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Johnnie L. Canava

   Memorial services for Johnnie L. Canava, 67, of Salado, were held at 2 p.m. Wed., July 31,  at the Dossman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev Calixto Morin officiating.

Mrs. Canava died Fri., July 26, at her home. 

Guy T. Beckham

Funeral services for Guy T. Beckham, 67, of Belton, were held 10 a.m. Sat., July 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Belton under the direction of Dossman Funeral Home with Darren Walker officiating.

Local veteran among the many awaiting benefits, hosts fundraiser

By Christine Foster

 Journal Reporter

 At the present time, more than half a million veterans are waiting to be approved for veteran’s benefits. According to Representative John Carter, “This is unacceptable!”

 Bobby Collins, a Salado resident, is just one of these veterans who appears to have been lost in the mountains of paperwork required to be awarded disability.

 Collins served his country during the Vietnam War.  Although he was a Navy corpsman, he was attached to a Marine unit that saw hand-to-hand combat.

BPD, MPRPD put unused cars to use

By David Tuma


 It is just one of those questions drivers ask themselves when traveling through Belton and Morgan’s Point Resort these days. Is there a police officer in that parked vehicle? The program was started in Belton by Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis by parking empty, unused police vehicles in certain parts of town, usually an area where there have been crimes or traffic accidents.

Bell County Bar Assoc. receives award for Adoption Day

Special to the Journal

 Recently, representatives of the Bell County Bar Association attended the State Bar Annual meeting in Dallas. During the awards lunch, the Bell County Bar Association received a ‘Stars of Bars’ Merit award for its Adoption Day events. Executive Directors Cindi Parker and Cynthia Champion  were present with State Bar President Buck Files to receiving the award.

Since 2009, Bell County has participated in National Adoption Day events held throughout the State of Texas and the nation and have formalized more than 90 adoptions. A large percentage of Bar members participate in the yearly events by donating funds to help offset the cost, or by allowing their staff to assist on the day of the event.

Community Youth Club receives $25k donation

By Grayson Edds

 Managing Editor

 Leaving a gift for the benefit of others is philanthropic, but when that gift benefits hundreds of children within our own community it becomes a noble act.

A sizeable gift in the amount of $25,000 was left to Altrusa International when Edith Brown, a charter member of the club from 1959-2011 and club president in 1961-62, passed.

 And although Altrusa had the ability to use these funds in a variety of different ways, they felt it best be put to use to support the community children by donating the funds to the Ralph Wilson Youth Club’s Moment in Time campaign in effort to assist the club to reach their goal of $2.7 million for new club facilities.

Hope Unbridled offers Central Texans horse therapy

By Christine Foster

Journal Reporter

  As you begin to read this article, you will think it is about horses, therapists, and mental health, but that is only a small part of the story.  This is a story about intangibles - the intangible bond between man and animals, specifically horses.

 This is a bond that, although unspoken, can work to heal the emotionally and psychologically hurting, wounded, or scarred.   The challenge that is presented and this solution have been addressed by an international organization called the “Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) which establishes standards in equine-assisted counseling and provides training and certification for practitioners.

Piranhas 2nd, Lightning 3rd at state tourney

Piranhas 2nd, Lightning 3rd at state tourney

By Tony Adams

 Sports Editor

The Texas Teenage Baseball/Softball (TTAB) 10U State Tournament concluded in Rockdale last Friday night, following three days of constant rain.

   The first game of the evening featured the Belton Lightning, winners of TTAB District 5 taking on their Belton Youth Softball Association nemesis and District 5 runner-up Belton Piranhas.     

   The two teams had battled against each other all season, as each game they had played against one another, the stakes got bigger. With both teams in the losers’ bracket, the winner of the game got to face the West Drug Bombers for a shot at the TTAB 10U Softball State Championship.

The Lightning’s road to the game featured wins against the Canton Crush, Fruitvale Fast N’ Loud and Emory Thunderstix. The Piranhas hung a 13-2 loss on the Lightning, sending them into the losers’ bracket to fight to get to the finals. A win against the Temple Cyclones put them in the losers’ bracket finals.

Margie Mitchell

   Margie Mitchell, 79, of Temple died Sun., July 21, in a local nursing home. Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Scanio-Harper Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Lasly officiating.  Burial followed at Bellwood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Mitchell was born Feb. 12, 1934, in Belton to Jasper and Laura Britton Bilbrey. She married Robert Mitchell in August of 1975.

Sadie (Taylor) Smith

Funeral services for Sadie (Taylor) Smith, 75, of Belton, were held at 2 p.m. Thurs., July 18, at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton with Eldon Ray Featherston officiating.

   Visitation for family and friends was held Wed., July 17, at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton.

Sadie passed away July 15 at her home in Belton.

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