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COPPERAS COVE — Melvin Lowe watched a few people stroll by late Saturday afternoon as clouds started to clear at Copperas Cove City Park. Lowe is the owner of Lowe’s Legs, one of the two dozen or so food trucks participating in the city’s 3rd annual Food Truck Festival.

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The Killeen Public Library’s Dinosaur George weekend is offering an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the creatures that walked the earth millions of years ago in a fun and interactive way at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

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4-H is learning by doing, and is available to all boys and girls in the third through 12th grades, from urban, suburban and rural areas. 

Learn more about 4-H at an upcoming open house.

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While most Texans are sweltering under a brutal August heat wave, savvy dove hunters gladly will suffer along providing conditions don’t change before the Sept. 1 season opener.

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Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen is inching closer to making a research park on its campus a reality. A day-long, joint meeting Wednesday with the Army may pave the way for a clearer look of what that research park could look like.

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HARKER HEIGHTS — Lucas Miller, also known as the “Singing Zoologist,” returned to the Harker Heights Public Library to perform at the library’s final summer event on Saturday afternoon. More than 150 people crowded into the large Activities Center space to see his show.

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The Temple Professional Fire Fighters Association Local No. 846 on Friday hosted the Texas Brotherhood Riders and support staff at the organization’s Union Hall.

The bicycle riders are on an eight-day, 650-mile trek from Hempstead to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and then down to Austin.

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BRUCEVILLE-EDDY — A man reportedly died Friday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound as Texas Rangers were conducting an investigation.

Several news outlets reported the man who died as Marlin Police Chief Nathan Lee Sodek. A representative of the Falls County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that information.

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Scores of children had a good time climbing into trucks, tractors and other vehicles Saturday morning at the Martin Luther King Jr. Festival Grounds.

Belinda Garcia, program coordinator for Temple Parks and Recreation, said the Touch a Truck event started at Gober Party House about five years ago.

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Bobby Ott, Temple Independent School District’s top educator, was nominated to join the Urban Superintendents Association of America.

The national association — composed of superintendents of mid-sized public school districts in or adjacent to urban areas — is a closed group and membership is by invite only.

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How good do you think you would look if you selected your outfit for the day in a pitch-black room? Chances are you won’t start any fashion trends, because you selected a purple stretchy top for a skirt and something unidentifiable in plaid as the blouse.

It’s a challenge and that’s the whole point of the annual Come Walk in My Shoes event, which is sponsored by the VIP Support Group in Temple and HOCTIL, Heart of Central Texas Independent Living.

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FORT HOOD — The white smoke many residents can see coming from the Fort Hood area is coming from a controlled burn, according to a III Corps and Fort Hood spokesman.

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Downtown Temple businesses have been either growing or expanding to other parts of the city over the past few months.

This expansion was explained Thursday during the quarterly Coffee Talk meeting held by the Main Street Advisory Committee. The committee heard of eight buildings in the downtown area that are about to be under construction in addition to millions of dollars in public investment planned.

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Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a minimally invasive treatment for people who have aortic stenosis, the narrowing of the aortic valve.

Aortic stenosis is a common but serious heart valve disease. Up until the development of TAVR, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, the only treatment available was open heart surgery.

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The proposed 2020 budget for the city of Belton has two focal points: Continuing its street maintenance plan and providing raises for police officers and firefighters.

Belton’s proposed general fund budget is $14,937,305 for 2020. That is a 1.81 percent increase from the 2019 budget’s expenditures — or a $266,156 bump in spending.

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The planning, organization and hard work that go into a successful human trafficking sting can’t be measured in dollars and cents — or even by arrests.

Instead, it’s measured by the hearts and souls of the people who are involved and the people who are helped afterward — or even months or years down the line, officials said.

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The National Association of Social Workers selected Texas A&M University-Central Texas Associate Professor Claudia Rappaport and Professor Michael Daley for the prestigious Social Work Pioneer Award for their contributions to the profession at the association’s upcoming 25th anniversary …

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Area residents on the west side of Fort Hood may be hearing some explosions due to live fire exercises that will be going on through Wednesday, and some Air Force F-16 fighter jets will be part of the mix. The training will happen on the Clabber Creek and Jack Mountain ranges on the west sid…

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Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Deandre Wilmur-Alexander Bolden, 25, Friday on a charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. Cooke set Bolden’s bail at $100,000.

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They came by the thousands — students, parents, family members — they came to find a classroom, to drop off supplies and pick up information, but mostly, they came to meet the teacher.