On a recent cold morning, Mike White thought the water vapor plume rising from the Panda Power plant in southeast Temple resembled the distinctive mushroom-shaped cloud often associated with an exploding nuclear weapon.

Winners in the College Division of the 40th annual Central Texas Art Competition and Exhibition, sponsored by Temple South Rotary Club, were announced recently at Temple College. Picture, from left, are Onaisha Franka, Temple College; Briaunna Jackson, Temple College; Alan Horn, representing…

Members of the Cameron Junior High eighth grade gifted and talented class recently attended the Field of Honor traveling trunk show in Georgetown sponsored by the Williamson County Museum. Pictured are, from left, Mila Trevino, Keri Harris, Camryn Ward, John Torres, Brady Havens, Lindsay Tal…

Kimberly Kennard Marx clucks and struts to the “Chicken Song” for members of the Bell Extension Education Association during a recent meeting at Grace Presbyterian Church. Her costume was created by Gayle Pomykal. Both are members of the Leedale Club.

Members of the Central Texas Travel Club recently visited Lost Pines State Park in Bastrop. Pictured are, from left, Martha Monarch, Patti Brown, Barbara Tatom, Alison Snell, Dorothy Mattheson, Carol Bryant, Cary Williams, Kathy Huckabee, Sharae Weedon and Eula Jett. They are standing in one…

Retired Capt. Robert S. Hankins, left, recently received a Quilt of Valor at a meeting of the Holland American Legion Post No. 526 and Auxiliary at the SPJST Hall. He served three tours of duty as a medivac helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. The quilt was awarded by Stacy Clady, right,…

Senior cheerleaders, from left, Claire Brennan, Caroline Rowe, Brooke Fraijo and Kaley Unberhagen, along with Mateo Montelongo dressed as mascot Tigo, lead a cheer during the recent Burning of the B event at Belton High School prior to the Tigers’ Homecoming game against Killeen Shoemaker.

Siblings Pete Tamez, clockwise from lower left, Andrew Tamez Jr., Mary Sisneros, Raymond Tamez and Patsy Garcia gathered recently for a family dinner in Temple.

Afternoon sunlight backlights oak leaves dressed in fall colors recently in South Temple.

Brittnee Hooks, left, Nia Hooks and Jaidyn Hooks are ready to conjure some Halloween mischief and magic.

Robert Guynes, 2, picks out rubber ducks with matching numbers as his father, Dusty, watches during the recent 100th Halloween Carnival at the Armstrong Community Center in Bell County.

Cousins Lennon Stuard, left, and Keegan Craig are excited to be participating recently in the Healthy Kids Running series of weekly fall races in Belton.

Carsin Curry, left, of Belton congratulates her cousin Jocelyn Blanton after she was crowned homecoming queen in Ridgecrest, Calif.

Residents of Garden Estates of Temple senior lifestyle center and Heart of Texas car club members admire a ’34 Chevy sedan during the recent “From Classic to Cool” car show at the center.

Alese Vargees, 3, of Belton picks a rubber duck out of a Dippin’ Ducks game recently at the Centraland Title booth during Duck Dash at Yettie Polk Park in Belton.

Abram Rovetto, a third-grader, waves an American flag during the recent dedication event for Belton ISD’s new Charter Oaks Elementary School in West Temple.

Members of the Academy High School Homecoming Court are (from left) seniors Kaitlyn Kasner, Lianna Dillard and Avrie Woltman, junior Krystal Moreno, sophomore Shelby Schulze and freshman Rhea White. Dillard, the daughter of Priscilla and Jeremy Brannon, is the 2019 Academy Homecoming Queen. …