Local Events

Stocker cattle program set in West June 27 

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Offices of McLennan, Limestone, Bell, Bosque, Hill and Coryell Counties will host a stocker cattle program Wednesday, June 27, at the West Auction Barn in West.   

This year’s program topics include cattle nutrition and health, Beef Council update, economics of stocker cattle production, cattle markets and Trich update.  

Registration is $10 and will open at 7:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8 a.m.  

RSVP by Friday, June 22, by calling the Bosque County Extension Office at 254-435-2331. 

One general recertification credit will be offered for those with a pesticide applicator’s license.  


 DAR offers  genealogy  workshop 

If you might be interested in becoming a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), it could be easier than you think. Let members of the Fort Graham Chapter, NSDAR, help you find your patriot ancestors in an upcoming genealogy workshop. 

Join Chapter Registrar Margaret Mitchell and her committee Wednesday, June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Triplett Meeting Room of the Lake Whitney Public Library. 

Since the DAR is a lineage society, bring any supporting documents (vital records, marriage records, etc.) you may have to show your lineage. If you have a relative who is a DAR member, bring their name and, if possible, their National DAR Number.  

Make your reservation by email to Margaret Mitchell at easterwoodmitchell72@gmail.com. 

As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally.  

Any woman 18 years or older—regardless of race, religion or ethnic background—who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. 

The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children. 

DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities including supporting active duty military personnel and assisting veteran patients, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and supporting schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars. 


 Hill County Beekeepers offer free classes 

The Hill County Beekeepers recently concluded the first six-month session of their free beekeeping classes at their monthly meeting and are reminding everyone that a new set of classes start Tuesday, July 17, and run through December.   

Classes are free and open to anyone who wants to learn about beekeeping.  

Classes are held from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and are part of the club’s educational programs. Two different tracks of classes will be offered— one for beginner beekeepers and one for intermediate/advanced beekeepers.   

All ages are encouraged to attend, and you do not have to have bees to attend the classes.  

Recently, the Hill County Beekeeping Association sponsored a Beekeeping Field Day, where club members suited up and had hands-on practice out in the bee yards.   

They learned how to identify queens, do basic maintenance on the hives, spot problems in the hives and how to troubleshoot these problems.  

At the June 19 meeting, they also discussed plans for their Honey Bee Awareness booth at Hillsboro’s Cotton Pickin’ Fair in September.   

Last year’s booth had a couple of honey contests, a hive decorating contest and a youth activities table in addition to tons of information about bees, beekeeping and honey. This year’s booth will have all this, plus a new contest featuring artwork and photography showcasing bees, flowers and anything beekeeping related.   

All of these contests are open to the general public and families and youth organizations are especially encouraged to participate.  

If you wish to participate in any of these contests, the club asks that you try to attend one of the meetings coming up this summer—July 17 or August 21—or email Erin Smith at erinosmith@hotmail.com for more details.   

Entries will need to be completed for judging at the fair in late September. 

In addition, a special youth beekeeping project is in the works for youth interested in becoming beekeepers. As an incentive, the youth will compete for a complete beehive and colony prize to be awarded at the end of the school year 2019.  

Any youth, whether in public, private or homeschooled may participate. More information will be released this fall. 

The Hill County Beekeepers Association meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Hill County Courthouse Annex. The building is located at 126 South Covington Street in downtown Hillsboro behind Brookshire’s. Visitors and members are asked to enter through the annex door. 

For more information, visit the club’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HillCoBeeks/ or contact one of the officers at 254-307-0234.  


 Local students make Hill College honor lists 

Hill College has released the names of students who qualified for the President’s and Dean’s lists for the 2018 spring semester. 

The purpose of the Hill College President’s List is to honor and recognize students who achieve academic excellence by making the highest grade point average possible, 4.0, while enrolled as a full-time student in at least 12 semester hours. 

At the end of each semester, Hill College compiles the Dean’s List of the highest ranking students. In order to make the Dean’s List, a student must complete at least 12 semester hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of 3.5 in all courses attempted during the semester.  

Locally, students on the Dean’s List include: Whitney – Terra Alexander, Kristi May, Chase McCoy, Gina Reprogle and Chandler Rochelle; Blum- Lezleigh Collins and Jacob Curlee; Covington – Bobby Robertson and Ryne Vaughn; Morgan – Rachel Garrett. 

Local students on the President’s List include: Blum – Landon Swindell; Whitney – Joshua Dangel, Gracie Daniels, Danielle Dreher, Deysi Figueroa, Doyle Jetton, Catherine Lee, Madison Montgomery, Ethan Price, Nathan Price, Shelby Riney, Anna Silas and Nicholas Solis.                                          

Students listed on the President’s List are also on the Dean’s List. 


 Hill College ADN deadline extended 

The Hill College associate degree nursing (ADN) program has extended its application deadline to Saturday, June 30, and will now allow applicants to take the ATI test up to three times. 

The ADN pathway is a 60-hour Associate of Applied Science degree with varying options including licensed vocational nursing to ADN and paramedic to ADN transition programs. 

The ADN program offers the highest quality health-related education and training to students of our community and surrounding areas.  

The program offers students the ability to dedicate themselves to increase their knowledge and developing their talents thus allowing them to become highly skilled nurses able to provide patient-centered care in hospitals or other health care facilities. 

For more information and to apply, visit www.hillcollege.edu/rn.  


 Chamber now signing up for first annual BBQ cook-off 

The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for its first annual barbecue cook-off with a guaranteed $4,000 payout. 

The event will be held Saturday, July 7, with gates opening at 4 p.m. Friday at Whitney Resorts, located at 255 Sun Country Drive. 

The cook-off will be held along with vendors, games and a car show available to the public.  

There will also be a cornhole tournament and live music from Chris Perez from 6 to 10 p.m. The pool will also be open all day. 

Sponsors include Gloff Ford, Whitney Resorts Golf and RV Park, Bossier Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and the International Bar-B-Que Cookers Assocation. 

For more information or to sign up, call Rudy Reyna at 254-580-3161. 


 First Baptist Church to mark sanctuary’s 50th year 

First Baptist Church of Whitney will celebrate the church sanctuary’s 50th anniversary on Sunday, June 24.  

Plans are being made for the celebration, which will include worship at 10:50 a.m. in the sanctuary, lunch at noon in the family life center and music, praise and testimonies at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. 

The Bill Ryan family will be honored at the worship service. Reverend Ryan was pastor when the present sanctuary was constructed in 1968. Dr. Robert (Bob) Ryan, the son of Bill and Gwen Ryan, will deliver the morning message. 

A special invitation is extended to all former members of First Baptist Church, as well as current members, friends and relatives.  Call  254-694-2555 or 254-694-3659 if you plan to have lunch or for more information. 


 Tickets on sale for CPS Board Casino Night 

Members of the Hill County Child Protective Services (CPS) Board will be turning the HILCO Civic and Event Center in Itasca into a Las Vegas style venue with blackjack, craps, roulette, and Texas Hold ’em fun and games for a Casino Night Dinner and Fundraiser Saturday, July 14, beginning at 6 p.m. 

Tickets and sponsorships are now available for the event, which features a full fajita dinner and dessert catered by On the Border Mexican Restaurant of Waco.  

Top prize for the evening will be a trip for two to Las Vegas, Nevada including airfare, compliments of Southwest Airlines, and hotel accommodations for two nights, provided by The Orleans Hotel and Casino.  

Other prizes include gift certificates and items from the following: Amy’s Ice Cream of Austin, Baylor University Athletics, Winstar Hotel & Casino, Chuy’s Restaurant, Dallas FC Soccer, El Fenix, Garrison Bros. Distillery, LaCantera Resort in San Antonio, Magnolia Market, Milk and Honey Spa of Austin, Shannon Brewing Co., Six Flags Over Texas, Texas State Railroad, Whataburger and many more. 

“The money we raise at this event will go a long way in helping your board do all that we do to support the children of our county in foster care,” commented board President Kristin McGinty.  

“Beyond that, Casino Night will be a ton of fun—all the games are easy to learn, there is the potential to win some awesome prizes and there will be lots of delicious food.” 

With a new fund raiser at a great new location, plus a catered meal and fantastic prizes, the board hopes to draw record attendance to the event and raise as much money as possible for these deserving kids. 

Hill County CPS Board of Directors works tirelessly to assist children in the county who have been victims of abuse or neglect and are under the supervision of the Hill County CPS. 

More often than not, these children come into foster care with very little, if anything at all.  The board serves a special ministry for these children. Assistance provided includes clothing, counseling, special needs, medical items not covered otherwise, extracurricular and social activities, travel bags, hygiene products, cribs, diapers, car seats, Christmas gifts and so much more. 

Hill County CPS currently serves 85 to 125 children each month.  

Tickets for the event are $100 per couple or $75 per individual and include the meal and gaming chips for each person. All proceeds from the event go directly to aid the children in CPS care.  

Tickets will be available through Saturday, June 30. For an additional entry fee, participants may also join in on a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament. 

Sponsorships are also available on the following levels: Diamond – $2,500; Gold – $1,000; Silver – $500; Bronze – $250.  

Sponsorship includes tickets and extra playing chips according to level.   

Tickets and sponsorships may be received from the following board members: Donna Neal, Cassie Fleming, Larry Rochat, Debra Rochat, Becky Watkins Jacobus, Deanna Eubank, Debbie Gerik, Dedri Hafer, Melissa Barnes, Kristin McGinty, Paul Sauer and Judith Stone. 

In Whitney, tickets are available at Sauer Realty, Paul Sauer, 600 South Bosque, 254-337-0303; or at CenTex Tools, Cindy McCage, 1012 East Jefferson Avenue, 254-694-2446.  

In Hillsboro, tickets may be purchased from Kristin McGinty at Hill County Farm Bureau, 221 East Franklin, Hillsboro, 254-458-2307. 

You may also contact Dedri Hafer at 254-205-1700, or Cassie Fleming at 254-694-8961. 

The CPS Board appreciates the community’s support, which will have a direct impact on a child in need. 


Kids’ events continue at LW Library 

Lake Whitney Public Library is continuing its summer reading program with fun children’s activities scheduled throughout the summer. 

The remaining summer reading schedule includes:  

Thursday, June 21, 10:30 a.m. – Margaret Clauder will celebrate Mexico as Senorita Margarita. There will be costumes, music and books and puppets. 

Thursday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. – CareFlite is bringing their new helicopter. View the new twin turbo air ambulance that can take you to a nearby hospital, or one across the country. Cleburne Firefighter Clowns are also coming. There will be safety tips and fun. 

Thursday, July 12 – Texas Farm Bureau Mobile Barn and Cotton Gin & Texas Metro Wildlife Rehabilitation will visit and help the audience reconnect with agriculture. Come learn the multiple uses of different crops, especially cotton. Texas Metro Wildlife Rehabilitators will discuss wild animals that are injured or need assistance. Learn how to take care of them and who to notify.   

Thursday, July 19 –  Hometown Heroes will visit the library. Come join firefighters, police officers and emergency crews. Children get a chance to view the ambulance, fire truck and police vehicles, and learn important safety tips. Also, watch the water cannon. There will also be cowboy songs with Rick Pinner. 

Wednesday, July 25 – Whitney High School Band will visit. Join the band that earned seventh in district out of 24 schools and was the first to go to finals in the history of Whitney High School. Come  jam and try instruments. (Note that this is on a Wednesday.) 

The library is located at 602 East Jefferson in Whitney. For more information, call 254-694-4639. 


 Annual Go Texan dinner scheduled 

The Hill County Go Texan Committee has announced the date for this year’s fund-raising dinner, drawing and dance for its scholarship fund. 

It will held Saturday, August 25, at the West Knights of Columbus Hall. Tickets will go on sale later this month. 

Tickets will be $100 per couple, which includes a steak dinner and drinks. They will be available from committee members. 

There will also be live music at the event. 

Since becoming a Go Texan county in 1991, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Association has awarded $334,000 in scholarships to Hill County students, while the county committee has awarded an additional $160,126. 

The public’s support of the fund raiser will be appreciated.