Family credits 10-year-old with saving baby brother

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 23, 2022 10-year-old Aubrey Morris holds her 11-month-old brother Hayden. Thanks to a heroic act by 10-year-old Aubrey Morris, a family at a home in Blum is united together in gratitude for their safety and health after enduring a trip to the hospital last week. Aubrey, who is from Aurora, West … Continue reading Family credits 10-year-old with saving baby brother

Hill County Beekeepers are doing their part to preserve pollinators

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 22, 2022 The Hill County Beekeepers Association meets the third Tuesday of each month to learn about how to preserve a crucial component of American agriculture, the honeybee. People from Hill County and surrounding areas attend the meeting for fellowship and education on the hobby of beekeeping. Attendees interact, ask each … Continue reading Hill County Beekeepers are doing their part to preserve pollinators

Hillsboro Farmers Market joins chamber

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 22, 2022 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the Hillsboro Farmers Market recently. Pictured are directors of the farmers market Melissa Awtrey, Randy Cottrell and Kristi Hutchison. The market is open every Saturday through October and is located on the west side of the Hill County … Continue reading Hillsboro Farmers Market joins chamber

Whitney’s new athletic director looks to build on recent success

Reporter and KHBR Radio Personality: Jack Foley June 16, 2022 Whitney Independent School District has announced that David Haynes Jr. has been selected to replace Mark Byrd as the new athletic director and head football coach of the Wildcats. The 2004 McGregor High School graduate has spent 14 years as a coach, most recently as … Continue reading Whitney’s new athletic director looks to build on recent success

Commissioners vote to continue $10 hog bounty

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 16, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved funds to continue offering an increased feral hog bounty and moved forward with the sale of property in a special meeting held Tuesday, June 7. Extension Agent Zach Davis told the court that the decision to increase the bounty to $10 per tail … Continue reading Commissioners vote to continue $10 hog bounty

Flags out for America until Labor Day

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 16, 2022 As a show of unity in the Whitney community, the Whitney Business Alliance is joining with the City of Whitney and the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce to encourage residents and business owners to display American flags outside of their homes or businesses until Labor Day. The flags are … Continue reading Flags out for America until Labor Day

Blum grad plans to help veterans through therapeutic horsemanship

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 16, 2022 Stormie Swinburne Recent Blum graduate Stormie Swinburne was ecstatic the first time she put on her leather jacket with patches that read “All American Quarter Horse Congress Reserve Champion.” The hours of training with her horse Doc paid off when she earned the congress jacket by winning reserve champion … Continue reading Blum grad plans to help veterans through therapeutic horsemanship

County sales tax revenue up 21% in June

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 16, 2022 Hill County's sales tax revenue remains well above average according to data released by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar last week. Hegar announced that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $1.01 billion in local sales tax allocations for June, 11.6 percent more than in … Continue reading County sales tax revenue up 21% in June

Hill County Grand Jury returns June’s list of indictments

June 16, 2022 A Hill County grand jury that convened Friday, June 3, returned the following indictments: Terry Kay Bell II, 56, of Lawton, Oklahoma, possession of marijuana between four ounces and five pounds; possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams; possession of psilocybin between one and four grams; possession of THC between four … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns June’s list of indictments

Hill Regional Hospital hosting 1-day COVID-19 vaccine clinic

June 16, 2022 News release submitted by Hill Regional Hospital Hill Regional Hospital will be conducting a one-day only COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, June 30. The time will be from 2-4 p.m., and registration for either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines will be taken now for this event. The Silver Connections office will be … Continue reading Hill Regional Hospital hosting 1-day COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Lakeside Village Area VFD plans summer fish fry Saturday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 16, 2022 The Lakeside Village Area Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary will hold their summer fish fry Saturday, June 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lakeside Village Fire Hall/Community Center. The menu will be fried fish, onion-stuffed hush puppies, potato salad, pinto beans, desserts, all the condiments and … Continue reading Lakeside Village Area VFD plans summer fish fry Saturday

Eastern Star Appreciation Dinner

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 16, 2022 Whitney Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 930 recently held an appreciation dinner for local Masons and their wives, daughters and family members. Robert and Georgia Galvan prepared brisket and sausage, and members provided the sides. After the meal, a program was presented by Associate Matron Darlene Pelham-Apperson. Door … Continue reading Eastern Star Appreciation Dinner

Whitney Area Museum is open and ready to share local history

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 9, 2022 After being closed for two years due to COVID-19, the Whitney Area Museum re-opened to the public at the beginning of May. Rhonda Bass, director of the museum, said she hopes to open the museum every Saturday in June and July. She said the attendance levels this summer will … Continue reading Whitney Area Museum is open and ready to share local history

Finalists named in search for Hill College president

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 The Hill College Board of Regents has approved four finalists in the college's search for a new president. The board is conducting interviews and public forums this week prior to making a decision. The finalists approved for the interview process are Dr. Shelley Diviney, Dr. Brenda Kihl, Dr. Thomas … Continue reading Finalists named in search for Hill College president

Judge sentences Hubbard drug dealer to 60 years

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 A Hubbard resident was recently sentenced to 60 years in prison in a drug case heard in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County. A jury was selected Monday, May 23, to hear a felony criminal trial alleging possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, in an amount of … Continue reading Judge sentences Hubbard drug dealer to 60 years

HCSO seeks information about break-in

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 The Hill County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help in identifying three unknown subjects who broke into a local convenience store Saturday, June 4. According to reports, the incident occurred at Pit Stop, located at 1072 Farm Road 1713 near Whitney at approximately 3 a.m. Authorities said that … Continue reading HCSO seeks information about break-in

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…

May TDCJ sentences handed down

June 9, 2022 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 May: Ronnie Lynn Strickling - deadly conduct, discharge firearm in a habitation/building/vehicle, 12 years prison; unlawful possession of a firearm … Continue reading May TDCJ sentences handed down

WHS grad signs with Austin College

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 Recent Whitney High School graduate Lupita Reel has decided to attend Austin College and play softball for the 'Roos. She is pictured with her mother, Kenda Campbell, and step-father, Jeremy Campbell, signing with the college. At back are Coach Bo Johnson and Coach Kylie Roos.

Boaters urged to ‘Clean, Drain & Dry’ to stop the spread of invasive species

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 Now more than ever, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) urges boaters and paddlers who enjoy water recreation this summer to do their part to fight back against aquatic invasive species that threaten Texas lakes. “Memorial Day weekend was the unofficial kick-off to boating season in Texas, and while … Continue reading Boaters urged to ‘Clean, Drain & Dry’ to stop the spread of invasive species

Game Wardens report fewer holiday weekend citations

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 Texas Game Wardens issued fewer boating-related citations over Memorial Day weekend than they did in 2021. They cited increased boating safety awareness and patrols by game wardens and other marine safety officers as contributors to a drop in incidents. Between Friday and Monday, 352 game wardens conducted 10,218 safety … Continue reading Game Wardens report fewer holiday weekend citations

Chamber welcomes MTEX Designs

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting to welcome Marion Summers, owner of MTEX Designs, to the chamber. "You can always tell which women are strong and independent," said Chamber Executive Director Janice Sanders. "They aren't afraid to work alone, be alone or stand alone." Marion … Continue reading Chamber welcomes MTEX Designs

Over 750 jobs expected at local job fair

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 Workforce Solutions, in partnership with Hillsboro Economic Development Corporation and the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, will host a job fair 9 a.m. until noon Tuesday, June 14. The event will be held at Historic City Hall, located at 127 East Franklin Street in Hillsboro. Workforce Solutions officials said that … Continue reading Over 750 jobs expected at local job fair

Hill County Retired Teachers present scholarships

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 The Hill County Retired Teachers Association recently presented $500 scholarships for Hill College to Hill County students. Pictured (l to r) are: Reagan McDaniel of Covington, Brylee Tucker of Hillsboro and Ashton Ringer of Blum. Not pictured is Danna Guille-Chavez from Whitney.

County commissioners consider regulating non-consent towing

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 2, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a regular session Tuesday, May 24, and opened discussions about a possible ordinance to regulate non-consent towing in the county. Precinct 4 Constable Kevin Cordell presented information about the proposal, which his office has been working on with input from other counties. … Continue reading County commissioners consider regulating non-consent towing

Whitney Class of 2022

June 2, 2022 BRENDON D. AGUIRRE, ALICIA TIANA MARIE ALEJANDRO, DACEY MARIE ALLEN, ISSAC ANDREW ANDERSON, CIARA BRIANN ARMSTRONG, CHRISTOPHER JAY BAKER, TIMOTHY LONESTAR BAKER, ELIZA ESTELLE BANNER, LANEY SHEA BEAM, NATALIE KAY BERRY, CADENCE ABIGAIL BIDWELL, MADDISON RHEA BILLS, BROOKS ROBERT BOOTH, EMILIE MARIE BOOTH, TERRY RAY BROWN, KOLT GARET BYRD, KENNETH LEE CANFIELD, … Continue reading Whitney Class of 2022

LW State Park kicks off summer with large Memorial Day crowd

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 2, 2022 An ideal spot to hike a nature trail, cool off in the water, or gaze at the stars on a clear summer night, Lake Whitney State Park draws both tourists and locals alike. The park had 117,000 visitors during the last fiscal year, and it was fully booked for … Continue reading LW State Park kicks off summer with large Memorial Day crowd

November ballots set after runoffs

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 2, 2022 Hill and Bosque county residents voted in statewide primary runoff elections Tuesday, May 24, deciding several party-level races ahead of November’s general election. One local race was also decided in Bosque County, as Michele Valdez defeated Leslie Perry 349-222 in the Republican runoff for Precinct 2 justice of the … Continue reading November ballots set after runoffs

Prescription Pharmacy bids farewell to founder

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 2, 2022 Stephen Bennett Prescription Pharmacy in Whitney held a retirement party for Stephen Bennett Friday, May 27. Bennett has been a pharmacist at that location for 37 years and is a founder and previous owner of Prescription Pharmacy. Born and raised in Hill County, Bennett said he loves everything about … Continue reading Prescription Pharmacy bids farewell to founder

Aquilla High School Class of ’22

June 2, 2022 Members of Aquilla High School's Class of 2022 earned diplomas Saturday, May 28. This year's graduating class includes: Casey Bruner, Brianna Bryars, Blakelinn Day, Malik Douglas, Hannah Dunbar, Alexis Fine, Marcus Goetz, Jason Gonzalez, Jackson Grimmett, Hunter Haygood, Kyndall Huffhines, Levi Ihlenfeldt, Lane Keel, Michael McKibben, Carson Miller, Isabella Morales, Caitlyn Morgan, … Continue reading Aquilla High School Class of ’22

Crash near Whitney claims 4 lives

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 2, 2022 A crash in Bosque County near Whitney killed four occupants of a sport-utility vehicle Saturday, May 21. According to Department of Public Safety reports, troopers were called to the scene on Farm Road 56 near Farm Road 2114 in the Laguna Park/Whitney area at 9:20 p.m. Sergeant Ryan Howard … Continue reading Crash near Whitney claims 4 lives

WHS seniors receive LW Garden Club scholarships

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 1, 2022 Dacey Allen and Amy Ward, Whitney High School graduates, have each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Lake Whitney Garden Club. The scholarships were presented at the Whitney High School Scholarship Program Tuesday, May 24. Dacy Allen Dacey, daughter of Chris Allen of Whitney, will be attending Tarleton State … Continue reading WHS seniors receive LW Garden Club scholarships

Class of 2022 to graduate Friday night

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 26, 2022 Whitney High School will present diplomas to the Class of 2022 at 7 p.m. Friday night, May 27, at Wildcat Stadium. There are 102 students in this year's senior class. Timothy Baker Valedictorian Graduating as valedictorian is Timothy Lonestar Baker, the son of Tim and Laura Baker. Baker plans … Continue reading Class of 2022 to graduate Friday night

Historic church picking up the pieces after fire

Editor: Shannon Cottongame Photo by: April Sanders May 26, 2022 Pastor Shane Metcalf delivered the message to members of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church and guests during an outdoor service held on the church grounds Sunday, May 22. A week earlier, the historic church was destroyed in a fire that authorities are calling suspicious. Pastor … Continue reading Historic church picking up the pieces after fire

Mayor announces plan to step down, council members take oath of office

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 26, 2022 Whitney Mayor Brad Slaten announced that he will be relocating and stepping down from his position this summer during a meeting of the Whitney City Council held Monday, May 16. Council members beginning new terms were also sworn in during the meeting, and the council approved annexation requests related … Continue reading Mayor announces plan to step down, council members take oath of office

County working to collect hotel, motel taxes

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 25, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a special session Tuesday, May 17, and approved a software contract to help the county collect hotel occupancy taxes on the growing number of home-based lodging options. The court also discussed negotiations regarding the sale of the county annex on Franklin Street … Continue reading County working to collect hotel, motel taxes

Wildcats finish season in playoff battle

May 26, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity baseball team exited the playoffs Saturday, May 21, after losing to Franklin two games to one in the Class 3-A Regional Quarterfinals in Salado. Game three remained scoreless for the first two innings as pitcher Jaxon Montgomery (pictured) and the Whitney defense found ways to limit the … Continue reading Wildcats finish season in playoff battle

Hill County Shooting Sports team earns District 8 awards

May 26, 2022 The Hill County 4-H Shooting Sports team brought home multiple awards from the recent District 8 Rifle Match. In the light rifle category, the third place junior team included Gage Brassell, Sabastian Sleezer-Robinson, Cameron Oliver and Ari Lujan. Individual award winners included: Gage Brassell, second place, Sabastian Sleezer-Robinson, 10th place. The second … Continue reading Hill County Shooting Sports team earns District 8 awards

Missing man’s body found in Hill County

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 25, 2022 A missing person case culminated in the discovery of a body in Hill County Thursday, May 19. According to reports, the Hill County Sheriff’s Office received a call the previous night from a Union Pacific Railroad employee about a vehicle along the railroad tracks but well off of the … Continue reading Missing man’s body found in Hill County

Whitney ISD to offer free summer meals

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 26, 2022 This summer, Whitney Intermediate School will connect children 18 and younger and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old with healthy, no-cost summer meals. Meals will be served at the intermediate school beginning May 31 through June 30. Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and … Continue reading Whitney ISD to offer free summer meals

Duncan family honored at WHS banquet

Reporter: Ellie Mahan May 26, 2022 Pictured (l to r): Tennis Coach Greg Davis, tennis player Amy Ward, Ann Duncan, tennis player Laney Beam, tennis player Macy McKinney, tennis player Donna Guille, Jim Duncan and Tom Duncan. For their years of dedication to the Whitney tennis team, Jim, Ann and Tom Duncan were presented a … Continue reading Duncan family honored at WHS banquet

WHS senior signs with college

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 25, 2022 Whitney High School senior Dalton Wooten recently signed with Mission Tech Prep Academy in Killeen to play football. Pictured in the front row are Dalton and his parents, Christina Mehaffey and Shawn Wooten. At back are (l to r) Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Mark Byrd and Coach Bo Johnson.

WMS holds Special Olympics Send Off

Reporter: Ellie Mahan May 26, 2022 Whitney Middle School students lined the hallway to cheer on special education students as they left for a Special Olympics Track Meet in Blum Friday, May 20. The cheerleaders led a cheer as the students walked through a handmade sign. Other students also made signs to support their favorite … Continue reading WMS holds Special Olympics Send Off

Hill Regional acquires MRI machine

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 26, 2022 Pictured is Melissa Kennemmer, R.T. with Hill Regional Hospital’s new MRI equipment. The truck/trailer unit is set up outside the hospital's admissions and registration area on Jane Lane in Hillsboro. Friday the 13th was a lucky day for Hill Regional Hospital, as that is when its new Magnetic Resonance … Continue reading Hill Regional acquires MRI machine

Cell Block Museum board works toward reopening

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 26, 2022 The Hill County Cell Block Museum’s new board of directors was recently installed as work continues to prepare the building to reopen. Board members pictured (l to r) include: front row - Brooke Thompson, Gabby Smith, Rosemary Smith, Barbara Robinson, Brenda White (secretary) and Margaret McKown (vice president); back … Continue reading Cell Block Museum board works toward reopening

Board discusses Baker Field plans, hears presentation on police force

Reporter: Ellie Mahan May 19, 2022 In a regular meeting of the Whitney ISD Board of Trustees held Monday, May 9, the board discussed the demolition of facilities at Baker Field, heard a presentation on the possibility of a school police force and congratulated the German Club and Royelles Drill Team for their accomplishments. In … Continue reading Board discusses Baker Field plans, hears presentation on police force

WHS Baseball Team: Area Champs

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 19, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity baseball team shot it out with Academy in the Class 3A UIL baseball playoffs last week and advanced to the regional round. Whitney lost to Academy 6-2 in game one of a best-of-three game series played Thursday, May 12, in Lake Belton. The Wildcats … Continue reading WHS Baseball Team: Area Champs

WISD athletic director plans to step down

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 18, 2022 Mark Byrd Whitney Independent School District Athletic Director (AD) Mark Byrd announced Monday, May 9, that he will step down from his position.“I just felt it was time for change and I’m letting God lead this plan,” Byrd said. In a statement to The Lakelander, the coach said, “I … Continue reading WISD athletic director plans to step down

County approves agreement to develop tourism website

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 19, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a regular session Tuesday, May 10, and approved a plan to redevelop the county's tourism website along with other agenda items. The court approved an agreement with Sheri Hemrick to create and maintain the website. The purpose of the site is to … Continue reading County approves agreement to develop tourism website

Runoff early voting ends Friday, election day polling places set

Editor: Shannon Cottongame May 19, 2022 Early voting in the Tuesday, May 24, primary runoff elections will wrap up Friday, May 20. Polling places in Hill and Bosque counties will also be open on election day from 7 a.m. until 7p.m. There will be one local race on the Republican ballot in Bosque County for … Continue reading Runoff early voting ends Friday, election day polling places set

Grand jury returns May indictments

May 18, 2022 A Hill County grand jury that convened Friday, May 6, returned the following indictments: Randy Joe Abbott, 47, of Aquilla, tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair; possession of methamphetamine under one gram Lisa Alexander Beard, AKA: Lisa Shari Killion, 36, of Oklahoma, credit or debit card abuse Samuel Briseno, … Continue reading Grand jury returns May indictments

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