By Melany Cox
July is National Parks and Recreation month, and on Saturday members of the community braved the heat to celebrate.
The Belton Parks and Recreation Department hosted National Parks and Recreation Celebration Day. Matt Bates, Recreation Coordinator, said the purpose of National Parks and Recreation Month is to “make people aware to get out, have fun and to use your local parks.”
The event took place at Chisholm Trail Park in Belton. Several community businesses, organizations and teams participated in the festivities. The celebration featured softball and kickball games, a mini volleyball tournament and a washers tournament. Shaved ice and refreshments were provided by Sno-to-Go.
On April 27 and 28, Christ the King Catholic Church held their annual Wing Fest and Spring Fest.
In speaking with Father Misko, the parish priest for the past two and half years, his enthusiasm for this event was overwhelming.
"This is true fellowship," he said. "With four masses every Sunday, our congregation rarely comes together as one Body in Christ. This is our opportunity to become that One."
Note: This information is a continuance from last week's article.
During this year's elections, four spots are up for election on the Belton City Council including incumbents Frank Minosky, Craig Pearson and David K. Leigh. Wayne Carpenter's seat is also open, but he will not be returning for another term. Also running for one of the four council seats are candidates Dan Kirkley, Jerri Gauntt and Ronnie Schoepf Jr.
Morgan's Point Resort Fire Chief Billy Richards presented an update on the department at a recent council meeting.
In the past year, the department has fought 16 shore fires from the lake using their fire boats.
"It is surprising how much the boat is used. It is the only one on Lake Belton and we cover all 193 miles of shoreline," said Richards. The boat was used to put out boat fires and grassfires and bonfires along the lake when the burn ban was being enforced.