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Baylor dean to lead TSO’s Holiday Concert

UPDATE: Dr. Michael Alexander, an associate dean at the Baylor School of Music, will direct the Temple Symphony Orchestra during this year’s Holiday Concert. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Temple College’s Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center.

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Belton names approved schools

The two newest Belton ISD elementary schools can now be referred to by their official names: James L. Burrell Elementary and Hubbard Branch Elementary. The Board of Trustees approved the names at its regular meeting on Monday.

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Texas Department of Wildlife fisheries release thousands of rainbow trout into community lakes, ponds and streams every fall. In Temple, about 1,000 trout will be added to Miller Park Pond in time for The Big Catch on Dec. 17.

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Holiday baking will be more expensive this year as basics like milk, eggs, flour and sugar, as well as some popular sides, have all risen since last year, according to a Texas economist.

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Texas hasn’t had deathless day on highways since Nov. 7, 2000

Texans have a lot to be proud of — great football, tasty barbecue, a diverse landscape and lots of friendly people — but unfortunately the state also has a streak that state and local officials hope ends very soon. Today marks 22 years — more than 8,030 days — since the last deathless day on Texas’ roads and highways, according to Jake Smith, a spokesman for TxDOT’s Waco division that includes a large chunk of Central Texas.

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Bell County bell ringers hope to raise $175,000

Sleigh bells aren’t the only thing ringing this time of the year — The Salvation Army’s familiar Red Kettle Campaign is in full swing here in Bell County and bellringers are looking to bring in a big haul for those in need.

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Drought conditions in Texas and throughout the U.S. continue to take a toll on cattle numbers, with higher calf prices and less beef production projected for 2023, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist.

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Tickets are now on sale for the April 15 concert by For King + Country, two brothers who have nine No. 1 songs and more than a billion on-demand streams.

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