Wildcats win state tournament

August 4, 2022 The High School Eligible (HSE) Whitney Wildcat team won the Texas Teenage Baseball-Softball Associationstate tournament hosted by Hillsboro Sports Association in Hillsboro July 22-24. Teams from Ballinger,Blooming Grove, Buffalo, Cameron, Gorman, Harker Heights, Hillsboro, Itasca, LaVega, Rice and Wacoalso competed. Whitney defeated four teams in one day of the tournament and earned … Continue reading Wildcats win state tournament

ESD 2 discusses construction delay, new property purchase

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 4, 2022 The Hill County Emergency Services District (ESD) 2 Board of Commissioners met in a regular session Thursday, July 21, and reviewed progress on the district’s new headquarters and ambulance station in Hillsboro. Colby Grady of Salt Ridge Properties told the board that his crews should have the facility at … Continue reading ESD 2 discusses construction delay, new property purchase

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Council appoints interim police chief, Barker now serving as acting mayor

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2022 Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Barker led the Whitney City Council meeting Monday, July 18, following the departure of former mayor Brad Slaten. Barker plans to serve in the role until the next city election in May. The Whitney City Council appointed an interim police chief and accepted the resignation … Continue reading Council appoints interim police chief, Barker now serving as acting mayor

County Commissioners approve sale of annex

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved the sale of the county annex at 200 East Franklin Street during a special meeting held Tuesday, July 19. The court approved a contract with Waco Housing Authority, which plans to purchase the property for $772,000 pending approval by its board of directors. … Continue reading County Commissioners approve sale of annex

Our Savior Lutheran donates to Isaiah’s Place

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2022 The Ladies Guild of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Whitney recently presented a check to Isaiah's Place in the amount of $500 after Isaiah's Place hosted a luncheon for the ladies. The funds were raised from the group’s annual garage sale. The donation will support the Isaiah’s Place mission … Continue reading Our Savior Lutheran donates to Isaiah’s Place

Thom Hanson re-elected to committee

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 27, 2022 Hill County Democratic Party Chair Thom Hanson has been re-elected to the Senate District 22 State Democratic Executive Committee for a two-year term. The Texas Democratic Party held its state convention in Dallas July 14-16. Hanson said that he thanks the delegates for placing their confidence in him. "I … Continue reading Thom Hanson re-elected to committee

Sleepy Hollow tickets on sale

Lake Whitney Arts’ summer Children’s Theatre production of "Sleepy Hollow" opens Friday, August 5. Children have been busy rehearsing their lines and preparing to take the stage opening night. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, August 5, Saturday, August 6, Friday, August 12, and Saturday, August 13. Matinees are scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, August … Continue reading Sleepy Hollow tickets on sale

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County retail study to help identify, recruit businesses

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 21, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved a county-wide retail study and recruitment program in conjunction with the City of Hillsboro at a meeting held Tuesday, July 12. The Hillsboro City Council approved the proposal earlier this month, agreeing to put $10,000 toward the effort with the county paying the … Continue reading County retail study to help identify, recruit businesses

WISD transitioning back to charging for school meals

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 21, 2022 Free/reduced meal apps available… During the pandemic, Congress authorized spending that allowed schools to serve free meals for all students. Those funds are not authorized to continue for the 2022-2023 school year. As a result, Whitney ISD will return to charging for school meals and offering free and reduced-price … Continue reading WISD transitioning back to charging for school meals

Local VFW volunteers launch food ministry

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 21, 2022 Lake Whitney Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 12176 has partnered with The Wolff Pack’s Feed the Flock ministry, which recently began in the Lake Whitney area. Ministry developer Kellie Wolff said that the effort was born out of love. “We just wanted love to be louder than all … Continue reading Local VFW volunteers launch food ministry

TDCJ sentences handed down in 66th District Court

July 21, 2022 The office of District Attorney Mark Pratt recently prosecuted felony criminal cases in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County. The following Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) sentences are from June: Norman Lee Garza - driving while intoxicated - third or more, 10 years prison; assault intentionally/recklessly impeding breath/circulation of … Continue reading TDCJ sentences handed down in 66th District Court

Judge Harris earns Jaworski Fellow Of The Year Award

July 21, 2022 District Judge Lee Harris District Judge Lee Harris, a 1993 graduate of Baylor Law, won the Baylor Law Jaworski Fellow of the Year Award during the Second Annual Jaworski Fellow and Candidate Dinner held recently at the Baylor Club in McLane Stadium in Waco. The award recognized his dedication and service to … Continue reading Judge Harris earns Jaworski Fellow Of The Year Award

WYA team finishes top 5 in the state

July 21, 2022 The Whitney Youth Association 10 and under team finished 6-2 in the playoffs and top five in the 10 and under Texas Teenage State Tournament. The team was the Heart of Texas 10 and under South National Division Winner, and the undefeated 10 and under district three tournament champion. Players on the … Continue reading WYA team finishes top 5 in the state

FSA accepting nominationsfor local county committees

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 21, 2022 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting nominations for county committee members. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for members. LAAs are elective areas for FSA committees in a single county or multi-county jurisdiction. This may include LAAs that are … Continue reading FSA accepting nominationsfor local county committees

Middle schooler wins VFW contest

July 21, 2022 At the July 2nd “Honoring America's Heroes" event in Whitney, the Whitney VFW Post 12176 Auxiliary had a "guess how many candies are in the jar" contest. The winner of the jar, with a guess of 1,700, is sixth grader Allison Wilson of Whitney. The total number of candies was 1,776.

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State, local resources battle large Bosque County wildfire

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 14, 2022 Firefighters have stayed busy in Hill and Bosque counties battling a number of wildfires in recent days, most notably the "Hard Castle Fire" in Bosque County. The Texas A&M Forest Service was assisting local firefighters over the weekend as the fire, which began Wednesday evening, July 6, continued to … Continue reading State, local resources battle large Bosque County wildfire

Wildcats welcome new athletic director

July 14, 2022 Wildcat athletes and fans had a chance to meet Whitney Independent School District Athletic Director David Haynes Jr. at a meet-and-greet event sponsored by the Whitney Athletic Booster Club Thursday, June 30. Coach Haynes has spent 14 years as a coach, most recently as the defensive coordinator at Valley Mills High School. … Continue reading Wildcats welcome new athletic director

Air resources called in for Hard Castle Fire

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 14, 2022 The Texas A&M Forest Service assisted Bosque County firefighters as they worked to contain the 500+ acre Hard Castle Fire near Walnut Springs over the weekend. Boaters on Lake Whitney were warned to avoid areas where aircraft were scooping water from the lake to drop on the scene. The … Continue reading Air resources called in for Hard Castle Fire

Area sales tax allocations up this month

July sales tax allocations to Hill County were up over 20 percent compared to the same time last year and Whitney's were up 14 percent, according to data released by State Comptroller Glenn Hegar last week. Hegar will send Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $1.03 billion in local sales tax … Continue reading Area sales tax allocations up this month

Hill County Grand Jury returns indictments

July 14, 2022 A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Friday, July 1 returned the following indictments: Randy Joe Abbott, 47, of Waco, bail jump and failure to appear (x 2) Jimmy Ray Adams, 24, of Cypress, possession of THC under one gram Robert Cruz Adames, 45, of Whitney, failure to comply with sex offender's … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns indictments

Master Gardeners present scholarships

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 14, 2022 Hill County Master Gardeners recently awarded two scholarships of $1,000 each to two students. Christopher A. Wanat attends Tarleton State University in Stephenville and is majoring in horticultural and plant sciences. Kathryn M. Kass is attending Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and majors in horticulture. Funds for … Continue reading Master Gardeners present scholarships

Cast of “Sleepy Hollow” set, tickets on sale

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 13, 2022 Cast of "Sleepy Hollow" set, tickets on saleRehearsals are underway for Lake Whitney Arts’ summer Children’s Theatre production of Sleepy Hollow. Tickets are on sale at LakeWhitneyArts.org. When inane schoolmaster Ichabod Crane comes to Sleepy Hollow, he brings with him all his worldly possessions as he seeks a well-to-do … Continue reading Cast of “Sleepy Hollow” set, tickets on sale

Richter wins fiction award for “Fishing For Luck”

July 14, 2022 Murray Richter, 1988 Whitney graduate and Dallas-area author, won the prestigious 2021 Gertrude Warner Grand Prize Award for his middle-grade fiction book, "Fishing For Luck,"at the Chanticleer International Book Awards ceremony in Bellingham, Washington Saturday, June 25. Published in May 2021, "Fishing For Luck" tells the humorous and thrilling tale of Kevin, … Continue reading Richter wins fiction award for “Fishing For Luck”

First Baptist Church presents scholarships

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 14, 2022 Whitney’s First Baptist Church recently presented scholarships to Hill County seniors. They included: Cadence Bidwell, daughter of Tracy and Ashley Bidwell, of Whitney High School. She plans to major in engineering at Texas A&M University. Lucy Schulz, daughter of Greg and Julie Schulz, of Abbott High School. She plans … Continue reading First Baptist Church presents scholarships

Musical Fun at the Bosque Arts Center

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 13, 2022 Summer fun for kids continues at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton with Music Camp July 18-21. Former camp leader Vicky Ketchum and daughter Abigail will return to Clifton to head up camp this year. Monday through Wednesday camp will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday camp … Continue reading Musical Fun at the Bosque Arts Center

Independence Day Celebration Saturday

A Whitney Independence Day celebration is set for Saturday, July 2. A “Celebrate Heroes” parade will start at 10 a.m. downtown, followed by downtown festivities beginning at 11 a.m. After the parade, there will be water slides and inflatables, a DJ, live music and a pie eating contest. There will also be face paintings, a … Continue reading Independence Day Celebration Saturday

WISD board discusses security, Baker Field plan and drug tests

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 30, 2022 In a regular meeting of the Whitney ISD Board of Trustees held Monday, June 20, the board discussed district security information, Whitney Wildcat Football League’s plans for the Baker Field restrooms and concession stands and an amendment to the random drug testing policy. Superintendent John McCullough said that he … Continue reading WISD board discusses security, Baker Field plan and drug tests

Whitney City Council holds June meeting

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 The Whitney City Council met in a regular session Tuesday, June 21, to hear monthly reports and consider agenda items. In open forum, resident Alan Ellis told the council that he would like to donate $10,000 toward the effort to create a better park for children and the community. … Continue reading Whitney City Council holds June meeting

Burn bans now in place ahead of 4th

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 Both Hill and Bosque counties are now under burn bans as drought conditions have intensified and carried over into summer. Area fire departments have been busy responding to grass fire calls recently, as the Texas Forest Service warned of increased wildfire activity. "The dryness we are currently seeing across … Continue reading Burn bans now in place ahead of 4th

Whitney PD makes arrest in stabbing investigation

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 A Hillsboro man was arrested Wednesday, June 22, in connection with a stabbing that occurred in Whitney earlier this month. Derrick Simmons, 41, was taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault causing bodily injury, a second-degree felony. Simmons was booked into the Hill County Law Enforcement Center with … Continue reading Whitney PD makes arrest in stabbing investigation

Board of Regents selects 11th Hill College president

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 After a national search, the Hill College Board of Regents approved the college’s 11th president at a meeting held recently. Dr. Thomas Mills will serve as Hill College president beginning August 1, replacing Dr. Pam Boehm, who recently retired from that position. Dr. Mills brings a wealth of community … Continue reading Board of Regents selects 11th Hill College president

Firefighters respond to two fires

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 Multiple Whitney area fire departments were dispatched to fires Monday afternoon, June 20. At 1:15 p.m., Whitney, Lakeview and Peoria volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the 200 block of HCR 1246, just northeast of Whitney High School. Officials said that the blaze was caused by a hay baler … Continue reading Firefighters respond to two fires

ESD 2 board discusses properties

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 The Hill County Emergency Services District (ESD 2) Board of Commissioners met in a regular session Thursday, June 16, and discussed the district’s recent and future property acquisitions. Board President Tad Duncan reported that the former tenant who had failed to vacate the district’s new property at 1460 FM … Continue reading ESD 2 board discusses properties

White Bluff Chapel welcomes new minister

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 Aaron and Erin Franklin and their sons, Anderson and EJ White Bluff Chapel is excited to announce the addition of new Minister of Music and Family Aaron Franklin. Aaron, his wife Erin and their sons, Anderson and EJ, have relocated to White Bluff Resort. Aaron began his new position … Continue reading White Bluff Chapel welcomes new minister

ESD 1 Board, VFDs review proposed strategic plan

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 The Hill County Emergency Services District (ESD) 1 Board of Commissioners held its June meeting recently and submitted a draft of a five-year strategic plan to departments for consideration. Commissioner Bill Heffner drafted the document, which he said will eventually include specific goals that the district and fire departments … Continue reading ESD 1 Board, VFDs review proposed strategic plan

Commissioners approve abatement for expansion of Hill County solar project

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 23, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved a tax abatement agreement for the expansion of a solar project within an existing reinvestment zone Tuesday, June 14. In April, the court voted to propose a tax abatement agreement with Hill Solar II, LLC, which will be an expansion of the Hill … Continue reading Commissioners approve abatement for expansion of Hill County solar project

Man charged with murder after shooting

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 23, 2022 The Hill County Sheriff’s Office has charged a man with murder after a fatal shooting that occurred in Abbott Friday, June 17. Nicholas Charassri According to reports, the shooting was reported by a 9-1-1 caller just after 5 p.m., and deputies responded to the scene in the 400 block … Continue reading Man charged with murder after shooting

Improvements evident at White Bluff since POA’s acquisition of amenities

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 23, 2022 In October 2018, the Property Owners’ Association (POA) of White Bluff Resort on Lake Whitney acquired the resort’s amenities from the developer. Since then, the resort has undergone complete restoration and has been taken to a level never experienced by White Bluff’s 6,500 property owners. Leonard Critcher, White Bluff … Continue reading Improvements evident at White Bluff since POA’s acquisition of amenities

Unemployment rates up slightly in latest report

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 23, 2022 According to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) last week, Hill and Bosque county unemployment rates rose slightly in May but remain well below the rates from one year ago. In May, Hill County's unemployment rate was reported at 3.5 percent, up from 3.2 percent in April. … Continue reading Unemployment rates up slightly in latest report

Campers enjoy ‘Wild Wonders’ at state park

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 22, 2022 Lake Whitney State Park hosted summer fun and learning opportunities for children during this year's Wild Wonders Summer Camp. Youngsters entering pre-kindergarten through second grade started things off June 6-8 with a peewee camp, and third through sixth graders attended June 13-16. Along with plenty of fun and games, … Continue reading Campers enjoy ‘Wild Wonders’ at state park

WHS color guard, band members attend leadership camp

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 23, 2022 Whitney High School students attended the 48th Howard Payne University Band Leadership Camp June 13-17 in Brownwood. The camp offers leadership training in the areas of drum major, section leader, officer, marching skills, marching percussion and color guard. Members of the Wildcat color guard and band pictured above include … Continue reading WHS color guard, band members attend leadership camp

Local filmmakers attend meet and greet

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 22, 2022 Pictured (l to r) Will Boothman, who is from Whitney, Mitch Berntson of Hillsboro, George Meyers of Hillsboro and Producer/Writer/Actor JJ Perez met at a showing of their films held Friday evening, June 17. The Indie Short Film Festival in downtown Whitney was the second installment of Juniper Cove … Continue reading Local filmmakers attend meet and greet

Family credits 10-year-old with saving baby brother

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 23, 2022 10-year-old Aubrey Morris holds her 11-month-old brother Hayden. Thanks to a heroic act by 10-year-old Aubrey Morris, a family at a home in Blum is united together in gratitude for their safety and health after enduring a trip to the hospital last week. Aubrey, who is from Aurora, West … Continue reading Family credits 10-year-old with saving baby brother

Hill County Beekeepers are doing their part to preserve pollinators

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 22, 2022 The Hill County Beekeepers Association meets the third Tuesday of each month to learn about how to preserve a crucial component of American agriculture, the honeybee. People from Hill County and surrounding areas attend the meeting for fellowship and education on the hobby of beekeeping. Attendees interact, ask each … Continue reading Hill County Beekeepers are doing their part to preserve pollinators

Hillsboro Farmers Market joins chamber

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 22, 2022 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the Hillsboro Farmers Market recently. Pictured are directors of the farmers market Melissa Awtrey, Randy Cottrell and Kristi Hutchison. The market is open every Saturday through October and is located on the west side of the Hill County … Continue reading Hillsboro Farmers Market joins chamber

Whitney’s new athletic director looks to build on recent success

Reporter and KHBR Radio Personality: Jack Foley June 16, 2022 Whitney Independent School District has announced that David Haynes Jr. has been selected to replace Mark Byrd as the new athletic director and head football coach of the Wildcats. The 2004 McGregor High School graduate has spent 14 years as a coach, most recently as … Continue reading Whitney’s new athletic director looks to build on recent success

Commissioners vote to continue $10 hog bounty

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 16, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved funds to continue offering an increased feral hog bounty and moved forward with the sale of property in a special meeting held Tuesday, June 7. Extension Agent Zach Davis told the court that the decision to increase the bounty to $10 per tail … Continue reading Commissioners vote to continue $10 hog bounty

Flags out for America until Labor Day

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 16, 2022 As a show of unity in the Whitney community, the Whitney Business Alliance is joining with the City of Whitney and the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce to encourage residents and business owners to display American flags outside of their homes or businesses until Labor Day. The flags are … Continue reading Flags out for America until Labor Day

Blum grad plans to help veterans through therapeutic horsemanship

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 16, 2022 Stormie Swinburne Recent Blum graduate Stormie Swinburne was ecstatic the first time she put on her leather jacket with patches that read “All American Quarter Horse Congress Reserve Champion.” The hours of training with her horse Doc paid off when she earned the congress jacket by winning reserve champion … Continue reading Blum grad plans to help veterans through therapeutic horsemanship

County sales tax revenue up 21% in June

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 16, 2022 Hill County's sales tax revenue remains well above average according to data released by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar last week. Hegar announced that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $1.01 billion in local sales tax allocations for June, 11.6 percent more than in … Continue reading County sales tax revenue up 21% in June