Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce ambassadors meet at noon Wednesday at the chamber, 552 E. Farm-to-Market 2410, Suite B, in Harker Heights.

Ambassadors will attend a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Thursday at Purser Family Park, 100 W. Mountain Lion Road, in Harker Heights.

The chamber's board of directors meet at 9 a.m. April 18 at the chamber.

For more upcoming chamber events, go to www.hhchamber.net.

McLane Children's Hospital gets $200K

McLane Children's Hospital Scott & White received $200,000 for program enhancements from CEFCO Convenience Stores' customers and employees, and James and Kim Fikes, CEFCO owners.

CEFCO raised $150,000 for McLane Children's Hospital during its annual Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising campaign last spring; the Fikeses added $50,000. The money will be used to purchase new security equipment.

"The CEFCO Convenience Store organization has taken great pride in our support of (Children's Miracle Network), and how it helps provide desperately needed funds for local pediatric hospitals," said James Fikes in a statement. "As a family, we are honored to provide the additional funding needed for new equipment purchases at McLane Children's."

The gift will help "elevate the level of care we can provide," said Dr. John Boyd III, CEO and chief medical officer for McLane Children's Hospital Scott & White. "We give great care at McLane Children's, but technology is constantly improving, and it often takes new funds to acquire cutting-edge equipment."

Agency: Citrus disease in Calif.

FRESNO, Calif. - A citrus disease that has killed millions of citrus trees and cost growers billions of dollars across Florida and Brazil has been detected in California, despite the industry's best efforts to keep it at bay.

After a week of testing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed at noon Friday that citrus greening was detected in a lemon-grapefruit hybrid tree in a residential neighborhood of Los Angeles County.

The disease stands to threaten not only California's nearly $2 billion citrus industry, but treasured backyard trees scattered throughout the state.

"Huanlongbing is called the world's worst disease of citrus," said Dr. Robert Leavitt of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. "It had been present until now in all of the world's major citrus producing areas - except California."

- Herald staff, wire reports

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