By David Tuma
Morgan’s Point Resort’s city council approved their budget last Friday with a tax rate of .6421 which is the same rate over the past four-year period. The council has been able to hold costs in check with revenues remaining relatively stable.
“They employees of the city have a commitment to use the resources we have and hold costs in line. That isn’t easy and we are using our folks at 100 percent capacity,” said City Manager David Huseman.
This year’s budget includes two major planning expenditures that will enable the community to plan instead of react. They will develop a plan for waste water, sewer and storm drainage with an overall long range plan.
By Halley Harrell
Central Texas is gearing up for the 61st annual Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo this month. The event is a popular way to bring locals and visitors together as they support the community through old fashioned Texas fair fun.
Last year’s Fair saw over 198,000 people pass through its gates, and the 2013 event is sure to be just as successful.
The fair will run Thursday Oct. 3 through Saturday Oct. 12 at the Extraco Event Center in Waco. Activities include a livestock show, the Mighty Midway & Carnival, multiple concerts and a wine bar and beer garden.
By Grayson Edds
Fire Marshal Steve Casey recently announced the 11th Annual Smoke Detector Giveaway at the Bell County Commissioners Court meeting on Monday.
Signup forms will be at the local Wal-Marts, Home Depots, Lowe’s, and McCoy’s Lumber.
Casey said that the program is designed to reduce the amount of preventable casualties in house fires. Smoke detectors will be given away and installed by local fire departments. There are 17 community fire departments participating in this initiative: Belton, Hollands, Little River, Morgan’s Point, Salado, Southwest Bell, Stillhouse, Temple, Copperas Cove, Killeen, Moffat, Harker Heights, Bartlett, Troy, Rogers, Sparta and Central Bell.
By Ke’Una Gates
For Gwen Whitehead, the founder of “The Downs but not Out,” walk taking place Oct. 6 at 1 p.m., it’s not just another walk for children with special needs. The event that she calls her “baby” holds a special meaning in her heart. A mother of a child with Down Syndrome herself, Gwen started the walk 18 years ago because she felt that children with disabilities and their families should have a day to celebrate their differences and to educate the community.
Whitehead understands the struggles that come with raising a child with disabilities. From rude stares, ignorant comments and sometimes even discrimination she knows that even though her journey has not been a walk in a park, the need for awareness is still most important. She knows that the only way to cut down on the opinions and rude remarks is to educate people. Whitehead said, “We say it’s about advocacy, awareness and acceptance. We advocate for our child. People need to know what the diagnosis is. You see a child sometimes and you notice that there’s something different. A lot of times people will look past that child or look away from that child. It’s a great learning opportunity.”