Local Events

Republicans to hold forums ahead of primary
The Hill County Republican Party has scheduled local candidate forums for those running for office in the March primary election.
A forum will be held in Whitney Tuesday, January 21, at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Open Range Cowboy Church Community Center (formerly the McCown Valley Community Center), located at 757 Farm Road 1713.
The schedule continues in Hillsboro Tuesday, January 28, with a forum set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Vara Martin Daniel Performing Arts Center, located at 112 Lamar Drive on the Hill College campus.
Primary election day is Tuesday, March 3, and early voting begins Tuesday, February 18.
For more information, contact Republican Party Chair Will Orr at william.orr.90@gmail.com.

Hill County Fair seeking belt buckle sponsors
Belt Buckle sponsors are now being sought for the 2020 Hill County Fair.
A total of 102 buckles are presented at the fair, including the livestock division grand and reserve champions, along with the junior and senior showmanship awards. Four buckles are also presented to the Born & Bred grand and reserve champion breeders in the steer and heifer divisions.  A sponsorship is $110 per buckle.
Sponsorship forms are due by Friday, January 17.  The form can be downloaded on the Hill County Fair Website at http://www.hillcountyfair.com.

Grandparents’ Story Time to begin locally
The Lake Whitney Senior Center has created a new program for preschoolers called Grandparents’ Story Time. Story time will be scheduled every Monday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Family Life Center, located at 503 North Colorado Street in Whitney.
The senior center seeks to bring grandparents and grandchildren of the community together who may have distant family members through activities such as stories, cooking, crafts, music, outdoor skills and more. Some of the program’s offerings include crafts, books, music, games, Bible stories and surprise goodie bags.
This program is available and free for all children between the ages of three and five. Children under three are also welcome to attend under the supervision of an adult.
For more information, contact Barbara Meyer at 214-356-8628.

LWMA to host MLK Day of Service Monday, Jan. 20
On Monday, January 20, the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance will host a community day of service in observance of Martin Luther King (MLK) Day, culminating in a community worship service and celebration at 5:30 p.m., January 20, at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 224 South Pecos Street, with Reverend Shane Metcalf presiding.
The MLK Day of Service inspires hundreds of thousands of Americans to come together to serve their community. Citizens in all 50 states deliver meals, refurbish schools and community centers, and collect food and clothing. Volunteers also recruit mentors, support job-seekers, build homes and provide other services for veterans and military families and help citizens improve their financial literacy skills.
There is no registration or sign-up. Simply pick up litter along a roadside, pay a visit to a local nursing home, volunteer at your local church or deliver Meals on Wheels. Whatever you choose, be the change that you want to see in the world. And if you cannot volunteer on January 20, pick some other day and make this  “a day on, not a day off.” Either way, join in worship and celebration with others who care about our community at 5:30 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, one of the first African-American Baptist congregations in Hill County.
“Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

FBC’s Hope House open in Hillsboro
First Baptist Church of Hillsboro is working to serve and care for those around them and invites everyone to join them for coffee at Hope House.
Members will pray with and offer biblical encouragement to those who need it.
Hope House is located at 220 East Franklin in Hillsboro. Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Free coffee and homemade bread will be served, and all are welcome.

Step Up, Scale Down program  at Hill College
Hill College’s Continuing Education Department, along with Hill County’s AgriLife Extension Service, have partnered to bring a program for health and wellness entitled ” Step Up, Scale Down” to the Hill County campus for 2020.
This program, instructed by Extension Agent Karen Jungman, includes 12 weekly sessions designed to promote healthy weight loss and lifestyle habits.
The program will take place at the Hill County Campus Continuing Education building in classroom 77B every Wednesday, beginning January 15 through April 1, during the lunch hour, from 12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring their lunches and eat during the session. The cost per participant has been reduced to $40 per person.
For more information, contact Hill College at 112 Lamar Drive in Hillsboro, or call 254-659-7823. You may also visit their webpage: ceinfo@hillcollege.edu.

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