The city of McGregor held a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 1 to celebrate planned construction of The Exchange Event Center.
Wings for Christ International in Waco recently presented its first Keith Hull Memorial Scholarship for $5,000 to Texas State Technical College student Whit Palmer.
Hayoung Moon recently earned two impressive honors his senior year at Midway High School.
The Westphalia Knights of Columbus held a 42 domino tournament on Jan. 27 and drew a record 56 players. Brian Hoover (front row, center) won all eight games that we played to claim first place. Ernest Dieterich (front row, left) won all but one game to take second, and Leslie Hoff placed third. All three were presented a set of dominos by James Kahlig (back row, left) and Joseph Doskocil.
Brinley Allison, a member of McLennan County 4-H, caught a calf during Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Calf Scramble on Feb. 4, earning a $500 purchase certificate for a show heifer and the chance for up to $12,500 in scholarship awards.
Mary Bauer, of Lorena, has claimed another American Cutting Horse Association world champion title.
Parsons Commercial Roofing was named the Contractor of the Year for 2018 at the Duro-Last annual national sales seminar held Jan. 20-22 in Orlando, Florida.
The Greater Waco Christian Home Educators mock trial team won the Region 12 Texas High School Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the McLennan County Young Lawyers Association and held at the Baylor Law School Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
The Waco FTC Robotics League concluded its season Jan. 19 with a championship tournament that drew 13 teams from Harmony Science Academy, Reicher Catholic High School, Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy, Vanguard College Preparatory School, Killeen High and Midway High.
The Waco Knitters & Crocheters group on Jan. 24 donated 18 hand-crafted baby blankets and 27 baby caps for local mothers in the Waco Nurse-Family Partnership Program.
Midway Middle School has been designated as a Texas School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as part of a national recognition program.
The Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo presented by H-E-B is accepting applications for its scholarship program.
McLennan County Judge Scott Felton was recognized with a 2019 Extension in the City Award presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
April Harris, assistant principal of Midway Middle School in Hewitt, has been selected to represent the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as the Texas Assistant Principal of the Year.
The Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo is looking to fill its 2019 Sweetheart roster with young women from Waco and surrounding areas with a heart to serve the community.
Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., has been named the new department chair for the department of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor University.
Twelve students received 2019 Blackland Income Growth Scholarships at the Blackland Income Growth conference in Waco. Recipients are (front row, from left) Kolby Dague, a Holland 4-H Club member in Bell County; Braylee Mackie, of Troy and an Oenaville 4-H member in Bell County; Brittnee Hamilton, an Otto 4-H member in Falls County; Morgan Bradshaw, a Livestock 4-H Club member in Grayson County; Bailey McCollum, a Whitewright 4-H member in Grayson County; Caire Crow, a Robinson 4-H member in McLennan County; (back row) Grace Lauderdale, a Heart of Texas 4-H member from Waco; Olivia Pankonien, a Heart of Texas 4-H member from Mart; Scott Widner, a Thorndale 4-H member in Milam County; Katie Whitfield, a Texas Wranglers 4-H Club member and Keller High student in Tarrant County; Heather Baker, a Georgetown 4-H member in Williamson County; and Payton Holcomb, a Georgetown 4-H member in Williamson County.
Four Midway High School students earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36 in 2018.
The La Vega High School Class of 1974 had to cancel the birthday party it had planned for its beloved teacher and librarian, Diane Dietiker, after she had an accident that required surgery at Providence Health Center.
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Vanguard College Preparatory School senior Udi Ibarra received a full four-year scholarship to the University of Notre Dame through the 2018 QuestBridge National College Match program.
Thirty-nine students of Tabitha Hymer’s Piano and Violin Studio performed a charity concert at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre for two large audiences on Dec. 11.
Veterans One Stop was honored by the Good Soldier Foundation with the Spirit of America Medal and the Military Officers Association-Heart of Texas with a certificate of merit for a decade of faithful service to veterans and their families.
Midway High School graduate Julian Diaz-Granados made his Broadway debut Dec. 11 in “Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show.”
Three members of the Waco Founder Lions Club were presented Centennial Membership Awards by 2X3 1st Vice District Governor John Noles (left) on Dec. 18. Receiving a silver centennial pin was Terry Sutcliffe (second from left); a gold centennial pin went to John Householder (right); and a diamond centennial pin was given to Lori Roller. The Waco Founder Lions Club meets every Wednesday at noon at the Lions Den on 42nd Street.
The American Hospital Association has named Glenn Robinson, president of Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, to its board of trustees.
The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce presented its first Athena Leadership Award to Jill McCall, executive director of Compassion Ministries.
Young Chefs Academy, the nation’s leading children’s culinary arts franchise, has spiced up its leadership team with the addition of a curriculum coordinator.
Flint Hills Resources recently made three grant presentations to the Bruceville-Eddy Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Elm Mott Fire and Rescue, and the city of Waco Fire Department as part of its Helping Heroes Program.
At age 4, little Brittany Guderian had big blue eyes, a self-inflicted mullet and a love for books.
The Moody Lady Bearcats basketball team loves to play basketball, but its members also love to help and minister to others.
The Rapoport Foundation has presented Meals on Wheels Waco with a $50,000 challenge grant in honor of Melody McDermitt upon her retirement after 38 years with the agency.
Talk about a Midway Family Christmas! Jennifer Grabenstein is a special education teaching assistant at Spring Valley Elementary School where 10 of her grandkids attend in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Grabenstein also is a Midway alumnae, and all 10 grandkids had at least one parent attend Midway schools. They were all decked in Christmas spirit for a photo in front of the school's Christmas tree. With Grabenstein are grandchildren (bottom row, from left) Kennedy, Braylen, Kaidon, Nikalas, (top row) Alli, Maddi, Ryley, Joshua, Carson and Landri.
Dr. Roland A. Goertz was presented with the McLennan County Medical Society’s fifth annual Presidential Distinguished Service Award at a banquet on Dec. 5 at The Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum.
Elizabeth Acevedo and B’Necia Kirven, both fifth-grade students at South Waco Elementary School, were recognized as winners in the Waco Women’s Lions Club poster art competition.
Cen-Tex Kennel Club members donated 17 specialty pet oxygen masks to area fire departments to help save the lives of pets that get trapped in fires. Cen-Tex Kennel Club members on the front row are (from left) Julie Williamson, Donna Samon, Gaye Warren and Jeanie Davis. Waco Fire Station No. 11 firefighters are (back row, from left) Firefighter Chad Hooten, Firefighter Scott Garner, Firefighter Tyler Bullard, Engineer Philip Burnett and Lt. Brent Weatherby.
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Texas State Technical College aviation students not only learned about Curiosity, but also were awarded for their curiosity during a recent aerospace symposium and awards ceremony.
Waco High SkillsUSA students and business practicum students from Denis Vergara’s classes operate the Lions’ Hub, which sells Waco High spirit gear.
The Waco Knitters & Crocheters recently donated 75 hand-crafted scarves to be distributed to Special Olympic athletes in Austin during the Texas Winter Games in February. Pictured are (from left) Rayna Kraman, Terry Crook, Amy Macari (Special Olympics scarf project chair), Lori Keim, Karen Fleuriet, Cindy Rosser, Anna Cargill, Laura Young, Sue Sellers and Angela Squillace. This is Special Olympics' 50th year, so the 5-foot-long scarves were made with a touch of gold. Scarves are being collected through the end of January by Waco Knitters & Crocheters if anyone is interested in helping. For more information, email email@example.com or message WK&C on facebook.
Kennedy-King Elks Lodge #1587 and Greater Portia Temple Lodge #1255 fed veterans with a meal at the lodge the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Elks members who helped with meal were (back row, from left) Jacklen Harden, Wilma Moore, Mr. Lee, Freddie Horn, Ruth Garza and Darryl Bible.
Autumn Stump, of Woodway, is one of the three students statewide selected for a winning submission for the Texas Department of Transportation’s Drive Clean Texas campaign’s first Live & Breathe Texas Kids Poster Contest.