• December 29, 2014


Tuesday 12/23/2014
Killeen cancer support group cancels today’s meeting

Today’s Killeen cancer support group meeting was canceled. The next meeting is Jan. 13.

The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in room 122 at the Metroplex Medical Plaza, 2201 S. Clear Creek Road, the corner of Bell Tower and Clear Creek.

For more information, call Judy Steine at 254 702 5449.

Deb Moore

Posted in Briefs on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Killeen Cancer Support Group Comments (0)

Mission offering free holiday meal to those in need

Jesus Hope & Love Homeless Mission is offering a free Christmas Day meal for those in need from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at 818 N. Fourth St., behind H-E-B, downtown Killeen.

Call 254-291-2314.

Posted in Briefs on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Christmas Day Meal , Jesus Hope & Love Homeless Mission Comments (0)

Texas TV meteorologist improving after shooting

TEMPLE — A Central Texas meteorologist who was shot outside his TV station said he continues to recover and is “slowly getting better.”

Patrick Crawford told reporters on Monday his main focus is to return home to his family. Crawford continues to recover at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Crawford, who’s the morning weathercaster at KCEN-TV near Waco, was shot Wednesday morning while in the station parking lot.

The unknown suspect fled on foot.

Crawford said he didn’t know his attacker and there was no interaction between the two before the suspect shot him.

No arrest has been made in the case and a motive in the shooting has not been identified.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man in his mid-30s.

Posted in Briefs on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Kcen-tv Meteorologist , Patrick Crawford Comments (0)

Homicide investigation underway in Belton

BELTON — The death of a Belton man Friday is being investigated as a homicide.

The death of John Hill, 62, was ruled a homicide because he died from blunt-force trauma to the head, according to the preliminary autopsy report by the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences, released Monday.

Belton police officers went to the 800 block of West Avenue I after Hill’s relatives found him dead on the living room floor and called police.

Anyone with information about Hill’s death is asked to call the Belton Police Department at 254-933-5840 or text an anonymous tip to 254-217-6764.

Posted in Briefs on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: John Hill , Belton Homicide Comments (0)

DPS pursuit on I-35 ends with two arrests

SALADO — A pursuit on Interstate 35 by the Department of Public Safety on Monday ended with the arrest of two men, said Bell County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Donnie Adams.

A DPS trooper tried to stop a vehicle about 9:40 a.m., but the vehicle sped off and took evasive maneuvers before crashing behind the Holiday Inn at 1991 N. Stagecoach Road in Salado, Adams said.

Senior Trooper Harpin Myers said he didn’t know why or where the pursuit began.

According to Bell County Jail records, Juan Balderas-Ramirez, 29, of Dallas, was one of the two men arrested. He was charged with evading arrest or detention.

Posted in Briefs on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Dps , I-35 Pursuit , Juan Balderas-ramirez , Salado Pursuit Comments (0)

Monday 12/22/2014
Christmas dance Tuesday at senior center

A country Christmas dance at Lions Club Park Senior Center is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Paul Wikoff plays best of country Christmas music.

Admission is $4 per person and a snack to share.

Adult guests of the center’s members are always welcome.

The senior center is at 1700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen. Call 254-501-6399.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, December 22, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Friday 12/19/2014
UMHB offices closed Monday to Jan. 2

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will be closed for the Christmas holidays Monday through Jan. 2.

Offices will reopen Jan. 5.

Posted in Briefs on Friday, December 19, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 12/16/2014
H-E-B and Killeen host Feast of Sharing tonight

H-E-B and Killeen host the seventh annual Feast of Sharing community meal from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive. The public is invited.

The Feast of Sharing highlights the holiday season by serving free meals to families in the community. In addition to meals, the evening will include festive family entertainment and activities.

For more information, call Killeen Volunteer Services at 254-501-7878.

Posted in Briefs on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Feast Of Sharing Comments (0)

Monday 12/15/2014
Killeen senior center plans events today, Wednesday

Meredith Noll with Integrity Rehab & Home Health will discuss osteoarthritis at 12:30 p.m. today at the Lions Club Park Senior Center.

Noll will speak about treatment of osteoarthritis and how to use and choose a cane and walker.

The presentation is free.

“Dining with Friends” is at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant. Luigi’s is at the corner of Farm-to-Market 2410 and Verna Lee Boulevard in Harker Heights, across the street from Harker Heights High School.

Participants pay for their own meal, drink, tax and gratuity.

Both activities are for members of the senior center and their guests.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, December 15, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Friday 12/12/2014
Salado board OKs grant for senior housing project

SALADO — The Board of Aldermen voted 4-1 to approve a grant agreement with JES Development Co. for the Hidden Glen residential senior housing project at Thursday night’s meeting. Alderman Hans Fields was the only opposing vote.

The Hidden Glen development project will be located on 20 acres just outside of Salado’s city limits, northeast of the intersection of Mary Lane and Vanessa Street. The design presented to both Salado’s board and the Bell County Commissioner’s Court will feature nine buildings with a total of 50 units. It will be a gated complex restricted to residents over the age of 62. Among the amenities will be a community center, exercise room, walking and cart paths, garden plots and covered picnic areas.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in January or February, with a firm completion date of October 2016.

Posted in Briefs on Friday, December 12, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Salado Board Of Aldermen , Hidden Glen , Residential Senior Housing Project Comments (0)

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Killeen cancer support group set to meet tonight

A Killeen cancer support group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today in room 122 at the Metroplex Medical Plaza, 2201 S. Clear Creek Road, the corner of Bell Tower and Clear Creek.

The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at the plaza.

Anyone whose life has been touched by cancer — including people in treatment or in remission and caretakers — is invited to attend the meetings.

All topics are discussed without judgment.

Call Judy Steine at 254-702-5449.

Posted in Briefs on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Killeen Cancer Support Group , Metroplex Medical Plaza Comments (0)

Guard general to speak at Rotary meeting

Brig. Gen. Patrick M. Hamilton is scheduled to speak at Thursday’s meeting of the Harker Heights Rotary Club.

Hamilton is the commander of Texas Military Forces, Domestic Operations Task Force, Texas Army National Guard.

The meeting begins at 7 a.m. at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church, 1000 E. Farm-to-Market 2410, Harker Heights.

Call Eloise Lundgren at 254-288-9110.

Posted in Briefs on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Heights Rotary Club , Brig. Gen. Patrick M. Hamilton Comments (0)

Killeen to host parade, Holiday Extravaganza

Killeen’s 52nd annual Christmas Parade is set to roll through downtown at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The parade, themed “Home for Christmas,” begins at the intersection of South Second Street and East Avenue D, continues north on North Gray Street, veers west on West Sprott Avenue and then south on North Second Street.

The parade ends on West Avenue C near the intersection of North College Street.

Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, 1st Cavalry Division commander, will serve as grand marshal of the parade. Jim Anderson, former Central Texas College chancellor, who received the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce Roy J. Smith award in October, will serve as co-marshal.

The parade, organized by the Celebrate Killeen Committee, has more then 100 entries.

A map of the parade route is available on the city’s website at www.killeentexas.gov.

Before the parade, the city will host its Holiday Extravaganza at the Green Avenue Farmers Market, 717 N. Second St.

The event will feature a kiddie train ride, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and food vendors.

Posted in Briefs on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Killeen Christmas Parade , Holiday Extravaganza Comments (0)

Monday 12/08/2014
CTC Continuing Education hosts art show Tuesday

The Central Texas College Continuing Education Department will host the second “Art is for Everyone” art show Tuesday.

The exhibit will feature a variety of work from students and instructors in the program and will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. in Building 136, room 136 on the CTC campus in Killeen.

Some of the artwork includes sketches, print work, photographs, drawings, sculptures and other forms of arts and crafts.

The public is invited to the free exhibit.

To learn more about available classes, go to www.ctcd.edu/ce.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, December 8, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Bell County Democrats meet Tuesday in Heights, Killeen

Join the Democratic Committee of Correspondence for a lively debate on current topics.

Meetings are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Barnes & Noble Cafe, 201 E. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights; and from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bell County Democratic Headquarters, 1808 E. Rancier Ave., Killeen.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, December 8, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Salado Area Republican Women meet Dec. 18

Nancy Boston, Bell County Republican chairwoman, will install the new officers of the Salado Area Republican Women at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Salado Library.

After the installation of new officers, Boston will discuss Republican politics in Bell County and its influence on the state of Texas.

The public is invited.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, December 8, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Central Texas Republican Women plan dinner Dec. 17

The Central Texas Republican Women are having a dinner meeting and Christmas celebration Dec. 17 at the Wildflower Country Club in Temple.

Henry Garza, Bell County district attorney, will install the new members of the Central Texas Republican Women board.

The social starts at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Installation ceremony and Christmas celebration begin at 7 p.m.

Dinner is $25 per person. The public is invited.

Reservations are required. RSVP to Joanna Laxton at 254-721-6651 or send an email to ctrwpac@gmail.com.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, December 8, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Friday 12/05/2014
Flapjack fundraiser in Cove Saturday benefits Troop 258

A pancake fundraiser benefiting Boy Scout Troop 258 is from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee’s, 2525 E. U.S. Highway 190, Copperas Cove.

Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the door or in advance from any member of Boy Scout Troop 258.

Posted in Briefs on Friday, December 5, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 12/03/2014
Public invited to holiday auction Saturday

“Keep Them Smiling in Beds of White,” an annual Christmas auction open to the public, supports Veterans Affairs hospital programs.

The auction, hosted by the Military Order of the Cootie Auxiliary Pup Tent 13, is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577.

A cake walk is from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A dime-a-dip lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds from the raffle tables, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary, support cancer programs, veterans and family support programs.

The post is at 1506 Veterans Ave., Copperas Cove. For more information, call Sandy Smock at 254-542-2759.

Posted in Briefs on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Veterans Of Foreign Wars , Military Order Of The Cootie Auxiliary Pup Tent 13 Comments (0)

Tuesday 12/02/2014
Killeen opens warming station at community center

Killeen’s warming station at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., opened Monday night and will remain open through 9 a.m. today.

Posted in Briefs on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Killeen Warming Station , Killeen Community Center Comments (0)

Monday 12/01/2014
Killeen NAACP holds prayer vigil today

Killeen’s NAACP chapter is holding a prayer vigil today to peacefully protest the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer who killed a Ferguson, Mo., teen in early August.

Robert McCulloch, St. Louis County prosecutor, delivered the decision Nov. 24 not to indict Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, 18. The decision sparked waves of protests across the country.

TaNeika Driver-Moultrie, president of the Killeen NAACP chapter, said the chapter is saddened by the grand jury’s decision and wants to bring the local community together to pray for peace and unity.

“We want to make sure that we are being peaceful about this,” she said. “(The Killeen NAACP chapter) has a great working relationship with our police department and our police chief, but we want to, of course, be on the same sheet of music with our national office.”

The vigil starts at 6 p.m. today at the Killeen Community Center amphitheater, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, December 1, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Sunday 11/30/2014
Silver Wings Saloon Auction set for Saturday at 3 p.m.

The 12th annual Silver Wings Saloon Auction benefiting Santa’s Workshop and Wish for Our Heroes kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday at 3410 Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen.

For more information, call 254-526-4089.

Posted in Briefs on Sunday, November 30, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Free AIDS testing available at club’s awareness event

Local car club, The 13 Ghosts, will host a World AIDS Awareness Day event at 2.p.m. Saturday at the Moss Rose Community Center in Killeen.

The Health Department will be present to administer free testing, and guest speaker Rodney Duckett will discuss AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Light refreshments will be available.

13 Ghosts’ CEO Corey Ingram said he hopes the event helps crack down on AIDS.

“A lot of of people here have it, but don’t know. Hopefully it gets the word out,” he said.

Posted in Briefs on Sunday, November 30, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 11/26/2014
Holiday trash pickup

Area cities provided information about their holiday trash pickup schedules.

Copperas Cove

All city facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday, including the Solid Waste Transfer Station. All residential and commercial services regularly scheduled for Thursday will be delayed one day until Friday, including bulk, brush, recycle and trash collection.

Harker Heights

Garbage pickup trucks will not run Thursday. The trucks will run one day later until the Saturday following the holiday.


Residents won’t see a disruption in their trash pickup this week. Trash will be picked up on the regularly scheduled day.


Garbage pickup trucks will not run Thursday. Trash will be picked up Friday.

Posted in Briefs on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Holiday Trash Pickup , Thanksgiving Trash Pickup Comments (0)

Judge considers motions by McQueen defense team

FORT HOOD — A military judge continues to consider motions to dismiss or move the court-martial of a noncommissioned officer accused of trying to coax female soldiers into prostitution.

Lt. Col. Rebecca Connally heard motions from Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen’s military defense attorneys during an all-day hearing Monday.

McQueen’s lawyers claimed their client would not receive a fair trial due to perceived pressure from high-ranking Army officials and pervasive media reporting on the case.

On Tuesday, Fort Hood officials said Connally had not ruled on either the motion to dismiss or the motion for a change of venue.

McQueen, a former sexual abuse prevention officer, faces 21 criminal charges, including pandering, adultery and sexual assault.

His court-martial is scheduled to begin Dec. 8.

Posted in Briefs on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Mcqueen , Prostitution Comments (0)

Thanksgiving meals offered

Today: Grace United Methodist Church — A free Thanksgiving dinner starts at 6 p.m.

Location: 101 W. Avenue F, Copperas Cove, near the public library and main fire station.

Call 254-547-3729 or email graceumc_aim@yahoo.com.

Thursday: Thanksgiving buffet at Club Hood, two seatings, 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. There will be a carving station, salad station, a buffet, soup station and desserts. The cost is $20.95 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and younger.

Location: 24th Street and Wainwright Drive. Call: 254-532-5073 or 254-532-5329.

Posted in Briefs on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Thanksgiving Meals , Club Hood , Grace United Methodist Church Comments (0)

Killeen’s tree-lighting ceremony scheduled for Saturday

Killeen marks the beginning of the holiday season with its annual tree-lighting event at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Santa Claus is slated to arrive at 6 p.m. to light a 50-foot tree and will pose for photos with children.

Following the ceremony, “Arthur Christmas” will be shown at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater. Free cookies and cocoa will be available.

Posted in Briefs on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Killeen Tree-lighting , Killeen Community Center Comments (0)

Food Truck Friday canceled this week

Food Truck Friday in downtown Killeen is canceled this Friday because of the holidays. It will resume from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5.

Posted in Briefs on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Killeen Food Truck Comments (0)

Board members named to oversee closure of school

AUSTIN — Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams on Tuesday announced the members of a three-person board who will oversee the liquidation of assets and other specific issues related to the revocation and closure of Honors Academy, which operates a campus in Killeen.

The Honors Academy Charter School District, which includes seven campuses across the state, including Creekview Academy in Killeen, had its public charter revoked June 30 as a result of its failure to meet state academic requirements for several years.

The schools must cease operations by Dec. 1. The appointees — Jim Damm of Dallas, Elizabeth Rowland of Fort Worth and Elizabeth Treadway of Sanger — will address issues specific to the final closure of Honors Academy and its campuses.

Herald staff report

Posted in Briefs on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Honors Academy , Creekview Academy Comments (0)

Salvation Army needs side items for Thanksgiving meal

The Killeen Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving Day meal will be at The Rivers of Living Waters church, 420 N. Gray St., in Killeen.

The meal, served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, is open to the public.

While organizers have plenty of volunteers and turkeys, they are short on certain side items such as instant potatoes, green beans, Stovetop stuffing, gravy packets, yams, rolls and pies.

Items can be donated until 6 p.m. today directly to the Salvation Army at 1306 E. Rancier Ave. in Killeen. Items also can be brought in by 9 a.m. Thursday to The Rivers of Living Waters church.

If donations are to be made Thursday, Salvation Army Capt. Chris Bryant urges donors to let the Salvation Army know by 6 p.m. today.

Call the Salvation Army at 254-634-7172 for more information.

Posted in Briefs on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Thanksgiving Meal , Rivers Of Living Waters Church , Salvation Army Comments (0)