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BISD celebrates academics

By Antonio Herbert

Journal Reporter

Belton High School held its annual Academic Awards Banquet at the Bell County Expo Center last Thursday evening. Parents, school board members and administration gathered to celebrate the students’ educational endeavors. Belton ISD’s orchestra was also present providing music for the event. 

Students received Academic Excellence, and some were recognized for National Merit achievements. Many of them received academic letterman jackets. 

Project Celebration hosts Colour Fun Run

By Matthew Girard

Associate Editor

With a blast of red smoke from a fire extinguisher, Belton High School students, parents and friends took off around Heritage Park in their white shirts in hopes of crossing the finish line with multi-colored clothing during BHS Project Celebration’s Colour 5K Fun Run on Saturday morning.

“I wanted to run because it goes to our Project Celebration and I always wanted to run one of these,” BHS senior Monica Gonzalez said.

Chamber recognizes leaders at banquet

By Devin Corbitt

News Editor

The 2014 Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet welcomed a wide range of guests to celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year. 

The first to be recognized was the partnership between the Chamber and the 13th Sustainment Command, led by Brigadier General Mark LeMasters. LeMasters was awarded a certificate that commended his “outstanding service and commitment as a community partner to the Belton community.”

BISD Trustees approve boundaries

By Christine Foster

Journal reporter

At the BISD board meeting of Jan. 20, the new middle school boundaries were approved in anticipation of the opening of North Belton Middle School.  Under the new map, students from Leon Heights, Miller Heights, Pirtle, Southwest, east of Main Street and Tarver, south of West Adams would attend the Lake Belton Middle School.  Students from High Point, Lakewood and Tarver, north of West Adams Avenue will attend North Belton Middle School.

The Chisolm Trail, Sparta and Southwest Elementary schools, west of Main Street, will attend South Belton Middle School.

1st Mayoral candidate announces plans to run

By David Tuma


Belton’s First Candidate for Mayor announced their plans to run in the upcoming May elections on Wednesday on the steps of Belton City Hall.

Marion Grayson, the current Mayor Pro Tem, announced she will file for the Mayor position when the filing period begins next Wednesday. If elected, Grayson would become Belton’s first female mayor since the city was founded 164 years ago. 

Rebound plays huge role in Cru Women's hoops streak

By Tony Adams

Sports Editor

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team is riding a streak that the team has not seen in several years: a 7-game winning streak.

During their recent road trip, they went on the road to Richardson and Abilene, were down by double-digits in both games and stole a 71-68 win against University of Texas-Dallas and a 71-69 win over Hardin-Simmons.

Lady Tigers Soccer continue toward district schedule

By David Tuma


Teams can no longer participate in three soccer tournaments. 

Belton’s Lady Tigers soccer program, who because of a average district schedule, desperately needs games at top tournaments. 

Boys soccer looking for production up front

By David Tuma


Belton’s soccer team is still searching for the right combination up front. They are playing solid in the midfield with good defensive play but they just need some goals to fall. 

The Tigers lost to a talented North Shore team 3-1. Nick Amato scored off an assist by Ryan Diaz to tie the game 1-1 early in the second half. North Shore scored twice late to seal the win. “They were very good and technically close to Marcus. We made a few mistakes and it cost us,” said Tigers head coach Cisio Mosnia. The shot total was 17-12 and 6-3 on corners with the advantage to Marcus. Not a blowout physically but a close game from the shot total standpoint.

Lady Tigers have tough week against Ellison, Temple

By Tony Adams

Sports Editor

The Belton Lady Tigers have stepped up their defense of late, holding their last three opponents to 38 points per game.

Undefeated District 8-5A leader Ellison came to Tiger Gym last Friday night looking to continue their separation from the pack.

Belton powerlifters get 2014 season off to good start

By Tony Adams

Sports Editor

The Belton Tigers and Lady Tigers Powerlifting teams started their 2014 campaign last Thursday with a trip to Hewitt for the Midway Invitational.

The youthful teams did not disappoint, as the Lady Tigers placed second and the Tigers placed fourth overall.