Sunday, April 20, 2014
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GUEST COLUMN: Keep calm and give me a boost...

I often joke that unless there's a soccer ball in front of me or a cop behind me, you'll rarely see me run. (Note to BPD Officers, that was a JOKE...please don't test my theory.)

However, last October I was conned into signing up for the Tough Mudder, a 10-mile, 22 obstacle course, by my brother.

GUEST COLUMN: Fowl language

I was reading a story this past week about a new newscaster on his first day of work at a television station, it seems he let loose a couple of major swear words live on the newscast. One of those being, and I quote Ralphie; "the queen-mother of dirty words". I immediately felt bad for him, but I also know that this is a place that requires a lot of thought and attention to detail. I started my journalism career in radio.

Belton PD urges seniors to join R U OK? program

In early April the Belton Police Department added a program called R U OK? specially aimed at senior citizens, but also is open to shut-ins and citizens of all ages who live alone or who have health problems and may need assistance.

The program is a telephone call from the Belton Police Department on Wednesday to be sure the person registered in the program is OK. These calls are made by members of the police department CHIPS (Citizens Helping in Police Service) from police headquarters.

Tyler Running Club teaches, encourages, motivates

Tyler-Running-ClubThe Tyler Elementary Runner's Club completed their six-week training with a Fun Run in true race fashion and a little flare when coupled with Zumba and a carnival.

Tyler nurse Christie Crim created the club in order to help spread her love of running to the students, parents and fellow teachers, believing that running has more of an impact on life than just the physical benefits. Crim helped the students understand that running is about physical well being as well as mental well being.

Church group takes ‘We are the sermon’ to heart

Church-groupThe Belton Church of Christ takes an effort to become a part of the community and serve the community beyond what they preach, and they've done so again this year during the church's recent We are the Sermon event. Usually, the members of the church take a day and get out and help clean up the community, the parks, or help homeowners clean their property. This year, however, one of their Life Groups heard about a veteran who was in need of some major assistance with his home.

Golf, music, BBQ collide to aide special needs children

The 3rd Annual Schoepf's BBQ Vaquero Golf Classic and Concert will be Thursday, May 2. The fun event, with cowboy flair, benefits children with special needs through Peaceable Kingdom Retreat.

The golf tournament starts at 1:00p.m. at Sammons Golf Links in Temple, Texas. Golfers will enjoy an 18-hole scramble, lunch, refreshments and chair massages.

Salado Cemetery report

The Salado Cemetery Association/ Friends of The Salado Cemetery Association has been released by Steven Ervin, president.

Elaine Ory has resigned after a 12-year term as secretary of the association but returns as a trustee until 2015.

CTAS hosts star parties in May

The Central Texas Astronomical Society (CTAS) will host free public star parties on Saturday, May 4th, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Overlook Park outside Belton, the Waco Wetlands outside Waco, and at the Hubbard City Lakes Park in Hubbard. CTAS members will provide telescopes for public viewing. Guests are also welcome to bring their own telescopes.

Court refinances notes to save taxpayer money

In Monday's Commissioner's court meeting, the Court approved the refinance of series 2013 notes to a new interest rate of 1.59 percent, which will save the taxpayers approximately $75,000 over the life of the note.

MPR mayor recognizes Green for service

Morgan's Point Resort's city council approved a budget amendment for upgrades for the pool. All public pools must be handicap accessible and work crews finished the job earlier this year. The city also installed a more modern chemical system that is automated for the MPR pool with a total cost of $9,000 which the council approved with a budget amendment at the Tuesday meeting.

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