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Late start to summer: Bell County lakes and parks get slow start opening

Late start to summer: Bell County lakes and parks get slow start opening

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

4-H Teaches youth about more than Livestock

4-H Teaches youth about more than Livestock

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

Summer Fun for All: Local parks programs offer activities and events

Summer Fun for All: Local parks programs offer activities and events

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July is Parks and Recreation Month in Central Texas, and area parks and recreation have a wide selection of activities that are family friendly.

Bringing a woman’s touch to Schoepf’s

Bringing a woman’s touch to Schoepf’s

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Bringing a woman’s touch to Schoepf’s

All in the Family

All in the Family

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

TexAdventures

Naturally cool Hancock Springs provides respite  from summer heat in Central Texas

Naturally cool Hancock Springs provides respite from summer heat in Central Texas

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Story and photos by FRED AFFLERBACH • Aerial photo by JOHN ANCHETA

Quench your thirst Dublin Bottling Works offers taste of Texas history

Quench your thirst Dublin Bottling Works offers taste of Texas history

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Story by FRED AFFLERBACH

Wild wonders: Many wonders await visitors at wildflower center

Wild wonders: Many wonders await visitors at wildflower center

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It’s a warm spring day at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin and a small crowd has gathered in a sun-drenched courtyard. Water trickles into a small pond lined with native ferns, rushes and lilies. A wind chime plays a soft lullaby. Someone has printed “shh” on a chalkboard. A hush falls across the curious visitors. Rather than looking down at bright bluebonnets, they are gazing upward toward a brown, sandstone archway.

Harker Heights Community Garden offers healthier way to  get your veggies

Harker Heights Community Garden offers healthier way to get your veggies

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These days there seems to be an emphasis on eating a healthy plant-based diet.

Rugged: rugby comes to Texas A&M-Central Texas

Rugged: rugby comes to Texas A&M-Central Texas

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Rugby has been dubbed a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen and women. As of last fall, it’s also played by Texas A&M University-Central Texas students.

TexFit

Staying in Shape: Program helps new mothers and mothers-to-be get fit

Staying in Shape: Program helps new mothers and mothers-to-be get fit

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On a nearly cloudless Central Texas spring day, a group of mothers and mothers-to-be meet up at the basketball court in Lions Club Park in Killeen.

Put fitness first: Getting the most out of your workout

Put fitness first: Getting the most out of your workout

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Whether starting a new exercise regimen or returning to the gym after a long absence, there are steps to take to get the most out of your workout. The most important first step — commitment.

Hitting  the wall: Climbing offers fitness at any age

Hitting the wall: Climbing offers fitness at any age

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One month after giving birth to a baby boy, Jess Zimmerman of Killeen hit the wall. A blind couple last summer hit the wall. Two Fort Hood soldiers in their twenties, Brian Calandra and Cameron Prince, hit the wall often.

Walking ... just for the health of it

Walking ... just for the health of it

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By CATHERINE HOSMAN

Walk off holiday calories

Walk off holiday calories

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By CATHERINE HOSMAN

TexHealth

Block the sun: Routine protection saves your skin from long-term damage from exposure

Block the sun: Routine protection saves your skin from long-term damage from exposure

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By CATHERINE HOSMAN

Say ouch: Vaccinations aren’t just for children

Say ouch: Vaccinations aren’t just for children

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While college kids are busy decorating dorms, reviewing class schedules and meeting new roommates, they shouldn’t forget to make sure all their immunizations are up-to-date as they enter those hallowed halls of higher learning. Even though most vaccinations are given in early childhood or early adolescence, college students and young adults need specific immunizations, too. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, all incoming first-time or transfer students (21 years or younger) are required by law to receive a meningococcal vaccination (or booster, if it has been longer than five years) at least 10 days prior to the first day of class (or 10 days prior to moving into campus housing).   

HEALING HANDS: UMHB’s dean of the College of Nursing  touches lives, produces skilled, ethical nurses

HEALING HANDS: UMHB’s dean of the College of Nursing touches lives, produces skilled, ethical nurses

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As students come and go through the lobby of the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer nursing building on the campus of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, talking, laughing and exchanging notes, a smiling woman enters the room from her office on the first floor. Her lab coat swings back and forth as she weaves in and out of the chattering nursing students. They recognize her as Dr. Sharon Souter, dean of the college of nursing, but also as the heartbeat of a program that is growing by leaps and bounds.

Naturally good skincare

Naturally good skincare

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Killeen resident Samara Elledge is drawn to natural elements in her life. It is a philosophy that she applies to eating, exercise, motherhood and skin care. Last year Elledge drew on that philosophy. She started making her own beauty products because she said it is more economical. Plus, it assures you know what is in your products.

Improve health through proper nutrition

Improve health through proper nutrition

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Janelle Dietze has always been interested in nutrition, but having a morbidly obese roommate in college made her passionate about empowering people to improve their health through healthier eating.

TexTalk

How do you stay beautiful on the go?

How do you stay beautiful on the go?

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Each month, Tex Appeal peeks inside the bag of one busy woman to reveal her best beauty secrets and must-have essentials.

TexTalk Calendar

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Free Concerts in the park

Don’t underestimate the importance of reading

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An essay by CATHERINE HOSMAN

Warm welcome, hearty food at Opa’s Schnitzel Hut

Warm welcome, hearty food at Opa’s Schnitzel Hut

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

The Putnams Lead Club Members in Fellowship, Fun

The Putnams Lead Club Members in Fellowship, Fun

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

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Naturally cool Hancock Springs provides respite  from summer heat in Central Texas

Naturally cool Hancock Springs provides respite from summer heat in Central Texas

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Story and photos by FRED AFFLERBACH • Aerial photo by JOHN ANCHETA