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Whitney marks 100 years of historic bench site

Reporter: Ellie Mahan August 4, 2022 Sisters (l to r) Debbie Rose Money and Jennifer Rose Ryan marked the 100th anniversary of Whitney's historic bench site Saturday. The sisters are great-granddaughters of Tom Rose, who was known as dean of the "bench sitters." Displayed next to them are photos that were published in Life Magazine. … Continue reading Whitney marks 100 years of historic bench site

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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

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

The show goes on…

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 There’s still one more weekend to catch "Deliver Us From Mama" at Lake Whitney Arts. "It’s a rip-roaring, hilarious, high-octane race to beat the stork featuring aliens and car chases and skunks," said Director Ed Sanders. The cast includes Cindy Parks, Joe Neal Pedigo, Stacey Greenawalt, Gene Moore, Kitty … Continue reading The show goes on…

Garden Club works to beautify Whitney

Reporter: Ellie Mahan May 19, 2022 Debbie King, Master Gardener of four years, traveled from New Braunfels to present a program on the care and feeding of perennials at the Lake Whitney Garden Club meeting, Thursday, May 12. Perennials are plants that live more than two years. A few perennials native to Central Texas include: … Continue reading Garden Club works to beautify Whitney

Peoples Bank holds ribbon cutting

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 12, 2022 Local residents and representatives of the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce joined Peoples Bank in a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration Friday, May 6. Renovations on the building at 307 North Brazos Street were recently completed, and offices were moved to their permanent home from the temporary location on … Continue reading Peoples Bank holds ribbon cutting

Cleburne Railroaders plan White Bluff Block Party

Reporter: Ellie Mahan May 5, 2022 The Cleburne Railroaders, the number one independent professional baseball team in the state, will hold a White Bluff Block Party from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the home of Bill Dudley, season ticket holder and owner of B&C Exteriors. The event will have entertainment for … Continue reading Cleburne Railroaders plan White Bluff Block Party

Hill College registering for mini, summer semesters

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 5, 2022 Registration for Hill College’s May mini-mester and three summer sessions is now open for new and current students. The May mini-mester allows students to take courses online in an accelerated timeframe of three weeks. Classes begin May 16, and available courses consist of core curriculum and general electives. Hill … Continue reading Hill College registering for mini, summer semesters

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

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

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

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

Business Alliance recognizes 70+ Whitney area women in business

Reporter: Ellie Mahan March 23, 2022 Whitney Business Alliance President Carol Eubank addresses a group of women gathered for a celebration and leadership event last week. Encouragement, words of wisdom and all things green filled The Place at Lake Whitney Thursday, March 17, when the Whitney Business Alliance turned its regular meeting into a festive … Continue reading Business Alliance recognizes 70+ Whitney area women in business

Local activities planned to mark Vietnam Veterans Day

March 23, 2022 The auxiliary of Lake Whitney Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 12176 has announced services and activities to mark National Vietnam War Veterans Day on Tuesday, March 29. The auxiliary will be at Brookshire’s in Whitney from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 29, giving cupcakes to all veterans. The auxiliary then … Continue reading Local activities planned to mark Vietnam Veterans Day

Hill County 4-H Shooting Sports team brings home ribbons

March 23, 2022 The Hill County 4-H Shooting Sports Club proudly represented Hill County recently at the Spring Fever Shoot hosted by Burleson 4-H Shooting Sports. Club members received the following honors in the Senior Division - Camryn Camp, first place in light rifle metallic sight, second place in light rifle any sight, second place … Continue reading Hill County 4-H Shooting Sports team brings home ribbons

WISD board holds March meeting, hears reports from administrators

Reporter: Ellie Mahan March 16, 2022 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, March 7, in a regular session to review monthly district business and hear administrator reports for each campus. Superintendent John McCullough announced that the district will use its last bad weather day. Monday, April 18, will be a regular school day … Continue reading WISD board holds March meeting, hears reports from administrators

State demographer to speak at county summit March 31

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 16, 2022 Dr. Lloyd B. Potter Registration is now open for the first annual Hill County Summit to be held at the Hill College Performing Arts Center on the Hill College campus Thursday, March 31. Local elected county, school and city officials and the public are encouraged to attend and hear … Continue reading State demographer to speak at county summit March 31

Lakeside Village VFD to hold breakfast, bake sale March 12

March 9, 2022 The Lakeside Village Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Breakfast and Bake Sale Saturday, March 12, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Village Fire Hall. Cost of the breakfast is by donation only, and the bake sale items are priced for purchase. The menu for breakfast will be … Continue reading Lakeside Village VFD to hold breakfast, bake sale March 12

Whitney native to co-host ESPN fishing podcast

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 2, 2022 Murray Richter, a 1998 Whitney graduate and Dallas-area author, will co-host ESPN's Reel Talk Radio podcast with Captain Debbie Hanson, broadcasting from Ft. Myers, Florida. Listeners can listen live Saturday, March 5, at 6 a.m. Central Time at https://espnswfl.com/shows/espn- swfl-reel-talk/. The podcast will also be available in the show … Continue reading Whitney native to co-host ESPN fishing podcast

Whitney High School Sports Update

February 23, 2022 Click this link for a highlight video of round one of the boys basketball playoffs, where the Wildcats claimed a win over Scurry-Rosser Tuesday, February 22. Varsity Boys BasketballAfter defeating McGregor 47-39 Friday, February 18, the Wildcats entered round one of the playoffs Tuesday, February 22, in Corsicana vs. Scurry-Rosser. The team … Continue reading Whitney High School Sports Update

Student wins car after donating blood

Reporter: Ellie Mahan February 23, 2022 GOOD DEED PAYS OFF. Covington High School senior Bryson Blalock (center) won a 2021 Chevrolet Spark in a recent Carter BloodCare drawing. The vehicle was delivered to the school Wednesday, February 16. Blalock is pictured with his parents and representatives from Carter BloodCare and Classic Fleet. Covington High School … Continue reading Student wins car after donating blood

Scholarships available to help students show steers

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 22, 2022 Bobcat Contracting is now accepting applications for the Helping Raise Kids by Raising Projects Scholarships available to Hill County students interested in showing steers at the annual Hill County Fair. The $2,500 scholarships will help Hill County exhibitors buy, raise and show their steer projects. The scholarship is open … Continue reading Scholarships available to help students show steers

Go Texan HLSR concert tickets on sale

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 16, 2022 The Hill County Area Go Texan Committee has a limited number of tickets available to certain performances of this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR). As part of its participation in the Go Texan scholarship program, the county committee is required to purchase and sell tickets to the … Continue reading Go Texan HLSR concert tickets on sale

Chamber welcomes Lighthouse Pub

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 16, 2022 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Lighthouse Pub, located in White Bluff Resort. Pictured are owners Melody Martinez, Sonia Fennell and Dianne and Bob Jackson. Others joining in the event were Lil’ Miss Pioneer Day Queen Madison Elmore; Jason Clift; Tami Gardner; Linda … Continue reading Chamber welcomes Lighthouse Pub

Livestock, creative arts entries sell at county fair

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 9, 2022 The Hill County Fair concluded with the premium livestock auction Saturday, January 29, and winning Creative Arts Division entries were auctioned the previous evening. Livestock Division Grand Champions Preston Pustejovsky of Abbott FFA showed the grand champion steer, which was purchased by Sykora Ford for $11,000. The grand champion … Continue reading Livestock, creative arts entries sell at county fair

Parker seeks treasurer’s position

February 9, 2022 Rachel Parker Rachel Parker has announced her candidacy for Hill County treasurer. Parker is a native of Hill County who grew up in White Bluff and graduated from Blum High School. She has lived in Whitney her entire life, except for a few years spent in Washington as a military spouse. "I … Continue reading Parker seeks treasurer’s position

Whitney well represented at county fair

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 2, 2022 The Hill County Fair wrapped up with the livestock auction Saturday, January 29. Whitney FFA member and eighth grader Keeli Peters earned reserve grand champion with her steer, Pepe. She will take Pepe to compete at the Fort Worth Stock Show this week. Pictured are (l to r): FFA … Continue reading Whitney well represented at county fair

Hill County Fair queen crowned

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 26, 2022 The Hill County Fair Queen Contest was held Saturday, January 15, ahead of this year's county fair. Jocelyn Kolar of Abbott, representing Hill County 4-H, was crowned 2022 queen. Pictured are (l to r): Caitlyn McLain (Abbott) - honorable mention; Kennedy Janek (Abbott)- princess, high sales, best introduction; Jocelyn … Continue reading Hill County Fair queen crowned

Registration opens for Hill County Master Gardener training class

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 26, 2022 The Hill County Master Gardener program is now registering participants for its 2022 intern program. The Master Gardener program is a volunteer development program offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. It is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve quality of life through educational horticultural … Continue reading Registration opens for Hill County Master Gardener training class

Singing Aggies return to Clifton

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 The Texas A&M Singing Cadets will once again grace the stage of Frazier Performance Hall at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton. The “Voice of Aggieland” will perform on Thursday, January 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $15 per person and may be purchased that evening. … Continue reading Singing Aggies return to Clifton

Hillsboro to host human trafficking outreach event

January 12, 2022 The Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition will host “Not In My City: Human Trafficking Outreach” in five Central Texas counties Saturday, January 29. Organizers say that this event will give everyone an opportunity to play an active part in the fight against human trafficking. Locally, the event will begin at 1 … Continue reading Hillsboro to host human trafficking outreach event

“Generation Next: Our Turn To Ranch” now registering

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 5, 2022 The Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch online course is open for registration. The 12-week program, offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, runs from January 24-April 17. The cost is $300, and preregistration is required at https://tx.ag/GenNextOurTurntoRanch. The series is limited to the first 100 registrants. The … Continue reading “Generation Next: Our Turn To Ranch” now registering

BIG Conference, Mid-Tex Farm & Ranch Show set for January 11-12

Editor: Shannon Cottongame The Blackland Income Growth (BIG) and Mid-Tex Farm and Ranch Show will be held at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Boulevard in Waco, Tuesday, January 11, and Wednesday, January 12. After a short time being separate events, the BIG Conference and Mid-Tex Farm and Ranch Show will be back together once … Continue reading BIG Conference, Mid-Tex Farm & Ranch Show set for January 11-12

Veterans Pardners receives grant

Reporter: Ellie Mahan December 15, 2021 Assistant Manager of Bellmead Home Depot presented Ricky White with Veterans Pardners a $1,000 check Tuesday, November 30. White expressed gratitude to the people of Home Depot for their generosity. Veterans Pardners has been located at 111 North Colorado Street for about four years and is dedicated to providing … Continue reading Veterans Pardners receives grant

Christmas spirit comes to downtown Whitney

The City of Whitney got into the Christmas spirit with a parade followed by the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree Saturday night, December 4. Pictured above, Mayor Brad Slaten, introduced by City Administrator/Police Chief Chris Bentley, lit the tree. Following the tree lighting, holiday dance performances were provided by To The Pointe Dance Studio … Continue reading Christmas spirit comes to downtown Whitney

Registration underway for Hill County Fair Creative Arts

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 8, 2021 Registration is now underway for the Creative Arts Division of the 2022 Hill County Fair. The fair is scheduled for Monday, January 24, through Saturday, January 29, at the Hill County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. Registration opened Monday, December 6, and will continue through Sunday, January 16. All items must … Continue reading Registration underway for Hill County Fair Creative Arts

Joint Committee preparing Angel gifts, community invited to donate

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 8, 2021 Joint Committee for Christmas volunteers pictured above are: front row (l to r) - Kathy Valenta, Claire Matthaei, Pat Boyd and Linda Jones; and back row - Jill Hubble, Stacy Hughes, Bonnie Jaskie, Terry Boyer and Michelle Walker. The volunteers of Joint Committee for Christmas (JCC), commissioned by the … Continue reading Joint Committee preparing Angel gifts, community invited to donate

Downtown Christmas parade, tree lighting set for Saturday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 Whitney’s annual Christmas parade and downtown tree lighting is set for Saturday, December 4, starting at 6 p.m. Parade lineup will begin at 5 p.m. on San Jacinto Street near Whitney Intermediate School. The procession will take a left onto Washington Avenue, a left onto Colorado Street and then … Continue reading Downtown Christmas parade, tree lighting set for Saturday

Shop Small Campaign Launched Locally

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 sdfsd The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce, Whitney Business Alliance and business owners teamed up to observe Small Business Saturday November 27 and encourage the community to shop locally this holiday season. In addition to bringing awareness to the products that local businesses have to offer the community, this … Continue reading Shop Small Campaign Launched Locally

‘Small Business Saturday’ to be observed in Whitney

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 24, 2021 Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been known as Small Business Saturday. The annual event encourages people to kick off the holiday shopping season by supporting stores in their own community. In honor of Small Business Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. November 27, representatives from the Lake Whitney … Continue reading ‘Small Business Saturday’ to be observed in Whitney

Food For Families drive a success

Editor: Shannon Cottongame and Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 24, 2021 Collections for this year's Food for Families Drive were strong locally, and by the end of the day Friday, November 19, the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance (LWMA) had exceeded its goal of 65,000 pounds of food with a total of 65,030 pounds collected. Individuals and … Continue reading Food For Families drive a success

Senior Center filling stockings for homebound residents

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 This Christmas, the community is invited to help fill bags for seniors by bringing items from a wish list to Lake Whitney Senior Center any Tuesday from now through December 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. So many area residents do not have an opportunity to get out … Continue reading Senior Center filling stockings for homebound residents

‘Earth Angels’ exhibit opens at Texas Heritage Museum

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 A new art exhibit on temporary display in the Hill College Texas Heritage Museum (THM) features four large figures representing earth, air, fire and water. The figures, titled “Earth Angels,” are unique because North Texas artist Julia Schloss made them from a collection of salvaged materials. “Julia Schloss is … Continue reading ‘Earth Angels’ exhibit opens at Texas Heritage Museum

Farm and Ranch Seminar set in Bosque County

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 A multi-county Farm and Ranch Seminar for farmers and ranchers conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in District 8 is scheduled for Thursday, December 9. The District 8 Farm and Ranch Seminar will be offered at 14 locations across Central Texas. The Bosque County Extension Office will … Continue reading Farm and Ranch Seminar set in Bosque County