Church reopens after last year’s fire

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 One year after a fire destroyed Woodrow Baptist Church near Covington, the congregation is once again worshiping on site after rebuilding the church. Services had been held at First Baptist Church activity center in Blum since the fire in July of last year. The first service in the new … Continue reading Church reopens after last year’s fire

Texas Through Time now presenting special exhibit

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 The citizens of Hill County and beyond are invited to come see the new special exhibit “Return to Laramidia,” brought to the area by Texas Through Time fossil museum in Hillsboro. Laramidia was an island that existed during the late Cretaceous period. The island was formed when the western … Continue reading Texas Through Time now presenting special exhibit

Salvation Army offers energy bill assistance

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 The Hill County Salvation Army is notifying the public that it can now help some residents with their TXU Energy bills. Most people who are eligible to receive benefits may be granted up to $300 annually to assist with TXU Energy bills. For more information, contact the Hill County … Continue reading Salvation Army offers energy bill assistance

Lake Whitney Chamber holds dual celebration

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce recently held an open house for HomeLand Realty, located at 803 South Colorado Street, in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Younger Construction, located at the same location. Present for the dual celebration were Lori Tims, Greg and Karen Younger, Gail Bunch, Darron Bunch, … Continue reading Lake Whitney Chamber holds dual celebration

Salvation Army now collecting school supplies

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 A Hill County school supply drive associated with the national Stuff The Bus campaign was held by The Salvation Army and Walmart of Hillsboro from Friday, August 6, through Sunday, August 8. Those who missed the drive are still invited to donate to the effort. Walmart and the Hill … Continue reading Salvation Army now collecting school supplies

TDCJ sentences handed down in District Court

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 The office of District Attorney Mark Pratt prosecuted the following felony criminal cases in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County, presided over by District Judge Lee Harris, in July. The following Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) sentences were handed down: Samantha Nicole Chase, possession of methamphetamine … Continue reading TDCJ sentences handed down in District Court

County requests return of COVID-19 testing site with new cases rising

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 4, 2021 Hill County Judge Justin Lewis reported last week that he has requested that the state once again provide funding for COVID-19 testing as the numbers continue to rise. “Currently, there is not a place in Hill County to get tested without a doctor’s order. We anticipate doing the testing … Continue reading County requests return of COVID-19 testing site with new cases rising

Longtime Whitney ag teacher inducted into state association’s Hall of Fame

Lauren Girsh nominated her grandfather Chester Booth to be inducted into the Texas Agriculture Teachers Association Hall of Fame. Booth has contributed to the education of Whitney's youth for many years. Reporter: Ellie Mahan August 4, 2021 For his many years of dedication and service to the agricultural education community, Chester Booth was inducted into … Continue reading Longtime Whitney ag teacher inducted into state association’s Hall of Fame

Commissioners Court hears updates, approves contracts

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 4, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court heard updates about county projects and approved several agreements in a meeting held Tuesday, July 27. In commissioners’ updates, Precinct 1 Commissioner Andy Montgomery reported that his crew is working on FEMA projects, patching potholes, cutting back trees and installing culverts. Precinct 2 Commissioner … Continue reading Commissioners Court hears updates, approves contracts

Pratt honored by area cattle raisers Assn.

Hill County District Attorney Mark Pratt (right) was recognized as the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s prosecutor of the year at the recent Cattle Raisers Convention & Expo. The association selected Pratt for his efforts in prosecuting livestock and agricultural crimes. Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 4, 2021 The Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association … Continue reading Pratt honored by area cattle raisers Assn.

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

Hill Regional Hospital Celebrates one-year anniversary

Hill Regional Hospital Employees Gather To Celebrate One Year Under New Ownership Submitted by Hill Regional Hospital August 4, 2021 Raji Kumar, CEO of Hill Regional Hospital, saw the importance of having a community hospital for Hill County and the vital role it plays in the health and welfare for people living in the area. … Continue reading Hill Regional Hospital Celebrates one-year anniversary

Waitr delivey makes its way to Whitney

Reporter: Ellie Mahan August 4, 2021 As of Wednesday, July 28, residents of Whitney can purchase food from local restaurants through Waitr, an application that partners with restaurants to provide a food delivery service to its users. Residents can only order from participating restaurants. Diners can currently order using Waitr from the following restaurants: Brewed … Continue reading Waitr delivey makes its way to Whitney

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

City Council holds meeting, mayor requests feedback

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 The Whitney City Council heard monthly reports, received comments from citizens and approved special event permits in a meeting held Monday evening, July 19. At last month's meeting, Mayor Brad Slaten encouraged council members to attend events and be visible to represent the city and visit with the citizens … Continue reading City Council holds meeting, mayor requests feedback

COVID-19 numbers rising, remain below peak levels

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 While the local area and the state remain in much better condition than they were earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent rise in case numbers and the increasing spread of the highly contagious delta variant indicate that the virus remains a threat. Numbers received at the county level … Continue reading COVID-19 numbers rising, remain below peak levels

Court approves agreement with Humane Society

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a special session Tuesday, July 20, to consider several agenda items, including an agreement with the Humane Society. Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between the Hill County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society of North Texas. The agreement will establish a … Continue reading Court approves agreement with Humane Society

Marty Haggard to judge BAC country songwriting contest

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 The deadline to enter the 2021 Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton is Tuesday, August 3. Marty Haggard, son of country music legend Merle Haggard, will select the winners of the $3,000 in cash prizes and will headline the live concert event on November … Continue reading Marty Haggard to judge BAC country songwriting contest

Scammers claiming to be Border Patrol

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 Telephone scammers are constantly changing their tactics, and reports of government impostor scams have been increasing locally. A new type of telephone scam is targeting residents nationwide in an attempt to gain their banking information. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is receiving reports from residents concerned about unsolicited … Continue reading Scammers claiming to be Border Patrol

Dorothy Gaines Foundation taking apps

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 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 Dorothy Gaines Foundation taking apps

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

Whitney High School Drill Team earns multiple accolades at camp

Pictured (l to r) are: front row - First Lieutenant Roselyn Villarreal, Captain Eliza Banner, Second Lieutenant Annette Prado; second row - Hannah Jaynes, Social Officer Nayeli Estrada, Sandra Contreras, Jaden Henderson, Katie Davis, Jaden Cashio; back row - Evelyn Figueroa, Raylee Thornton, Elyse Minniear, Jaycee Green, Skylie Jones, Marilyn Hatfield and Andrea Figueroa. Reporter: … Continue reading Whitney High School Drill Team earns multiple accolades at camp

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

Whitney resident races at Bristol Motor Speedway

Reporter: Ellie Mahan July 21, 2021 People who have lived in the country for a long time may have friends who made a hobby out of racing on dirt roads, cruising on back roads every chance they get. For Joe Sheddan, owner of Joe Sheddan excavation and a 21-year Whitney resident, it’s not just a … Continue reading Whitney resident races at Bristol Motor Speedway

Hill County Grand Jury returns July’s list of indictments

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 21, 2021 A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Friday, July 9, returned the following indictments: Fred Damontrell Adams, 25, of Mesquite, possession of methamphetamine under one gram Shawneece Nicole Adkins, 24, of Blum, possession of methamphetamine between one and four grams Tommy Anderson, 30, of Lockhart, bail jump and failure … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns July’s list of indictments

WISD campuses preparing for registration next week

Registration dates for Whitney elementary school, intermediate school, middle school and high school are set for Tuesday, July 27, through Thursday, July 29, at each campus. The first day of school for Whitney students is Wednesday, August 18 Whitney elementary school Elementary school registration will be Tuesday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., … Continue reading WISD campuses preparing for registration next week

Sentences handed down in 66th Judicial District Court

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 June. The following Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) sentences were handed down: Ignacio Rafael Cazares, online solicitation of a minor, eight years prison Mercedes Dawn Clemons, … Continue reading Sentences handed down in 66th Judicial District Court

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

Hill College, North Texas Automobile Dealers launch Auto Tech Apprenticeship Program

North Texas Automobile Dealers Association Chairman Charlie Gilchrist and Hill College President Dr. Pam Boehm were joined by their teams to sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the new Auto Tech Apprenticeship program at the college’s Cleburne Technical Center. Hill College is providing college-to-career opportunities for its students pursuing an automotive technology degree or certification … Continue reading Hill College, North Texas Automobile Dealers launch Auto Tech Apprenticeship Program

HC students earn All-Texas recognition

Hill College Phi Kappa Theta (PTK) chapter president Marites “Thess” Mitchell and chapter member Abigail Sympson were recently honored at the 2021 All-Texas Academic Team Virtual Medallion Ceremony, hosted by The University of Texas System and the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Nominees were evaluated on several criteria, including academic achievement, community service, leadership and … Continue reading HC students earn All-Texas recognition

Millions of dollars are lost to government impostor scams

Government impostor scams have caused costly headaches for many victims as callers claiming to be from agencies like the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration or others scam innocent people out of money. A recent study from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) shows that reports on government impostor scams have decreased, but the pandemic has … Continue reading Millions of dollars are lost to government impostor scams

Services for longtime Whitney teacher scheduled for Saturday

Graveside services have been scheduled for a longtime Whitney teacher who passed away Tuesday, June 15, after battling COVID-19 at an area medical facility. Middle school teacher Dana Kay Howard, 72, had been an educator in the district for 35 years. Her service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at Bethlehem Cemetery … Continue reading Services for longtime Whitney teacher scheduled for Saturday

Drivers must “Move Over/ Slow Down” near workers

The side of a highway may be a chaotic environment, but it’s also the daily office space for law enforcement, first responders, utility workers, tow truck drivers and TxDOT workers. That’s why TxDOT is calling on Texas drivers to keep these roadside workers safe. TxDOT’s “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” safety initiative is urging motorists to … Continue reading Drivers must “Move Over/ Slow Down” near workers

Caritas offers assistance to area veterans

Each week, a case manager with Caritas Veterans Case Management Program visits Hillsboro, and he wants to get the word out that veterans who are struggling have access to help. Jason McCarty, who is a veteran himself and served as an Army combat medic, is in Hillsboro every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. … Continue reading Caritas offers assistance to area veterans

Hill County Grand Jury returns June’s list of indictments

A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Friday, June 4, returned the following indictments: Miguel Angel Acosta, 25, of Dallas, evading arrest/detention with a vehicle; possession of THC oil under one gram Christopher Michael Barnett, 42, of Elm Mott, possession of methamphetamine under one gram Melvin Jay Brown, 48, of Itasca, endangering a child/imminent danger … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns June’s list of indictments