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Residents are gearing up for plenty of back-to-school shopping this weekend due to one simple reason — it’s the annual tax-free holiday weekend.

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Fifty-five percent of Copperas Cove school district students qualify for the free and reduced meal program. Many of these students’ families may find it challenging to afford school supplies.

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Staff at Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy have hardly taken a break this summer with professional development classes and conferences to further their ability to provide the very best early childhood education to Cove students.

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Organizers of the Cove House Classic Bike Tour are hoping to capture some of the participants in the Hotter’N Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls held later in August to participate to their event in the coming years.

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Slightly higher water rates may be coming for residents after City Council members discussed potential changes to water and wastewater rates at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

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The Army Corps of Engineers reassured residents of Coryell County and other areas down river of Proctor Dam that the dam is still safe, but said a structural integrity study would be conducted after events during last year’s heavy rainfalls at the end of June and early July raised some concerns.

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Residents of the Central Texas community gathered at Ogletree Gap Park on Saturday afternoon to have some good family fun during the first-ever Food Truck Festival.

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Chicago and its beautiful skyline were the perfect backdrop for the Cove Independent School District’s instructional technology team to get an infusion of instruction about Schoology, the school district’s learning management system, while attending a four-day Schoology-Next conference.

  • By Julie A. Ferraro | Herald correspondent
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The first day of school at Copperas Cove High School may be weeks away, but incoming freshmen had a chance to explore the halls and meet their classmates during the Dawghouse Welcome on Wednesday. Expecting a class of about 550 students, teacher Eric Whitt organized the session so the young …

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Cove residents will have a chance Tuesday to express their opinions on a controversial plan by the Hill Country Transit District, which operates The Hop, to restrict paratransit pickup and drop-off service on the regional bus network.

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is looking at the quality of drinking water provided by the Kempner Water Supply Corporation — which supplies water to the Lampasas and Kempner areas.

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Coryell County burn ban begins at sunset Sunday for 90 days

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The Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center will host a wine tour Sept. 23 featuring tastings at Fiesta Winery, Pillar Bluff Winery, Torr Na Lochs Vineyard and Winery, Texas Legato Winery and Chadwick Olive Groves.

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Some students get out of school for the summer not knowing exactly how they will spend their time. That is not the case for Ariel Draper, who heads back for the third consecutive year to the Lone Star Leadership Academy for her final learning opportunity.

  • By Julie A. Ferraro | Herald correspondent
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Connor Hedge may be gone, but he’s definitely not forgotten. On Sunday, dozens gathered at Maks Family Fun Center in Cove to celebrate the first anniversary of Connor’s “becoming an angel” and what would have been his seventh birthday. Having suffered from stage IV Neuroblastoma, which was d…

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The surprise announcement of the closing of the Vive Les Arts Theatre in Killeen last week could have a far-reaching effect on performing arts in cities around Fort Hood — with the nearest community theater in Temple.