Saturday, May 18, 2019
More McLennan County parents chose not to immunize their children for nonmedical reasons this school year despite a record-breaking measles outbreak in the country, according to a Texas Department of State Health Services report.
They bite, they feed, and they never actually leave, but local researchers continue to study mosquitoes, tracking their local impact and studying ways to control them by hacking their genes.
McLennan Community College students enrolling for the fall will find an expanded list of shorter eight-week courses to add scheduling flexibility and, officials hope, speed progress toward a degree.
With global sales among franchisees doubling to $2 billion over the last five years, Waco-based Neighborly has become a household name, and CEO Mike Bidwell is making the rounds to talk up its success.
A bruising fall and a car crash have forced Laveda Brown into retirement, but the 12-year president of the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce remains an inspiration, and a phone call away, for her successor.
Brady Taylor is the new Rusty Garrett.
Crawford FFA team members Luke Brookshire, Mason Perry, Cooper Gohlke and Trey Lacina recently placed eighth in the state FFA Agriculture Mechanics and Technology Career Development Contest in Huntsville.
Before William F. Schuetz died at the age of 95, he wrote his memoirs regarding his time serving in the infantry in World War II. Growing up on a farm near Ross, Schuetz served in the European Theater during the war, coming home to marry and raise a family in Elm Mott before moving to California.
Friday, May 17, 2019
The Baylor University Board of Regents announced Friday that Jerry Clements will serve as its next chairwoman, replacing Joel Allison, who served two years in the role.
The Waco Independent School District has opened the application process for its new superintendent, which the school board hopes to have in place soon after the start of next school year.
Members of several families who attended a swimming party at a Lacy Lakeview hotel two years ago are suing the hotel, alleging they became ill after exposure to high levels of chlorine in the pool and hot tub area.
A Hewitt man is facing felony charges after authorities reported finding child pornography images on electronic devices at his home.
Police arrested a 66-year-old man on a deadly conduct charge early Friday after he fired a gun multiple times in his Baylor-area apartment, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
DEAR NEIL: How can I get rid of oxalis in my St. Augustine/Bermuda lawn? It is growing in an area where it’s too sunny and hot for St. Augustine to grow.
Young men and women will line up this month robed in caps and gowns grinning at their friends. Their eyes scan the audience, peering past dangling tassels in search of family members who search for them. Cameras and cell phones light up stadiums and auditoriums with bursts of light as proud parents try to capture the magic of the moment. Our grandson graduates from high school May 19 in Sundance, Wyoming.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Art in its varied roles — creative expression, pastime, therapy, entertainment — goes on public display this weekend at a location normally not known for art: the Salvation Army’s Community Kitchen and Shelter at 300 Webster Ave.
The Waco Independent School District named James Stewart the new principal of Waco High School on Thursday night, replacing Ed Love, who accepted an administrative position with Transformation Waco.
A Teague man’s effort to get money he owed for a car may have led to the killing of a 29-year-old aspiring rapper in Waco last month, according to arrest affidavits in the case.
More than 200 projects are up for consideration for the Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 25-year transportation plan, but the MPO and its boards will be sorting through the “maybe” pile for several months before any goals are set in stone.
With a crane and a cutting torch, crews removed the 25th Street Theatre sign Thursday morning in one piece from its longtime North Waco perch. And on the ground, memories flooded back.
A two-time felon who forcibly was removed from court because of outbursts during his trial was sentenced to 95 years in prison Thursday.
Temporary stop signs are once again in place at West Waco Drive's intersections with Fourth and Fifth streets, and crews were working Thursday afternoon to restore the traffic signals, according to a city press release.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Retired U.S. Postal Service worker Arno Frosch moved his foot from the downtown pavement onto the deck of an electric scooter as it quickly picked up speed, much to his surprise and excitement.
The Baylor University Board of Regents declined to hear from an unofficial LGBT student support group during the board’s meeting that started Wednesday, but the group’s president said members will continue to push for recognition.
CASA of McLennan County, whose volunteers help find “forever homes” for abused and neglected children, launched a fundraising campaign Wednesday to complete renovation of a historical church’s former building into new CASA headquarters.
Anyone wanting a shorter, condensed version of Kenneth Hafertepe’s recently published “Historic Homes of Waco, Texas,” can get one Thursday evening when the author talks about it in his 6 p.m. lecture at the Mayborn Museum, 1300 S. University Parks Drive.
The city of Waco is now hiring and is taking steps to close the employment gap it has sustained for the last few years.
Four weeks after Arkansas police arrested Justice Allen Stanford and Casey Wade Hughes on Waco murder warrants, officials brought the pair to McLennan County on Wednesday.
A 40-year-old man was arrested this week after Bellmead police got a warrant charging him with using cocaine in front of an 8-year-old in a Bellmead motel last year.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Skies may be sunny, but water is rising at Lake Waco and the Brazos River through Waco, closing parts of the riverwalk, lake parks and boat ramps.
Before March, retired pharmaceutical salesman Richard Harold Reasor’s only brush with the law was a speeding ticket, perhaps two.
Weather-beaten and rusted, the towering 25th Street Theatre sign has become a hazard to itself and passersby. Crews with A-1 Banner & Sign, Jackson Sign & Lighting and Wales Crane & Rigging will work Thursday to remove the sign with as little damage as possible before placing it in storage.
A Waco man who robbed a Hewitt bank in February and shot a police officer while fleeing pleaded guilty to federal bank robbery and weapons charges Tuesday.