Local Events

Registration set for pre-k, kindergarten

Whitney Elementary School has scheduled a two-day pre-registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

It will be held Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This enrollment is for new and returning pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.

Contact the school office with any additional questions at 254-694-3456.


Kopperl ISD to host Carter blood drive

Kopperl Independent School District is hosting a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at 1105 CR 1240 in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus.

Donating blood and saving three lives only takes about an hour and you can become part of the healing process for patients undergoing heart surgery, receiving organ transplants, enduring cancer treatment, and even the mom whose baby is born emergently.

A quality blood supply begins with selfless volunteer donors who help give life to anonymous members of their community.

Patients can require blood transfusions at a moment’s notice.

Carter BloodCare urges eligible blood donors to consider giving two to three times a year. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days.

Other types of blood donations can be given more frequently. Make an appointment at a Carter BloodCare donor center near you, or donate at a local community blood drive.

Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water at least an hour before giving blood.

All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood.

Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for donating blood.

For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Renee Mynar at 254-889-3502, ext. 227.


Lakeside VFD to hold fish fry fund raiser

Lakeside Village Area Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) will hold a fish fry fund raiser Saturday, April 22, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The fish fry will be held at the community fire hall, located at 136 CR 1275, just east of the Farm Road 56 and Farm Road 927 intersection, next to the water tower.

“The VFD and Ladies Auxiliary working together hold three fish fry fund raisers every year in April, June and October, so this will be our first one of 2017,” said Auxiliary President Vicki Johnson.

“Our fish fry dinners are widely recognized as one of the best fish dinners available around the lake, and we’re proud of that reputation,” she said.

The menu will consist of fried fish, potato salad, onion-stuffed hush puppies, pinto beans, homemade dessert and drinks.

Pickles, onions, tarter and red sauce condiments are also available.

Cost of the dinner is $11 for adults and $8 for children under 10 years of age.

As with all VFDs, these fund raisers are the primary source of income to keep the department operating and ensure the protection of Lakeside Village, The Canyons and surrounding areas.

Without the participation of the residents of these areas, the fire protection and emergency medical first responder services become endangered.

The Lakeside Village VFD and Ladies Auxiliary are urging residents, young and older, to get involved as volunteer fire fighters and as Ladies Auxiliary members.

For questions or further information about volunteer firefighting, call Rex Broome at 254-775-4253.

For questions about the auxiliary and fund raisers, call Jackie at 254-775-4425 or 817-517-4321.


Veterans to be honored at ceremony

A Vietnam-era veterans commemoration ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Hillsboro’s Historic City Hall.

All who served in any branch of the United States military between November 1955 and May 1975 are being honored with a 50th anniversary commemorative pin and certificate from the Secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

All Vietnam-era veterans and their families are invited to attend.

To participate, veterans should send their full name, rank and branch of service by email to Don.nicholas@mail.house.gov no later than Saturday, April 15.


Cook & Carry class planned in Hillsboro

Cook and Carry, a Texas A&M AgriLife program designed to eliminate the “What’s for dinner?” dilemma, is now registering participants.

Cook and Carry will be held Thursday, April 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hill County Extension Office, located at 126 South Covington Street in Hillsboro.

The program will provide participants with hands-on preparation of three take-home, freezer-ready main dishes for easy bake-and-eat meals that will feed a family of six.

Recipes include ritzy ranch chicken tenders, homemade lasagna and orange-glazed country ribs.

The $45 registration fee includes recipes, handouts and three freezer-ready meals for a family of six. That amounts to $2.50 per person, per meal.

There will also be door prize drawings.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 18, and the class is limited to 12 participants.

To register or for more information, call the Hill County Extension Office at 254-582-4022.


Republican Women to host guest speaker at library

Hill County Republican Women will welcome guest speaker Dwayne Stovall when the group meets Tuesday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Lake Whitney Public Library.

Stovall is the director of an education initiative called “Get Off My State.”

Stovall says the primary function of the initiative is to “re-educate people about the federal system of government on which the federal Constitution was based and how significantly different it is from the national system of government we are forced to live under today.”

Stovall ran for the United States Senate against incumbent John Cornyn in 2014.

“I created Get Off My State during that campaign, and as of today I have spoken to well over 20,000 people,” Stovall said.

The library is located at 602 East Jefferson Avenue in Whitney.


Woodbury Market Day being planned

The third annual Woodbury Community Market Day will be Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vendors are welcome to participate. A wide variety of items will be available from vendors.

There will also be games and prizes, including a cake walk.

For more information, call Donna Wood at 254-582-7084 or Lana Miller at 254-205-2216.


Jam sessions return to LW Public Library

Lake Whitney Public Library will once again host jam sessions beginning Friday, April 21.

The Country Sounds Band with Kenneth Peel, Charlie Covey and Jim Albiston will perform from 4 to 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to stop by and listen to local music and bring a chair or instrument and join the fun.

For more information, call Covey at 254-640-7533.

The library is located at 602 East Jefferson in Whitney.


Brookshire’s food drive runs through April 18 locally

Brookshire’s and Del Monte have teamed up to fight hunger in communities throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas with the new “You CAN Help” program.

Through April 18, customers will receive one free can of Del Monte products for every five Del Monte cans (13.5 oz – 15.25 oz) purchased in a single transaction.

They are encouraged to donate some or all of the canned goods or any other non-perishable food items to be distributed to local food banks and pantries in their community.

As bins are filled throughout the program, all donated products will be distributed to the organizations predetermined by each store.

“We are proud to partner with Del Monte and the food banks in our communities in the fight against hunger,” said Brett Brewer, director of community involvement for Brookshire Grocery Co.

“Our customers have always been very supportive of our other food drives, and we are confident this one will be no exception. We appreciate all our customers’ generosity in helping replenish the local food banks that assist families in times of need.”

Customers can visit their local Brookshire’s store for more program details, including information on the benefiting organizations in their area.


Weekly story time offered at 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. Story Time provides a safe and fun environment to learn social skills, make friends and have bonding time between parent and child.

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


5K benefits Bosque Co. seniors

The Bosque County Rotary Club will hold the “Run for the Hills” 5K and 1K Fun Run/Walk Saturday, April 22, in Clifton.

Proceeds from the event will help support scholarships for deserving graduating seniors throughout Bosque County.

In 2016, the Bosque Rotary Club awarded 25 scholarships totaling $17,500.

The run will take place in Clifton City Park along the banks of the Bosque River.  The course is on a paved road closed to traffic.

The course has approximately 40 feet of gradual elevation increase in the first half, which you get back for your last half of the 5K.

Registrations received by April 15 will pay a discounted entry fee of $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1K.

The registration fee after April 15 will be $30 and $20 for the 5K and 1K, respectively. All fees are non-refundable.

Registrations will be accepted on race day. Registrations received by April 10 will be guaranteed an event t-shirt.

The 1K Fun Run/Walk is a great way for families with kids of all ages to get involved in this great cause. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m.

The 1K Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9 a.m.

Registration forms may be picked up at the Clifton Chamber of Commerce or First Security State Bank in Clifton or register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Clifton/RunForTheHills1.

For more information on the 5K and 1K Fun Run/Walk, contact Robert Phillips at 254-675-2265.