Local Events

Whitney VFW to offer activities, free school supplies Saturday
Whitney Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 12176 is planning a back-to-school event offering free school supplies to children Saturday, August 17, from 9 a.m. until noon.
The location has been changed to the Whitney Middle School gymnasium, located at 185 HCR 1240.
There will be free school supplies and backpacks available while supplies last for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students.
There will also be snow cones, a bounce house and information from local businesses and organizations regarding their offerings during the upcoming school year.
School supply donations may be dropped off at Southern Boy Fades Barbershop until August 15. Every adult who drops off school supplies will get $5 off service.
Businesses and organizations with something beneficial to offer this school year are invited to set up a table, but no selling of products will be allowed.
For more information or to assist in the effort, call or text 706-975-1145.


Aquilla ISD to hold school events Aug. 19
Aquilla ISD will hold its Meet-the-Teacher event Monday, August 19, at 5:30 p.m.
The school is located at 404 North Richards in Aquilla.
Parents will also have an opportunities to meet the Cougars at 6:45 p.m. in the school gymnasium Monday.
The Blessing of the District will be conducted at 7 p.m. in the gym.
The first day of school will be Wednesday, August 21.
For more information, contact Aquilla ISD by calling 254-694-3770.


Proposed 2020 HCAD budget delivered
A proposed 2020 operating budget for the Hill County Appraisal District (HCAD) was distributed to its taxing entities in June and was set to be considered for adoption this week.
The total of $1,755,770 reflects a 3.39-percent or $57,585 increase over the current budget of $1,698,185.
The largest increase in the proposed budget comes in employee insurance at $21,110.
The budget packet included proposed allocations of the budget based on estimated tax levies, but those calculations cannot be finalized until all tax rates are set for 2019.
Under the estimates, Hill County would pay the largest share at just under 21 percent, followed by Whitney Independent School District (ISD) and Hillsboro ISD at just under 18 percent.
None of the other taxing entities are projected to pay a double-digit share of the budget.
The HCAD Board of Directors was scheduled to consider adoption of the budget at its Tuesday, August 13, meeting.
Once adopted, a majority of the taxing units would need to adopt a resolution disapproving of the budget and file them with the board secretary within 30 days to prevent the budget from taking effect January 1.


First Baptist Church to host Back-To-School Bash Aug. 21
First Baptist Church in Whitney will hold a Back to School Bash featuring Tino Wallenda of the Flying Wallendas Wednesday, August 21, at 6 p.m.
Those in attendance will also enjoy free corn dogs, chips, popsicles and ice cream.
Descended from a rich circus heritage that spans nearly 200 years and the sixth generation of performers, Tino is the leader of the (Flying) Wallenda family troupe.
The Wallendas hold several accolades in the Guinness Book of Records for accomplishing both eight- and 10-person pyramids on the tight rope (2001).
Other awards include the Silver Clown from the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival (2004). Among his high altitude walks are traversing a cable between a crane and the Denver D and F Tower 189 feet in the air (1987) and a one-kilometer crossing of the Han River in Seoul, Korea (2008).
Tino and his wife, Olinka (also a sixth-generation performer), have four children: Alida, Andrea, Aurelia and Alex. They have all taken part in the family tradition of wire walking. They are also blessed with six grandchildren: Ysabella and Zaira, Michael, Lukas, Tomas, Marcus and Matteo. Ysabella is the eighth generation of the family to perform having begun at the age of six.
The family has been the feature of television documentaries on the Discovery Channel, TLC, A & E and the History Channel.
Since establishing Circus Maranatha in 1978 at the invitation of their pastor, Neville Gritt, Tino and the family have been involved performing and sharing their testimony at numerous churches and on national Christian television programs.
The church is located at 209 North San Marcos Street in Whitney, and everyone is invited to attend.


Blum Masons plan burger luncheon Sat.
Blum Masonic Lodge #607 invites the community to enjoy a hamburger lunch Saturday, August 17.
Serving will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the lodge in Blum. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children.
All proceeds will benefit the organization’s scholarship fund.


Deer seminar scheduled in Meridian
A multi-county Deer Management Seminar will be held Friday, August 23, at the Meridian Civic Center, located at 309 West River Street in Meridian.
Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the program starts at 9 a.m. The seminar includes the following topics:  Deer Biology: Facts, Myths and Misconceptions, by Will Moseley of the Noble Research Institute; Feeders and Food Plots, by Steven Smith of the Noble Research Institute; Population Management and TWPD Landowner Assistance Programs, by Kyle Melton from Texas Park and Wildlife; Habitat Management, by Steven Smith; Antler Development by Will Moseley; Diseases of White-Tailed Deer, by Dr. John Tomecek of Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
One general continuing education unit (CEU) will be offered for those with a pesticide applicator’s license.
Registration fee of $15 is payable at the door. Registration includes lunch. Participants must contact the Extension Office by Tuesday, August 20.
Lunch is provided by Lone Star Ag Credit, and this event is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Wildlife Committees in Bosque, Coryell, Hill, Johnson, Somervell and McLennan counties.
To RSVP in Bosque County, call 254-435-2331 or pre-register online at https://bosque.agrilife.org.


Dorothy Gaines Foundation Taking Grant Apps
The Board of Directors of the Dorothy Gaines Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2019. Dorothy Gaines was a native of Hill County who lived the majority of her life in Fort Worth. She always considered Hill County her “home.”
The Dorothy Gaines Foundation was established in 2003 by Dorothy Gaines as a private foundation with the primary purpose to promote the quality of life in Hill and Tarrant counties.
When Dorothy Gaines died in 2009, the majority of her estate was left to the foundation, with the intention that her gift be given in memory of her parents, Enoch and Ethel Curtis.
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.
The foundation does not award grants to individuals. In 2018, the foundation made grants to organizations totaling $71,458.
For more information about the foundation and grant applications, go to the foundation’s website: http://www.doro thygainesfoundation.org.
Applications for grants to be awarded in 2019 must be received by the foundation on or before October 15, 2019.


Youth food, nutrition workshop set
The Bosque County AgriLife Extension Service will host a food and nutrition workshop Saturday, September 7, at First Baptist Church of Meridian, 207 North Hill Street.
The workshop is open to all Bosque County youth between third and 12th grades, and it will run from 1 to 5 p.m.
Topics will include basic nutrition, kitchen and food safety, cooking skills, and even pasta making. Information regarding the Bosque County 4-H program, the food and nutrition project and the food challenge and food show contests will also be discussed.
Registration fee is $5 per child, which will be used to offset the costs associated with the workshop. Those unable to attend due to this fee may contact Family and Community Health Agent Chris Coon at the number and email address below.
To register, visit bosque.agrilife.org or contact Chris Coon at 254-435-2331 or chris.coon@ag.tamu.edu.