By Sgt. Eric Provost
U.S. Army Public Affairs
Promotions are very special achievements for service members. Many could tell you the story behind each one of their promotions. Some even wear their next rank on the underside of their collar in anticipation of the day they’ll get to put it on their chest. It’s one of those accomplishments that needs to be shared with friends and family.
Despite being thousands of miles from her home of Belton, Texas, U.S. Army Spc. Michelle Garcia, a human resourses specialist with 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, deployed to Forward Operating Base Fenty, still found a way to be with family recently on the day she advanced to the rank of specialist.
By Grayson Edds
Friday morning was another milestone event for Belton Independent School District and High Point Elementary as the 49th Transportation Battalion adopted the school.
Representatives from the surrounding communities of Belton, Morgan’s Point and Temple were in attendance including the mayors, City Council members, Bell County Commissioners, chamber of commerce members, and a variety of other community leaders.
School principal Amy Armstrong, Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon, and School Board president Randy Pittenger provided remarks on their excitement and gratitude to the adoptive unit as well as the communities that helped to make this new school a reality.
Each Belton Independent School District school is adopted by a unit, and the units work with the students in a variety of ways to help bridge the gap between community and service members.
By Grayson Edds
A few of the first items on the agenda during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting were presentations of proclamations by mayor pro tem Marion Grayson. The first of which was a proclamation presented to Belton Fire Department Chief Francisco Corona for Fire Prevention Week.
Although a week in October is dedicated as Fire Prevention Week, Chief Corona and his firefighters go above and beyond for Belton’s citizens and extend the program throughout the month. They visit schools, churches, businesses and the like discussing the importance of being aware of fire hazards, how to prevent them, and what to do in case a fire breaks out.
The City of Belton received funding for the 9th Avenue bridge project with the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organizations (KTEP) approval of $2,990,610 transportation funds. Total cost of the project is $5,996,410 to extend 9th Avenue from Loop 121 to University Drive connecting Loop 121 with Main Street.