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BELTON — Falling temperatures in Bell County over the next week will not result in the end of the local burn ban.

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The Temple Education Foundation, an organization that was established in 1988 to support the Temple ISD community, will host an online auction beginning Monday as part of its annual Distinguished Alumni Event.

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KILLEEN — A judge has decided in favor of a Killeen city councilman whose position on the council was challenged during an election lawsuit.

On Sept. 19, visiting judge Rex Davis signed his order ruling that Ramon Alvarez — who was elected to the council in May — prevail in the lawsuit that was filed by ex-city councilwoman Mellisa Brown, who finished less than 30 votes behind Alvarez in the May 7 city election. Additionally, Davis ordered that Brown pay $7,500, as a “sanction.”

Brown filed suit on May 23 against Alvarez, who won the seat by 26 votes during the municipal election that was decided on May 7. She alleged that Bell County elections officials were poorly trained and that many ballots were rejected. She also said that a polling location was changed and that the county clerk did not give the appropriate notice.

“I disagree with his ruling, especially on the merits of the case as a whole,” Brown said on Friday. “I wouldn’t have continued with the case unless I thought my case had merit.”

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Temple College President Christy Ponce will spend her Friday afternoon in Austin for the 2022 Texas Tribune Festival, where she will be featured as a guest panelist and speaker.

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BELTON — A large construction crane began to be assembled Thursday near the Bell County Jail in Belton. The crane will be used in the ongoing Loop Jail Expansion project, Bell County spokesman James Stafford said.