Several students from World Martial Arts Academy in Belton recently won medals at a tournament in Houston. Winning gold medals were Jocelyn Aguirre, Eian Johnson-Drew and Blake Baty. Winning silver medals were Diego Sauceda, Sirena Sauceda, Joseph Gavril, Mikey Gavril, Erika Roof and Audrey …

Bill and Sherrie Potter, left, and Sabrina and Justin Young rang in the new Roaring ’20s on New Year’s Eve in throwback costumes.

Belva Barrington and her great-grandson, Jon Wallace Barnes, shared a nap recently in Belton.

Members of the Central Texas Travel Club recently visinted the House of the Seasons in Jefferson. Pictured are: front row from left, Nancy Kahlstrom from Lampasas; Patti Brown and Nancy Rodgers, both from Temple; back row from left, Peggy Stewart from Temple; Sharae Weedon from Harker Height…

Beverly Hillyard spotted a red-shouldered hawk hanging out in her neighborhood near Arrowhead Point Road in Belton.

Covenant Lutheran Church’s recent Best of the Wurst event raised $3,000 for Aware Central Texas. Pictured, from left, are Scott Erlandson and Chris Andrews from Covenant Lutheran, Le Ann Smith from Aware Central Texas, Scott Andrews from Covenant Lutheran, and Blanca Ortiz, Nicole Berry, Kay…

Covenant Lutheran Church’s recent Best of the Wurst event raised $3,000 for Feed My Sheep. Kay Langford of Feed My Sheep, second from the right, accepted a check from Covenant Lutheran members, from left, Linda Malone, Pat Wilson, Pauline Schwertfeger and Carol Webb.

Greg Moore, left, CEO of MooreCo Inc. of Temple, recently presented several employees with milestone anniversary awards. These include Pablo “Buddy” Arguellez, second from left, 35 years; Miriam Milliken, 10 years; Tonja Nix, 20 years; Cecelia Portillo, 20 years; and Joe Ocanas, 30 years.

Bobby Bridges, bottom left, and Edna Bridges, bottom right, recently were honored on their 75th anniversary with a proclamation and state of Texas commemorative coin presented by State Rep. Hugh Shine, top center. Also pictured are their children Linda Sandefur, top left, and Russell Bridges.

Christmas elf and Salvation Army Red Kettle volunteer Guy Fowler, left, poses recently with Piper Mitchel of Belton outside the Walmart store on South 31st Street in Temple.

Pearl Harbor survivor J.C. Alston, 96, of Troy attended the recent Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony at the Admiral Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg.

Hershey Kisses, a chiweenie, and Chuck Whitacre of Salado take a rest from strolling recently in downtown Salado during the annual Salado Christmas Stroll.

Scott and Deb Justice of Moody recently participated in the Tri County Toy Run for the 22nd year. Their 1984 Honda GL 1200 was named best decorated.

Khloe Gayle Wood, 11, pf Bryan and her mother, Jennifer, visited their cousin Jill Jackson Popelka in Singapore this summer and traveled to Bali to swim with dolphins. While there Khloe kissed and was kissed by one of the dolphins. Khloe’s grandparents, Jerry and Lana Boyls Wood, grew up in …

Josh Quinn of Belton and his family recently drove through BLORA’s annual Nature in Lights display at Lake Belton.

Sue Bousquet of Belton, center, recently was discovered sleeping on the job while babysitting her grandsons Calvin Slimp, left, and Towns Slimp of Salado at her home. Even her 12-year-old dog Bruno was caught catnapping.

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.