Your Home-Owned, Hometown Community Newspaper
02• 19 •2016
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Vol. 38, No. 8
Serving McLennan County
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The China Spring Tabernacle Inc., is having
a multi-family garage sale, Saturday, February
20, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Taber-
nacle building, located on the corner of Old
China Spring Highway and 127 Ford Street,
in China Spring. If you are interested in sell-
ing your own items, you can rent a table for
$15. Please call Angela at 836-9015 or Betty
Multi-Family Garage Sale at the Tabernacle
The Young at Heart Dance Club has a
dance each Tuesday night from 7 to 10 PM
at the Sul Ross Center located at 1414 Jef-
ferson. All dances are alcohol & smoke free,
refreshments are served and door prizes are
given each week. Admission is $5.00.
Everyone is welcome so come enjoy the
music & fellowship.
Our last dance for the month is February
23rd with Out Of the Blue providing our music.
For information 254 799-7081 or 254
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National Debt Discussion with Rep. Bill Flores
As a part of their three-week campaign,
McLennan’s five-member Up to Us team will
be hosting Rep. Bill Flores Feb. 22 at 3:45 p.m.
in the Michaelis Academic Center, room 111.
The event will include a national debt dis-
cussion in order to raise awareness and get
people more involved with an issue that is
greatly affecting our nation. Free food will be
offered and gift card giveaways will be hap-
pening throughout the event.
For more information, contact Linda Dulin
Beta Sigma Phi Chapters Preceptor Eta Eta and Laureate
Gamma Epsilon honored their Sweethearts with a brunch
Saturday, February 13, 2016.
Beta Sigma Phi is an International Cultural, Service, So-
cial organization. Since the founding by Walter W. Ross in
Abilene, Kansas, April 30, 1931, it has grown to over 250,000
members in 12,500 chapters around the world.
Sweethearts for 2016 are Preceptor Eta Eta’s Louise Bird
and Laureate Gamma Epsilon’s Janet Powell.
Louise Bird pledged Beta Sigma Phi in Sweetwater, Texas
in 1984. She has held all offices and served on all commit-
tees. Has been honored as Woman of the Year, Sweetheart
and received Order of the Rose. She has been a member
in Texas cities, Midland, Rockwall, Tomball, and now Waco.
She has been a member of Preceptor Eta Eta since 2011
and currently holds the Laureate Degree.
Janet Powell pledged Beta Sigma Phi in Katy
1990. She joined Alpha Omega Gamma chapter in Waco in
1991 and joined Laureate Gamma Epsilon chapter in 2015.
She has held all offices and received Order of the Rose. Has
been honored as Sweetheart and Woman of the Year.
2016 BETA SIGMA PHI SWEETHEARTS
. Left to Right: Louise Bird and Janet
BETA SIGMA PHI PHOTO
Beta Sigma Phi Honors Sweethearts
Lorena High School Student to Perform at Baylor
Lorena High School senior Felic-
ity Fulton, winner of the John Philip
Sousa National Young Artists Solo
Competition, will be performing as a
guest soloist with the Baylor Univer-
sity Symphonic Band on Tuesday,
March 1 at 7:30 pm in the Jones
Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary
Music Building on the campus of Bay-
lor University. Felicity will perform the
Georges Hue Fantasie, for solo flute
and band accompaniment.
The John Philip Sousa NYASC is
a national competition that serves to
identify, recognize, and honor out-
standing high school musicians who
demonstrate a significantly high stan-
dard of excellence in performance.
The competition winner is given an
opportunity to perform as a soloist
with a university or military band, and
a one thousand dollar scholarship,
sponsored by Jupiter Instruments.
Applications are still being accepted
for the 2016 NYASC competition
and can be found on the John Philip
Sousa Foundation website.
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GRAND CHAMPION STEER FROM LORENA
. Cade Amber, of Lorena, was excited that his steer he has raised
bought $14,000 at the Sale of Champions held Friday, Feb, 12th at the Heart of Texas Livestock Barn. --
FOSTER PHOTO. More MCJLS News on Page 6.
It was a big night for
the kids. Approximately
$500,000 went to the youth
of McLennan County at the
McLennan County Junior
Livestock Show. A total of
215 animals went through
the fast paced auction held
Friday, February 12 at the
Heart of Texas Livestock
barn on the fair grounds.
Kids from schools in McLen-
nan County bought their
animals Monday to the
Livestock barn for judging.
Besides steers there were
swine, rabbits, lambs and
Cade Amber, of Lorena,
had the Grand Champion
steer. The steer bought in
$14,000 at the sale. Cade’s
steer was the first of the 215
animals to go through the
auction. Cade is 12, and is
not in high school yet. The
auctioneer said that as far
as he knows this was the
first time that he knows was
bought by one bidder. The
bidder was Allen Samuels
and his family of businesses.
Livestock Show, Big Night for McLennan County Students
McLennanBookstorehosts Hats Off toReading
The McLennan Community College Book-
store and Follett Higher Education Group will
host Hats Off to Reading from 9-11 a.m. Feb.
27 in the Michaelis Academic Center on the
The fun-filled, free event is open to the pub-
lic and will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with
story time, refreshments and prizes.
For more information, contact the McLen-
nan Bookstore at 299-8685.
Election Night Watch Party
McLennan Community College’s govern-
ment department will host an Election Night
Watch Party at 7 p.m. March 1 in the Michaelis
Academic Center, room 111.
The free event will allow students, em-
ployees and community members to share
the process of an election. A cross-discipline
panel of MCC instructors will interact with the
audience and engage in election discussions
while sharing its expertise.
For more information, contact Andi Ramon
at 299-8906 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Henry Downs Chap-
ter of the NSDAR is gather-
ing information for a pro-
gram to honor Vietnam-era
military veterans. If you are
a Vietnam-era veteran and
would like to attend and
be recognized, please call
Peggy Duty at 254-754-5119
or email her at email@example.com
by March 15 with
your name and branch of
service. The program at the
Columbus Avenue Baptist
Church Fellowship Hall,
1300 Columbus Ave., will
start at 1 :30 p.m. April 1 and
will feature Joyce “Donut
Dolly” Denke, who will give
a presentation about the
NSDAR to Honor
McLennan County is stepping up to assist custom-
ers during the second year of the “Two Steps, One
Sticker” program for vehicle inspection and registra-
Beginning on March 1, 2016, the transition year
ends, and vehicles will have one convenient expira-
tion date for inspection and registration. Here is what
McLennan County vehicle owners need to do from
that point forward: Take a look at the date on your
vehicle registration sticker then follow the two steps.
Pass a vehicle inspection no earlier than
90 days prior to your registration expiration and retain
your vehicle inspection report. To find your nearest
inspection station in McLennan County, visit the Texas
Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) website.
After your vehicle passes inspection, renew
your registration online, by mail or in person at the
McLennan County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office,
and your inspection status will be verified electroni-
Remember that your vehicle inspection and regis
McLennan County Help Residents Remember Vehicle Registration
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Senior Neil Wachtler (pronounced wok-ler) is the first
Midway swimmer to qualify for the UIL state meet at the 6A
level. His 100 yard backstroke time of a 50.89 at regional
finals in Rockwall on Saturday seeds him as 3rd call up and
10th overall at the state meet to be held at the University
of Texas in Austin on Feb. 19-20. His best time in the 100
back is a 50.10 from December’s Junior Nationals Meet,
which could see him in the state championship finals heat.
Wachtler barely missed being called up in his second indi-
vidual event, the 200 yard freestyle, but just .14 of a second.
Wachtler is a 2015 UIL All-State swimmer, and holds
eight out of 11 possible pool records at Waco’s YMCA and
eight out of 11 Midway team records (http://www.midwayisd
org/Page/1201). Neil is also the first Waco HEAT club team
swimmer to earn junior national cuts—and he has two!
State Qualifiers in the 100 Yard Backstroke:
1 Glen Cowand 11 Cinco Ranch High School 48.74
2 Preston Varozza 12 Westwood High School 49.34
3 Noah Henry 10 Belton High School 50.06
4 Shaine Casas 10 McAllen High School 50.09
5 Stephen Cheng 11 Lewisville Flower Mound 50.56
6 James Tomerlin 12 Friendswood High School 50.57
1 Ethan Kramer 12 Lewisville Marcus 50.66
2 Alberto Gomez 10 The Woodlands High School 50.70
7 Garrett Dierkhising 11 Northside Taft 50.87
3 Neil Wachtler 12 Waco Midway High School 50.89
4 Felix Van Cauwelaert 10 Dallas Highland Park 51.19
5 Christopher Mayer 12 Lake Travis High School 51.29
8 Jacob Allard 12 El Paso Eastwood-BD 51.77
6 Jared Wallace 11 Cy Creek High School 51.89
7 Jace Brown 09 John Horn High School 52.00
8 Michael Mabry 11 Keller 52.09
To State In Back: Midway HS Senior Qualifies for State SwimMeet
MIDWAY SENIOR NEIL WACHTLER