Participants gearing up for county fair

Reporter: Ellie Mahan and Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 19, 2022 Events scheduled at Hillsboro fairgrounds next week… Whitney High School senior Cheyenne Delong will show a market steer and heifer at the fair. Young people throughout the county are preparing their livestock, creative arts and shop projects for next week's Hill County Fair. The fair … Continue reading Participants gearing up for county fair

WISD discusses COVID-19 protocol, benchmark data

Reporter: Ellie Mahan January 19, 2022 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, January 10, in a regular session to discuss COVID-19 quarantine protocols, review benchmark data and hear administrator reports. In honor of school board appreciation month, for the January meeting, the board room was decorated with handmade posters for the board members, … Continue reading WISD discusses COVID-19 protocol, benchmark data

County prepares annex to serve west side

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 19, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved utility applications for the new annex property on the west side of the county and discussed changes to the county's feral hog bounty program at a meeting held Tuesday, January 11. In November, the court moved forward with the purchase of two buildings … Continue reading County prepares annex to serve west side

WHS cheerleaders compete at state UIL contest

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 19, 2022 Whitney High School cheerleaders competed at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state cheerleading competition in Fort Worth last week. Pictured (l to r) are: front row - Macy McBrayer, Riley Cutrer, Hope Ivers, Mackenzie Cutrer, Caitlin Poore, Ragynn Ruesch and Claire Allen; back row - Ally McCreery, Macy McKinney, … Continue reading WHS cheerleaders compete at state UIL contest

January sales tax allocations distributed to cities, counties

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 19, 2022 Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced last week that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $992.9 million in local sales tax allocations for January, 26.8 percent more than in January 2021. Locally, Hill County's payment was $264,630.66 for January, less than a one-percent decrease … Continue reading January sales tax allocations distributed to cities, counties

COVID-19 cases rapidly increase in Hill County

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 19, 2022 A rapid rise in COVID-19 cases is causing closures and disrupting normal operations at schools and businesses throughout the county. As of Friday, January 14, the county had recorded 496 positive cases over the previous 14-day period, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). A week … Continue reading COVID-19 cases rapidly increase in Hill County

Hill County Grand Jury returns indictments

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 19, 2022 A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Friday, January 7, returned the following indictments: Cameron Alexander, 33, of Crowley, possession of marijuana between four ounces and five pounds Daniel Roy Allen, 52, of Alvarado, possession of methamphetamine under one gram Angela Kay Arbuckle, 63, of Whitney, tampering/fabricating physical evidence … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns indictments

Search team assists BCSO with cold case

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 19, 2022 There was a large law enforcement presence near the Whitney Dam Sunday, January 16, as a dive team assisted authorities with a recovery effort related to a cold case. Bosque County Sheriff Trace Hendricks declined to provide specific information about the case, but in a social media post Sunday … Continue reading Search team assists BCSO with cold case

County seeing surge in COVID-19 cases as omicron variant spreads

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 Local officials report that Hill County is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases as the state is dealing with the rapidly spreading omicron variant. The Department of State Health Services COVID-19 tracker was estimating 307 active cases of the virus in the county as of Sunday, January 9, up … Continue reading County seeing surge in COVID-19 cases as omicron variant spreads

Suspect booked into county jail after violent crime spree

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 Casey Phillips A man accused of committing a violent carjacking and other crimes in Itasca last week has been captured after he initially evaded authorities by leaving a Waco hospital. The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Casey Phillips, was arrested at his family’s home between Hubbard and Dawson on State … Continue reading Suspect booked into county jail after violent crime spree

Whitney High School band member advances to state

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 Jonah Cottongame Whitney High School band member Jonah Cottongame has been selected as a member of the 2022 Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) All-State Band. Cottongame, a sophomore, was chosen for the honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels. … Continue reading Whitney High School band member advances to state

Hill County Fair queen nominees

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 The 42nd annual Hill County Fair Queen contest will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 15, at the Vara Martin Daniel Performing Arts Center on the Hill College campus in Hillsboro. Contestants from across the county will compete to reign over this year’s festivities. Pictured above in the … Continue reading Hill County Fair queen nominees

Lady Cats 4-1 in district play

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 The Whitney High School varsity basketball team's season is well underway, and the Lady Wildcats currently have a district record of 4-1. The team has defeated McGregor, Clifton, Riesel and Waco Harmony, and fell short to Troy by 11 points. The Lady Cats were set to face West Tuesday … Continue reading Lady Cats 4-1 in district play

Sentences handed down in local court

January 12, 2022 The office of District Attorney Mark Pratt prosecuted felony criminal cases in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County in December. The following Texas Department of Criminal Justice sentences were handed down: Ricardo Ramos, capital murder, life without parole Jediediah Seth Cooper, possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams, 10 … Continue reading Sentences handed down in local court

Whitney High School band students wrap up intense competitive events

Submitted by Band Director Josh Nowlin January 12, 2022 Last Saturday, the Whitney High School band wrapped up a unique competition where students competed at the state level with literally tens of thousands of other band students across the state. They learned college level music and performed in a blind audition for a panel of … Continue reading Whitney High School band students wrap up intense competitive events

Middle school band students earn spots in honor bands

January 12, 2022 Last month, 25 members of the Whitney Middle School Symphonic Band traveled to Groesbeck to compete against 18 other middle schools in the region for a chance at earning a spot in one of two honor bands. Director Michael Wilson said that Whitney had a strong showing, with 11 students making one … Continue reading Middle school band students earn spots in honor bands

Former Abbott students launching nonprofit to support area graduates

Reporter: Ellie Mahan January 12, 2022 Through their nonprofit, The K | K Enrichment Foundation, Jace Kolar (standing) and Zachary Kallus (seated) are working to assist seniors in Hill County with scholarships. The two have plans to expand the organization in the future and mentor Hill County students. Two former Abbott students have partnered to … Continue reading Former Abbott students launching nonprofit to support area graduates

Local Go Texan Scholarship applications now available

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 The Hill County Area Go Texan Committee has announced that 2022 scholarship applications are available. Hill County seniors are reminded that they are eligible for a $20,000 scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Association (HLSRA). Those applications must be completed online at RodeoHouston.com no later than Tuesday, … Continue reading Local Go Texan Scholarship applications now available

Hill Regional’s new vaccine clinic days, booster criteria

Submitted by Hill Regional Hospital January 12, 2022 Effective immediately, Hill Regional Hospital has moved its COVID-19 vaccine clinic to Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. We would appreciate your making an appointment online by visiting the website, http://www.hillregionalhospital.com. After choosing to make an appointment for a new vaccine or a booster, when you enter … Continue reading Hill Regional’s new vaccine clinic days, booster criteria

Singing Aggies return to Clifton

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 The Texas A&M Singing Cadets will once again grace the stage of Frazier Performance Hall at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton. The “Voice of Aggieland” will perform on Thursday, January 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $15 per person and may be purchased that evening. … Continue reading Singing Aggies return to Clifton

Seventh grade team wins Whitney tournament

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2022 The Whitney Middle School Seventh Grade “A” basketball team won the Whitney tournament held Saturday, January 8. Pictured are (l to r): front row - Colt Poore, Fisher Watson, Keegan Estill, Jaxon Landrum, Johnny Ayres and Rylan Smith; back row - Sean Warren, Kade McFadden, Jordan McGill and Leo … Continue reading Seventh grade team wins Whitney tournament

Hillsboro to host human trafficking outreach event

January 12, 2022 The Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition will host “Not In My City: Human Trafficking Outreach” in five Central Texas counties Saturday, January 29. Organizers say that this event will give everyone an opportunity to play an active part in the fight against human trafficking. Locally, the event will begin at 1 … Continue reading Hillsboro to host human trafficking outreach event

Food bank assisted 5,000 people in 2021 with community’s help

Reporter: Ellie Mahan January 5, 2022 Students from Aquilla Independent School District were a few of the many volunteers and donors who helped Our Daily Bread serve those in need in the Lake Whitney area last year. Our Daily Bread, located at 100 Sims Drive in Whitney, provided food for approximately 2,000 families and 5,000 … Continue reading Food bank assisted 5,000 people in 2021 with community’s help

Bosque County sex offender on ‘Most Wanted’ list arrested

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 5, 2022 Manuel Muniz Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender Manuel Muniz, of Morgan, is back in custody following his arrest on December 13. Members of U.S. Border Patrol encountered Muniz at the Del Rio-Acuna Port of Entry. A Crime Stoppers reward will be paid in his arrest. Muniz, 51, was … Continue reading Bosque County sex offender on ‘Most Wanted’ list arrested

Hill County commissioners meet in final 2021 session

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 5, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court considered agenda items related to county construction projects in a meeting held Tuesday, December 28. Commissioners approved a contract with ICE Construction for the new Extension Office that will be constructed at the Hill County Fairgrounds. If the contract is approved by the company, … Continue reading Hill County commissioners meet in final 2021 session

Smith grant funds HVAC system at theater

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 5, 2022 Lake Whitney Arts Association recently installed a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system thanks to a grant from the George G. and Alva Hudson Smith Foundation. Lake Whitney Arts' patrons and actors alike will benefit from increased efficiency and airflow, including exponentially better cooling under the theater's … Continue reading Smith grant funds HVAC system at theater

Home school program gives back

Reporter: Ellie Mahan January 5, 2021 IP Homeschool Connection, a local Christian-based home school program, contacted the "critters" ladies at White Bluff Chapel to spend a day stuffing stuffed animals that will later be donated to various medical clinics and hospitals. After stuffing toys for charity, the students baked cookies for the Isaiah's Place Christmas … Continue reading Home school program gives back

Texas to allow more time for online registration renewal

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 5, 2022 A new state law gives Texans additional time to renew their vehicle registration online. House Bill 2152 allows online registration renewals up to 12 months past the expiration date. Previously, Texans could renew expired registrations online up to nine months past the expiration date. Customers who renew late will … Continue reading Texas to allow more time for online registration renewal

County’s test site opening at new location

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 5, 2022 The free COVID-19 testing facility that has been operated at the Hill County Fairgrounds has moved to a new location and will reopen Thursday, January 6. When the facility opens this week, testing will be offered in a drive-thru format at the former Hillsboro Elementary School site on Jane … Continue reading County’s test site opening at new location

Hill Regional Hospital welcomes new doctor to speciality clinic

January 5, 2022 Hill Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. David Masel to Hill County, specializing in neurological surgery. Dr. Masel, of Specialty Care Clinics, is board certified in neurosurgery. He has been practicing in the medical field for over 30 years. He is well-versed in complex surgical procedures involving the brain, spinal cord … Continue reading Hill Regional Hospital welcomes new doctor to speciality clinic

Wreaths Across America effort a success

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 5, 2022 Volunteers gathered at Whitney Memorial Park to place wreaths on veterans’ graves as part of this year’s Wreaths Across America effort. Wreaths were also placed at two Hillsboro cemeteries. It was another successful year of honoring veterans nationwide through the Wreaths Across America program. On Saturday, December 18, the … Continue reading Wreaths Across America effort a success

“Generation Next: Our Turn To Ranch” now registering

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 5, 2022 The Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch online course is open for registration. The 12-week program, offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, runs from January 24-April 17. The cost is $300, and preregistration is required at https://tx.ag/GenNextOurTurntoRanch. The series is limited to the first 100 registrants. The … Continue reading “Generation Next: Our Turn To Ranch” now registering

BIG Conference, Mid-Tex Farm & Ranch Show set for January 11-12

Editor: Shannon Cottongame The Blackland Income Growth (BIG) and Mid-Tex Farm and Ranch Show will be held at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Boulevard in Waco, Tuesday, January 11, and Wednesday, January 12. After a short time being separate events, the BIG Conference and Mid-Tex Farm and Ranch Show will be back together once … Continue reading BIG Conference, Mid-Tex Farm & Ranch Show set for January 11-12

HCSO Investigates Shooting Death Of Man At LW State Park

Editor: Shannon Cottongame The Hill County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of a 31-year-old man at Lake Whitney State Park that occurred Wednesday night, December 22. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call at approximately 11:23 p.m. regarding a shooting at a campsite. Units from Whitney Police Department, Whitney … Continue reading HCSO Investigates Shooting Death Of Man At LW State Park

Hill County commissioners approve plan to consolidate voting precincts

Editor: Shannon Cottongame The Hill County Commissioners Court approved the consolidation of voting precincts in the county during a meeting held Tuesday, December 14. The Hill County Elections Commission reviewed the plan and recommended its approval to the court prior to the court's action. Hill County Judge Justin Lewis said that the commission and party … Continue reading Hill County commissioners approve plan to consolidate voting precincts

Most candidates unopposed after primary filing wraps up

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 22, 2021 The majority of local candidates will be unopposed in next year's election cycle after the filing period ended with mostly uncontested races at the county level Monday, December 13. Most Republican incumbents in Hill County filed to keep their seats, with only County Treasurer Rhonda Burkhart and Precinct 3 … Continue reading Most candidates unopposed after primary filing wraps up

Whitney leaders share their holiday traditions

Reporter: Ellie Mahan December 22, 2021 Brad Slaten, mayor of Whitney and pastor of King Memorial United Methodist Church, said nativity scenes have been a huge part of Christmas for him and his wife Amanda. In addition to the many crèches throughout their home, they have two illuminated nativity displays on the lawn. Rather than … Continue reading Whitney leaders share their holiday traditions

DPS encourages safe driving, holiday enforcement campaign begins December 23

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 22, 2021 The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging everyone to end 2021 safely as they head out on the road for the holidays. The Texas Highway Patrol will conduct its annual Christmas and New Year’s holiday traffic enforcement campaigns beginning December 23, looking for people who are speeding, … Continue reading DPS encourages safe driving, holiday enforcement campaign begins December 23

Whitney Middle School students participate in UIL contests

Reporter: Ellie Mahan December 22, 2021 Pictured (l to r) are: front row - Alyssa Ward, Olive Kuykendal, Cimone Green, Taryn Ross, Jada Fulferback row: Abigail Ewing, Olivia Delong, Keira Dingrando, and Allie Griffin. On December 3 and 8, Whitney Middle School students competed in UIL academic contests and placed 7th overall. The results are … Continue reading Whitney Middle School students participate in UIL contests

Whitney team wins vintage sniper match, breaks record

Reporter: Ellie Mahan December 22, 2021 John Bass and James Fletcher John Bass and James Fletcher, both Whitney residents, won the Oklahoma Civilian Marksmanship Program Vintage Sniper Match, with a record-breaking score. Bass said that he began shooting guns about seven or eight years ago, and his partner Fletcher triggered his interest in the hobby. … Continue reading Whitney team wins vintage sniper match, breaks record

Incumbents, new candidates file for spots on March primary ballot

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2021 The filing deadline for candidates seeking a spot on March Republican and Democratic primary ballots was Monday, December 13. There will be many familiar names in the 2022 election cycle with local incumbents filing to keep their seats. The names of any candidates filing just before the deadline will … Continue reading Incumbents, new candidates file for spots on March primary ballot

Wildcats earn district honors

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2021 Whitney High School varsity football players earned multiple honors when post-season announcements were made recently. Senior Orrin Green was recognized as special teams player of the year for District 7-3A, and other Wildcats received first and second team All-District recognition, honorable mention and academic honors. Pictured are (l to … Continue reading Wildcats earn district honors

Volunteers Fire Departments respond to structure fire

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2021 Multiple local fire departments responded to a fire that destroyed a couple's home in Whitney Tuesday night, December 7. Firefighters were dispatched to the 100 block of Hillside Drive off of FM 1713 at approximately 7:14 p.m. after the fire was reported. The home was reported to be a … Continue reading Volunteers Fire Departments respond to structure fire

Grand Juries return December list of indictments for Hill and Bosque Counties

December 15, 2021 A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Friday, December 3, returned the following indictments: Ryan Keith Anderson, 36, of Whitney, possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams with intent to deliver Amber Lynn Arellano, 29, of Blum, possession of methamphetamine under one gram Timothy Jacob Bishop, 28, of Whitney, indecency with … Continue reading Grand Juries return December list of indictments for Hill and Bosque Counties

Comptroller releases sales tax allocations

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2021 Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced last week that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $936 million in local sales tax allocations for December, 18.4 percent more than in December 2020. Locally, Whitney's allocation came to $58,353.13, up eight percent from last December. So … Continue reading Comptroller releases sales tax allocations

Hill County Salvation Army lends helping hand to neighbors in need

Reporter: Ellie Mahan December 15, 2021 Owners and employees from Overflow Coffee Co. volunteered for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. To volunteer, call Carol Westbrook at 254-707-1401. To find out other ways to help the Salvation Army, contact Carol to set up an appointment in the office at 108 North Colorado Street in Whitney. … Continue reading Hill County Salvation Army lends helping hand to neighbors in need

Arrest made in Laguna Park robbery plot

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2021 The Bosque County Sheriff's Office announced last week that the second suspect in the robbery of a Laguna Park convenience store has been taken into custody. Carlos Brown Maeso was located and arrested by the McLennan County Sheriff's Office Thursday, December 9, according to Sheriff Trace Hendricks. He was … Continue reading Arrest made in Laguna Park robbery plot

Peoples Bank donates to Isaiah’s Place

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2021 Peoples Bank participated in Giving Tuesday by presenting donations to several local non-profit organizations, including Isaiah's Place of Whitney. Pictured is Isaiah's Place Executive Director Diane Frederickson accepting a $1,000 donation. The announcement was made by Larry Allen, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of … Continue reading Peoples Bank donates to Isaiah’s Place

Hill County Extension Office welcomes new FCH agent

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2021 Rachel Esquivel The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is welcoming Rachel Esquivel, the new Family and Community Health (FCH) agent for Hill County. Esquivel is from Penelope and has been in Hill County most of her life, moving away to attend college at Texas A&M University in College Station. … Continue reading Hill County Extension Office welcomes new FCH agent

Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic to see patients Saturday morning

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2021 Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic, located at 120 East Franklin Street in Hillsboro, will be open Saturday, December 18. Registration begins at 6 a.m. This is a half-day clinic, and the number to be seen will be limited. All patients are required to wear a mask that covers the nose … Continue reading Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic to see patients Saturday morning

Veterans Pardners receives grant

Reporter: Ellie Mahan December 15, 2021 Assistant Manager of Bellmead Home Depot presented Ricky White with Veterans Pardners a $1,000 check Tuesday, November 30. White expressed gratitude to the people of Home Depot for their generosity. Veterans Pardners has been located at 111 North Colorado Street for about four years and is dedicated to providing … Continue reading Veterans Pardners receives grant

Hill County CARES wraps up efforts with donations for area children

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2021 Pictured presenting a check from Hill County CARES to the Hill County Sheriff’s Office in Hillsboro is Linda Young. Receiving the check was Captain Justin Motherspau, along with Dispatcher Heather Cornelius, Administrator Pam Rose and Records Manager Shannon Garcia. Hill County CARES (HCC) recently presented a check to the … Continue reading Hill County CARES wraps up efforts with donations for area children

Christmas spirit comes to downtown Whitney

The City of Whitney got into the Christmas spirit with a parade followed by the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree Saturday night, December 4. Pictured above, Mayor Brad Slaten, introduced by City Administrator/Police Chief Chris Bentley, lit the tree. Following the tree lighting, holiday dance performances were provided by To The Pointe Dance Studio … Continue reading Christmas spirit comes to downtown Whitney