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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.

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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.

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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.


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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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). 

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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. 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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. 

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Salado Volunteer Fire truck dousing flames

Firefighters answer the calls

SVFD volunteers are first on the spot when lives, property are in danger

Now it is our turn to be on the spot for them

When the call comes, they answer it.

Doesn’t matter if it is during Sunday school, dinner time with the family, the middle of a Little League baseball game or the middle of the night.

When the emergency comes, they answer it.

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Salamander is one in a series of fights


Some considered the six month extension by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in listing the Salado salamander and Georgetown salamander as endangered as a victory of sorts.

But Rep. John Carter (R-31) sees it differently. Not as a victory but as an opportunity. And the battle, Rep. Carter said Sept. 5 at a gathering of stakeholders affected the Salado salamander proposed listing, is not just about the salamander but about litigation and science.

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Artist rendition of the I-35 Gateway Welcome Sign

Foundation raising funds for interstate gateway signs

Welcome signs will feature glasswork, sculpture by local artists

They didn’t get much notice, but the Salado Community Foundation is in the process of raising $25,000 for the construction of an artistic gateway sign for the southern entrance to Salado.

Tourism Department chairman Debbie Charbonneau learned that TXDOT will begin work on the gateway signs in either October or November.

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Mill Creek Golf Course

Private group will buy Mill Creek

The collective gasp was audible on the patio at The Range as Billy Helm went to the microphone to announce that a corporation he and other investors were forming would buy Mill Creek Golf Course outright.

Within seconds, the reaction turned to applause.


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Salado Gathering of the Clans

The 52 Annual Salado Scottish Games and Gathering of the Clans will be taking place at the Salado Civic Center grounds, Veterans Day Weekend Nov. 8-10.

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. 

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Glory Be to God

King James Version: The Gospel According  to St. Luke, Chapter 2

1   And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

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Salado Senior Soccer players

Salado soccer teams playoff bound

Teams will play in double header at Waco ISD Stadium

Girls face Waco University, boys face Mexia

Salado Soccer teams both qualified for the playoffs and will play in a double-header Tuesday, March 25th at the Waco ISD Stadium. 

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Casey Frazier

Frazier pitches perfect game

Eagles 10-run rule Rosebud-Lott Cougar

Casey Frazier pitched a perfect game, striking eight batters as the Salado Eagles beat the Rosebud-Lott Cougars in a 10-0 Mercy Rule shortened outing tonight.

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Police Chase ends in Salado

High Speed Chase ends in Salado

Ford F-150 leads police on chase through central Texas

Pursuit ends on I-35 in Salado

Several DPS and Salado Police stopped a white male suspect after he allgededly led DPS on a high speed chase from south of Georgetown to the 284 mile marker in Salado. The suspect was in custody at about 11:45 a.m. today (March 14).


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Dane Hankamer

Dogs Oust Eagles

Salado misses opportunity for return trip to Region tournament

The Salado Eagles can’t complain that they didn’t have the opportunity to earn a return trip to Nacogdoches for the 2A Region III basketball tournament this weekend, losing to Marlin 51-50.

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The Range at the Barton House

Taste of Salado this weekend


Saturday, February 22, 20146-9 p.m. Jack's Barn

Tickets $25

Purchase at Salado Visitor Center 947-8634 or online at www.saladoevents.com

Taste of Salado, a fundraising event, for the Public Arts League of Salado will be an art-filled evening with Tapas-styled offerings from local restaurants, bed and breakfasts and food artisans.   

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SISD Teacher Resigns after allegation arises

Salado Police investigate allegations

First-year teacher/coach resigns

A first-year Salado I.S.D. teacher resigned today after Superintendent Michael Novotny received a report of an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old female student.

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House fire in Salado

Salado man dies in house fire

Dozen Saladoans lose their homes in overnight blaze

Relief effort begun for Salado students

A Salado man died in a house fire overnight at Irene Lane that burned down a two-story house with multiple additions to it and a camper trailer. Another camper trailer ignited but was not lost in the fire.

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UIL Realignment Released

Get your traveling shoes on, Salado will be doing a lot of that over the next two years.

The Eagles will compete in 4A-District 11 in football for the 2014-2016 school years.

University Interscholastic League released its realignments this morning and Salado is grouped in 4A, Division 2 with  Caldwell, Giddings, La Grange and Smithville, all to the southeast of Salado.

More on this later and in the print edition of Salado VIllage Voice.


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Jon Phillip Tidball

Patriot Kids' Ministries founder arrested for indecency with a child

The founder and executive director of Patriot Kids’ Ministries was arrested on Jan. 13 for the felony charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact.
As of presstime on Jan. 14, Jon Phillip Tidball, age 63, was being held in the Bell County Jail until he can be transported to Bexar County.


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2013 in Review

The past year has seen a great deal of change in the Village, including the sale of Mill Creek golf course, the potential listing of the Salado salamander as endangered and growth and change in the Village government.

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Christ is Born

Let the story be told

King James Version: The Gospel According  to St. Luke, Chapter 2

1   And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2   And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.

3   And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.

4   And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David;

5   To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6   And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 

7   And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8   And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9   And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10   And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11   For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12   And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13   And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14   Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15   And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away  from them into heaven, the shepherds  said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known to us.

16   And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17   And when they had seen it, they made known abroad they saying which was told them concerning this child.

18   And all they that heard it wondered at those things 

which were told them by the shepherds.

19   But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in 

her heart.

20   And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising 

God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it 

was told unto them.

21   And when eight days were accomplished for the 

circumcising  of the child, his name was called JESUS, 

which was so named of the angel before he was conceived 

in the womb.  


From our homes to yours, may you have a Blessed Christmas and Joyous New Year.

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Newspapers are still cornerstone of community

By Caroline H. Little

We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now.

It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming rather than dying.

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Jon Franz tries to tag Rylan Cox

Eagles heading to State


Salado wins Region III

Frazier strikes out 11 in game 3 for Eagles

Without hesitation, Salado Coach Chad Krempin said, “I'm going with Casey.”

Following junior pitcher Casey Frazier's five-inning performance in game three against the Troy Trojans, it is no wonder.

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Follow us on Twitter

Heading to Region III playoffs

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates of the game(s) between Salado Eagles and Troy Trojans to determine the Region III Champion in baseball. The winner of this best-of-three series will qualify for a trip to the State Tournament next week in Round Rock Dell Diamond.

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Working on website

I am working on rebuilding our website. Please be patient.

I tried a new program that was putting the articles I posted to the website into a weird, unfriendly URL address.

So I am starting over!

I hope to have everything back to the way it was by the end of the day or early tomorrow.


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Patrick Murray defends against a La Vega soccer player

Salado Soccer playoffs

Eagles get past La Vega

Salado plays Nacogdoches tonight in Waco

Salado boys soccer team will face District 35 champion Nacogdoches in the second round of the UIL 4A playoffs after Salado beat the La Vega Pirates on their own field 1-0 March 26.

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Jarrell cougar slides safely into third

Jarrell knocks off #1 Salado

Jarrell knocks Salado out of #1

Eagles give up 3 unearned runs in home district loss

The defending state champion Jarrell Cougars knocked Salado out of the top spot in 2A baseball when they squeaked out a 3-2 win, thanks to three unearned runs in the fifth inning of their March 19 district match in Salado.

Neither team scored through the first three innings as Salado pitcher Reagan Bazar found himself with Jarrell runners on every base and just one out in the first. He responded by striking out the next batter and shortstop Marshall Mann took a slow grounder and threw the runner out at first to get out of the inning.

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Borah Van Dormolen and Senator John Cornyn.

Borah Van Dormolen

Deborah “Borah” Van Dormolen passed away on March 10, 2013 after suffering a massive heart attack last week. She is being mourned by many in the political community, as she spent much of her time, energy and efforts in working for the Republican Party from the grassroots to the state house to the White House.

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Demolition work on Salado Creek bridge

Demolition work on Salado Creek bridge tonight

Texas Department of Transportation announced the following mainlane and entrance ramp closings to allow work on the demolition of the Salado Creek Bridge.

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Chris Kyle funeral

Funeral procession for Chris Kyle through Salado

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.

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I-35 closure

I-35 mainlane closure

I-35 Mainlanes to be Closed at Loop 121 in Belton

Closure to occur on Monday, February 11

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.

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Go Mojo Go!

Trick dog wins hearts of owners and fans


That’s what he was until Saladoans Bill and Connie Hall saw him outside Petco a couple years back.

Now Mojo, a two-year-old blue heeler mix has his own Facebook page and Youtube videos. He has been featured in newspaper articles, TV news and trade magazine stories.

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Judge rules in Hasan case

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.

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Boys lose to Jarrell

Eagles lose in OT to #14 Cougars

By Tim Fleischer


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.

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Standoff ends

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.

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