By David Tuma
One of the most exciting street expansions in Belton history will have a new name with the majority of property owners on 9th Ave approving the renaming of the street to Martin Luther King Ave.
Belton’s African American Churches United with the assistance of First Baptist Church of Belton and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to come up with the idea to rename the street. The official petition was made by Belton’s African American Churches United with the backing of two of Belton’s most powerful organizations: UMHB and First Baptist Church.
By Grayson Edds
In what the students have dubbed the Hack Shack, more than 40 students gather in the robotics, engineering and entrepreneurship clubs. This old house sits on New Tech @ Waskow property, and more than 20 people per day spend time after school three days a week building a robot for a state competition.
The robot is a single-armed remote-controlled robot on a rotating base. Within the comprehensive student-led group, the students have divided themselves into smaller pods – one working on the motor, one working on the construction of the robot, one working on programming, and the entrepreneurship side focuses on marketing, sponsorship, and the business aspects of the project. So far, the team has been able to secure sponsorships from Gatti’s and Harvest Technologies.
By Grayson Edds
One of the first items presented at the Bell County Commissioners Court meeting was possibly one of the most important. The County Engineer presented a request from Lisa Nix, the Salado Elementary School principal, for new and updated school zone signage around her school.
Apparently there has been some confusion on whether the speed limit surrounding the school is 20 mph or 30 mph. After taking a look at the signs, it was determined that the signage is outdated and needs to be brought up to regulation. Doing so will also reduce confusion on what the speed limit is supposed to be.
By Christine Foster
It was muscle car magic at Confederate Park on Saturday. Sponsored by the Heart of Texas Corvette Club, 91 cars were in the exhibit, 20 of which were Corvettes. Hand rubbed to a gleaming shine, each car was a showstopper. The most admired, however, was the 2014 Corvette that had just been delivered to its owner two days prior. The club sponsored the event with the goal of providing scholarship funds at Belton and Temple High Schools in the field of automotive technology. The club expected to raise between $4,000 and $5,000. The club’s bylaw’s dictate that fundraisers be held for the purpose of giving the money back to the community. This is the 4th of such events this year.
“It’s all for the kids,” car show team leader, Tim Milliken, said.
But the club has many fun events. The members enjoy caravanning to various restaurants and made a special trip to the winery in Florence with three other Corvette clubs.
Milliken is a unique club member in that he owns at 2008 Corvette and a Ford Cobra. Now that is definitely some rumbling Detroit muscle.