Category : Local News


Veterans treatment program celebrates one year anniversary

By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent Bell County Commissioners Court met for a regular meeting on March 21 at Bell County Courthouse. Minutes from last meeting were approved. As well as, the Personnel/Budget Amendment. Samantha Haynes, Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator, gave…

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Hugh Shine encourages involvement, acting on faith

By Emily West, Correspondent “You don’t build a house from the roof down,” stated Texas State Legislature Representative Hugh Shine in a discussion on political involvement: “You build a house from the foundation up.” “People contribute to the political process…

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Building Compassion

By Elizabeth Varville, Correspondent Every historic home as a story to tell. The homes that line Belton’s Main Street are no exceptions. Built in 1925, the home of Mike and Rosemary Randolph has a story with a remarkable happy continuation….

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Master Gardeners host Spring Plant Sale

Special to the Journal As we drive around in Central Texas, we see many signs of spring, especially the flowers that are in bloom. Even though spring has not officially arrived, the warm weather and recent rains have caused the…

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New mortgage company gives the feel of hometown

By Jonathan Allison, Correspondent Guild Mortgage company which started out in 1960 has become the leading privately held mortgage company in the United States. Guild Mortgage specializes in financing first-time home owners, yet they work with experienced homeowners also. “First…

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Local supply company expands to be a full service business

By Annie Dockery, Managing Editor Bourland Landscape Supplies & Outdoor Power Equipment recently expanded to be a one-stop shop for landscaping needs, supplying landscape materials, power equipment with a repair shop, trailors and now, nursery plants to the public and…

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Fort Hood honors November 5 victims

By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent On March 11, hundreds of people including Governor Greg Abbott, Congressman John Carter, military and local dignitaries along with community members gathered for the Nov. 5, 2009 Fort Hood Memorial Dedication. Along with the dedication…

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NCP Choices PEERS reaches milestone

By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent Jerry Haisler and Ben Lopez of Workforce Solutions of Central Texas (WSCT) spoke Monday morning at Commissioners Court of Bell County on the Non-Custodial Parent Choices Parent, Employment, Education & Responsibility (NCP Choices PEER) demonstration…

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Water Street Farmers Market sets up year

By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent The Water Street Farmers Market in downtown Belton is open from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday. Local vendors come and set up and sell their wares. Over 50 vendors are on the list…

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City Council agrees to cancel May 7 election

By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent On Tuesday night Belton City Council met at Harris Community Center for a regular meeting. One council member, David K. Leigh participated in the meeting from Minnesota via teleconference. Participation remotely has been allowed by…

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