Almost 18 years after working to designate an official McLennan County flag, former Precinct 4 County Commissioner Ray Meadows realized this week he never got one.

Sunday, September 24, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017

As the first case involving the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout appears heading to trial, McLennan County officials continue to plan for the potential astronomical costs related to the one-of-a-kind legal proceedings.

For some people, joining the service is a calling. For others, it’s more a passageway to maturity, providing necessary discipline and direction for young people on the brink of adulthood. China Spring resident David G. Stovall, now 66, would most likely fall in the latter category. The military provided intangible skills he didn’t know he was missing.

Registration for volunteer training classes for Scott and White Hospice will be held Monday at the Hillcrest Professional Building, 2911 Herring Ave., Suite 310. Call 202-5152 for more information.

The 2017 McGregor High School homecoming court was presented during halftime of the McGregor vs. Mart football game on Sept. 15. The court included four queen nominees and three duchesses who were escorted by their fathers. Connie Mendoza, escorted by her father, Arturo Mendoza, was crowned homecoming queen. Connie is a participant of the Peer Assistance and Leadership Program, a state band qualifier for three years and a class officer for three years. Pictured are (from left) senior Maria Zarate, sophomore Vanessa De Los Rios, junior Sydney Kasting, senior Paige January, senior Connie Mendoza, senior Paige Lillard and freshman Zoila Valencia.

Friday, September 22, 2017

L3 Technologies has laid off 124 staffers at its Waco facility, the company’s fourth round of staff reductions there in four years as it continues to streamline its Aerospace Systems unit that experienced a decline in revenue during the first half of 2017.

A biker under indictment in the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout is seeking to disqualify McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna’s office, in part, on grounds that Reyna has a financial stake as a defendant in civil rights lawsuits and because he could be called as a witness in the case.

A sleeping driver was arrested after police say they woke her up Thursday night at an intersection in Robinson. Her pickup was in gear and running, and her foot was on the brake when police found her, Robinson Police Chief Phillip Prasifka said.

This September an adult gray fox walked across our front yard in the early morning and evening. It is the most recent wild native mammal we’ve noticed in our Sugar Creek Nature Preserve.

Author Gary L. Pinkerton will discuss Trammel’s Trace, the first route from the United States into the northern boundaries of Spanish Texas, during a webinar presented by the Central Texas Genealogical Society.

Prayer is often our last resort, the final step in a hopeless situation. We refer to it with such phrases as “he doesn’t have a prayer,” or “there is nothing left to do but pray.” But it is perhaps the most important aspect of our human condition.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bellmead police are searching for a man suspected of robbing BBVA Compass Bank of an undisclosed amount of cash Thursday afternoon, Bellmead police Sgt. Kory Martin said in a press release.

The Alexander Breckenridge Society of the Children of the American Revolution in Waco donated pocket-sized Constitution packages, which include the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the 11th to 27th Amendments and the Declaration of Independence, to each fifth-grade student in the Midway Independent School District.

Robinson Mayor Bert Echterling presents a proclamation for Constitution Week to past Regent Dolores Mastergeorge at a recent Robinson City Council meeting. Mastergeorge is a Robinson resident and a member of the Elizabeth Gordon Bradley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Waco. The DAR observes and celebrates Constitution Week from Sept. 17 through 23 each year.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Businesses have offered donations to get a dog park started in Hewitt, but some city council members are wary of taking on a new park, and associated upkeep costs, during a tight budget time for the city, especially a park some neighbors oppose.

Appointments are available to the general public for free health and fitness screenings Tuesday. The screenings are offered by Baylor University’s Center for Healthy Living, in partnership with the Waco Family Medicine Residency Program.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017