke out Monday on the 700 block of Cimmaron Trail in Horseshoe Bend ended in the complete loss of a family’s home.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0727 one before-after.jpg Almost there...

    As a two-room schoolhouse with two school teachers conducting grades 1-9, the Mount Pleasant Colored School has had a humble beginning.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Woman hit on interstate identified

    A woman killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line has been identified as 29-year-old Ashley Wright of Weatherford, according to information released Saturday by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

    July 26, 2014

  • Five teens hospitalized after wreck

    Alcohol may have been involved in a wreck Wednesday near Brock that sent five teens to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Woman killed while walking on interstate

    A woman, who had not been identified as of Friday afternoon, was killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Rates of the rise?

    As part of an ongoing discussion, the City of Weatherford Municipal Utilities Board Thursday was taken through part two of the rate-making process for the city’s proposed capital improvement plan. The result of this plan will have a direct impact on utility rates for city customers. 

    July 24, 2014

  • Hospital board moves closer to building ambulance station

    The Parker County Hospital District Board of Directors took steps Wednesday to advertise and accept bids for the construction of a Brock-area ambulance station. 

    July 24, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks