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Find inspiration to live a life filled with grace

Find inspiration to live a life filled with grace

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If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t excited about reading this book. I started with the synopsis on the cover — I like to know a little about what I’m devoting an afternoon to reading before I start — and it didn’t really pique my interest.

A Kabul romance

A Kabul romance

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Don and Helen Rowland’s home in Temple is filled with mementos from a life well shared for 50 years. Asian art is juxtaposed with Southwest Native American imagery and wall hangings. But the most prominent of all their collections, except maybe Don’s golf clubs, is Helen’s collection of more than 100 camels, some big, some small, some ceramic or china or stuffed toy camels — her favorite animal and a memory of her life in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she met Don, just a little more than 50 years ago.

Stillhouse Wine Room adds a touch of class

Stillhouse Wine Room adds a touch of class

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Stillhouse Wine Room in Killeen offers its patrons a respite from noisy sports bars that dot the landscape of the city. There is no blaring music, just the soft sounds of jazz, or crooners, like Frank Sinatra, singing in the background, and there is no TV showing the latest news or sporting event.

Undaunted by disability

Undaunted by disability

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Five months in the hospital. Six weeks in an intensive care unit. Allison Dickson spent the first half of 2014 fighting for her life. She suffered respiratory failure, went into shock, and her organs started shutting down. At age 34, she was put on life support three times. “I went downhill bad,” Dickson said, looking back. “I don’t remember much, which is a good thing. I don’t think it was pleasant.” But out of that difficult time, two endowed scholarships at Central Texas universities are now awarded annually in Allison Dickson’s name.

Hometown Diner rises from the ashes

Hometown Diner rises from the ashes

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When Wes’s Burger Shack & More burned in 2014, owner Wes Teeter didn’t blame anyone. He didn’t say, “Lord, why me?” Instead he said, “Lord, why not?”

Upcoming events in January 2017

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Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum presents Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965

‘Return to Joy’: Find new beginnings through faith

‘Return to Joy’: Find new beginnings through faith

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Everyone experiences grief, loss, pain and trauma in their lives at one time or another. For Bev Desalvo, author of “Return to Joy,” a NavPress publication, the trauma was so profound that it kept her in an emotional place of hiding for most of her life.

Spreading holiday cheer

Spreading holiday cheer

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Santa Paws, a.k.a. Anita Baez, steps out of her car in the parking lot at the Senior Care of Western Hills nursing home in Temple surrounded by an assortment of critters decked out in their Christmas best.

Taste the flavors of the island at Tex-Rican restaurant

Taste the flavors of the island at Tex-Rican restaurant

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Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN

Mills delivers another romantic thriller in ‘Deadly Encounter’

Mills delivers another romantic thriller in ‘Deadly Encounter’

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From the first chapter, when Houston airport ranger volunteer and veterinarian Dr. Stacy Broussard makes a grisly discovery, it’s clear “Deadly Encounter” will be another thrilling read from DiAnn Mills.

December events

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Country Dances at Belton Senior Center

November calendar

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The Contemporaries of the Azalee Marshall

Family tradition: Couple creates original Christmas cards

Family tradition: Couple creates original Christmas cards

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Tucked away in the heart of rural Belton is the home of Dr. Tom and Mrs. Carol Runyan. A country road meanders past rolling hills, working ranches with horses or cattle grazing placidly and leads to the entrance drive of their Southern-Greco style house that sits on several acres of land dotted with oak trees, flora and fauna.

Comfort food dining at Ma’s Place Restaurant

Comfort food dining at Ma’s Place Restaurant

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Vickie Silva is a foodie. As owner of Ma’s Place Restaurant in Harker Heights, her eatery is more like walking into mom’s kitchen and keeping her company while she cooks. Ma’s Place seats around 30 people, with some limited seating outdoors. She serves breakfast and lunch, and her community following keeps her busy cooking up the comfort foods that are reminiscent of home, wherever that might be.

Popular Articles

Master Chef Secrets 25 Must-Haves for the Kitchen

Master Chef Secrets 25 Must-Haves for the Kitchen

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Stocking your kitchen with the essential tools is the key to making cooking enjoyable, fast, and fun. Many people claim they “hate to cook” or that they “can’t cook,” and you would understand why if you stepped into their kitchens. Even a short, 30-minute recipe that requires only a couple chopped ingredients becomes very laborious when using a dull knife; and then cooking with a cheap, thin pan that causes foods to stick or burn only escalates the problem. No wonder people choose to eat out or warm up a pre-made convenience meal from the freezer.