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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 8:05 am, Wed Aug 7, 2013.

Ratliff celebrates 100th birthday

On Saturday, Lolete Ratliff celebrated her 100th birthday. She was born Feb. 9, 1913, in Lone Grove, a small community in Llano County. She resided in Llano until she was 90, when she moved into the Rosewood Care Center in Killeen to be closer to her daughter, a retired teacher in Killeen ISD.

Ratliff’s secrets to longevity are good genes and an optimistic outlook on life. Her favorite pastime is playing the game of “42” with friends, where she bids recklessly but usually always achieves her mark. She applies her own makeup daily when getting dressed. Her favorite hobby is collecting owls. In high school, she was a champion tennis player.

Ratliff celebrated the milestone with two parties this weekend, one at the Rosewood and another hosted by her daughter and nieces with her 42 club friends at the Stonetree Golf Course in Killeen.

St. Joseph students earn honor roll spots

St. Joseph Catholic School celebrated National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 25 to Feb. 2. The theme was, “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.” The following students met high standards for the Semester Honor Rolls.

Semester A Honor Roll

  • First grade: Jonah Ainley, Nicholas Boor, Zachary Boor, Zoey Heflin, Sebastian Jauquet, Aryana Pfeifer, Andrew Sackett.
  • Second grade: Emma Daniels, Francis Eversole, Kali Katz.
  • Fourth grade: Benjamin Boor, Christian Tiglao.
  • Fifth grade: Matthew Atkinson, Kyra Glaze, Zoey McNeill.

Semester AB Honor Roll

  • First grade: Dominic Anderson, Aidan Collins, Abygail Dallas, Duneysha Eloge, Michael Henry, Thomas Kirkbride, Rachel Pineda, Jasmine Torres, Alexander Whipple
  • Second grade: Joshua Anderson, Rudy Creed, Holden Draves, Gabriel Emery, Katherine Jolly, Rebecca Kildoo, Alesandra Nunez-Morales, Trey Soriano
  • Third grade: Faith Henry, Sophia Dancer, Nadia Sanchez
  • Fourth grade: Charmaine Arsenio, Jada Dallas, Dylan Devereaux, Joy Pickens, Logan Ruiz,
  • Fifth grade: Ian Ford, Sydney Jolly, Madison Moreno
  • Sixth grade: Mark Henry, Christian Masterman, James Ziegler.

Littlefield new engineer in TxDOT’s Waco district

Bobby Littlefield assumed the reins as the Texas Department of Transportation’s new Waco district engineer on Jan. 1.

A 28-year TxDOT veteran, Littlefield will oversee the planning, designing, building, operation and maintenance of the state transportation system in the eight-county Waco district. Littlefield served as the Paris district engineer for more than nine years before coming to Waco. He replaces Richard Skopik, who retired in August after more than 34 years with TxDOT and 14 years as the Waco district engineer.

Littlefield started his TxDOT career in 1984 as an engineering assistant in the Sulphur Springs area office. In 1993, he was named area engineer in the Sherman area office.

A graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program, he served as TxDOT’s rural franchise lead and as chairman of the research management committee for planning and environment. He received the department’s Dewitt C. Greer Award in 2003 for excellence in the engineering field.

Littlefield earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1984 and became a licensed professional engineer in 1989.

Barlett man donates winnings to Holland youth programs

BARTLETT — The Holland FFA Chapter and the Holland Youth Booster Club will now be able to better serve the Bartlett community thanks to the support of local farmer, Kirby Logan, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local, nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture due to drought this year, winning farmers in these counties were able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

Bell County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Logan the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Logan selected the Holland FFA Chapter and the Holland Youth Booster Club. The Holland FFA Chapter will utilize the $2,500 to support its FFA Show Team. The Holland Youth Boost Club will put the funds toward the Bell County Youth Fair Auction and to help offset the costs of the FFA chapter’s new barn.

“We are so excited about this opportunity,” Logan said. “Our FFA chapter is building a barn and these funds will be put to great use.”

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