The annual Superintendent Scholars ceremony was held at 5:30 on Monday in the Lord Conference Center at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The program is held to honor sophomore students who ranked in the top 20 percent for their scores on the PSAT exam.
Kathy Cook, BHS Principal, and Dr. Deanna Lovesmith, Principal at Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow, welcomed the students, followed by information on the PSAT/NMSQT test from Dr. Jan Fall, Coordinator of Advanced Academic Studies. Dr. Susan Kincannon, Superintendent, challenged the students to "move to the next level of excellence" by becoming a National Merit Scholar.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Spring Commencement will be held in the Bell County Expo Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
This is the university's 157th graduating class. An estimated 414 students will be awarded 421 degrees. Of these, 331 will receive baccalaureate degrees, 49 will be awarded master's degrees, seven students will be receiving both baccalaureate and master's degrees, and 27 students will receive doctoral degrees.
One of the main items on the City Council agenda for Tuesday night was the adoption of a revised policy for the renaming procedures of buildings and streets.
A policy was created and adopted when a community organization proposed to renamed a street in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. This request ultimately served as a guinea pig for the policy, finding that the policy was lacking and needed revisions.
In the aftermath of the tragedy in West, USDA Rural Development is encouraging residents affected by the disaster to apply for housing, community, business and utility funding through several Rural Development programs. Assistance can be offered for rebuilding and reopening businesses and community facilities, as well as rectifying housing situations and rebuilding or repairing damaged homes. Local personnel, both at the site and at local offices, are available to assist with possible funding options for those displaced who have lost homes, businesses and livestock due to the fertilizer plant explosion.