By Christine Foster
The Downtown Belton Merchants Association has a fun family function, Autumn on the Chisholm Trail planned for Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Belton. In conjunction with Market Days, this promises to be a day filled with a variety of activities for kids of all ages. DBMA, however, needs volunteers to insure the success of this October activity. The volunteers will be helping to coordinate and supervise the children. The array of autumn based projects includes pumpkin painting, face painting, bouncing houses, the police department’s train and Elvis with his balloon animals.
Volunteer for an hour or the full day; it all helps to make the day more enjoyable and successful. Centered around the courthouse and the Market Days activities, the day will be a family oriented experience with no charge for the festivities.
Special to the Journal
The Belton Fire Department has selected Skylar Stewart of Belton High School as the 2013-2014 Belton Miss Flame. Miss Stewart replaces 2012-2013 Miss Flame Mia Garcia of Belton New Tech High School.
Skylar was selected following an Oct. 24 interview with members of Belton Fire Department and Tim Euting, Chief of the Belton Volunteer Fire Department. Skylar and other applicants were tested on their knowledge of Fire Safety & Prevention.
The Bell County Miss Flame Contest is annually event hosted each October by the Bell County Fire Chiefs Association. Candidates earn a spot to compete at the county level following an application and interview process with local jurisdictions. Applicants must be sophomores or juniors at time of application. The Belton Volunteer Fire Department provides a $500 scholarship to Miss Flame upon entry into her freshman year of college.
Last week, Skylar competed with surrounding Miss Flame candidates and was named 2nd Runner Up. The 2013-2014 Bell County Miss Flame was Rachel Moger, representing Morgan’s Point Volunteer Fire Department. The 1st Runner Up, Patience White, represented Stillhouse Volunteer Fire Department.
By Ke’Una Gates
Mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse all fall under the same category: domestic violence. October is domestic violence prevention awareness month, which includes educating the public on how to prevent, flee from, and move on from an abusive relationship.
Domestic violence victims sometimes don’t know who to turn to for help in their situation. Aware Central Texas, a local agency organized to assist victims of family violence, is here to help people who don’t know where to turn. They offer emotional support and referrals to other places that can be of help.
The agency’s director, Sue Ellen Jackson, elaborated on the many ways her agency is here to help the community.
“We help them connect with resources such as victim assistance and monetary assistance,” she said. “We also connect them with legal resources, housing resources, therapies - everything that a victim would need to get on their feet we help them connect with those things.”
Although, the agency is there to help, many times victims remain in toxic situations instead of taking advantage of the resources. Jackson discussed reasons victims - oftentimes women - are hesitant to reach out to the resources available. The reasons people stay in abusive relationships range from fear, lack of income and direction of where to turn.
“Over 1.5 million women are reported victims of domestic violence every year,” Jackson said. “And those are the only reported cases. There are a lot women that experience violence but shame, embarrassment and humiliation will cause them to not report it. Women don’t report incidences if they have no other means of income, if they’re embarrassed, if they feel like he’s the predator or if the perpetrator is going to harm her or her children if she discloses.”
By Grayson Edds
During the public comments portion of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Belton mayor Jim Covington recognized city manager Sam Listi for being an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) member for 35 years. Listi began his career in Denton in 1976, and continued in Midland, Temple and Belton. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities.
During the consent agenda, the mayor recommended the appointment of several onto advisory boards and commissions. Covington recommended that Blair Williams should take the place of Dan Kirkley on the Texas Dormitory Finance Authority Board after Kirkley’s election to Belton’s City Council; Jimmy Rowton was appointed to a three year term on the Police & Fire Civil Service Commission to fill George Musacchio’s position; and Robert Bass and Willie Leos are up for reappointment to two year terms on the Electrical Board. The mayor also concurred with BISD’s recommendation the appointment of Robert Jones to the Tax Appraisal District Board. BISD will make their recommendation during their October meeting later this month.
Steve Lee was also appointed by Council as municipal court judge, and Ted Duffield was appointed as associate municipal court judge. The two will serve until they choose to step down or until Council wishes to make new appointments.