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Whataburger gun decision praised
tdtnews.com / Sun, 02 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500
Whataburger did the right thing. They made it known that open carry firearms will need to stay locked in the car for those hungry-for-a-burger gun owners who choose to openly strap one on. I call on f

Agencies monitor short-term, long-term missing persons cases
tdtnews.com / Sat, 01 Aug 2015 20:03:00 -0500
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse, about 780 people are missing in Texas.For the 2014 calendar year, the Temple Police Department generated 30 missing person reports, in which 29 individuals reported missing were located and the cases are now inactive, spokesman Cpl. Chris Wilcox said.In 2014 the Belton Police Department reported 41 missing juvenile/runaway reports. All of the juveniles were found and the cases were closed, Lt. Kimberley Hamilton, spokeswoman, said in an email. Three adult missing person reports were taken in Belton in 2014, and all of the missing people were found and the cases were closed.

Vikings rule annual event
tdtnews.com / Sat, 01 Aug 2015 20:01:00 -0500
Care to learn the Viking alphabet, take a Viking name or ride in a Viking ship?Using a little imagination, those were among the choices for the third-annual Archeology Family Day at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum on Saturday.Archeology is one of the museum’s most successful family days, said Stephanie Long, museum director.

Texas AG in hot water: Paxton faces indictment
tdtnews.com / Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:42:00 -0500
A grand jury has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on felony securities fraud charges that accuse the Republican of misleading investors before he took over as the state’s top law enforcement officer, a special prosecutor said Saturday.

Caring for veterans: Warrior Institute in Waco striving to change face of care for veterans and firs
tdtnews.com / Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:37:00 -0500
WACO — An open house at the Warriors Research Institute last week provided a venue to illustrate the research undertaken at the facility.The institute began as a Scott & White initiative and is now part of Baylor Scott & White Health.Baylor Scott & White is committed to integrating research and education into the clinical enterprise, which enhances patient-centered care and population health, said Hania Wehbe-Janek, vice president of academic research integration at Baylor Scott & White. Through its renowned research programs, institutes and centers discoveries are leveraged that affect health.The Warriors Research Institute is a leader in transforming the quality of care available to military veterans and emergency first responders, Wehbe-Janek said.

Seeking a few good men: Waco reaching out to former soldiers
tdtnews.com / Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:36:00 -0500
As the Army will soon begin transitioning to a leaner force, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce is beginning an effort to bring more fresh veterans to the Waco area to fill jobs.While the Waco chamber for years has wanted to attract more soldiers getting out of the Army, the organization is now putting together a strategy on how to get those veterans to move to Waco.

Families have fun at picnic at Bend O’ River
tdtnews.com / Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:33:00 -0500
The dunking booth was popular at the Bend O’ the River Community Picnic on Saturday.“Everybody’s having a real good time,” said Stephanie Jones, an employee of Temple Parks and Recreation, which joined H-E-B in presenting the event. “Everybody’s getting involved in the games.”

Police group: City knows it’s violating law
tdtnews.com / Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:31:00 -0500
Temple might be violating Texas laws governing matters affecting municipal civil service for police officers.On July 2, the city secretary received a petition requesting the city to recognize the Temple Police Association as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent on issues related to the wages, hours of employment and other terms and conditions of employment for all police officers employed by the city, Temple City Attorney Kayla Landeros said.Signatures from 102 of the 144 police officers employed by the city were on the petition, Landeros said.“There are issues inside the city where they violate the law,” Charley Wilkison, executive director for the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, said. “There’s paying overtime, compensation issues. The city knows it is not in compliance with the law.”

Gun engraver carves out a living
tdtnews.com / Sat, 01 Aug 2015 12:34:00 -0500
Sean McVicker is “packing,” but not in the usual sense. His tiny workshop is filled with ornately engraved guns ranging from  rifles to pistols, their scrolled artwork visible under strategically placed spotlights.On the surface, Sean’s life seems an ordinary one; he and his wife, Bonnie, live in a small Harker Heights home with their two dogs, enjoying a semi-retired life. Scrape below the surface, though, and the years fall away, revealing the life of a master engraver.

Kicking it in Belton: Business offers tae kwon do training
tdtnews.com / Sat, 01 Aug 2015 12:29:00 -0500
For years Emilio S. Ybarra was the head of World Martial Arts Academy. Under his guiding hand the school became well known and well respected in the Central Texas Area; Temple Daily Telegram readers named it the No. 1 school in the area at one point.

The day of infamy from Supreme Court rulings
tdtnews.com / Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500
“But if the watchman see the Sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned … his blood I require at watchman’s hand.” — Ezekiel 33:6

Corps to revisit Lake Belton pump issue
tdtnews.com / Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0500
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will once again begin enforcing the ban on submersible electric pumps at Lake Belton, something that began on July 8, 2010, but was never totally enforced.No deadline was given for the time when the Corps will start actively enforcing the 2010 ruling, Ronnie Bruggman, Corps spokesman, said Wednesday.

Groups seek city grant funds
tdtnews.com / Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0500
If you don’t ask, you won’t receive.In May, 15 of the 24 local agencies and organizations seeking grant funding from the city made presentations to the Temple City Council.On Thursday during a special called meeting, Brynn Myers, assistant city manager, provided a list of agencies and the amount of grant money staff is recommending be awarded to those groups.

Interest shown in Pier 36 Marina
tdtnews.com / Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:00:00 -0500
Jim Hightower, CEO of Frank Smith’s Inc., stepped forward as a potential buyer of the Pier 36/Lake Belton Marina Friday morning, though no formal decision has been made about who will take over the lease.“We are very excited for the opportunities that this acquisition presents to our organization,” Hightower said in a released statement. “We feel that we are definitely qualified as we have successfully operated off a Corps lease on Lake Belton for over 50 years. This marina fits nicely into the existing business plan that we have for Lake Belton and the Central Texas area.”

Temple chicken coops opposed
tdtnews.com / Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:03:00 -0500
I am against the city of Temple allowing my neighbor to place a chicken coop 50 feet from my house, which is what the Temple City Council will probably do in a few weeks.

Indictment: Former surgeon so derelict he left 2 dead
tdtnews.com / Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:52:00 -0500
A former Dallas neurosurgeon has been described by state regulators as so derelict during operations that his actions led to the deaths of two patients and left others with disabling injuries in what’s seen as one of the worst recent cases of malpractice in Texas.Dr. Christopher Duntsch, who lost his medical license in 2013, now faces potential prison time after being indicted on multiple assault charges relating to his treatment of patients. He was being held Friday at the Dallas County Jail on bail exceeding $600,000.

Autopsy: Infant death a homicide
tdtnews.com / Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:51:00 -0500
A preliminary autopsy report released Friday ruled the death of an 11-month Bell County girl a homicide. The infant, who died on Wednesday, suffered blunt force trauma and sexual assault, according to the report.According to her report, examining pathologist Elizabeth Ventura, of the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences, determined that the child suffered “homicidal violence.”

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