Abbott signs pre-K boost, but work remains for GOP
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 22:19:00 -0500
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a pre-K boost on Thursday that delivers one promise and appears close to making good on another over gun rights before Texas lawmakers go home next week.In the home stretch of the first legislative session under Abbott, which ends Monday, there has been last-minute discord over allowing openly carried handguns on Texas streets and tuition breaks for veterans. There’s also a shift in tone from Republicans over tax cuts that won’t be big as suggested and an anti-gay marriage bill that fizzled.
Top grads say there’s more to life than grades
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 22:17:00 -0500
Belton High School valedictorian Tristan Boss and salutatorian Nishanth Lavendra have a message for the students academically in the top 10 of their class: There is more to life than academics.“Don’t let studies get in the way of having fun in high school,” Nishanth said. “When I opened myself up to partake in activities not attuned to academics, I had a lot more fun.”
Mentors celebrate with a splash
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 22:16:00 -0500
Wildcat mentors and their fifth-grade mentees celebrated the end of a school year and the end of their mentorship Thursday afternoon at Lion’s Junction Water Park.Most fifth-grade mentees spent the afternoon floating in the lazy river and racing one another down the slide, while mentors cheered the children on and encouraged them from the sidelines. A few brave mentors joined their mentees for a cool dunk in the water, but lightning followed by rain cut the event short.
Pettibone residents wary of gawkers
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 22:14:00 -0500
Survivors of Monday’s tornado in the Pettibone community said they feel concerned for the safety of drivers and for those working to restore order because of gawkers visiting the area.One resident, Lisa Roden, lives next door to her parents, the Rubacs. The Rubacs sell insurance and Roden is a bail bondswoman, she said Thursday.Because she is a bondswoman, Roden recognized at least 15 people she personally posted bonds for driving down her road time and time again.
Heavy rain eases Texas drought, but high water could linger
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 22:12:00 -0500
This week’s record rainfall in Texas eased the state’s drought and swelled rivers and lakes to the point that they may not return to normal levels until July, scientists said Thursday.Just weeks ago, much of the state was parched with varying levels of drought. But the same drenching rainfall that paralyzed parts of Houston and swept away a vacation home with eight people inside also offered relief from a long dry spell.
Training tower dedication set Friday
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:49:00 -0500
Temple Fire & Rescue will dedicate its training tower at 10 a.m. today at Fire Station 8/Training Center/EOC, 7268 Airport Road, a department press release said.The tower is north of the training center on the grounds of the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport.
Two aggravated robberies reported in same area
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:47:00 -0500
Two individuals were reportedly robbed in separate incidents on different days by men with a handgun, according to the Temple Police Department.The most recent incident was reported Monday in the 900 block of South 26th Street. The victim told police he was delivering pizzas to a nearby address when five black men described as between the ages of 18 and 20 approached him. One man took the food he was delivering and another man pulled out a gun and demanded the money. After getting the victim’s property, the five reportedly left the area.
Temple Police reports for May 22-27
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:45:00 -0500
Police reports for May 22-27 include arrests for burglaries and assault.
VA researchers aim to touch lives of all Americans
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:44:00 -0500
The goal of research at the VA is to improve veterans’ lives and in the process improve the lives of the population at large.“I’m one of your biggest fans and one your biggest supporters for research,” Sallie Houser-Hanfelder, director of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, said last week during research day at the Temple VA.During her 30-year career with the VA at numerous sites across the country, she learned the value of research, Houser-Hanfelder said.
Event to feature national trails
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:43:00 -0500
Events scheduled in Milam County for June 4-6 were added to activities on the website of the Partnership for National Trails System.This is part of a continuing effort by Partnership for National Trails System to encourage Americans everywhere to value and preserve these national treasures.
Playground cleanup postponed at Whistle Stop
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:42:00 -0500
Saturday’s 10th annual Whistle Stop Playground Cleanup Day hosted by Temple Parks & Recreation was rescheduled because more rain is expected in the area over the weekend. The event will now take place starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 13. The department is still seeking volunteers and community organizations to help freshen up the playground at 22 S. 11th St. in Temple.
THS one-act play falls short of state title
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:40:00 -0500
The Temple High School Theater Department’s one-act play “Buried Child” finished as the second runner-up at the University Interscholastic League’s Class 5A state championship competition.
Woman charged with evading arrest in kidnapping case
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:38:00 -0500
Anjanette Moore, 44, of Temple was charged Thursday with evading arrest with a motor vehicle, a felony offense. Moore reportedly tried to take a child for whom she doesn’t have custody from a Lake Belton Middle School classroom Wednesday. The investigation is ongoing, a Temple Police press release said.Moore was in the Bell County Jail on Thursday, but bail was not set by press time, according to jail records.The late afternoon press release provided no information about the pending investigation by both the Belton and Temple police departments into a gunshot unintentionally fired by a Temple Police Department officer during Moore’s arrest.
Vote on alcohol for Fourth of July festival postponed
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:37:00 -0500
BELTON — Alcoholic beverages might be on the menu at this year’s Festival on Nolan Creek in Yettie Polk Park. At its Tuesday night meeting, Belton City Council members postponed a vote on a proposed resolution that would allow Schoepf’s Barbecue and the Nolan Creek Winery to sell beer and wine on a property adjoining the festival, which is held annually in Belton on July 4.The Council postponed the vote to give city staff more time to review the plans for the sale of alcohol. The Belton Chamber of Commerce requested the ability to allow vendors to sell alcohol after receiving requests from festival attendees, Chamber marketing director Judy Garrett said.
Clinc to prepare horses for parades
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:34:00 -0500
Marcia Cross will be hosting a parade and clinic for horses Saturday in Belton, teaching people to de-sensitize their horses to the sights and sounds of city streets, vehicles, strollers, flags, balloons, sirens and flashing lights.City sights and sounds scare horses that haven’t been trained to understand them, Cross said. The horses can become a danger to themselves and the people around them.
Tax relief available for businesses hit by floods
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:33:00 -0500
Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Wednesday that tax relief is available to Texas business owners whose businesses were damaged by the recent tornadoes and flooding.If property was damaged due to natural disaster, the business owner can claim an exemption from sales tax on labor charges to repair the damage.The same business owner also can file a 90-day extension with the comptroller on any tax returns and taxes coming due for the damaged business.
NWS confirms: EF-1 twister hit Kempner
tdtnews.com / Thu, 28 May 2015 21:30:00 -0500
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth confirmed the tornado that touched down near Kempner on Monday was an EF-1 with sustained winds of 90 to 95 mph.Jamie Gudmestad, a NWS meteorologist who helped conduct the damage assessment on the ground Monday, said massive trees were uprooted by the 180-foot-wide tornado.
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