The Temple High School BBQ Pitmasters Team has only been in existence since the start of the school year, but the team is already off to a blazing start after competing in its first event last weekend. They head to state in May.


NOTE FROM PUBLISHER: Today I received an email from Rebecca Wood, the woman who purchased Janis Joplin’s The Purple Painting. She wrote to inform me that Temple’s Karleen Hebert, the woman who told me never-before-published stories about growing up as Janis’ best friend in Port Arthur, passed away last week while visiting her family for Thanksgiving. I’m glad she was with family instead of being at the nursing home. My story, Remembering Janis, was published Oct. 5, 2022. I am thankful for the opportunity to have written these untold stories about an American icon. I could tell the interview brought back wonderful memories for Karleen — her smiles were priceless.


While the North Pole garners a great deal of attention this time of the year, a Temple birdwatcher turned her attention to the opposite end of the world earlier this month and journeyed to Antarctica. Deidre Dawson and her daughter, Emma Wenkert of Austin, spent several days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and miles of frozen coastline.


Tiffany Zeitouni uses horse therapy to help soldiers combat PTSD, stress, depression and other mental ailments. But her customers aren’t the only ones who have battled adversity. The horses used in Tiffany’s Hoofbeats for Heroes programs are donated, and most have overcome physical and mental challenges themselves.


Texas Parks & Wildlife is releasing millions of fish into Texas waters this year, including 2.2 million sunshine bass into Lake Belton and 123,165 channel catfish into Stillhouse Hollow. The department also stocked 352,563 rainbow trout into small lakes, ponds and streams, including healthy populations in several Temple and Belton waters.

A gift of independence

Janelle Ramirez regained some independence this morning thanks to a gift from the Temple Breakfast Lions Club. The gift was an OrCam, a device that allows visually impaired people to understand text and identify objects through audio feedback that describes what the person is unable to see.


Plans for Bell County’s own little interstate to eventually stretch 1,300 miles from Odessa to Augusta, Ga., may take decades, but work to expand I-14 through Temple could start by 2027, officials close to the project said this week.

Construction before destruction

Construction is under way on two new Downtown businesses and the owners are hoping for spring 2023 openings. The businesses — The Art Dept. and The Wreck Center — are located at 14-16 S. 4th Street and are owned by Lea and Brent Goates. 


You may not be thinking about jackets and sweaters yet, but I bet the holiday season is slowly coming to the forefront of your mind, and some of our favorite foods will soon be making an appearance at grocery stores, kitchen counters, and dining tables. One of those staples is the beloved tamale, but did you ever stop to think about its history?

That Dapper Look

Temple salon creates line of men’s grooming products DAVID STONE | OUR TOWN TEMPLE A popular Temple hair salon located a block west of 57th Street offers more than the latest hair styles — owners Julia and Jacob Rodriguez also produce a line of men’s beard, skin and hair-care products. Jacob opened Dapper & Dashin’ […]