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Bethlehem Cemetery Assn. plans meeting

Covington ISD to break tie with election set for June 5
Voters in the Covington Independent School District will decide between two candidates who tied for a school board position in the recent May election.
The district will hold an election Saturday, June 5, to break a tie between Joe Reitz and David Shane Johnson, who each received 36 votes in the May election.
The district had three school board positions on its ballot this year, and four candidates were seeking a spot. Incumbent Kevin Ray won a seat with 63 votes and Cody Nickell received 56 votes to secure another seat.
Voting will be conducted Saturday at Covington City Hall, located at 402 Gathings, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Weed & brush program to be offered June 4
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Bosque County will host a weed and brush program at the Meridian Civic Center Friday, June 4. Registration starts for each session at 8:15 a.m. with program to follow at 8:30 a.m., and it should conclude by noon.
Topics to be discussed will include Range & Pasture Plant Identification, Brush Clearing Options and Value of Land: Cleared, Semi-Cleared or Left Alone. One IPM and One General CEU will be offered for individuals holding a Private Applicator’s Pesticide License.
Cost of the program is $10 per session and can be paid at the door. For questions or to confirm your attendance, contact the Bosque County Extension Office at 254-435-2331.

Free clinic open June 5
in Hillsboro
Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic, located at 120 East Franklin in Hillsboro, will be open to see patients Saturday, June 5. Doors will open at 6 a.m.
Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Patients should bring proof that they are a Hill County resident, such as a utility bill or another form of address identification.
All staff and patients are required to wear masks. Patients will be screened before entering the clinic with a temperature check and symptom questionnaire. No patients with a fever, upper respiratory congestion, including severe sinusitis, or other flu-like symptoms will be seen at the clinic. If you have any of these symptoms, you may call the clinic on clinic day and a physician or nurse will speak with you.
Patients will be asked to wait in their cars after initial screening and will be called into the clinic as space allows. Only the patient will be allowed to enter the clinic. No children or extra family members will be allowed to accompany the patient.
MHMC is a 501c3 non profit medical clinic providing healthcare to persons in Hill County who have no medical insurance. The clinic is funded by donations from area churches, individuals and other organizations. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information, call the clinic at 254-479-1489 and leave a message. For refills, leave your name and date of birth.

Hill County Cell Block Museum
scheduled to reopen June 5th
The Hill County Cell Block Museum, located one block north of the Hill County Courthouse on Waco Street, will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5, just in time for the Bond’s Alley Art Festival in downtown Hillsboro.
The museum, which is housed in the building that once served as the county jail, has been closed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The building was designed by architect W.C. Dodson, who also designed the Hill County courthouse, and was built by the Brown County firm of Lovell and Wood. The front part of the jail building served as living quarters for the sheriff’s family and jailer, and the rear housed the cell blocks and sheriff’s office. Meals for both inmates and the sheriff’s family were prepared in a common kitchen and served through a pass-through window in the wall of the kitchen.
Prisoners were kept in the facility until the mid-1980s, at which time the Hill County Historical Commission obtained the “old jail” to restore and use as a county museum. The building, which was completed in 1893, was awarded a Texas State Historical Marker in 1981 and is entered in the National Register of Historic Places.
Today the Cell Block Museum houses exhibits on Native American artifacts, the cotton industry in Hill County, vintage clothing, as well as an early Texas kitchen and a Military Honor Room honoring veterans from Hill County.
Also included is the Willie Nelson Memorabilia Exhibit, featuring items related to the Hill County native, as well as a 1915 Model T Ford donated by the Billy Tom McKown family.
Also located on the grounds of the museum complex are the restored 19th century Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which was moved to the complex from Peoria when the church disbanded, as well as a picturesque gazebo. Both the gazebo and church are available for weddings, family reunions, and club meetings. Hill County Museum, Inc. is a non-profit corporation supported by gifts, donations, memorials, fundraising, memberships and grants. Annual membership dues are $15 General, $20 Club, and $30 Business. Gifts may be mailed to P.O. Box 555, Hillsboro, Texas 76645.
The Hill County Cell Block Museum is open to the public every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., April through October, and by special arrangement. Admission is free.
Donations are accepted. For more information, visit the museum’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Hill-County-Cell-Block-Museum or call 254-707-2334.

Covington VFD BBQ cook-off this weekend
Covington Volunteer Fire Department will hold its seventh annual barbecue cook-off benefiting the fire department Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5.
The Texas state championship cook-off is sanctioned by the International BBQ Cookers Association.
Categories include brisket, two chicken halves fully jointed, pork spare ribs, jackpot beans and cobbler. Entry fee for one or all meats is $150, jackpot beans and cobbler entry is $15. Cobbler must be in an 8″x8″ foil pan.
Payout of $5,000 is guaranteed. The top 10 in each meat category will be awarded.
Cook check-in begins at 8 a.m. Friday, June 4, with a cook’s meeting to follow.
A cornhole tournament will follow the cook’s meeting with concessions available.
On Saturday, June 5, an auction will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the cook-off, a 50/50 drawing and awards.
The Covington Volunteer Fire Department invites everyone to enjoy the activities and support the department.
Events will be held at the fire department, located at 606 South Main Street in Covington.
For more information, call 254-205-8035 or 254-580-8082.

Fried fish meal, auction in Woodbury
The Woodbury Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting and fund raiser Saturday, June 5, starting at 5 p.m. at the Woodbury Community Center.
A fried fish and chicken tender meal with all the trimmings will be served. A baked goods auction will be held at the conclusion of the business meeting.
Live music will be provided during and after the meal. Annual dues will be collected for the maintenance and mowing of the three cemeteries.
Dues and donations can be mailed to the Woodbury Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1527, Hillsboro, TX 76645.

Bond’s Alley Art Festival this weekend
Hillsboro Main Street has announced that the Bond’s Alley Art Festival will return to Hillsboro Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
The art festival will be based in Historic Bond’s Alley in downtown Hillsboro.
​Artists and artisans will fill Bond’s Alley and downtown sidewalks on Saturday and Sunday, but visitors will also have a chance to shop the many craft and food vendors along South Covington Street, just west of Bond’s Alley. ​
There will also be art activities for children.
Local photographer Sheri Hemrick will be the featured artist at this year’s event.
For questions, call Hillsboro Main Street Manager Chris Moore at 254-582-5499 or visit http://www.hillsboromainstreet.org.

Tickets on sale for LW Chamber awards banquet
The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet at the HILCO Event Center in Itasca Thursday, June 10, at 6 p.m. The theme this year is “Hooked on Lake Whitney.”
The annual banquet will include silent and live auctions, a buffet dinner and the presentation of awards.
Tickets are available for $50 per person, $400 per table or $600 for a corporate table.
For more information, contact the chamber at 254-694-2540.

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