Class acts

Mississippi State University sophomore Christopher Sharp, the son of David and Jane Sharp, received a $1,000 Mississippi Contractors Endowed Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.

A graduate of Reicher Catholic High School, Sharp also was one of three recipients honored with the First-Year Student of the Year Award for having the highest 2016 fall-semester grade-point average in their class.

Pitching in

Family Abuse Center received funding from the Texas Bar Foundation to begin a pilot program in rural counties.

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $18 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation.

The grant specifically provides funds for transportation of clients from their rural location to the safety of the shelter in Waco. Driven entirely by trained volunteers, this program opens doors for survivors of domestic violence by making a resource available after normal business hours.

This program will run for 12 months, starting Oct. 27, 2017, and be overseen by Micah Titterington, director of outreach and legal advocacy. The project will provide a picture of the need for rural transportation of survivors in Family Abuse Center’s service area.

The funding would also cover the cost of a meal or needed items during the drive. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Family Abuse Center for volunteer opportunities with this program. The phone number is 254-772-8999 or the email address is

Family Abuse Center exists to eliminate domestic violence in Central Texas by sheltering victims and preventing abuse from occurring through intervention and education.

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