Killeen banker elected to state board

Joe Burnett, executive vice president of First National Bank Texas in Killeen, has been named to the Independent Bankers Association of Texas 2019-2020 board of directors. Burnett was elected to the position during the group’s 45th annual convention in Galveston. With more than two decades in community banking, he began his career as a part-time teller while in college, and joined First National Bank Texas in 1997. In addition to his position as executive vice president, he also serves as market manager for central Texas commercial lending, and a business-line manager for public finance and student loan portfolios. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in agricultural economics, Burnett earned his MBA from Sam Houston State University with an emphasis in banking and financial institutions. He and his wife, Michelle, have a son and daughter.

CTC offering quality management course for businesses

A two-day class designed to help managers and business owners increase the effectiveness of their business is scheduled from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 11-12, at Central Texas College in Killeen. The college’s Continuing Education department is hosting the event that is to include requirements for a quality management system, including documented information, planning and determining process interactions; the responsibilities of management; management of resources, including human resources and an organization’s work environment; product realization, including the steps from design to delivery; and measurement, analysis and improvement of the quality management system through activities like internal audits and corrective and preventive action.

During the course, attendees will also learn how to plan for, execute and report an audit, and what is involved analyzing the audit results to improve the company’s effectiveness. The class also teaches what is required of a quality manager and how to put together an effective audit program. To learn more about the class or to register, call the CTC Continuing Education department at 254-526-1586 or go online to

Wounded Spirits PTSD Program

All post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers, along with family members and friends ages 14 and up, are invited to attend the ongoing “Wounded Spirits” PTSD program at Victory Baptist Church, 502 W. Business 190, in Copperas Cove. This free 13-week program continues from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through May 7. Topics to be addressed include PTSD-related addiction, fear and anxiety, guilt and survivor’s guilt, anger and irritability, nightmares and flashbacks, apathy, avoiding conflicts, pornography and sex addiction, suicide. For more information and to register, go to:

Coffee Connection/Military Appreciation

Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Coffee Connection is scheduled from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Training Center of Central Texas, 455 E. Central Texas Expressway, in Harker Heights. Contact the Chamber for more information.

A free Military Appreciation Lunch is scheduled for Feb. 18 at Veterans United Home Loans, 1302 W. Stan Schlueter Loop, Suite 100, in Killeen. The catered monthly event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce. To RSVP, call (254) 350-2250 or email

Low-cost pet vaccinations

Killeen Animal Services is hosting a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Killeen Special Events Center, 3301 S. W.S. Young Drive. Complete yearly vaccinations for cats and dogs are $20. Individual shots are also available, including: rabies vaccinations for cats or dogs, $5; Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvo/Corona shots for dogs, $15; kennel cough shots, $10; feline leukemia/PRCC vaccinations, $15. Preventative flea and heartworm medication will also be available for purchase.All pets must arrive on a leash or in a carrier.Vaccinations are administered under the care of veterinarian Dr. John Tarlton and his staff. For more information, contact the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce.

PPC Luncheon

Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra and Bell County Judge David Blackburn are scheduled guests for a Public Police Council luncheon hosted by the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at Grace Christian Center, 1401 E. Elms Road. Segarra and Blackburn are to provide information on the state of the city and the county. For information on tickets and other details, contact the Killeen Chamber.

Special Needs Valentine’s Dance

Killeen Youth Advisory Commission presents “A Night with the Stars” Special Needs Valentine’s Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. Tickets are $5 for this ages-12-and-up event. Admission is free for one caregiver/family member. For more information call 254-501-8889.

2020 Copperas Cove Fishing in the Park

Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation and Tourism announces the annual Fishing in the Park event on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 to 11a.m. at the duck pond in City Park, 1206 W. Ave. B. Admission is free. There is a five-fish limit, and a fishing license is required for those 18 years and older. For more information, contact Ashley at 254-542-2719 or

Black Economic Empowerment Workshop

The public is invited to attend the 7th Black Owned Operated Movement (BOOM) showcase from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Shilo Inns hotel ballroom, 3701 S. W.S. Young Drive. This event is designed as a black economic empowerment workshop to help increase income of women-owned and minority-owned businesses, but organizers say all business owners are welcome to become vendors and all ethnicities are welcome to attend. Community outreach programs are also supported, including such things as feeding the homeless, mental health awareness, and donations to help local children suffering abuse or negligence.Vendor opportunities are available for $100. For more information, call Eugene Alexander (254) 307-2411 or e-mail Visit the website:

Boxing and Bonding

Continue or start a new health and fitness routine while making new business contacts by joining members of the Greater Killeen Young Professionals for this month’s social at TITLE Boxing Club, 2904 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Building B. Prior boxing experience is not required to participate, as instructors will be on hand to teach technique before the class, scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20. Dress for a workout and bring plenty of water. The event is free, but participants will be required to purchase hand wraps for $8; all other equipment will be provided. Contact the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Higher Education Report Luncheon

Dr. Harrison Keller, Texas Commissioner for Higher Education, is the scheduled guest speaker for a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at Central Texas College, and hosted by CTC and the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. Keller is to talk about higher education issues, and particularly the value and role of community colleges in meeting the TX 60X30 initiative. For tickets and other information, contact the Killeen chamber.

Belton Chamber of Commerce Monthly Events

The Belton Chamber’s regular monthly event schedule includes: Chamber Coffee Connection, the last Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m., Belton Chamber of Commerce office, 412 E. Central Ave. Enjoy coffee and meet new people while learning about what is going on in the community.

Shakers & Stirrers – High-Speed Networking Lunch, the third Friday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a different business location each month. Have lunch, meet new people and business connections, and play networking games. Registration for this event is required. Contact the Chamber for more information.

Business After Hours, the first Thursday of the month at 5:15 p.m., at a different business location each month. Network and mingle with other like-minded people in a relaxed environment after hours. Contact the Chamber for details on this event.

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