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Wed
10
Jan
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To be a sweetheart

HOT Fair & Rodeo accepting applications for 2018 roster

The Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo presented by H-E-B is looking to fill its 2018-19 Sweetheart roster with young women from Waco and surrounding areas with a heart to serve the community. Applications are now available and due by Noon on Friday, Febr. 2.

The primary purpose of the Sweetheart Program is to promote, support and represent the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo. This goal is accomplished by selling discounted fair and rodeo tickets and/or sponsorships as well as serving as public relations ambassadors. Sweethearts volunteer a minimum of 100 hours throughout the year.

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Wed
03
Jan
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Docents on the move

History lives on in many ways. Bosque Museum Docents visited Iris Hodges’ Teacup Cottage in Cranfills Gap to view her extensive Teapot Collection last fall. The group was then treated to a presentation and viewing of the photographs and history of homesteads in Bosque County at the First State Security Bank, including the mapped sites.

Several of the museum docents trace their heritage to the first settlers of Bosque County.

Ave Bonar, photographer from Austin, and FSSB Tom Henderson’s half sister was commissioned by Rodney Joy in 2001 to take the photographs. Museum docent Bryan Davis accompanied Ave to many of the sites and held her ladder steady in the back of her pick up truck in the early morning light.

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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Rotary wraps up year

Entertaining speakers inform membership at weekly meetings

By Nathan Diebenow

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. Helping fight polio and securing fresh water to poor areas are some of the areas Rotary is involved in globally. On a local level, the organization raises scholarship funds and leadership camps for youth and offers information to its leadership.

This past fall for example, subjects ranging from art, cheesemaking, conflict management and human trafficking were presented.

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Wed
20
Dec
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Stopping cyber crime

By Nathan Diebenow

The Internet is a useful tool.

For children, it may be used as a playground. For adults, it could take the place of a mall. For parents, it can be both and more – when they have the time to surf the Internet, that is.

For law enforcement, the online universe could serve as a venue for people to exploit those with little or no digital literacy.

That’s why the Bosque County District Attorney’s Office recently hosted a free, public seminar to provide parents resources for protecting their families against abuse and exploitation over the Internet.

 

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Wed
20
Dec
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Sharing the love

Mark Twain once said, “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” This is a philosophy that the residents of Lutheran Sunset Ministries’ Sunset Home have adopted and put into action.

“One of the ways we have chosen to give back to our community is through our weekly offerings in Sunset Chapel,” said Sunset Home Campus Pastor Dave Anfenson. “Each month, we adopt a different charity and support them with what people attending the services have given through the month. There are three things we do when we adopt a new charity.

“First, we set aside time in our service for education regarding the charities mission. Second, we pray for the work they are doing in our communities. Third, we practice becoming the answer to our prayers through giving.”

 

Wed
13
Dec
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Lutefisk: Fishy feast

Scandinavian spread enjoy by visitors to Cranfills Gap

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Norwegian lutefisk is an acquired taste, but people who grew up with the tradition of eating the gelatinous fish around Christmas will drive hundreds of miles to bring back those dear memories of the homeland – it is a celebration of their Norwegian heritage and ancestry.

Last Saturday, over 300 people in four sittings embraced their Norwegian heritage and came to the Cranfills Gap School to partake in a traditional and idiosyncratic seasonal meal with its culinary roots deep in Scandinavia.

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Wed
13
Dec
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Winter Wonderland

Snow flurry, Christmas trees provide treat for MES kindergarteners

By Simone Wichers-Voss

It’s the perfect way to start the Christmas spirit flowing: a field trip with a hay ride, picking out the perfect Christmas tree, and choosing an ornament.

And all the while, it is cold and there is an exceptional flurry of snow in the air – what a thrill that was, enough to let the students forget how cold the wind that whispered through the pines actually was.

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Wed
06
Dec
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Bosque Snapshot

Participating in the 25th Santa’s Angels Toy Run Nov. 19, 100 motor cycles roll into Meridian and are served a chili lunch (top right); Seven-year-old Brianna Ortiz helps display the toys delivered by motorcyclists (top left); Esther Roper and Dee Sharp with their plaques commemorating their 25 years of service to the Bosque County Child Protective Services (far left); This year’s Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Smorgasbord chairperson and organist Patsey Squyres chats with Jerrie Schumacher (left); Church members help out serving at the smorgasbord supper at the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Norse Nov. 11 (below left).

 

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Wed
29
Nov
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Practicing to be prepared

Goodall-Witcher Hospital, Lutheran Sunset Ministries, Bosque County Emergency Management conduct drill

By Simone Wichers-Voss

It all felt and sounded so real that early morning. From the severe thunderstorm watch at 8:45 to the subsequent tornado warning and finally the disaster situation – a tornado hit.

There were walkie-talkies squelching, cell phone messages chiming and phones ringing as the Clifton Volunteer Fire Department men, in full bumper gear gathered to speak to Bosque County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Jeske at a Goodall-Witcher conference room Nov. 8. Dispatchers were heard calling in North Bosque Emergency Medical Services and mutual aid of other fire departments was called.

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Wed
29
Nov
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Birdwell tapped for Sunset Commission

Upon his appointment as 2018- 19 Chair of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, State Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) issued the following statement: “I am humbled by the significant opportunity chairing Sunset will provide to improve state government by cutting waste and increasing efficiency at the rigorous agencies and entities scheduled for review.

“I appreciate the trust Lt. Governor Patrick has placed in me through this appointment, and I look forward to working with my fellow senators and the House members appointed by Speaker Straus.

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