Wildcat band makes area finals

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 The long hours of practice put in by the Whitney High School band and color guard since the summer was evident Saturday, October 23, as they competed in the area round of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) marching contest in Robinson. After a morning performance, the band advanced to … Continue reading Wildcat band makes area finals

Hill, Bosque county polling places set for Election Day

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 Hill and Bosque county residents will vote on eight proposed Texas constitutional amendments along with the rest of the state Tuesday, November 2. Voters in the Aquilla Independent School District will also select school board members on that date. Hill County polling places in the local area include: Precincts … Continue reading Hill, Bosque county polling places set for Election Day

Orr to run for new District 13 House seat

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 Angelia Orr Last week, conservative Republican Angelia Orr (R-Itasca) announced her campaign for the newly created Texas House District 13. She also released an early list of district endorsements, including State Representative Cody Harris. “I’m running for the Texas House of Representatives to serve as a strong voice for … Continue reading Orr to run for new District 13 House seat

Hill County Drug Court works to rehabilitate area juveniles

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 27, 2021 More than 50,000 Texas juveniles are arrested or referred to the juvenile probation system each year, according to the Juvenile Justice Department. The Hill County Juvenile Drug Court Program, which was created in March 2005, provides an alternative to formal probation for minors who have committed a drug offense. … Continue reading Hill County Drug Court works to rehabilitate area juveniles

Lady ‘Cats add a win against McGregor

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 The Whitney High School varsity volleyball team defeated McGregor Friday, October 22. The Lady 'Cats won in five sets (25-22, 18-25, 9-25, 25-14 and 15-11). Whitney will wrap up its season on the road against Waco Harmony Tuesday, October 26. Pictured is sophomore Jaycee Green at the net against … Continue reading Lady ‘Cats add a win against McGregor

Grandview sprints past Wildcats to 55-10 victory

Sport Writer: Brent Cook October 27, 2021 Whitney to face Maypearl in a must-win matchup… Following a near upset of the state-ranked West Trojans, the Whitney Wildcats had high hopes heading into last Friday’s showdown with the No. 7 Grandview Zebras at Wildcat Stadium. But Grandview had different plans. Plans that included a 55-10 victory, … Continue reading Grandview sprints past Wildcats to 55-10 victory

Lake Whitney Arts wrapping up rehearsals for comedy

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 Stacey Greenawalt and Rusty Cook enjoy a laugh as rehearsals continue at Lake Whitney Arts for Honky Tonk Hissy Fit, a comedy by Jones, Hope and Wooten. Online tickets for November’s live performances can be purchased at http://www.lakewhitneyarts.org.

Juvenile struck by vehicle in Whitney Friday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 An auto-pedestrian crash was reported in Whitney Friday afternoon, October 22. According to reports, Whitney Police Department and EMS were dispatched to the 1200 block of North Brazos Street just after 5 p.m. after a juvenile was struck by a vehicle. She was reportedly transported to a Waco hospital … Continue reading Juvenile struck by vehicle in Whitney Friday

Wildcat bonfire and pep rally conducted

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 The Whitney Wildcats and fans enjoyed a bonfire and pep rally Wednesday night, October 20, behind Cedar Creek Baptist Church. The event was inspired by students and organized and sponsored by the Whitney Athletic Booster Club, Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce, City of Whitney, Brookshire’s and Cedar Creek Baptist … Continue reading Wildcat bonfire and pep rally conducted

White Bluff residents express appreciation to area workers

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 28, 2021 White Bluff had its own Trash Collectors Appreciation Day to thank the three companies that serve the area Monday, October 18. See accompanying story for more details. White Bluff residents decided to dedicate Monday, October 18, to the area workers who collect their trash bins on Mondays. Those participating … Continue reading White Bluff residents express appreciation to area workers

Local Veterans Day guest speaker is Whitney native

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 Fort Graham Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution officials are pleased to announce that the featured guest speaker for the Veterans Day celebration at Lake Whitney Senior Center will be an accomplished Army Command Sergeant Major hailing from Whitney. Having graduated Whitney High School in 1987, CSM … Continue reading Local Veterans Day guest speaker is Whitney native

Couple to celebrate 72 years

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 Thelma and Fred Finstad of Whitney are celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary Thursday, October 28. They were married in Fort Worth at Trinity Lutheran Church in 1949. Fred worked as a machinist at LTV, and Thelma worked in fashion for 20 years. They moved to Whitney in 1976 and … Continue reading Couple to celebrate 72 years

Health checks set for World Stroke Day

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 Friday, October 29, is World Stroke Day, and “I will not have a stroke.” is the theme for this year. Hill Regional Hospital is partnering with Walmart to provide free blood pressure checks at the Hillsboro Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The hospital will also provide informational … Continue reading Health checks set for World Stroke Day

Early voting begins ahead of November election date

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 20, 2021 Early voting in November's statewide constitutional amendment election and local elections began Monday and will continue through Friday, October 29. Election day will be Tuesday, November 2. Locally, Aquilla Independent School District will hold an election after it recently moved its school board election date from May to November. … Continue reading Early voting begins ahead of November election date

Minor adjustment could accomplish redistricting

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 20, 2021 Based on the latest census numbers, it appears that Hill County commissioners will be able to avoid a lengthy and complicated redistricting process as the court begins the once-a-decade effort. Commissioners heard from redistricting consultant Mike Morrison during a regular meeting held Tuesday, October 12. With the 2020 Census … Continue reading Minor adjustment could accomplish redistricting

Lake Whitney to host Texas Team Trail championship

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 20, 2021 More than 80 fishing teams are expected to make their way to Lake Whitney this week as the Texas Team Trail 2021 National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's is held here Saturday, October 23, and Sunday, October 24. The event was originally set to be held … Continue reading Lake Whitney to host Texas Team Trail championship

Fishing team members earn scholarships

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 20, 2021 Whitney High School students Carson Griffith and Mason Seely each received $150 scholarships for winning third place during a fishing tournament at Stillhouse Hollow Lake Sunday, October 10. Their fish weighed in at a combined total of more than 12 pounds for their five catches on the two-person team. … Continue reading Fishing team members earn scholarships

Texas Department of Criminal Justice sentences handed down in Hill County

October 20, 2021 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 convictions are from September: Christopher Barnett, possession of methamphetamine under one gram, 12 months state jail Joe Charles Whipper, three counts of sexual assault … Continue reading Texas Department of Criminal Justice sentences handed down in Hill County

Undefeated Trojans narrowly escape Wildcats

Sports Writer: Brent Cook October 20, 2021 Senior Orrin Green races past the West Trojans. Green scored the Wildcats' lone touchdown on the night with an 85-yard kick return. The Whitney Wildcats squared off against the No. 7 West Trojans in a grinding defensive battle Friday night and the fight went down to the final … Continue reading Undefeated Trojans narrowly escape Wildcats

New vaccine schedules at Hill Regional

Submitted by Hill Regional Hospital October 20, 2021 In the continuing increased interest of people wishing to receive a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) vaccine, and for those who desire a first or second vaccine of either the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson shots, Hill Regional Hospital is continuing to offer our vaccine … Continue reading New vaccine schedules at Hill Regional

Community Veterans Day event planned in Whitney

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 20, 2021 The Fort Graham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR, is pleased to announce a community-wide Veterans Day celebration to be held in conjunction with the Whitney posts of the American Legion #522 and the VFW #12176. The event will be open to the public and will … Continue reading Community Veterans Day event planned in Whitney

Local residents discuss how COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 20, 2021 Four in ten American adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the pandemic, an increase from the one in ten adults who reported these symptoms in 2019, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study. The stress adults feel can be reflected in their children’s mental health. Local … Continue reading Local residents discuss how COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health

HCRTA to hear from Silver Connections

Submitted by Hill County Retired Teachers October 20, 2021 Linda Dewitt is wondering what's in the door prize sack at the HCRTA September meeting. Join us October 26, at 10 a.m. in the Bob Bullock room, cafeteria building, Hill College Campus. Linda Dewitt, pictured at left, is the Chairperson of the Hill County Retired Teachers … Continue reading HCRTA to hear from Silver Connections

4-H Shooting Sports open to members

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 20, 2021 Youth who enjoy the outdoors, shooting or archery are invited to join 4-H Shooting Sports. The program is for young people from eight to 18 and teaches firearm safety and responsibility, all in a safe and fun competitive environment. Shooting Sports offers many disciplines, including rifle, pistol, shotgun, archery … Continue reading 4-H Shooting Sports open to members

Whitney choirs plan concert and fund raiser

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 20, 2021 Whitney High School and Whitney Middle School choirs are joining together for a combined fall show concert, with a fund-raiser dinner and silent auction before the show, Thursday, October 28. Sheri Hayes, who has been the choir director of Whitney High School and Whitney Middle School for about 15 … Continue reading Whitney choirs plan concert and fund raiser

WHS student recognized for excellence

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 20, 2021 Amy Leech, principal of Whitney High School, is pictured presenting a certificate to Timothy Baker for being named a commended student in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program for achieving scholastic excellence on his SAT. Approximately 34,000 commended students across the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic … Continue reading WHS student recognized for excellence

New 10-digit dialing procedures for 254 area code begin Oct. 24

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 Older medical, security devices may need updating… Those with phone numbers in the 254 area code should get in the habit of dialing 10 digits (area code + telephone number) for all local calls due to a change that takes effect this month. In July of last year, the … Continue reading New 10-digit dialing procedures for 254 area code begin Oct. 24

Aquilla homecoming royalty crowned

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 Aquilla crowned 2021 Homecoming Queen Bailee Sheddan in a halftime ceremony during the Friday night, October 8, homecoming football game. This year's king was Levi Ihlenfeldt, and also recognized were First Princess Kyndall Huffhines and Second Princess Brynn Rains. dfgdfgd dfgdfgg dfgdfgdfg dsfgdfgdg sdfgdfgdfg dfgdfgdg Don't want to miss … Continue reading Aquilla homecoming royalty crowned

HCSO deputy shoots armed man at Hill County business

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 The Hill County Sheriff’s Office released information over the weekend regarding a shooting involving a deputy that occurred Saturday, October 9. According to reports, the sheriff's office received a 9-1-1 call at approximately 1:19 a.m. Saturday regarding a man who appeared to be passed out in the driver's seat … Continue reading HCSO deputy shoots armed man at Hill County business

George G. & Alva Hudson Smith Foundation awards 2021 grants

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 The George G. and Alva Hudson Smith Foundation has announced its grant awards for 2021. The foundation is committing $126,800 to eight organizations across Hill County. In the 27 years of its existence, the foundation has awarded over $2,300,000 to area organizations. This year’s grants were awarded to a … Continue reading George G. & Alva Hudson Smith Foundation awards 2021 grants

Hill County Grand Jury returns October list of indictments

October 13, 2021 The following cases were presented to a Hill County Grand Jury by District Attorney Mark Pratt Friday, October 1, with indictments returned: Dillon Wayne Christian, 36, of Itasca, assault family or household member with previous conviction Mark Lee Courtney, 44, of Cleburne, burglary of a building Jordan Anthony Dilworth, 28, of Whitney, … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns October list of indictments

Fishing trip winners

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 ghfgh Matt Bryant (left) and Eddie Miller (right) were the winners of the Whitney FFA's cornhole tournament held during the recent Ag-Stravaganza in downtown Whitney. The team won a guided fishing trip donated by Guaranteed Guide Service. The event also included a silent auction, fish fry and live music … Continue reading Fishing trip winners

Sales tax numbers continueto show strong local economy

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 October sales tax allocations for both Whitney and Hill County remain above last year's numbers, according to monthly data released by State Comptroller Glenn Hegar last week. Whitney’s October payment came to $61,367.69, up seven percent compared to last October. Looking back at pre-pandemic figures in October 2019, Whitney’s … Continue reading Sales tax numbers continueto show strong local economy

County’s free clinic to be open Saturday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic (MHMC) will see patients Saturday, October 16, during a half-day clinic. Sign-in begins at 6 a.m. To be seen inside the clinic by a doctor and for lab draws, patients must show a COVID vaccination card at the time of sign-in. Phone calls will be … Continue reading County’s free clinic to be open Saturday

Marker to be dedicated at area cemetary

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the Covington Cemetery as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. The designation honors the Covington Cemetery as an important and educational part of local history. A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be … Continue reading Marker to be dedicated at area cemetary

WHS student recognized by FCA

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 The Burton Lawless College Scholarship was presented to two recipients, including a Whitney student, at the 22nd Annual Grant Teaff Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Golf Tournament. Burton is a Leadership Board member in the Heart of Texas area and a Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys. The … Continue reading WHS student recognized by FCA

Hill County Retired Teachers meeet

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 Lynn Brown, a retiree from Hewitt, is shown choosing a gift from the door prize basket at the September 28 meeting of Hill County Retired Teachers. Brown was one of four new members to be at the first meeting held since March 2020 when TRTA shut down in-person meetings. … Continue reading Hill County Retired Teachers meeet

Chamber welcomes Lake Whitney Nutrition

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, October 8, for Lake Whitney Nutrition. Pictured are owners Mandy and Dowell Missildine; employees Laney Schmid, Catherine Ellis and Kelly Harris; Chamber Directors Amy Booth from Citizens State Bank, Rudy Reyna of Build One Way and Vanessa Meyer … Continue reading Chamber welcomes Lake Whitney Nutrition

Hill County CASA working tokeep kids in foster care safe

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 About 1,700-2,000 children and youth are reported as missing from foster care in any given year, according to an annual report from the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). In many cases, “missing” in reality means that they have run away. Running away from foster care puts youth … Continue reading Hill County CASA working tokeep kids in foster care safe

Proposed redistricting maps would bring changes to area

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 If the redistricting maps proposed by Texas lawmakers are passed in their current forms, they could bring some changes in representation locally. Using the latest census data, the Texas Legislature is tasked with setting new boundaries for state House and Senate districts as well as districts for congressional seats … Continue reading Proposed redistricting maps would bring changes to area

Local RTA presidents attend conference

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 Recently attending the Retired Teachers District 12 Fall Conference at the Region 12 Education Service Center in Waco were Doug Hennig, Bosque County Retired Teachers Association President, and Kay Brown, Hill County Retired Teachers Association President. Hennig gave the invocation to begin the conference. The Retired Teachers Association has … Continue reading Local RTA presidents attend conference

October marks Women’s Small Business Month

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 13, 2021 October is National Women’s Small Business Month, a time to advocate for gender equality in the workforce in general and a time to support our local businesswomen who have worked hard to make a name for themselves in our small town. A study by The Women’s Bureau of the … Continue reading October marks Women’s Small Business Month

COVID numbers still trending down locally

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 13, 2021 Numbers received at the county level Friday, October 8, show that new cases of COVID-19 continue to be on a downward trend in Hill County. Two-week data shows that between September 23 and October 7, there were 77 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Hill County. Two-week data released … Continue reading COVID numbers still trending down locally

WHS Crowns 2021 Homecoming Queen

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 6, 2021 Whitney High School homecoming queen Macy McKinney was crowned during halftime ceremonies of the Wildcat football game Friday night, October 1. In a moving ceremony, Macy was escorted by members of the Waco Police Department as a tribute to her late father Michael McKinney, who was a Waco officer … Continue reading WHS Crowns 2021 Homecoming Queen

Whitney Celebrates 46th Annual Pioneer Days

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 6, 2021 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce's annual Pioneer Days festival was well attended this year as members of the community and visitors filled the streets of downtown Whitney. With carnival rides, food, vendors, music, dancing and the annual parade, there was fun for everyone. The Lake Whitney Chamber of … Continue reading Whitney Celebrates 46th Annual Pioneer Days

School resource officer ensures safety and smiles at Whitney ISD

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 6, 2021 SRO Curtis Rust After gaining a little over ten years of background in law enforcement, Officer Curtis Rust took on the position as Whitney’s School Resource Officer (SRO). Going on his third year as Whitney’s SRO, Officer Rust has been striving to make the staff members and the students … Continue reading School resource officer ensures safety and smiles at Whitney ISD

Hill County approves tax abatement for solar farm

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 6, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court heard comments from the public before approving a tax abatement agreement for a solar farm Tuesday, September 28. Hill Solar I, a project of Core Solar of Austin, requested a tax abatement on its planned solar energy project in Hill County. Commissioners previously approved … Continue reading Hill County approves tax abatement for solar farm

Whitney Wildcats dance to 68-0 homecoming victory over Knights

Sports Writer: Brent Cook October 6, 2021 Senior Dalton Wooten attacks the A-Plus Academy Knights last Friday night. Starring on both sides of the ball, Wooten tallied two rushing touchdowns and 10 tackles. Whitney put on a dazzling display for homecoming at Wildcat Stadium last Friday night with four quarters of football fireworks. Facing the … Continue reading Whitney Wildcats dance to 68-0 homecoming victory over Knights

“Honky Tonk Hissy Fit” offers hilarity with heart

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 6, 2021 Pictured are Lake Whitney Arts veteran Gail Warren and newcomer George Staples in rehearsal. Rehearsals are up and running for Lake Whitney Arts' rollicking comedy, “Honky Tonk Hissy Fit” by Jones, Hope and Wooten. The cast includes Cindy Parks, Stacey Greenawalt, Rusty Cook, Miranda Essex, Gail Warren, George Staples, … Continue reading “Honky Tonk Hissy Fit” offers hilarity with heart

Pedestrian struck, killed on Highway 22 west of Whitney

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 6, 2021 A pedestrian was killed in a collision near Whitney in the early morning hours of Thursday, September 30. Reports indicated that Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers responded to an auto-pedestrian crash on State Highway 22 near Private Road 2223, west of Whitney at approximately 3:30 a.m. DPS … Continue reading Pedestrian struck, killed on Highway 22 west of Whitney

Arrests made in Covington as alleged Meetings Act violations investigated

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 29, 2021 Additional arrests of Covington city employees and council members have been made in recent days as the investigation into alleged Texas Open Meetings Act violations in the city continues. The latest string of arrests came after Covington Mayor George Burnett was arrested by the Hill County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, … Continue reading Arrests made in Covington as alleged Meetings Act violations investigated