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.

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.

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 wacoknitters@gmail.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.

Members of the Waco High School Show Choir sing the national anthem at the State of the State Luncheon held Wednesday at the Waco Hippodrome. The luncheon was organized by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and included State Comptroller Glenn Hegar along with local officials in state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury; Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco; and state Rep. Kyle Kacal, R-College Station.

Teague Volunteer Fire Department added a new, large brush truck to its fleet thanks to a $198,000 Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance grant through the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Timothy Thomasson, CPA, clinical associate professor and academic adviser in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, was named a 2018 recipient of the Texas Society of CPAs’ Outstanding Accounting Educator Award.

David Greenup, dressed as Buddy the Elf from the Will Ferrell movie "Elf," prepares to get on the Lorena Chamber of Commerce float that took part in Saturday's Christmas in the Country parade in Lorena.

Local attorneys Janette Baldwin and Garrett Beach were honored as the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic Advocates of the Year for 2018 at the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association luncheon Nov. 9 in the press box of McLane Stadium.

Waco ISD is one of 14 school districts selected as finalists by the Holdsworth Center for the second cohort of a five-year program focused upon building a strong talent pipeline and leadership development system within each district.

In recognition of the upcoming Veterans Day, children and military veterans on Nov. 9 held a large U.S. flag for the national anthem prior to the start of the West-Teague football game in West.

Students in the choir at Cesar Chavez Middle School sing the national anthem before the start of Monday night’s Baylor men’s basketball game against Prairie View A&M.

After a tornado warning ended on Oct. 13, a large audience of retired teachers and others enjoyed a recital by students of Tabitha Hymer’s Piano and Violin Studio at Stilwell Retirement Center.

Beautiful sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted the nearly 3,000 athletes who competed Sunday at the Ironman 70.3 Waco, sponsored by Bicycle World Texas.

Alta Vista Elementary students were treated to a “hero night” in October. Real and imagined role models were stationed throughout the school to offer encouragement and provide educational activities for students and their families.

South Bosque Elementary pre-kindergartner Lehgend Brown tries to lift a Woodway Public Safety SWAT officer’s vest during a Red Ribbon Week event at the school. Local police departments, the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety “swarmed” South Bosque Elementary — complete with a helicopter and drug dog — as part of Red Ribbon Week highlighting school safety and drug-free awareness.

The Waco Crime Stoppers program won two state awards at the 30th annual Texas Crime Stopper Conference Oct. 8-10 in Schertz. The local program won Radio Competition 2017, Best PSA: “Stopping Crime” with Power 108; and and Television Competition 2017, Best Crime of the Week: “Wheel of Justice” with KWTX-TV Channel 10. Attending the conference were (from left) Waco Police Officer Sofie Martinez, board members Nancy Drexler, Rene Duffy, RoseMary Mayes and Amy Balderrama, and Waco Crime Stopper coordinator Waco Officer Steven Dieterich.

Members of the Heart of Texas Water Garden & Pond Society (HOTWGPS) donated $1,500 to the Lake Waco Wetlands with proceeds from the annual HOTWGPS Pond Tour.

The Central Texas Literacy Coalition presented a check to the Nurse-Family Partnership Program at the Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center for its work in supporting literacy. Joining Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver (third from left) are Nurse-Family Partnership team members (from left) Brinwyn Case, Marilyn Brooks, Michaelann Miller, Melonnie Pollard and Daryl Meyer.

Lorena ISD student Kyndal Sligh was one of five area winners of Tractor Supply Company’s “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest.

Midway High School will have its homecoming ceremony during halftime of Friday’s game with Copperas Cove at Panther Stadium. Making up this year’s homecoming court are (from left) Taylor Vasek, Maddie Castilleja, Makayla Parker, Shelby Saul, Morgan Thielepape, Mattie Etheredge, Sydney Moehnke, Caroline Kolinek, Sydney Hulme, Rahya Gupta, Hannah Oubre, Jayci Edwards and Maci Meador.