Local Events

Hill Co. Retired Teachers to meet Sept. 26

Hill County Retired Teachers will meet  at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 26, in the Bob Bullock Room of  the Hill College Cafeteria. 

This is a departure from the usual meeting day, which is the second Tuesday of each month.

Yearbooks for the 2017-2018 year will be distributed. The business meeting will include the presentation of the audit done for the past year and the approval of the budget for the coming year.

Earl Walls, president of District 12, and Duran Dominguez, district manager of AMBA, will be present.

The usual raffle will be held, and there will be a drawing for door prizes. Members are encouraged to bring guests.


Whitney PD sets National Night Out

Whitney Police Department will host National Night Out Tuesday, October 3, in downtown Whitney from 6 to 8 p.m.

Everyone is invited to come downtown and meet the local heroes who put their lives on the line for our safety.

The events will be held on the downtown square and feature free hamburgers and entertainment.


CenTex Beef Cattle Program scheduled in Axtell

The nine-county Extension Beef Cattle Program will be held on the “Swinging B” Ranch in Axtell, on Friday, September 29.

The ranch is located off Kirkland Hill Road, 20 minutes northeast of Waco. This years’ program will include live cattle demonstrations, a ranch tour and a ribeye steak dinner.

Speakers will include: Dr. Jason Cleere – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist; Dr. Dan Miller and Dr. Todd Whitesell – M&W Cattle Services; Lance Bauer – Beefmaster Breeders United; Hugh Aljoe – Noble Foundation; and Gustavo Toro – Marketing Director from Sexing Technologies.

Discussion topics will include Benefits of a Bull Gain Test, Managing Warm Season Forages to Meet Your Goals, Benefits of Technology in Beef Cattle, Beefmaster Breeders Update, Bull Selection and Management, and Managing a Recip. and Donor Cow Herd.

There will be several live cattle demonstrations including Miller and Whitesell performing a live embryo collection and transfer, and Cleere speaking on bull selection and managing the cow herd.

Participants will be able to visit agriculture business vendors while attending the seminar and be entered into drawings for multiple door prizes from vendors.

Registration is $25 and will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the ranch. RSVP by Friday, September 22, by calling the McLennan County Extension office at 254-757-5180.

One General TDA CEU credit will be available for licensed applicators.  Two Beef Quality Credits will be offered for persons needing Beef Quality Assurance Credits.

The 2017 CenTex Beef Cattle Symposium is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension County Beef & Forage Committees in Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, Limestone and McLennan Counties.


Low-cost pet clinic set in Morgan

A low-cost pet vaccine clinic in will be offered in Morgan on Thursday, October 5. 

Annual wellness checks, all vaccinations and heartworm testing for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available from Clifton Veterinary Clinic.

The clinic will be held at the Morgan Community Center, 908 Mary Street, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Bosque County Spay Neuter will be on hand with vouchers for a free spay or neuter for the first 10 people who come with a cat or dog that is not spayed or neutered.

Call 254-675-8925 for more information.


Hill County Democrats to host cookout

Hill County Democrats will host a cookout and social Saturday, September 23,  at the home of Precinct 13 Chair Larry Ward and his wife, Jan.

The home is located at 123 South Greenbriar Road in Whitney, and the cookout will start at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Larry Ward at 254-694-4228 or Democratic County Chair Thom Hanson at 254-479-8369.


Story time at LW Library

Local children and their parents are invited to Lake Whitney Public Library’s Story Time held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Children will enjoy stories, songs, dancing, crafts and more.

The library is located at 602 East Jefferson Avenue in Whitney and may be reached by phone at 254-694-4639.


Cook & Carry program set in Hillsboro

Cook and Carry, a Texas A&M AgriLife program that eliminates the “What’s for dinner?” dilemma from hectic schedules, will be held Saturday, September 30.

The program will be held at the Hill County Extension Office Annex, located at 126 South Covington Street in Hillsboro, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The program will provide participants with hands-on preparation of three freezer-ready main dishes for easy bake-and-eat meals. Dishes will feed a family of at least six.

Recipes include chicken and dumplings, slow-cooker taco soup and ritzy ranch chicken tenders.

The $45 registration fee includes recipes, handouts and the three meals. Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 26. Checks should be made payable to the FCS Program Area Committee.

For more information, call the Hill County Extension Office at 254-582-4022.


Cotton Pickin’ Fair this weekend

This year’s Cotton Pickin’ Fair in downtown Hillsboro will feature plenty of fun for the whole family, including vendors, Inflatable Alley for the kids and the annual barbecue cook-off. The 26th annual fair has been scheduled for Friday, September 22, and Saturday, September 23.

Musical entertainment will kick off with a 9 p.m. street dance Friday evening featuring The Morticians, a classic rock and roll band.

The Morticians have been playing since 1982 but have their roots going back to 1965.

The band is most often heard in the Central Texas area. But they are consistently known as one of Waco’s favorite musical groups, the first choice for many people looking for entertainment for a community function, a wedding or just an old-fashioned party.

They are regulars for summer concerts at Waco’s Bosque River Stage, Woodway’s  Arboretum and other venues, always with audiences cutting across all age groups.

They’re a mainstay group which plays some of the most “fun” music there is, specializing in classic rock/pop cover tunes from the 1950’s through the 1980’s, songs that entertainers like The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Rolling Stones, Carole King, Fleetwood Mac and dozens of other well-known bands imprinted on the musical memory across generations.

Saturday morning will feature children’s entertainment beginning at 10 a.m. with The Magik Theatre performing the classic tale, “The Three Little Pigs.” It will be performed again at 11:30 a.m.

The Magik Theatre believes in the invaluable gift of literacy and its mission is to develop a child’s love and understanding of literature.

The Hillsboro High School Golden Eagle Band will perform at 1:30 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., Justin L. Derrington “JLD” will perform.

JLD is a native of Hillsboro and a graduate of Hillsboro High School and performs with Texas country artist Jared Hale.

JLD strives to make music about life, described as “kind of country, kind of soul and all real.”

The local music will continue with Hillsboro’s Meagan Burkhart-Vaughn taking the stage at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

At 4:30 p.m., Bob Mauldin will take the stage.

Probably best known for being the host of television’s “Expedition Texas,” Mauldin’s career has been a collage of childhood dreams come true.

For nearly 20 years, Mauldin made a living as a radio DJ and programmer. During the later portion of his radio career, he dabbled in television production, lending his talents to shows like “Championship Wrestling From Texas” and “Halloween Harvey’s Festival of Fear” before developing the concept that later became “Expedition Texas.”

Even before Mauldin began his career in radio, he was writing songs. Some of his earliest songs have proven to be the most successful. In 2001, Texas Rose Records released Bob’s “Cowboy Super Hero.”

The song was played regularly on Texas radio and overseas and still shows up on playlists to this day. In 2002, Mauldin’s “Baby” was played on the radio in East Texas and became a favorite at live shows.

In 2008, Mauldin released the single “Redneck Rebel” due to the response it received at his shows. The song was played on Texas country stations all over the state.

In early 2011, he struck a deal with Ah-Ha Music Group to record a 12-song album, “Van Zandt County Line,” for the label.

Tex-Mex honky tonk music will be performed by The Tejas Brothers beginning at 6:15 p.m.

After forming in the fall of 2006, The Tejas Brothers quickly became the subject of big conversation around the stockyards of Fort Worth. Within a few short years, they had earned the respect as one of the best live acts in Texas.

The group’s debut CD, “Tejas Brothers,” was recognized as the seventh most played album of 2009 by the Americana Music Association.

With the release of their second album, “Rich Man,” Kelly Dearmore of the Dallas Observer said, “The quartet is once again proving itself one of the best bands in the state.”

The group released their third album, “Live A Little More,” in April 2013. It features guest appearances from Larry Joe Taylor, Augie Meyers and Deryl Dodd and was produced by Lloyd Maines.

Their latest release, “Live and Loose,” was recorded at Tommy Alverson’s Family Gathering and released in October 2014.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Mike Morgan and the Crawl, a band with local roots, will take the stage.

Mike Morgan was born in Dallas on November 30, 1959, and grew up in Hillsboro.

Morgan displayed an avid interest in music as a youngster, listening intently to the impassioned soul sounds of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett on local radio stations. He received his first guitar while in the third grade, but didn’t begin to take playing seriously until he discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan’s album, “Texas Flood,” in 1985.

“When I heard Stevie’s first al-bum, that was it,” Morgan recalls. “I already knew how to play the guitar, but Stevie showed me a lot of things I didn’t know. After that, I dove headlong into playing the blues.”

As his prowess on the guitar developed, it became clear that he was not merely a Stevie knock-off, but rather an original player with a sound and style all his own.

In 2000 “Texas Man,” his first vocal outing, was released on Seven Records. “Texas Man” met rave reviews and was followed up in 2004 by “Live in Dallas.”

In 2007, his most current CD, “Stronger Every Day,” was released. The album was released by Seven Records and has guest appearances by Lee McBee and Randy McAllister.

Morgan has not been touring much since 2006. He is still playing mostly local gigs and a few scattered touring appearances.

He is currently the sales manager at a Mesquite-based motorcycle dealership and is normally performing with a three-piece band with the rhythm support of Kevin Schermerhorn on drums and Drew Allain on bass.

Visit http://www.hillsboromainstreet.org for more information.


Hill Co. Law Enforcement Day scheduled

The third annual Hill County Law Enforcement Appreciation Day has been scheduled by Hill County C.A.R.E.S.

The organization is asking the public to mark their calendars now for the event, which will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 13, at the Hill County Courthouse in Hillsboro.

It will be held in the district courtroom on the second floor.  This year all of the first responders in Hill County will be honored.

Following a program, the public is invited go to the courthouse basement for refreshments.

Everyone is asked to come and show appreciation to Hill County first responders.


Local farmers market open on Saturdays

The Hillsboro Farmers Market will continue to be open through October on the courthouse square.

The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday on the west side of the courthouse.

Vendor applications are available through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office and are due the Monday prior to the Saturday the vendor will begin participation.

Cost per day is $10 for produce only and $15 for plant, artisan food and value-added agriculture products.

Hillsboro Farmers Market does not accept non-grower distributors. All products must be made or grown in the State of Texas (exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis).

For more information, contact Beverly McCarley at the AgriLife Extension office at 254-582-4022.