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Gin celebrates more than one Independence Day

By Lindsay Starr Platt Correspondent Friday night at the Gin at Nolan Creek an Independence Day celebration got started a little early. Another country that also earned their freedom from Britain is Canada. The celebration is known as Canada Day…

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Growth management strategy includes sewer line extension

By David Tuma Publisher The City of Belton is planning to expand their sewer line network along IH-35 to the Lampasas River. Earlier this year Belton’s city staff attended a Texas Municipal League Annexation Conference in May. It was recommended…

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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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Declaration reading honors nation

By Katherine Gibbs Correspondent In honor of our nation’s 240 anniversary the Texas criminal defense lawyers association organized a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Bell County courthouse on July 1. The reading started in 2010 with just…

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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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Coryell County Cowgirl “Spicy”, shows off her pistol to attendees at the Fourth of July Barbecue Kick-off on Thursday

Barbeque kicks off week-long festivities

By Lindsay Starr Platt Correspondent Thursday at Yettie Polk Park lunch was the annual Fourth of July Kick-off Barbeque for the community. Almost 200 attendees came to the park to enjoy barbecue plate lunches and a concert. “It’s exciting. It…

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BISD announces new band directors

Special to the Journal Belton ISD Superintendent Susan Kincannon announced today that she will recommend Ed Stein as the district’s next head band director and John Pearson as an assistant director. The school board considered and approved her recommendation during…

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Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis and Deputy Chief Larry Berg standing near the muliple tartgeting  system at the new police firing range

Law enforcement training center operational

By David Tuma Publisher The Central Texas Regional Law Enforcement Training Facility in Belton is fully operational. This state of the art modern training facility is for both lethal and nonlethal training. Classrooms buildings have been in use for the…

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Plans in motion for Expo Center expansion

By Lindsay Starr Platt Correspondent Bell County Commissioners met Monday morning for a meeting and passed the motion to approve the issuance of the purchase order of $1,492,987 to HTS Texas for the third module at the Bell County Expo…

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School Board approves 2% employee raises

By Lindsay Starr Platt Correspondent The Board of Trustees of Belton Independent School District (ISD) met for a regular meeting on Monday night. The meeting started with a presentation by Phil Haggerty, Assistant Superintendent, Business Services, Belton ISD, on the…

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