Sunday, April 23, 2017

Profile Of La Vega Player Mariano Falcon

La Vega did not get off to a good start this season.

The Pirates were 1-5 to start the year before dropping their district opener to Mexia.

At that moment, Mariano Falcon told himself in order to help his team turn things around, he had to score a goal in every game.

And that’s what the senior midfielder did in all but two contests through district.

Falcon even recorded a hat trick against Robinson.

“He put the team on his back this year and said you’re going to go as far as I go,” La Vega coach Paul Deleon said. “He played extremely well through district and through the playoffs.”

Falcon finished the season with 16 goals and five assists as he was named the District 17-4A MVP.

This success came after a down year his junior season.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hounds And Sounds Festival In Hewitt

The city of Hewitt hosted the first Hounds and Sounds music festival at Creekside Amphitheater Saturday afternoon.

Hewitt families brought their dogs to the festival and enjoyed food, games, a bounce house, and live music from several bands. The event was partnered with the Humane Society of Central Texas.
The shelter brought a trailer to showcase several dogs in hopes of finding them a forever home.

The city of Hewitt’s Media Coordinator Caz Muske said they have held music festivals in the past, but this year they wanted to do something to benefit a good community cause.


Expenses Grow As Twin Peaks Trials Near

Although the Twin Peaks biker trials have been put on hold until after a federal case against Bandidos leaders concludes, McLennan County continues to rack up expenses related to one of the most complex legal proceedings in its history.

The two-year anniversary of the May 17, 2015, Twin Peaks shootout is approaching, yet none of the 155 bikers indicted in the melee have gone to trial.


Branson Aycock Is Youngest Firefighter In Moody

A young man of few words, Branson Aycock speaks mostly through his actions to show his commitment to his small community of a little more than 1,000. Aycock is the youngest firefighter in Moody.

The 18-year-old started with the Moody Volunteer Fire Department at 16 as a junior volunteer firefighter but has been around tanker trucks and fire hoses his entire life, he said.

“My grandpa and dad were both firefighters before, and I used to go on calls with my dad,” Aycock said. “But they’re not firefighters anymore.”

Now, the soon-to-be graduate will start working to follow in their footsteps and become a full-time professional firefighter, he said.

He will graduate from Moody High School in May with plans to attend McLennan Community College’s fire academy and hopefully join the Waco Fire Department once he’s finished. He also hopes to remain a volunteer firefighter for Moody, Aycock said.


STD's On The Rise In Waco / McLennan County

The Waco-McLennan County Health District Thursday reported an increase in the number of HIV and syphilis cases in the county.

"It's an ongoing outbreak," Waco-McLennan County Public Health District infectious disease specialist Dr. Edward Farley Verner said Friday.

"We're just getting more new cases this year than we have in the past."

Since Jan. 1, 12 new cases of HIV have been diagnosed, 11 of them in sexually active men who are having sex with other men.

Since March 14, five primary and secondary cases of syphilis have been diagnosed, all of them involving men having sex with men.

"Most likely the HIV transmission and syphilis transmission that's happening is probably from someone who doesn't know they have it themselves," Verner said.

The health district is urging homosexually active men to be tested for HIV and syphilis.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Center Of Excellence Research Facility In Waco

A new state-of-the-art veteran research facility opened in Waco Thursday.

Multi-million dollar improvements were made to the Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, which will help study mental health issues in the hope of helping veterans in the future.

"The Center of Excellence will help us understand those issues and help us develop treatments so we can stop this unfortunate loss of 20 heroes a day for suicide," Rep. Bill Flores (R, District 17) said.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Waco Church Sending Food To Haiti

On Friday, nearly 100 volunteers at the Central Christian Church in Waco spent part of their Good Friday packing more than 22,000 meals for children in Haiti.

"Families can spend their day off or this holy day doing anything they want, and the fact that they have chosen to come and spend some of their day giving to other people really is the message of Jesus Christ. To be here, to love others, and to serve others," Central Christian Church Minister of Families Kristin Jack said.

The meals will go to the organization Kids Against Hunger, a non-profit organization that gives nutritious food to starving children in the U.S. and abroad.

This year, the food will benefit children in an orphanage in Haiti.