Local Events

Hill Regional Hospital blood drive planned

Carter BloodCare will return to Hill Regional Hospital Thursday, July 27, for a blood drive.

The bus will be at the hospital from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary to participate, but to schedule one, contact Jessica Holloway, MLT, laboratory director, at 254-580-8793.

Everyone is invited to participate and help save a life.


TPWD begins holding special hunting drawings

Texas Parks and Wildlife is now accepting applications for drawn hunts. A variety of high-quality, supervised hunts are available across the state, including special drawings for both adult and youth hunters.

The online system is now accepting applications. Deadlines are the first and 15th of each month, and drawings are usually held the following business day.

The first application deadlines are August 1.

Hunters can browse hunts by category or location and apply online until 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date.

Application fee is either free, $3 or $10 depending on the hunt.

After applying, hunters may check their drawing status at any time on the website.

Hunters who are drawn for a hunt must pay a permit fee, which is $80 or $130 for most hunts. Some hunts do not have permit fees.

To apply or for more information, visit www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/public_hunt_drawing.


Local farmers market open on Saturdays

The Hillsboro Farmers Market will continue to be open through October on the courthouse square.

The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday on the west side of the courthouse.

Vendor applications are available through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office and are due the Monday prior to the Saturday the vendor will begin participation.

Cost per day is $10 for produce only and $15 for plant, artisan food and value-added agriculture products.

Hillsboro Farmers Market does not accept non-grower distributors. All products must be made or grown in the State of Texas (exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis).

For more information, contact Beverly McCarley at the AgriLife Extension office at 254-582-4022.


Hill College registration opens for fall

Registration is open for Hill College’s fall semester. Classes begin August 21.

Hill College’s extensive catalog offers courses in 44 subject areas in four major divisions.

A variety of course options are available for students, including a traditional 16-week session, two eight-week sessions and a winter mini-mester.

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 fall class schedules, visit http://www.hillcollege.edu/students.

To register for credit courses, new students must complete an enrollment application online at http://www.hillcollege.edu/apply or in person at the Hill County campus in Hillsboro or the Johnson County campus in Cleburne.

Students wishing to register in person can visit the Hill County campus at 112 Lamar Drive in Hillsboro or the Johnson County Campus at 2112 Mayfield Parkway in Cleburne.


Whitney ISD campuses set registration dates, times

Whitney Independent School District (ISD) campuses have set registration dates for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.

Whitney Elementary School

Whitney Elementary School will register students Monday, July 31, through Thursday, August 3.

Elementary registration hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 31; 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 1; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, and Thursday, August 3.

A translator will be available during registration Tuesday, August 1.

All new and returning students will need to register at Whitney Elementary. After parents register their children, they will receive a letter about the school year and their teacher’s name.

New students to the district need to bring the following: Social Security card, birth certificate, shot records, proof of residency and a parent’s driver license.

Returning students should bring the following: proof of residency, parent’s driver license and any missing documents.

Whitney Elementary School is located at 308 South Bosque Street and can be reached at 254-694-3456.

Whitney Intermediate School

Whitney Intermediate School will also hold registration from Monday, July 31, through Thursday, August 3.

Registration will be conducted from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day.

To register a student, the following documents are needed: driver license of the person signing the forms; current proof of residency (utility bill such as water, electric, trash or natural gas – cannot be car registration or insurance); student’s Social Security card, birth certificate and shot records.

If utilities are in someone else’s name, that individual will need to submit proof of residency and fill out an affidavit to be notarized with the school.

Whitney Intermediate School is located at 301 South San Jacinto in Whitney and can be reached at 254-694-7303.

Whitney Middle School

Whitney Middle School registration will be Monday, July 31, through Thursday, August 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The campus will be closed from noon until 1 p.m. for lunch.

Those registering a returning student will need to bring a driver license and proof of residency.

Those who are registering a student who is new to the district will need to bring the student’s birth certificate, shot records, Social Security card, proof of residency, driver license and any school records they might have.

Whitney High School

Whitney High School registration will be held Tuesday, August 1, through Thursday, August 3.

Hours will be 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, extended hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be offered Thursday, August 3.

All students, both new and returning, must register at Whitney High School.

A driver license of the person registering the student will be required for all students, along with proof of residency such as a utility bill or rent receipt.

In addition, new students to the district will also need to present a birth certificate and Social Security card.

Student fees due at the time of Whitney High School registration include a $20 student activity fee and a $5 parking permit fee.

To receive a parking pass, the student must also present a valid driver license and current insurance card for the vehicle they will be driving.


BAC offers art classes for kids, adults

Local artist Samuel Shelton will teach weekly art classes at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton beginning in August.

Shelton will offer instruction in portraiture and realistic art to adults on Wednesday mornings and to youth ages 11-14 on Thursday evenings.

The six-week course for adults will take place Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon on August 9, 16, 23, 30, and on September 6 and 13.

The course for young people will be Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Class dates are August 10, 17, 24, 31, and September 7 and 14.

The cost is $175 for each of the complete courses. Paint will be provided for class participants; a list is available upon request for other supplies needed.

The only requirement for taking the class is an interest in drawing.

Call the BAC office at 254-675-3724 for more information or to inquire about special permission for students younger or older than the age range to take the youth course.

Shelton was one of the accepted artists in the 2016 Bosque Art Classic, the nationally renowned art show and sale sponsored by the BAC Art Council.


Missionary to visit Kopperl church

Kopperl Uniteed Methodist Church (UMC) will welcome Reverend Greg Henneman, director of Heal Ministries of Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, July 26.

Reverend Henneman will speak at noon at the church, located at 144 Farm Road 1859 in Kopperl.

For more information, contact Tom Duckworth by email at etomduck@gmail.com or Reverend Kent Berry at 254-715-6139 (call or text).