Monday, July 15, 2019
After six years of rebuilding a town ripped apart by a fertilizer explosion, the city of West has one more major renewal project in its sights: a new home for the West Police Department.
Waco Independent School District trustees are set to name their lone finalist for superintendent in three weeks, but the public will likely never know the names of the other 83 applicants for the job.
Another curve awaits Interstate 35 travelers through Waco beginning Tuesday night, as northbound lanes between Fourth and 18th streets will shift to the opposite, southbound side of the highway for about a month.
A Waco man whom a judge threatened last week to throw in jail if he ignored another jury summons showed up for jury duty Monday at the McLennan County Courthouse three hours late, just in time to avoid an order for his arrest.
A parolee from Waco who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl last year was sentenced to 22 years in prison Monday.
A jail inmate whose escape from an outside work crew prompted an hours-long search Friday night was re-arrested Saturday at a Woodway motel, authorities said.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
A regional sewer system that supports seven McLennan County cities might soon fall under Waco’s sole ownership.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
The men of Tranquility Lodge will get together Saturday in Waco, as they have every July for two decades.
Ike Kestner’s department store on Elm Avenue enjoyed a 90-year run, closing in 2003 after surviving the Great Depression, two world wars and a tornado that devastated downtown. It fell victim to evolving demographics that saw its vibrant East Waco neighborhood become an afterthought.
Cindy Dennard remembers her life as a young mother, raising three children with her husband, alongside their two pet dogs, Lucy and Odie.
Varied efforts to promote a growing downtown Waco are shaping up with two broad audiences in mind: locals and visitors.
Calling the investigation into his duties a “witch hunt” and a “waste of money,” suspended Marlin Independent School District Superintendent Michael Seabolt said he believes it may be time he departs from the embattled school district.
A new home in Lorena is being raffled to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a medical facility featured in heart-tugging TV commercials starring youngsters battling cancer. Patients are not required to pay for treatment or travel.
The body of the former director of the Art Center of Waco was found in Madison County on Friday afternoon, authorities said.
An “Apollo 50: The Next Giant Leap” event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mayborn Museum, 1300 S. University Parks Drive, will include a lecture and galactic gallery talks from space scientists and other experts, as well as hands-on activities throughout the building.
Friday, July 12, 2019
The big 100th birthday comes in five years, but even at 95 years, Waco’s Sociedad Mutualista Mexicana de Jornaleros is giving members plenty to celebrate.
More than a year and a half after about 400 men were captured on video engaging in sex acts for cash at two Waco massage parlors, only 13 either have faced legal repercussions or have prosecution pending on misdemeanor prostitution charges.
Planned immigration raids on a mass scale in 10 cities this weekend are not expected to target Waco, but local advocates are recommending caution and emphasizing individual rights.
The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District is investigating three related cases of whooping cough, while encouraging people to make sure they are fully vaccinated against the infection.
A 30-year-old woman police believe was in a single-vehicle crash while driving under the influence early Thursday morning, then refused to voluntarily provide a blood sample, was arrested after she kicked a nurse, arrest affidavits state.
DEAR NEIL: We are growing a plant that was just lovely until some insect attacked it and put what appeared to be its eggs inside the leaves. What is the remedy to save our plant?
The ants are back! We have kept them at bay inside the house, but outside, that is a different matter. A single dropped crumb on the patio and the next morning a stream of ants appear, hundreds of them in a neatly organized operation to dismantle the discarded food and store it in bits and bites for later use.
Thursday, July 11, 2019
HUBBARD — It brims with history, this community a marathon race east of Waco on State Highway 31. The wealthy once traveled here to indulge in the healing power of mineral baths. Some fell in love with the area, building stately homes on streets today lined with crape myrtles and antique shops.
A lawsuit by neighbors against a potential new city landfill off Old Lorena Road must be thrown out, an intermediate appellate court ruled Thursday, saying the residents’ claims were “not ripe” because the future of the site is uncertain.
McLennan County will spend more than $850,000 preparing to run the now privately operated Jack Harwell Detention Center, a figure that includes hiring and providing training, uniforms, physicals and drug screening for 96 people to staff the facility on State Highway 6, McLennan County commissioners heard Thursday during presentations on the 2020 county budget.
A Waco man who killed a single mother last year in a drunken-driving crash apologized to the woman’s family Thursday and said he will live the remainder of his life to help others in hopes her death was not in vain.
Waco’s 10th Court of Appeals reversed Sam Ukwuachu’s 2015 sexual assault conviction on Thursday, ruling prosecutors used “false testimony” and violated the former Baylor University football player’s due process rights.
A convenience store clerk shot in a robbery Wednesday night was likely saved by the actions of a Bellmead dispatcher who help lead Waco police to the injured man.
Former Art Center of Waco director Joseph Kagle Jr. was reported missing Monday from his Houston-area home.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans' improved post-Katrina flood defenses .
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas judge has dismissed substantial parts of the attorney general's first "sanctuary cities" lawsuit that alleges the San Antonio police chief obstructed enforcement of immigration law.
DALLAS (AP) — Police say the body of an 18-month-old boy has been found in a Dallas-area landfill a day after he was the subject of a statewide Amber alert was issued.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
One of the hottest arts scenes in Waco this summer, in more ways than one, are outdoor murals where color-splashed scenes of Waco history, landmarks and people are transforming previously blank walls.
Because of unintended consequences of a new law legalizing hemp, McLennan County prosecutors and others across the state are directing police agencies not to arrest offenders for low-level marijuana possession without further testing.
The city of Waco is shifting focus in its work to promote affordable housing, from support for construction of new homes to support for home repairs and other financial assistance.
A Waco man was convicted Wednesday of sexually abusing two young family members and forcing them to perform sex acts on each other while he watched.
An 18-year-old man was arrested this week after a witness reported seeing him naked in a room with a 5-year-old girl, Bellmead police Lt. Brenda Kinsey said.
The MCC Foundation’s Highlander Alumni & Friends Association at McLennan Community College is accepting nominations through Monday for its 2019 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Leader awards. Nomination forms for both awards are available at mclennan.edu/foundation under “Quick Links and Forms.”