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Friday 02/17/2017
Bell County grand jury takes no action in deputy-involved shooting incident
Posted: February 17, 2017

BELTON — A Bell County grand jury Wednesday took no action in the case of a deputy-involved shooting death of a Navy veteran on the outskirts of Harker Heights.

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Harker Heights City Council approves grant application for new Tasers
Posted: February 17, 2017

The Harker Heights Police Department made significant steps Tuesday in becoming a state-of-the-art law enforcement agency after the City Council approved two grant applications — one for Tasers and the other for a digital crime scene reconstruction diagramming station.

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Nolanville breaks ground on new park
Posted: February 17, 2017

NOLANVILLE — Members of the City Council, Nolanville Economic Development Corporation, planning and zoning commission put on helmets and grabbed shovels Thursday for the groundbreaking of a public recreation site project off North Mesquite Street.

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Child producer wins first place in Take Care of Texas video contest
Posted: February 17, 2017

Emma Rose Gill, 12, of Nolanville and owner of Rainbow Rose Productions, has won first place in the grade six through nine division of the Take Care of Texas video contest.

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Bacteria levels lower; Heights still urges caution around Trimmier Creek
Posted: February 17, 2017

After a raw sewage leak in late December caused bacteria and e-coli levels in Trimmier Creek to reach unsafe levels, Harker Heights officials now say they believe the water to be safe for recreational contact. However, they urge residents to refrain from coming into contact with the water until the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality completes its own investigation.

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Seton doctor talks heart care to local residents at ASYMCA
Posted: February 17, 2017

February is not just about candy hearts — it’s also healthy heart month.

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COMPASS Cotillion teaches good manners at Valentine’s dance
Posted: February 17, 2017

The second class of COMPASS Cotillion, “Red and White Night,” celebrated Valentine’s Day and good manners on Monday at the Central Texas Homebuilders Association in Harker Heights.

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Friday 02/10/2017
Musicians participiating in Heights Valentine concert
Posted: February 10, 2017

A Valentine concert, featuring performing artists J. Holiday, Bobby V and RL (from the group Next) and two local talents, The Songbird Jinda from Temple and Tuesday (aka Red Cup) from Killeen and B-Star from Austin will take place Saturday at the E Center in Harker Heights.

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Friday 02/10/2017
Kiwanis Club plans annual pancake supper
Posted: February 10, 2017

The time is drawing near for the 46th Annual Pancake Supper sponsored by the Harker Heights Kiwanis Club.

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Rotary Club sees over 200 people at leadership luncheon
Posted: February 10, 2017

The Rotary Club of Harker Heights hosted more than 225 people at its annual Foundation Leadership Luncheon held Feb. 2 at the Shilo Inn in Killeen.

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‘Affordable family project’ Stillhouse Flats apartments set for completion in April
Posted: February 10, 2017

The Stillhouse Flats project is a 96-unit apartment complex is currently under construction, with the first units expected to be ready for occupancy in April.

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Elementary students receive knighthoods during Early Act event
Posted: February 10, 2017

A knight in armor, bearing medallions to distribute, honored students of compassion during the monthly Early Act First Knight award ceremony at Harker Heights Elementary School.

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Zach Dietze named CEO of Seton Medical Center Harker Heights
Posted: February 10, 2017

Seton Medical Center Harker Heights has a new top administrator.

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Heights students draw crowd at 17th annual Knight Club with music, acts
Posted: February 10, 2017

It was akin to a production on Broadway or a high-energy concert by a Grammy Award-winning performer — but in reality, it was the two-night run of the 17th Annual Knight Club, featuring 37 acts by choir students at Harker Heights High School.

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Two candidates throw hats into ring for Heights mayor, city council seats
Posted: February 10, 2017

HARKER HEIGHTS — Filings for the city’s May 6 municipal election heated up this week as Place 3 City Councilman Spencer Smith filed as a candidate for the mayor’s post, and former City Councilman Pat Christ filed to fill Smith’s council seat.

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Friday 02/03/2017
Mad scientists take over Chick-fil-A in Heights for educational event
Posted: February 03, 2017

About 50 kids got mad, but in a fun, educational way at the The Mad Science event at Chick-fil-A in Harker Heights on Tuesday evening.

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Dozens attend blood drive in honor of local optometrist battling leukemia
Posted: February 03, 2017

Donors came out by the dozens Wednesday afternoon to give blood at the First United Methodist Church in Killeen.

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Heights council discusses street improvements, funding options
Posted: February 03, 2017

The Harker Heights City Council focused on tackling street improvements over the next five years at Tuesday’s workshop meeting.

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Heights police honor Sgt. Wilson with retirement ceremony
Posted: February 03, 2017

A large crowd of police officers, firefighters, city staff, friends and family gathered Tuesday to congratulate Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson upon his retirement from law enforcement, a career that spanned 37 years.

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Annual Harker Heights Knight Club opens tonight
Posted: February 03, 2017

Hard-driving ’70s rock-and-roll mixes with soothing rhythm and blues and contemporary pop and country in the annual Harker Heights High School Knight Club this weekend.

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Moose Lodge hosts belly dancers, buffet to benefit cancer patient
Posted: February 03, 2017

Mike McClafferty is fighting the good fight against cancer.

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KwikKar Lube offering car care class for women, young adults
Posted: February 03, 2017

KwikKar Lube on Farm-to-Market 2410 in Harker Heights is sponsoring its second car care class, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, for women and young adults.

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Kiwanis Club reviews successful year, prepares for 2017
Posted: February 03, 2017

The Kiwanis Club of Harker Heights heads into 2017 with a recorded membership of about 35.

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Friday 01/27/2017
Library offers fresh start to new year with holistic health fair
Posted: January 27, 2017

Support for new mothers, information about essential oils and fresh juice were just some of the offerings available at the Harker Heights Public Library’s holistic health fair Saturday.

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American Legion honors first responders
Posted: January 27, 2017

A Harker Heights American Legion post honored the city’s police officer and firefighter/paramedic of the year last week.

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Heights council backs proposed affordable-housing development
Posted: January 27, 2017

The Harker Heights City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution expressing their support for a proposed affordable-housing development to be named Avanti Manor.

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Nolanville passes ordinance banning cellphones while driving
Posted: January 27, 2017

NOLANVILLE — Beginning in May, local residents who use their phones while driving in Nolanville will be subject to a citation and fine.

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Harker Heights baker earns top prize on recent episode of ‘Cake Wars’
Posted: January 27, 2017

After Monday night’s episode of “Cake Wars” aired, one baker on the Food Network’s competition show stood victorious — Lilian Halabi, owner of Lily’s Cakes in Harker Heights.

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Heights residents review U.S. Highway 190 expansion proposal
Posted: January 27, 2017

Local residents gathered this week to get a glimpse of what U.S. Highway 190 will look like after a proposed expansion project is completed.

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Seniors get pampered during ‘Day of Beauty’ event at Harker Heights living center
Posted: January 27, 2017

Pamela Lee Ditto sat patiently waiting for a haircut that she planned show off to her grandchildren when they came to visit for the holidays..

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Friday 01/20/2017
Residents raise concerns over development
Posted: January 20, 2017

About a dozen residents expressed their concerns and asked several questions about a proposed residential development at Tuesday’s Harker Heights City Council workshop.

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Community rallies to support Austin Ruiz after leukemia diagnosis
Posted: January 20, 2017

Dr. Austin Ruiz of Harker Heights, a longtime Killeen optometrist, is battling acute lymphatic leukemia after a surprise diagnosis last week landed him in the hospital. But he isn’t alone in his fight.

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Baptist General Convention executive speaks to Harker Heights church
Posted: January 20, 2017

Sometimes the biggest thing to happen to a small group or a small town is for a big name to come visit.

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Business treats customers to healthy eating
Posted: January 20, 2017

The So Natural Organic Market and Restaurant treated its customers to a “Get Fit Meal” food sampling event Monday evening in their facility.

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KISD hosts Impact Day, connecting mentors to male students
Posted: January 20, 2017

In an effort to build strong student leaders in area high schools, Killeen Independent School District officials Friday hosted a community Impact Day.

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Harker Heights Concert Band conductor Carlton Morris passes at 85
Posted: January 20, 2017

Friends and colleagues this week mourned the loss of Carlton Morris, the founder and conductor of the Heights Concert Band for the past 39 years, who died Tuesday at Scott and White Medical Center Temple. He was 85.

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TxDOT proposes widening highway from Heights to Belton; public meeting set
Posted: January 20, 2017

A public meeting to provide information on a proposed project to expand U.S. Highway 190 from four to six lanes between Harker Heights and Belton will take place Tuesday at the Harker Heights library.

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Child producer hoping to win Take Care of Texas contest with community help
Posted: January 20, 2017

Emma Rose Gill is a 12-year-old resident of Nolanville and is the official owner of Rainbow Rose Productions, a television production company she started one year ago next month.

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Friday 01/13/2017
Heights council OKs contract negotiations for sewer basin project
Posted: January 13, 2017

The Harker Heights City Council on Tuesday approved authorization to negotiate a contract with Burgess and Niple Inc. of Austin for engineering services for the 2017 sanitary sewer basin flow monitoring project.

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Lions Club looks back on 2016
Posted: January 13, 2017

The Harker Heights Lions Club may be small in number with a membership of 19, but the organization assists in giving sight to the blind, sponsors food and toy giveaways to the needy during Thanksgiving and Christmas, provides repair work at the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, keeps Harker Heights beautiful along Indian Trail, funds the purchase of flags for the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery and assists in the Flying Vikings program.

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Harker Heights graduates return to school to speak to middle school students
Posted: January 13, 2017

A trio of highly successful new college students returned to their middle school Tuesday with powerfully tangible testimony about the value of academic choices.

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Harker Heights chamber looks back on 2016, looks ahead to new year
Posted: January 13, 2017

Gina Pence, president and CEO of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, recently presented the chamber’s 2016 Annual Report to the membership of the Harker Heights Rotary Club.

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Seton to offer new programs in new year
Posted: January 13, 2017

As Central Texans look forward to the promising changes of a new year, local hospitals are preparing to unveil new programs, highlights and priorities for the Harker Heights and Nolanville area.

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Special-needs kids experience rock climbing through Adaptive Sports
Posted: January 13, 2017

Gazing up at a 40-foot rock climbing wall at the Boulders Sport Climbing Center in Harker Heights Tuesday night, several kids in the Heights Parks and Recreation Superhero Adaptive Sports Program seemed ecstatic, while others appeared unsure.

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Nolanville advances ordinance to ban cellphone use while driving
Posted: January 13, 2017

NOLANVILLE — Nolanville is one step closer to having an ordinance banning cellphone use while driving within city limits.

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Friday 01/06/2017
New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service brings smooth transition
Posted: January 06, 2017

Members of the First Baptist Church of Harker Heights celebrated New Year’s Eve together for their annual Watch Night Service.

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Healing touch: Local woman helps others restore and renew
Posted: January 06, 2017

Sipping a cappuccino at a Harker Heights coffee shop on a recent Tuesday morning, Tawni Lay seemed at peace with herself.

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Heights Rotarians look back on 2016, plan big events for new year
Posted: January 06, 2017

The Harker Heights Rotary Club ended 2016 with 80 members.

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TxDOT plans 3-year project to widen Farm-to-Market 2410
Posted: January 06, 2017

Work on the expansion of a 1.5-mile portion of Farm-to-Market 2410 between Killeen and Harker Heights will begin Monday, Texas Department of Transportation officials announced this week.

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Watercolor class offers chance to brush up on art skills, social time
Posted: January 06, 2017

It wasn’t hard to locate the seniors watercolor class at the Harker Heights Activities Center on Wednesday morning — one simply had to follow the sounds of laughter coming from down the hall.

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Nolanville to review city’s five-year plan
Posted: January 06, 2017

NOLANVILLE — On Jan. 19 and Feb. 2, Nolanville leaders will be on hand to review input on the City’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan and determine which items to prioritize for future bond issues.

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Nolanville city manager reflects on 2016, looks ahead to new year
Posted: January 06, 2017

The topics of finance, grants, the city council, the economic development corporation, planning and zoning and municipal initiatives were at the center of developments for the city of Nolanville in 2016.

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Seton doctor closes in on 10K babies delivered during career
Posted: January 06, 2017

With almost 10,000 baby deliveries in his 30-year career, Dr. Mark Lobaugh is accustomed to waiting.

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Friday 12/30/2016
Shoppers head to Market Heights for after-holiday deals
Posted: December 30, 2016

Christmas Day may be over, but the holidays are not done by a long shot.

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Residents give during Heights blood drive
Posted: December 30, 2016

Carter BloodCare is helping to save the lives of locals throughout Central Texas this holiday season, and Tuesday representatives stopped by the Harker Heights Wal-Mart Supercenter with its blood donation truck for a four-hour blood drive.

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Heights club members spread holiday cheer through community service
Posted: December 30, 2016

The Harker Heights Rotary Club and its Satellite Club teamed up to spread Christmas cheer last week throughout the community.

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Heights city manager reflects on improvements made in past year
Posted: December 30, 2016

“Providing public services that empower people to focus on what matters most; their goals, hopes and dreams.” is the vision statement of the City of Harker Heights.

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Heights ladies group enjoys monthly excursions to restaurants
Posted: December 30, 2016

Several senior ladies have been enjoying a night out at a local restaurant once a month, thanks to a new program sponsored by the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department.

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