When Mitchell Jacobs recently drove to his front gate to get his morning paper, cows were lined up to greet him on Sulphur Wells Road in Belton.

In the spirit of Christmas, Emily Yost created a holiday box to collect donations from her family for the Westphalia Church of the Visitation Rebuilding Fund. Emily is the daughter of Melissa Hurta and Josh Yost, and the granddaughter of Bernie and Edward Hurta of Temple and Lynda Yost of Belton.

Jeanne and Rick Oehlerking take daily nature walks along Friars Creek in Temple. They say they are constantly amazed at the wonders of nature they observe, such as gladiolus in bloom recently along Marlandwood Road.

Jeanne and Rick Oehlerking take daily nature walks along Friars Creek in Temple. They say they are constantly amazed at the artistic beauty of nature they find, such as this snail shell on the sidewalk running along the creek.

Red Wilson help pack Operation Christmas Child boxes again this year for Immanuel Baptist Church in Temple. A photo of him dressed up for the holidays will be included in more than 1,000 boxes shipped all around the world as part of the project organized by Samaritan’s Purse.

Richard Bush recently spotted this hawk perched on his backyard fence on White Oak Drive in Temple.

The family of Louise Wood of Belton recently surprised her with a coronavirus pandemic-appropriate birthday celebration. After family and friends held a drive-by parade, the family celebrated outdoors with barbecue, cake and games. Social distancing and wearing of face coverings when unable …

Sabrina Young, standing third from right, service officer for VFM Post No. 1820 in Temple, leads a Veterans Day ceremony at Seaton Cemetery in East Bell County to honor all veterans buried in the cemetery as well as veterans attending. She is assisted by her daughters, Kayla Young and Zaydri…

Rodney and Cindy Kruse of Temple spotted this American chameleon recently in their vinca flowers.

Burl Sowers of Cyclone discovered this ghoulish sight prior to Halloween.

Cindy Cooper recently spotted a fox resting in the landscaping at the entry of Deerfield Estates on South 31st Street in Temple.

Jon Wallace Barnes and Ray Lawson Barnes of Belton are allotted one to two hours of screen time per day. Apparently they have found a loophole. Recently the boys made their own television out of pillows and watched imaginary shows.

Belton Marching 100 captain Sam Foreman, left, and head drum major Nick Sullivan “flamingo flock” the home of a member recently to raise funds for the Belton Band Boosters.

Marilyn Springer recently had a surprise visitor to her backyard bird bath near Holland.

Sandra Miller of Temple recently took this photo of a hummingbird approaching a feeder in her backyard.

Scott Lewis of Temple recently captured this butterfly checking out his flowering Pride of Barbados plant.