Local Events

Reindeer Run, Breakfast at Whitney Elem.
Whitney Elementary School’s annual 5K Reindeer Run/Walk and Breakfast with Santa will be held Saturday, December 8, from 8 a.m. until noon.
Breakfast with Santa in the cafeteria will be available from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. as a fund-raiser for the Whitney Elementary School PTO.
Also at 8 a.m., registration for the race begins. Tiny Tim’s Fun Run, a 0.6-mile course for ages eight and under, begins at 9 a.m. All children under four must be accompanied by an adult, who will not have to pay.
The 5K Reindeer Run/Walk for all ages will begin at approximately 9:15 a.m. after the fun run. All children under the age of five must be accompanied by an adult.
Entry fee is $15 for the fun run and $25 for the 5K. Online registration may be completed at http://www.raceroster.com or http://www.wacostriders.com.
Registration forms are also available for printing on the Whitney Elementary School website and may be turned in at the school office.
The elementary school is located at 308 South Bosque Street in Whitney.


District Clerk Angelia Orr Orr to speak  to Historical  Commission
Members of the Hill County Historical Commission (HCHC) will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 10, at Hillsboro’s Historic City Hall, located at 127 East Franklin Street.
Commission Chair Judge Bob McGregor has announced that District Clerk Angelia Orr will be the featured speaker for the event. Orr’s remarks and PowerPoint presentation will highlight the recent effort to preserve historic district court records and to make them accessible to the public.
Historic document preservation has been a priority for both county and district clerks, and Orr will provide an update on the project.
John Boothman of Eddco Machine and Tool will be recognized with a resolution of appreciation for work to repair the damaged state historical marker for Spivey’s Crossing.
Russell Keelin will present a progress report on plans for the City of Hillsboro Genealogy & Local History Library on the second floor of Historic City Hall. Architect Norm Alston of Dallas is providing technical assistance in the project.
Membership in HCHC will be approved and officers will be elected for 2019-2020. Officers to be nominated include: Judge Bob McGregor, chair; Donna Brooks Wood, vice-chair; Will Lowrance, secretary; Mollie Stinson, treasurer; Joyce Reid, marker chair; and Russell Keelin, research chair.
Authorization of membership is scheduled for action by the Hill County Commissioners’ Court Tuesday, December 11.
The public is invited to attend this meeting. For additional information, contact secretary Lowrance at lowrancew@sbc global.net.


Open house events set at Isaiah’s Place
Isaiah’s Place of Whitney will hold open house activities Saturday, December 15, with shopping, fun, food and fellowship.
The open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be local vendors offering items for purchase throughout the event.
Isaiah’s Place is a non-profit 501(c)3, which is the only facility of its kind in the state of Texas. It provides an educational retreat facility focused on enriching the lives of the deaf community, their families and friends.
Isaiah’s Place is located at 231 HCR 1207 in Whitney. For more information, contact Diane Frederickson at dfrederickson1207@gmail.com or 254-205-7880.
More information about Isaiah’s Place is also available online at http://www.isaiahsplace.org.


Evacuation drills planned at Whitney ISD campuses
To maximize its school security programs, Whitney Independent School District will be conducting and evaluating campus evacuation plans during the week of December 10 through 14.
Each of the school’s campuses (elementary, intermediate, middle and high school) will participate in the planned drill.
Simultaneously, the elementary and intermediate school drill will be held during the first half of the school day. On the same day in the afternoon, the district will run the drill for the high school and middle school concurrently.
“At present, we have not selected a specific date for the drill because of rapid weather changes that may occur during this time of the year,” said Whitney Independent School District Superintendent Gene Solis. “However, please know that I will make an ‘ALL CALL’ phone announcement the night before the drill takes place.”
The superintendent added, “Thanks in advance for your understanding and for entrusting us with your children.”


Santa, Mrs. Claus plan visit to Hill Regional Hospital Dec. 15
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus are arriving at Hill Regional Hospital Saturday, December 15, and all are invited to a free party for families in the Hill County area from 9 – 11 a.m.
Children and families can have photos made and there will be hot chocolate, coffee and cookies.
There will also be a place for children to write their letters to Santa Claus, and Santa will take those letters back personally to deliver requests to the elves.
All are invited to bring cameras, take Christmas photos and enjoy the holiday party.
Hill Regional is located at 101 Circle Drive in Hillsboro. Parking is provided in the large lot on Franklin Street, so enter the hospital through the covered entranceway. You’ll find Mr. & Mrs. Claus in the lobby of Hill County Surgical Services.


Registration now open at Hill College
Registration is now open for Hill College’s December mini-mester and spring semester. The mini-mester begins December 10, and the spring semester begins January 14, 2019. Hill College’s extensive schedule offers courses in 36 subject areas in four career pathways.
The December mini-mester is a three-week long accelerated course period that is equivalent to a traditional 16-week course in credit hours. December mini-mester classes are available in: accounting, business computer applications, biology, business, chemistry, economics, English, government, history, humanities, math, physical education, psychology, sociology and speech.
A variety of course options are available for the spring semester. The 16-week session runs January 14-May 9, the first eight-week session runs January 14-March 8 and the second eight-week session runs March 18-May 9. The May mini-mester is offered May 13-May 31. Classes are available during the day, evenings and online to provide flexible options for students.
Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as high-demand classes fill up quickly. To view a full list of class schedules, visit http://www.hillcollege.edu/schedules.
Hill College has an “open door” admissions policy, which ensures that everyone who can profit from a college education has an opportunity to enroll. New students must apply online http://www.hillcollege.edu/apply or in person at the college.