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The last graduating class of T.B. Harris High School is set to co-host the West Belton-Harris Ex-Students Association reunion in late May. Front Row: Principal W.F. Simpson, Gloria Clark, Bettie Reagan, Barbara Robertson, Conie Sue Brown, Teacher Hazel Wright. Second Row: Beatrice Gooding, Marian Mayes, Gwendolyn Sargent. Third Row: William Forrest, Comet Russell, Leroy Andrews, Joseph Trammel. Not Pictured: Doris Turner, Barbara Brown Jacqueline Mayes, Barbara Parker, Marvin Jackson, Roland Mitchell, Sucey Franklin.

West Belton-Harris Ex-Students’ reunion to commence

The West Belton-Harris High Ex-Students Association is busy preparing for its 17th bi-annual reunion to be held at the Harris Community Center, July 22-24. The reunion will begin Friday, July 22, with a banquet at 6 p.m. The banquet will…

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A moment of silence filled the church as John R. Helmer, retired, Major, U.S. Army presented the wreath at he “God and Country Concert” on Sunday.

First Baptist hosts 45th annual God & Country concert

By Lindsay Starr Platt Correspondent First Baptist Belton church hosted its annual “God and Country” concert for the 45th year on Sunday. The church had 1,000 seats available and it was a full house and a few standing still to…

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Families of onlookers keep tradition alive by attending annual parade

By Katherine Gibbs Correspondent Tradition. That is what the Belton parade means for a lot of people. Most of the spectators have been coming since they were kids and now they bring their own families to carry on that tradition….

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Brittany Duncan, with a robust background in project management and design, now supervises the daily enterprise of Helping Hands Ministry.

Helping Hands Ministry welcomes new Director of Community Ministries

Special to the Journal Helping Hands Ministry welcomes Brittany Duncan as its newest staff member. As Director of Community Ministries, Duncan oversees the daily operations of the organization and supervises volunteers in the food pantry, clothing area, and front office….

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From left to right: Gary Klein, Marvin Gatton and Pete Stebbins concentrate on their artwork at Bell County Woodcarvers on Monday.

Those who would, carve wood

By Lindsay Starr Platt Journal Correspondent A walk into the “quilting room” on Monday mornings at the Belton Senior Center is greeted by a woodsy scent and little wooden figurines displayed on tables. The Bell County Woodcarvers are busy turning…

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Former Commissioner talks about his history

By Elizabeth Varville Correspondent Richard Cortese held the seat for Bell County Commission Court for Precinct 1 for the past 23 years. Cortese grew up in the Little River/Academy area, attended Temple Junior College, and served four years in the…

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Belton Senior Center welcomes new director

By Lindsay Starr Platt Correspondent Kaci Hodges is the new center director at Belton Senior Center. Hodges joined the center in mid-April replacing Elaine Murray who passed away in March. Hodges is originally from Waco and has been a Temple…

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Ribbon-cutting signifies completed renovations

By Elizabeth Varville Correspondent Garden Estates of Temple held their ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated Senior Lifestyle center. The center has called Temple home since March 1998 and serves approximately 100 residents. “The renovations lasted nearly nine months….

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A ground breaking ceremony was held at Bell County’s new motel, Expo Inn, located in Belton near IH-35.

New 60-room hotel coming soon to Belton

By David Tuma Publisher A ground breaking ceremony was held at Bell County’s new motel located in Belton near IH-35. The 2.9 million facility will add 60 rooms and 34,000 square feet of building to the tax rolls. It took…

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Matt Taylor, General Manager, Dead Fish Grill was all smiles after he won the raffle Thursday night at the Member Appreciation Party for the Belton and Temple Chambers of Commerce.

Belton, Temple Chambers hold member appreciation event

By Lindsay Starr Platt Correspondent In the rolling hills of Florence, Belton and Temple Chamber of Commerce had a member appreciation party on Thursday at the Vineyard of Florence. More than 60 members showed up to try Texas wines and…

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