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World travelers Bob and Linda Bilec took a step back in time to an era of elegance and sophistication on the high seas when they boarded the Queen Mary 2 last October.

Isen Ismaili, owner of Ari’s Italian Restaurant in Harker Heights, wants to make sure that his diners get the best of what he has to offer.

The Harker Heights Farmer's Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October in front of Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights. Find fresh fruits and vegetables and a variety of homemade goodies.

“Discovering Westcave,” by S. Christopher Caran and Elaine Davenport, published by Texas A&M University Press 2016, is not your typical guidebook, one that merely points out the native flora and fauna of a particular place or region. But it’s not merely a coffee table book either; chock …

Belton Senior Center Country Dance

When those Texas summer temperatures start hovering over 100 degrees Fahrenheit this summer, keeping cool will be a lot easier with all of the community pools and splash pads open to kids of all ages. From north to south and east to west, there is someplace to cool off all around Bell County.

Last month Charlie Gantenbein and Wendy Randolph won the Texas Bass Couples Tournament Central Division on Lake Waco. It was their fourth tournament with this group, and their first win for the heaviest five-fish bag weighing in at 20.92 pounds.

Good news, Central Texas outdoor enthusiasts. All Bell County lakes, parks, campgrounds and picnic grounds are open for business this summer. All except for Sparta Lake Park, which remains closed indefinitely due damage sustained by the torrential rains and flooding in 2015.

Downtown Troy is about a half block long, but residents Eric and Brandi Warren are turning the street into a community gathering place with the newly re-opened Troy General Store owned by Eric’s parents Sammy and Florence Warren.

As education director at Westcave Preserve outside Austin, Paul Vickery enjoys job perks any naturalist would envy. Golden-cheeked warblers. Towering cypress trees. An emerald green grotto with a spring-fed waterfall that flows year-round. But above all the splendor that Mother Nature has be…

In the boardroom of the Baylor Scott & White Central Texas Foundation, a group of tireless volunteers and foundation staff members are putting finishing touches on the 2017 Boots and Bandanas fundraiser to be held May 20, benefiting the Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center.

Jan Chase, co-owner of StoneGate Furniture Consignment Gallery in Killeen with her husband, Mick, does more than just collect and sell gently used, high-quality furniture.

On the islands in the Visyasas region of the Philippines, people struggle every day to find enough food to sustain themselves.

The small town of Lampasas contains an interesting history, natural sulphur springs, a nature park, painted murals, a sculpture garden and unique shopping and dining options.

Walk through the doors of the Bead Bistro in Killeen and there is a sensory overload of colors and textures.

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Guests came to “Laugh the Night Away” with Bean & Bailey during a benefit for the Salvation Army’s McLane Center of Hope Women and Families Residence in Temple.

Ask Pam Shepperd what she does at The Hub, and she’ll tell you she likes to stay behind the scenes of Temple’s newest retail establishment. She and her husband, Joe, leave the day-to-day operations to their managing partner and co-owner, Holley Gosh.

Lisa Kelly describes herself, her husband, Curtis, and their two children, Case and Liv, as a military family that put down roots in Killeen.

Belton Senior Center Country Dance

Tex Appeal's April 2017 issue features homes and gardens in Central Texas.

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Wolfgang’s Garden and its many components began in the form of an egg, as so many things do.

Native Beltonian Vania (pronounced Vanna) and her husband, Hubert Whitfield, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army, want you to come and have tea

Kelly Harp was the guest speaker at the luncheon for the 2017 Temple Daily Telegram’s Day for Women Event at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple. It was presented by Academy Sports+Outdoors and sponsored by Precious Memories, Smile Doctors and AFC Urgent Care.

The Killeen Daily Herald Bridal Expo at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center on March 5 showcased everything needed to plan a wedding.

Little Shop of Horrors

I don’t have much time to garden, nor do I particularly have a green thumb, but if I did have the time or some semblance of a gardener’s touch, I’d be referring to the 2016 edition of Howard Garrett’s book, “Texas Gardening the Natural Way” (University of Texas Press).

Home décor is a matter of personal choice for people who may or may not want to follow decorator trends. And different decorators and interior designers all have their own vision of what is trending and what isn’t.

Traversing the highways and back roads of Bell County, from Killeen to Morgan’s Point Resort, enclaves of subdivisions seem to appear from out of nowhere. Each curve of the road reveals an existing subdivision in progress, vacant land cleared and ready for construction, and new multifamily h…

Wayne Schirner’s backyard is already green thanks to the spring-like temperatures, winter rains and a homemade irrigation system.

Springtime is an explosion of colors, blossoms and butterflies at the Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin and the perfect season for taking a day-trip to the tranquil grounds tucked amidst urban sprawl.

Tex Appeal's March 2017 issue is all about weddings.

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Food for Thoughts

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

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

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…

9 to 12 months before

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

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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.

Co-owner Peggy McClaren describes The Terrace at Salado as warm and welcoming.

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