By Sonya Campbell

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - The Bell County Commissioners Court paid tribute to the late Bill Alford, affectionately known as "Wild Bill," during its regular meeting Monday morning.

Alford, who died Jan. 16, founded the Medicine Man Award in 1979.

The award, which is presented at Comanche Gap along Farm-to-Market 2410 on the outskirts of Harker Heights, honors individuals for "unheralded good deeds" and for "making good medicine."

Honorees are selected by secret ballot. Their name remains confidential until the ceremony.

The 32nd Annual Medicine Man Award will be presented during Comanche Gap's Annual Spring Feed and Barbecue Saturday, which is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

During Monday's meeting, the commissioners court approved a resolution calling for the first Saturday in May, the traditional date of the Comanche Gap barbecue, to be designated as Bill Alford Day in Bell County.

Also, County Judge Jon Burrows administratively lifted the outdoor burn ban in Bell County on Monday afternoon due to the accumulating moisture, low temperatures and weather predictions for the next few days. The ban will go back into effect at sundown Thursday.

In other business, the court:

Authorized the county judge to approve an agreement with the local prosecuting authority between the Texas Health and Human Services Commission-Office of the Inspector General and the Bell County district attorney to defray costs of prosecutions in the referral of cases to the DA by HHSC-OIG. The new agreement will replace one that was approved Jan. 18.

Approved Change Order No. 3 with Lochridge Priest for $3,807 to cover items not included in the original scope of work for mechanical upgrades to the Bell County Courthouse.

Contact Sonya Campbell at or call (254) 501-7557.

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