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LOOKING UP • JOE BAISDEN | Dealing with circumstances

One of the most often quoted passages of Scripture in all the Bible is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (KJV).
We like to quote the passage when we set out on some high adventure of faith or undertake some challenging project. We like to use the verse to liberate us from our self-imposed limitations and doubts as we seek to advance our lives beyond where they have been.

Out & About • Patrick Lacombe | The tree climber

Most of us have climbed trees as kids. It was fun and relatively safe, as long as you didn’t try to scale the trunk all the way to the top. It did not cost anything but time, which we seemed to have a lot of in the summer months while on summer break from school. Building a tree house was a must for any imaginative and adventurous child and led to hours of fun shooting imaginary foes with our toy guns as they lurked in the bushes. However, this is not a story of sweet innocent children playing in trees. It’s about a tree climbing dog.

GUEST COLUMN • Mark Magnan | Almost man’s best friend

Of course the standard for man’s best friend is a dog. If you are in Texas, your dog and pickup truck run close as to which one is really your best friend. The truck won’t give you much for unconditional love but then again a dog can’t carry a load of lumber home either. (That previous statement might be debated a bit if there is an Alaskan in the reading audience) Here in Texas we take pickup trucks seriously. Granted they are not living beings, but they are every bit a part of our lives. Each one in a way reflects characteristics about its owner. Now before I get angry letters from dog lovers, the above comparison was mostly satire; we’ll just leave cats out of this.

High temps bring on burn ban

By Tony Adams
Journal Reporter

Upon the determination of circumstances present, Bell County has determined that a burn ban is in effect from Fri. Aug. 16 to Mon. Aug. 26, as ordered in Bell County Commissioner’s Court on Monday.
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) indicates that Bell County is still in high danger of fires, which puts the general public at risk.

MPR City Council approves two important items

By David Tuma
Publisher

Two key items were approved by the Morgan’s Point City Council Tuesday night; the first being the approval of a 30-year water contract with the City of Temple. Temple will provide adequate water pressure of 1,200 gallons a minute. MPR water customers cannot resale the water and the plan protects both parties from various issues, MPR’s drought plan must be at least as stringent as Temple’s.

More than 1,000 children assisted during Project Apple Tree

By Melany Cox
Journal Reporter

More than one thousand BISD students received free school supplies during Project Apple Tree’s Distribution Day. Project Apple Tree is a faith-based community-wide organization that works through Helping Hands Ministry.
Distribution Day took place Monday at First Baptist Church in Belton. Each student was pre-registered and received a bag of school supplies, a hygiene kit, a dental packet and a brand new outfit.
Jeannette Kelley, founder of Project Apple Tree, said they began serving clients at 9 a.m., but when she arrived at 7 a.m. a long line had already formed.

Former principal steps in to help train, mentor youth

By Kirby Franze
UMHB BCYC intern

Summer brings exciting things for the Belton Christian Youth Center (BCYC). Field trips and sports camps spark up the days and give much anticipation and excitement to the kiddos. However, this summer has brought something else new and exciting to BCYC, and his name is Jimmy Cox, former Athletic Coach and retired Troy ISD Principal.

Hike, Bike Trail plans move forward


By David Tuma
Publisher

In a long list of exciting things happening in Belton the Nolan Creek Hike and Bike Trail extension is close to being started. Bids on the extension will be received in August for the 1/3 of a mile extension that extends the trail to the 9th Ave Bridge and the UMHB campus. Funds for the $1.83 million project were provided by a grant that was awarded to the City of Belton in 2010.

Lena Armstrong Public Library receives grant


By David Tuma
Publisher

The Lena Armstrong Public Library received a $10,000 grant to purchase e-readers, iPads and an e-book remote.
The grant was applied for in February and recently approved with the equipment to be installed sometime later this year.
The impact grants for library innovation and improvement is provided by the state.

Chamber’s Swarm program boosts local business


By Ashley Corn
Journal Reporter

Belton is known for its homey inviting atmosphere, friendly people, and the wide variety of locally owned businesses to visit in the downtown area. About a year ago, a group called SWARM was started by Ambassadors, Chamber members and citizens of Belton.

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