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Annual Youth Fair kicks off at Expo Center

By Christine Foster

Journal Reporter

Feb. 1 through 8 marked a milestone for the Bell County 4H and FFAís year as it was their annual youth fair.  All their projects from baked goods, fashion and livestock were displayed and judged.

Citizens begin new training

By Patrick Lacombe

Journal reporter

They are called “CHIPS,” and according to Sgt. Kim Hamilton of the Belton Police Department, “They are the eyes and ears of the department.” 

CHIPS is the acronym for Citizens Helping In Police Services. They are citizens who have attended and graduated from the Belton Citizens Police Academy, a twenty-hour course spread out over a ten-week period. The present class kicked off with “orientation night” last Jan. 31. 

Legendary Honor

Peeples honored for 8-decade career


By Matthew Girard

Associate Editor

Belton’s own Berneta Peeples is well known for her love of the color blue, but residents might notice the splash of a yellow accent the next time they see the city’s unofficial historian and long-time Belton Journal reporter around town.

The eyes have it

As I get older, I find my body changing. Maturity is good in some ways. Obviously being a lumberjack is more for younger people. But I am happy with where I am now. Most of my body parts are holding up well; some improved, and I do my part to maintain myself. 

However my eyes seem to be slacking a bit; they don’t seem to embrace the same agenda as the rest of me. 

Backyard Birding

One of the things I look forward to in the springtime is the arrival of the songbirds migrating from their winter homes to their nesting sites. 

My favorites are the “Purple Martins” that start arriving in late January and early February. 

Having a colony of Purple Martins in your yard can be both aesthetic and beneficial. 

The rewards for waiting

Some time before I was elected to the Belton City Council in 2005, HEB bought a large tract of land on the east side of North Main Street at Sparta Road.  During the four years I was on the Council one of the most often asked questions I heard was “When is HEB going to build that new store?”

When it finally came time to start construction, the company conducted an information meeting in a large room of the Christ the King Catholic Church, next door to the building site.  The spokesman for HEB revealed an exciting bit of news.  He said that if the company had started construction soon after purchasing the property, Belton would not be receiving a store of the gigantic proportions and magnificent features as that of the final plan.  He assured the crowd that Belton was about to have one of the very largest HEB facilities in all of the State of Texas.

Jake’s Chinese Buffet to ring in New Year with Beltonians

By Grayson Edds

Associate Editor

With the Chinese New Year right around the corner, Amy Cheung, owner of Jake’s Chinese Buffet, wanted to make sure that the community’s residents didn’t miss out on the event because of its rare date. 

The Chinese New Year doesn’t follow our western calendar, but instead follows the lunar calendar, landing the date of the Chinese New Year on a different day each year. 

Guest professor brings beats

By Antonio Herbert

Journal reporter

On Friday, Jan. 17, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor kicked off its 14th Percussion Festival, an event where a drummer gives a concert and a masterclass in Hughes recital hall.

Professor of Percussion from the University of Texas at Arlington Dr. Michael Varner brought Belton the beats of Africa. 

BPD links Belton, Temple robberies

By Grayson Edds

Associate Editor

While Belton is generally a safe, quiet community, recent burglaries in the area have police officers encouraging the community to Hide, Lock, Take – Hide your valuables, Lock your car, Take your keys. 

In the Dawson Ranch and The Oaks subdivisions, cars and garages were being burglarized in early January. 

Fredenburg makes donation to Ronal McDonald House

By Tony Adams

Sports Editor

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor head football coach Pete Fredenburg was named Liberty Mutual Division III Coach of the Year on Jan. 4, an honor that brought forth well deserved accolades for UMHB’s decorated coach. in honor of his accomplishments, Liberty Mutual gave a donation to the charity of Fredenburg’s choice.

The recipient of the donation is the Ronald McDonald House of Temple.