Lady Wildcats back in action

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 The Whitney High School varsity volleyball team has been warming up for the district schedule with scrimmages, games and tournaments this month. The Lady 'Cats are scheduled to compete in the Valley Mills tournament this week. See a complete season schedule on the Wildcat Spirit Page on page 7. … Continue reading Lady Wildcats back in action

City Council proposes tax rate, sets public hearings

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 The Whitney City Council met in a regular session Monday evening, August 16, and proposed the city tax rate as the council prepares to finalize a budget for the coming fiscal year. The council proposed the tax rate at $0.6384 per $100 valuation, which is the same as the … Continue reading City Council proposes tax rate, sets public hearings

High hopes fuel Wildcats’ return to football field

Sports Writer: Brent Cook August 25, 2021 The Whitney Wildcats march back onto the field of green this Friday with a mission of re-establishing the program as a fast and furious football squad with the talent and teamwork to return to the playoffs. Kickoff for the season-opener is set for 7:30 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium, … Continue reading High hopes fuel Wildcats’ return to football field

Art Briles kicks off AISD school year

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 Former Baylor University head football coach Art Briles surprised Aquilla Independent School District (AISD) students, staff and parents with a "Back to School" convocation speech Monday, August 16. AISD superintendent Dr. David Edison said that he recently contacted the former Big 12 Coach of the Year about a coaching … Continue reading Art Briles kicks off AISD school year

Retired teachers attend leadership training

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 Doug Hennig, Bosque County Retired Teachers Association President, Laura Rothrock, District 12 President, and Kay Brown, Hill County Retired Teachers Association President, attended the District 12 Texas Retired Teachers Association local presidents leadership training over the summer at the Region 12 Service Center in Waco. District 12 consists of … Continue reading Retired teachers attend leadership training

DPS urges drivers to be cautious this school year

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 With the school year underway for many districts across the state, the Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding the public of steps they can take to keep students and staff members safe. This includes slowing down in school zones, staying off cell phones and being aware at all … Continue reading DPS urges drivers to be cautious this school year

Anniversary celebration set for Lake Whitney Senior Center

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 Senior Center visitors enjoy chair yoga Lake Whitney Senior Center is overjoyed to invite Lake Whitney and the surrounding communities to a second-year anniversary celebration Tuesday, September 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day will be a festive occasion with free pizza and cake for everyone. Come … Continue reading Anniversary celebration set for Lake Whitney Senior Center

Aquilla resident sworn in to serve Silver-Haired Legislature

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 Barbara Aydlett of Aquilla was sworn in as a member of the 19th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) at its orientation session held July 18-22 in Pflugerville. Sixty-nine delegates from 24 Area Agency on Aging regions in Texas were sworn in for a two-year term by the Honorable Bryan Hughes, … Continue reading Aquilla resident sworn in to serve Silver-Haired Legislature

Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce welcomes members

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon cutting to welcome Browns Bee Removal and Apiary to the chamber. The Browns can be found every Saturday at the Lake Whitney Farmers Market at 100 N. Brazos in Whitney. They can also be reached at 682-433-3393. Pictured are … Continue reading Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce welcomes members

BARK now registering for first annual LW fishing tournament

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 Bosque County Animal Rescue Kennels has announced plans for its first annual bass fishing tournament at Lake Whitney Saturday, September 11. The tournament will take place at Lofers Bend Park near the Whitney Dam. All proceeds benefit Bosque Animal Rescue Kennels, with a combined $20,000 in cash prizes for … Continue reading BARK now registering for first annual LW fishing tournament

Hill College earns 10-year accreditation reaffirmation

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 Hill College’s accreditation has been reaffirmed through 2031 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern states. The SACSCOC Board of Trustees made the announcement at its June 17 meeting. To … Continue reading Hill College earns 10-year accreditation reaffirmation

FEMA funeral assistance still available

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 25, 2021 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to offer assistance to families with COVID-19 related funeral expenses during the pandemic. Apply for FEMA Funeral Assistance by calling 844-684-6333 or TTY 800-462-7585. Phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday with multilingual services available. … Continue reading FEMA funeral assistance still available

Wildcats prepare for 2021 season

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 The Whitney High School varsity football team traveled to Hillsboro for the first scrimmage of the 2021 season last week. The Cats will host Clifton at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, August 19, for the final tuneup game before the regular season. Whitney will begin the regular season at home against … Continue reading Wildcats prepare for 2021 season

WISD board makes decisions ahead of 2021-22 school year

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 The Whitney Independent School District Board of Trustees met in a regular session Monday, August 9, and considered a number of agenda items ahead of the new school year. Superintendent John McCullough reviewed the school's plan to address COVID-19 this year based on updated Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidance, … Continue reading WISD board makes decisions ahead of 2021-22 school year

Commissioners hold hearings, propose tax rate and budget

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court held a series of meetings last week leading up to the annual process of adopting a budget and tax rate. Elected officials and department heads visited with commissioners throughout the hearings to present requests, most of which involved only minor adjustments to their individual … Continue reading Commissioners hold hearings, propose tax rate and budget

Descendants return to the bench

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 Descendants of the elderly Whitney residents who fought the city (and their wives) for the right to "sit, spit and whittle" on the bench at the corner of Brazos Street and Washington Avenue gathered Saturday, August 14, to rededicate the bench. Organizer Anne Chastain, who now operates a winery … Continue reading Descendants return to the bench

State denies Hill County’s request for free testing site

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 Hill County's request for the return of a free COVID-19 testing center has been denied by the state amid the latest increase in cases. Hill County Judge Justin Lewis said that the county was told it would be responsible for paying for the site, and that cost was approximately … Continue reading State denies Hill County’s request for free testing site

Hubbard man indicted on murder charge

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 A Hubbard man who was arrested in June after a Maypearl man was found dead along a Hill County roadway was indicted on a capital murder charge by a Hill County Grand Jury recently. Ricardo Ramos, 48, was taken into custody after the body of 26-year-old Sabastian Sullivan was … Continue reading Hubbard man indicted on murder charge

Public invited to historical program Thursday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 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. The program will be jointly hosted by the Hill County Historical Commission, the Hill … Continue reading Public invited to historical program Thursday

Hill Regional announces restrictions on visitation

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 Hill Regional Hospital announced Friday, August 13, that it is restricting visitation at the hospital due to the current high COVID-19 infection rates in the county. Effective immediately, Hill Regional Hospital will no longer allow visitors in the Emergency Department, Surgery or the Medical/Surgical Department without prior approval from … Continue reading Hill Regional announces restrictions on visitation

Commissioners approve reinvestment zone as discussions with solar developer continue

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court continued discussions about a possible tax abatement for a solar project in the county during a meeting held last week. The court approved the creation of a reinvestment zone for 5,607 acres of land near Itasca and Milford, which is a necessary step that … Continue reading Commissioners approve reinvestment zone as discussions with solar developer continue

Your local library: More than a place to check out books

Reporter: Ellie Mahan August 18, 2021 Denise Carter, who has been the director of Lake Whitney Public Library for 15 years and a librarian for 44 years, has a passion for helping people and sharing her love for books with others. She said The Wonkey Donkey is one of her favorite books because, “It’s one … Continue reading Your local library: More than a place to check out books

Local sales tax allocations up over last August

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 Local sales tax allocations remained strong when Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released monthly sales tax data last week. Whitney's August allocation came to $80,194.44, up nine percent from last August. From January through August 2021, the city's allocations are up over 10 percent for a total of $511,934.32. Hillsboro's … Continue reading Local sales tax allocations up over last August

Meals On Wheels volunteer teaches children to give back

Reporter: Ellie Mahan August 18, 2021 Rebecca Church and her three daughters pictured above: Mattelyn, age 8, Micah, age 6, and McKenna, age 10 have been delivering with Meals On Wheels for more than five years. Founded in 1967, Meals on Wheels Waco is a nonprofit agency that works to nurture the bodies and spirits … Continue reading Meals On Wheels volunteer teaches children to give back

Registration open for fall at Hill College

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 Registration is open for the fall 2021 semester, and Hill College is ready to welcome students to campus. The college will operate at full capacity, which means students can benefit from a full college experience. Full-term classes begin Monday, August 23, and run for 16 weeks until December 9. … Continue reading Registration open for fall at Hill College

Church hosts 12-step recovery program weekly

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 18, 2021 Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program that meets every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Hillsboro. Organizers say that the program is for anyone with "hurts that haunt our hearts, hang ups that cause us pain and habits that mess up our … Continue reading Church hosts 12-step recovery program weekly

“Battle of the Bench” activities set for this Saturday downtown

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 Anne Chastain, who now operates Juniper Cove Winery at the location of the original Battle of the Benches, has refurbished the bench at the corner of Brazos Street and Washington Avenue in downtown Whitney. Residents of Whitney are invited to attend the "Battle of the Bench" event set for … Continue reading “Battle of the Bench” activities set for this Saturday downtown

Director returns to film scenes of latest movie in his hometown

Reporter: Ellie Mahan August 11, 2021 The cast and crew of "Bury A Lover" filmed scenes in Laguna Park Thursday, July 15. Pictured are (l to r): front - Michael W. Green, Christopher Durbin, Jonathan JJ Perez, Shaun Peter Cunningham; back - Joey Kloepfer, Mike Zaragosa, Kenneth Wayne Gunter, Robb Hudspeth, J William Boothman II, … Continue reading Director returns to film scenes of latest movie in his hometown

COVID-19 cases rising, local vaccination rates up slightly

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 The number of reported COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Hill County and the state as the delta variant fuels a spike in new cases. While there was little change in the area's vaccination rates over the summer, the latest wave of cases seems to be leading to a … Continue reading COVID-19 cases rising, local vaccination rates up slightly

New TEA guidance released for upcoming school year

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released new guidance for schools Thursday, August 5, as the state's schoolchildren prepare to return to classes amid an increase in COVID-19 cases. Schools will not have to notify parents about COVID-19 cases on campus this year, but they will have to report cases … Continue reading New TEA guidance released for upcoming school year

Church reopens after last year’s fire

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 One year after a fire destroyed Woodrow Baptist Church near Covington, the congregation is once again worshiping on site after rebuilding the church. Services had been held at First Baptist Church activity center in Blum since the fire in July of last year. The first service in the new … Continue reading Church reopens after last year’s fire

Texas Through Time now presenting special exhibit

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 The citizens of Hill County and beyond are invited to come see the new special exhibit “Return to Laramidia,” brought to the area by Texas Through Time fossil museum in Hillsboro. Laramidia was an island that existed during the late Cretaceous period. The island was formed when the western … Continue reading Texas Through Time now presenting special exhibit

Salvation Army offers energy bill assistance

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 The Hill County Salvation Army is notifying the public that it can now help some residents with their TXU Energy bills. Most people who are eligible to receive benefits may be granted up to $300 annually to assist with TXU Energy bills. For more information, contact the Hill County … Continue reading Salvation Army offers energy bill assistance

Lake Whitney Chamber holds dual celebration

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce recently held an open house for HomeLand Realty, located at 803 South Colorado Street, in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Younger Construction, located at the same location. Present for the dual celebration were Lori Tims, Greg and Karen Younger, Gail Bunch, Darron Bunch, … Continue reading Lake Whitney Chamber holds dual celebration

Salvation Army now collecting school supplies

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 A Hill County school supply drive associated with the national Stuff The Bus campaign was held by The Salvation Army and Walmart of Hillsboro from Friday, August 6, through Sunday, August 8. Those who missed the drive are still invited to donate to the effort. Walmart and the Hill … Continue reading Salvation Army now collecting school supplies

TDCJ sentences handed down in District Court

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 11, 2021 The office of District Attorney Mark Pratt prosecuted the following felony criminal cases in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County, presided over by District Judge Lee Harris, in July. The following Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) sentences were handed down: Samantha Nicole Chase, possession of methamphetamine … Continue reading TDCJ sentences handed down in District Court

County requests return of COVID-19 testing site with new cases rising

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 4, 2021 Hill County Judge Justin Lewis reported last week that he has requested that the state once again provide funding for COVID-19 testing as the numbers continue to rise. “Currently, there is not a place in Hill County to get tested without a doctor’s order. We anticipate doing the testing … Continue reading County requests return of COVID-19 testing site with new cases rising

Longtime Whitney ag teacher inducted into state association’s Hall of Fame

Lauren Girsh nominated her grandfather Chester Booth to be inducted into the Texas Agriculture Teachers Association Hall of Fame. Booth has contributed to the education of Whitney's youth for many years. Reporter: Ellie Mahan August 4, 2021 For his many years of dedication and service to the agricultural education community, Chester Booth was inducted into … Continue reading Longtime Whitney ag teacher inducted into state association’s Hall of Fame

Commissioners Court hears updates, approves contracts

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 4, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court heard updates about county projects and approved several agreements in a meeting held Tuesday, July 27. In commissioners’ updates, Precinct 1 Commissioner Andy Montgomery reported that his crew is working on FEMA projects, patching potholes, cutting back trees and installing culverts. Precinct 2 Commissioner … Continue reading Commissioners Court hears updates, approves contracts

Pratt honored by area cattle raisers Assn.

Hill County District Attorney Mark Pratt (right) was recognized as the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s prosecutor of the year at the recent Cattle Raisers Convention & Expo. The association selected Pratt for his efforts in prosecuting livestock and agricultural crimes. Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 4, 2021 The Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association … Continue reading Pratt honored by area cattle raisers Assn.

Downtown event to highlight town’s Battle of the Benches

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 4, 2021 An event recalling Whitney's 1949 "Battle of the Benches" has been scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, August 14, on Brazos Street between Washington Avenue and Railroad Street in downtown Whitney. Anne Chastain, who now operates Juniper Cove Winery at the location of the original Battle of the … Continue reading Downtown event to highlight town’s Battle of the Benches

Annual sales tax holiday set for this weekend statewide

Editor: Shannon Cottongame August 4, 2021 Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 6-8. State law exempts sales tax on qualified items — such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks — priced below … Continue reading Annual sales tax holiday set for this weekend statewide

Hill Regional Hospital Celebrates one-year anniversary

Hill Regional Hospital Employees Gather To Celebrate One Year Under New Ownership Submitted by Hill Regional Hospital August 4, 2021 Raji Kumar, CEO of Hill Regional Hospital, saw the importance of having a community hospital for Hill County and the vital role it plays in the health and welfare for people living in the area. … Continue reading Hill Regional Hospital Celebrates one-year anniversary

Waitr delivey makes its way to Whitney

Reporter: Ellie Mahan August 4, 2021 As of Wednesday, July 28, residents of Whitney can purchase food from local restaurants through Waitr, an application that partners with restaurants to provide a food delivery service to its users. Residents can only order from participating restaurants. Diners can currently order using Waitr from the following restaurants: Brewed … Continue reading Waitr delivey makes its way to Whitney

Whitney businesses unite in effort to promote community

Reporter: Ellie Mahan July 28, 2021 The Whitney Business Alliance chooses a different business as its meeting location each month, with the owner providing a tour of their location. The alliance's last meeting was Thursday, July 22, at Buckshot Rustic Furniture and Gifts. The attendees pictured above are Jason Ince, Gordon Rogers, Terry Boyer, Charles … Continue reading Whitney businesses unite in effort to promote community

Descendants of town’s bench sitters sought for celebration

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 A celebration based on Whitney's 1949 claim to fame dubbed "The Battle of the Benches" has been planned for August, and the organizer is looking for descendants of the "bench sitters" of that time to participate. Whitney was featured in the August 15, 1949, edition of Life Magazine after … Continue reading Descendants of town’s bench sitters sought for celebration

City Council holds meeting, mayor requests feedback

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 The Whitney City Council heard monthly reports, received comments from citizens and approved special event permits in a meeting held Monday evening, July 19. At last month's meeting, Mayor Brad Slaten encouraged council members to attend events and be visible to represent the city and visit with the citizens … Continue reading City Council holds meeting, mayor requests feedback

COVID-19 numbers rising, remain below peak levels

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 While the local area and the state remain in much better condition than they were earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent rise in case numbers and the increasing spread of the highly contagious delta variant indicate that the virus remains a threat. Numbers received at the county level … Continue reading COVID-19 numbers rising, remain below peak levels

Court approves agreement with Humane Society

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a special session Tuesday, July 20, to consider several agenda items, including an agreement with the Humane Society. Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between the Hill County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society of North Texas. The agreement will establish a … Continue reading Court approves agreement with Humane Society

Marty Haggard to judge BAC country songwriting contest

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 The deadline to enter the 2021 Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton is Tuesday, August 3. Marty Haggard, son of country music legend Merle Haggard, will select the winners of the $3,000 in cash prizes and will headline the live concert event on November … Continue reading Marty Haggard to judge BAC country songwriting contest

Scammers claiming to be Border Patrol

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 Telephone scammers are constantly changing their tactics, and reports of government impostor scams have been increasing locally. A new type of telephone scam is targeting residents nationwide in an attempt to gain their banking information. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is receiving reports from residents concerned about unsolicited … Continue reading Scammers claiming to be Border Patrol

Dorothy Gaines Foundation taking apps

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 28, 2021 The Board of Directors of the Dorothy Gaines Foundation recently announced that the foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2021. The foundation is authorized to make grants to organizations and institutions that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or to governmental entities in amounts … Continue reading Dorothy Gaines Foundation taking apps

Tickets available for LWA’s Hansel And Gretel

Lake Whitney Arts is heading into final rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel by Vera Morris, directed by Whitney Gant. This show features a cast of very talented youngsters and will run for one weekend only, Friday, August 6, through Sunday, August 8. This wonderfully entertaining version of the classic tale is guaranteed to delight young … Continue reading Tickets available for LWA’s Hansel And Gretel