Local Events

Relay For Life planning for April event
The Relay for Life of Hill County Committee began planning for 2019 with a team meeting Tuesday, February 12, in Hillsboro.
Relay for Life is the signature fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. The relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries.
Volunteers give their time and effort to take action against cancer. The first team meeting was for anyone interested in starting a team to participate in the event.
The event will be Friday, April 26, at Abbott High School at 6 pm. The school is located at 219 First Street in Abbott.
For businesses interested in sponsoring the Relay for Life event, contact Bryan Sulak at 254-315-5973.

Bosque County offers low-cost pet vaccines
A low-cost dog vaccination clinic will be offered to all Bosque County dog owners Saturday, February 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Meridian.
Annual vaccines will be $15 each, including rabies, distemper-parvo, bordatella and leptospirosis.
Other services to be offered include a rattlesnake vaccine for $25, heartworm test for $25, microchips with a lifetime registration for $40, and flea, tick and heartworm prevention.
No checks will be accepted, only cash or credit cards.
The clinic will be held at the Meridian Civic Center, located at 309 West River in Meridian.
For additional information, call the City of Meridian at 254-435-2381.

Candidates must file by Friday deadline
Local residents seeking a spot on upcoming city and school ballots must file by Friday, February 15, ahead of the Saturday, May 4 election date.
In the City of Whitney, the terms of Mayor Kristin Miller and council members Robin Sliva and Mary Rae are expiring.
Those wishing to file for one of the two-year terms may visit Whitney City Hall, located at 115 West Jefferson Avenue, or call 254-694-2261.
The Whitney school board has two three-year terms up this year. The terms of Bobby Cryns and Brad Brunett will be on the ballot.
Filing is being conducted at the superintendent’s office, located at 305 San Jacinto Street in Whitney.
For more information, call the superintendent’s office at 254-694-2254.
Cities and schools in Blum, Covington and Aquilla have also announced available positions. Contact city and school offices for details.

Local sales tax allocations
up slightly in February
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $953.9 million in local sales tax allocations for February, 4.6 percent more than in February 2018.
Locally, Whitney’s February allocation came to $56,907.86, up one percent from last February. Year-to-date figures show the city’s rebates up two percent from the first two months of 2018 at $101,880.59.
As for the county seat, Hillsboro’s February allocation came to $329,909.84, down three percent from February 2018. Year-to-date figures for the first two months of the year show Hillsboro receiving $583,145.99, down three percent from the same period last year.
February allocations and changes from last February for other Hill County entities were as follows: Abbott – $12,459.40, down seven percent; Aquilla -$985.35, up 28 percent; Blum – $3,224.97, up 19 percent; Bynum – $673.24, up four percent; Carl’s Corner – $10,993.63, up 140 percent; Covington – $4,308.87, down five percent; Hubbard – $17,622.49, down three percent; Itasca – $16,506.97, up 32 percent; Malone – $1,999.86, up 25 percent; Mertens – $215.64, down 15 percent; Mount Calm – $1,164.81, up 25 percent; Penelope – $636.09, up 58 percent.
Allocations for Bosque County cities in February included: Clifton – $67,341.66, down two percent; Cranfills Gap – $3,709.19, up four percent; Iredell – $2,108.55, up two percent; Meridian – $21,770.87, up six percent; Morgan – $2,051.02, up 10 percent; Valley Mills – $11,796.05, down eight percent; Walnut Springs – $4,959.33, up 14 percent.
These allocations are based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly; October, November and December sales by quarterly filers; and 2018 sales by businesses that report tax annually.

Life Line health screenings offered locally
Residents living in and around Whitney can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Texas Great Cafe Event Center, 1009 East Jefferson Avenue, will host this community event Friday, February 22.
Screenings can check for:
• The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
• HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels
• Diabetes risk
• Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis
• Kidney and thyroid function and more
Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.
Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors.
Also ask about our Wellness Gold Membership Program that allows customers to get all the screenings they need now, but pay $19.95 a month.
Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit the website at http://www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

Hill College to host Covington PIP basketball
Hill College will host Covington ISD Players in Progress (PIP), the basketball skills group, with halftime shows for the 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. basketball games Monday, February 18.
PIP is a national program which fosters interest in sports, self-confidence, discipline and individual work.
The performance will take place during halftime of the Hill College basketball games.