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 Hami…

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.

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 Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce presented its first Athena Leadership Award to Jill McCall, executive director of Compassion Ministries.

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.

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.

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.