State broadband map shows many areas are underserved

Editor: Shannon Cottongame February 1, 2023 The Texas Broadband Development Map shows the availability of various types of high-speed internet access across Texas. Blue areas represent served populations, and yellow areas represent underserved populations. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has announced the release of the Texas Broadband Development Map, which uses data collected from internet service … Continue reading State broadband map shows many areas are underserved

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Hill County Fair Queen Crowned

Juleisee Gonzales of Hillsboro was crowned Hill County Fair queen during the annual contest held at Hill College Saturday, January 14. Pictured are (l to r): front row—McKenzie Cutrer (Whitney) - princess and Miss Congeniality, Gonzales - queen and best introduction, Abbey Jo Wohleb (Whitney) - duchess; back row—Kathy Virrueta (Itasca) - Judges' Award, Morgan … Continue reading Hill County Fair Queen Crowned

Lake Whitney photo exhibit opens Thursday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 25, 2023 An exhibit featuring the Lake Whitney photography of Hillsboro resident Sheri Hemrick will open at the fotografías gallery in downtown Hillsboro Thursday, January 26. A Toast with the Artist event will kick off the exhibit at 5 p.m., when Hemrick will be present and attendees can enjoy wine and … Continue reading Lake Whitney photo exhibit opens Thursday

WISD board appoints member,WMS passes safety inspection

Reporter: Ellie Mahan January 18, 2023 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met at 6 p.m. Monday, January 9 to appoint a new member, congratulate Whitney Middle School for earning a perfect score on its intruder detection inspection completed by the Texas School Safety Center and hear a presentation on benchmark and interim STAAR data. … Continue reading WISD board appoints member,WMS passes safety inspection

WHS band student earns all-state honors

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 18, 2023 Jonah Cottongame Jonah Cottongame, a member of the Whitney High School Band, will perform with the Texas All-State Concert Band in San Antonio Saturday, February 11, at the Henry B. González Convention Center as part of the 2023 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Cottongame was chosen for this prestigious … Continue reading WHS band student earns all-state honors

Hill County CASA plans new volunteer training January 31

Editor: Shannon Cottongame January 12, 2023 CASA of Hill County is seeking more volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in foster care in the county. The next CASA volunteer training is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 31. “We want every child involved in the child welfare system to have an advocate … Continue reading Hill County CASA plans new volunteer training January 31

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Creative arts registration open for Hill County Fair

Fair volunteers, sponsors, vendors needed… Young people from Hill County showed off their submissions in the categories of home-baked foods, crafts, art, photography and textiles at last year's fair, including these pre-k through first grade entries. Registration for the Creative Arts Division of the 2023 Hill County Fair opened online Sunday, January 1, and will … Continue reading Creative arts registration open for Hill County Fair

County seeking commissioner to fill unexpired term in Pct. 1

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 21, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court accepted the resignation of Precinct 1 Commissioner Andrew Montgomery and discussed its next steps to fill the unexpired term in a regular meeting held Tuesday, December 13. Montgomery announced Thursday, December 8, that he will resign from his position effective December 31. He cited … Continue reading County seeking commissioner to fill unexpired term in Pct. 1

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Pct. 1 Commissioner Montgomery announces plan to resign Dec. 31

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 15, 2022 Hill County Precinct 1 Commissioner Andrew Montgomery submitted a letter of resignation to Hill County Judge Justin Lewis and his fellow commissioners Thursday, December 8. The commissioner said that he will leave his position December 31, with two years remaining on his term, to spend time with an ailing … Continue reading Pct. 1 Commissioner Montgomery announces plan to resign Dec. 31

Chamber to host Christmas Bazaar downtown Saturday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 7, 2022 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce will host its 13th annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sidewalk vendors will sell baked goods, arts and crafts and other items, and downtown merchants will offer holiday specials. Vendor spaces are available for the event. Live … Continue reading Chamber to host Christmas Bazaar downtown Saturday

Whitney writer wins BAC’s Books on the Bosque event

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 7, 2022 Theo Boyd of Whitney (right) receiving her first-place award for nonfiction from Bosque Arts Center's Vikki Moore. A November writing contest held in conjunction with Books on the Bosque weekend yielded successful results for several area writers at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton. Theo Boyd of Whitney won … Continue reading Whitney writer wins BAC’s Books on the Bosque event

Whitney’s Christmas parade, tree lighting set for Saturday

December 1, 2022 The City of Whitney will honor Hill County firefighters and the citizens of Whitney and surrounding areas this year with "A Country Christmas" Saturday, December 3, starting at 6 p.m. The lighted parade will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a tree lighting, caroling and a time to visit … Continue reading Whitney’s Christmas parade, tree lighting set for Saturday

Hill County burn ban expires, fireworks decision December 13

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2022 Hill County commissioners discussed the county’s burn ban during a meeting held Tuesday morning, November 22, and opted to let the ban expire at midnight Thursday, November 24. Emergency Services District (ESD) 1 President Ken Goins told the court that he would like to see the burn ban stay … Continue reading Hill County burn ban expires, fireworks decision December 13

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Blum volleyball team wins state championship

November 25, 2022 Pictured (l to r): Coach Lauren McPherson, Emma Peacock, Addie Koetting, Jayden Galbraith, Addison Willingham, Kaydee Roland, McKayla Whatley, Skylar Allen, Kayden Arrington, Kinsley McPherson, Payden Sanders, Ruby Rumohr, Emma Scott, Katy Pinyan, Skyler Cashion, Assistant Coach Kourtney Welle, Kasi Miller and Superintendent Jeff Sanders. Blum High School Head Volleyball Coach Lauren … Continue reading Blum volleyball team wins state championship

Council approves economic development agreement

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 25, 2022 Sidewalk ordinance discussed… The Whitney City Council met in a regular session Thursday, November 17, to consider several agenda items, including an extension of an economic development agreement for the local urgent care facility and a proposal to regulate the display of merchandise on city sidewalks. Ayushi Agarwala of … Continue reading Council approves economic development agreement

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Food For Families Drive Friday

November 17, 2022 The annual Food For Families drive is scheduled for Friday, November 18, in Whitney and throughout the area. All November donations will be counted toward the Lake Whitney Food Bank goal of 65,000 pounds, and the official campaign day is Friday, November 18. The Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance food bank operates completely … Continue reading Food For Families Drive Friday

Crowd gathers in Whitney to honor local veterans

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 16, 2022 A Veteran's Day event was held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 11, at The Lake Whitney Senior Center. The ceremony began with the Presentation of The Colors, completed by members of American Legion Post 522 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12176, both of Whitney. In attendance were representatives … Continue reading Crowd gathers in Whitney to honor local veterans

Whitney tops Teague, claims bi-district championship

Sports writer: Brent Cook November 17, 2022 Marcus Wilson eyes an opening against the Teague Lions last Thursday night. Wilson stepped up on both sides of the ball with some key receptions and an interception. The Whitney Wildcats engaged hyper-speed in the second quarter Thursday night to blast past the Teague Lions and claim the … Continue reading Whitney tops Teague, claims bi-district championship

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Veterans, public invited to local Veterans Day event

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2022 Chaplain, Colonel Randy A. Marshall (Ret.), pastor of White Bluff Chapel, will be the featured speaker at Whitney’s celebration and "thank you" event for veterans and their families. Local auxiliary volunteer Marsha Riley will present the Blue Star Moms address. The public is invited to the Lake Whitney Senior … Continue reading Veterans, public invited to local Veterans Day event

“Food For Families”donations accepted

November 9, 2022 The annual Food For Families drive is scheduled for Friday, November 18, in Whitney and throughout the area.All November donations will be counted toward the Lake Whitney Food Bank's goal of 65,000 pounds, although the official campaign day is November 18. The Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance food bank operates completely through donations … Continue reading “Food For Families”donations accepted

Wildcats post shutout,prep for playoff match

Sports Writer: Brent Cook November 10, 2022 The Whitney Wildcats put an exclamation point on the 2022 football season Thursday night by blanking the Gateway Charter Academy Gators 42-0 in the final game of the regular season. With the win, the Wildcats posted an impressive 7-3 overall record that includes a 6-2 showing in District … Continue reading Wildcats post shutout,prep for playoff match

Bridge project underway at Lake Whitney

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2022 The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) began a project last week to construct a new SH 174 bridge near Kimball Bend Park at Lake Whitney. TxDOT says the new bridge and approaches will enhance safety for bridge traffic, including wider shoulders after construction. The current bridge, constructed in 1950, … Continue reading Bridge project underway at Lake Whitney

New City Council member appointed to fill open seat

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 2, 2022 Aimee Boswell was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Whitney City Council in a special meeting held Friday night, October 28. Boswell (right) is pictured being sworn in by City Secretary Kristi Wollert. The Whitney City Council interviewed two applicants in a special meeting Friday, October 28, before … Continue reading New City Council member appointed to fill open seat

City Council approves brush pickup contract

Editor: Shannon Cottngame November 2, 2022 The Whitney City Council met in a regular session Tuesday, October 25, after the meeting planned for the previous Thursday evening was canceled and rescheduled. The council approved an agreement with G&B Stump Grinding for brush pickup in the city. Money was set aside in the city’s 2022-23 budget … Continue reading City Council approves brush pickup contract

Hill County commissioners enact 30-day burn ban

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 2, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a regular session Tuesday, October 25, and approved a 30-day burn ban in the county. The decision was made amid concerns that dry conditions will quickly return after recent rainfall and as drought conditions persist in the county. With commissioners meeting twice … Continue reading Hill County commissioners enact 30-day burn ban

Garden Club holds work day in honor of beloved member

November 2, 2022 The Lake Whitney Garden Club cleaned up Memorial Garden in downtown Whitney from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, October 27, to honor one of its beloved members, Pat Huffman, who recently passed away. An influential member of both the Master Gardeners of Hill County and the Lake Whitney Garden Club, Huffman … Continue reading Garden Club holds work day in honor of beloved member

LW Garden Club announces Pioneer Days winners

November 2, 2022 Candee Gerson, right, accepts the second prize set of framed prints. The Lake Whitney Garden Club reported that it had a successful day at its Pioneer Days booth this year. Along with the club's usual plant sale, it sold handmade aprons, produce bags, pine cone wreaths, and ladybug and bumblebee golf balls. … Continue reading LW Garden Club announces Pioneer Days winners

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WISD renews agreement for school resource officer

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 27, 2022 Board hears monthly administrative reports… The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees held a regular meeting Monday, October 17 and approved a new school resource officer (SRO) agreement with the City of Whitney. Administrators also provided updates on campus activities. This year’s SRO agreement is different from last year’s because … Continue reading WISD renews agreement for school resource officer

WHS band makes history as area bronze medalist

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 27,2022 Had this been a state year, the Whitney High School band would have earned a trip to the Alamodome after breaking two school records and earning the bronze at last weekend's UIL Area D Marching Band Competition in Robinson. Twenty-five bands competed in the preliminary round of the contest, and … Continue reading WHS band makes history as area bronze medalist

Wildcats pound Panthers 63-28, prep for showdown with Zebras

Sports writer: Brent Cook October 27, 2022 Whitney’s Marcus Wilson tiptoes down the sideline to slide past a Maypearl defender. Wilson is playing a key role for Whitney's explosive offensive, which has attacked from all angles and scored an average of 63 points in the past four games. The Whitney Wildcats traveled to Maypearl last … Continue reading Wildcats pound Panthers 63-28, prep for showdown with Zebras

Hill County Wolves sports program now registering

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 27, 2022 The Hill County Wolves, a new 501(c)(3) Christian organization, will provide sports opportunities to local children who are part of a home-school program or a school that doesn’t have its own sports teams. The nonprofit plans to offer junior high and high school teams for six-man football, basketball, baseball, … Continue reading Hill County Wolves sports program now registering

Early voting to open Monday ahead of November election

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 20, 2022 Hill County Early VotingVoting locationsVoting Hours (all Hill County locations)Hill County Exhibits Building205 Stadium Drive, Hillsboro8 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 24 - October 288 a.m. to 12 p.m. October 298 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 31 - November 4Precinct 1 Huron Annex5800 FM 933, WhitneyHubbard Civic Center300 North … Continue reading Early voting to open Monday ahead of November election

‘Cats dominate Knights for 58-0 district victory

October 20, 2022 After traveling to Dallas the previous week, the Whitney Wildcats returned home Friday night with the same result: a complete shellacking of a district foe. The Wildcats posted an imposing 44 points in the first 12 minutes of play, dominating all aspects of the game and paving the way to a 58-0 … Continue reading ‘Cats dominate Knights for 58-0 district victory

Local sales tax revenue strong in October

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 20, 2022 Sales tax revenue in both the City of Whitney and Hill County was reported well above last year's numbers when Comptroller Glenn Hegar released his monthly report last week.The City of Whitney's October allocation came to $70,598, up 15% compared to last October. To date in 2022, the city's … Continue reading Local sales tax revenue strong in October

‘Back Roads With Ms. Sue’ to feature Pioneer Days footage

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 19, 2022 Sue Land and her production company, Chalk Peak Productions, captured footage at the 47th annual Pioneer Days Festival for a program called “Back Roads With Ms. Sue” that is scheduled to air in January 2023 on a new TV station out of Houston called See-TV. The program is also … Continue reading ‘Back Roads With Ms. Sue’ to feature Pioneer Days footage

Court discusses radio upgrade,juvenile residential contracts

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 20, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved additional purchases related to the county’s radio system upgrade, reviewed contracts related to the housing of juvenile offenders and voted on other county business in a meeting held Tuesday, October 11. County Judge Justin Lewis said that he hoped the items on the … Continue reading Court discusses radio upgrade,juvenile residential contracts

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Drought impacting lake levels, agriculture

Reporter: Ellie Mahan October 13, 2022 Although summer rain has helped mitigate extreme drought conditions in the county, all of Hill County is in a moderate drought, and more than half of the county is in a severe drought, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System. The dry conditions have caused Lake Whitney’s water … Continue reading Drought impacting lake levels, agriculture

Photo contest raises funds for food bank

Part of this year’s Pioneer Days contests and festivities was a baby photo contest for children under the age of four in the Hill County area. Judges chose first through third place winners, and the public chose a fan favorite by casting $1 votes at the Pioneer Days festival. Caroline Gomez, who was voted fan … Continue reading Photo contest raises funds for food bank

Investigation results in three local arrests

Editor: Shannon Cottongame October 12, 2022 The Hill County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men Monday, October 3, and Tuesday, October 4, after wrapping up a months-long narcotics investigation conducted jointly with the Bosque County Sheriff’s Office. The arrests began when Sergeant Spencer Batchelor conducted a traffic stop on Farm Road 933 near Farm Road 1713 … Continue reading Investigation results in three local arrests

Wildcats of the week

October 12, 2022 Every week, teachers at Whitney Elementary School select a student from their class who exhibits outstanding Wildcat behavior in the classroom and in the school hallways. Wildcats of the Week gain certain privileges in class, such as being the teacher’s helper, being the line leader and even getting to eat lunch on … Continue reading Wildcats of the week

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