‘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

Whitney City Council holds monthly meeting

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 The Whitney City Council met in a regular session Monday night, November 15, to consider several agenda items. In public comments, Carol Westbrook of the Hill County Salvation Army requested that the council mandate that businesses on West Washington Avenue bag their trash before putting it in trash containers. … Continue reading Whitney City Council holds monthly meeting

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

White Bluff residents treat POA staff

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 24, 2021 To start off the Thanksgiving season on a positive note, White Bluff held a Property Owners Association (POA) staff appreciation day Tuesday, November 16. A table full of treats was set up in the equipment bays for the staff to enjoy over their lunch hour. White Bluff employs over … Continue reading White Bluff residents treat POA staff

Hill county Angel Tree applications available

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 Applications for the Hill County Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program are now available for families seeking assistance. Applications may be picked up at Hillsboro Walmart customer service desk located at 104 Coke Street, Eastland Title Company located at 69 West Franklin Street Hillsboro, Texas Through Time at 110 North … Continue reading Hill county Angel Tree applications available

Local Couple to celebrate 50 years of marriage

Bobby and Sherry Creech will celebrate 50 years of marriage this week. Above, they are pictured at their 1971 wedding. Bobby Carroll Creech and Sherry Ann (Hutchins) Creech of Lake Whitney will celebrate 50 years of marriage this Saturday. The couple married November 27, 1971, at First Baptist Church in Maypearl. Bobby’s hometown was Mesquite, … Continue reading Local Couple to celebrate 50 years of marriage

Robbery Investigated at area convenience store

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 The Bosque County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a robbery at a Laguna Park convenience store over the weekend. According to a press release, authorities responded to the Lake Stop convenience store at the Whitney Dam at approximately 8:20 p.m. Saturday, November 20. Surveillance cameras captured the incident, in which … Continue reading Robbery Investigated at area convenience store

FFA Members Attend National Convention

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 Whitney FFA would like to thank the community for its help in sending Whitney High School students to the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana in October. Instructors reported that the students had a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet members from throughout the U.S. and participate … Continue reading FFA Members Attend National Convention

Aquilla native serving in U.S. Navy’s ‘Silent Service’

Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Amanda Rae Moreno, Navy office of Community Outreach November 24, 2021 An Aquilla, Texas, native is stationed at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, homeport to all East Coast ballistic-missile and guided-missile submarines. Seaman Connor McCurdy, a 2020 Aquilla Independent School District graduate, joined the Navy this year. “Serving in the … Continue reading Aquilla native serving in U.S. Navy’s ‘Silent Service’

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

WISD board reviews district, campus improvement plans

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 17, 2021 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, November 8, in a regular session to hear district and campus improvement plans and consider multiple other agenda items. Melissa Marbut, Director of Assessment and Accountability, presented the District Improvement Plan in which she explained six areas of focus for how … Continue reading WISD board reviews district, campus improvement plans

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

Court pursues property for county annex in Precinct 1

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court moved forward with a project to open an annex on the west side of the county and heard a presentation on a settlement related to the nationwide opioid crisis in a meeting held Tuesday, November 9. It has been a goal of the court … Continue reading Court pursues property for county annex in Precinct 1

Area sales tax numbers look good in November

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 Area sales tax allocations remained strong when Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released November figures last week. Whitney's November payment came to $87,028.48, up 33 percent from last November. Year-to-date figures show Whitney taking in $727,629.29 so far in 2021, up 12 percent compared to the same period in 2020. … Continue reading Area sales tax numbers look good in November

2021 First Bale Award presented to Gerik Farms

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 17, 2021 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hill County presented its annual First Bale Award to D&L Gerik Farms Monday, November 8. The award recognizes a cotton producer having the first ginned bale of cotton grown in Hill County. This year, the honor went to Paul Gerik, owner of D&L … Continue reading 2021 First Bale Award presented to Gerik Farms

Hill County Meals On Wheels seeks senior christmas gifts

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 The holiday season is the time of the year when people are most likely to give to charitable organizations. The Hill County Meals on Wheels program is in its fifth year of giving Christmas gifts to area seniors. Hillsboro and surrounding areas currently have over 70 seniors who depend … Continue reading Hill County Meals On Wheels seeks senior christmas gifts

Small steps help prevent diabetes

November 17, 2021 In November, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension recognizes National Diabetes Month. Created by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, this year’s slogan is “Small Steps, Big Difference” and focuses on changes that can help prevent diabetes. “Making several changes in lifestyle, like improving eating and exercise habits, can feel … Continue reading Small steps help prevent diabetes

Wreaths Across America effort now underway

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Whitney Memorial Park are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 2,700 participating locations, will be on Saturday, December 18, at … Continue reading Wreaths Across America effort now underway

Hill County Grand Jury returns November list of indictments

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Thursday, November 4, returned the following indictments: John Paul Barry, 49, of Whitney, aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury Jamyua Monet Baysinger, 22, of Lancaster, bail jump and failure to appear (x 2) David Demark Brown, 54, of Whitney, possession of marijuana … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns November list of indictments

Hill County doctors provide answers to frequent COVID-19 vaccine questions

By Dr. James Earhart, Ascension Medical Group Providence November 17, 2021 We are local physicians and nurse practitioners who live and work here in our community. Many of you may know our names or know us personally, as we may have taken care of you or your loved ones over the years. You see us … Continue reading Hill County doctors provide answers to frequent COVID-19 vaccine questions

Wildcats win again, playoff game set for Friday night

Sports writer: Brent Cook November 10, 2021 Whitney to face Grosebeck at Waco ISD Stadium... The Whitney Wildcats took care of business Friday night at Wildcat Stadium, closing out the regular season with a 35-7 victory. Facing Life Oak Cliff, the Wildcats (5-5, 4-2) fine-tuned the game plan in preparation for a return trip to … Continue reading Wildcats win again, playoff game set for Friday night

Filing set to begin Saturday for March primary elections

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2021 With redistricting complete at the state level, party primary elections are on track to be held Tuesday, March 1, and the filing period for Republican and Democratic candidates will open this Saturday. Alternative election and filing dates were a possibility if the Texas Legislature did not finish the new … Continue reading Filing set to begin Saturday for March primary elections

Brad Daniels takes oath as new Prairielands GCD board member

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2021 Brad Daniels took his oath of office as a director on the Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District (PGCD) Board of Directors in October. Daniels was appointed by the Hill County Commissioners Court in a public meeting on September 14, to serve out an unexpired term representing Hill County on the … Continue reading Brad Daniels takes oath as new Prairielands GCD board member

Sentences handed down in local court

November 10, 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 (TDCJ) convictions are from October: Shaday Dominique Bernstine, engaging in organized criminal activity between $2,500 and $30,000, nine years prison Demetrius Lejuane Strong, possession … Continue reading Sentences handed down in local court

Adoption Day celebrated in Hill County

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2021 The Hill County Child Protective Services Board and other local officials and organizations gathered to celebrate Adoption Day Friday, November 5. This year, 23 children who were adopted over the past year with their 17 families were invited to the event, which was held at Historic City Hall in … Continue reading Adoption Day celebrated in Hill County

Food bank working to meet November’s collection goal

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2021 Official Food For Families drive day is November 19… As families come together for holiday meals, it’s a perfect time to think about those in our community who have no food for meals. November is Food for Families Month, a special month of giving to the Lake Whitney Ministerial … Continue reading Food bank working to meet November’s collection goal

17-year-old Aquilla student has “big dreams in a small town”

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 10, 2021 The little girl who grew up hot gluing clothing together to make dresses and filming home movies with her little sister had a passion for fashion, modeling and acting that continued over the years. Little did she know, that passion would lead her to attend New York Fashion Week … Continue reading 17-year-old Aquilla student has “big dreams in a small town”

Master Gardeners refresh local park

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2021 Master Gardeners refresh local parkThe Hill County Master Gardeners recently refreshed the Whitney Veterans Memorial Park in preparation for Veterans Day. The Hill County Sheriff’s Office helped with heavy labor, and several Whitney veterans participated. The organization would like to thank the Hill County Sheriff’s Office for their time … Continue reading Master Gardeners refresh local park

TxDOT urges drivers to ‘End the Streak’

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2021 It was late in the afternoon when Isaac Simmons got the call: a vehicle was broken down along a stretch of I-45 in Fairfield, and Simmons, a 35-year-old tow truck driver, headed out to help. While wenching the car onto his tow truck, the routine stop suddenly became horrific. … Continue reading TxDOT urges drivers to ‘End the Streak’

Hill County Commissioners Court approves slightly adjusted map

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 3, 2021 Consolidation of county's voting precincts up next… The Hill County Commissioners Court approved a precinct map last week that will determine the areas served by commissioners, justices of the peace and constables for the next 10 years. Redistricting consultant Mike Morrison reported last month that little change was needed … Continue reading Hill County Commissioners Court approves slightly adjusted map

AED project credited with saving life

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 3, 2021 The Hill County Emergency Services District (ESD) 2 Board of Commissioners heard a report on the success of the recent effort to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in sheriff’s office vehicles and heard an update on new facilities during a meeting held Thursday, October 21. Covington Volunteer Fire Department … Continue reading AED project credited with saving life

Hill, Bosque unemployment rates down slightly in September

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 3, 2021 Hill County's unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in September, down from 4.8 percent the previous month. There were 761 unemployed individuals in the county in September out of a total labor force of 16,476. One year ago, Hill County's unemployment rate was 6.3 percent, and the pre-pandemic rate … Continue reading Hill, Bosque unemployment rates down slightly in September

Principal appreciation month observed at Whitney ISD

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 3, 2021 Since October was Principal Appreciation Month, we thought we would help readers get to know the principals of Whitney schools just a little bit better. We're kicking off November with a question and answer session with the leaders that Wildcat students see every day at school. Amber Seely has … Continue reading Principal appreciation month observed at Whitney ISD

Students thank police officers

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 3, 2021 In honor of National Coffee with a Cop Day in October, Aquilla High School students, along with the Student Council, wrote cards of appreciation to local police departments. Senior Alexis Fine and sophomore Daniel Fine presented the cards to Whitney Officer Jason Perkins. Cards were also mailed to the … Continue reading Students thank police officers

MHMC free clinic to be open Saturday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 3, 2021 Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic (MHMC) will see patients Saturday, November 6, for its first Saturday 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 … Continue reading MHMC free clinic to be open Saturday

Whitney council discusses proposed developments in October meeting

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27, 2021 The Whitney City Council considered agenda items related to proposed developments in the city during a meeting held Monday evening, October 18. The council heard from Gary Finch, CEO of Teamworktown Inc., which is planning to build custom homes on land located off North Trinity Street in Whitney. Finch … Continue reading Whitney council discusses proposed developments in October meeting

Whitney ISD board opts to fund dual-credit tuition

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 27, 2021 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, October 18, in a regular session to hear five presentations, hear administrator reports and consider multiple agenda items. In the September school board meeting, board members discussed the difficulties administrators were facing with ordering college textbooks for dual-credit students due to … Continue reading Whitney ISD board opts to fund dual-credit tuition

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

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

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

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

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

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