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ALLAN MANDELL: All-Area squad is ‘amazing group’

ALLAN MANDELL: All-Area squad is ‘amazing group’

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How would you like to coach THIS softball team?

ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Future Longhorn Malory Schattle was area’s top slugger

ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Future Longhorn Malory Schattle was area’s top slugger

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They won’t soon forget Malory Schattle in Salado. 

ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Florence’s Gray, Salado’s Hill share pitching honor

ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Florence’s Gray, Salado’s Hill share pitching honor

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Salado’s Meagan Hill and Florence’s Emily Gray have known one another for a long time. 

ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Lady Badgers C Corbin, Florence SS/P Futrell share a mutual respect

ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Lady Badgers C Corbin, Florence SS/P Futrell share a mutual respect

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Kloe Corbin and Mackenzie Futrell have a lot in common. 

ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Belton frosh Drake had exceptional varsity debut

ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Belton frosh Drake had exceptional varsity debut

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Avery Drake began her high school softball career with a boom. 

ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Top-five squads Florence, Belton highlight First Team

ALL-AREA SOFTBALL: Top-five squads Florence, Belton highlight First Team

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Belton and Florence dominated District 12-6A and District 25-3A, respectively, while living in the top five of the state rankings and reaching the regional semifinals of the state playoffs this past season. 

NO-HIT WONDER: All-Area softball MVP Sidney Holman’s pitching feats for Belton were staggering

NO-HIT WONDER: All-Area softball MVP Sidney Holman’s pitching feats for Belton were staggering

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Sidney Holman did it all. 

Ellison qualifies for state 7-on-7 tournament

Ellison qualifies for state 7-on-7 tournament

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Ellison always knew it was capable of becoming the first team in program history to qualify for the Texas State 7-on-7 Championships — the Eagles just didn’t expect it to take this long. 

Carrying on campus: Colleges, universities navigate new concealed handgun law, policies

Carrying on campus: Colleges, universities navigate new concealed handgun law, policies

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The controversial law that will allow concealed license holders to carry their handguns on college campuses will take effect Aug. 1 for four-year, public institutions in the state of Texas. The bill, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on June 13, 2015, gave institutions of higher education over a year to make plans and arrangements on how they would implement the law. Private universities were given the option of applying this law at their campuses. Two-year colleges were given another year, until Aug. 1, 2017, to comply.

Simplicity key regarding policy at Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Simplicity key regarding policy at Texas A&M University-Central Texas

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Licensed concealed handgun carriers will be allowed at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, along with other four-year, public colleges across the state, on Aug. 1.

CTC stuck in the middle of carrying on campus

CTC stuck in the middle of carrying on campus

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On the Central Texas College campus, families play by the duck pond, bus loads of elementary students visit the science theater and high school students take early college classes.

S.B. 11 forces universities to prep unique policies

S.B. 11 forces universities to prep unique policies

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It’s been more than a year since Senate Bill No. 11 was signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and the Aug. 1, 2016, date to allow licensed concealed handgun carriers on campus is rapidly approaching for public, four-year universities across Texas.

Young is back and brings experience

Young is back and brings experience

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Experience is returning to the Killeen City Council just in time for officials to plan the 2016-2017 budget and select a new city manager. 

Recent shootings put city, police, neighborhoods under pressure

Recent shootings put city, police, neighborhoods under pressure

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As Killeen’s schools let out for summer, some area youth are going home to neighborhoods under pressure from recent violence or the attempts to stop it.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Ex-Knight C.J. Bobbitt off to impressive start at Denver

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Ex-Knight C.J. Bobbitt off to impressive start at Denver

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Unlike his high school career, which began with him earning district Newcomer of the Year honors as a sophomore at Harker Heights, C.J. Bobbitt didn’t expect to be an instant contributor in his freshman season at the University of Denver. 

News

Rainbow flags, images of shooting victims at pride parades

Rainbow flags, images of shooting victims at pride parades

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NEW YORK (AP) — Rainbow flags were held high along with portraits of the dead as thousands of people marched Sunday in gay pride parades tempe…

Owners of AR-style firearms defend their weapon of choice

Owners of AR-style firearms defend their weapon of choice

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ATLANTA (AP) — Karen Butler still remembers the first time she picked up an AR-15-style rifle a decade ago.

Naval Academy grad Hurley wins Quicken Loans National

Naval Academy grad Hurley wins Quicken Loans National

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Billy Hurley III held the club in his left hand and fist pumped with his right. Not far from his Annapolis home and the N…

Sports

NO-HIT WONDER: All-Area softball MVP Sidney Holman’s pitching feats for Belton were staggering

NO-HIT WONDER: All-Area softball MVP Sidney Holman’s pitching feats for Belton were staggering

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Sidney Holman did it all. 

Ellison qualifies for state 7-on-7 tournament

Ellison qualifies for state 7-on-7 tournament

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Ellison always knew it was capable of becoming the first team in program history to qualify for the Texas State 7-on-7 Championships — the Eag…

ALLAN MANDELL: All-Area squad is ‘amazing group’

ALLAN MANDELL: All-Area squad is ‘amazing group’

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How would you like to coach THIS softball team?

Columnists

‘83 Minutes’ quickly grabs your interest

‘83 Minutes’ quickly grabs your interest

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It doesn’t take very long.

Watch out for poisonous pests this summer

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Summer is the time for relaxation for many families. Some will hang around the house while others will want to get outside and play. There may…

Beat the heat with a frozen summer treat

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Hot summers are nothing new to Texans, and now that another one is here, I’ll make sure to stock the freezer with cool treats.

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Editorials / Letters to the Editor

Ex-county attorney says criticizing police shouldn't be focus of shootings

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Criminal justice professor: More laws needed to control idiots, not guns

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To the Editor:

Killeen council must put city's house in order

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With Tuesday’s swearing in of newly appointed Place 2 Councilman Richard “Dick” Young, the Killeen City Council is back at full strength for t…

Briefs

The Four Tops to perform at Metroplex’s Gold Star Gala

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The vocal quartet that helped shape the Motown sound of the ‘60s and sang, “I Can’t Help Myself,” The Four Tops, will be performing live at th…

Children invited to have ‘Soda Pop with a Cop’

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Children can have a “Soda Pop with a Cop” today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chick-fil-A in Killeen, 1400 E. Central Expressway.

Lampasas to host 36th annual Toughest 10k in Texas

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The Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce will host the 36th annual Toughest 10k in Texas on July 9, which will start and finish at the Hancock …

Business

Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes

Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes

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PANAMA CITY (AP) — Fireworks exploded as a huge container ship made an inaugural passage through the newly expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, fo…

British political turmoil deepens after EU referendum

British political turmoil deepens after EU referendum

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LONDON (AP) — Britain's shocking decision to remove itself from the European Union brought more political turmoil Sunday as Scotland's leader …

The Latest: Pope urges EU to find new ways to stay together

The Latest: Pope urges EU to find new ways to stay together

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LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union (all times local):

Multimedia

play 2016 KDH All Area Co Most Valuable Player Honorees

2016 KDH All Area Co Most Valuable Player Honorees

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SALADO LADY EAGLES MORGAN BIRD, CHINA SAXTON ARE 2016 KDH ALL-AREA CO-MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS ‪#‎saladoladyeagles‬ ‪#‎saladosoccer‬ ‪#‎michaelgoos‬ ‪#‎morganbird‬ ‪#‎chinasaxton‬

play Graveside service and burial for Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colon Vasquez

Graveside service and burial for Staff Sgt. Mig…

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Family members, friends, Patriot Guard and Wreath Riders were all in attendance for the military funeral service for Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel ColonVazquez held Friday, June 17 at the central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

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FCA Baseball2016

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play Orlando Candlelight Vigil

Orlando Candlelight Vigil

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Central Texas residents made their way to the Bell County Courthouse in Belton on Sunday night to attend a candlelight vigil remembering those who died and were injured in the early morning shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

play 241st Army birthday

241st Army birthday

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Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey sends a message for the 241st Army birthday.

play Fort Hood Rescue

Fort Hood Rescue

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    Emergency personnel at Fort Hood coordinate efforts to rescue soldiers involved in a light medium tactical vehicle accident Wednesday on Fort Hood.

Living

US rapper fined for indecent language charges in St. Kitts

US rapper fined for indecent language charges in St. Kitts

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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis (AP) — U.S. rapper 50 Cent and a member of his entourage were detained in St. Kitts and Nevis for using "indec…

'Dory' overwhelms 'Independence Day,' 'Shallows' surprises

'Dory' overwhelms 'Independence Day,' 'Shallows' surprises

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NEW YORK (AP) — The "Finding Dory" tidal wave overwhelmed the sputtering sequel "Independence Day: Resurgence," as the alien-invasion redux wa…

Shaq brings US basketball diplomacy to Cuban capital

Shaq brings US basketball diplomacy to Cuban capital

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HAVANA (AP) — NBA great Shaquille O'Neal has become the latest emissary for American outreach to the people of Cuba.

Top Images

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Juneteenth Picnic-02

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Lois Alexander, right, and Jovann Farley cut a cake during the annual Juneteenth Picnic on Saturday at the Killeen Community Center.

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Juneteenth Picnic-01

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Two guys chat at the Killeen Community Center on Saturday, June 25, 2016, during the annual Juneteenth Picnic in KIlleen.

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Elvis Irby, far left, and Tyrone Powell, middle, man the grill and fill a dish ,held by Mike Partlow, full of barbecue during the annual Juneteenth Picnic held at the Killeen Community Center on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

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Juneteenth Picnic-04

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Victor Wiggins, left, serves Joseph Edwards a slice of watermelon during the annual Juneteenth Picnic held at the Killeen Community Center on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

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Juneteenth Picnic-06

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Members of the Nubia Court No. 190 help with serving a barbecue lunch at the Killeen Community Center during the annual Juneteenth Picnic held on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

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Juneteenth Picnic-07

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A barbecue lunch was served at the annual Juneteenth Picnic held at Killeen's Community Center, Saturday, June 25, 2016.