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Your Home-Owned, Hometown Community Newspaper



02• 19 •2016


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We’re Your






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

at 836-1905.

Multi-Family Garage Sale at the Tabernacle

Outof theBluePlayingatYoungatHeartDance

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


Texas in

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.


. Left to Right: Louise Bird and Janet

Powell. --



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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. 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

McLennan campus.

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 or


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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 pasd@mind-

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

Vietnam War.

Henry Downs

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.

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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 (



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