They cannot stop time, but each year some Waco property owners and individuals are recognized for making the community more aware of its passing.

The recognition comes from the 13-member Waco Historic Landmark Preservation Commission, and its awards acknowledge the work of others to save local history through renovation or preservation.

They do not have any legal standing as, say, a local or state historical designation, but the honors serve the purpose of praising people who have spent time, money and energy to save a bit of the city’s history, said Beatriz Wharton, a Waco senior planner and city liaison with the commission.

More than 60 Waco homes and buildings have won commission awards since they started in 2005. This year’s recognitions included four buildings and their owners.  > Read the full story

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