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John Schuckmann was all smiles after rocketing a serve past Paul Friedman in a ping-pong matchup Thursday between two retired physicians. Friedman grimaced, then vowed revenge, and he got it moments later by sneaking a shot past his opponent. The two former Scott & White doctors are among a group of about 20 “athletes” from throughout Central Texas who take turns at the tables every Tuesday and Thursday at Sammons Community Center.


Baylor College of Medicine’s Temple campus plans to open its doors this summer to its inaugural class of 40 medical students, but those first students likely will have maroon-clad company.


Fitness can be daunting, perhaps that’s why a report last week from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said Americans aren’t getting enough exercise. In fact, the CDC claims less than 23 percent of the population is meeting federal standards set in 2008 for time spent exercising.

Local group forms Hospice House

A local group has formed with the purpose of opening a non-profit hospice care house in Central Texas for families needing a place for a loved one to spend their final days.


While preparing your home and vehicle for cold weather, be sure and take care of the furry family members as well. Here’s a few tips for keeping the animals safe during winter.


Rental rates have climbed at an alarming rate, forcing low-income residents in Temple and other cities out of their homes. The rate hikes have been fueled by inflation, higher property taxes and in some cases, groups of investors looking for hefty profits.


If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the importance of avoiding germs at all costs, even if it means missing out on that delicious M&M you dropped on the floor. The temptation for that melt-in-your-mouth-not in-your-hands goodness is strong, but is it worth taking a risk by snagging it off the ground?

Let’s make some tails wag

Consider taking a little time to spread cheer to organizations dedicated to helping animals. There are several local shelters that need a helping hand during the holiday season, including the City of Temple and Bell County shelters.

Celebrating 125 years in Temple

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center is celebrating its 125th anniversary of providing healthcare in Temple. What started with a handshake and clinical partnership has evolved into a nationally recognized hospital and a large academic medical-care program at Baylor Scott & White Health.


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.