By Halley Harrell
November is National Adoption Month. Ceremonies and programs across the country recognize foster families, celebrate adoptions and emphasize the importance of finding a home for children in need. Bell County recently hosted such an event to honor finalized adoptions.
Texas has around 6,500 children in the foster care system waiting to find permanent families. According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, more children were adopted from foster care last year than ever before. A reported 5,328 children found their “forever families” from September 2012 - August 2013, and adoption rates are up 6.5 percent since last year. Though these foster kids were welcomed into safe and loving homes, there is still a need for more families to consider adoption.
By Grayson Edds
Commissioner Tim Brown of Precinct 2 was recognized at Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting for his election to the Legislative Policy Committee of the Conference of Urban Counties – counties with more than 200k, but less than 400k people.
“A lot of what we do is analyze bills,” Commissioner Brown said. “We make good bills better and make bad bills better or go away.”
During the county engineer’s presentation, a final plat was approved of the Walnut Creek Phase X, a 2.380 acre single lot; final plat was approved of the Briggs Addition, a 9.045 acre, two lot, one subdivision; and a public hearing is scheduled for Monday morning for the consideration of the County’s annexation of a small right-of-way known as Spanish Oak Lane in Salado.
By Tony Adams
The Belton High School Swim Team just keep pushing their way through the water and making headway towards 2014 with another solid performance at the Clements Boys and Girls Club Natatorium last Saturday.
Belton took home the overall team title in decisive fashion with a score of 634, 235 points higher than Waco Midway (399).
Belton’s girls swimming team wowed the masses in their impressive win over the 11-team field, while the boys finished a close second to Waco Midway.
The girls’ 400 points defeated second-place Georgetown, third-place Midway, fourth-place Wimberly, fifth-place Georgetown East View and sixth-place Harker Heights. To document the dominance, the second through sixth-place teams scored a combined 365.5 points.
Megan Nitcher captured first place in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle events, Samantha Pentico won the 100-yard backstroke and Margaret Murphy won the 100-yard breaststroke.
By Tony Adams
The Belton High School Cross Country teams were well represented at the 2013 District 8-5A meet held at Heart of Texas Soccer Complex in Waco last Wednesday.
Both varsity teams qualified for the Region I Meet in Lubbock on Saturday.
The varsity girls claimed the district crown with a score of 38 points, 45 points better than Waco Midway. Brittany Mitchell of Killeen won the individual title with a time of 17:47.49. Brooke Gilmore was the highest Lady Tigers’ finisher, placing second overall with a time of 18:27.10 on the three-mile run. Olivia Houlden placed fourth overall with a time of 18:40.23. Katey Hatter placed sixth overall with a time of 19:04.35. Macy Banfield finished 11th with a time of 19:32.36. Sydney Siegfried finished 15th overall with a time of 19:54.36, giving Belton girls’ coach Holly Lamberte five finishers in the top 15 spots.