Friday, August 23, 2019
My wife is a great listener. That is one of the reasons I married her. She listens intently, not just to me, but also to anyone speaking to her. I once watched a total stranger stop her on the street in New York and spill out their life story. I have witnessed the same thing on subways, in train stations and shopping centers in the U.S. and Europe. You can see it in her eyes. She focuses. She doesn’t glance around the room wondering if there is someone else she should speak to. She doesn’t look beyond you. Her eyes don’t glaze over in a fixed stare that pretends to listen while she thinks about something else.
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Friday, August 16, 2019
My daughter was born the year I turned 40. With two sons already 13 and 8, we were not expecting another child. In fact, the doctors told us that having more children was impossible. But, the impossible happened. The doctor’s first question was, “Do you want to terminate this pregnancy?” We were stunned. Such a consideration never entered our minds. Nine months later my wife gave birth to a beautiful little girl who has blessed our lives immeasurably. I often thought of the doctor’s question when I rocked her to sleep and felt the weight of her slumbering body against my shoulder.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
The Waco Independent School District received a higher accountability rating from the state this year, improving its overall score from a C to a B, according to the ratings released Thursday morning.
More than 200 residents attended, with many speaking in opposition due to fears about contaminated groundwater and increased traffic that could lead to more fatal crashes.
A dispute between the city of Crawford and developers who want to build 92 upscale homes is headed to trial after a judge declined Thursday to rule that the final plat for the new subdivision should be considered approved as a matter of law.
The Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization’s policy board Thursday voted down an $8 million request for additional funds for rebuilding Interstate 35, citing unresolved concerns about increased flood risks the construction could pose for downtown Waco.
A seven-time felon who was naked and high when he fired 20 shots at his fleeing girlfriend last year was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.
Photos by Ernesto Garcia
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Thousands of Waco-area library patrons enjoy the convenience of e-books and e-audiobooks they can download on their tablets, computers and phones, but new pricing and use limitations by their publishers are worrying librarians.
The Midway Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Wednesday night to call a Nov. 5 bond election for $148 million that would also allow a 1 cent per $100 reduction in the tax rate.
The Texas Legislature granted J.R. Vicha’s wish, Billie Wayne Coble, the man who killed Vicha’s father and grandparents, has been executed, and now a bank account has been established to raise money to pay for a highway sign memorializing slain Waco police Sgt. Bobby Vicha.
Downtown businesses will see more spending on cleanup of graffiti and bird poop, more marketing and an “ambassador” riding the downtown trolley next year.
Drivers on a stretch of 18th Street are seeing fewer but wider lanes after a restriping that went along with a pavement renewal project.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will host its first public meeting Thursday related to the city of Waco’s application to permit a landfill in the Axtell area.
A Waco woman who was jailed Tuesday night because of her reluctance to testify against her boyfriend proved to be an uncooperative witness Wednesday.
Waco police have identified a 4-year-old girl killed Tuesday in a South Waco house fire and are investigating the death with the Waco Fire Department.
Leaky roofs again have captured the attention of Grassroots Community Development, a local group assisting low-income residents.
Police arrested a Waco man Tuesday afternoon on five second-degree felony charges after they say he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl multiple times.
A man traveling through Lorena on Interstate 35 was arrested late Tuesday after police smelled marijuana and discovered nearly 3 pounds of marijuana and marijuana wax hidden inside a golf bag, arrest affidavits state.
Police tracked down a man and arrested him late Tuesday night, shortly after he threatened his parents with a gun and stole their car, McGregor police Detective Ron McCurry said.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Waco Suspension Bridge is a registered historic landmark, a local gathering place, a wedding venue and a finish line, and at the end of the month, a major overhaul of the span will go out to bid.
A new exhibit showcasing penguins that can tolerate the Texas heat would anchor a new exhibit at Cameron Park Zoo, part of a bond-financed upgrade voters will consider in less than three months.
Mary Avenue businesses might be required to disguise their dumpsters as part of a long-held goal of turning the downtown stretch into a destination of its own near the Brazos River.
A district judge had a woman jailed Tuesday after she declared she would not return to court the next day to testify against a former boyfriend who is accused of firing 20 rounds at her while he stood naked in a Waco street.
Basketball legend and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will come to McLennan Community College Oct. 15 to speak in The Highlands gym as part of MCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series in an event titled “Finding Your Inner All-Star With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.” The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission.
A vehicle that veered off northbound Interstate 35 crashed into a guardrail, struck a pole and burst into flames Tuesday afternoon.
State troopers arrested a Waco man early Sunday after finding that he was driving while intoxicated during an Interstate 35 wreck that injured his passenger, an arrest warrant affidavit states.
Monday, August 12, 2019
Fresh coats of paint and fresh faces of leadership are arriving at Jack Harwell Detention Center, two months ahead of the Oct. 1 takeover by McLennan County Sheriff’s Office officials.
At its best, it was a destination for revelry, fine dining and memory making. Located at 101 Mill St., on Lake Brazos’ east side, it was an oasis in the 1970s and ’80s, an era when downtown was declared “brain dead” by a Waco councilman.