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Temple College will hold a ground-breaking ceremony in early April and construction will begin in May on a massive $160 million project that will add four major buildings to the local campus.

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The Bell County Expo Center in Belton is preparing for heavy hoof traffic as the Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show is slated to open for its 35th year of continuous operation on Saturday.

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Belton ISD school trustees — in the aftermath of the fatal stabbing of a Belton High School senior on campus last May — have changed district school security policies to allow some staff members to carry guns.

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The first round of SkillsUSA challenges for aspiring young adults began Saturday at Temple College. The event brought students’ knowledge and skills to the test, working first hand with volunteer professionals in the workforce.

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Alyssa Rice, a freshman from Ellison High School in Killeen, studies a live model Friday during the Art Rush 2023 drawing extravaganza at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton. About 40 area high school students attended the event at UMHB’s Baugh Center for the Visual Arts.

The College Board recently awarded Nathaniel Neiser, a junior at Belton New Tech @Waskow High School in Belton, with academic honors through its National Recognition Programs, an initiative in its third year, for his performance on the Preliminary SAT.

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Several Academy ISD parents are voicing their concerns about curriculum delivery and child care options after the school board unanimously approved a four-day school week during a regular meeting on Wednesday night.

Belton ISD is accepting applications for the district’s AVID program — an initiative to provide academic guidance and support for students planning to attend college.