By Grayson Edds
The 2013 Senior Expo, held Tuesday morning, was a success by all accounts. Bell County Commissioners volunteered their time to drive golf carts through the large Expo parking lot, scooping up seniors and escorting them to the front doors of the Expo.
Upon arrival, attendees were provided with a bag for goodies, a map of the vendors and a passport. With the theme “Passport to Adventure”, a majority of the vendor booths were highly decorated with a country of their choice’s theme. Some went so far as to hand out themed goodies. Jamaica, Ireland, China, France and Italy were just a handful of the countries represented. Awards were given to booths for two best decorated booths. Cornerstone Gardens won first place; Luvida second.
By Grayson Edds
September has been dubbed Hispanic Heritage Month in America, and, in honor of that, the Belton Kiwanis Club hosted Dr. Randolph P. Baca as their guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting.
Dr. Baca is a Human Resources Management professor at Temple College with Hispanic roots from New Mexico. He’s also active in the community, working with Hispanics to become assimilated to life in our nation, believing in a right way and a wrong way to become citizens.
By Halley Harrell
Neither rain nor heat nor gloom of night could keep the University of Mary Hardin Baylor’s student body from attending the official student kickoff at Crusader Stadium on Sept. 19.
An estimated 1,200 people turned out to get a sneak peak inside the stadium and practice the new Cru spirit dance for the first home game ever held on campus. Campus Activities co-director Jeff Sutton emceed the event from the field.
By Grayson Edds
Central Texas has been called ‘running country’ a time or two and if you’re tuned in, you’ll find races happening nearly every weekend, filling the tracks, trails and even the nooks and crannies of communities.
This weekend, Hope for the Hungry and Miller Springs Alliance partnered up to offer the Trails of Hope Race, a 5-mile trail race at the Miller Springs Nature Center in Belton.
While this was the seventh Trails of Hope race, it was the inaugural race for Miller Springs Nature Center. With 179 runners and more than 50 volunteers in addition to the staff, the event was a success.
Participants parked at Deadfish Grill at 8 a.m. to register and were then shuttled down to the starting line at the park for the race. Miller Springs offers 10 miles and 11 beautiful trails that offer a little something for everyone including joggers, hikers, bicyclists, families and the handicapped. Miller Springs Alliance has been hard at work over the past year to make the trails more clearly marked for adventurists and more inviting to families.
The proceeds raised from the race were split between the two nonprofits and will stay within the community.
“I think for us this race was a huge venture,” said Hope for the Hungry’s Jeff Pedigo. “Logistically it was a big challenge. Volunteers, partners and sponsors came through in an unbelievable way.”
When the race was complete, runners gave such positive feedback about the event, that Pedigo said they’re already formulating plans to do it again next year.