By Sonya Campbell

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - An annual report on the Bell County Museum in Belton was given during Monday's Bell County Commissioners Court meeting.

Museum Director Stephanie Turnham shared insight into the organization's operations over the past year.

About 9,400 people visited the museum in 2010, 77 tours were given, 40 special events hosted and 536 objects were accepted into the facility's artifact collection, she said.

Also, a successful summer camp, four guided tours to the Gault site and several book signings took place. The museum's mission statement was revised, and a summer intern assisted with cataloging, Turnham said.

The museum now also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

In other business, commissioners:

Approved a Letter of Intent to the Central Texas Council of Governments for Bell County to participate in the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) project for the acquisition and production of high resolution elevation data. The county also will contribute to the project's cost. The estimated amount is $6,000.

Approved a tax abatement agreement between the county and Fikes Wholesale Inc., requested by the city of Temple.

Approved revisions to the county indigent defense policy and plan.

Tabled any changes to the outdoor burn ban, which was lifted last week.

Authorized the county engineer to advertise for bids on cement, lime, cold mix, pit run gravel and concrete.

Contact Sonya Campbell at or (254) 501-7585.

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