AAA Texas is warning drivers to watch for children and teens trying out new bikes, scooters, skateboards and other riding toys this holiday season.

There are an average of 13,000 back-over collisions every year, resulting in an average of 230 fatalities, according to a AAA press release. An average of 2,600 back-overs involve children, and 70 percent of those involve a parent or close relative driving, according to the press release, quoting statistics from

“Young people on low-riding toys or quick-moving bicycles can be missed if drivers are not watchful,” AAA spokesman Doug Shupe said. “We remind drivers to be on the lookout for excited children on new riding toys and encourage parents to go over traffic safety tips before letting their kids enjoy their new gifts.”

Washington Avenue development

Development along Washington Avenue is continuing, with Waco businessman Chris Goss opening a gym called Elysian Fitness at 821 Washington Ave.

The 4,000-square-foot facility is equipped with Cybex treadmills, bikes, free weights and elliptical machines, and provides locker space for men and women, plus complimentary towel service, Goss said. He has six certified fitness trainers on staff, with experience ranging from five to 15 years, Goss said.

“Starting spring of 2017, we will provide an assortment of classes,” he said.

Elysian Fitness caters to adults, and children younger than 18 must be supervised by an adult.

Key cards give members access to the gym at all hours, and the regular monthly membership fee is $50, plus $20 a month for each additional family member, Goss said. Students and members of the military pay $35 a month, and Goss said he welcomes the chance to work with local companies to set up membership rates for employees.

Cory Duncan, who owns property in the 700 block of Washington Avenue, said he applauds the arrival of Elysian Fitness next door.

“Chris Goss is an incredible entrepreneur and a fitness genius who can transform the health of any individual, regardless of the situation,” he said.

“Elysian’s addition to Washington Avenue was not only a welcome and exciting one, but it shows the vision Chris possesses and his ability to successfully execute that vision to the fullest. We couldn’t be happier to have them as neighbors. My wife, Kate, and I have already joined.”

First Pitch Luncheon

Tickets are available for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce’s First Pitch Luncheon, which is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Ferrell Center.

The guest speaker will be Scott Podsednik, a native of West, former Major League Baseball player with the Chicago White Sox and now a motivational speaker.

The luncheon also is a preview of the upcoming baseball and softball seasons at Baylor University and McLennan Community College.

The chamber will present its Sport Luncheon Scholarship and the annual Texas Sports Hall of Fame Award.

Tables for 10 cost $450, and individual tickets cost $45. For questions, call Ariel Tesch at 757-5605.

Building permits

Finish-out work for a new Pie Five Pizza has started at 720 S. Fifth St., in a strip center behind the new In-N-Out Burger.

The center has or will become home to Jersey Mike’s Subs, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Steel City Pops, Smoothie King and a Le Nails nail salon, a spokesman for Dallas-based DuWest Properties, which is developing the site, has said.

A building permit issued by the city of Waco shows the cost of completing the space for occupancy is $275,000.

Other building permits of note issued the past couple of weeks by local municipalities include:

• Addition to Harris Creek Baptist Church, 401 Stageline Drive, $5.2 million.

• Structural repairs to the Texas Life Insurance building at 900 Washington Ave., $255,000.

Richards Supply buys Fort Worth firm

Waco-based Richards Supply Co., an industrial and contractor supplier, bought Fort Worth-based Manske Material Handling at the beginning of the month, according to a company press release.

The purchase gives Richards its second Fort Worth location as it works to bolster its place in North Texas.

Richards also gains Manske’s in-house fabrication operation and its product lines of wheels, casters, hand trucks, pallet jacks and carts.

“We are very excited about the Manske team joining the Richards family. Everyone at Manske shares our ‘customer first’ mentality and passion for helping customers solve problems, increase productivity and improve efficiencies,” Richards President Eric Wessinger said

“We look forward to getting to know Manske’s customers and suppliers and introducing our current customers to our new expanded product and service offering.”

Richards was founded in 1937, is based in Waco and has grown to more than 50 employees locally and in Temple and Fort Worth.

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