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. …

Teresa Felix of Temple; her daughter, Aria, 4; and her son, Josiah, 2, feed the ducks recently on Nolan Creek in Belton’s Yettie Polk Park.

Samuel Spivey, right, of Temple Fire & Rescue accepts a certificate recently from Julie Jordan, director of the Central Texas College EMT program, for completing the CTC EMT-paramedic program.

Several Central Texas residents recently completed canine good citizen training at Dolce Vita Canine Training in Belton. Pictured are: front row, from left, Mike Mebane with Girl; Michele Marcotte with Jake and Kiddo; Maureen Hinkley with Gunner; back row, from left, Schotzie Eldridge with H…

Gwendolyn Hurley, 2, of Copperas Cove colors in her activity book while Arya, a black and white cat from the Gatesville Animal Shelter, watches her during the recent Pet Adoption Extravaganza at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

Koi fish swim in a pond recently outside Dynasty Chinese Restaurant in Temple.

Olyn Casper, left, and Sha’kyhria Freeman, third-grade students from Hector P. Garcia Elementery in Temple, recently colored endebele-style painted houses at the Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center in Temple as part of the Life in South Africa “Hands On” program sponsored by The Conte…

Temple residents Mark Cullison, clockwise from upper right, and Patty Cullison recently took an Alaskan cruise aboard Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess with former Temple resident Georgette Gibson and her brother Richard Liverani.

Mirian Osterlund, a University of Mary Hardin-Baylor junior, explains how to make dog toys for shelter dogs from donated T-shirts to a group of freshman and transfer students as part of a recent welcome week activity on the school’s campus in Belton.

New probationary officer Lisa VanGilder, left, smiles as her best friend, Danielle Turner, pins on her badge recently during a swearing in ceremony at the Temple Police Department. Also joining the Temple Police Department as probationary officers are Emily LaBruzzo, third from left, Edwin G…

Matt Ridley of Belton, dressed as Indiana Jones, attended the recent Bell County Comic Con with his daughter Kenley, dressed as Wonder Woman, and his son Kellan, dressed as Spider Man.

Theresa Lee, program director for the Temple chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, presented a pen to Tom Rheinlander, director of public affairs at Fort Hood. Rheinlander recently gave the group an update on the post and its impact on the area’s economy.

Cole Wieters, 14, of Temple, left, paints the face of his brother Gage, 7, during the recent Backpack Buddy Bash at the Ralph Wilson Youth Club in Temple.

Patty and Mark Cullison of Temple recently visited Denali State Park during a trip to Alaska. Mount Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America, can be seen in the background.

Betty Stewart, center, was visited recently by her sons-in-law Ralph Ringstaff, left, of College Grove, Tenn., and Bryan Neaves of Belton at the Stoney Brook of Belton assisted living facility.