More than 100 local residents gathered at the FM 2484 overpass of I-35 to show their support for funeral procession for Chris Kyle passed through Salado at 11 a.m. today.
Thousands have gathered along the procession from Dallas to the State Cemetery in Austin as a way to honor the Navy SEAL.
An escort including the Department of Public Safety and Patriot Guards, along with various local law enforcement representatives and others, will accompanied the body of Navy Seal Chris Kyle as it is transported for burial at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin on Tuesday morning.
WACO — At 7:00 PM on Monday, February 11 (weather permitting), TxDOT will close the northbound lanes of I-35 under the Loop 121 bridge in order to allow crews to pour the deck on the new Loop 121 bridge. At approximately 9:00 PM, TxDOT will also close the southbound lanes of I-35 as the deck pouring continues to the west half of the bridge. Northbound drivers will exit at #292 (Loop 121) and reenter the freeway north of Loop 121. Southbound drivers will exit at #292 (Loop 121) and reenter the freeway south of Loop 121.
Hasan judge rules on relitigated pretrial motions, sets next pretrial hearing date
Fort Hood, Texas -- In a nearly five-hour hearing, the trial judge in the case of the U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, ruled from the bench on several defense motions to reconsider previous rulings and set the next pretrial hearing date in the court-martial for Feb. 27.
A missed three-point shot with 7.31 seconds left in overtime and a foul underneath the basket gave Jarrell’s Houston Stewart the opportunity to put the Cougars out of reach Jan. 29 in a hard-fought district loss for Salado 55-57.
The loss puts the #13 Salado Eagles into a tie with their nemesis the #14 Jarrell Cougars. Both teams have defeated the other at home. Both are headed for the playoffs and will likely share the District Championship.
Ten-Hour Standoff Ends in Three Arrests in Mitchell County
ABILENE – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), assisted by local law enforcement agencies, arrested three men early this morning in Colorado City after a nearly 10-hour standoff. The men are accused of being involved in an incident Monday where shots were fired at a Texas Highway Patrol trooper during a high-speed pursuit.
AUSTIN, Texas - In an effort to rebuild their tarnished reputations, the nation's biggest banks are touting their charitable contributions and community involvement. On closer inspection, however, they are not so charitable after all, according to a new report.
Carter Votes Against Tax and Spend Fiscal Cliff Deal, Blocks Obama Attempt to Raise Federal Pay
(WASHINGTON, DC) –Congressman John Carter was one of 167 representatives to vote against House passage of the bill.
“The Democrats have spent America into this mess, and unless we make serious cuts in federal spending we will become Greece,” says Carter.
“It is an incredible outrage that this so-called compromise included virtually no spending cuts, only tax and spending hikes, which is precisely why we are in this mess to begin with,” says Carter. The former Texas judge was the only member of Republican leadership to vote against both the Bush Administration TARP bailout program and the Obama Stimulus on the same fiscal grounds.
Carter will end his three-term tenure as House Republican Conference Secretary when the new Congress is sworn in Thursday. The former Texas judge will instead serve as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the 113th Congress.
In separate action today, Carter voted to block President Obama’s last minute attempt to sneak through an executive order to give federal bureaucrats nationwide an $11 billion pay hike, including the Vice President, Obama Administration workers, and Congress.
“This attempt shows just how out of touch this Administration is with the economic challenges facing our nation,” says Carter. “With America drowning in debt and deficit spending, this President is unilaterally trying to add more red ink by giving taxpayer dollars to federal bureaucrats, and trying to add Congress into the mix as cover. This House is the only federal entity that has frozen its pay and cut its budget by 11% over the last four years, and the President this week sought to undermine those actions. This is prime evidence of why we must stop this spending frenzy if we are to save our nation from bankruptcy.”
Education Advocates Say School Plan Laced With “Poison Pill”
AUSTIN, Texas - Public-education advocates are crying foul over a tax-credit provision in a Texas school-reform package proposed this week by the incoming head of the Senate Education Committee. They say it's a backdoor attempt to introduce school vouchers to the state.
A bomb threat was called in to the Salado Civic Center on Main Street December 19. The Civic Center Foundation office phone number was called by an unknown person asking for a specific employee of the Civic Center.
The Salado Civic Center is home to the Salado ISD administrative offices. The caller did not mention the school during the phone call. It is not believed that any Salado ISD campuses were in danger. The six school employees who office at the Civic Center, and others inside the building were evacuated by Salado Police Department.
An explosive detection canine unit from Killeen was called to the scene and the building has been cleared.
Paper returns to roots, looks toward its future with new format
Salado Village Voice returns to its roots this week as the 34-year-old newspaper unveils a new broadsheet standard.
“The newspaper started out in 1979 as a broadsheet in the style of the old newspapers of the 19th century,” Editor-in-Chief Tim Fleischer said. “Dayton Kelley modeled his Salado Village Voice around the old broadsheets like the New York Times with straight columns and lots of type.”
Lloyd Lester Gibson III, 67, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested in Austin on Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which includes the Texas Department of Public Safety. Gibson was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Fort Worth and Parole Violation.
Most Of Texas Still In Drought, But Storms Could Bring Hope, Says Texas A&M Prof
COLLEGE STATION– Most of Texas is still in a moderate-to-severe drought, but a storm forming 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii may be the key to drought relief for the state, says a Texas A&M University professor who also serves as the state climatologist.
John Nielsen-Gammon, professor of atmospheric sciences, says that precipitation everywhere in the state has been running below normal since Oct. 1.
State Aid Levels a Mystery as Texans Apply for College
By Peter Malof
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - As they put the finishing touches on their college application essays, many young Texans are unable to estimate how much aid they may be eligible to receive during their quests for diplomas.
Today's Christmas parade kicks off annual Salado Stroll
Weekend long event includes Homes Tour, late night shopping, strolling entertainment
Get in the holiday spirit in picturesque historic Salado with a holiday parade, home tours, a live nativity scene and theatrical performances.
The two weekends of Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday Dec. 2 and Friday through Sunday Dec. 7-9 are filled with entertainment, activities and Christmas shopping experiences for the whole family.
Festivities start with the annual Christmas Parade at 5 p.m. Nov. 29. The Parade will begin on Royal St. and make its way up the length of Main Street to the Salado Plaza Shopping Center.
Arrive early (4:30 p.m.) Thursday Nov. 29 to get the best spots along the parade route.
The parade will have more than 40 entries and will include the SHS marching band, floats, walking groups, bicycle riders and vintage cars.
At the end of the parade, there will be hot chocolate and cookies and a visit from jolly old St. Nick at the Salado Sculpture Garden.
Strolling holiday carolers will serenade the late evening shoppers along Main Street each weekend. Children will be enchanted with the live nativity scene, sponsored by the First Baptist Church, in the evenings on the first weekend of the Stroll.
Beautifully decorated historic and contemporary homes open their doors to visitors during Christmas Stroll. See Homes Tour story on page 1B, this edition, for times, stops and tickets.
To get in the holiday spirit, take in Tablerock Amphitheater’s production of Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” in the evenings or the laugh-filled Silver Spur Theater’s annual Christmas production of “Christmas is on the Air” with performances Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 15.
For the latest schedule of strolling carolers and other performances and special events, turn to page 8B of this edition or visit www.saladovillagevoice.com.
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Nov. 22, 2012) – The annual celebration of Thanksgiving has been an official U.S. holiday since 1863, but the tradition goes back to 1621 when the Pilgrims joined with Native Americans in a three-day feast to celebrate their first harvest in the New World.
AUSTIN — Employers added 36,600 total nonfarm jobs in October in Texas for a total of 277,400 jobs added over the year. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent in October from 6.8 percent in September. The unemployment rate in Texas remains well below the national rate of 7.9 percent.
While you are here in Salado for the Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans, The Range invites you to two events that will feature some of the best flavors of Scotland.
Owner and executive chef Dave Hermann has planned a special selection menu for this weekend reflecting the flavors of Scotland. The Scottish Menu dinner is $34.95. The menu includes a Scotch egg appetizer -- a soft cooked egg wrapped in herbed pork mince, fried crispy with garlic Aioli. Entree will be a choice of pan-seared Scottish salmon served over braised greens, green onion potato pancakes and herb beurre blac or a rack of lamb with fresh root vegetables and potato scones. Dessert will be Cranachan, a double cream with Jameson raspberries and toasted oatmeal.
If your taste of Scotland is a little more -- spirited -- then you will want to take part in the Scotch tasting at The Lounge at the Range throughout the weekend beginning at 2 p.m. daily Nov. 9-11. The Scotch tasting will feature the finest from Glenmorangie. Tickets are $30 per person. The Scotch tasting will include a flight of three scotches from Glenmorangie: Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie Nectar D’or.
Reservations for either can be made here or by calling 254-947-3828.
The 51st Annual Salado Scottish Games and Gathering of the Clans will be taking place on the Salado Youth Association grounds, Veterans Day Weekend Nov. 9-11.
This year’s Gathering promises to be much larger than last year with extended hours, new special events, and in partnership with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and the Wounded Warriors Transition Brigade from Fort Hood.
Empty Bowl kicks off holiday drive for Salado Family Relief
Salado area potters and restaurants are teaming up for the Empty Bowl Project to benefit the Salado Family Relief Fund 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Salado Civic Center on Main Street.
For just $15, you can purchase a handmade bowl by area potters, fill it with soup provided by area restaurants and help support the Salado Family Relief Fund. You can have all-you-can-eat soup for just $10 per person.
Updated: Wagnon turns self in to Travis County Sheriff, may be out on bond
Lisa Wagnon has reportedly turned herself in to Travis County Sheriff's Department earlier today (Oct. 25). However, an online search of the Travis County Jail population that is updated every 15 minutes (https://public.co.travis.tx.us/sips/default.aspx) shows that L. Wagnon is not in the Travis County jail at this time. She may have paid the $10,000 bond to be released. She is not listed among the active inmate population at the Bell County Jail as of 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. http://www.co.bell.tx.us/Sheriff/CSTMR/bjaactlst.htm
SISD teacher resigns, warrant issued for improper relationship with a student
Judge Ted Duffield issued a warrant late on Oct. 24 for the arrest of Lisa Marie Wagnon, age 48, for the second degree felony of Improper Relationship between and Educator and a Student.
The Public Arts League of Salado and Keep Salado Beautiful hosted the first anniversary celebration of the Salado Sculpture Garden starting with a gala preview party 6 p.m. Oct. 26 in the garden at 113 Salado Plaza Drive.
Texas Water Development Board approves $900,000 in financial assistance to the Salado Water Supply Corporation to finance water system improvement
AUSTIN - (October 17, 2012) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a loan in the amount of $900,000 to the Salado Water Supply Corporation (Bell County) from the Rural Water Assistance Fund to finance water system improvements.
The Salado Water Supply Corporation intends to use the funds to construct infrastructure that will allow it to connect to the Kempner Water Supply Corporation’s recently constructed surface water treatment plant.
The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the State Water Plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.
Texas water, energy forefront of issues discussed at Texas A&M conference
COLLEGE STATION – Experts at a conference addressing water and energy in Texas collectively agreed the state’s water needs will grow exponentially over the next decade, fueled by a “business-friendly” environment attracting more people to the Lone Star state.
But unsolved is how to fund the proposed $53.1 billion state water plan going before the Texas Legislature in January. This issue, along with education, will be on the forefront of issues debated among lawmakers in Austin, according to conference speakers.