District 55 Rep. Ralph Sheffield, R-Temple, will speak at the Central Texas Tea Party's meeting Tuesday at the Cathedral Oaks Event Center, 1312 Old Waco Road, Belton.

Sheffield will speak at 7 p.m. and will take questions from the audience.

A brief business meeting will follow.

For more information, call Judy Brady at (254) 307-8441.

Teens can apply for health career camp

WACO - The Waco Region of Texas AHEC East will host its annual health careers summer camp June 4-7 at Baylor University in Waco. Through fieldtrips, hands-on activities and interaction with health care professionals, students will learn about careers.

The camp is offered to students currently in the 10th and 11th grades (entering fall 2012 juniors and seniors) across the Texas AHEC East - Waco Region's 18-county service region, including Bell County. Students will be selected based upon a written essay and two teacher recommendations. The cost is of the camp is $300 and includes housing, supervision, meals, all activities and evening use of Baylor's recreation facilities. Limited financial assistance may be available.

For more information or an application, contact Matt Mueller at matt.mueller@txaheceast.org or (254) 753-4392 ext. 18 or go to www.bahec.org.

Lanes closed on I-35 in Belton this week

The Texas Department of Transportation plans several lane closures on and around Interstate 35 in Belton this week, weather permitting:

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the I-35 southbound frontage road left lane will be closed from Central Avenue to Farm-to-Market 436 for paving.

From 7 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday and from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday, all southbound mainlanes on I-35 will be closed at Loop 121 for work on a bridge deck. Traffic detours to the access road.

From 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday, all northbound and southbound I-35 mainlanes will be closed at Amity Road, for work on a bridge deck. Traffic detours to the access road.

For more information on the I-35 expansion project, go to www.my35.org.

Republican women host election forum

The Central Texas Republican Women will host a candidate forum for the Court of Appeals, 3rd District on Wednesday.

Participating candidates include Justice Bob Pemberton, Justice Jeff Rose, Justice David Puryear, Scott Field and Madeleine Connor.

Bell County Judge Jon Burrows will be the moderator.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. at the Wildflower Country Club in Temple.

Reservations must be made to Cathy Schiffman at (254) 698-1268.

Area Dems hold summit Saturday

The Bell County Democratic Party will host the first Central Texas Summit from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Gin, 219 S. East Street in Belton.

Judge Gilberto Hinojosa, candidate for Democratic State Party Chair, will speak on the future of the Democratic Party.

Charlie Jones, chair of Texas Democratic Veterans, will speak on veterans' issues and the benefit of regional summits.

General admission is $20 and individual sponsorships are available for $50.

Dress is casual.

All Democratic candidates are invited and will have an opportunity to speak to the gathering.

Proceeds will benefit the Bell County Democratic Party and may be used for political purposes. Reservations are required before Thursday to Ken Allen at (254) 698-1880.

Other Bell County Democratic Party activities this week include:

The committee of correspondence meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Coffee Cafe in Harker Heights. Committee members debate current issues and help individuals develop letters to the editor. For more information, call Glenda Turck at (254) 628-7919.

The party social is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Partins Jamaican Bakery & Grill, 2300 E. Rancier Ave., Suite 104-5, Killeen. All Democrats are invited to network, socialize and take a more proactive role in the political process. For more information, call Joan Hinshaw at (254) 681-0871.

Teen gets 12 years for abandoning dead baby

SAN ANTONIO - A teen mother who abandoned her abused, dead infant outside a San Antonio fire station was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Julie Navejar, 18, pleaded no contest to injury to a child by omission.

Her 7-week-old daughter was found in 2009. At Navejar's sentencing Friday, prosecutors said an autopsy showed the baby died from cocaine in her system, starvation and pneumonia.

Navejar told the judge she's sorry and not the same person anymore.

-Herald staff, wire reports

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