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!”

Sharon Rostovich says this butterfly is proof everything is bigger in Texas. She said the butterfly recently hung around in her Temple backyard for hours enjoying the nectar from her jasmine bushes.

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Delora Dusek of Temple shows off her night blooming cereus, which bloomed recently. Delora picked her Queen of the Night and took it indoors to keep it open. It measured 9½ inches in diameter.

Temple Civic Theatre held its annual Membership Meeting recently. Awards for the Volunteers of the Year were presented at the meeting. Recipients were, from left, Jeff Teetz, Hayley Hersey and Prescott Hersey.

Mike and Sara Dent, owners of Wings, Pizza n Things in Temple, recently donated $26,550 to CASA of Bell and Coryell Counties. Pictured are, from left, Paul Motz, CASA board member; Lee Ann Deal, CASA president; Yveta Phillips, CASA founding member; Mike Dent; Sara Dent; Kevin Kyle, executive…

Richard Bush recently took this photo of a lizard hiding in the foliage in his garden. Can you find the lizard?

Several former members of the Bell County Commissioners Court reunited recently in Belton. Pictured are, clockwise from left, current commissioner Bill Schumann, former county judge Jon Burrows, former commissioner Richard Cortese and former commissioner Jack Oliver.

Members of the Central Texas Travel Club recently visited Branson, Mo. Pictured are, from left, Jack O’Neill of Rogers, Barbara Cardinal-Sorge of Temple, Peggy Stewart of Belton, Patti Brown of Temple, Celinda Hallbauer of Belton and Gary Hallbauer of Kansas City, Kan.

Howard Douglas of Belton, right, spent Father’s Day in Cancun, Mexico, with his wife, Mary Jane, and 23 members of the family.

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.