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A son helps a father s dream come true
— with a little help from his friends
The half-finished addition to the Presbyterian Chjyicfcv
in the village of Kurume in Cameroon stilt neecfs a
roof and other finishings. The church was estab-
lished by Isaac Epie (right) pictured with his wife and
son, Makia. At bottom right, Makia (second from (eft),
visits the church during a trip tp his native country, f-
DeSoto church youth
take on African project
By LOYD BRUMFIELD
Hp n 1959 in Kurume, a small village
I in the West African nation of
JL Cameroon, Isaac Epie constructed
a small brick building to give a home
to his Presbyterian church. It was his
dying wish that it be expanded one
Now, more than 45 years later, his
son and several members of DeSoto
Presbyterian Church are tantalizingly
close to making that dream come true.
But they need your help.
“Bricks were bought for a new
building, but the funds were exhaust-
ed,” said Makia Epie, Isaac’s son and a
longtime Cedar Hill city council mem-
ber. “The (DeSoto) church jumped on
the bandwagon and since then has
helped build four walls. In order to
finish building this church, we are
seeking additional funding. What
remains to be done is the roof and
windows, and inside and outside fur-
The youth community at DeSoto
Presbyterian Church has taken on this
task as a mission project and plan to
travel to Makia Epie’s home country
in June to help with construction and
the completion of the project.
Total costs for the project, includ-
ing construction funds and transporta-
tion for members of DeSoto’s congre-
gation, are estimated at $62,150.
DeSoto’s group is a third of the
way toward raising the total, Pastor
Bill Bennett said.
Epie brought the Cameroon
church’s needs to DeSoto
Presbyterian’s board of elders in 2001.
He said the original building was
dilapidated and falling apart and was
the only church around for miles.
The congregation responded with
an initial donation of $6,200 toward
construction in about three weeks.
•Members of the choir donated robes,
and church elder Joan Christy embroi-
dered a communion table cloth.
Grace Presbyterian Village donated
communion supplies, and one DeSoto
church member told Makia Epie that
he had gone to buy a cross for his
See CHURCH, Page 2
Most categories see decline
in offenses during 2004
By LOYD BRUMFIELD
Auto theft is a problem for
just about every city in the
country, and Cedar Hill has its
share of vehicle thefts.
The crime rate for auto theft
rose 37.2 percent in 2004,
according to recently released
statistics released by the Cedar
Hill Police Department
Though crime in the city gener-
ally declined in most categories
last year, the auto-theft rate
increase resulted in a 6.4 per-
cent overall rise in crime.
“We looked at auto thefts
here, and we compared our
numbers to what was going on
in other cities,” Cedar Hill
Police Chief Steve Rhodes said.
“If you look at Lancaster and
Duncanville, even though we
had more vehicle theft, our
rates are still below theirs.”
The value of vehicles makes
theft a prevalent crime every-
where, Rhodes said.
“If you can steal a car and
chop it up,” you can make a lot
of money, he said.
Robbery had the biggest
decrease in any category, down
40 percent from 2003. Agg-
ravated assaults decreased by
16 percent in 2004, and rape
was down 33 percent, from six
cases to four, in 2004
There were two murders in
Cedar Hill last year after an
incident-free year in 2003.
“I’d like to think that we
have advanced and are a non-
violent society in Cedar Hill,"
Rhodes said. “That might be a
huge leap, but we have made
Aggravated assault is depen-
dent on whether a weapon was
used and the severity of
injuries, Rhodes said.
Cedar Hill continued to
grow rapidly in 2004, and the
police department increased its
visibility in the community as a
result, Rhodes said. Overall,
the crime rate is low, he said.
“If you look at your overall
growth rate, if you’re crime
index rate is lower than your
growth rate, that’s a good
thing,” he said. “Plus, we have
a very active patrol group and
they are a lot more active out
Cedar Hill added four more
officers to patrol retail areas
after they were removed from
Cedar Hill School District
started its own police depart-
ment earlier in the year, and
that freed up the four officers.
“Crime follows develop-
ment. Criminals want to be
where the money is,” Rhodes
said. “We need to continue to
be proactive and keep our eyes
open and make sure we keep
that crime rate down.”
Greater visibility has gone a
long way toward keeping crime
low, Rhodes said.
“We’ve got a great group of
officers here, and we want peo-
ple to know that you better not
commit your crimes in the
Hill,” he said.
Crime statistics, 2003-2004
Motor vehicle theft
Chamber auction has
By LOYD BRUMFIELD
In years past, the Cedar Hill
Chamber of Commerce had to
travel out of town to celebrate
its annual auction and gala.
But thanks to the opening of
the Cedar Hill Recreation
Center last October, the cham-
ber has a place to call its own,
and it plans to celebrate accord-
“Celebrating Cedar Hill” is
the theme of the chambers auc-
tion and gala, scheduled from
tVSfMl p in. March 5 at the rec
In the past, the chamber held
its auction in Waxahachie.
“This is the first time we’ve
had it here in a number of
years, and that’s one of the rea-
sons for our theme,” Chamber
President Matt McCormick
Tickets cost $65 until
Friday, Feb. 25, then the price
goes up to $75. The price in-
cludes a dinner catered by Don
Ross Nabb Productions, pro-
viding food for the event for the
fourth straight year.
Dinner will be served from
various food stations, including
a Shish kebab station, a stir-fry
station, a potato bar and other
The event features a jazz
band, Patton Leather, a silent
auction and a live auction, and
the chamber’s annual awards
for man and woman of the year,
new chamber member of the
See AUCTION, Page 3
Baseball alums know
they can go home again
By LOYD BRUMFIELD
Cedar Hill High School graduate Eloy
Ortiz (background), Class of 2002, throws
a pitch to a member of the current varsity
baseball team during the second annual
alumni scrimmage Fpb. 19 at Andrew
Porter Field. Ortiz la a member of the
It had been three years since Eloy
Ortiz had picked up a baseball
He’s been a little bu$y since graduat-
ing from Cedar Hill Hi^h, School, serv-
ing as a full-time student pt Tarrant
County Community College, working as
a subcontractor, applying for jobs with
the Cedar Hill and Midlothian police
departments, and serving a Six-year con-
tract as a member of the United States
Marine Corps Reserves. _
Ortiz, a 2002 graduate, took to the
mound in relief of starting pitcher Chris
FuTTer after he was injured m the first
inning of the second annual Cedar Hill
alumni game. Though the varsity
Longhorns got in their shots against
Ortiz, the old guy held his ground pretty
well in a 16-3 alumni loss Feb. 19 at
• The Cedar Hill varsity had a lot of fun
but also got in plenty of work in a 16-3 win
over the alumni.
Andrew Porter Field at Valley Ridge
“It was fun, but I’m hurting,” Ortiz
said with a smile after the scrimmage
ended in the fifth inning.
Ortiz, as a Marine reservist, hasn't
been deployed to either Iraq or
Afghanistan hut thinks his chance might
rnmp fine day
“As far as I know, 1 haven't been acti-
vated, but every time we go for training
we’re told we’ll probably get a chance to
go” he said. “You have to figure that
See ALUMS, Page 10
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