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This year’s options for wedding gowns are almost unlimited. Brides can choose between traditional, fit and flair or ball gowns. There are more color options as well, with champagne and off white leading the rainbow. Yet, somehow, a bride knows when she has found the right dress.

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The 23rd annual Caring Ball at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple raised funds for the Temple Community Clinic.

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The Contemporaries recently held their annual Lone Star Nights fundraiser for the Temple Cultural Activities Center.

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While cruising on the internet looking for ideas about wedding planning in the 21st century, pages and pages of ideas using specialized apps for the bride popped up. It’s not just Pinterest and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that have a bride’s attention. There are numerous apps for cellpho…

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Twenty-first century technology has touched nearly every aspect of wedding planning, and finding the perfect flowers is no exception.

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Today’s brides have options when it comes to getting ready for their nuptials. They can visit a salon to get their hair done then return home to apply their makeup before slipping into their gown; have a pampering party for their bridesmaids at a local spa, or on-site at the venue if it has …

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Wedding photos today are all about capturing those little moments when you think no one is watching. It could be the first romantic kiss after the first nuptial kiss, the first look, a quiet moment with mom and dad or grandparents.

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When picturing your perfect honeymoon, do you like the idea of a romantic escape and adventure? Perhaps traveling to the other side of the world is beyond your budget or your comfort zone. Consider an excursion here at home. Whether you’re a couple who loves rails, romantic cabins or upbeat …

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WHO & WHEN: Texas Law requires couples to obtain their marriage license at least 72 hours before they are to be married. Exceptions to the 72 hours: Active military status — OR — a waiver issued by a judge.

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Shellie Campos, owner of Pink Tulips Cakery has been making cakes since she was in grade school. “I started when I was a kid, just playing around,” said Campos, a Hawaiian native who moved to Texas when her Army dad was assigned to Fort Hood in 1979.

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This year’s options for wedding gowns are almost unlimited. Brides can choose between traditional, fit and flair or ball gowns. There are more color options as well, with champagne and off white leading the rainbow. Yet, somehow, a bride knows when she has found the right dress.

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While some people decorate their homes with the latest trends, Larry and Beverly Luedke adorn their home with art, sculpture, tapestry, rugs and artifacts that have a special meaning for them. Much of their collection is from their worldwide journeys volunteering with Rotary and Altrusa Inte…

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Painted canvases hang on the wall. Easels line the table and palettes filled with a rainbow of paint colors wait for the guest artist to start dipping and creating art on a fresh canvas.

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If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t excited about reading this book. I started with the synopsis on the cover — I like to know a little about what I’m devoting an afternoon to reading before I start — and it didn’t really pique my interest.

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Don and Helen Rowland’s home in Temple is filled with mementos from a life well shared for 50 years. Asian art is juxtaposed with Southwest Native American imagery and wall hangings. But the most prominent of all their collections, except maybe Don’s golf clubs, is Helen’s collection of more…

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Stillhouse Wine Room in Killeen offers its patrons a respite from noisy sports bars that dot the landscape of the city. There is no blaring music, just the soft sounds of jazz, or crooners, like Frank Sinatra, singing in the background, and there is no TV showing the latest news or sporting event.

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It’s quiet time in the dog kennel at Texas Humane Heroes in Killeen when suddenly, the door opens and humans walk in.

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When Wes’s Burger Shack & More burned in 2014, owner Wes Teeter didn’t blame anyone. He didn’t say, “Lord, why me?” Instead he said, “Lord, why not?”

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Everyone experiences grief, loss, pain and trauma in their lives at one time or another. For Bev Desalvo, author of “Return to Joy,” a NavPress publication, the trauma was so profound that it kept her in an emotional place of hiding for most of her life.

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EquusLibrium founder Amber Quaranta-Leech, a licensed professional counselor certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, uses equine assisted psychotherapy to help her clients navigate through the traumas in their lives, past and present. She said working with horses he…

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Walking into Rita’s Taqueria in Temple feels more like walking into your mom’s kitchen. Leomarie Elmaroudi, owner and self-appointed hostess, welcomes all who enter with a smile, and sometimes a hug.

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Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Ken Cates has been overseeing the continually expanding services offered to the community by the Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity and the adjacent Habitat Restore for more than a year.

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The Texas Eagle, 70 feet long and 19 feet wide, glides through murky Colorado River water. Twin 165 horsepower engines hum along as they propel the craft through willow trees and past a logjam. Bird watchers clutch binoculars and peer through large glass windows. Sightseers on the upper deck…

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Five months in the hospital. Six weeks in an intensive care unit. Allison Dickson spent the first half of 2014 fighting for her life. She suffered respiratory failure, went into shock, and her organs started shutting down. At age 34, she was put on life support three times. “I went downhill …

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Another year has passed and the holidays are upon us. Christmas is just around the corner, and families are getting ready to come together and celebrate.

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Santa Paws, a.k.a. Anita Baez, steps out of her car in the parking lot at the Senior Care of Western Hills nursing home in Temple surrounded by an assortment of critters decked out in their Christmas best.

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The Four Tops provided entertainment for those gathered Nov. 3 for the 22nd annual Gold Star Gala at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. The fundraiser, which included dinner and an auction, benefited the Metroplex Health and Vascular Center.

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On Oct. 27, the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum was the site of a murder-mystery theater performance at a fundraising dinner event for the Neema House, which was founded by Dorris and Michael Fortson, in Tanzania, Africa.

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In the kitchen of Lauren Ah Sang’s home in Killeen, members of her extended family are busy making lumpia, a type of Filipino egg roll that is a coveted delicacy during the holidays or any other celebratory time of the year.

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