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Uplifting stories for children

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Who do you look up to?

Time to shape up and thin out

Time to shape up and thin out

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This time of year always makes me smile, watching all the commercials about shaping up and getting fit, joining a gym, or trying the latest “e…

Book is a great read for sofa slugs and super athletes

Book is a great read for sofa slugs and super athletes

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You might need an extra blanket tonight.

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Killeen Daily Herald

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The new modern look of the Killeen Daily Herald might belie the newspaper's rich history. The Herald, launched in 1890, is the oldest continuously operating business in the community. Neither flood nor fire nor a fouled-up press has prevented delivery of the Killeen Daily Herald. And during the past century or so, the local newspaper has never missed a publication date. The newspaper was established as a weekly publication, The Killeen Herald, in June 1890 by W.E. Bennett, who sold it three years later. The paper changed hands several times in the decade that followed until Bennett bought it back in 1903. That year, Bennett bargained on the appeal of a daily newspaper, but the endeavor failed, and the paper was sold to J.T. Carter, who returned it to its weekly format. Carter remained the editor and publisher for 43 years. Meanwhile, shortly after selling the Herald, Bennett launched a semi-weekly newspaper known as the Killeen Messenger. A year after the Messenger was founded, Carter bought the operation and merged the two newspapers. The combined paper was called The Killeen Daily Herald and Messenger until it became a daily and was renamed the Killeen Daily Herald in 1953. That same year, Frank W. Mayborn, a communications pioneer, bought the Herald, guiding it through more than 30 years of social and technological change. Not every subscriber agreed with the paper's new Monday-through-Friday, afternoon format. Many opted to hold out and remain weekly subscribers. For several years, The Messenger, a summary of local news, was printed for those subscribers. In 1969, the Herald added a Sunday edition to its lineup. But the paper wouldn't officially join the ranks of daily newspapers until 1982, when the format changed from an afternoon to a morning paper and Saturdays were added. Mayborn remained at the helm of the Killeen Daily Herald until his death in 1987. His wife, Sue Mayborn, who had served as executive vice president of Frank Mayborn Enterprises Inc. since 1979, assumed responsibilities as the owner, editor and publisher of the Killeen Daily Herald and the Temple Daily Telegram and as president of television station KCEN-TV in 1987. During the last-half century, the Killeen Daily Herald has covered a vast array of stories, including the visit of then-President Johnson at the opening of Central Texas College; the Luby's massacre in 1991; the deployment of Fort Hood troops to the Persian Gulf to wage war with Iraq; the Jarrell tornado in 1997; and the Fort Hood Shooting in 2010. As the years progressed, so, too, did the Herald. In 1903, it moved from a fire-gutted location on Avenue D to the Northeast corner of Gray and Avenue C to 110 W. Avenue D, the paper's location when the flood of 1957 hit. In 1962, the newspaper moved to a new building at Second Street and Avenue A. It moved to its present location on Florence Road in December 1985. General Manager Terry E. Gandy came aboard in 1998. Since then, the Killeen Daily Herald has become one of the fastest growing dailies in Texas, with a circulation of about 20,000 daily and 26,000 Sunday. In 1999, the Herald, which has more than 140 employees, underwent a massive makeover to give it a more modern look. In addition to sprucing up its appearance, the Herald concentrated on giving readers more local news through the creation of the Our Texas section. Building on its more than 100-year tradition as a regional leader in local, state and national news, the Killeen Daily Herald recently unveiled a new, $5.5 million modern press. The Herald launched a commercial printing operation in 2001 and introduced a monthly Homefinder magazine in 2002. To meet the growing printing needs of the company, the Killeen Daily Herald brought in the new computer-based press. The multimillion-dollar project included a 7,000-square-foot expansion of the company's building on Florence Road and the addition of a new press. It was the newspaper's first major expansion since it moved to its present location in 1985. In its 100+ years of existence, the Killeen Daily Herald has grown from a small weekly paper to a metropolitan daily with a daily circulation of about 20,000 and a Sunday circulation of about 26,000.

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Editorials / Letters to the Editor

Heights reader says relationships key to fixing nation's problems

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Killeen reader says it's time for Democrats to admit election is over

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Tackling Killeen crime will take community effort

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Killeen has a crime problem, and residents are rightfully concerned.

Briefs

Unaccompanied World War II-era vet to be buried Monday

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The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery will conduct an unaccompanied veteran burial at 2 p.m. Monday for Sgt. Ellis Ratliff, 89, a U.S. Arm…

Volunteer Killeen to host orientation Feb. 4

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Volunteer Killeen will host a volunteer orientation Feb. 4. The training is free and will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Killeen Community Center…

Heights bakery on Food Network next week

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A representative of Lily’s Cakes, a Harker Heights business, will be among four bakers who will take part in a “Cake Wars” contest next week o…

Your best bet with different beverages

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Staying well-hydrated can help you feel good and improve your mood.

Residents raise concerns over development

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About a dozen residents expressed their concerns and asked several questions about a proposed residential development at Tuesday’s Harker Heig…

Can kindness to others start a chain reaction?

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One Sunday after church, we went a different way home. The day was wet and cold, the kind of cold that chills you to the bone, as Texas weathe…

Community rallies to support Austin Ruiz after leukemia diagnosis

Community rallies to support Austin Ruiz after leukemia diagnosis

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Dr. Austin Ruiz of Harker Heights, a longtime Killeen optometrist, is battling acute lymphatic leukemia after a surprise diagnosis last week l…

Texas parks’ First Day Hikes break records

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AUSTIN — Nearly 4,000 park visitors statewide walked, biked, swam and paddled their way into 2017 on New Year’s Day as part of Texas State Par…

Beautician loves doing people’s hair

Beautician loves doing people’s hair

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Candice Na’Cole Douglas, 29, lives in Harker Heights, works at Studio 13 Salon and Boutique in Killeen.

Working to construct a good time

Working to construct a good time

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The theme for the Family Fun Night at the Stewart C. Meyer Library in Harker Heights was Building With Legos and Magno Tiles on Jan. 12.

Baptist General Convention executive speaks to Harker Heights church

Baptist General Convention executive speaks to Harker Heights church

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

Business treats customers to healthy eating

Business treats customers to healthy eating

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

KISD hosts Impact Day, connecting mentors to male students

KISD hosts Impact Day, connecting mentors to male students

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

Harker Heights Concert Band conductor Carlton Morris passes at 85

Harker Heights Concert Band conductor Carlton Morris passes at 85

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Friends and colleagues this week mourned the loss of Carlton Morris, the founder and conductor of the Heights Concert Band for the past 39 yea…

TxDOT proposes widening highway from Heights to Belton; public meeting set

TxDOT proposes widening highway from Heights to Belton; public meeting set

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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 Bel…

Child producer hoping to win Take Care of Texas contest with community help

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Emma Rose Gill is a 12-year-old resident of Nolanville and is the official owner of Rainbow Rose Productions, a television production company …

Players gather for challenging games of pinochle at Heights Activity Center

Players gather for challenging games of pinochle at Heights Activity Center

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Mimi Sanders, 90, studied the cards in her hand, lightly fingering the edges. Both her card-shark gaze and mind never rested as she shifted fo…

Harker Heights library offers several books about Edgar Allan Poe

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Enthusiasts of Edgar Allan Poe can continue celebrating his 208th birthday with books by, and books about Poe from the Stewart C. Meyer Harker…

Don’t forget to make time for your marriage in new year

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A new year frequently ushers in New Year’s resolutions. We resolve to lose weight or pay off debt, but how many of our resolutions are geared …

Heights pastor hoping to make a difference

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A local pastor, Philemon Brown of Harker Heights Community Church, is seeking support from fellow clergy for a new initiative to help change t…

Photographer moved to area to share talents

Photographer moved to area to share talents

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Danny Thompson, 50. lives in Killeen, is owner of Picturemandanny in Harker Heights.

KNCT-TV to offer new PBS Kids 24/7 channel

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Public television station KNCT, based at Central Texas College in Killeen, announced this week it will begin broadcasting a new children’s pro…

Seton-sponsored cooking class shows how to whip up healthier treats

Seton-sponsored cooking class shows how to whip up healthier treats

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Dessert is one of life’s great pleasures. But with their high fat and calorie content, desserts can derail a healthy-conscious eater.

Living

Crystal Gayle to be inducted into Grand Ole Opry

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music legend Crystal Gayle is being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, nearly a half-century after…

Trump feted by Tony Orlando, Jackie Evancho at inauguration

Trump feted by Tony Orlando, Jackie Evancho at inauguration

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald and Melania Trump were feted at their inaugural balls by the Rockettes and by singer Tony Orlando, who sang his famou…

Melania Trump wears sky-blue cashmere Ralph Lauren ensemble

Melania Trump wears sky-blue cashmere Ralph Lauren ensemble

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Incoming first lady Melania Trump wore a sky-blue cashmere jacket and mock turtleneck dress by Ralph Lauren, the brand that designed so many H…

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Gatesville V Robinson

Gatesville V Robinson

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Gatesville's Wacey Bowland battles for a rebound against Robinson on Friday night in Gatesville.

Gatesville V Robinson

Gatesville V Robinson

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Gatesville's Alex Mata steals the ball from Robinson's Jordan Rogers on Friday night in Gatesville. The Hornets defeated the Robinson Rockets 49-38.

Gatesville V Robinson

Gatesville V Robinson

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Gatesville's Kennon Moore shoots a pair of free throws after a hard foul by a Robinson player. Gatesville defeated Robinson 49-38 at home on Friday night.

Gatesville V Robinson

Gatesville V Robinson

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Gatesville's Tyler Lewis drives the lane against Robinson on Friday night in Gatesville.

Gatesville V Robinson

Gatesville V Robinson

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Gatesville’s Wacey Bowland shoots a jump shot over Robinson’s Kayne Follender on Friday in Gatesville.

Gatesville V Robinson

Gatesville V Robinson

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Gatesville's Brandon Hill, center, battles for a loose ball with Robinson's Jordan Rogers and Jaxon Reel (24) on Friday in Gatesville.

Shoemaker at Killeen boys Basketball

Shoemaker at Killeen boys Basketball

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Killeen High's Jaelyn Williams (33) and Shoemaker's Devyn Brewton battle for the ball on Friday at Killeen.

Shoemaker at Killeen boys basketball

Shoemaker at Killeen boys basketball

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Shoemaker's Javon Levi (14) shoots against Killeen on Friday night at Killeen.