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County retail study to help identify, recruit businesses

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 21, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved a county-wide retail study and recruitment program in conjunction with the City of Hillsboro at a meeting held Tuesday, July 12. The Hillsboro City Council approved the proposal earlier this month, agreeing to put $10,000 toward the effort with the county paying the … Continue reading County retail study to help identify, recruit businesses

WISD transitioning back to charging for school meals

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 21, 2022 Free/reduced meal apps available… During the pandemic, Congress authorized spending that allowed schools to serve free meals for all students. Those funds are not authorized to continue for the 2022-2023 school year. As a result, Whitney ISD will return to charging for school meals and offering free and reduced-price … Continue reading WISD transitioning back to charging for school meals

Local VFW volunteers launch food ministry

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 21, 2022 Lake Whitney Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 12176 has partnered with The Wolff Pack’s Feed the Flock ministry, which recently began in the Lake Whitney area. Ministry developer Kellie Wolff said that the effort was born out of love. “We just wanted love to be louder than all … Continue reading Local VFW volunteers launch food ministry

TDCJ sentences handed down in 66th District Court

July 21, 2022 The office of District Attorney Mark Pratt recently prosecuted felony criminal cases in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County. The following Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) sentences are from June: Norman Lee Garza - driving while intoxicated - third or more, 10 years prison; assault intentionally/recklessly impeding breath/circulation of … Continue reading TDCJ sentences handed down in 66th District Court

Judge Harris earns Jaworski Fellow Of The Year Award

July 21, 2022 District Judge Lee Harris District Judge Lee Harris, a 1993 graduate of Baylor Law, won the Baylor Law Jaworski Fellow of the Year Award during the Second Annual Jaworski Fellow and Candidate Dinner held recently at the Baylor Club in McLane Stadium in Waco. The award recognized his dedication and service to … Continue reading Judge Harris earns Jaworski Fellow Of The Year Award

WYA team finishes top 5 in the state

July 21, 2022 The Whitney Youth Association 10 and under team finished 6-2 in the playoffs and top five in the 10 and under Texas Teenage State Tournament. The team was the Heart of Texas 10 and under South National Division Winner, and the undefeated 10 and under district three tournament champion. Players on the … Continue reading WYA team finishes top 5 in the state

Middle schooler wins VFW contest

July 21, 2022 At the July 2nd “Honoring America's Heroes" event in Whitney, the Whitney VFW Post 12176 Auxiliary had a "guess how many candies are in the jar" contest. The winner of the jar, with a guess of 1,700, is sixth grader Allison Wilson of Whitney. The total number of candies was 1,776.

State, local resources battle large Bosque County wildfire

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 14, 2022 Firefighters have stayed busy in Hill and Bosque counties battling a number of wildfires in recent days, most notably the "Hard Castle Fire" in Bosque County. The Texas A&M Forest Service was assisting local firefighters over the weekend as the fire, which began Wednesday evening, July 6, continued to … Continue reading State, local resources battle large Bosque County wildfire

Wildcats welcome new athletic director

July 14, 2022 Wildcat athletes and fans had a chance to meet Whitney Independent School District Athletic Director David Haynes Jr. at a meet-and-greet event sponsored by the Whitney Athletic Booster Club Thursday, June 30. Coach Haynes has spent 14 years as a coach, most recently as the defensive coordinator at Valley Mills High School. … Continue reading Wildcats welcome new athletic director

Air resources called in for Hard Castle Fire

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 14, 2022 The Texas A&M Forest Service assisted Bosque County firefighters as they worked to contain the 500+ acre Hard Castle Fire near Walnut Springs over the weekend. Boaters on Lake Whitney were warned to avoid areas where aircraft were scooping water from the lake to drop on the scene. The … Continue reading Air resources called in for Hard Castle Fire

Area sales tax allocations up this month

July sales tax allocations to Hill County were up over 20 percent compared to the same time last year and Whitney's were up 14 percent, according to data released by State Comptroller Glenn Hegar last week. Hegar will send Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $1.03 billion in local sales tax … Continue reading Area sales tax allocations up this month

Hill County Grand Jury returns indictments

July 14, 2022 A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Friday, July 1 returned the following indictments: Randy Joe Abbott, 47, of Waco, bail jump and failure to appear (x 2) Jimmy Ray Adams, 24, of Cypress, possession of THC under one gram Robert Cruz Adames, 45, of Whitney, failure to comply with sex offender's … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns indictments

Master Gardeners present scholarships

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 14, 2022 Hill County Master Gardeners recently awarded two scholarships of $1,000 each to two students. Christopher A. Wanat attends Tarleton State University in Stephenville and is majoring in horticultural and plant sciences. Kathryn M. Kass is attending Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and majors in horticulture. Funds for … Continue reading Master Gardeners present scholarships

Cast of “Sleepy Hollow” set, tickets on sale

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 13, 2022 Cast of "Sleepy Hollow" set, tickets on saleRehearsals are underway for Lake Whitney Arts’ summer Children’s Theatre production of Sleepy Hollow. Tickets are on sale at LakeWhitneyArts.org. When inane schoolmaster Ichabod Crane comes to Sleepy Hollow, he brings with him all his worldly possessions as he seeks a well-to-do … Continue reading Cast of “Sleepy Hollow” set, tickets on sale

First Baptist Church presents scholarships

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 14, 2022 Whitney’s First Baptist Church recently presented scholarships to Hill County seniors. They included: Cadence Bidwell, daughter of Tracy and Ashley Bidwell, of Whitney High School. She plans to major in engineering at Texas A&M University. Lucy Schulz, daughter of Greg and Julie Schulz, of Abbott High School. She plans … Continue reading First Baptist Church presents scholarships

Musical Fun at the Bosque Arts Center

Editor: Shannon Cottongame July 13, 2022 Summer fun for kids continues at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton with Music Camp July 18-21. Former camp leader Vicky Ketchum and daughter Abigail will return to Clifton to head up camp this year. Monday through Wednesday camp will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday camp … Continue reading Musical Fun at the Bosque Arts Center

Independence Day Celebration Saturday

A Whitney Independence Day celebration is set for Saturday, July 2. A “Celebrate Heroes” parade will start at 10 a.m. downtown, followed by downtown festivities beginning at 11 a.m. After the parade, there will be water slides and inflatables, a DJ, live music and a pie eating contest. There will also be face paintings, a … Continue reading Independence Day Celebration Saturday

WISD board discusses security, Baker Field plan and drug tests

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 30, 2022 In a regular meeting of the Whitney ISD Board of Trustees held Monday, June 20, the board discussed district security information, Whitney Wildcat Football League’s plans for the Baker Field restrooms and concession stands and an amendment to the random drug testing policy. Superintendent John McCullough said that he … Continue reading WISD board discusses security, Baker Field plan and drug tests

Whitney City Council holds June meeting

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 The Whitney City Council met in a regular session Tuesday, June 21, to hear monthly reports and consider agenda items. In open forum, resident Alan Ellis told the council that he would like to donate $10,000 toward the effort to create a better park for children and the community. … Continue reading Whitney City Council holds June meeting

Burn bans now in place ahead of 4th

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 Both Hill and Bosque counties are now under burn bans as drought conditions have intensified and carried over into summer. Area fire departments have been busy responding to grass fire calls recently, as the Texas Forest Service warned of increased wildfire activity. "The dryness we are currently seeing across … Continue reading Burn bans now in place ahead of 4th

Whitney PD makes arrest in stabbing investigation

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 A Hillsboro man was arrested Wednesday, June 22, in connection with a stabbing that occurred in Whitney earlier this month. Derrick Simmons, 41, was taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault causing bodily injury, a second-degree felony. Simmons was booked into the Hill County Law Enforcement Center with … Continue reading Whitney PD makes arrest in stabbing investigation

Board of Regents selects 11th Hill College president

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 After a national search, the Hill College Board of Regents approved the college’s 11th president at a meeting held recently. Dr. Thomas Mills will serve as Hill College president beginning August 1, replacing Dr. Pam Boehm, who recently retired from that position. Dr. Mills brings a wealth of community … Continue reading Board of Regents selects 11th Hill College president

Firefighters respond to two fires

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 Multiple Whitney area fire departments were dispatched to fires Monday afternoon, June 20. At 1:15 p.m., Whitney, Lakeview and Peoria volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the 200 block of HCR 1246, just northeast of Whitney High School. Officials said that the blaze was caused by a hay baler … Continue reading Firefighters respond to two fires

ESD 2 board discusses properties

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 The Hill County Emergency Services District (ESD 2) Board of Commissioners met in a regular session Thursday, June 16, and discussed the district’s recent and future property acquisitions. Board President Tad Duncan reported that the former tenant who had failed to vacate the district’s new property at 1460 FM … Continue reading ESD 2 board discusses properties

White Bluff Chapel welcomes new minister

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 Aaron and Erin Franklin and their sons, Anderson and EJ White Bluff Chapel is excited to announce the addition of new Minister of Music and Family Aaron Franklin. Aaron, his wife Erin and their sons, Anderson and EJ, have relocated to White Bluff Resort. Aaron began his new position … Continue reading White Bluff Chapel welcomes new minister

ESD 1 Board, VFDs review proposed strategic plan

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 30, 2022 The Hill County Emergency Services District (ESD) 1 Board of Commissioners held its June meeting recently and submitted a draft of a five-year strategic plan to departments for consideration. Commissioner Bill Heffner drafted the document, which he said will eventually include specific goals that the district and fire departments … Continue reading ESD 1 Board, VFDs review proposed strategic plan

Commissioners approve abatement for expansion of Hill County solar project

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 23, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved a tax abatement agreement for the expansion of a solar project within an existing reinvestment zone Tuesday, June 14. In April, the court voted to propose a tax abatement agreement with Hill Solar II, LLC, which will be an expansion of the Hill … Continue reading Commissioners approve abatement for expansion of Hill County solar project

Man charged with murder after shooting

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 23, 2022 The Hill County Sheriff’s Office has charged a man with murder after a fatal shooting that occurred in Abbott Friday, June 17. Nicholas Charassri According to reports, the shooting was reported by a 9-1-1 caller just after 5 p.m., and deputies responded to the scene in the 400 block … Continue reading Man charged with murder after shooting

Unemployment rates up slightly in latest report

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 23, 2022 According to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) last week, Hill and Bosque county unemployment rates rose slightly in May but remain well below the rates from one year ago. In May, Hill County's unemployment rate was reported at 3.5 percent, up from 3.2 percent in April. … Continue reading Unemployment rates up slightly in latest report

Campers enjoy ‘Wild Wonders’ at state park

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 22, 2022 Lake Whitney State Park hosted summer fun and learning opportunities for children during this year's Wild Wonders Summer Camp. Youngsters entering pre-kindergarten through second grade started things off June 6-8 with a peewee camp, and third through sixth graders attended June 13-16. Along with plenty of fun and games, … Continue reading Campers enjoy ‘Wild Wonders’ at state park

WHS color guard, band members attend leadership camp

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 23, 2022 Whitney High School students attended the 48th Howard Payne University Band Leadership Camp June 13-17 in Brownwood. The camp offers leadership training in the areas of drum major, section leader, officer, marching skills, marching percussion and color guard. Members of the Wildcat color guard and band pictured above include … Continue reading WHS color guard, band members attend leadership camp

Local filmmakers attend meet and greet

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 22, 2022 Pictured (l to r) Will Boothman, who is from Whitney, Mitch Berntson of Hillsboro, George Meyers of Hillsboro and Producer/Writer/Actor JJ Perez met at a showing of their films held Friday evening, June 17. The Indie Short Film Festival in downtown Whitney was the second installment of Juniper Cove … Continue reading Local filmmakers attend meet and greet

Family credits 10-year-old with saving baby brother

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 23, 2022 10-year-old Aubrey Morris holds her 11-month-old brother Hayden. Thanks to a heroic act by 10-year-old Aubrey Morris, a family at a home in Blum is united together in gratitude for their safety and health after enduring a trip to the hospital last week. Aubrey, who is from Aurora, West … Continue reading Family credits 10-year-old with saving baby brother

Hill County Beekeepers are doing their part to preserve pollinators

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 22, 2022 The Hill County Beekeepers Association meets the third Tuesday of each month to learn about how to preserve a crucial component of American agriculture, the honeybee. People from Hill County and surrounding areas attend the meeting for fellowship and education on the hobby of beekeeping. Attendees interact, ask each … Continue reading Hill County Beekeepers are doing their part to preserve pollinators

Hillsboro Farmers Market joins chamber

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 22, 2022 The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the Hillsboro Farmers Market recently. Pictured are directors of the farmers market Melissa Awtrey, Randy Cottrell and Kristi Hutchison. The market is open every Saturday through October and is located on the west side of the Hill County … Continue reading Hillsboro Farmers Market joins chamber

Whitney’s new athletic director looks to build on recent success

Reporter and KHBR Radio Personality: Jack Foley June 16, 2022 Whitney Independent School District has announced that David Haynes Jr. has been selected to replace Mark Byrd as the new athletic director and head football coach of the Wildcats. The 2004 McGregor High School graduate has spent 14 years as a coach, most recently as … Continue reading Whitney’s new athletic director looks to build on recent success

Commissioners vote to continue $10 hog bounty

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 16, 2022 The Hill County Commissioners Court approved funds to continue offering an increased feral hog bounty and moved forward with the sale of property in a special meeting held Tuesday, June 7. Extension Agent Zach Davis told the court that the decision to increase the bounty to $10 per tail … Continue reading Commissioners vote to continue $10 hog bounty

Flags out for America until Labor Day

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 16, 2022 As a show of unity in the Whitney community, the Whitney Business Alliance is joining with the City of Whitney and the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce to encourage residents and business owners to display American flags outside of their homes or businesses until Labor Day. The flags are … Continue reading Flags out for America until Labor Day

Blum grad plans to help veterans through therapeutic horsemanship

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 16, 2022 Stormie Swinburne Recent Blum graduate Stormie Swinburne was ecstatic the first time she put on her leather jacket with patches that read “All American Quarter Horse Congress Reserve Champion.” The hours of training with her horse Doc paid off when she earned the congress jacket by winning reserve champion … Continue reading Blum grad plans to help veterans through therapeutic horsemanship

Hill County Grand Jury returns June’s list of indictments

June 16, 2022 A Hill County grand jury that convened Friday, June 3, returned the following indictments: Terry Kay Bell II, 56, of Lawton, Oklahoma, possession of marijuana between four ounces and five pounds; possession of methamphetamine between four and 200 grams; possession of psilocybin between one and four grams; possession of THC between four … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns June’s list of indictments

Hill Regional Hospital hosting 1-day COVID-19 vaccine clinic

June 16, 2022 News release submitted by Hill Regional Hospital Hill Regional Hospital will be conducting a one-day only COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, June 30. The time will be from 2-4 p.m., and registration for either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines will be taken now for this event. The Silver Connections office will be … Continue reading Hill Regional Hospital hosting 1-day COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Lakeside Village Area VFD plans summer fish fry Saturday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 16, 2022 The Lakeside Village Area Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary will hold their summer fish fry Saturday, June 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lakeside Village Fire Hall/Community Center. The menu will be fried fish, onion-stuffed hush puppies, potato salad, pinto beans, desserts, all the condiments and … Continue reading Lakeside Village Area VFD plans summer fish fry Saturday

Eastern Star Appreciation Dinner

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 16, 2022 Whitney Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 930 recently held an appreciation dinner for local Masons and their wives, daughters and family members. Robert and Georgia Galvan prepared brisket and sausage, and members provided the sides. After the meal, a program was presented by Associate Matron Darlene Pelham-Apperson. Door … Continue reading Eastern Star Appreciation Dinner

Whitney Area Museum is open and ready to share local history

Reporter: Ellie Mahan June 9, 2022 After being closed for two years due to COVID-19, the Whitney Area Museum re-opened to the public at the beginning of May. Rhonda Bass, director of the museum, said she hopes to open the museum every Saturday in June and July. She said the attendance levels this summer will … Continue reading Whitney Area Museum is open and ready to share local history

Finalists named in search for Hill College president

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 The Hill College Board of Regents has approved four finalists in the college's search for a new president. The board is conducting interviews and public forums this week prior to making a decision. The finalists approved for the interview process are Dr. Shelley Diviney, Dr. Brenda Kihl, Dr. Thomas … Continue reading Finalists named in search for Hill College president

Judge sentences Hubbard drug dealer to 60 years

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 A Hubbard resident was recently sentenced to 60 years in prison in a drug case heard in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County. A jury was selected Monday, May 23, to hear a felony criminal trial alleging possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, in an amount of … Continue reading Judge sentences Hubbard drug dealer to 60 years

HCSO seeks information about break-in

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 The Hill County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help in identifying three unknown subjects who broke into a local convenience store Saturday, June 4. According to reports, the incident occurred at Pit Stop, located at 1072 Farm Road 1713 near Whitney at approximately 3 a.m. Authorities said that … Continue reading HCSO seeks information about break-in

The show goes on…

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 There’s still one more weekend to catch "Deliver Us From Mama" at Lake Whitney Arts. "It’s a rip-roaring, hilarious, high-octane race to beat the stork featuring aliens and car chases and skunks," said Director Ed Sanders. The cast includes Cindy Parks, Joe Neal Pedigo, Stacey Greenawalt, Gene Moore, Kitty … Continue reading The show goes on…

May TDCJ sentences handed down

June 9, 2022 The office of District Attorney Mark Pratt recently prosecuted felony criminal cases in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County. The following Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) convictions are from May: Ronnie Lynn Strickling - deadly conduct, discharge firearm in a habitation/building/vehicle, 12 years prison; unlawful possession of a firearm … Continue reading May TDCJ sentences handed down

WHS grad signs with Austin College

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 Recent Whitney High School graduate Lupita Reel has decided to attend Austin College and play softball for the 'Roos. She is pictured with her mother, Kenda Campbell, and step-father, Jeremy Campbell, signing with the college. At back are Coach Bo Johnson and Coach Kylie Roos.

Boaters urged to ‘Clean, Drain & Dry’ to stop the spread of invasive species

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 Now more than ever, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) urges boaters and paddlers who enjoy water recreation this summer to do their part to fight back against aquatic invasive species that threaten Texas lakes. “Memorial Day weekend was the unofficial kick-off to boating season in Texas, and while … Continue reading Boaters urged to ‘Clean, Drain & Dry’ to stop the spread of invasive species

Game Wardens report fewer holiday weekend citations

Editor: Shannon Cottongame June 9, 2022 Texas Game Wardens issued fewer boating-related citations over Memorial Day weekend than they did in 2021. They cited increased boating safety awareness and patrols by game wardens and other marine safety officers as contributors to a drop in incidents. Between Friday and Monday, 352 game wardens conducted 10,218 safety … Continue reading Game Wardens report fewer holiday weekend citations