Commissioners approve project to improve local radio coverage

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 1, 2023 Hill County commissioners approved a proposal to improve public safety communications in the northwestern portion of the county during a meeting held Tuesday, January 24. Radio Administrator Chris Jackson told the court that there is still a problem with radio coverage in the Blum area with the county's new … Continue reading Commissioners approve project to improve local radio coverage

Hill County Fair Grand Champion

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 1, 2023 Keeli Peters of Whitney FFA showed the grand champion market steer at the Hill County Fair. The steer brought $15,100 during Saturday's market auction from the following buyers: Citizens State Bank, Rocking W Energy Services, Watt Wealth Management, First National Bank of Central Texas, Cielo Energy Consulting, Rafael Hernandez … Continue reading Hill County Fair Grand Champion

State broadband map shows many areas are underserved

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 1, 2023 The Texas Broadband Development Map shows the availability of various types of high-speed internet access across Texas. Blue areas represent served populations, and yellow areas represent underserved populations. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has announced the release of the Texas Broadband Development Map, which uses data collected from internet service … Continue reading State broadband map shows many areas are underserved

Mayor Barker recognized by HOTEDD

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 1, 2023 Whitney Mayor Jerry Barker received an Outstanding Leadership Chair Award for 2022 from the Heart of Texas Economic Development District (HOTEDD) Thursday, January 26. Barker was appointed to the HOTEDD board in October 2004 and is the only director to serve as chairman of the board twice, in 2015 … Continue reading Mayor Barker recognized by HOTEDD

Best-selling author to speak in Whitney

Reporter: Ellie Mahan February 1, 2023 Damon West, inspirational speaker and philanthropist, will speak at an event open to the public Sunday, February 5, at Open Range Cowboy Church in Whitney. The Whitney Fellowship Worship Band will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and West will speak at 6 p.m. Organizers encourage community members … Continue reading Best-selling author to speak in Whitney

View the February 1, 2023 issue

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Council discusses ESD 1 contract renewal

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 25, 2023 The Whitney City Council met in a regular session Thursday, January 19, to discuss renewal of the city's contract with Emergency Services District (ESD) 1, hear departmental reports and review other monthly business. Interim Fire Chief Roy McCleary and Wayland Price, the city's former fire chief, spoke to the … Continue reading Council discusses ESD 1 contract renewal

City Council selects next fire chief

Reporter: Ellie Mahan January 25, 2023 The Whitney City Council held a special meeting Tuesday, January 17 to interview two potential candidates for Whitney fire chief, and the council selected David Gilmore to fill the position. Gilmore is retiring from Mansfield Fire Department, with almost 30 years of firefighting experience. He said that he feels … Continue reading City Council selects next fire chief

Hill County Fair Queen Crowned

Juleisee Gonzales of Hillsboro was crowned Hill County Fair queen during the annual contest held at Hill College Saturday, January 14. Pictured are (l to r): front row—McKenzie Cutrer (Whitney) - princess and Miss Congeniality, Gonzales - queen and best introduction, Abbey Jo Wohleb (Whitney) - duchess; back row—Kathy Virrueta (Itasca) - Judges' Award, Morgan … Continue reading Hill County Fair Queen Crowned

Lake Whitney photo exhibit opens Thursday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 25, 2023 An exhibit featuring the Lake Whitney photography of Hillsboro resident Sheri Hemrick will open at the fotografías gallery in downtown Hillsboro Thursday, January 26. A Toast with the Artist event will kick off the exhibit at 5 p.m., when Hemrick will be present and attendees can enjoy wine and … Continue reading Lake Whitney photo exhibit opens Thursday

LW Chamber members elect five directors

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 25, 2023 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce announced last week that directors have been elected to serve on the chamber's board. After chamber members returned their ballots, those elected included Steve Peacock of Citizens National Bank, Adam Bain of Lake Whitney State Park, Joe Marek of HILCO, Whitney ISD Superintendent … Continue reading LW Chamber members elect five directors

Wildcats of the Week

Every week, teachers at Whitney Elementary School select a student from their class who exhibits outstanding Wildcat behavior in the classroom and in the school hallways. Wildcats of the Week gain certain privileges in class, such as being the teacher’s helper, being the line leader and eating lunch on Wednesdays on the stage in the … Continue reading Wildcats of the Week

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Participants gearing up for this year’s Hill County Fair

Reporter: Ellie Mahan January 18, 2023 Events scheduled at Hillsboro fairgrounds next week… Young people throughout the county are preparing their livestock, creative arts and shop projects for next week’s Hill County Fair. The fair will get underway Sunday, January 22 and wrap up Saturday, January 28, at the fairgrounds in Hillsboro. The hard work … Continue reading Participants gearing up for this year’s Hill County Fair

WISD board appoints member,WMS passes safety inspection

Reporter: Ellie Mahan January 18, 2023 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met at 6 p.m. Monday, January 9 to appoint a new member, congratulate Whitney Middle School for earning a perfect score on its intruder detection inspection completed by the Texas School Safety Center and hear a presentation on benchmark and interim STAAR data. … Continue reading WISD board appoints member,WMS passes safety inspection

Whitney police chief sworn in

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 18, 2023 Hill County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace and Municipal Judge Trey Jetton swore in Kevin Hughes to begin serving as the City of Whitney’s police chief during a special meeting of the Whitney City Council held Monday, January 9. After Chief Hughes was sworn in, Mayor Jerry Barker … Continue reading Whitney police chief sworn in

New commissioner appointed to serve Hill County Precinct 1

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 18, 2023 Jim Holcomb (left) was sworn in by Hill County Judge Justin Lewis to begin serving as Precinct 1’s commissioner Wednesday, January 11. Hill County Judge Justin Lewis appointed Jim Holcomb to serve as Precinct 1 commissioner following Andy Montgomery’s resignation and swore him in Wednesday morning, January 11. The … Continue reading New commissioner appointed to serve Hill County Precinct 1

Candidate filing underway for May city and school elections

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 18, 2023 Candidate filing for May 6 city and school elections will get underway Wednesday, January 18. Locally, positions will be available in Whitney, Blum and Covington. The City of Whitney will have the mayor’s position and two council seats on the ballot if an election is needed this year. The … Continue reading Candidate filing underway for May city and school elections

WHS band student earns all-state honors

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 18, 2023 Jonah Cottongame Jonah Cottongame, a member of the Whitney High School Band, will perform with the Texas All-State Concert Band in San Antonio Saturday, February 11, at the Henry B. González Convention Center as part of the 2023 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Cottongame was chosen for this prestigious … Continue reading WHS band student earns all-state honors

Hill County auditor installed as Swilling plans retirement

Reporter: Ellie Mahan January 12, 2023 Hill County Auditor Sahib Rao For the first time in 19 years, Hill County has appointed a new county auditor following the announced retirement of Susan Swilling, who previously held the position. Sahib Rao officially started as the county auditor November 28, after being appointed by District Judge Lee … Continue reading Hill County auditor installed as Swilling plans retirement

Hill County officials begin new terms

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 11, 2023 A ceremonial swearing-in ceremony was conducted for county officials at the Hill County Courthouse Tuesday morning, January 3. District Judge Lee Harris swore in elected and appointed officials, and County Judge Justin Lewis swore in the employees of the officials. Beginning new terms were Judge Harris, Judge Lewis, County … Continue reading Hill County officials begin new terms

Hill County CASA plans new volunteer training January 31

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2023 CASA of Hill County is seeking more volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in foster care in the county. The next CASA volunteer training is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 31. “We want every child involved in the child welfare system to have an advocate … Continue reading Hill County CASA plans new volunteer training January 31

Attempted burglary suspectshot at Bosque County home

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 11, 2023 Bosque County Sheriff Trace Hendricks reported last week that a homeowner shot an intruder during an attempted burglary on Bosque County Road 3505 near Valley Mills Tuesday, January 3. According to reports, deputies were called to the scene just before 7 p.m. and found a man on the sidewalk … Continue reading Attempted burglary suspectshot at Bosque County home

District games underway, boys move to 1st in district

January 12, 2023 District play is underway for the Whitney High School varsity boys and girls basketball teams, and the boys are currently undefeated and first in the district. The team is 3-0 in district play after defeating Waco Harmony School of Innovation 111-8 in a home game played Friday night, January 6. Earlier in … Continue reading District games underway, boys move to 1st in district

Wreaths Across America matching campaign continues

An online matching campaign for this year's Wreaths Across America effort will end Sunday, January 15. Veterans, families and friends of veterans and others gathered to “Remember-Honor-Teach” while laying wreaths to honor veterans at Whitney Memorial Park Saturday, December 17. To order online with a credit card, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org and include TXWMPB for Whitney Memorial … Continue reading Wreaths Across America matching campaign continues

View the January 11, 2023 issue

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Creative arts registration open for Hill County Fair

Fair volunteers, sponsors, vendors needed… Young people from Hill County showed off their submissions in the categories of home-baked foods, crafts, art, photography and textiles at last year's fair, including these pre-k through first grade entries. Registration for the Creative Arts Division of the 2023 Hill County Fair opened online Sunday, January 1, and will … Continue reading Creative arts registration open for Hill County Fair

Hill County commissioners meet in final session of ‘22

January 5, 2023 The Hill County Commissioners Court held its last regular meeting of 2022 Tuesday, December 27. In his comments to the court, Hill County Judge Justin Lewis reported that resumes had been accepted through the previous Thursday from those interested in the Precinct 1 commissioner position. Interviews were expected to be conducted the … Continue reading Hill County commissioners meet in final session of ‘22

Local football players earn 2022 all-district honors

January 5, 2023 With the 2022 football season officially in the books, teams in all classifications released all-district honors. In District 7-3A Division I, Whitney Wildcat David Haynes III was named defensive most valuable player, and Whitney’s Mason Seeley earned offensive newcomer of the year. First team all-district selections for the Wildcats went to Jairdyn … Continue reading Local football players earn 2022 all-district honors

2023 BIG conference, farm and ranch show Jan. 10-11

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 5, 2023 The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Blackland Income Growth (BIG) Conference is scheduled for January 10-11 at the BASE at Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Boulevard in Waco. The Blackland Income Growth Conference serves as a primer for farmers, ranchers and landowners looking to prepare as they head into … Continue reading 2023 BIG conference, farm and ranch show Jan. 10-11

Orr hires chief of staff, selects capitol office

January 4, 2023 House District 13 Representative-Elect Angelia Orr has hired Jacob Reagan as her chief of staff for the 88th Legislative Session. She has also selected her Capitol office and House Chamber desk. Reagan comes to the House District 13 office with a decade of political experience, including work in state and federal government … Continue reading Orr hires chief of staff, selects capitol office

County seeking commissioner to fill unexpired term in Pct. 1

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 21, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court accepted the resignation of Precinct 1 Commissioner Andrew Montgomery and discussed its next steps to fill the unexpired term in a regular meeting held Tuesday, December 13. Montgomery announced Thursday, December 8, that he will resign from his position effective December 31. He cited … Continue reading County seeking commissioner to fill unexpired term in Pct. 1

Whitney ISD board discusses ACE program, school activities

Reporter: Ellie Mahan December 21, 2022 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met in a regular session Monday, December 12 and heard a report on the Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) Program. Cynthia Ries provided an update on the ACE program, which is available for pre-kindergarten through fifth graders. ACE is funded across the nation … Continue reading Whitney ISD board discusses ACE program, school activities

Council hears reports, approves zoning for planned development

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 22, 2022 The Whitney City Council met in a regular session Thursday, December 15 to consider regular monthly business and discuss rezoning requests. At the beginning of the meeting, Council Member Martis Ward voted against approval of the minutes of the December 5 special council meeting, stating that he wanted it … Continue reading Council hears reports, approves zoning for planned development

Garden Club celebrates Christmas

December 22, 2022 The Lake Whitney Garden Club had a holiday party at The Place at Lake Whitney Thursday, December 8. Flutist Debbie Hamner played Christmas carols while a lunch prepared by the event center staff was served. Planning for the party was handled by the Christmas Party Committee, which made carnation bracelets for each … Continue reading Garden Club celebrates Christmas

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Whitney City Council selects police chief

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2022 Pictured (l to r) are Mayor Jerry Barker and Kevin Hughes, who was selected by the Whitney City Council to serve as the city's next police chief in a special meeting held last week. See story for more information. The Whitney City Council selected Kevin Hughes, a White Bluff … Continue reading Whitney City Council selects police chief

Pct. 1 Commissioner Montgomery announces plan to resign Dec. 31

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2022 Hill County Precinct 1 Commissioner Andrew Montgomery submitted a letter of resignation to Hill County Judge Justin Lewis and his fellow commissioners Thursday, December 8. The commissioner said that he will leave his position December 31, with two years remaining on his term, to spend time with an ailing … Continue reading Pct. 1 Commissioner Montgomery announces plan to resign Dec. 31

First annual ‘Christmas Bird Count’ planned at Lake Whitney Sunday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 14, 2022 Beginners and experienced birders alike are invited to join in the first annual Whitney Lake Christmas Bird Count Sunday, December 18, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes all to join in the exploration of the lake area while participating in the world’s … Continue reading First annual ‘Christmas Bird Count’ planned at Lake Whitney Sunday

Chamber to host Christmas Bazaar downtown Saturday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 7, 2022 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce will host its 13th annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sidewalk vendors will sell baked goods, arts and crafts and other items, and downtown merchants will offer holiday specials. Vendor spaces are available for the event. Live … Continue reading Chamber to host Christmas Bazaar downtown Saturday

Whitney writer wins BAC’s Books on the Bosque event

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 7, 2022 Theo Boyd of Whitney (right) receiving her first-place award for nonfiction from Bosque Arts Center's Vikki Moore. A November writing contest held in conjunction with Books on the Bosque weekend yielded successful results for several area writers at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton. Theo Boyd of Whitney won … Continue reading Whitney writer wins BAC’s Books on the Bosque event

Whitney’s Christmas parade, tree lighting set for Saturday

December 1, 2022 The City of Whitney will honor Hill County firefighters and the citizens of Whitney and surrounding areas this year with "A Country Christmas" Saturday, December 3, starting at 6 p.m. The lighted parade will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a tree lighting, caroling and a time to visit … Continue reading Whitney’s Christmas parade, tree lighting set for Saturday

‘Chicago Fire’ actor holds Hill County hometown close to his heart

Reporter: Ellie Mahan December 1, 2022 Actor Jake Lockett has landed numerous roles in film and television since he gave his first on-stage performance in a play for Aquilla High School, and he now plays the newest firefighter at Firehouse 51 in season 11 of "Chicago Fire." Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC. During his senior … Continue reading ‘Chicago Fire’ actor holds Hill County hometown close to his heart

Hill County burn ban expires, fireworks decision December 13

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2022 Hill County commissioners discussed the county’s burn ban during a meeting held Tuesday morning, November 22, and opted to let the ban expire at midnight Thursday, November 24. Emergency Services District (ESD) 1 President Ken Goins told the court that he would like to see the burn ban stay … Continue reading Hill County burn ban expires, fireworks decision December 13

Bosque County Sheriff’s Office makes drug arrests

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2022 The Bosque County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Enforcement Team concluded an investigation into a narcotics trafficking operation based in Hill County Friday, November 25. According to the sheriff's office, investigators converged on an active narcotics transaction in the parking lot of the Cedron Creek Package Store located on FM 1713, … Continue reading Bosque County Sheriff’s Office makes drug arrests

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Blum volleyball team wins state championship

November 25, 2022 Pictured (l to r): Coach Lauren McPherson, Emma Peacock, Addie Koetting, Jayden Galbraith, Addison Willingham, Kaydee Roland, McKayla Whatley, Skylar Allen, Kayden Arrington, Kinsley McPherson, Payden Sanders, Ruby Rumohr, Emma Scott, Katy Pinyan, Skyler Cashion, Assistant Coach Kourtney Welle, Kasi Miller and Superintendent Jeff Sanders. Blum High School Head Volleyball Coach Lauren … Continue reading Blum volleyball team wins state championship