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Two compete for school board seat

Two candidates are competing for a seat on the BISD school board. Recently, the Belton Journal provided Manuel Alcozer and Mike Cowan with a questionnaire to help the voters know more about the positions of each candidate. This is the second of a two-part series.

What do you feel are the top three issues that the school board needs to address in the next two years?

MA: The explosion of violence that has occurred in recent times in various parts of the country (involving schools) is an issue that requires immediate attention and action. The safety of our students is a primary concern for me. It is an issue that does not leave room for error.

Congressman announces art contest winners

Congressman John Carter (R-TX31) congratulates the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Contest and thanks all participants for their involvement. The winners were announced Saturday by Congressman Carter at the Round Rock Art Council's Art Space.

Each year, the U.S. House of Representatives hosts the nationwide event that allows high school students from every Congressional District in the U.S. to showcase their artistic ability.

USDA announces relief for West victims

In the aftermath of the tragedy in West, USDA Rural Development is encouraging residents affected by the disaster to apply for housing, community, business and utility funding through several Rural Development programs. Assistance can be offered for rebuilding and reopening businesses and community facilities, as well as rectifying housing situations and rebuilding or repairing damaged homes. Local personnel, both at the site and at local offices, are available to assist with possible funding options for those displaced who have lost homes, businesses and livestock due to the fertilizer plant explosion.

UMHB sets spring commencement

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Spring Commencement will be held in the Bell County Expo Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

This is the university's 157th graduating class. An estimated 414 students will be awarded 421 degrees. Of these, 331 will receive baccalaureate degrees, 49 will be awarded master's degrees, seven students will be receiving both baccalaureate and master's degrees, and 27 students will receive doctoral degrees.

Superintendent recognizes scholars during ceremony

The annual Superintendent Scholars ceremony was held at 5:30 on Monday in the Lord Conference Center at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The program is held to honor sophomore students who ranked in the top 20 percent for their scores on the PSAT exam.

Kathy Cook, BHS Principal, and Dr. Deanna Lovesmith, Principal at Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow, welcomed the students, followed by information on the PSAT/NMSQT test from Dr. Jan Fall, Coordinator of Advanced Academic Studies. Dr. Susan Kincannon, Superintendent, challenged the students to "move to the next level of excellence" by becoming a National Merit Scholar.

Morgan’s Point Fire Department provides year-in-review

Morgan's Point Resort Fire Chief Billy Richards presented an update on the department at a recent council meeting.

In the past year, the department has fought 16 shore fires from the lake using their fire boats.

"It is surprising how much the boat is used. It is the only one on Lake Belton and we cover all 193 miles of shoreline," said Richards. The boat was used to put out boat fires and grassfires and bonfires along the lake when the burn ban was being enforced.

Belton City Council elections aim to fill four seats

Note: This information is a continuance from last week's article.

During this year's elections, four spots are up for election on the Belton City Council including incumbents Frank Minosky, Craig Pearson and David K. Leigh. Wayne Carpenter's seat is also open, but he will not be returning for another term. Also running for one of the four council seats are candidates Dan Kirkley, Jerri Gauntt and Ronnie Schoepf Jr.

Annual church Spring Fest, Wing Fest see success

On April 27 and 28, Christ the King Catholic Church held their annual Wing Fest and Spring Fest.

In speaking with Father Misko, the parish priest for the past two and half years, his enthusiasm for this event was overwhelming.

"This is true fellowship," he said. "With four masses every Sunday, our congregation rarely comes together as one Body in Christ. This is our opportunity to become that One."

UMHB sports camps

The UMHB football program will host a series of elite camps for serious football athletes this summer. The camps will be held at a variety of locations across the state and will be run by Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg with assistance from UMHB assistant coaches and members of the Oklahoma State University football coaching staff. The Cru Elite Football Camp is an intense training camp designed for serious football athletes.

Lady Cru comeback attempt falls short

There are certain aspects of the game of basketball you can emulate in practice. And there are facets you cannot simulate.

Like a six-foot tall, left-handed shooting forward that can paralyze a game to its core. Wartburg College's Baileigh O'Brien was that enigma.

Down 18 points in the first half and15 points at halftime, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women's basketball team stormed back to take the lead for a few moments, but the secondary comeback fell just short in the final seconds of a 67-62 loss to Wartburg College Wednesday afternoon. The loss drops the UMHB women to 2-8 on the season. The Knights improve to 6-3 on the year with the victory.

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