Soni Berkhemer, 48, lives in Harker Heights, works at Harker Heights High School as a nutritionist.
Tell me about your family.
My entire family lives in Harker Heights. My father, RC Miller. is a retired Military Police officer, My mother, Laverne Miller, is a stay-at-home mother. My sister, Moni Taylor, works at Eastern Hills Middle School in the cafeteria. My brother, Edward Burris, is a school bus driver for Copperas Cove ISD. I have four nephews and three neices.
Where are you from originally?
I was raised in Harker Heights. I was adopted.
What brought you to the area?
The Army brought us to the area. My dad retired here. I was adopted by my parents and raised here. My family and I are very close net. I am proud to be one of the chosen few.
What church are you a member of?
I am a member of Grace Christian Center in Killeen.
What are your hobbies?
Roller Derby Team called Feme Fatale Roller Dolls, Go hiking, Surfing, bicycle riding, and I collect fairies and swords. My most important hobby is spending as much time with my family as possible.
What was the last book that you read?
The last book that I read was the Bible. Psalms is one of my favorite scriptures.
What is the last movie that you saw?
The last movie that I saw was “The Angry Birds.”
What do you like about Harker Heights?
I like that everything is close. When it’s cooler, I can either walk or bicycle to different places around this area.
What is your favorite store in Harker Heights?
My favorite store in Harker Heights is Wal-Mart.
What is your favorite restaurant in Harker Heights?
My favorite restaurant in Harker Heights is Pho 4 U.
What community work do you do?
HARP in Killeen, for children who can’t afford school supplies or backpacks. We do this through my Roller Derby team, Feme Fatale Roller Dolls. We also do Feast of Sharing. We serve people that come in, before Thanksgiving through H-E-B. We help serve, fix food and greet.
What do you think that Harker Heights needs?
Harker Heights needs more strict codes and conducts. The police officers need to know their neighboorhoods better; this would cut down the crime.
The citizens should step up to protect our children and the children around us. We need more playgrounds that are safe, and more entertainment for these kids.
Children from young adults all the way to teenagers need more things for them to do so they will be active and not cause trouble.
Most crime comes from from teenagers to like young adults. Kids destroy things just cause they have nothing to do they should have more entertainment more things for children to do.
Is Harker Heights better or worse than when you were growing up?
Harker Heights has gotten worse than when I was younger. This area was more of a rual country while I was growing up. However, now it’s like more of a busy city. Crime has gone up; you can’t really sit on your porch in the evenings because you might get shot. People zoom up and down the road, and it makes it harder for kids to play. Kids have to play in people’s yards now because drivers don’t watch out for kids.
If you could change anything about your life, what would it be and why?
I would think smarter, probably further my education and make better choices.