• October 25, 2014


Saturday 10/25/2014
Students sent to hospital after Thursday bus wreck

The condition of three individuals hospitalized after a Thursday afternoon accident involving a school bus was unknown Friday, but authorities said injuries appeared minor.

Officers rushed to a vehicle accident about 3:20 p.m. Thursday in the 3300 block of Stillhouse Lake Road, said Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson, Harker Heights Police Department spokesman.

“The bus was stopped to unload students when one vehicle, which was a Nissan SUV, stopped behind the bus,” Wilson said. “Another vehicle, which was a pickup, failed to stop, striking the Nissan, and the impact forced the Nissan into striking the bus.”

Wilson said one of the drivers and two students were transported to area hospitals with what appeared to be minor injuries.

According to police reports, about 10 Killeen Independent School District students were on the bus.

The driver of the pickup received a citation for failure to control speed, Wilson said.

Posted in Briefs on Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Friday 10/24/2014
Cove fire hydrant tests could discolor water for residents

The Copperas Cove Fire Department will perform annual maintenance on city fire hydrants through Dec. 31.

The department will be flowing water from each hydrant to ensure they are functioning properly.

Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young said the testing may agitate sediment in water lines and cause discoloration. If residents experience discoloration, run the water until it’s clear. He said water in washing machines may also be discolored, which could discolor fabrics.

Young said the discoloration does not present a danger to health. For more information, call 254-547-2514.

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Comptroller candidate to appear at Wurstfest

The Democratic Women’s Association of Lampasas will hold its second annual Wurstfest at 1 p.m. Saturday at the home of member Ellen McFarland.

The guest will be Mike Collier, candidate for state comptroller.

Donations accepted. Call 512-556-8717.

Posted in Briefs on Friday, October 24, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 10/22/2014
Parade entries sought for Veterans Day Parade

COPPERAS COVE — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 will host the annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 8.

After the parade, enjoy a free old-fashioned lunch of pinto beans, cornbread, dessert and beverage. For an entry form, go to the Chamber of Commerce; call Mike Tingley or the adjutant at 254-547-3973; or email David Harris at DFHarris@VSECORP.com. Entry forms are due Oct. 31.

Posted in Briefs on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Schoenherr Road , Bethlehem Lutheran Church , Vfw Post 8577 Comments (0)

Concert to benefit Fort Hood Memorial

A concert with proceeds going to the construction of the Fort Hood Memorial is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que in Belton.

“Music for the Memorial” features opening act Jenna McDaniel and Whiskey Myers.

Advance tickets, $25, include the show and barbecue dinner.

Tickets are available at Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que in Belton, the Killeen Daily Herald, Copperas Cove Herald, Killeen Civic and Conference Center, Cavender’s in Killeen and Temple and Standard Hatworks in Waco.

The memorial site will honor the Nov. 5, 2009, victims and wounded. Call 254-501-3888.

Posted in Briefs on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Fort Hood , Killeen Daily Herald , Whiskey Myers , Copperas Cove Texas , Belton , Waco Texas Comments (0)

Kempner plans fall celebration

Kempner’s second annual Fall Festival is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sylvia Tucker Memorial Park, U.S. Highway 190 in Kempner. There will be free food, drinks, trunk or treat, games and prizes. A donation of one canned good is requested for admission, but no one will be turned away.

Posted in Briefs on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Kempner , Fall Festival Comments (0)

Senior center speaker to discuss Ponzie schemes

Kimberly Wandle, with the Texas State Securities Board, will discuss Ponzie schemes at 10:30 a.m. today at Lions Club Park Senior Center.

Members who attend the presentation receive a copy of the Texas State Securities Board Investor Guide.

Bring a covered dish that serves six people for today’s luncheon. If members bring a guest, increase the size of dish, or pay $5 per person. October birthdays will be celebrated.

Memberships for those 55 and older are free regardless of residency.

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

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Sunday 10/19/2014
Free Giving Thanks tickets available at senior centers

Tickets for the annual Giving Thanks program and luncheon are available at the Bob Gilmore and Lions Club Park senior centers in Killeen.

Tickets are for members only and are free. Must show membership card when picking up ticket. No one may pick up a ticket for anyone else.

Membership in either senior center is free. Residency is not a requirement.

The Bob Gilmore Senior Center is at 2205 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Killeen.

The Lions Club Park Senior Center is at 1700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen.

Both centers are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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

Road closures overnight this week along U.S. 190

The Texas Department of Transportation will temporarily close portions of roadways within the U.S. Highway 190 expansion project area overnight this week.

The closures generally start at 7 p.m. and end at 5 a.m., weather permitting.

Starting today, the westbound frontage road’s left lane between W.S. Young Drive and Trimmier Road will be closed. The left lane of the eastbound frontage road between Willow Springs and Fort Hood Street also will be closed.

Monday through Friday, the right lane of the westbound mainlane of U.S. 190 from the W.S. Young entrance ramp to the Trimmier exit will be closed as will the exit ramps.

On Thursday, northbound and southbound Fort Hood Street at the U.S. 190 bridge will be closed.

Drivers should watch signs for detours and expect delays in the area, TxDOT said. Alternate routes are advised, if possible.

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

Thursday 10/16/2014
Boil water notice for area near Stagecoach Road lifted

The boil water notice issued Oct. 9 for Killeen residents and businesses in the following areas was lifted:

  • 6802 to 7006 Wagon Wheel Drive
  • 602 to 708 Hub Drive
  • 601 to 708 Spoke Drive
  • 601 to 708 Rim Drive
  • 6701 to 6905 Rein Drive
  • 997 Stagecoach Road

City crews had to shut water service to replace water valves. Tests were completed, and the water is now safe to drink without boiling.

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Monday 10/13/2014
Cancer Kickers support group plans to meet today

The Cancer Kickers support group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today in room 122 at Metroplex Medical Plaza, 2301 Clear Creek Road, the intersection of Clear Creek Road and Bell Tower Drive.

The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the plaza. Call Judy Steine at 254-702-5449.

Deb Moore

Posted in Briefs on Monday, October 13, 2014 11:45 pm. | Tags: Cancer Kickers Support Group , Metroplex Medical Plaza Comments (0)

Monday 10/06/2014
Boil-water notice issued for some Killeen homes

Beginning at 7 a.m. today, a boil-water notice goes into effect for the following Killeen addresses: 1010 S. Eighth St., 911 to 1109 Trimmier Road, 607 Carlisle St., 802 to 914 Carrie Ave., 1001 to 1019 Carrie Circle, 801 to 1204 Terrace Drive, 506 E. Fowler Ave., 1011 to 1015 Wells Circle, 903 to 920 Wells St. and 801 to 913 Estelle Ave.

According to a news release, crews must turn off water to replace valves. Water service will be unavailable from about 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lines will be flushed and tested after the valve installation is finished. Residents will be notified when the boil-water notice is lifted.

For more information, residents can call the Water and Sewer Services help line at 254-501-6319.

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Missing Cove child found

COPPERAS COVE — A missing child was located thanks to community assistance, according to police.

At 4:26 p.m. Monday, police went to the 2300 block of Guy Circle in reference to a report of a missing 2-year-old child, according to a news release.

The child was later located and transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, October 6, 2014 11:45 pm. | Tags: Missing Child , Cove Child , Guy Circle Comments (0)

Blood donations needed

Scott & White Healthcare urgently needs all blood types.

A mobile blood drive is from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Scott & White Killeen West Clinic, 4501 S. Clear Creek Road.

The blood center is on the first floor of the Temple hospital across from the McLane Dining Room, 2401 S. 31st St.

Hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.

Free valet parking is available.

Walk-in donations are welcome.

To make an appointment, call 877-724-HERO.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, October 6, 2014 11:45 pm. | Tags: Scott White Healthcare , Blood Type , Blood , Race And Ethnicity In The United States Census , Temple Texas , Blood Donation Comments (0)

A&M-Central Texas police to host Night Out event

Texas A&M University-Central Texas police will host their second annual National Night Out event from 6 to 9 p.m. today at 1001 Leadership Place, Killeen.

The free family event features food and games.

Fingerprinting for children will be conducted at no charge.

Call 254-501-5803 or the Welcome Center at 254-501-5800.

Teresa Tankersley

Posted in Briefs on Monday, October 6, 2014 11:45 pm. | Tags: Central Texas , Killeen Texas , Killeen , Texas , Fort Hood , Rabies , Grand Prairie Texas Comments (0)

3 men flee Heights police

HARKER HEIGHTS — Three men in a vehicle led police on a chase Monday afternoon.

An officer initiated a routine traffic stop at 12:32 p.m. on a vehicle that failed to yield and then fled the officer, Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson said in a news release.

A check on the vehicle showed it was stolen in Killeen.

The driver led the police officer through several neighborhoods before losing control of the vehicle in the 100 block of East Beeline while trying to cross Goode-Connell Park grounds.

Roosevelt said the three men left the vehicle and fled on foot. Two were apprehended within a block of the park.

He said the third man remained at large.

Roosevelt said police searched the vehicle and found narcotics inside it.

Police were withholding the names of the men late Monday.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, October 6, 2014 11:45 pm. | Tags: Police , Vehicle , Police Officer , Traffic Stop , Car Chase , Harker Heights , Killeen , Police Chase , Drugs , Narcotics , Stolen Vehicle Comments (0)

Sunday 10/05/2014
Scholarships available for high school seniors

The Heart of Texas McDonald’s Co-op and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Temple are offering scholarships for high school seniors.

Apply online at http://www.rmhc.org/ by Jan. 20.

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

UMHB plans celebration at Bawcom Student Union

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will celebrate the completion of its newest campus facility, Bawcom Student Union. The dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting will begin at 1 p.m. Friday on King Street Plaza in front of the building in Belton.

The $30 million facility offers an array of settings for students to meet, eat, study and relax with friends.

The dedication ceremony is open to the public. For more information, go to www.umhb.edu/masterplan.

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

Metroplex plans immunization clinic

Metroplex Hospital will offer a childhood immunization clinic from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Bellaire Elementary School, 108 W. Jasper Drive, Killeen.

Required immunizations are available for infants through school-age children. They are provided first-come, first-served and based on eligibility. Varicella immunizations are not available.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, go to mplex.org or call 254-519-8200.

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

Salado GOP women host dinner Oct. 23

“Middle East Crisis” presented by Ashley Lindsey with Stratfor International starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in the dining room at the Stagecoach Inn in Salado. The Salado Area Republican Women invite the public to attend. Dinner is $20.

Stratfor International is a geopolitical intelligence and advisory firm founded by Dr. George Friedman nearly 20 years ago. It helps clients identify opportunities; make strategic decisions; manage risks; and do analysis for corporations, governments and premier universities.

Check for $20 must be received by Friday. Mail check to SARW, PAC; P.O. Box 373; Salado TX 76571.

Contact Deborah Roberson at 281-787-1073 or  dkroberson115@gmail.com.

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

Sunday 10/05/2014
Community health screenings Thursday

Metroplex Hospital will hold its quarterly community health screening from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the hospital’s main conference rooms.

Screenings include total cholesterol and glucose screenings, blood pressure checks and body mass index. Health care staff from the Heart and Vascular Center will be on-hand to demonstrate the proper techniques of Hands-Only CPR — a two-step CPR technique that doesn’t use mouth-to-mouth breaths. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice on mannequins and learn more about CPR training.

All screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.mplex.org or call 254-519-8200.

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

Monday 09/29/2014
Bob Gilmore center announces activities

This month’s cook-off, anything with honey in it or honey on the side, starts at 11:15 a.m. today at the Bob Gilmore Senior Center. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.

An Oktoberfest celebration is from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday. Music, food, games and goodies will create a German atmosphere. Music is by Dr. Kott and The Mecca Band. Sign-up is mandatory to eat a German lunch of brats and broetchen.

Bingo for Groceries starts at 1 p.m. Friday. Scott & White Healthcare, Guardian and Bethany Home-Health Service will provide groceries for bingo.

Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Tuesdays when the senior center is open until 9:30 p.m.

The senior center is at 2205 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Killeen. Call 254-699-1717.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, September 29, 2014 11:45 pm. | Tags: Oktoberfest , German , Oktoberfest Celebrations , German Language , Friday , German Cuisine , German-style Board Game Comments (0)

Bell County commissioners don’t renew burn ban

BELTON — Bell County commissioners took no action on reinstating the county burn ban at their meeting Monday.

The burn ban was lifted Sept. 18 and officially expired Sept. 22.

In a unanimous vote taken without discussion, commissioners also authorized the annual renewal of the lease agreement with the Department of Agriculture for the rental of office space at the Bell County North Annex in Belton.

Commissioners unanimously voted to certify the budget for the new fiscal year and continue the existing fee structure for the services of the Bell County Sheriff’s Department and constables’ offices.

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Lions Club Park center to host dance today

The Lions Club Park Senior Center hosts a dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today.

Admission is $4 for each person. Bring a snack to share.

Adult guests of members are invited.

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

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Salado board raises property taxes, approves budget

SALADO — The Salado Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the village’s budget and property tax rate at a special meeting Monday.

The meeting lasted less than 10 minutes and, despite recent controversy surrounding the budget and tax rate, the board cast the votes without discussion or public comment.

The new tax rate is 18.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, a 50 percent increase over last year’s rate of 12 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

The tax rate also is higher than the village’s effective rate of 11.58 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

The effective rate would generate the same amount of revenue as the previous year’s budget.

The village expects the new tax rate to generate $315,000, about $10,000 more than last year. The funds will go toward paying for Salado’s $1.075 million fiscal year 2015 budget.

The newly adopted budget reflects an $114,000 increase in spending by the village from last year’s $961,091 budget.

Posted in Briefs on Monday, September 29, 2014 11:45 pm. | Tags: Property Tax , Budget , Tax Rate , Fiscal Year , Aly Van Dyke , Village Comments (0)

Bank issues matching challenge for museum

Union State Bank will match up to $250,000 for every dollar donated by Veterans Day to the National Mounted Warfare Foundation.

“We intend to activate a community-based surge in fundraising to support this important new, national museum that will honor and celebrate our military and proud Texas home front in a highly interactive, educational and family-friendly way,” said Coleen Beck, bank president.

“We believe so strongly in the Mounted Warrior Museum’s mission and the great economic opportunities it will bring our region, we are challenging the Central Texas banking community — including USAA, Bank of America and Wells Fargo banks — to give back to the Fort Hood community and launch their own matching donation challenge.”

Posted in Briefs on Monday, September 29, 2014 11:45 pm. | Tags: Wells Fargo , Usaa , Texas , Fort Hood , Bank Of America , Beck , Ross Perot Comments (0)

Friday 09/26/2014
Food drive today at Kempner United Methodist Church

A food drive is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Kempner United Methodist Church to benefit the food pantry, which serves 11 to 18 families.

The pantry is open from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on second Saturday of each month. It has served the local area for 20 years.

Call 512-932-3011.

Posted in Briefs on Friday, September 26, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: United Methodist Church , Food Bank , Religion , Food Comments (0)

Tuesday 09/23/2014
Several events at Killeen senior centers this week

Bingo for Groceries starts at 1 p.m. Friday at the Lions Club Park Senior Center. There is no fee to play. Must be a member to place. Memberships are free. Residency is not a requirement to join.

Scott & White SeniorCare, Guardian Healthcare, Copperas Cove Nursing & Rehabilitation and The Rosewood Care Center make Bingo for Groceries possible through their donations.

Wednesday’s covered dish luncheon at the Lions Club Park Senior Center begins after Monica Tuitasi’s presentation, “Your Life, Your Legacy.” Bring a dish to serve six people or pay $5 per person.

Dining with Friends is at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Old Chicago, 2901 E. Central Texas Expressway, Killeen. Diners pay for their meals.

Today’s dance, Paul Wikoff’s Best of Country Music, is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the center. Admission is $4 per person. Bring a snack to share.

The senior center is at 700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen. Call 254-501-6399.

AARP Driving safety class by Marge Brune is Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bob Gilmore Senior Center, 2205 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Killeen. Class does not dismiss a ticket but has other benefits. Cost is $15 with an AARP card or $20 without. Preregistration required. Call 254-699-1717.

Posted in Briefs on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:30 am. | Tags: Copperas Cove Texas , Killeen Texas , Central Texas , Killeen , Aarp , Old Chicago , Friends , Stan Schlueter Loop Comments (0)

Monday 09/22/2014
Chisolm Trail lane closure Tuesday in Killeen

The northbound lane of Chisolm Trail at the intersection with East Elms Road in Killeen will be closed for utility work from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Motorists are urged to use caution in the area.

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

Sunday 09/21/2014
STAR Medicaid presentation Monday at senior center

A STAR and STAR Plus Medicaid presentation by Enrique Rosado begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the Lions Club Park Senior Center.

The STAR program is for pregnant women and children on Medicaid.

The STAR Plus program is for people on Medicaid disability.

All adults are invited. You do not have to be a member of the senior center to attend the briefing.

The senior center is at 1700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen.

Posted in Briefs on Sunday, September 21, 2014 4:30 am. Comments (0)