Karla McNeill understands weddings.
Halfway between Dallas and San Antonio and within 60 minutes from most points in Bell County, is Salado, a storybook village with a feeling of Brigadoon, the fictional Scottish town that comes to life for one day every 100 years. Except this Scots-settled village is a daily source of life, a…
When it’s time to pick out your wedding gown, should you get the designer dress of your dreams or adhere to a respectable budget? Callee Kelly at Waco’s Tie The Knot believes a bride shouldn’t have to make that choice.
When it comes to eating, out diners have a broader selection of places to choose from thanks to the ever-increasing number of food trucks. Family owned and operated, the food trucks bring a taste of home and country to the masses, and offer everything from pizza to gourmet dining. Here are t…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
A 120-year-old oak tree stands on the campus of Texas A&M University-College Station. Its majestic limbs stretch out over the sidewalk and lawn creating a canopy of history.
Matthew and Molly Mastrilli were childhood sweethearts. Growing up in Rowlett, Texas, they saw each other on Sundays at church services and at youth events.
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…
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.
Outside the back door of the First United Methodist Church in Killeen, there is a hilly drop-off covered with brush and other Central Texas flora. Standing at the top of the hill looking down across the valley along Elms Road, a small village is visible through the brush, quiet in its absenc…
The contributions of Czech immigrants are omnipresent in modern Texas. A fruit-filled pastry, the kolach, is a staple at bakeries across the state. Dancers still skip across wood floors to the fast and lively beat of a Polka band. And if you’ve ever wondered the meaning of the popular bumper…
If you happen to see skeletons in brightly colored clothing walking around the grounds of Central Texas College on Nov. 5, don’t be alarmed. These living skeletons will be celebrating life as CTC and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce bring Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to Killeen.
Captains Adrian and Karen Twinney of the Salvation Army are new to Central Texas. They moved here last month to take the reins of the new Salvation Army McLane Center for Hope and continue the commitment to help all those who walk through its doors to find food, shelter and assistance. Prior…
By DANIELLE EVERETT
Go beyond basic jack-o’-lantern
Not long ago, decorating pumpkins each October meant something similar to most Americans. Families gathered around their kitchen tables, pumpkins at hand. Kids marveled at the cold, wet fibers inside the pumpkins as they scooped them out before carving a creepy face. This tradition continues today, but with a new, creative twist. Many people are now putting down their classic carving tools in lieu of supplies like glitter, paint and glue.
Intricate designs from Africa
Hair braiding isn’t a new phenomenon. It’s been around for millennia, dating back as far as 5,000 years. Initially, braids carried a cultural component. In ancient times, it often identified a person’s marital status, social standing, tribe or clan. Depending on what part of the world you were from, braiding had definitive looks and designs in every region of the world.
By MANDY SHELTON
Event funds breast cancer fight
Sally Phillips and her fellow CrossFitters are warming up for Belton’s seventh annual Barbells for Boobs fundraiser Oct. 29 and 30 at Belton Christian Youth Center. Operating under the credo that “everyone has a right to know if they are living with breast cancer,” the Barbells for Boobs grant program channels funds toward providing mammograms for those patients who might otherwise miss out on breast cancer screenings: men, women under the age of 40 and the under- or uninsured. Phillips has been involved with Barbells for Boobs since nearly the beginning.
In 2009, Zionna “Z” Hanson, who owned a CrossFit affiliate in California, wanted to honor a friend, a breast cancer survivor who had been denied a mammogram before her eventual diagnosis at the age of 26.
Central Texas Barbells for Boobs
CrossFit Workout: Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m.
Olympic Weightlifting Open Meet: Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, all day
5K: Oct. 29, 8 p.m.
Belton Christian Youth Center, 505 E. Avenue C, Belton
For more information: www.centraltexasbarbellsforboobs.com
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Five years ago, longtime Houston resident Judy Sparkman retired from her job, packed up her belongings and set out for a new life in Central Texas.