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Shantrese Cooper Gillam, 43, owner of Cajun Skillet, LLC, lives in Killeen, does business in Harker Heights.

BELTON — The city’s annual Fourth of July festivities will wrap with a bang this year, as fireworks will be added to the popular annual event.

The staff of Harker Heights Lumber and Supply has received the Lemonade Day Community Partner of the Year Award.

More than a dozen area residents showed up at the Harker Heights Public Library on Saturday to learn about essential oils.

Linda Salinas, 17, is a junior at at Harker Heights High School.

An elementary school leadership camp is coming full circle this year with students from previous years guiding a new crop of young leaders.

Food is medicine. Many types of fruits, vegetables and herbs have the power to treat ailments and diseases, like allergies, arthritis, migraines, and skin infections and even cancer.

Clarence Robinson, 29, lives in Killeen, works in Harker Heights

During his presentation on survivalism, Sergio Martinez removed a small Bible in a plastic bag from his duffle bag.

Ta’Shaiya Smith, 14, recently attended Union Grove Middle School in Harker Heights, will attend Harked Heights High in the fall and lives in Harker Heights.

Alexandria Mack, 14, lives in Harker Heights and is a freshman at Harker Heights High.

Five graduating seniors at Harker Heights High School received $1,500 scholarships from the Harker Heights Kiwanis Club during the club’s May 16 regular weekly luncheon at the Saint Paul Chong Hasang Parish Center.

Since 2011, the Living Legacy Program, sponsored by Harker Heights Parks and Recreation, provides a way for residents and nonresidents to honor someone through the planting of trees at the six parks and at three city buildings in Harker Heights.

The City of Harker Heights Parks & Recreation Department will host a celebration of Older Americans Month today.

Vicky Mitchell, 65, lives and works in Harker Heights.

Evan Hodson, a resident of Harker Heights and member of the Harker Heights Rotary Club, recently was named to the prestigious Rotary District 5870 Roll of Fame.

NOLANVILLE — A Killeen ISD school already identified with distinguished military service is the second elementary school in Texas tied to a military decoration that dates to George Washington.

Madelyn Garrison, 15, lives in Harker Heights, attends Harker Heights High School.

NOLANVILLE — About 130 residents took part in a fun run at Nolanville Elementary School in an event that spoke to the school’s community reach.

The first Saturday in May is a day of tradition — the running of the famous Kentucky Derby signaling the first leg of the horseracing Triple Crown.

The Central Texas A cappella Quartet HMMM is the 2017 Southwestern District Spring Convention Senior Quartet Champion and qualifies to represent the five-state district at the Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Contest scheduled for Jan. 16-21 in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Cambriege Wesley, 17, lives in Harker Heights, attends Harker Heights High School

Amy’s Attic in Harker Heights held its biannual crafts festival Saturday, benefitting Families in Crisis Inc.

The Friends of the Library raised $2,675 at their April 29 Book Sale held in the Activities Center at the Stewart C. Meyer Public Library.

The Central Texas College Continuing Education department and the Mayborn Science Theater will host a summer preview of its College for Kids classes and other programs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the campus Clear Creek building (Bldg. 136).

Walking is the best wonder drug for senior citizens. It’s low impact, increases flexibility and improves heart health, among other perks. Three times a week, some seniors hit their stride at the free “Texercise Walking Class” at the Harker Heights Activity Center starting at 10 a.m.

It’s Farmer’s Market time again in Harker Heights. The 7th annual Farmer’s Market grand opening is set for May 6.

Laura Jordan, 54, lives in Kempner and works in Harker Heights as a finacial representative

The quietness of the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library, big plush chairs, light snacks, low light, and a small, intimate crowd was the perfect setting for the April 7 evening performance by the Dave Wild Trio from Waco.

Alanna Fletcher 13, attends Union Grove Middle School in Harker Heights, lives in Harker Heights

“Well-Seasoned Songs” is the theme for the Annual Salado Community Chorus Spring Concert set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church Auditorium, at 210 S. Main St. in Salado.

One has worked hard throughout the school year while her dad is deployed overseas. Another has improved his reading skills by two grade levels. A third has overcome obstacles and inspired others to do the same.

High spirits punctuated the springtime Organization Day last Friday for the Harker Heights High School Junior ROTC battalion.

Steven White, 16, lives in Harker Heights and attends Harker Heights High School.

Spring signals a sense of newness in everything, including food.

Family Craft Night on March 30 at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library provided fun things to create for children and their parents.

I am the chief of all procrastinators. If I ever get half a chance to put something off, I’ll do it without thinking twice. If there was a contest to find who was the best procrastinator, I’m sure I’d win — but then I’d wait too long and not ever get registered.

The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center announces the return of the “Dinosaur George” Dinosaur Exhibit to Harker Heights, today and Friday at the Armed Services YMCA Wellness Center, 110 Mountain Lion Road.

Reading for leisure might not be a high priority for most busy high school students, but Harker Heights High School librarians have built an award-winning reading motivational program.

Dierde Bass, 52, lives in Harker Heights and works in Harker Heights as the owner of Dee Mobile Barber.

Rachel “Dahyeon” Kim 15, attends Harker Heights High School and lives in Harker Heights.

The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, with assistance from Destination Central Texas partners including the Belton, Temple and Killeen convention and visitors bureaus, will host its first-ever Texas Team Trail National Fishing Tournament on Saturday at Belton Lake.

The 39th annual Harker Heights community Eastern Sunrise Service will be held at the amphitheater in Carl Levin Park at 7 a.m. April 16, Easter Sunday.

Take a hundred or so rolls of duct tape and a wisecracking assistant principal and you have the makings of a fundraising event.

Flowers and leaves weren’t the only things blooming at the library last Thursday night as children learned a myriad of interesting facts associated with spring, and even got to “dig in the dirt.”

The third annual Seed and Plant Swap is scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Activities Center at the Stewart C. Meyer Public Library in Harker Heights.

The Stewart C. Meyer Public Library in Harker Heights was a busy place during the Spring Break, providing fun activities for kids and a place for parents to take them where there were fun things to do with friends and getting them out of the house for a while.

The Central Texas College Fine Arts department will present a guest artist performance featuring the duo of Jolente De Maeyer, violinist, and pianist Nikolaas Kende.

JR Scott, 32, co-owns Just Cooking BBQ and More in Harker Heights (formerly known as Maurice’s BBQ) with Gerod Jasper, lives in Killeen.

Jonathan Benjamin, 21, works in Harker Heights at J and B Enterprise.

Members continue to be recruited for the 5th Annual Vision XXI 2017 leadership class sponsored by the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce. Chamber officials are hoping to enroll about 30 people in the class this year.

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