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Burnet celebrates the birth of Christ at Main Street Bethlehem

The First Baptist Church of Burnet invites everyone to experience the annual Main Street Bethlehem on Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Housed behind what seems like a wooden fortress, the moment you walk past the Roman soldier guarding the gate and step over the threshold, you enter a time warp and are transported back to 1 B.C. Bethlehem, and the night Jesus Christ was born.

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The Jolly Judge

Judge Ted Duffield leans over a stack of papers inside the law library at the Bell County Justice Center, pausing only to nervously stroke his long, white beard. Although he is engrossed in the important work he does as a Justice of the Peace, he suddenly notices a small boy staring at him.

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Preserving the past, focused on the future

Cochran, Blair and Potts, still providing great service in Central Texas after more than 140 years

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Food for the soul

Belton church serves free meal to students

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Winter Wonderland

Family-friendly holiday events around Central Texas

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How to beat the HOLIDAY BLUES, or at least keep them at bay

“Fill your calendar over the holiday with emotional energizers. Instead of saying yes to everything, decide what you want to do and who you want

to be with.”

BarBara Crawford

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Magical lights wow crowds at BLORA

For 18 years, the magic of Christmas has been captured in miles of colorful lights and creative scenes at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. More than 2 million people have toured the elaborate “Nature in Lights” display since it began, making it a cherished ritual for many in the Central Texas area.

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Banker empowered by adventure

A wooden plague sits on Karen Wheeler’s desk in her Extraco Bank office in Belton with the words “She believed she could, so she did.”

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Healthier choices available at local farmers markers

From computers to ice cream, soda to shoes, and wines to beers, many products are manufactured, made or produced in Texas. The list is lengthy but some of the Texas-made products include movies, music and grocery stores that are born and elevated to empire status in the state.

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Celebration of Love

It was love at first sight.

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Finding the Perfect Fit

The art of sewing is a very empowering thing. Creating clothes for others to wear is a true expression of their identity. In many ways, sewing is the ultimate sign of femininity — seductive and passionate, yet comforting. An ancient craft, sewing is also a skill that one can learn, but a true seamstress is an artist who breathes life into fabric.

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Long-Lasting Love

With one out of two marriages ending in divorce these days, it’s rare to find a couple whose love has withstood the tests of time. What do they know that others don’t? Do they have a secret to marital success?

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Getting down to business

Success is not defined by a career, education, title or wealth. Intangible and fluid, it cannot be confined or denied by any boundaries. Like physical traits, success is unique to everyone and comes in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. Tex Appeal found several local women of various ages who are all defining success on their own terms.

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Answering God’s call

For 16 years, Janice Jones worked in technical business and exploration technology for an insurance company. With biology degrees, she also taught and served as an adjunct instructor at Montgomery Community College, now Lone Star College.

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Grow it! Container Gardens

If the answer to this question is negative, don’t despair. Even the hardiest gardeners have been tempted to throw their gardening gloves into the compost pile due to the dual challenges of the prolonged Texas drought and the unusually harsh winter.

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