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Legendary love: Historic oak serves a backdrop for perfect proposal

Legendary love: Historic oak serves a backdrop for perfect proposal

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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.

Forged in faith: Longtime friendship leads to loving marriage

Forged in faith: Longtime friendship leads to loving marriage

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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.

Colorful connection

Colorful connection

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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.

Fur love

Fur love

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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.

Finding balance

Finding balance

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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 helps people to overcome their obstacles and to process that trauma.

Surviving Katrina

Surviving Katrina

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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.

Helping others find a new beginning through homeownership

Helping others find a new beginning through homeownership

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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.

A Polynesian holiday

A Polynesian holiday

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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.

Reason for the season

Reason for the season

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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 absence of people.

Here comes Santa Claus

Here comes Santa Claus

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There are many holiday events happening around Central Texas, and activities can be found in each of the local communities. From Copperas Cove to Temple and all places in between, there is something for everyone to celebrate Christmas in 2016.

A Christmas Classic

A Christmas Classic

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Imagine you are a child again in a land of winter where large, soft, one-of-a-kind snowflakes are falling from the sky, blanketing the earth. It’s Christmas Eve and your family is having a grand celebration.

Sweet holiday treats

Sweet holiday treats

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The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without desserts to enjoy with family and friends. This month, we’re sharing a couple of tempting treats to try during your celebrations.

Cultural treasures

Cultural treasures

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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 sticker that asks “Jak se mas?” It’s Czech for “How’s it going?”

Celebrating life at Dia de los Muertos

Celebrating life at Dia de los Muertos

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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.

More than soup, soap & salvation

More than soup, soap & salvation

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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 to coming to Temple, they were commissioned in Conroe, Texas. “The Salvation Army moves captains around every three years,” Adrian said.

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Plan a romantic dinner for two

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Love is in the air and there’s no better way to celebrate a day full of romance than with an intimate dinner for two at one of the area’s fine dining restaurants.