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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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Honeybee is 3rd most important farm animal, Princess says

By Lindsay Starr Platt Correspondent The guests at Garden Estates in Temple had a special guest Friday morning Texas Beekeeper Association, Texas Honey Princess, Willow Lanchester made an appearance and spoke about the honey industry in Texas. Residents of the…

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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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FUMC congregation celebrated as oldest in Bell County

By Lindsay Starr Platt Correspondent First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Belton is a Bell County landmark and the oldest congregation in Belton. “I’ve been coming here for five years. I enjoy the fellowship, “ said Jeff Kelley, church member “We…

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Scouts, veterans retire flags during ceremony

By Lindsay Starr Platt Correspondent Saturday morning at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 4008 in Belton almost 50 local Boy Scouts of America and Girls Scouts of America participated in a flag retirement ceremony. For U.S. flags to be…

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Construction begins on Belton’s first 3-story office focused building at Lake Road and Commerce.

Belton’s first 3-story office building underway

By Elizabeth Varville Correspondent Builder Major Constructions has recently began construction on Belton’s first 3-story office-focused building, Commerce Marketplace, in the transitioning neighborhood of Lake Road and Commerce. The 22,000 square foot building will feature office spaces on the second…

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