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Local unique nonprofit combines hunting, veterans, gospel to spread hope

Kristine and David Haehn have created a unique nonprofit organization with the purpose of serving wounded veterans.

Hogs for a Cause, a cooperative ministry with Hope for the Hungry, was founded in 2010 with the goal of providing recreation for wounded veterans while spreading the Gospel.

The organization is located in Belton and allows veterans to participate in feral hog hunts.

Residents surprised to find otter

Lakewood Elementary School teacher Angela Chrestman was taking her son Nathan to school when they drove past an otter that had died near the main road of FM 2305 near Lakewood Ranch. Naturally they didn't believe their eyes, but after talking with her son, they did a u-turn to go back and see if really was an otter.

BISD breaks ground at Chisholm Trail Elementary

Groundbreaking for Belton ISD's newest elementary, Chisholm Trail, was held last Wednesday at the site of the new school, 1082 S. Wheat Road. Participating in the groundbreaking were kindergarten and 1st grade students from Tyler Elementary who will be going to the new school when it opens in the fall of 2014.

Belton’s Kiwanis Club hosts annual Turtle Festival

Turtle-Festival-coverThe sun was shining and the creek invited the splash of little feet during the sixth annual Belton Kiwanis Turtle Festival that took place on Saturday down in the City's Yettie Polk Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual festival is designed to positively impact children's lives by partnering with community organizations, matching with opportunities, and fostering the development of key relationships within the community.

Trees planted in honor of three great citizens

In-your-honor1A Tree Dedication Ceremony was hosted last Thursday for three important members of the Belton Community in Heritage Park. Richard Schigut was honored as the 2012 Beltonian; Anne Jackson was honored as 2012 Citizen of the Year; and Clifton Peters was honored as Belton City Councilman 2000-2012.

BEDC partners with Temple College to assist in employee training

On April 17 and 24, the Belton Economic Development Corporation and Temple College, School of Business partnered to assist Belton's primary industries in the growth and development of the most important asset, their employees.

Ana Borchardt, Director of Business Expansion and Retention, Cynthia Hernandez, BEDC Executive Director, and Kathy Brandner, Director of Workforce Development with Temple College collaborated to bring a customer service course called Service Excellence to 19 representatives of the following companies: Bellco Manufacturing, IER, Beltec Industries, Harvest Technologies, and the City of Belton.

Local high schools ranked as top schools in nation

Two local high schools, Belton and Salado, have been recognized and honored as two of the best high schools in the U.S. and Texas.

This survey, conducted by U.S. News and World Report, evaluated 18,790 high schools throughout the country based on a number of criteria. Belton rated number 1,864 nationally and 162nd in Texas. Salado was 1,577th in the national rankings and 144th in Texas. This puts both schools in the top 10 percent of this study.

Homeless shelter breaks ground in Temple

A ground breaking ceremony for The Salvation Army McLane Center of Hope took place at 2 p.m. on Monday. The 22,000 square foot building will be located in Temple on the corner of West Avenue G and 9th Street and provide emergency shelter, food, rehabilitation and additional Salvation Army services including life skills training and job skill training. Individuals who qualify for the program will be placed on a six month plan to self-sufficiency.

This facility will be the first Bell County homeless shelter, the only one found between Waco and Austin, and will accommodate up to 100 participants at a time.

BISD names principal for Chisholm Trail Elementary

The Belton ISD Board of Trustees has named Calvin Itz as the principal for the new Chisholm Trail Elementary, set to open in the fall of 2014.

Mr. Itz received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas State University. He has been in the education field for 10 years, the last six in Belton ISD. Mr. Itz is currently principal of Tyler Elementary.

4-H to host July photography workshop

The Texas 4-H Program, in partnership with the Bell County 4-H Photography Advisory Board, will host a statewide photography workshop July 20-21 in Temple, said event coordinators.

The workshop is open to 4-H members 9-18 years old and their parents. It will be held at Central Texas Christian School, 4141 W. Farm-to-Market Road 93.

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