Cove Democrats meet Tuesday

The Democrats of Copperas Cove will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cove Rice, 1807 E. U.S Highway 190.

Food, information and door prizes will be provided. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, email

Garden club holds membership drive

The Browning Community Garden Club will host a membership drive luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bella Sera Restaurant in Copperas Cove. The luncheon and meetings are open to anyone interested in gardening, landscaping or floral design.

The regularly scheduled meetings will resume at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at Clear Creek Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, where Debbie Burrows will present a program on invasive water plants.

For more information, call Connie Madison at (254) 547-1461 or Doris Magnor at (254) 547-5645.

Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame hosts concert

The Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame hosts a music program tonight at the City Auditorium in Gatesville.

Special guests are Patricia “Trisha” Landrum, Chuck Allen and Louie Lee, the “Guitar Man.”

Landrum grew up singing gospel and playing piano in her father’s Pentecostal church. She performs with the Dave Laughlin Band and in other venues where she can share her love of music. Landrum will receive honorary membership in the hall.

Allen wrote his first song at 17 and has performed with numerous groups and artists in Branson, Mo., and Nashville.

Lee is from Lometa and will showcase his guitar skills and musical talent. Lee had a band called “Desert Ramblers.” Lee has won several awards for his guitar playing.

Sandy Doggett and his wife, Lynna Doggett, will perform tonight as well. He will perform a song he wrote.

The Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame hosts shows every third Friday of the month at 110 N. Eighth St. in Gatesville. For more information, call (254) 547-6834.

Officers Spouses Club hosts signup

The Officers Spouses Club at Fort Hood hosts its annual Super Sign Up at Club Hood from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 29.

For more information, call Brooke Lowe-Farmer at (605) 413-6381.

St. Martin’s adds prayer service

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church is adding a morning prayer service to its Sunday church schedule. The service will begin at 9 a.m. every Sunday, starting Sept. 24. The church is at 1602 S. Farm-to-Market 116 in Copperas Cove.

For more information, call (254) 547-0331.

Cowboy Church plans potluck and shooting exhibition

The 5 Hills Cowboy Church will have a potluck lunch, followed by a Sunday service. A mounted shooting exhibition in the arena Sunday also will take place.

The service is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the 5 Hills Cowboy Church Arena, 139 County Road 4630 in Kempner.

Cowboy Church practices roping

The 5 Hills Cowboy Church is sponsoring a ranch-sorting event at the Blanco Verde Ranch, 15011 S. U.S. Highway 183, on Aug. 25.

Donations are appreciated. Food will be available on site.

For more information, call Phillip Evans at (254) 423-7514.

Also at 7 p.m. every Friday, the church conducts roping practice. There is a fee of $10 per head. On every third Friday of the month following practice, there is a competition for a jackpot. The fee to enter the competition is an additional $10. The events are at the 5 Hills Cowboy Church Arena, 139 County Road 4630 in Kempner.

County judge to discuss budget

Coryell County Judge John Firth will lead an informational meeting, highlighting policies considered by the Commissioners’ Court for the 2013 term at 7 p.m. Thursday at Copperas Cove City Hall, 507 S. Main St.

Three new employees, a new department and a percentage of taxes to be set aside in a dedicated capital improvement fund have been proposed. The proposed budget will be placed on the county’s website,, prior to the meeting.

Before the proposed budget and property tax increase can be adopted, two public hearings — the first at 9 a.m. Aug. 27 and the second in September — will be at the Commissioners’ Court room in the Gatesville County Annex.

The purpose of Thursday’s meeting is to inform the public about the operations and expenditures of the county government.

For more information, call Peggy Thompson at (254) 547-4881.

Business center offers classes

The Central Texas Business Resource Center provides business counseling, training, and assistance to potential and existing small-business owners. Following is the center’s workshop and event schedule for August:

Starting a business — identifying and meeting market needs

This workshop provides information owners need to know about the wants and habits of the market they will serve. Owners will learn to spot industry trends, observe people and ask questions, and research and analyze the market to conduct a market analysis for planning purposes. A workbook is provided.

The class is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The cost is $25 per person.

Growing a business – exploring growth opportunities

This workshop explores growth opportunities that focus on sales and profitability.

Owners will evaluate growth indicators that show their businesses’ readiness for growth. In addition, they will assess the industry’s own potential for growth and identify and screen the opportunities for your business. A workbook is provided.

The class is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28. The cost is $25 per person. Reserve your seat at least one day in advance at (254) 200-2001 or The above classes include all materials and are conducted at the Killeen Workforce Center, 300 Cheyenne in Killeen.

Cove offers loans for city businesses

Copperas Cove is accepting applications for loans from the city’s revolving loan fund through Aug. 31.

The city has $80,000 available to loan to approved applicants in the city and/or its extraterritorial jurisdiction. The loan fund’s plan, requirements and applications can be obtained at the city’s website,

Submit applications via e-mail to Ryan Haverlah, the city’s budget director, at

Funds are awarded for the purpose of creating new permanent jobs or permanently retaining existing jobs, primarily for low- and moderate-income persons. At least 51 percent of the permanent jobs created or retained by each business assisted by the fund must be filled by people who have a family income of less than 80 percent of the county median income.

For more information about the fund, call (254) 547-4221.

To submit items for Community Briefs, email or call (254) 501-7470. The deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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