A ground breaking ceremony for The Salvation Army McLane Center of Hope took place at 2 p.m. on Monday. The 22,000 square foot building will be located in Temple on the corner of West Avenue G and 9th Street and provide emergency shelter, food, rehabilitation and additional Salvation Army services including life skills training and job skill training. Individuals who qualify for the program will be placed on a six month plan to self-sufficiency.
This facility will be the first Bell County homeless shelter, the only one found between Waco and Austin, and will accommodate up to 100 participants at a time.
Two local high schools, Belton and Salado, have been recognized and honored as two of the best high schools in the U.S. and Texas.
This survey, conducted by U.S. News and World Report, evaluated 18,790 high schools throughout the country based on a number of criteria. Belton rated number 1,864 nationally and 162nd in Texas. Salado was 1,577th in the national rankings and 144th in Texas. This puts both schools in the top 10 percent of this study.
On April 17 and 24, the Belton Economic Development Corporation and Temple College, School of Business partnered to assist Belton's primary industries in the growth and development of the most important asset, their employees.
Ana Borchardt, Director of Business Expansion and Retention, Cynthia Hernandez, BEDC Executive Director, and Kathy Brandner, Director of Workforce Development with Temple College collaborated to bring a customer service course called Service Excellence to 19 representatives of the following companies: Bellco Manufacturing, IER, Beltec Industries, Harvest Technologies, and the City of Belton.
On April 24, 2013, the Belton Police Department arrested Nicholas Guarnieri III, 26, of Nolanville for the Aggravated Robbery of the CEFCO convenience store, 912 E. Central Avenue in Belton, which occurred on April 7, 2013. This arrest follows a comprehensive investigation by Belton detectives.