White Bluff VFD adds new truck

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 4, 2022 White Bluff Volunteer Fire Department recently took delivery of a 2011 Pierce Arrow XT fire engine that is capable of dispensing foam, which has several times the firefighting effectiveness of water alone. It was purchased through funds generated after several years of fund raising and a program through the … Continue reading White Bluff VFD adds new truck

City council approves final plat for planned Whitney subdivision

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 The Whitney City Council approved a final plat for a new subdivision that could bring up to 57 homes to Whitney and considered several other agenda items in a meeting held Monday evening, April 18. Last year, the council began discussions with Gary Finch, CEO of Teamworktown Inc., which … Continue reading City council approves final plat for planned Whitney subdivision

WHS German Folk Dancers earn first in state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 For the third year, Whitney High School German Folk Dancers have earned first place at the Texas State German Contest. Team members are Linsey Bledsoe, Jasmyne Britain, Lilly Cundiff, Kacie Davis, Kade Deaton, Fabio Garcia, Manny Herrera, Syvana Hill, Ben Hunt, Jack Lee, Prila McIntyre, Kaelyn Motherspau, John Nesselroad, … Continue reading WHS German Folk Dancers earn first in state

Author draws inspiration from time in Whitney

Reporter: Ellie Mahan April 27, 2022 Murray Richter, now a published author of two children’s books, attended Whitney High School and graduated in 1988. When he moved from Alice to Whitney in the early 1980’s, he spent time fishing, skiing and soaking up all the nature and fun that Lake Whitney had to offer. His … Continue reading Author draws inspiration from time in Whitney

Early voting continues for May 7 election

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 Early voting began Monday, April 25, ahead of the Saturday, May 7, election date. There will be statewide constitutional amendments on the ballot, and several local races will be decided. Those who would like to cast early ballots in Hill County can vote between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. … Continue reading Early voting continues for May 7 election

FFA students qualify for state event

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 Hill County FFA students recently competed in Area 8 Career and Leadership Development Events (CDE) at Tarleton State University, with several schools qualifying for state. Whitney's nursery landscape team earned second place for a trip to state. Competing were Samantha Allen, Jenna Milam, Laney Beam and Jillie Milam. Aquilla … Continue reading FFA students qualify for state event

Golfers qualify for state

April 27, 2022 The Whitney High School golf team competed at regionals at Brenham Country Club Monday, April 18, and Tuesday, April 19. Tate Winkler shot an 82 on the first day and an 88 on the second day, and Rob Riney shot an 87 the first day and an 82 on the second day. … Continue reading Golfers qualify for state

WHS baseball clinches playoff berth

April 27, 2022 Whitney High School's varsity baseball team was sitting in third place in the district as the week began and is headed to the playoffs. The Wildcats won their away conference game against McGregor 12-2 Friday, April 22, after defeating McGregor earlier in the week 9-5 at home. After last week's games wrapped … Continue reading WHS baseball clinches playoff berth

Lady ‘Cats end regular season with win at home

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 The Whitney High School Lady Wildcats varsity softball team won a home game against McGregor 4-3 Tuesday, April 19, for a chance at a playoff run. The Lady 'Cats (11-14, 5-7) wrapped up their regular season schedule with the win over McGregor while celebrating senior night. Whitney was set … Continue reading Lady ‘Cats end regular season with win at home

LWMA food bank receives donation

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 The Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance (LWMA) is thankful for a contribution from the Kimberley Rumfield Team of Keller Williams Realty, which recently supported the food bank with a donation drive. The successful fund raiser collected 383 pounds of food and additional money to purchase another 200 pounds of food … Continue reading LWMA food bank receives donation

Chamber welcomes The Lazy Llama

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for The Lazy Llama Coffee & Treats. Pictured are owners Tiffany Basham and Michael Fields, Assistant Manager Laci Brown and family and baristas Maegan Saylor and Joannah Andis. Representing the chamber were Charles and Terry Boyer, Jean Dunn … Continue reading Chamber welcomes The Lazy Llama

Hill College honors retiring president with student grant

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 Hill College is honoring its retiring president with the Pamela J. Boehm Student Emergency Aid Grant. The announcement was made during the college’s annual Boots and Suits fund-raising event. “In honor of her 41 years of dedication to Hill College, and particularly her focus on student success, we are … Continue reading Hill College honors retiring president with student grant

WMS culinary program holds inaugural class

Submitted by Whitney Middle School April 27, 2022 Students prepared kolaches during the school's first culinary class, Saturday, April 9. Tony Dudik, seventh grade Texas History teacher, developed and taught the Texas Historical and Cultural Culinary Course. Seventh grade Texas history teacher Tony Dudik taught the inaugural culinary class at Whitney Middle School Saturday, April … Continue reading WMS culinary program holds inaugural class

DAR Good Citizens announced

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 In September 2021, the Fort Graham Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) invited all Hill County high schools to select a DAR Good Citizen from their senior class. “We were thrilled and honored that six of the eleven high schools participated,” said DAR Regent … Continue reading DAR Good Citizens announced

Lake Whitney Arts preparing for next comedy

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 Rehearsals have begun for Lake Whitney Arts’ next production. “Deliver Us From Mama,” directed by Ed Sanders, is the sequel to 2019’s “Mama Won’t Fly.” Cindy Parks returns to the role of overbearing Mama Norleen Sprunt, and Stacey Greenawalt returns as her long-suffering daughter Savannah Honeycutt. Joe Neal Pedigo … Continue reading Lake Whitney Arts preparing for next comedy

Ranchmasters welcomes local Realtor to team

Pictured (l to r) are: Julie and Keith Reed, Ranchmasters Broker; Emily Morris, Realtor; Tish Robinson, Marketing Manager to Emily Morris; Justin Reed, Realtor; and at back, Bill Morris, Agent. Ranchmasters Ranch and Home Realty announces the addition of Emily Carter Morris to its Whitney real estate firm. Emily will primarily serve the White Bluff … Continue reading Ranchmasters welcomes local Realtor to team

County reduces tax breaks offered for energy projects

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 20, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court amended its tax abatement guidelines for green energy projects, approved a contract for renovations to the county's Covington Street annex and heard a presentation from the Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District (PGCD) during a meeting held Tuesday, April 12. During open forum, two Hill County … Continue reading County reduces tax breaks offered for energy projects

Early voting in May elections to begin

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 20, 2022 Early voting will begin Monday, April 25, ahead of the Saturday, May 7, election date. There will be statewide constitutional amendments on the ballot, and local races will be decided. Those who would like to cast early ballots in Hill County can vote between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. … Continue reading Early voting in May elections to begin

Whitney ISD board holds April meeting

Reporter: Ellie Mahan April 20, 2022 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, April 11, in a regular session to view 2022 mock STAAR test results, watch a presentation on the ACE Program and hear administrator reports. During administrator reports, Amber Seely, elementary school principal, reported that the campus enrollment is growing. Four new … Continue reading Whitney ISD board holds April meeting

WHS tennis players state bound

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 20, 2022 Three members of the Whitney High School tennis team are state bound after competing at the regional competition last week. Danna Guille and Laney Beam won first place in girls' doubles, earning the regional championship and a trip to state. Macy McKinney took third place in girls' singles, securing … Continue reading WHS tennis players state bound

Local jobless rates decline in March

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 20, 2022 Hill County's unemployment rate dropped to 3.4 percent in March, down from 4.2 percent in February, according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) last week. In March, there were 594 unemployed individuals in the county out of a total labor force of 17,342. Hill County's rate … Continue reading Local jobless rates decline in March

Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 20, 2022 As we enter severe weather season, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 25. The comptroller’s office … Continue reading Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies

Local churches planning 28th annual Blue Sunday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 20, 2022 April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and to remember the millions of children who are victims of abuse and neglect, Blue Sunday Child Abuse Prevention is asking the faith community to pray on Sunday, April 24. The effort began when a report about abused and neglected children caught the … Continue reading Local churches planning 28th annual Blue Sunday

LW Chamber presents awards during 67th annual banquet

Reporter: Ellie Mahan April 13, 2022 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce held its 67th annual banquet and awards ceremony Thursday, April 7, at the HILCO Civic & Event Center in Itasca. Awards were presented to this year's young person of the year, Brayden Heath; citizen of the year, Carol Eubank; educator of the year, … Continue reading LW Chamber presents awards during 67th annual banquet

Sales tax revenue stillstrong in city, county

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 13, 2022 Sales tax figures released by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar last week indicate that revenue is up considerably in Hill County and remains strong in both the City of Whitney and Bosque County compared to last year's revenue. Hegar announced that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special … Continue reading Sales tax revenue stillstrong in city, county

Whitney woman arrested in drug diversion investigation

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 13, 2022 A Whitney woman was arrested on felony charges last week after an investigation into a drug case involving a Clifton nursing home. Multiple agencies, including Whitney and Clifton police departments, began investigating after Clifton Lutheran Sunset Ministries (CLSM) alerted authorities that drugs had possibly been stolen from a resident … Continue reading Whitney woman arrested in drug diversion investigation

Hill County Grand Jury returns April’s list of indictments

April 13, 2022 A Hill County grand jury that convened Friday, April 1, returned the following indictments: Arron Lee Ball, 35, of Arlington, bail jumping and failure to appear Becky Lynn Buckingham, 30, of Clifton, bail jumping and failure to appear John Matthew Cook, 24, of Morgan, sexual assault of a child (x 2) George … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns April’s list of indictments

Whitney splits series with West

April 13, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity baseball team claimed sole possession of second place with a 3-0 win over West Friday, April 8, in Whitney. The Wildcats manufactured runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to beat the district rival after losing to the Trojans Tuesday, April 5. Solid pitching from Colby … Continue reading Whitney splits series with West

Wildcat Kids Daycare joins chamber

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 13, 2022 Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon cutting for Wildcat Kids Daycare. Pictured are owners Amanda and Michael Coe, Alicia Wright and Samantha Snelgrove and employee Alexis Horn. Also pictured is Chamber Director John McCullough, Whitney Independent School District superintendent. The daycare is located at 101 North … Continue reading Wildcat Kids Daycare joins chamber

Sheriff’s office investigating after man impersonates officer on I-35

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 13, 2022 Authorities offer safety tips for drivers… The Hill County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a man impersonating a law enforcement officer and attempting contact with a driver on Interstate 35. The incident occurred on Friday, April 1, when authorities say a man driving a black sport-utility vehicle … Continue reading Sheriff’s office investigating after man impersonates officer on I-35

WHS golfers advance to regionals

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 13, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity boys golf team recently finished third in district play. Members of the varsity team pictured above (l to r) are Rob Riney, Kannon Watson, Tate Winkler and Brendan Aguirre. Winkler and Riney will advance to regionals in Brenham April 18-19, after they each shot … Continue reading WHS golfers advance to regionals

TDCJ sentences handed downin 66th Judicial District Court

April 13, 2022 The office of District Attorney Mark Pratt prosecuted felony criminal cases in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County in March. The following Texas Department of Criminal Justice sentences were handed down: Robert Angelo Alcaraz, engaging in organized criminal activity, 15 years prison Adam Irvine Howland, bail jumping and failure to … Continue reading TDCJ sentences handed downin 66th Judicial District Court

Whitney High School athletes compete in district track meet

April 13, 2022 The Whitney High School track teams competed at the 2022 District 17-3A track meet in McGregor last week, and several athletes will be heading to area. The boys 4x100m relay team of Kyler Cryns, Orrin Green, Jordan Johnson and Marcus Wilson will advance. Orrin Green also qualified in the 100m, 200m and … Continue reading Whitney High School athletes compete in district track meet

New voters must register this week ahead of May 7 elections

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 6, 2022 Those who plan to cast ballots on the Saturday, May 7, election date and are not already registered to vote must register by Thursday, April 7. Locally, an election is scheduled to decide a school bond proposal in Aquilla, and multiple entities have called elections to elect city and … Continue reading New voters must register this week ahead of May 7 elections

Hill County Summit focuses on population trends, projections

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 6, 2022 State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter was the featured speaker when the first annual Go Hillsboro Hill County Summit was held at Hill College Thursday, March 31. Over 70 people attended to hear Dr. Potter discuss demographic characteristics and trends in Hill County, the state and the region. The Texas … Continue reading Hill County Summit focuses on population trends, projections

Whitney man sentenced to 95 years for home invasion

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 6, 2022 A Hill County District Court jury held a five-day trial beginning Monday, March 21, and found defendant Josephus Demetrius Garrett guilty on two counts of burglary of a habitation. The jury then assessed his punishment at 95 years in prison in one case and 15 years in prison for … Continue reading Whitney man sentenced to 95 years for home invasion

Vietnam veterans service held

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 6, 2022 The auxiliary of Lake Whitney Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 12176 held services and activities to mark National Vietnam War Veterans Day on Tuesday, March 29. As part of the day’s events, a Vietnam Veterans Day Service was held at Whitney Veterans Memorial Park Tuesday afternoon. VFW Post … Continue reading Vietnam veterans service held

Blum schools considering four-day week

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 6, 2022 Blum Independent School District is surveying parents on the possibility of implementing a four-day school week. Superintendent Jeff Sanders said that the district recently surveyed teachers on the proposal and now wants to see how parents feel. Sanders said that the idea came about as the school considered ways … Continue reading Blum schools considering four-day week

Donations collected at Brookshire’s

Reporter: Ellie Mahan April 6, 2022 Pictured is Tracy Wilder, president of VFW Post 12176 Auxilliary, with Jason Beardon, store director of Brookshire's in Whitney. The auxiliary of VFW Post 12176 is partnering with Brookshire’s to collect water, Gatorade and non-perishable snack foods for local volunteer fire departments, including Whitney, Lakeview, 2604, White Bluff, Blum, … Continue reading Donations collected at Brookshire’s

Unemployment rates down slightly in February

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 6, 2022 Hill County's unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in February, down slightly from January's rate of 4.4 percent and down significantly from last February's rate of 6 percent. Data released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently showed that there were 16,457 employed individuals in the county in February … Continue reading Unemployment rates down slightly in February

Donation benefits food bank program

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 6, 2022 Our Daily Bread Food Bank Director Connie Stahl recently accepted a check from The Women's Guild of Our Savior Lutheran Church. The Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance expressed appreciation for the donation, which will be used to support the Children's Summer Snack Bag Program. This ministry provides food for children … Continue reading Donation benefits food bank program

LW food bank reopens doors to public

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 6, 2022 Our Daily Bread Food Bank will reopen to allow clients to come inside the building beginning Monday, April 4. When you arrive, park your car in the parking spaces out front and come inside to sign in. Clients are asked to try and bring identification for everyone in the … Continue reading LW food bank reopens doors to public

Negotiations underway for large Buc-ee’s in Hillsboro

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 6, 2022 Plans for a Buc-ee’s travel center in Hillsboro were discussed in a public meeting for the first time Monday night, March 28, as the company submitted requests to the city’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission. Buc-ee’s Hillsboro, LLC is seeking exceptions to the city’s sign ordinance to accommodate its … Continue reading Negotiations underway for large Buc-ee’s in Hillsboro

LW Chamber welcomes The Hall Closet

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 6, 2022 Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for The Hall Closet, located at 120 West Washington Avenue in downtown Whitney. The Hall Closet is a resale store offering clothing, home decor, furniture, purses, shoes and jewelry. Pictured is owner Kim Clark Hall with Kathleen Taylor, Stacey … Continue reading LW Chamber welcomes The Hall Closet

Council hears monthly reports, discusses playground request

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 30, 2022 The Whitney City Council heard reports from department heads and considered several agenda items, including a request for a new city playground, in a meeting held Monday evening, March 21. In his update to the council, Mayor Brad Slaten reported that he attended the Lake Whitney Garden Club meeting … Continue reading Council hears monthly reports, discusses playground request

Fire department seeks volunteers

Reporter: Ellie Mahan March 30, 2022 The Whitney Fire Department has 12 volunteers and would love to welcome about six more to the team. For information about how to become a volunteer firefighter, call the fire station at 254-694-2444. Other fire departments throughout the area are also facing an increase in calls and a shortage … Continue reading Fire department seeks volunteers

Commissioners enact 30-day county burn ban

Editor: shannon Cottongame March 30, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court implemented a 30-day burn ban for unincorporated areas of Hill County and discussed other business during a meeting held Tuesday, March 22. The county has recently had a sharp increase in grass fire calls, although the Keetch-Byram Drought Index, which the Texas Forest Service … Continue reading Commissioners enact 30-day county burn ban

CASA seeks volunteers during Child Abuse Prevention Month

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 30, 2022 April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and CASA of Hill County is raising awareness of the need for more dedicated members of the community to step up and become CASA volunteers, and help end child abuse and neglect, through supporting children and their families. CASA volunteers, or Court … Continue reading CASA seeks volunteers during Child Abuse Prevention Month

Hill County Jail passes inspection

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 30, 2022 The Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspected the Hill County Jail Thursday, March 10, and presented a certificate of compliance to Hill County officials. “This was all possible due to the excellent correctional staff that we have that had to overcome many obstacles and challenges of the past year … Continue reading Hill County Jail passes inspection

The Palms at Lake Whitney welcomed to chamber

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 30, 2022 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Friday, March 18, for The Palms at Lake Whitney. The RV resort is located at 5536 FM 933 and has 49 pull-through campsites. They also offer a dog park, community campfire and cabana, along with a laundry facility and … Continue reading The Palms at Lake Whitney welcomed to chamber

ESD 1 Board raising VFD payouts to offset costs

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 30, 2022 The Hill County Emergency Services District (ESD) 1 Board of Commissioners met in regular session Thursday, March 17, and discussed measures to save on fuel costs. Fire departments have been dealing with rising operating costs, plus an uptick in calls for service. The board instructed departments to restrict the … Continue reading ESD 1 Board raising VFD payouts to offset costs

ESD 2 Board hears request, EMS reports

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 30, 2022 The Hill County Emergency Services District (ESD) 2 Board of Commissioners met in a regular session Thursday night, March 17, in Hillsboro. In public comments, Doreen Strickland with Abbott Volunteer Fire Department spoke to the board and asked for an increase in payments to fire departments responding to medical … Continue reading ESD 2 Board hears request, EMS reports

Kidnapping suspect taken into custody

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 30, 2022 The Hill County Sheriff’s Office took a subject into custody on multiple felony charges after a pursuit traveled through three counties Thursday, March 17. Reports indicated that Hill County Sheriff’s Office deputies became involved after receiving reports that a man had kidnapped his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint in Dallas County. … Continue reading Kidnapping suspect taken into custody