47th Annual Pioneer Days downtown this Saturday

The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce will present the 47th annual Pioneer Days Saturday, October 1, with the annual carnival getting underway Thursday evening and continuing through Saturday's festival. Carnival games and rides will operate in the downtown area from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday evenings, and the fun will continue on Saturday. … Continue reading 47th Annual Pioneer Days downtown this Saturday

Unemployment down in Hill, Bosque counties

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 29, 2022 Hill and Bosque county unemployment rates dropped from July to August, according to data recently released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Hill County's unemployment rate decreased to 3.9% in August. That is down from July's rate of 4.1% and significantly lower than the same period last year, when … Continue reading Unemployment down in Hill, Bosque counties

Mayor signs Constitution Week proclamation

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 22, 2022 Whitney Mayor Jerry Barker signed a proclamation declaring the week of September 17-23 Constitution Week as the Fort Graham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is observing the special week commemorating the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. The Hill County Commissioners Court also passed a resolution … Continue reading Mayor signs Constitution Week proclamation

Wildcats dominate district opener, prepare for Trojans

Sports Writer: Brent Cook September 14, 2022 The Whitney Wildcats hit the gas from the get-go and never let up Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. Facing the Dallas Inspired Vision Eagles, the Wildcats posted an impressive 51 points in the first half and pounced to a 65-6 victory in the first district game of the … Continue reading Wildcats dominate district opener, prepare for Trojans

Hill County Grand Jury returns September indictment list

A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Friday, September 2, returned the following indictments: Randy Joe Abbott, 47, of Waco, bail jump and failure to appear - felony; bail jump and failure to appear - felony Danny Lynn Atchley, 46, of Itasca, injury to elderly with intentional bodily injury Luke Alvin Baisden, 31, of Springtown, … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns September indictment list

View the July 20, 2022 issue

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Richter wins fiction award for “Fishing For Luck”

July 14, 2022 Murray Richter, 1988 Whitney graduate and Dallas-area author, won the prestigious 2021 Gertrude Warner Grand Prize Award for his middle-grade fiction book, "Fishing For Luck,"at the Chanticleer International Book Awards ceremony in Bellingham, Washington Saturday, June 25. Published in May 2021, "Fishing For Luck" tells the humorous and thrilling tale of Kevin, … Continue reading Richter wins fiction award for “Fishing For Luck”

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 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.

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

Chamber welcomes The Lazy Llama

Editor: Shannon Cottongame April 27, 2022 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for The Lazy Llama Coffee & Treats. Pictured are owners Tiffany Basham and Michael Fields, Assistant Manager Laci Brown and family and baristas Maegan Saylor and Joannah Andis. Representing the chamber were Charles and Terry Boyer, Jean Dunn … Continue reading Chamber welcomes The Lazy Llama

Whitney High School athletes compete in district track meet

April 13, 2022 The Whitney High School track teams competed at the 2022 District 17-3A track meet in McGregor last week, and several athletes will be heading to area. The boys 4x100m relay team of Kyler Cryns, Orrin Green, Jordan Johnson and Marcus Wilson will advance. Orrin Green also qualified in the 100m, 200m and … Continue reading Whitney High School athletes compete in district track meet

Commissioners approve communications upgrade

Editor: Shannon Cottongame March 2, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court moved forward with a plan to upgrade the county’s communications systems for first responders at a meeting held Tuesday, February 22. Last month, the court and representatives from several area Hill County law enforcement agencies and fire departments heard a presentation from Dailey-Wells Communications … Continue reading Commissioners approve communications upgrade

2022 Primary Election Results

Hill County Results Only - All Results Unofficial Until Canvassed ** Indicates Projected Statewide Winner See Bosque County Elections for Bosque County election results U.S. Representative, District 6 James Buford -  916/ 23.81% Jake Ellzey - 2,292/ 59.58%** Bill Payne -  639/ 16.61% Governor Don Huffines - 498/ 11.61% Chad Prather - 240/ 5.59% Paul Belew - 14/ 0.33% Greg Abbott … Continue reading 2022 Primary Election Results

CSCD program benefits local food banks

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 5, 2022 The Hill County Community Supervision and Corrections Department has presented $1,574 in gift cards to the Hillsboro Interfaith Ministries (HIM) local food pantry and Our Daily Bread Food Bank in Whitney during the year 2021. The Community Supervision and Corrections Department in Hillsboro coordinates the program in conjunction with … Continue reading CSCD program benefits local food banks

October marks Women’s Small Business Month

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 13, 2021 October is National Women’s Small Business Month, a time to advocate for gender equality in the workforce in general and a time to support our local businesswomen who have worked hard to make a name for themselves in our small town. A study by The Women’s Bureau of the … Continue reading October marks Women’s Small Business Month

Unemployment rates in Hill, Bosque counties fell in August

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 29, 2021 The local unemployment rate continued to fall when August data was released for Hill County, dropping to 4.8 percent from July's rate of 5.5 percent. The August rate is also down from the 5.5 percent rate in August 2020 but above the pre-pandemic rate of 3.5 percent in August … Continue reading Unemployment rates in Hill, Bosque counties fell in August

Court Appointed Special Advocates sworn in

Editor: Shannon Cottongame September 22, 2021 Hill County Court At Law Judge Matt Crain swore in new Court Appointed Special Advocates Friday, September 10, to serve local children through CASA of Hill County. Pictured are Leslie Hanson, Amy Allen, Kim Quiram and Kim Saffold with Judge Crain. CASA volunteers are everyday people who are appointed … Continue reading Court Appointed Special Advocates sworn in

Taxes must be collected on vacation rentals

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 21, 2021 Hill County officials are reminding those who rent rooms or homes to guests that they are required to collect state hotel occupancy taxes. Hotel owners, operators or managers must collect state hotel occupancy tax from their guests who rent a room or space in a hotel costing $15 or … Continue reading Taxes must be collected on vacation rentals

Marcia Ball coming to Bosque Arts

Austin rhythm and blues legend Marcia Ball will perform with her band at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton Saturday, July 10. Visit http://www.BosqueArtsCenter.org or call 254-675-3724 for details. The Bosque Arts Center in Clifton will welcome legendary rhythm and blues pianist Marcia Ball and her band Saturday, July 10, at 7 p.m. Often compared … Continue reading Marcia Ball coming to Bosque Arts