Local Events

News From West Shore Civic Association

On Tuesday, August 10, our general meeting will start with a potluck at 6:30 p.m. followed by speaker Abraham Phillips, Corps of Engineers Lake Whitney manager. Many of us are in limbo wondering what is happening with the Uncle Gus’ Marina situation here in Laguna Park. As a result, there is a petition available for signatures. The petition states “The residents and property owners of Laguna Park, Texas and surrounding areas, along with the West Shore Civic Association, request that all involved parties work to find a business friendly resolution to the Chapter 7 bankruptcy North Texas Marina Investments LLC.


“It is important that the USACE be willing to issue a new lease so that the marina formerly known as Uncle Gus’ Marina in Bosque County, Texas can once again become operational as a full-service marina.


“When operational, the marina has a positive economic impact on the other surrounding businesses in Bosque County as a whole. In addition, the marina is needed to service the now underserved recreational boating needs of the area, especially on the southern end of Lake Whitney where West Shore Civic Association is located.”


This petition can be signed at the Civic Center, located at 560 FM 3118 in Laguna Park, on the following days: August 3 from 9 a.m. to noon; August 5 from 4 to 7 p.m.; and August 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Also, the petition will be available at Laguna Park Library, Lake Stop Mini Mart, Bosque Mini Mart, Poochie Palace, the liquor store, Mister K’s, Bosque Resort and Nellie Pederson Civic Library in Clifton. Also, many residents will be contacting neighbors and friends. So get out to the meeting on August 10 at the Civic Center to hear from the Corps and their plans for our community.


One other event, on a lighter note, from WSCA is our ice cream social. The social is for the community and just a fun meet and greet for our organization. Anyone wishing to make homemade ice cream may contact Sandra at 254-622-3740. There is no charge for the event; just bring your laughter and visiting skills.


One last reminder is the annual West Shore cleanup scheduled for September 25. Be getting those loads ready and watch for the card specifying which items can be disposed of that day. Donations to help cover some of the costs of this event can be sent to WSCA, P.O. Box 5521, Laguna Park, TX 76644. Any help is so appreciated to help the organization continue this service to the west side of Lake Whitney.

Fund raiser to assist casa, crime victims

The fifth annual Hill County Designer Purse Bingo will take place Saturday, August 14, at the HILCO Civic & Event Center in Itasca.


Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the games will start at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets to the event are $50, or a reserved table for eight people is $500.


This event is benefiting the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims & Children (ACCVC) and CASA of Hill County. Both organizations serve some of the most vulnerable residents of Hill County, and organizers say that this event is a fun way to show support for the incredible work they do.


The ACCVC is a non-profit organization that serves to bring about healing to children and adults who are victims of crime and to facilitate change to end violence through advocacy, collaboration and community awareness.


Among other services, the ACCVC provides children who are survivors of crime with no-cost counseling services as well as a dedicated, specially trained forensic interviewer who assists Child Protective Services and law enforcement in speaking with children who may be victims or witnesses of crime in a safe and comfortable environment.


CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hill County is committed to speaking for the best interest of abused and neglected children. CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who advocate to ensure that each and every child is permitted to grow up in a safe, nurturing and permanent home.


The entire event is driven and organized by volunteers and community support.
The evening will include multiple rounds of bingo, drawings, and other ways to win, as well as a Louis Vuitton purse drawing. Tickets for the drawing are available for advance purchase in the CASA Office in Hillsboro, and the winner does not need to be present at the event to win.


Tickets, table reservations and sponsorships for the Designer Purse Bingo are available at https://advocacycntr.ejoinme.org/HCDPB21.


For any questions about the event, contact Michaela Alvarado at malvarado@co.hill.tx.us.

2021 Go Texan dance, dinner set for August

After a pandemic break, the annual Hill County Area Go Texan dinner, dance and drawing to raise funds for its scholarship fund are coming back.


The event has been set for Saturday, August 28, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West.

Registration will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with dinner to be served at that time.

Tickets are $100 each and insurance is available for an additional $25 for a second chance in the hopper. Each ticket admits two people to the event for dinner and drinks.

Top prize for the evening is $5,500.

No one under 21 will be allowed entry to the hall.

The Go Texan committee awarded $26,000 in scholarships to Hill County seniors for the 2020-21 school year in addition to a $20,000 scholarship presented by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to Hillsboro High School senior Lised Cruz.

For more information or to buy a ticket, contact any committee member, Kennie Nowlin at 254-582-2531 or Ken Gerik at 254-707-2827.

Public invited to free historical
program on Miers Expedition

Senior District Judge Robert Stem will present a program on the Miers Expedition at the historic Cumberland Presbyterian Church on the campus of the Hill County Cell Block Museum Thursday, August 19, at 6 p.m.


Judge Stem will present an informative and entertaining program on the Miers Expedition.
He said that many Texans are unaware of the incursion into San Antonio after Texas independence by General Santa Anna’s forces and the resulting expedition by Texans into Mexico to attempt the rescue of Texan captives.


The “black bean” executions have been of increasing interest to Texas historians in recent years.

Judge Stem will bring interesting artifacts from the event. Some may remember that he joined other noted Texas historians in presenting on this subject to the annual lecture series then hosted by the Texas History Museum of Hill College many years ago.


Judge Stem was the district judge of Falls and Robertson counties for over 25 years. He has a highly respected mediation practice in addition to his work as a senior district judge.


The judge and his wife share an office across from the Falls County Courthouse, a favorite locale for those interested in early Texas, Native American and Mexican history.


Judge Stem is a graduate of Baylor University and highly regarded as both a jurist and a historian.


The program will be jointly hosted by the Hill County Historical Commission, the Hill County Genealogical Society and the Hill County Cell Block Museum.


A light refreshment reception will be provided after the presentation. As an added treat, the museum will be open to the public at 5 p.m., close for the program at 6 p.m. and be reopened for the tour after the presentation.


There is no cost to those attending and all are welcome.


The Hill County Cell Block Museum is located at 200 North Waco Street in Hillsboro, just down the street from the Hill County Courthouse.

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