‘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

Whitney honors its veterans

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 17, 2021 Richard Wilder, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, retired, was the keynote speaker at the Whitney Veterans Day celebration. A Veterans Day celebration was held at Lake Whitney Senior Center Thursday, November 11. In attendance were representatives from American Legion Post 522, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12176, Fort Graham Chapter … Continue reading Whitney honors its veterans

Ribbon cutting held as Isaiah’s Place shares new mission statement, events

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Isaiah’s Place recently as the retreat announced its new mission statement and has added new programs. Pictured are Madison Elmore and friends, Amy Booth, Terry and Charles Boyer, JoDee Kidnew, Marion Phillips, Jose Abrego, Vicki Thompson, Diane Frederickson, Kellie … Continue reading Ribbon cutting held as Isaiah’s Place shares new mission statement, events

White Bluff Chapel recognizes veterans

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 Many local churches honored their veterans on Sunday, November 7. Pictured are the veterans who attended White Bluff Chapel's first of two services on the Sunday prior to Veterans Day. Front row center is Dr. Randy Marshall, Chaplain, Colonel (Retired) from the U.S. Air Force and current pastor of … Continue reading White Bluff Chapel recognizes veterans

Laekeside VFD Auxillary plans holiday dinner for saturday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2021 The Lakeside Village Area VFD Ladies Auxiliary will hold their annual holiday dinner Saturday, November 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lakeside Village Fire Hall/Community Center. The dinner will consist of turkey, ham, dressing and gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, bread, a drink … Continue reading Laekeside VFD Auxillary plans holiday dinner for saturday

Boo with the Red & Blue

Long lines of superheroes, princesses and other characters filled the streets of downtown Whitney Friday, October 29, as the city hosted the annual "Boo with the Red and Blue" Halloween event. Children enjoyed free hot dogs courtesy of the event's sponsors, along with candy passed out by area businesses and organizations. They also visited with … Continue reading Boo with the Red & Blue

Lake Whitney Arts show set to open

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 3, 2021 Lake Whitney Arts is ready to open its Jones, Hope and Wooten comedy "Honky Tonk Hissy Fit" this week. The show is directed by Ed Sanders, and performances are scheduled November 6 through November 14. The dinner show is sold out, but tickets for the remaining performances may be … Continue reading Lake Whitney Arts show set to open

Pastor selected as guest speaker for Veterans Day

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 3, 2021 The much-anticipated Veterans Day celebration to be held at the Lake Whitney Senior Center will feature two outstanding career military individuals. Chaplain, ColonelRandy A. Marshall (Retired) Dr. Randy Marshall is current pastor of White Bluff Chapel in Whitney and recently retired from a full-time career of military assignments, including … Continue reading Pastor selected as guest speaker for Veterans Day

Hill County Paw Pals taking garage sale donations November 8-12

Hill County Paw Pals is preparing for its annual garage sale, which is a major fund raiser for the organization, and donations will soon be accepted for the sale. Paw Pals will take donations November 8-12 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the sale site on the north side of the Outlets at Hillsboro. … Continue reading Hill County Paw Pals taking garage sale donations November 8-12

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

Pioneer Days Festival set for this Saturday downtown

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 29, 2021 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce will present the 46th annual Pioneer Days festival Saturday, October 2, and the annual carnival will get underway Thursday evening and continue through the event. Carnival games and rides will operate in the downtown area from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday … Continue reading Pioneer Days Festival set for this Saturday downtown

Plans already underway for LWMA’s 2021 Joint Committee For Christmas programs

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 29, 2021 Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance’s Joint Committee for Christmas will distribute Angel Tree gifts from a new location this year. Committee members pictured in front of the Lake Whitney Senior Center, where the distribution will take place, are (l to r): Beth Wolsey, Kim Montgomery, Bonnie Jaskie, Linda Jones, Lisa … Continue reading Plans already underway for LWMA’s 2021 Joint Committee For Christmas programs

Hill County Retired Teachers plan first meeting of 2021-22 year

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 22, 2021 HCRTA officers are (l to r): Front row - Linda Yeary, Treasurer/Technology Contact; Linda DeWitt, 1st Vice-President; and Sammye McPherson, Hospitality Chairperson. Back row - Kay Brown, President; Monte Geren, Immediate Past President; and Sandra Pepper, Secretary. Last year, the Hill County Retired Teachers Association (HCRTA) was instructed by … Continue reading Hill County Retired Teachers plan first meeting of 2021-22 year

Local DAR celebrates Constitution Week with meeting, special skit presentation

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 22, 2021 Fort Graham DAR Chapter members pictured are: seated - Madeleine Lively, Beverly Hicks and Gerry Milnor; standing - Beth Woolsey, Penny Collins, Linda Turner, Carlene Gribble. Not pictured is Justin Floyd, who provided the voice of George Washington. Constitution Week, which is observed every year on September 17-23, is … Continue reading Local DAR celebrates Constitution Week with meeting, special skit presentation

Final performances of “Hat Tricks” planned

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 15, 2021 Lake Whitney Arts’ "Hat Tricks" features a talented local ensemble cast. Final performances are Friday through Sunday, September 17-19. This quirky show was a finalist for the 2008 Oregon Book Awards and Angus Bowmer Award in Drama. Pictured above, Bailey Folkestad (left) and Donna Booth (right) sport dreamy hats … Continue reading Final performances of “Hat Tricks” planned

Hillsboro’s Autumn Fest rescheduled

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 15, 2021 Hillsboro Main Street announced last week that the AutumnFest event scheduled for this month has been postponed due to the pandemic. “Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and the emergency situation in Hill County with no hospital beds available, the City of Hillsboro has visited with local … Continue reading Hillsboro’s Autumn Fest rescheduled

Whitney FFA to host “Ag-Stavaganza”

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 8, 2021 The Whitney FFA will host an "Ag-Stravaganza" Saturday, September 25, in downtown Whitney from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This event will raise funds to send the Whitney FFA chapter officers to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Plans include a silent auction, fish fry and cornhole tournament. … Continue reading Whitney FFA to host “Ag-Stavaganza”

Commissioners hold special session as county budget work continues

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 8, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a special session Tuesday, August 31, to consider several agenda items and continue working on the county budget. The court voted to solicit proposals for maintenance of the county's Lake Whitney tourism website, which is funded by hotel occupancy taxes in the … Continue reading Commissioners hold special session as county budget work continues

Hillsboro/Whitney Aglow to welcome guest speaker Monday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 8, 2021 The Hillsboro and Whitney Community Lighthouse of Aglow International will welcome guest speaker Kryslyn Kellner to a meeting set for Monday, September 13, at 7 p.m. Fellowship will begin at 6:30 p.m. Kryslyn Kellner Kellner is a Christian evangelist, recovery advocate, youth minister, women's jail coordinator, women’s ministry coordinator … Continue reading Hillsboro/Whitney Aglow to welcome guest speaker Monday

Retired teachers attend leadership training

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 Doug Hennig, Bosque County Retired Teachers Association President, Laura Rothrock, District 12 President, and Kay Brown, Hill County Retired Teachers Association President, attended the District 12 Texas Retired Teachers Association local presidents leadership training over the summer at the Region 12 Service Center in Waco. District 12 consists of … Continue reading Retired teachers attend leadership training

Anniversary celebration set for Lake Whitney Senior Center

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 Senior Center visitors enjoy chair yoga Lake Whitney Senior Center is overjoyed to invite Lake Whitney and the surrounding communities to a second-year anniversary celebration Tuesday, September 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day will be a festive occasion with free pizza and cake for everyone. Come … Continue reading Anniversary celebration set for Lake Whitney Senior Center

Descendants return to the bench

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 Descendants of the elderly Whitney residents who fought the city (and their wives) for the right to "sit, spit and whittle" on the bench at the corner of Brazos Street and Washington Avenue gathered Saturday, August 14, to rededicate the bench. Organizer Anne Chastain, who now operates a winery … Continue reading Descendants return to the bench

Public invited to historical program Thursday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 Senior District Judge Robert Stem will present a program on the Miers Expedition at the historic Cumberland Presbyterian Church on the campus of the Hill County Cell Block Museum Thursday, August 19, at 6 p.m. The program will be jointly hosted by the Hill County Historical Commission, the Hill … Continue reading Public invited to historical program Thursday

Church hosts 12-step recovery program weekly

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program that meets every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Hillsboro. Organizers say that the program is for anyone with "hurts that haunt our hearts, hang ups that cause us pain and habits that mess up our … Continue reading Church hosts 12-step recovery program weekly

“Battle of the Bench” activities set for this Saturday downtown

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 Anne Chastain, who now operates Juniper Cove Winery at the location of the original Battle of the Benches, has refurbished the bench at the corner of Brazos Street and Washington Avenue in downtown Whitney. Residents of Whitney are invited to attend the "Battle of the Bench" event set for … Continue reading “Battle of the Bench” activities set for this Saturday downtown

Downtown event to highlight town’s Battle of the Benches

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 4, 2021 An event recalling Whitney's 1949 "Battle of the Benches" has been scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, August 14, on Brazos Street between Washington Avenue and Railroad Street in downtown Whitney. Anne Chastain, who now operates Juniper Cove Winery at the location of the original Battle of the … Continue reading Downtown event to highlight town’s Battle of the Benches

Annual sales tax holiday set for this weekend statewide

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 4, 2021 Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 6-8. State law exempts sales tax on qualified items — such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks — priced below … Continue reading Annual sales tax holiday set for this weekend statewide

Whitney businesses unite in effort to promote community

Reporter: Ellie Mahan July 28, 2021 The Whitney Business Alliance chooses a different business as its meeting location each month, with the owner providing a tour of their location. The alliance's last meeting was Thursday, July 22, at Buckshot Rustic Furniture and Gifts. The attendees pictured above are Jason Ince, Gordon Rogers, Terry Boyer, Charles … Continue reading Whitney businesses unite in effort to promote community

Descendants of town’s bench sitters sought for celebration

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 A celebration based on Whitney's 1949 claim to fame dubbed "The Battle of the Benches" has been planned for August, and the organizer is looking for descendants of the "bench sitters" of that time to participate. Whitney was featured in the August 15, 1949, edition of Life Magazine after … Continue reading Descendants of town’s bench sitters sought for celebration

Tickets available for LWA’s Hansel And Gretel

Lake Whitney Arts is heading into final rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel by Vera Morris, directed by Whitney Gant. This show features a cast of very talented youngsters and will run for one weekend only, Friday, August 6, through Sunday, August 8. This wonderfully entertaining version of the classic tale is guaranteed to delight young … Continue reading Tickets available for LWA’s Hansel And Gretel

LW Senior Center offers fun & fellowship

The list of activities offered at Lake Whitney Senior Center continues to grow as more seniors join in the weekly fun. Whitney area residents gather each Tuesday for games, food, crafts, exercise, dancing, Bible study and other special programs. Pictured are attendees enjoying a recent game of dominoes at the center, which is located at … Continue reading LW Senior Center offers fun & fellowship

Summer Activities Continue At The Library

The Lake Whitney Public Library has worked to keep the area's young people occupied and learning throughout the summer with a number of virtual activities, including Zoom classes. The next opportunity will be a Zoom class on computer programming set for Friday, July 23, and Friday, August 20, at 3 p.m. In this class, instructor … Continue reading Summer Activities Continue At The Library