The West Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July fireworks show scheduled for Saturday at Knights of Columbus Hall in West has been canceled.

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases in McLennan County was cited as the reason.

MCC closed Friday

McLennan Community College will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day. The campus will reopen Monday.

Students may continue to register for Summer II and Fall classes online through WebAdvisor.

For more information, visit

Trib holiday hours

The Tribune-Herald lobby remains closed to the public because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, staff will observe a holiday for Independence Day.

The newspaper will publish daily as usual.

Waco Links meeting

Waco Links Fellowship will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Uncle Dan’s BBQ, 1001 Lake Air Drive.

Special guest is Art Stricklin, of Dallas, a longtime Texas golf writer, author and travel expert.

All golfers and supporters are invited to this devotional meeting and are reminded to wear masks and practice social distancing.

For more information, email

Food distribution

The Central Texas Food Bank will distribute free food to help McLennan and Bell County residents facing increased food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A drive-thru distribution in McLennan County will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Waco ISD Stadium, 1401 S. New Road. A drive-thru distribution for Bell County residents will follow on July 18 at Temple College, 2600 S. First St. in Temple.

Attendees will receive a box of assorted produce, 1-2 gallons of milk and a protein box weighing between 8 and 20 pounds with chicken or pork products.

Anyone interested in volunteering should visit and click on “Volunteer” to sign up. Volunteers proficient in Spanish are also needed.

Early trash pickup

City of Waco offices will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day.

The Cobbs Recycling Center and the landfill will be open during normal business hours Friday but will be closed Saturday.

Friday’s trash routes will be picked up early, on Wednesday.

Submit items in printed or typed form to Briefly, P.O. Box 2588, Waco, 76702-2588; fax 757-0302; or email

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