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Texas Highways Features Salado

Arts of Salado featured in March 2015 edition of Texas Highways

Texas Highways has published a five-page feature “Creative Country: The Artistic Enclave of Salado” in the pages of its March 2015 edition, which subscribers received last week and which hit the newsstands early this week.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Ridding Salado of Buzzards

Village seeks fed's help in addressing issue of turkey buzzards and black buzzards

At dusk and after dawn, they circle overhead and seem to have grown in numbers in the past year or so in Salado. Many Saladoans consider the black vulture and turkey vulture to be more of a nuisance than a necessity, though the large birds are nature’s garbage disposals.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Century 21 Bill Bartlett is Business of the Year

For efforts in new media and traditional customer service, local real estate company honored

It’s still dark outside. The sun hasn’t come up yet, but a lone pickup truck is parked in front of the office at Century 21 Bill Bartlett. It belongs to Bill, who has been selling real estate in Bell County for more than four decades.

“In his 80 plus years of life, he has taken the adage about the early bird to heart,” Tim Fleischer said at the Jan. 8 Salado Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. “It is a work ethic that has been passed down to his daughters, with whom he continues on a daily basis, and now to his grand-daughter.”

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Broeckers given Chairman's award at banquet

Hermann salutes Broeckers for leadership work on successful bond election

Dave Hermann presented the Chairman’s Award of Excellence to Dave and Pat Broecker during the Salado Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Jan. 8. Hermann served as Chairman of the Chamber in 2014 and handed the gavel of leadership off to Tim Fleischer at the banquet.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Salado Chamber adds name to Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

The Salado Chamber of Commerce added  the name of a sixth generation Bell County native to its Hall of Fame. His  ancestors “entered Texas during the days of the Republic and settled in what is now Bell County in the late 1840s,” according to DebbieCharbonneau, who presented the award at the Chamber Awards Banquet Jan. 8.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Answering the call to service

LTC Donahue reminds Saladoans that soldier call to service does not end when service ends

Soldiers have a call to service, not just at home but abroad as well, Lt. Col. Michelle Donahue, commander of the Muleskinner Squadron of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (3rd ACR) told the nearly 200 people gathered for the annual Salado Chamber of Commerce Banquet Jan. 8.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Chandler honored as Ambassador of Year

Ambassadors give $53K in services to Salado

Salado’s 31 Ambassadors volunteered 2,270 hours in 2014 for a value of $53,118 based upon the volunteer hourly rate of $23.40 per hour.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Salado Citizen of the Year

Chamber honors Tommye Prater for work on Christmas in October

It wasn’t until her final comment that you might have guessed about whom Maurine Nathanson was talking when she named Tommy Prater as the Salado Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year during the Jan. 8 Chamber Awards Banquet at Tenroc Ranch. 

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Local family fights childhood cancer

Local family fights childhood cancer

Elena returns to school with start of new semester

For the Juarez family, April 12 can’t come soon enough. It will mark the 26th and final month of treatment for Elena, the six-year-old daughter of Ruben and Krystal Juarez. 

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

2014: A Look Back

Salamanders, sewers, Sesquicentennial, Sanctuary and so much more

A salamander, a sewer system, a Sesquicentennial, Sirena and a Sanctuary.

These are just a few of the all-important and alliterative things to happen in Salado during 2014.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Mainlane Closures tonight, tomorrow canceled

Full closure still planned for Thursday

Tomorrow's mainlane closure canceled due to chance of rain

The Northbound Mainlance closure scheduled for tonight (Tues. Dec. 16)  is canceled.  This was shown as #2A below.  The bridge pour was completed last night and the subcontractor scheduled for the striping maintenance work tonight will not be available for the work. 

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Salado parade Grand Marshals

Parade will kick off Christmas Stroll Weekends

Salado Village Voice publishers Tim and Marilyn Fleischer chosen to be Stroll Parade Grand Marshals

Salado will kick off its annual Christmas Stroll with a Main Street parade at 5 p.m. Dec. 4. The Christmas Stroll Parade will begin at the corner of Royal and Main St. and proceed north to the Salado Civic Center for hot chocolate and cookies with jolly old St. Nick.

In Salado tradition, St. Nick will be the last entry of the parade, riding atop the Salado Volunteer Fire Department fire truck.

While Santa Claus will be at the end of parade, Tim and Marilyn Fleischer will be at the front of it. They have been selected as the Grand Marshals for this year’s parade.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Voters approve sewer bond, alcohol proposal

“The future looks very, very bright for Salado.”

Mayor Skip Blancett said this tonight while celebrating the results of two local option elections.

Village of Salado approved a $10.55 million bond election for the construction of a sewer system for the business district and west side of I-35 in a heavily contested race with 579 casting in favor and 458 voting against. 

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Property tax freeze cannot be reduced or rescinded

BellCAD confirms that freeze cannot be taken away

When then-State Rep. Fred Brown authored the bill that calling for  a state constitutional amendment to allow Texas counties, junior colleges and cities to adopt a tax freeze on homesteads of those over age 65 and on homesteads of disable veterans, it passed the state House unanimously. In 2003, the constitutional amendment was approved by 81 percent of the voters statewide It seemed, at the time, like a no brainer. Freeze the municipal taxes that senior citizens pay, much like the school taxes for seniors have been frozen in Texas for many years.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Main lanes to be closed Oct. 23

TxDOT moves closure date back to Oct. 23

SALADO I-35 northbound mainlanes will be closed to all traffic through Salado on Thursday, October 23, from 7 PM – 7 AM, to allow crews to set beams for the new southbound mainlane bridge over Salado Creek (working from the northbound side of the highway) and to complete a section of temporary pavement on the northbound mainlanes.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Town Hall Meeting date moved to Oct. 27

Proposed $10.55 million sewer bond election to be decided on Nov. 4

Early voting starts on Oct. 20
The Village of Salado will host a Town Hall meeting on the proposed Sewer Bond election at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Salado Intermediate School. The meeting was originally slated for Oct. 23 at the same location but was moved late in the day yesterday, after the print edition of the Salado Village Voice newspaper was printed and mailed.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Salado Chocolate and Wine Weekend

Chocolate and Wine Weekend

tickets on sale online right now!

Tickets for the annual Chocolate and Wine Weekend events are on sale now. This is a weekend full of activities not to be missed by those who believe that the four basic food groups consist of white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and truffle. This event will take place throughout the Village of Salado with nine great events jam packed into one fun-filled weekend.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Kim Foutz

Village to hire City Manager

Aldermen enter contract negotiations with Kim Foutz

Salado aldermen voted unanimously at their Sept. 4 meeting to enter into contract negotiations with Kim Foutz, former assistant city manager for the City of Temple, to become the Village of Salado's first full-time city manager.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Microbrewery in Salado, maybe after November.

Enough signatures collected to put local option election on ballot

Salado initiative to put beer, wine sales on ballot meets deadline

Salado aldermen will consider at their Aug. 12 meeting an Ordinance calling for a November local option liquor election after a local couple turned in a petition with more than 500 names on it requesting that the election be called. 

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Construction intense on I-35

Work will continue through Fall 2015

“This is the most intensive level we will see,” said Jodi Wheatley, information specialist for Texas Department of Transportation for the I-35 corridor in the Waco District.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Willingham Spring Baptist Church building to be restored

Meeting on June 28 will address future of 100 year old building

By Stephanie Hood

A renewed effort to preserve the Willingham Spring Baptist Church and School is underway and interested community members are invited to tour the site and discuss the future of the 100 year old building. A meeting of descendants and preservationists will be held 2 p.m. on June 28 at the Willingham Spring Baptist Church on FM 2843. 

  • Written by Stephanie Hood

Interstate closings Monday and Tuesday

Paving project will close portions of southbound interstate in southern Bell County

Bell County - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will temporarily close portions of southbound I-35, near Granger Road (exit 279) south of Salado and the Safety Rest Areas, Monday and Tuesday nights, June 16 & 17 from 7PM to 7AM.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Blue Lapis Light coming to Salado

Aerial ballet in ancient oaks of Salado's Pace Park

One-of-a-kind performance July 25

Blue Lapis Light will be dancing in the ancient oak trees of Pace Park in a free performance at 9 p.m. July 25.

This mesmerizing aerial ballet will “feature dancers in aerial silks suspended from trees and on tiger stands,” according to Lauren Peterson, Managing Director of Blue Lapis Light.  “We have created this work specifically for the village of Salado with the aim of inspiring audiences and offering a prayer of peace for the planet.”

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
MG Register in Salado

MGs converge on Salado

Velocity film crews capture British spirit of classic cars in Salado

British automobile pioneer Cecil Kimber and his MG Motorcar Company Ltd. could hardly have imagined the impact their first sports car would have on the automotive world.  And now 90 years later, and more than 30 years since the last MG rolled from the storied factory at Abingdon-on-Thames, that passion shows no sign of letting up. 

More than 100 enthusiasts gathered on the grounds of The Venue to show off 60 antique and classic MGs. Film crews from Velocity CHannel were on hand to film the road rally later in the afternoon and interviewed the many owners of the British cars.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Salado Glassworks

Salado Glassworks buys Peddler's Alley

Allard will move glass studio and gallery in late summer

A small rocket ship is emblazoned on each of his glass shop’s T-shirts, popular items for tourists and locals alike to purchase and wear.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Salado Board of Aldermen Candidates 2014

Four candidates have filed for two two-year terms on the Village of Salado Board of Aldermen. They appear on the ballot in the following manner: Merle Stalcup, Bryan Fritch, Frank Coachman and Dr. Amber Preston-Dankert.  

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Salado Mayoral Candidates 2014

Four candidates have filed for Mayor of Salado. They appear on the ballot in the following manner: Danney McCort, Hans Fields, Skip Blancett and Rick Ashe. Following are their responses to questions that have been posed by the Salado Village Voice Newspaper.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Hidden Glenn

Affordable senior living center

Town hall meeting sheds light on details of Hidden Glenn proposal

If JES Development Company Inc. is awarded the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs 2014 Competitive Housing Tax Credit for a proposed 50-unit senior affordable living project in the Village of Salado Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction, the company will receive $580,000 in tax credits per year for the next 10 years.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Wildflower Art Show

Wildflower Art weekend

Salado Wildflower Art Fair & Festival

Salado hosted the 13th Annual Wildflower Art Fair & Festival on March 21-23 with events at the Salado Civic Center, The Range at the Barton House and throughout the Village.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Highway to close overnight March 26-27

I-35 Mainlane Closure in Salado March 26

Thomas Arnold bridge beams to be placed.


SALADOI-35 northbound and southbound mainlanes will be closed to all traffic through Salado on Wednesday, March 26  from 7 PM – 7 AM, to allow crews to place bridge beams for the new Thomas Arnold bridge. The closure is based upon the weather. If weather is inclement today and tonight, the closing will be cancelled.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Edgy Art Show at The Range

Watch artists create, compete on Saturday

Salado’s first-ever Edgy Art Show will be part of the Wildflower weekend.

Local artists will compete on the grounds of The Range at the Barton House, creating their own individual works of art that you will vote on. The Edgy Art Show Competition will be held 11 am.-3 p.m. on March 22. Admission  is $5 and includes one vote. A $25 ticket includes six more votes and entry into a raffle to win the work of art that you voted for.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Kites with Kids

Kites for Kids postponed

Kites for Kids postponed due to possible severe weather

Event rescheduled for March 22 at Peaceable Kingdom

Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children announced today that it will postpone the 2nd Annual Kites for Kids Day until Saturday, March 22, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The event was originally planned for tomorrow.  The nonprofit group cites the impending severe weather as cause for the rescheduling.  

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Salado Salamander 'Threatened'

Service Announces Listing of Georgetown, Salado Salamanders As Threatened  Under the Endangered Species Act

Recognizing County and City Efforts to Protect Water Quality,

Agency Proposes Special Rule to Allow Limited Take of the Georgetown Salamander

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today (Feb. 21) announced it is listing the Georgetown and Salado salamanders, two small amphibians found in springs and caves around the Edwards Aquifer in central Texas, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, due to degradation of their habitat and changes in water flow and quality.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Paula Goode Lohse

Baylor women gather in Salado

Lohse to be honored as Distinguished Baylor Woman

Alice Starr will be special guest speaker

Central Texas Bayor Women will honor the Distinguished Baylor Woman from this area during a brunch 9:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 15 at The Venue by Inn on the Creek in Salado. 

Tickets are $35 and may be paid at the door.  Reservations must be made by Wednesday, Feb.12.  For reservations or more information, call Pam Dial Taylor at 760-8855.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Map #1: Northbound Mainlane Detour

I-35 mainlane closing in Belton

I-35 Full Closure in Belton Thursday, January 30

All northbound mainlanes to be closed overnight


BELTON – I-35 will be closed in the northbound direction through Belton on Thursday, January 30, from 7 PM – 7 AM in order to allow crews to shift traffic and move concrete traffic barrier. In addition to the mainlane closure, the Loop 121 and FM 436 crossings will be closed to expedite traffic flow on the access roads.


  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Thomas Arnold Bridge

Thomas Arnold bridge demolition postponed

Mainlane closures postponed

until overnight Jan. 28-29

due to chance of ice

Thomas Arnold overpass to be closed for three months

The I-35 mainlane closure for Salado has been postponed from tonight (Jan. 27-28) to tomorrow night (Jan. 28-29), due to the chance of ice in the forecast.

I-35 will be closed in both directions through Salado beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 and ending 7 a.m. Jan. 29 in order to allow crews to demolish the Thomas Arnold bridge. 

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Thomas Arnold Bridge

Thomas Arnold bridge demolition postponed to Jan. 28

Mainlane closures postponed

until overnight Jan. 28-29

due to chance of ice

Thomas Arnold overpass to be closed for three months

The I-35 mainlane closure for Salado has been postponed from tonight (Jan. 27-28) to tomorrow night (Jan. 28-29), due to the chance of ice in the forecast.

I-35 will be closed in both directions through Salado beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 and ending 7 a.m. Jan. 29 in order to allow crews to demolish the Thomas Arnold bridge. 

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Kevin Reichert a former Salado firefighter

Community comes together for former firefighter

Reichert faces long road back to recovery,

family faces long road ahead in expenses

It’s a long road back for Kevin Reichert, who has been in the Intensive Care Unit of Parkland Burn Unit in Dallas for the past two weeks, undergoing multiple surgeries to address problems with skin grafts and previous surgeries in which scar tissue has not healed properly.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Suzanne Petro

52 in 52

Petro reaches year-long goal of running 52 half-marathons in 52 weeks on New Year's Day

The sun came up on a windy, chilly New Year’s morning and found Suzanne Petro lined up at the starting line of a 13 mile race, along with about 1,000 runners. Most folks were still in bed, sleeping off the celebratory night before.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Methodist Church members serve travelers.

Methodists Serve Thanksgiving

Church members take time during holiday to serve travelers on interstate

Salado United Methodist Church served over 450 this year with the 4th Annual  I-H 35 Thanksgiving feed.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
FM 2268

FM 2268 bridge demolished tonight

I-35 Mainlane Closure Nov. 11 in Salado (Bell County)

All lanes to be closed at FM 2268 

WACO — On Nov. 11, from 7 pm – 7 am Nov. 12, the northbound and southbound mainlanes near FM 2268 in Salado will be closed to all traffic to allow the contractor to demolish the old FM 2268 bridge. The new FM 2268 bridge will also be closed during this time.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans

Highland Games in Salado this weekend

Bagpipes will echo, kilts will sway, and dancers will leap at the pageant of Scottish culture, heritage, and tradition known at the Scottish Clan Gathering and Highland Games, Nov. 8-10 in Salado.


  • Written by Tim Fleischer
FM 2268 bridge closing Nov. 7-10.

FM 2268 Bridge closed for weekend

Traffic rerouting to new FM 2268 bridge structure in Salado (Bell County)

Limited traffic movements from Nov. 7 - 10, bridge to be demolished Nov. 11.

WACO — On Thursday, November 7, beginning about 7:00 am, westbound FM 2268 traffic will be routed onto the new FM 2268 bridge.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Alternate routes for Thomas Arnold intersection

Thomas Arnold intersection closed

Thomas Arnold Rd/Northbound Frontage Road Intersection Closed (Salado)

Contractor to reconstruct intersection 


WACO — On Friday, October 25, starting at 7:00 pm, the intersection of Thomas Arnold Road and the northbound I-35 frontage road will be closed continuously to all traffic (this includes the Thomas Arnold crossing over I-35). 

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Map of mainlane closing for October 23

TxDOT to close interstate lanes at FM 2268

I-35 Mainlane Closure in Salado (Bell County)

All Lanes Closed at FM 2268 

WACO — On Wednesday, October 23, starting at 7:00 pm, the northbound and southbound lanes near FM 2268 in Salado will be closed to all traffic to allow the contractor to remove the formwork from the new FM 2268 bridge. The existing FM 2268 bridge will also be closed during the work. 

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Where are we going Salado?

To the Editor:

First, thanks for  your very comprehensive article on who we are and where we are.  I would like to briefly comment on where we could be going.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

What is wrong with Salado?


Are the best days of Salado behind us or before us?

After 46 years, the Salado Art Fair has been canceled, less than two months before the date of the show in late October.

The same week, the Public Arts League of Salado (PALS) canceled its fund raiser, A Taste of Salado, planned to take place at the Sculpture Garden the same time that the Cattlemen’s Ball is held at Tenroc Ranch.

Monthly, the state Comptroller releases news that sales tax revenues are declining for the Village of Salado, while other communities in Bell County and Central Texas see increases in their sales tax revenues.

Within a few weeks of each other, Adelea’s on Main St., a popular restaurant in Salado, and Horsefeathers, a very popular destination store in Salado, are shuttered with little or no warning.

Earlier this year, it appeared as if Mill Creek Golf Club might close its doors.

While there are individual, sometimes personal, explanations for most of these occurrences, their coincidence points to unspoken -- unspeakable -- questions.

What is happening to Salado? Are the best days of Salado behind, or before us? Why is this happening? Has Salado done something wrong? How can we fix it?

  • Written by Tim Fleischer

Masons to be honored for longtime service

Salado Masonic Lodge #296 will celebrate 290 years of Freemasonry when it gathers to present service pins of 65 years, 60 years and 50 years at 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Lodge Hall, 95 South Church St.

  • Written by Tim Fleischer
Map of I-35 mainlane closure in Bell County on Sept 24-25, 2013

I-35 Mainlane Closure Sept. 24-25

I-35 Northbound and Southbound Mainlane Closures in Salado (Bell County)

FM 2484 crossing lanes will also be closed to set bridge deck panels 

WACO — On Tuesday, September 24, from 7:00 pm to approximately 1:00 am Wednesday morning, all northbound mainlanes near FM 2484 in Salado will be closed.  Northbound traffic will detour off the freeway at Exit #286 (FM 2484) to the frontage road and reenter the mainlanes just south of Amity Road.  In addition, the northbound-side frontage road will be closed to through traffic and open to local traffic only, between Salado Plaza Drive and FM 2484, during the same hours as the mainlane closure. 

  • Written by Tim Fleischer


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