Temple College students Christopher Walding, left, Mariah Wolschleger and Jennifer Ognibene recently took second place in the Engineering Technology/Design category of the national SkillsUSA competition. They advanced to the national competition after winning the Texas SkillsUSA competition …

Sharon Rostovich says it has been a great summer for sunflowers. In this photo taken by her husband, Larry, she stands next to one in her backyard garden that towers in excess of 8 feet and continues to reach new heights.

This group of Temple High School graduates from the Class of 1976 got together recently at Old Jody’s Restaurant. Pictured, clockwise from left, are Marshall Powell, Terry Easterwood, Sammy Guthrie, Mark Chafin, Russell Wright, Woodson Rowan and Doug Streeter. These Wildcat senior citizens m…

A pair of wood ducks keep an eye on a large water snake recently that approached close to their nest near FM 93 in Temple.

This colorful scarlet macaw was seen recently in the alley between South 33rd Street and South 35th Street in Temple. A member of the parrot family, scarlet macaws are native to the humid, tropical evergreen forests of South America, Central America and southeastern Mexico.

This squirrel is determined to have a breakfast of birdseed recently in Irv Cummings’ Temple backyard.

Hilde Cort took this photo of an Agave Americana plant with a flower stalk growing in her Temple backyard. She planted it about 25 years ago. Also known as a century plant, this cactus is the largest of the native Texas Agaves. Despite its name, century plants only live about 25 years. It on…

Howard and Mary Jane Douglas of Belton celebrate preschool graduation recently with granddaughters Avery and Aubrey Wright.

Bernabe Martinez of Temple shows off the almost 4 lbs. zucchini squash he grew in his garden. He says that in his more than 60 years of gardening he has never seen one get so big. He credits all the rain that fell during the spring.

During the recent Imagine Downtown community event held at the Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Temple, children played with these balloons and big blue blocks provided by the Temple Children’s Museum.

While walking his dogs one morning recently, Robert Worley of Temple stopped to take this photo of the sun rising over Temple Bible Church.

Jim Lasley recently took this photo of a stone labyrinth pathway on the grounds of Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Belton.

Some members of the Central Texas Travel Club recently visited the historic Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa, across the street from Hot Springs National Park and Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs, Ark. The group toured Hot Springs National Park and the nearby P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain Farm. Pic…

These six cousins recently gathered for a reunion at the home of Larry Roessler in Bruceville-Eddy. Pictured are, from left, Junior Hering of Westphalia, Rusty Ketterman of Westphalia, Patsy Moeller of Rosebud, Larry Roessler of Bruceville-Eddy, Gary Roessler of Troy and James Kahlig of Temp…

Feed My Sheep recently received sponsorship money from Superior Healthplan, a provider of Texas health care programs. Pictured are, from left, Yoanna Garcia, Superior Healthplan community relations; Kaye Cathey, Feed My Sheep triage coordinator and board member; Kristy Cox, Feed My Sheep res…

Temple KJT (Catholic Union of Texas) Society No. 114 presented a $800 check recently to Saint Mary Catholic School in Temple, Texas. The funds will be used by Saint Mary Catholic School to fund Catholic education for children in Central Texas. Pictured are, from left, Larry Lagut, Knights of…

Temple KJT (Catholic Union of Texas) Society No. 114 recently presented a $500 check to St. Mary Catholic Parish on behalf of KJT Headquarters in La Grange. These funds will be used to assist in payment of parish expenses incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic and the February 2021 severe …

A silver lining to all of the dark storm clouds seen recently in the skies over Central Texas is that, in addition to producing plenty of rain, they also produce plenty of rainbows. Jesse and Myrza Garcia spotted a double rainbow outside their Red Ranger home in East Bell County.

A silver lining to all of the dark storm clouds seen recently in the skies over Central Texas is that, in addition to producing plenty of rain, they also produce plenty of rainbows. Deleese Pryor capture this rainbow over Temple from the parking lot of the Aldi supermarket.

Cathy Dennison took this photo of a rare albino, or white, bluebonnet recently in Morgan’s Point Resort. The white color is caused by a genetic mutation, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.