Local Events

Whitney VFW to hold yard sale Aug. 18

Whitney Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a community yard sale Saturday, August 18, beginning at 7 a.m.

Spaces are available for $10, with all proceeds being used to support local veterans. All sales of goods go to the seller. Food and drinks will also be available.

To reserve a space, call 254-290-3829 or mail a check payable to Whitney VFW to 103 North Colorado Street, Whitney, TX 76692.

The sale will be at 103 North Colorado Street in Whitney.

Entries now being accepted for annual Westfest events

The community of West will hold its annual Labor Day weekend Westfest celebration Friday, August 31, through Sunday, September 2.

Entries are currently being accepted for a variety of events planned for this year’s celebration.

The Miss Westfest contest will take place this year downtown on the corner of Reagan and Oak streets, near the gazebo, Saturday, September 1, at 9:30 a.m. before the parade.

High school sophomores, juniors or seniors from West and the surrounding communities of Abbott, Aquilla, Gholson, Penelope and Ross who wish to compete may sign up at JoAnn’s Bridal in West or find an application online at http://www.westfest.com/miss-westfest.

The deadline to submit an application to JoAnn’s Bridal for the Miss Westfest competition is 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 22.

The Westfest parade will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 1. Entry forms must be received by Wednesday, August 15.

The fee for commercial and private parade entries is $20. This includes all non-profit organizations, businesses, politicians, private entries, car clubs, etc. The fee includes entry into the parade and float judging. No additional entry passes are included.

There is no parade entry fee for community and non-profit entrants, such as schools, queens and municipalities. Westfest gate entry passes will be assessed per entry on an as-needed basis.

Prizes for parade entrants will be $100 for first place, $70 for second place and $40 for third place in each category.

For parade entry forms, visit http://www.westfest.com.

The annual Westfest Kolache 5K Challenge is also accepting entries. The race will be run or run/walk.

The 5K will get underway at 8 a.m. Sunday, September 2. Awards will be presented to the first-place overall male and female, first grandmaster male and female (50 and over), and top three in age groups ranging from 12 and under to 70 and over.

Signup for the 5K is being conducted online at westfest.com.

Other contests available for sign up at Westfest include a Kolache Eating Contest, horseshoe and washer pitching contest and more.

The weekend will once again be filled with food, entertainment, dance and a full experience of the area’s Czech heritage.

For more information about this year’s Westfest or entry forms, visit http://www.westfest.com or email info@westfest.com.

“Tissues and Donuts” set for parents on first day of school

Tissues and Donuts, a special back-to-school event, will be held the first day of school on Monday, August 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Bobby’s Burgers drive-thru next to Whitney Elementary’s gravel parking lot.

Hosted by King Memorial United Methodist Church (KMUMC), the one-hour event serves as a great place for parents of kindergarten students to meet as they are offered juice, donuts, goodie bags, tissues for happy tears and prayers for a safe and successful school year.

This will simply be a time for parents to connect with other parents in a quick come-and-go event.

“Everyone is invited, so please stop by and say hello, have a morning snack and pick up a goodie bag filled with helpful tips, coupons, prayer beads and more,” KMUMC announced in a press release.

                Anyone wishing to include coupons or other items in parents’ goodie bags may do so by calling KMUMC church office at 254-694-2599 by Wednesday, August 15.

Bosque Co. Extension Office  offers CHL course in Meridian

The Wildlife & Natural Resources Committee of the Bosque County Texas AgriLife Extension Service will hold a concealed handgun license (CHL) course  Saturday, August 25.

The license-to-carry course will be offered in a one-day training opportunity. The classroom portion will start at 8 a.m. at the Meridian Civic Center and finish up with a live fire practice near Meridian. The fee for this course is $100, plus range fees and license fees.

Snacks and lunch will be provided on Saturday during the full-day training.

Participants must complete the range qualification with a semi-auto or revolver of at least .22 caliber, and 50 rounds of ammunition for the live fire portion of the day.

Topics will include: new statues relating to open carry; handgun use and safety; proper signage; where it is legal/not legal to carry; and use of deadly force, just to name a few.

Registration is open now and will remain open for the first 20 paid registrants.

To pre-register or for more information, visit http://bosque.agrilife.org/ or call Chelsea Dorward at 254-435-2331.

Registration will close Monday, August 20, or when the class is full.

Kopperl sets back-to-school dates, events

Kopperl Independent School District has set registration and meet the teacher night dates ahead of the 2018-19 school year.

Pre-kindergarten applications will be accepted through Tuesday, August 14. These can be picked up at the school office or online at the Kopperl ISD website.

Online registration for new and returning students will be available through Friday, August 17.

All parents/guardians are invited to Meet the Teacher Night/Meet the Lady Eagles and Eagles Night at Kopperl ISD Thursday, August 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Free hot dogs will be served in the new gym concession stand. A federal programs meeting will follow. After the federal programs meeting, parents and students will have the opportunity to visit with the classroom teachers.


Blood drive scheduled at Brookshire’s

Family Home Health Care of Whitney will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive Wednesday, August 8, at Brookshire’s.

The drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the store on the Carter BloodCare bus.

                For more information, call Karla Clift at 254-707-0385.

West to host rodeo, parade this weekend

The 72nd annual West Championship Rodeo is set to start at 7:30 p.m.  Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11.

Participants are encouraged to sign up on the West Fair and Rodeo website or visit the rodeo grounds Friday or Saturday morning.

Those riding horses in the grand entry ceremony are to report behind the area gates by 7 p.m. Participants in the grand entry will be admitted without charge to the rodeo.

The West Rodeo Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. The city instructs parade participants to line up at the rodeo grounds at 8 a.m. to take part in the festivities.

Entrants in the rodeo and parade are asked to bring their Coggins Test papers in order to enter.

Contestants wishing to participate in the Mutton Bustin’ event must be four to six years old, weigh less than 50 pounds at registration and bring their birth certificates. The sign-up fee is $25.

For teams entering the corporate steer saddling event, entry fees are $225. Contestants can call 254-744-1975 for more information.

Junior barrels registration will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 8. The entry fee is $25. To sign up, call 254-749-6001

General admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for children three-12. Children two and under are admitted free.

Applications for vendors are available at a cost of $50 for one day and $75 for both days. For information on booth space, contact Christy Jones at 254-709-5193.

Concessions will be available and a dance is planned following the rodeo Saturday, August 11, featuring the Midnight Mustangs’ music.

The event is hosted by the West Fair and Rodeo Association and also produced by the Champion Rodeo Company of Fairfield, Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo Association and the United Professional Rodeo Association.

Lakeside VFD to hold bake sale, breakfast

The Lakeside Village Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold a breakfast and bake sale Saturday, August 11, from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Village Fire Hall & Community Center.

The menu will include bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, along with coffee and orange juice.

There is no set charge for breakfast, but it will be a donation-only function.

There will also be a bake sale with the homemade goodies from the Ladies Auxiliary members.  There will be cookies, cakes, pies, breads and more, so it is a good time to stock up your freezers with homemade desserts. Desserts or treats that can be sold will also be accepted from the community.

The Lakeside Village Fire Hall is located at 136 CR 1275 just east of Highway 56 and Farm Road 927 next to the water tower.

For further information, call Jackie at 254-775-4425.

Vietnam-era veterans To be honored

Vietnam-era veterans who served in the United States military between November 1955 and May 1975 are being sought to receive a commemoration certificate and pin.

Those who served between the above dates, whether they were in Vietnam or not, are asked to submit information by Sunday, August 12, to receive the items commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war.

Veterans and surviving family members will be presented with certificates and pins Wednesday, August 15, at 10 a.m. at Historic City Hall in Hillsboro.

Those who are unable to attend may provide an address where the certificate and pin may be mailed.

The first name, middle initial, last name, branch of service and rank upon discharge (optional) of the veteran should be submitted.

The information should be emailed to Don Nicholas at don.nicholas@mail.house.gov or Hill County Veterans Services Officer Brad Orban at hillcvso@co.hill.tx.us.