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

City mourns loss of medic after fatal off-duty crash

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 8, 2021 A West resident who served as a medic for Whitney EMS and a firefighter in Harker Heights was killed in a traffic accident near Copperas Cove early Tuesday morning, November 30. Twenty-three-year-old Cole Simmons’ vehicle was reportedly struck on State Highway 9 after another driver’s visibility was impaired by … Continue reading City mourns loss of medic after fatal off-duty crash

County to apply for grant to expand Exhibits Building

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 8, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court met in a brief special session Tuesday, November 30, and approved a grant application for upgrades to the Hill County Fairgrounds Exhibits Building. County Judge Justin Lewis asked for the court’s approval to apply to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for … Continue reading County to apply for grant to expand Exhibits Building

Registration underway for Hill County Fair Creative Arts

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 8, 2021 Registration is now underway for the Creative Arts Division of the 2022 Hill County Fair. The fair is scheduled for Monday, January 24, through Saturday, January 29, at the Hill County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. Registration opened Monday, December 6, and will continue through Sunday, January 16. All items must … Continue reading Registration underway for Hill County Fair Creative Arts

Joint Committee preparing Angel gifts, community invited to donate

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 8, 2021 Joint Committee for Christmas volunteers pictured above are: front row (l to r) - Kathy Valenta, Claire Matthaei, Pat Boyd and Linda Jones; and back row - Jill Hubble, Stacy Hughes, Bonnie Jaskie, Terry Boyer and Michelle Walker. The volunteers of Joint Committee for Christmas (JCC), commissioned by the … Continue reading Joint Committee preparing Angel gifts, community invited to donate

Hubbard man takes plea deal in local murder case

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 8, 2021 Ricardo Ramos Ricardo Ramos, the Hubbard man charged in the June murder of a 26-year-old Maypearl man, accepted a plea agreement Thursday, December 2.If the case had gone to trial, Ramos was facing the death penalty. Under the agreement, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison … Continue reading Hubbard man takes plea deal in local murder case

Hill County Retired Teachers to celebrate Christmas at WB

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 8, 2021 Tricia Shelton of Hill Regional Hospital’s Silver Connections met with HCRTA in October. She is shown holding a copy of “Help Me, Mr. Mutt,” which will be featured at a special HCRTA Christmas meeting to be held at White Bluff Chapel on December 15. On Wednesday, December 15, the … Continue reading Hill County Retired Teachers to celebrate Christmas at WB

TDCJ sentences handed down in 66th District Court

December 8, 2021 The office of District Attorney Mark Pratt prosecuted felony criminal cases in the 66th Judicial District Court of Hill County in November. The following Texas Department of Criminal Justice sentences were handed down: Christina Killough Shelton, fraudulent use/possession of identifying information under five items, three years prison Alejandro Perea-Medina III, possession of … Continue reading TDCJ sentences handed down in 66th District Court

Help create a happier holiday season for children in foster care and their families

December 8, 2021 Hill County CASA volunteers sworn in: Hill County Court At Law Judge Matt Crain swore in new Court Appointed Special Advocates Wednesday, December 1, to serve local children through CASA of Hill County. Pictured are Connie Drake, Debra Cole, Judge Crain, Dana Tipton and Rose Achord. CASA volunteers are everyday people who … Continue reading Help create a happier holiday season for children in foster care and their families

Downtown Christmas parade, tree lighting set for Saturday

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 Whitney’s annual Christmas parade and downtown tree lighting is set for Saturday, December 4, starting at 6 p.m. Parade lineup will begin at 5 p.m. on San Jacinto Street near Whitney Intermediate School. The procession will take a left onto Washington Avenue, a left onto Colorado Street and then … Continue reading Downtown Christmas parade, tree lighting set for Saturday

Shop Small Campaign Launched Locally

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 sdfsd The Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce, Whitney Business Alliance and business owners teamed up to observe Small Business Saturday November 27 and encourage the community to shop locally this holiday season. In addition to bringing awareness to the products that local businesses have to offer the community, this … Continue reading Shop Small Campaign Launched Locally

Gaines Foundation awards grants to Hill County recipients

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 The Dorothy Gaines Foundation recently announced grant awards for 2021. Mrs. Gaines was a native of Hill County who lived the majority of her life in Fort Worth, but always considered Hill County her home. The foundation was originally established in 2003 with the primary purpose of promoting the … Continue reading Gaines Foundation awards grants to Hill County recipients

Local youth earns trip to Las Vegas barrel-racing world championship

December 1, 2021 Brelynn Crooks will compete in the junior world championship December 2-6. Brelynn Crooks, a 10-year-old from the Whitney area, has qualified to compete in the Vegas Tuffest Junior World Championship (Jr. NFR) this month. Brelynn will be one of 945 contestants from 27 different states and four provinces of Canada competing December … Continue reading Local youth earns trip to Las Vegas barrel-racing world championship

Hill County to join global opioid settlement

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court voted to participate in an opioid settlement agreement with other cities and counties and named nominees to a sexual assault response team in a regular session Tuesday, November 23. A representative from the Texas Office of the Attorney General spoke to commissioners earlier last … Continue reading Hill County to join global opioid settlement

Hill, Bosque unemployment rates on downward trend

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 Area unemployment rates continued to fall in October, according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Hill County's October unemployment rate was recorded at 4.4 percent, down from September's rate of 4.6 percent. In October, there were 721 unemployed Hill County residents out of a total labor … Continue reading Hill, Bosque unemployment rates on downward trend

Arrest made in Laguna Park robbery plot, one at large

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 Tara Johanning Two days after the reported robbery at the Lake Stop convenience store near the Whitney Dam in Laguna Park, the Bosque County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) made one arrest and identified a second suspect. The robbery was reported at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, November 20, when a man in … Continue reading Arrest made in Laguna Park robbery plot, one at large

White Bluff’s “Critter Club”celebrates 20th anniversary

December 1, 2021 A group of ladies from White Bluff Chapel have been making handmade stuffed animals for children locally and all over the world for the past 20 years. They recently held a luncheon to celebrate the 35,900 “Critters” that have been donated since the club began the effort. This is the 20th year … Continue reading White Bluff’s “Critter Club”celebrates 20th anniversary

Operation Christmas Child shoe box effort marks another successful year

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 Volunteers packed up shoe box gifts given by generous donors to be delivered to children all over the world as part of this year’s Operation Christmas Child effort. There will be many delighted children around the world this Christmas as a result of the efforts of Hill County residents … Continue reading Operation Christmas Child shoe box effort marks another successful year

ESD 2 accepts resignation, closes on new property

Editor: Shannon Cottongame December 1, 2021 The Hill County Emergency Services District (ESD) 2 Board of Commissioners met in a regular session Thursday, November 18, and accepted the resignation of commissioner Dan Giles. Giles told the board that he will be moving out of ESD 2 and into the City of Hillsboro, making him ineligible … Continue reading ESD 2 accepts resignation, closes on new property

‘Small Business Saturday’ to be observed in Whitney

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 24, 2021 Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been known as Small Business Saturday. The annual event encourages people to kick off the holiday shopping season by supporting stores in their own community. In honor of Small Business Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. November 27, representatives from the Lake Whitney … Continue reading ‘Small Business Saturday’ to be observed in Whitney

Whitney City Council holds monthly meeting

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 The Whitney City Council met in a regular session Monday night, November 15, to consider several agenda items. In public comments, Carol Westbrook of the Hill County Salvation Army requested that the council mandate that businesses on West Washington Avenue bag their trash before putting it in trash containers. … Continue reading Whitney City Council holds monthly meeting

Food For Families drive a success

Editor: Shannon Cottongame and Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 24, 2021 Collections for this year's Food for Families Drive were strong locally, and by the end of the day Friday, November 19, the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance (LWMA) had exceeded its goal of 65,000 pounds of food with a total of 65,030 pounds collected. Individuals and … Continue reading Food For Families drive a success

Wildcats’ season ends in second round of playoffs

Sports Writer: Brent Cook November 24, 2021 The Whitney Wildcats clawed and fought for four quarters Thursday night at Tyler Rose Stadium, giving No. 3 ranked Mount Vernon its toughest test of the season. But in the end, the undefeated Tigers employed a blazing-quick offensive assault to power past and pull away from the Wildcats … Continue reading Wildcats’ season ends in second round of playoffs

Senior Center filling stockings for homebound residents

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 This Christmas, the community is invited to help fill bags for seniors by bringing items from a wish list to Lake Whitney Senior Center any Tuesday from now through December 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. So many area residents do not have an opportunity to get out … Continue reading Senior Center filling stockings for homebound residents

White Bluff residents treat POA staff

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 24, 2021 To start off the Thanksgiving season on a positive note, White Bluff held a Property Owners Association (POA) staff appreciation day Tuesday, November 16. A table full of treats was set up in the equipment bays for the staff to enjoy over their lunch hour. White Bluff employs over … Continue reading White Bluff residents treat POA staff

Hill county Angel Tree applications available

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 Applications for the Hill County Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program are now available for families seeking assistance. Applications may be picked up at Hillsboro Walmart customer service desk located at 104 Coke Street, Eastland Title Company located at 69 West Franklin Street Hillsboro, Texas Through Time at 110 North … Continue reading Hill county Angel Tree applications available

‘Earth Angels’ exhibit opens at Texas Heritage Museum

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 A new art exhibit on temporary display in the Hill College Texas Heritage Museum (THM) features four large figures representing earth, air, fire and water. The figures, titled “Earth Angels,” are unique because North Texas artist Julia Schloss made them from a collection of salvaged materials. “Julia Schloss is … Continue reading ‘Earth Angels’ exhibit opens at Texas Heritage Museum

Local Couple to celebrate 50 years of marriage

Bobby and Sherry Creech will celebrate 50 years of marriage this week. Above, they are pictured at their 1971 wedding. Bobby Carroll Creech and Sherry Ann (Hutchins) Creech of Lake Whitney will celebrate 50 years of marriage this Saturday. The couple married November 27, 1971, at First Baptist Church in Maypearl. Bobby’s hometown was Mesquite, … Continue reading Local Couple to celebrate 50 years of marriage

Robbery Investigated at area convenience store

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 The Bosque County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a robbery at a Laguna Park convenience store over the weekend. According to a press release, authorities responded to the Lake Stop convenience store at the Whitney Dam at approximately 8:20 p.m. Saturday, November 20. Surveillance cameras captured the incident, in which … Continue reading Robbery Investigated at area convenience store

FFA Members Attend National Convention

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 24, 2021 Whitney FFA would like to thank the community for its help in sending Whitney High School students to the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana in October. Instructors reported that the students had a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet members from throughout the U.S. and participate … Continue reading FFA Members Attend National Convention

Aquilla native serving in U.S. Navy’s ‘Silent Service’

Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Amanda Rae Moreno, Navy office of Community Outreach November 24, 2021 An Aquilla, Texas, native is stationed at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, homeport to all East Coast ballistic-missile and guided-missile submarines. Seaman Connor McCurdy, a 2020 Aquilla Independent School District graduate, joined the Navy this year. “Serving in the … Continue reading Aquilla native serving in U.S. Navy’s ‘Silent Service’

Wildcats power past Goats to claim bi-district championship

Sports writer: Brent Cook November 17, 2021 Whitney to face Mount Vernon Thursday… The Wildcat defense stuffed and smashed the Groesbeck Goats for all four quarters Friday and produced its second shutout of the season. If there is a guaranteed game plan to secure a win, it’s keeping the opponent off the scoreboard. Facing the … Continue reading Wildcats power past Goats to claim bi-district championship

WISD board reviews district, campus improvement plans

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 17, 2021 The Whitney ISD Board of Trustees met Monday, November 8, in a regular session to hear district and campus improvement plans and consider multiple other agenda items. Melissa Marbut, Director of Assessment and Accountability, presented the District Improvement Plan in which she explained six areas of focus for how … Continue reading WISD board reviews district, campus improvement plans

Whitney honors its veterans

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 17, 2021 Richard Wilder, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, retired, was the keynote speaker at the Whitney Veterans Day celebration. A Veterans Day celebration was held at Lake Whitney Senior Center Thursday, November 11. In attendance were representatives from American Legion Post 522, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12176, Fort Graham Chapter … Continue reading Whitney honors its veterans

Court pursues property for county annex in Precinct 1

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 The Hill County Commissioners Court moved forward with a project to open an annex on the west side of the county and heard a presentation on a settlement related to the nationwide opioid crisis in a meeting held Tuesday, November 9. It has been a goal of the court … Continue reading Court pursues property for county annex in Precinct 1

Area sales tax numbers look good in November

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 Area sales tax allocations remained strong when Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released November figures last week. Whitney's November payment came to $87,028.48, up 33 percent from last November. Year-to-date figures show Whitney taking in $727,629.29 so far in 2021, up 12 percent compared to the same period in 2020. … Continue reading Area sales tax numbers look good in November

Blum volleyball advances to state tourney

November 17, 2021 The Blum High School varsity volleyball team earned a trip to the state volleyball tournament with a 3-0 win over Hubbard Saturday, November 13. The Lady Cats won the regional final by scores of 25-12, 25-13, 25-13 after defeating Bryson a day earlier in the regional semi-final round (25-8, 25-11, 25-13). The … Continue reading Blum volleyball advances to state tourney

2021 First Bale Award presented to Gerik Farms

Reporter: Ellie Mahan November 17, 2021 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Hill County presented its annual First Bale Award to D&L Gerik Farms Monday, November 8. The award recognizes a cotton producer having the first ginned bale of cotton grown in Hill County. This year, the honor went to Paul Gerik, owner of D&L … Continue reading 2021 First Bale Award presented to Gerik Farms

Hill County Meals On Wheels seeks senior christmas gifts

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 The holiday season is the time of the year when people are most likely to give to charitable organizations. The Hill County Meals on Wheels program is in its fifth year of giving Christmas gifts to area seniors. Hillsboro and surrounding areas currently have over 70 seniors who depend … Continue reading Hill County Meals On Wheels seeks senior christmas gifts

Ribbon cutting held as Isaiah’s Place shares new mission statement, events

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Isaiah’s Place recently as the retreat announced its new mission statement and has added new programs. Pictured are Madison Elmore and friends, Amy Booth, Terry and Charles Boyer, JoDee Kidnew, Marion Phillips, Jose Abrego, Vicki Thompson, Diane Frederickson, Kellie … Continue reading Ribbon cutting held as Isaiah’s Place shares new mission statement, events

Small steps help prevent diabetes

November 17, 2021 In November, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension recognizes National Diabetes Month. Created by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, this year’s slogan is “Small Steps, Big Difference” and focuses on changes that can help prevent diabetes. “Making several changes in lifestyle, like improving eating and exercise habits, can feel … Continue reading Small steps help prevent diabetes

Wreaths Across America effort now underway

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Whitney Memorial Park are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 2,700 participating locations, will be on Saturday, December 18, at … Continue reading Wreaths Across America effort now underway

White Bluff Chapel recognizes veterans

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 Many local churches honored their veterans on Sunday, November 7. Pictured are the veterans who attended White Bluff Chapel's first of two services on the Sunday prior to Veterans Day. Front row center is Dr. Randy Marshall, Chaplain, Colonel (Retired) from the U.S. Air Force and current pastor of … Continue reading White Bluff Chapel recognizes veterans

Hill County Grand Jury returns November list of indictments

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 17, 2021 A Hill County Grand Jury that convened Thursday, November 4, returned the following indictments: John Paul Barry, 49, of Whitney, aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury Jamyua Monet Baysinger, 22, of Lancaster, bail jump and failure to appear (x 2) David Demark Brown, 54, of Whitney, possession of marijuana … Continue reading Hill County Grand Jury returns November list of indictments

Hill County doctors provide answers to frequent COVID-19 vaccine questions

By Dr. James Earhart, Ascension Medical Group Providence November 17, 2021 We are local physicians and nurse practitioners who live and work here in our community. Many of you may know our names or know us personally, as we may have taken care of you or your loved ones over the years. You see us … Continue reading Hill County doctors provide answers to frequent COVID-19 vaccine questions

Wildcats win again, playoff game set for Friday night

Sports writer: Brent Cook November 10, 2021 Whitney to face Grosebeck at Waco ISD Stadium... The Whitney Wildcats took care of business Friday night at Wildcat Stadium, closing out the regular season with a 35-7 victory. Facing Life Oak Cliff, the Wildcats (5-5, 4-2) fine-tuned the game plan in preparation for a return trip to … Continue reading Wildcats win again, playoff game set for Friday night

Filing set to begin Saturday for March primary elections

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2021 With redistricting complete at the state level, party primary elections are on track to be held Tuesday, March 1, and the filing period for Republican and Democratic candidates will open this Saturday. Alternative election and filing dates were a possibility if the Texas Legislature did not finish the new … Continue reading Filing set to begin Saturday for March primary elections

Brad Daniels takes oath as new Prairielands GCD board member

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2021 Brad Daniels took his oath of office as a director on the Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District (PGCD) Board of Directors in October. Daniels was appointed by the Hill County Commissioners Court in a public meeting on September 14, to serve out an unexpired term representing Hill County on the … Continue reading Brad Daniels takes oath as new Prairielands GCD board member

Blum volleyball team earns area title

November 10, 2021 The Blum High School varsity volleyball team secured the area championship with a win over Penelope (25-10, 25-10, 25-8) last week. The Lady Bobcats (31-11) were set to take on Abbott in the regional quarterfinal round of the playoffs Monday, November 8, in Valley Mills. Pictured (l to r) are: Addison Willingham, … Continue reading Blum volleyball team earns area title

Sentences handed down in local court

November 10, 2021 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 October: Shaday Dominique Bernstine, engaging in organized criminal activity between $2,500 and $30,000, nine years prison Demetrius Lejuane Strong, possession … Continue reading Sentences handed down in local court

Adoption Day celebrated in Hill County

Editor: Shannon Cottongame November 10, 2021 The Hill County Child Protective Services Board and other local officials and organizations gathered to celebrate Adoption Day Friday, November 5. This year, 23 children who were adopted over the past year with their 17 families were invited to the event, which was held at Historic City Hall in … Continue reading Adoption Day celebrated in Hill County