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Magnus Jesse, 18 months, was working on developing better aim recently at the house of his grandparents, Richard and Kristen Jesse, in Troy. Richard said Magnus knows the work, while difficult, is important because peanut better is so good.

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Guy Fowler recently captured this sunset in Belton. He says “Just like the days, each sunset is different — stunning and beautiful. Our God has an amazing paintbrush.”

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Jeri Hawkins recent took this photo of morning fog rolling in off Prairie View Road in West Temple.

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Sarah Houchen took this picture of her daughter Elayda Houchen taking a break from trick-or-treating in their neighborhood in Aledo. Elayda is the granddaughter of Richard and Janet Bush of Temple.

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Poodle skirts, scarves, rolled-up jeans, T-shirts, turned-up collars, letter sweaters and 1950s music by Larry Burgin and Texas Tradition highlighted the ninth annual sock hop held recently at the Belton Senior Center.

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Patti Brown of Temple, a member of the Central Texas Travel Club, captured this photo recently when members of the club visited the International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, N.M. The event known as a balloon glow was invented in Albuquerque in 1979 when local pilots inflated balloons on…

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A spotted orb weaver gets her web ready for Halloween.

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A yellow garden spider rests on its web in a Temple yard.

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A spider weaves its web outside the front door of a house in Temple.

John Loyd of Southlake raises his bicycle above his head in triumph recently after completing the Hotter Than Hell 100 mile bike ride in Wichita Falls. John and his wife, Courtney, both grew up in Troy and graduated from Troy High School. John’s parents still live in Troy.

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Lucy Martin recently took this photograph of a black swallowtail butterfly visiting the zinnias in her Belton garden.

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Richard Bush recently took this photo of a hibiscus plant blooming in his yard.

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Guy Fowler recently took this picture of a couple of swallowtail butterflies feasting on golden crownbeard flowers in his garden.

Elizabeth Ribitzki Berndt of Troy and her neighbor, Jason Grams, recently transformed her mother’s old rusty water cistern into a showpiece. She then placed it in her flower garden.

This snail with a tricolor shell was spotted recently by Jeanne and Rick Oehlerking of Temple during a nature walk along Friar’s Creek in Temple.

The O.J. Thomas High Alumni Association recently held its 56th homecoming celebration in Cameron. Virgie Hardeman was named woman of the year.

The O.J. Thomas High Alumni Association recently held its 56th homecoming celebration in Cameron. Paul Brown was named man of the year.

Richard Bush recently took this photo of a bee early one morning in his Temple rose garden.

Members of the Central Texas Travel Club recently visited Palo Duro Canyon in the Panhandle and stopped to hae their picture taken in front of “Big” Tex Randall, a lanky, slouching cowboy giant standing since 1959 in a picturesque park off of Interstate 25 in Canyon. After a long period of d…

Ron White of Temple recently took this picture of a squirrel in his backyard. He said the squirrel appears to be saying, “I am victorious. Nothing will stop me from claiming all the bird feed as mine!”