Several building permits of note have been issued by the city of Waco in the past two weeks. They include:

Premier ER Plus facility, $2.3 million, 221 N. Jack Kultgen Expressway;

Chili’s restaurant, $1.25 million, 1800 S. Valley Mills Drive;

Golden Chick restaurant, $500,000, 1524 Hewitt Drive;

• Wendy’s interior and exterior remodel, $325,000, 1015 N. Valley Mills Drive;

• Waco Buzzy Bee convenience store that typically has among the lowest gas prices in Greater Waco, interior and exterior remodel, $115,000, 1116 W. Waco Drive;

• George’s Restaurant & Catering, $35,000, covered patio addition, 1925 Speight Ave.

Literacy grants

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded $21,000 in literacy grants to several schools and nonprofits in Central Texas.

Receiving $3,000 each are Antioch Community Church in Waco; La Vega Pirates Education Foundation; Moody High School; and Raye-Allen Elementary in Temple.

Restoration Haven in Waco received $4,000; and Academy Elementary School and Troy Elementary School got $2,500 each, a release said.

“These grants fill a critical need in our communities by providing a timely funding boost at the beginning of the school year for the enhancement of literacy programs,” said Todd Vasos, the company’s CEO, in a statement.

Fighting cancer

Corpus Christi-based Stripes Convenience Stores, which has several locations in Greater Waco, has announced an alliance with the University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in Houston to raise money to fight cancer.

Last year, the chain raised more than $1.4 million during its in-store campaign that gives customers the opportunity to assist Stripes in reaching its goal.

Guests can buy a pin-up paper icon for $1, and those who participate will receive coupons for a free 12-ounce Slush Monkey and can take part in a buy-one-get-one free promotion for Smokin’ Barrel Snack Co. Peanuts or Trail Mix.

“M.D. Anderson is the No. 1 cancer treatment center in the country, leading the way in cancer research,” said Eduardo Pereda, vice president of marketing for Stripes. “We are honored to launch Stripes ‘Celebrates Tomorrows’ to benefit M.D. Anderson’s Children’s Cancer Hospital and to help fund cancer research to find a cure for children around the world.”

Golf tournament

The third annual Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce golf tournament will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 24 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.

For information, call 495-6899 or 235-3204, or visit Registration fee of $75 will cover green fees, lunch and beverages.

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