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After years of discussion, the cost of a proposed new animal shelter, may end up on the ballot as a special bond election on Nov. 2 after the Copperas Cove City Council gave final direction to the city on how it wishes to proceed with the shelter on Tuesday evening.

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Recently appointed Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Silvia Spires has hit the ground running in her new position, reaching out to area business owners and working on her plan to increase tourism here with the help of concentrated social media marketing.

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The Fort Hood Exchange Job Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 24 at Clear Creek Exchange, 4250 Clear Creek Road, Fort Hood. Recruiters from brand partners will be on site to talk to potential applicants. Go to https://publicaffairs-sme.com/applymyexchange/ for more information.

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Whether you’re looking to see summer movies, experience something new at a cultural event, get the kids outside for some activities, enjoy local live music, or check out a farmers market, there’s an event or activity for everyone to enjoy this weekend. Read on for more details.

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The statewide back-to-school tax free holiday is set for Aug. 6 through 8. During the holiday, purchases on a majority of school items, such as backpacks, clothing and school supplies, will be fully exempt from the state sales tax.

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Project Apple Tree, a charity offered through the Helping Hands Ministry of Belton, is hoping to provide approximately 840 students with school essentials for the upcoming academic year — a goal they hope to achieve with the community’s assistance.

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COPPERAS COVE — More than 150 students from six different campuses in Copperas Cove ISD have met real-life heroes throughout the duration of the fifth annual Ranger Reading Camp. On Wednesday, it was the Army.

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The city of Temple has contracted with RJN Group to conduct smoke testing of its sanitary sewer system today. This may cause residents to see smoke coming from vent stacks or holes in the ground. The smoke is non-toxic and creates no fire hazard.

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Out of 77 school districts across the 12-county education service area of Region 12, a Killeen ISD educator has been selected for the top teaching award — the 2022 Region 12 Elementary Teacher of the Year.