Whitney ISD Board holds September meeting, approves retention stipend

Reporter: Ellie Mahan September 22, 2021 The Whitney Independent School District Board of Trustees met in a regular session Monday, September 13. At the meeting, trustees approved a retention stipend for employees, presented a display honoring the military, heard administrator reports and considered multiple agenda items. The board voted to spend part of the district’s … Continue reading Whitney ISD Board holds September meeting, approves retention stipend

Hill County resident expresses concerns about biosolids

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 22, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court heard concerns from a citizen about the use of biosolids on area farms, made appointments to local boards and considered other agenda items during a regular session held Tuesday, September 14. In open forum, Barbara Jenkins, who lives between Peoria and Vaughan, spoke to … Continue reading Hill County resident expresses concerns about biosolids

Lakeview VFD fills a vital role in its fleet with addition of 2021 tender

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 22, 2021 Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department recently updated its fleet with the help of a $200,000 grant from the Texas A&M Forest Service. Pictured are (l to r): Assistant Fire Chief Chris Jackson, firefighters Lisa Silas and Waymond Weaver and Fire Chief Bob Wilkins. Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department received the first … Continue reading Lakeview VFD fills a vital role in its fleet with addition of 2021 tender

Single-vehicle crash claims the life of Whitney resident

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 22, 2021 A Whitney woman died in a single-vehicle crash in Whitney Thursday, September 17. Whitney police, fire and emergency medical services were dispatched to the intersection of State Highway 22 and Farm Road 933 at approximately 3:20 p.m. after a report of a vehicle striking a signal pole. According to … Continue reading Single-vehicle crash claims the life of Whitney resident

Lake Whitney Senior Center celebrates its second year

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 22, 2021 Guests joined Lake Whitney Senior Center in celebrating its second anniversary recently. See letter to the editor in our newspaper and accompanying story for more information. Lake Whitney Senior Center recently celebrated its second anniversary and continues to expand its services to the community. The center's goal is to … Continue reading Lake Whitney Senior Center celebrates its second year

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

Panthers overpower Wildcats as district play lies ahead

Sports Writer: Brent Cook September 22, 2021 The Whitney Wildcats’ Marcus Wilson clears a path for a middle from quarterback Garrett Peacock. Peacock racked up 223 total yards on the night against Mart. With a mix of big offensive plays and bruising defensive stands last Friday night at Wildcat Stadium, the #1 ranked Mart Panthers … Continue reading Panthers overpower Wildcats as district play lies ahead

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

Hill County Grand Jury returns September indictments

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 22, 2021 A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Friday, September 10, returned the following indictments: Fred Adams, 25, of Forney, bail jump and failure to appear Jamyua Monet Baysinger, 22, of Lancaster, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; evading arrest/detention with a vehicle Levi Benjamin Bentsen, 34, of Whitney, violation … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns September indictments

Free COVID-19 testing center returns to Hill County this week

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 15, 2021 A free COVID-19 testing center is once again operating in Hillsboro this week as the latest surge in cases has caused long lines at some testing facilities. "We have been looking for additional COVID-19 testing resources for Hill County for some time," said Hill County Judge Justin Lewis Saturday, … Continue reading Free COVID-19 testing center returns to Hill County this week

Hill County budget, tax rate adopted for Fiscal Year 21-22

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 15, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a special session Tuesday, September 7, and adopted the county’s budget and tax rate for Fiscal Year 2021-22. Adoption of the budget and tax rate wrapped up a series of budget hearings and workshops, a review of budget requests from county officials … Continue reading Hill County budget, tax rate adopted for Fiscal Year 21-22

Local officials sign Constitution Week proclamations

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 15, 2021 Constitution Week is one of the events that the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is proud to promote and celebrate. Chapters all across the United States are busy collecting proclamations from local governmental officials that urge all citizens to study the U.S. Constitution and reflect on … Continue reading Local officials sign Constitution Week proclamations

Hay collection underway for Bosque County Hay Show

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 15, 2021 The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Bosque County is collecting hay samples for the 43rd Annual Bosque County Hay Show and Scholarship Fundraiser. Those interested in submitting hay samples into this year’s contest may drop them at the Bosque County Extension Office, located at 104 South Fuller in … Continue reading Hay collection underway for Bosque County Hay Show

August TDCJ sentences handed down in 66th District Court

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 15, 2021 The office of District Attorney Mark Pratt prosecuted felony criminal cases in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County, presided over by District Judge Lee Harris, in August. The following Texas Department of Criminal Justice sentences were handed down: Jesus Mancera, assault impeding breath or circulation, family member … Continue reading August TDCJ sentences handed down in 66th District Court

Hill County CASA seeks more Hispanic, billingual volunteers

September 15, 2021 September 15 marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. During Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize and honor the history, culture and … Continue reading Hill County CASA seeks more Hispanic, billingual volunteers

MHMC closed to in-person services Saturday

Submitted by Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Hill County, Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic will not be open for face-to-face patient care Saturday, September 18. Patients are asked to call 254-479-1489 for questions and/or refills. Callers should leave their name, date of birth, phone number and a short message. … Continue reading MHMC closed to in-person services Saturday

Bosque County residents sought for AgriLife Change Club Study

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 15, 2021 A university-led, paid study called Change Club offers Bosque County residents an opportunity to engage their community by exploring ways to improve the health of its residents. As part of the study, Change Club, led by Texas A&M AgriLife and Cornell University, will implement a new community-change project that … Continue reading Bosque County residents sought for AgriLife Change Club Study

Whitney, Aquilla ISDs update COVID-19 protocols as uptick in cases continues

        Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 8, 2021 Local school districts have updated COVID-19 protocols after the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released new guidance and as cases continue to rise. Whitney ISD will now require that students and staff members who live with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 quarantine for 10 days unless … Continue reading Whitney, Aquilla ISDs update COVID-19 protocols as uptick in cases continues

Whitney Wildcats blast past Rockets 31-6

Sports Writer: Brent Cook September 8, 2021 The Whitney Wildcats traveled south to face the Robinson Rockets Friday night, firing on all cylinders and blasting to a 31-6 win. The victory moved the Wildcats to 1-1 on the season and showcased the potential of this year’s squad. Senior quarterback Garrett Peacock was on a clear … Continue reading Whitney Wildcats blast past Rockets 31-6

Covington’s mayor charged with violation

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 8, 2021 The Hill County Sheriff’s Office arrested the mayor of Covington Wednesday, September 1, after an investigation into an alleged open meetings act violation. George L. Burnett, 72, of Covington was charged with a violation of the Texas Open Meetings act, which is a Class B misdemeanor. According to Hill … Continue reading Covington’s mayor charged with violation

Firefighters respond to multiple fires

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 8, 2021 Area volunteer fire departments responded to multiple fires Thursday, September 2, and Friday, September 3. The first call came in at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday when Whitney and Aquilla fire departments were dispatched after hay bales were reported to be on fire in the area of Patton Lake Road … Continue reading Firefighters respond to multiple fires

Governor Abbott calls special amendment election

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 8, 2021 Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation setting Tuesday, November 2, as the special election day for eight proposed constitutional amendments in Texas. The eight proposed constitutional amendments set to appear on November's ballot are: PROPOSITION 1: The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations … Continue reading Governor Abbott calls special amendment election

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

Man dies in motorcycle crash on 933

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 8, 2021 A crash involving a motorcycle and sport-utility vehicle resulted in the death of a Hewitt man Friday, September 3. According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), troopers responded to the scene on FM 933 at FM 2114 in Aquilla at approximately 9:15 a.m. DPS Sergeant Ryan Howard reported … Continue reading Man dies in motorcycle crash on 933

Applications available for Gaines grants

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 8, 2021 The Board of Directors of the Dorothy Gaines Foundation recently announced that the foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2021. The foundation is authorized to make grants to organizations and institutions that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or to governmental entities in amounts … Continue reading Applications available for Gaines grants

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

Lady ‘Cats get win at home

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 The Whitney High School varsity volleyball team defeated La Vega in all three sets (25-11, 25-15, 25-19) at home Friday, August 27. Pictured above at the net are #2 Caitlyn Panuco and #13 Jaycee Green. The Lady 'Cats were scheduled to play Hillsboro at home Tuesday, August 31, before … Continue reading Lady ‘Cats get win at home

New housing planned in Whitney, businesses also on the increase

Reporter: Ellie Mahan September 1, 2021 The Whitney population is growing, along with the number of housing and business developments underway. There are currently three active housing developments in Whitney, and the number of certificates of occupancy for new businesses has increased by roughly 15% this year, according to Chris Bentley, city administrator and chief … Continue reading New housing planned in Whitney, businesses also on the increase

Hill County commissioners discuss COVID-19, budget

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a regular session Tuesday, August 24, and continued discussing the latest COVID-19 surge, the county budget for the coming fiscal year and other regular business. In his comments to the court, County Judge Justin Lewis reiterated the seriousness of the current situation … Continue reading Hill County commissioners discuss COVID-19, budget

Local unemployment rates down in July, state adds jobs

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 Local unemployment rates were down in July from both the previous month and the same time last year, according to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Hill County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent in July, a decrease from June’s rate of 6.1 percent and lower than last July’s 7.7 … Continue reading Local unemployment rates down in July, state adds jobs

Bosque County officials provide update on COVID-19 surge

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 The Bosque County Emergency Management office released an update Friday, August 27, amid the latest increase in COVID-19 cases. The most serious issue the county is currently facing is finding intensive care unit (ICU) beds for seriously ill patients. "This also means if you have a heart attack or … Continue reading Bosque County officials provide update on COVID-19 surge

Anniversary celebration at Senior Center

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 Lake Whitney Senior Center invites 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 ready to enjoy a party, and maybe even win … Continue reading Anniversary celebration at Senior Center

Bosque County Grand Jury returns August indictments

Editor Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 A Bosque County Grand Jury that convened Friday, August 20, returned the following indictments: Robby Don Johnson, 51, of Cleburne, manslaughter; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (two counts) Jamie Charles Cook, 40, of Clifton, engaging in organized criminal activity Mario Garcia, 41, of Clifton, engaging in organized criminal … Continue reading Bosque County Grand Jury returns August indictments

Lake Whitney Arts awards scholarship

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 Lake Whitney Arts is pleased to have awarded a $500 college scholarship to recent high school graduate Blake Trimble, who has been involved with at least a dozen shows at Lake Whitney Arts. Pictured above, Board of Directors member Marc Minnies presents a scholarship certificate to Trimble at the … Continue reading Lake Whitney Arts awards scholarship

Quinlan Ford races to season-opening win against Wildcats

Sports Writer: Brent Cook September 1, 2021 Senior Kyler Cryns slips past the Quinlan Ford defense Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. Cryns led the Wildcats in receiving with 54 yards and a touchdown. Whitney returns to action Friday in Robinson. The Quinlan Ford Panthers stormed into Wildcat Stadium to start the season on Friday night … Continue reading Quinlan Ford races to season-opening win against Wildcats

Bosque hay collection set for September 17

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Bosque County will soon be collecting hay samples for the 43rd Annual Bosque County Hay Show and Scholarship Fundraiser. Those interested in submitting hay samples into this year’s contest may drop them off at the Bosque County Extension Office, located at 104 … Continue reading Bosque hay collection set for September 17

Hill College Performing Arts Series to return with Irish Folk on September 16

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 The Hill College Visual and Performing Arts Department has announced that performances for the Phillip H. Lowe Performing Arts Series are returning in person this year. Dr. Brad Bolick, Hill College Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts, said that it is exciting to host in-person performances again and he … Continue reading Hill College Performing Arts Series to return with Irish Folk on September 16

MHMC closed to in-person services Saturday

Submitted by Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic September 1, 2021 Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Hill County, Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic will not be open for face-to-face patient care Saturday, September 4. Patients are asked to call 254-479-1489 for questions and/or refills. Callers should leave their name, date of birth, phone number and … Continue reading MHMC closed to in-person services Saturday

LWA to present “Hat Tricks”

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 Rehearsals are underway for Lake Whitney Arts’ September production of “Hat Tricks” by Dori Appel, directed by Rebecca Strange. Pictured above, Angela Montgomery, Kelly Robson and Becca Bilz Davis play a daughter, mother and reporter, respectively, as they rehearse one of the final scenes of the show. The production … Continue reading LWA to present “Hat Tricks”

Football coaches’ shows air Fridays on 1560 KHBR

The 2021 football season is underway with high school football teams throughout the area taking on non-district opponents. Keep up with many of these teams with high school football shows on Hillsboro’s 1560 AM KHBR Radio. Programs will be aired Fridays unless a team has a game scheduled for a Thursday, and then the show … Continue reading Football coaches’ shows air Fridays on 1560 KHBR

New farm animal liability signs now available from Texas Farm Bureau

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 Amendments to the Texas Farm Animal Liability Act (FALA) go into effect September 1 and require additional steps be taken by farm animal owners. FALA is a statute that offers limited liability for routine and customary activities on a farm, handling and managing farm animals and ranching activities. “The … Continue reading New farm animal liability signs now available from Texas Farm Bureau

Peoria VFD receives grant for new brush truck

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 Peoria Volunteer Fire Department is enhancing its firefighting capabilities with a new brush truck that was purchased with the help of a Texas A&M Forest Service grant. Peoria Volunteer Fire Department recently acquired a 2022 brush truck thanks to a cost share grant through the Texas A&M Forest Service … Continue reading Peoria VFD receives grant for new brush truck

ESD 2 Board proposes tax rate, hears CareFlite update

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 1, 2021 The Hill County Emergency Services (ESD) 2 Board of Commissioners met in a regular session Thursday, August 19, and proposed the district’s tax rate for the coming year. The board proposed a rate of $0.04365 per $100 valuation, which is the no-new-revenue rate and a decrease from last year’s … Continue reading ESD 2 Board proposes tax rate, hears CareFlite update

Authorities warn of new hostage scam

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September, 1, 2021 Local authorities are warning of a new telephone scam that is being reported in the community. The Hillsboro Department of Public Safety (HDPS) reported Tuesday, August 24, that the Hillsboro Police Department and the Hill County Sheriff’s Office have received several complaints about a hostage scam. The callers reportedly … Continue reading Authorities warn of new hostage scam

Area officials warn that hospital transfers are becoming difficult

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 The latest surge of COVID-19 cases is straining the resources of medical facilities throughout the area and the state. Hill County Judge Justin Lewis said Friday, August 20, that he had been informed that with elective surgeries canceled, Hill Regional Hospital's pre-op area was being used to care for … Continue reading Area officials warn that hospital transfers are becoming difficult

Hill County working to prevent illegal dumping on county roads

Reporter: Ellie Mahan August 25, 2021 Hill County has had more than 50 cases of illegal dumping this year. Two years ago, the Hill County Sheriff’s Office appointed Jeff Ward as the environmental deputy. Ward investigates cases of illegal dumping and ensures that abandoned items are properly disposed of. People illegally dump a wide range … Continue reading Hill County working to prevent illegal dumping on county roads

Lady Wildcats back in action

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 The Whitney High School varsity volleyball team has been warming up for the district schedule with scrimmages, games and tournaments this month. The Lady 'Cats are scheduled to compete in the Valley Mills tournament this week. See a complete season schedule on the Wildcat Spirit Page on page 7. … Continue reading Lady Wildcats back in action

City Council proposes tax rate, sets public hearings

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 The Whitney City Council met in a regular session Monday evening, August 16, and proposed the city tax rate as the council prepares to finalize a budget for the coming fiscal year. The council proposed the tax rate at $0.6384 per $100 valuation, which is the same as the … Continue reading City Council proposes tax rate, sets public hearings

High hopes fuel Wildcats’ return to football field

Sports Writer: Brent Cook August 25, 2021 The Whitney Wildcats march back onto the field of green this Friday with a mission of re-establishing the program as a fast and furious football squad with the talent and teamwork to return to the playoffs. Kickoff for the season-opener is set for 7:30 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium, … Continue reading High hopes fuel Wildcats’ return to football field

Art Briles kicks off AISD school year

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 Former Baylor University head football coach Art Briles surprised Aquilla Independent School District (AISD) students, staff and parents with a "Back to School" convocation speech Monday, August 16. AISD superintendent Dr. David Edison said that he recently contacted the former Big 12 Coach of the Year about a coaching … Continue reading Art Briles kicks off AISD school year

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

DPS urges drivers to be cautious this school year

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 With the school year underway for many districts across the state, the Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding the public of steps they can take to keep students and staff members safe. This includes slowing down in school zones, staying off cell phones and being aware at all … Continue reading DPS urges drivers to be cautious this school year