Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which sells down-home vittles on Interstate 35 in Lacy Lakeview, is considering a second location in Greater Waco next to the new Walmart at I-35 and Sun Valley Boulevard in Hewitt.

“We have sat down with representatives of Cracker Barrel, who requested information about our development regulations,” Hewitt City Manager Adam Miles said. “Obviously, we think they would make a fantastic addition to our restaurant and retailing options.”

As fans of Cracker Barrel know, customers can shop for novelty items, specialty foods, seasonal merchandise, books, music and greeting cards while waiting for their names to be called during peak hours.

The Tennessee-based chain was founded in 1969, and has grown to 644 company-owned Cracker Barrels and four Holler & Dash Biscuit House locations in 44 states, according to its website.

Balcones, Milo pig roast

Balcones Distilling and Milo Biscuit Company will host a “Tiki Night and Pig Roast” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the distillery, 225 S. 11th Street.

Guests can enjoy Hawaiian dishes, including a roasted pig, while being entertained by ukulele music and a hula dancer, according to a press release.

The Kahlua-style pig will be served with pineapple coleslaw, sticky rice, steamed buns and Hawaiian dipping sauces. Balcones also will serve drinks that feature its award-winning whiskey products.

General admission tickets are $70 per person and include two Tiki drinks, all food and live entertainment.

Additional drinks can be purchased during the event. Tickets are available at

Restoration 1 still expanding

Restoration 1, which was founded in 2008 and is overseen by local franchising veteran Gary Findley, has acquired Bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, an Arizona-based company with 15 franchise locations in nine states, the company announced in a press release.

Findley will serve as CEO of both brands, according to the press release.

“Since becoming CEO of Restoration 1 in 2016, Findley has recruited a larger corporate team, elevated programs with national vendors and unveiled a new marketing campaign while expanding Restoration 1 from 18 locations to more than 140 locations in 15 months,” the press release states.

The company restores residential and commercial properties damaged by water, smoke, fire, mold and storms.

Texas Medical Association

Two Waco doctors have been selected to leadership positions in the Texas Medical Association and will start their terms of service in September, according to a press release from the association.

Dr. Bradford W. Holland, an otolaryngologist in practice 15 years, was elected to the association’s Council on Legislation. Council members monitor and develop strategies regarding pending legislation at the state and national levels aimed at improving the health care system.

Dr. Nicholas Steinour, an emergency physician in practice for seven years, was appointed to the association’s Patient-Physician Advocacy Committee.

Members evaluate the quality of medical care in Texas and recommend regulatory, legislative and legal approaches to ensure high standards of care.

Gas prices back on upswing

Gasoline prices, which have remained steady or even fallen for much of the summer, are rising statewide, according to the AAA Texas auto club.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Texas hit $2.10 during the week ending Thursday, AAA Texas reported in its weekly update.

That is 2 cents more than Texans were paying the previous week and 10 cents more than the average at this time last year, according to AAA.

The national average stood at $2.29 late last week.

“A fill-up for a family-sized vehicle, or a 14-gallon tank, is averaging $29 in Texas this week,” AAA spokesman Daniel Armbruster wrote in a statement. “With a few more weeks of summer ahead and plenty of time to fit in more leisure travel before school begins, analysts say demand for gasoline may increase before the summer travel season ends.”

AAA reported at least 39 states saw price increases averaging 3 cents last week, a major swing from the previous week when only nine states reported more expensive gas prices.

MCH gets high rating

The Methodist Children’s Home in Waco received another four-star rating from Charity Navigator, according to a Children’s Home blog post.

“Attaining a four-star rating verifies that Methodist Children’s Home exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in their area of work,” Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher said in the blog post. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets the home apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

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