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The Hills Spring 2012 The Hills is a semi-annual publication of the

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• P.O. Box 370 • • 2210 E. Hwy. 190 • • Suite 1 • • Copperas Cove, TX • • 76522 •

... And all this city and area has to offer. The Hills is a “manual” for getting to know this part of the Texas Hill County. From how to get utilities started at your new home to laws you may not be familiar with, this magazine will let you know about Copperas Cove and Texas, starting with a welcom letter from Copperas Cove City Manager Andrea Gardner.............................................Page 6

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Leader-Press Staff Publisher: Larry Hauk Associate Publisher: Joyce Hauk Managing Editor: Lynette Sowell Staff writers, photographers: Renae Brumbaugh Sylke Bargesten Composition: Travis Martin Account Executives: Linda Goode Kimberly Cable Office Manager: Sandra Angulo Sports writer: John Eubanks

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Baylorʼs Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has helped put Copperas Cove on the map. Griffin was named the top college player this last year after a stellar career at Copperas Cove High.

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From top-notch academics to state-ranked athletic teams, schools known around the state.

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Index Welcome to Cove..........Page 10 Important numbers.....Page 10 Getting Connected .......Page 12 City Government ..........Page 14 Public Safety...................Page 16 School District ...............Page 20 Athletics ...........................Page 22 Chamber...........................Page 30 BikeCentral,TX...............Page 31 Kempner and Lampasas County...............................Page 36 Area History ...................Page 48

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Texas law prohibits cell phone use in school zones. f you’ve been in Texas any length of time, you’ll notice that Texas sometimes has its own way of doing things. For example, Texas has no state income tax. However, the state sales and use tax is 6.25 percent, with most local sales tax at 2 percent, adding up to 8.25 percent. Taxable items can include fast food, photo processing, rentals, business services, tobacco products and magazines. Items such as baby products, bakery items, baking supplies, condiments, dairy products, produce, meats, and prescription drugs aren’t subject to sales tax. One Texas public safety law requires drivers to slow down 20 miles below the speed limit or move to another lane when encountering a stopped law en-

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forcement or emergency vehicle. Violators can be fined up to $200 if ticketed, but that can increase to $500 if there is property damage. Also, cell phone use is prohibited in school zones at certain times of the day. Most school zones in Copperas Cove are marked with flashing yellow lights. When in Texas, it’s permissible to carry a concealed handgun. However, to do so residents must have a concealed handgun license. There are a number of instructors that offer certification courses. While driving along Texas back roads, there’s a rule of road courtesy that if a driver is moving slower than traffic behind them, they should pull to the wide shoulder when it’s safe and allow other traffic to pass. It’s always nice to give a wave to the driver who pulls to

the side. This is a legal maneuver called “driving on improved shoulder,” listed in section 545.058 of the law books. Texas also wants to protect its auto owners. A new state law requires those who purchase vehicles in a private sale, whether it’s in or out of state, to obtain a new title within 30 calendar days or face financial penalties. Failure to title within the 30 days results in an automatic $25 penalty, plus another $25 for each month the title is late. There are no waivers for these penalties, which means the Coryell County Tax Office and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles cannot reduce or forgive what you may owe. The law does grant an additional 30 days to active-duty military personnel, which gives them 60 days to transfer the title before facing late title penalties.

Vehicle owners who privately sell or even trade in a vehicle can file a free vehicle transfer notification on the TxDMV website, www.TxDMV.gov. This removes the previous owner from liability for the vehicle now that’s no longer owned by them. Locally, you’ll notice a couple of local laws that can affect you. Coryell County is still “dry,” meaning no sales of liquor by the drink unless it’s by a private club. But, you can get a membership or the universal Unicard to drink in local restaurants and clubs where liquor by the drink is consumed. And lastly, we are a no-smoking city, meaning no smoking in any public building, including restaurants and local businesses. The businesses, by virtue of city ordinance, must display a no-smoking sign as you walk in.


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The City of Copperas Cove has many activities to offer residents, such as the Polar Bear swim in January.

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Emergency.........................................................9‐1‐1 Non-emergency Fire Department.............................................547‐2514 Police Department ........................................547‐4272 City Hall ...............................................................547‐4221 Copperas Cove Independent School District..................................................547‐1227 Coryell County Sheriff’s Office ...............547‐1693 In Gatesville................................................865‐7201 Metroplex Hospital.......................................526‐7523 Coryell Memorial Hospital ...................................................................................865‐8251 Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation ...................................................................................547‐2719 Department of Public Safety (Driver’s license office) ..............................547‐9130 Post Office...........................................................547‐3605 Coryell County Courthouse (Voter registration) ............................................................865‐5911 Ext. 2262 Copperas Cove Leader‐Press .................547‐4207

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elcome to Copperas Cove. Known for its scenic countryside and rolling hills, Copperas Cove is Central Texas’ hidden gem, nestled in its famous five hills. The largest city in Coryell County and a growing, transient community east of Lampasas, west of Killeen and south of Gatesville, Copperas Cove continues to stay true to its small-town roots by upholding its motto as the “City Built for Family Living.” The city offers a balance of country and city from its rural landscape to its booming economy and development along Highway 190 and FM 116, which are main thoroughfares through the city. The city attracts thousands of visitors every year who can dine at several local restaurants offering international cuisine from Korean and Mexican to Italian and American. Guests can also shop at many locally-owned stores and boutiques, attend one of several recreational events and family-friendly festivals held throughout the year or visit some of the city’s historical

sites. According to legend, Copperas Cove’s name came from one of the first surveyors in the county. When he came to a stream and tasted the water, he exclaimed, “Egad! Copperas!” The Texas State Historical Association states that the city began as a rural community in the 1870’s and was centered around a small store. Late that decade, residents applied for a post office with the name Cove, but were denied because that name already existed. From that time, the city has grown and now has a population of more than 32,000, according to information from the U.S. Census Bureau. As Copperas Cove has grown, it has kept that small-town feel. Top-notch police and fire departments help keep residents safe and provide assistance when necessary. While the area does get its share of summertime heat, the tradeoff is a mild winter with a rare snow or ice day. Welcome and enjoy.


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GETTING CONNECTED IN

COVE Copperas Cove’s Public Works Department manages trash, sewer, drainage and water services for the city. The Utility Administration is responsible for billing and collection of water, sewer, drainage and solid waste accounts. To begin new water service, residents must visit the Municipal Utility Building, 305 S. Main Street between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and bring an ID card and Social Security number, as well as a copy of the lease agreement, closing documents or contracts to verify the address. A deposit is required, and the price is subject to the types of services used. A military waiver can be granted. There is a $15 connection fee for service. Monthly utility rates as of March 18 are: water—$11 base rate for standard three-quarter inch residential meter and $3.07 per 1,000 gallons of water,

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The City of Copperas Cove Utility Administration is one of the first places a new resident will stop to set up water service. The office is located at 305 S. Main.

sewer—$11 base rate and $4.00 per 1,000 gallons; garbage collection is $14 plus tax, and the monthly utility bill will include a drainage fee that is set depending on the type of dwelling. For more information, call 547-8718. The solid waste department collects residential trash, brush, bulky items and recyclables for Copperas Cove residents. Residential trash is collected once a week on a Monday through Thursday schedule. Residents are provided with a 96-gallon container for $14 a month. A smaller 64-gallon container is available for the same monthly rate. Residents can request an additional container for an additional $14 a month. Grass clippings, leaves, solvents, flammable liquids, hot coals or ashes, brush, lumber, rocks, dirt, brick, building materials, demolition materials, other construction items, dead animals or dead animal waste

are not permitted in the containers. Once every other week bulky items and recyclables are collected on scheduled collection days. Brush up to eight cubic yards is collected at no charge, but if items exceed eight cubic yards, a rate of $6 per additional cubic yard is charged. Leaves and grass clippings are required to be placed in approved Kraft bags for collection. Leaves and grass clippings in plastic bags will not be collected. Residents are provided with up to two 22-gallon recycling containers. Recyclables should be placed curbside on the designated recycling day. Recyclable items accepted are newspapers (with inserts), aluminum cans, office paper, magazines, phone books, steel cans, plastics #1 and #2 (without caps) and cardboard. At this time Styrofoam, plastic wrap, glass, or plastic shopping bags are not collected.

Recycling can be dropped off at the Solid Waste Recycling Center located at 2605 S. FM 116 free of charge. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 5474242.

Electricity: Several companies offer electricity service in Texas. Shop around for the company that’s right for you.

Gas: ATMOS Energy provides gas service for the area. For service, call 1-888-286-6700 or 1-800-460-3030. For natural gas emergencies, call 1866-322-8667. For gas line locations, call 8-1-1.

Telephone: Local telephone service is provided by CenturyLink. Residential customers call 1-800-788-3500 and business customers call 1-800-7866272.


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Danny Palmer

John Hull opperas Cover is governed by council-mayor government with a mayor, seven council members and an appointed city manager. The council is responsible for the administration of city affairs. The mayor and council are elected by voters at large for three-year terms, but the mayor or council members cannot serve more than two terms in succession in the office they are elected, after which the council member or mayor is required to take at least a year off the council. The council’s mayor pro-tem is elected by the council and serves for a one-year period. The mayor protem is responsible for acting in the place of the mayor’s absences and has the same duties and restrictions as the mayor. The mayor does not have any veto power and does not vote, unless it is to break a tie. Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 507 S. Main Street. If there are any workshops, they are scheduled at 5 p.m. prior to the regular council meeting. Mayor John Hull leads the council. Hull was re-elected June 2009. Hull’s term is set to expire November 2012.

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City Manager Andrea Gardner Place 1 Councilwoman Cheryl Meredith was elected to the council June 2009 and re-elected June 2010 with her term set to expire November 2012. Charlie Youngs holds the Place 2 seat. Youngs was elected June 2009 and his term expires November 2012. Place 3 Councilman Gary Kent was elected June 2010 and his term expires November 2013. Place 4 Councilman Danny Palmer was first elected to council February 2009 and re-elected June 2010. Palmer’s term expires Nov. 2013. Kenn Smith holds the Place 5 council seat. Smith was elected June 2010 and his term expires Nov. 2013.

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Place 6 Councilman Jim Schmitz was elected June 2011. Schmitz’s term expires in November 2014. Mayor Pro-Tem and Place 7 Councilman Frank Seffrood was elected to the council July 2011. Seffrood’s term expires in November 2014. City Manager Andrea Gardner acts as the chief administrative and executive officer of the city. Gardner was appointed by the council September 2007. As city manager, Gardner is responsible for the administrative affairs of the city, which includes managing the city’s departments. The city secretary is appointed and oversees the city’s records management program and the maintenance and modification of city ordinances. The secretary is responsible for the minutes taken at council meetings. The San Antonio-based law firm Denton, Navarro, Rocha and Brown acts as the city’s attorney. City council agendas, minutes and other city information can be found at the city’s website, www.copperascovetx.gov. The meetings are aired live on cable channel 10 and rebroadcast the following Wednesday at 10 a.m.

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Police Department The Copperas Cove Police Department is organized into two major divisions: Uniform Services and Support Services. The department is led by the Police Chief Tim Molnes, Deputy Chief of Police Mike Hientzelman and Capt. Eddie Wilson. Wilson leads the Organized Crime Unit and Internal Affairs Investigations are under the command of the office of the chief of police. Patrol officers fall under the Uniform Services division, working in three shifts to ensure 24-hour a day coverage. Lt. Jeff Stoddard leads the division, which includes the Special Operations Services. The Motorcycle Traffic Section, School Enforcement Section, Police Reserve Section and Training and Personnel Section all fall under Special Operations Services. Several community programs, community relations,

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communication, public information, records and criminal investigations fall under the Support Services division, which is led by Lt. Brian Wyers. Programs implemented by the department include the Citizens Police Academy, which is held twice a year, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Program, Neighborhood Watch, home insurance reduction inspection, Kiddo Cards, National Night Out, the Texas Supercyclist Program that helps parents with car seat installation and inspection and Copperas Cove Crime Stoppers. Through many of the department’s programs, residents can be involved and volunteer with the department, while being proactive against crime in the community.

Contact Info: Phone: 547-4272 Emergency: 911 Location: 302 E. Avenue E Administration Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Emergency: 24 hours

Fire Department Safety and delivering emergency services to more than 50,000 residents in Copperas Cove and areas of Coryell, Bell

and Lampasas counties are the Copperas Cove Fire Department’s main priorities. The department began as a volunteer organization in 1947 and has grown over the years, now providing emergency services, among fire, medical and community services, from three strategically located fire stations in the city in order to provide rapid response. The department averages about 350 emergency responses every month. The department is organized into divisions, administrative support and services, operations and the division chief of prevention. Fire Chief Sean Hughes directs the administrative support services division with a staff of six. Some of the tasks the division handles includes information management, purchasing, personnel, training, fire prevention, fire inspections and investigations. Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young leads the operations division. Young is supported with three battalion chiefs and 42 firefighters. The division is responsible for delivering direct emergency services, fire suppression, rescue operations, hydrant maintenance, safety, hose testing, monthly shot clinics, M.I.M.E.S. Fire Camp, volunteer firefighter program and

other duties. Division Chief of Prevention Robert Martin focuses on three main support areas: fire inspections, fire investigations and public education. Martin works with the city’s Building Department to ensure new buildings meet code and also heads the smoke detector installation program. The department opens its doors to the community every October for its annual open house where residents can see demonstrations and displays and learn more about fire safety and prevention. The Shots at the Fire House program provides immunizations to uninsured and underinsured children the first Saturday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. Every year, the department hosts its Citizens Fire Academy, an eight-week course to allow residents to see what the firefighters do and why.

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of trustees that governs the district has conducted interviews and a new superintendent will be ready to take the helm of administration by summer 2012. In 2011, the Texas Board of Education rated the district as recognized. TEA rates public schools and districts in the state based on the rating system - Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable, Academically Unacceptable and Not Rated or Other. The rating system factors in Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests, completion rate, dropout rate and StateDeveloped Alternative Assessment II testing for the students who need to take the assessment. Martin Walker Elementary School was rat-

ed as Exemplary, Copperas Cove High School, Crossroads High School, J.L. Williams-Lovett Ledger Elementary and Copperas Cove Junior High were rated as Academically Acceptable and the remaining campuses received a Recognized rating. This year, the CCISD began to implement the state’s new STAAR test, or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. House Creek Elementary opened its doors during the 20112012 school year and the district now looks ahead to future growth in the upcoming years by expanding its junior high campuses. Crossroads High School, CCISD’s only school of choice,

provides nontraditional learning opportunities to students who have proven unsuccessful in the traditional high school setting. This differs from the district’s disciplinary alternative education program, a campus for students who have been removed from another CCISD campus for disciplinary reasons. “This is a wonderful opportunity for those kids who are overcoming certain obstacles, to receive a great education that fits around their individual circumstances,” Cameron said. “This recognition from the state exemplifies what a top-notch program we have, and I’m very proud of our students, teachers and administration for what they continue to accomplish.”


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COUNTRY Former Copperas Cove Bulldawg standout Robert Griffin III dives for yardage against TCU this past season. Griffin won the Heisman Trophy and now heads to the pro ranks. The best player in big-time college football last season hails from Copperas Cove, Texas (pop. 32,032). Robert Griffin III (or RG3) won the 2011 Heisman Trophy while quarterbacking Baylor University in his final season there. Griffin now turns his attention to the NFL. He was projected as the second overall pick, held by the Washington Redskins, in the NFL Draft April 26. Griffin, who graduated from Cove High in December 2007 to enroll early at Baylor, will join another former Cove Bulldawg in the NFL, Chicago Bears standout cornerback Charles Tillman.

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The 1999 Cove High graduate has started 110 of 114 career games played, since being drafted out of Louisiana-Lafayette in the second round of the 2003 draft. Griffin and Tillman, sons of retired Army sergeants, played under current Cove High coach Jack Welch, one of the most successful high school coaches in Texas. Welch took over as Cove head coach before the 1994 season and turned one of the most downtrodden programs in the state into one of the most respected. In fact, Cove’s ’94 team posted the school’s first winning season since 1976, the year Cove moved up to the state’s largest classification (what is now Class 5A), based on student en-

rollment. Tillman was part of the 1998 Cove team that was the school’s first to qualify for the state playoffs since 1960. And Griffin helped lead Cove to back-to-back Class 4A state title games in 2006-07. (The world-class hurdler also paced Cove to the 2007 Class 4A state track title.) Cove moved back up to Class 5A for the 2008 football season, but despite losing Griffin to graduation, the Dawgs advanced five rounds deep in the playoffs before losing in the semifinals. Tillman and Griffin are but two examples of former Bulldawgs who went on to play college football – and then some. Since the Welch era began

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RESIDENTS The Hills of Cove Golf Course offers an 18-hole golf course as well as a driving range and a fully equipped pro shop. he Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Department has many great activities and opportunities for people of all ages. No matter the time of year, there is always something fun and exciting to do. Residents and visitors to Copperas Cove can come out to play and enjoy any of the city’s seven great parks: ■ Highland Park — 1203 Craig Street ■ Heritage Park — 1929 Pleasant Lane ■ Kate Street Park — 603 Kate Street ■ High Chaparral Park — 1310 High Chaparral ■ South Park — 2602 Dennis Drive ■ Ogletree Gap Preserve — 1878 Post Office Road ■ City Park Complex — 1206 West Avenue B South Park has a hike/bike trail along a local creek and is also the location of one of the city swimming pools. The park has two sand volleyball courts, a children’s play area, two youth soccer fields as well as restroom facilities. This is a great place to spend an afternoon together with your family. Ogletree Gap Preserve is a historic town

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site with 208 acres of beautiful land to explore, search for arrowheads and enjoy the scenery. City Park Complex is an 88-acre park with many picnic areas, grills, children’s play areas, outdoor basketball courts, horseshoe pits, soccer fields, baseball/softball fields and more. There is also an Olympic-size swimming pool with a circular slide, a diving well and a children’s play area with a mushroom fountain. You can even fish at one of the stocked ponds. City Park Complex offers a 13-site RV park with electrical hookups, water and waste disposal. Reservations can be made from one day to one month.

Sports and Events Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation also offers numerous sports and activities for children to enjoy. The mission is “to provide a fun, safe and positive youth sports experience, while allowing for the development of athletic, social and leadership skills.” They offer adult softball with games played in the June and July time frame, youth baseball with seasons from April to June, cheerleading from September to December with signups in July and August, “smart start” for ages three to five in March and April, tackle football for third graders through sixth graders in September through Decem-

ber, flag football for ages four to 12 from September to November, youth softball for ages four to 15 from April to June, Spring soccer for ages four to 14 in February and March, fall soccer for ages four to 14 from August to September and basketball for ages four to 12 from December to February. Registration and season dates are subject to change. Visit the Parks and Recreation Department at the Hills of Cove Golf Course for a recent guide to the season and for registration dates and fees associated with each activity.

Senior Center The Senior Center, located at 1012 North Drive, Suite 5, is a great place for seniors to socialize, meet new people and have fun. Seniors can enjoy coffee, cards and dominoes as well as billiards, darts and horseshoes. The weekly schedule of events includes: ■ Bingo at noon each Tuesday and Friday ■ Line Dancing at 12:30 every Wednesday of the month except the third ■ Potluck lunch on the third Wednesday of each month (sign up required) ■ Stretch and Flex at 8 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday ■ Dominoes every Friday at 9:30

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Special Events In the winter, all ages are invited to brave the cold and participate in the Polar Bear Swim at the City Park Pool on Feb. 2. The cost is $15 per person and includes a sweatshirt and hot chocolate. The City of Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Department also offers a number of facility rental opportunities to help with special events and community activities. Rental rates are available by calling (254) 542-2719. Rentals include: ■ Municipal Civic Center ■ Allin House ■ City Park Pavilions ■ Fester’s House Outdoor Stage ■ City Park Pool ■ South Park Pool ■ Ogletree Gap Pavillion ■ Baseball fields ■ RV Park Need to Know Info: The office is located at 1408 Golf Course Rd and office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact numbers for the office are (254) 5422719 and the fax is (254) 547-3837. http://activenet9.active.com/copperascovepkrec/


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department’s deputy chief of police at the helm. Officers respond to stray, abandoned, lost, vicious, sick or wounded animal calls within the city, in addition to enforcing city ordinances and state laws. Animal control officers enforce the leash law. Once pets reach four months, they must be registered at a veterinarian’s office or with the shelter for $3 annually. Proof of rabies vaccinations must be provided at the time of registration. According to the shelter’s latest report, 1,911 cats and dogs were

impounded, 608 were adopted and 505 were returned to its owner. The department also maintains the animal shelter and its reclamation and adoption program. To adopt, individuals must bring picture identification to the shelter and sign a contract with the shelter stating that he or she will get the animal vaccinated within 10 working days and microchipped within 30 days. The shelter provides microchipping. Recently, the shelter has hosted adopt-a-thons to adopt animals and alleviate overcrowding. If an animal is impounded, the

department charges a $20 impound fee if the animal is reclaimed on the first day and $3 for each additional day. If the animal is tranquilized, a $10 charge is added to the impound fee and a $5 fee is added per day after the owner has been notified. Euthanasia is $15 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. If a pet owner wishes to surrender his or her pet, the department charges a $5 pet surrender fee for residents and $10 for nonresidents. Pets may be adopted from the shelter for $15. For more information, call 547-5584.


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here is always something abuzz at the front door to the city of Copperas Cove. Housed in a small building on Robertson Avenue between U.S. Highway 190 and City Hall, the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau stays busy throughout the year planning events, maintaining relationships with other communities and entities in the city and fostering tourism for the city. The Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce is where visitors and residents can find an abundance of information about Copperas Cove, from maps, dining, lodging, events and entertainment to useful information about the area and other Texas communities. The chamber brings visitors to the city every year through several events it hosts and keeps them coming back

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by highlighting the local businesses in the city, in addition to helping newcomers to the area and maintaining relationships with its more than 400 chamber members, the city and Fort Hood. The chamber helps to promote its business members and hosts networking events every month for its members and the community to socialize and network. The chamber actively fosters its relationship with the post through several programs and events, including its military affairs dinners that are held eight times a year for each of the major divisions at Fort Hood.

The chamber coordinates and sponsors events like the annual Rabbit Fest and Krist Kindl Markt and its Bike/Run Central Texas races. The staff keeps things moving at the chamber: President Betty Price, Special Projects Coordinator Darrell Clemons, Tourism Assistant Liz Sherman and Administrative Assistant Donna Herring. A seven-member board of directors set policies and procedures for the chamber. The Chamber Ambassadors are chamber volunteers who help with chamber events. The chamber partners with the city to boost and promote tourism and new businesses to the city. The chamber is located at 204 E. Robertson Avenue and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the chamber, call (254) 547-7571 or visit www.copperascove.com.


Chamber schedule May 2012 12 Jack Rabbit Run 17-20 Rabbit Fest 19 Rabbit Fest Parade 24 Mixer @ Allstate/ Brand Financial 28 Memorial Day/Chamber Closed June 16 21 28

2012 Summer Run to Fun 5k Run/Walk Military Affairs Dinner – 13th ESC Mixer @ Western Insurance

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2012 Independence Day/ Chamber closed Military Affairs Dinner – III Corp Mixer @ Lady Bug Boutique

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October 2012 6 National Night Out Kick Off Party 8 Columbus Day /Chamber Closed 11 Bonus Mixer: Metroplex Hospital 18 Military Affairs Dinner 25 Mixer: Armadillo Properties TBA Political Forum 26-28 Fall Festival 27 Safe Halloween Trick or Treat November 2012 8 Military Affairs Dinner 12 Veterans Day / Chamber Closed 13 Mixer @ Holy Family Catholic Church 15 Copperas Cove Feast of Sharing 17 Toy Bowl 22-23 Thanksgiving/Chamber Closed 29 City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 30 Krist Kindl Markt December 2012 1-2 Krist Kindl Markt 1 Evening Christmas Parade 1 HOT bowl 13 Mixer @ National Bank of Central Texas 21 Chamber Open House 24-26 Christmas Holiday/Chamber Closed

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100-kilometer ride – Turn left at Topsey on FM 580 and travel through Rumley to FM 2527. Turn right, veer right on FM 1690 and go through Izoro. Turn right on Copperas Cove Slater Road and on CR 140, and then turn right on to CR 142. CR 142 goes back into Pidcoke. Turn right on FM 116 and ride back into Cove. 50-mile ride – Turn left at Topsey and then right on CR 3640. Turn right at Izoro and follow the 100-kilometer ride the rest of the way. 40-mile ride – Start off the same as the 50-mile ride to Izoro, then turn right on Harmon Road. Turn right at FM 580 to Topsey, turn left and come back into Cove.

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26-mile ride – At Topsey, turn right on FM 580. to 580 turn right, to 116, turn right back into Cove For the beginners, there is a 10K route. Start at city park,

take FM 1113 to Harmon Road. Turn right and go to Lutheran Church Road. Take a left, go to the Lutheran church, turn around and stay on Lutheran Church Road back to FM 116. Turn right and head back into Cove. 10 mile – City Park to Summers Road bear left to Lutheran Church back to stay on Lutheran Church Road, turn right on FM 116 back to Cove.


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Chamber of Commerce president. “It not only brings people to (Copperas Cove) but to surrounding communities.” With the holiday season in full effect the first weekend of December, hundreds of people can be found browsing booths and getting some of their holiday shopping done in downtown Copperas Cove during Krist Kindl Markt. The traditional German market features dozens of vendor booths with one-of-a-kind arts and crafts and gifts and visitors can indulge in traditional festival foods. This year marks the third year the fest is under the direction of the Chamber of Commerce after the Downtown Association disbanded. With Krist Kindl comes Santa’s first appearance in the city, the annual Christmas parade, a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Mrs. Claus, a tree-lighting ceremony, entertainment for children and local bands and choirs performing throughout the weekend. The Junior College HOT Bowl is usually held the first Saturday of December at Bulldawg Stadium. The HOT Bowl game pits two of the nation’s best junior college football teams against each other.


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Construction on Taylor Creek Elementary was completed in recent years. The new school is a part of Lampasas ISD, but is in the Copperas Cove city limits.

Kempner, Lampasas County he city of Copperas Cove is located in Coryell County and parts of Lampasas County, the city’s neighbor to the west. Lampasas County is a growing region with its population increasing about 3,000 in the last decade. Lampasas, the county seat, was first named Burleson for John Burlson, but was later changed to Lampasas Springs due to the many mineral springs in the area. When the county was established in 1856, law stated, “The county seat shall be same name as the

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county,” and the city was incorporated in 1883. The city has a mayor-council system of government with Mayor Jerry Grayson at the helm and council member Bradley Neely, Christian Toups, Les Gerhardt, TJ Monroe, Wesley Alexander and Chris Harrison. The city hosts the Spring Ho festival each July, which brings hundreds of visitors to the city. The festival began in 1972 as a way to commemorate the renewing powers of Sulphur Springs. Lampasas is also home to Rollins Brook Community Hospital, which

celebrated 75 years last year. The hospital is known for closing 20 years ago and the community working together to raise $565,000 to purchase the hospital. Kempner is a small community just outside Copperas Cove with a population of 1,089. Kempner is a general law city with a mayor and five council member system of government. Mayor Gene Isenhour leads the council and council members Paul Cook, Robert McKinnon, Bob Crae, Clifton Morse and Melba Vanderveer govern the city.

As the community continues to grow, the council voted to foster that growth by approving the construction of a new city hall that will be located at the corner of Orchard and Peach Streets. There is a Dollar General Store and Shell gas station and convenience store in the city in addition to several restaurants. The largest company in the city is Kempner Water Supply Company. The water company is one of the largest water supply companies in the region.


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AREA With the completion of several major construction projects, Metroplex Hospital has made recruitment a goal. etroplex Health System is continually adding advanced technologies and community driven services to meet the needs of Central Texas, while also fostering the close relationship cultivated with area neighbors. In 2011, they achieved the highest score attainable for their implementation of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), implemented a computerized medication administration system, launched MyAccess, the secure online source for access to personal health information, initiated PET/CT Imaging services, opened a 24-bed Progressive Care Unit and traveled to Guyana on a mission trip to aid the less fortunate. Metroplex Adventist Hospital prides itself on its focus on and commitment to leading this community in healthcare advancements to better assist those it serves.

tals in the nation at this level of integration. CPOE systems are electronic prescribing systems that intercept errors when they most commonly occur – at the time medications are ordered. With CPOE, physicians enter orders into a computer rather than on paper. Orders are integrated with patient information, including laboratory and prescription data. The order is then automatically checked for potential errors or problems. Specific benefits of CPOE include: Prompts that warn against the possibility of drug interaction, allergy or overdose. Accurate, current information that helps physicians keep up with new drugs as they are introduced into the market. Drug-specific information that eliminates confusion among drug names that sounds alike.

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In August of 2010, Metroplex Adventist Hospital launched its computerized physician order entry system, or CPOE, an electronic prescribing system for all inpatients. CPOE is designed to drastically reduce medical errors and speed up patient care. Now, Metroplex Adventist Hospital has achieved the highest score obtainable for the Leapfrog CPOE Evaluation Tool, the industry standard CPOE assessment tool. This designation, along with the utilization of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), puts Metroplex among the elite 1% of all hospi-

Beginning in 2011, Metroplex Health System patients were given the ability to access their hospital health information online. “MyAccess,” a secure, personalized portal, is now available on the Metroplex website, allowing patients to manage their health information anywhere they have access to the internet. Through “MyAccess,” patients can: review their medical record summary, including discharge instructions, immunizations, medications and procedures; access their clinical results, such as lab results; and view personal information, such as insur-

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ance and personal data. “MyAccess” is just one of the technologies adopted to position Metroplex Health System to achieve Meaningful Use. The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs provide incentives for the “meaningful use” of certified Electronic Health Record technology to achieve health, quality and efficiency goals. Specifically, “MyAccess” addresses two Meaningful Use requirements related to providing an electronic copy of health information to Emergency Department patients or inpatients upon request, and providing patients with an electronic copy of their discharge instructions upon request.

Commitment to Serving Those Less Fortunate For 11 years, Metroplex Health System has planned mission trips to such impoverished countries as South America, Haiti, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. During these trips, those with clinical skills aided in dental cleaning, emergency care, HIV testing, and conducting medical clinics. Volunteers lacking a clinical background helped by working in building repair, medication organization, cleaning and more.

PET/CT Imaging Services now Available Metroplex Adventist Hospital is now offering patients the convenience of having their PET/CT scans completed in Killeen.


Previously, patients needing these scans would have needed to travel to Temple, Waco or Austin for the service. Scott & White’s mobile imaging unit will allow PET/CT Imaging services to be available at Metroplex in a convenient, oncampus location. PET, or Positron Emission Tomography, scanning continues to emerge as an accepted and accurate imaging study for evaluating and staging malignancies. It is used to scan for a number of malignancies, including lung cancers, colorectal cancers, head and neck cancers, melanoma, lymphoma, and more.

Progressive Care Unit In April 2011, a new 16,000square-foot, 24-bed facility opened at Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen, Texas. A Progressive Care Unit, or PGCU, is designed for patients who are too sick for a general floor, but not critically ill enough for intensive care. “We are seeing patients who need an extra level of care that isn’t available on a traditional medicalsurgical unit,” says Ginger Hender-

Metroplex staff members wear red recently to show support for the fight against heart disease in women. son, RN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Metroplex Health System. The hospital’s previous step-down or intermediate unit of 14 beds was too small to accommodate the growing demand. “We were constantly full.” In November, 2011, 16 volun-

teers set-forth on a mission to Guyana, South Africa, with the intent of aiding the local community in any possible way. From aiding in dental cleaning, emergency care, HIV testing, and conducting medical clinics to helping with building repairs, organizing medications,

cleaning and carpentry, these individuals helped hundreds of individuals with their selfless commitment to the Metroplex mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ. For more information about Metroplex, visit mplex.org.

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diotapes. The library regularly hosts events and programs for children, including the puppet theater. For most of the year, the library hosts story time and toddler time for children, but from May through July the programs aren’t held due to the library’s Summer Reading Program. The library offers 15 internet-accessible computers, six catalog computers and a typewriter for patrons’ use. The library is also a WiFi HotSpot. Services and resources at the library are free for Copperas Cove residents living within the city limits. There is a $10 annual fee for families who reside outside the city.

The Library offers different activities during the year for young and old alike, such as the Toddler Time.

Books can be checked out three at a time per account, per subject and per author. Books can be checked out for up to three weeks and renewed only twice. Five audio books and two videos can be checked out at a time. A 25-cent a day late fee and a $1 a day late fee for DVDs and videotapes is charged for books or audiotapes that aren’t returned by its due date. A book drop is available in front of the library’s main entrance for patrons to return materials. The library’s conference room seats up to 150 and can be rented for meetings, seminars and workshops. Library card holders may apply for remote access to the TexShare database. TexShare is a free service funded

by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board. TexShare can be accessed from home or work once a login and a password have been obtained. The database may also be accessed from any of the library’s computers. Donations are appreciated and bricks gracing the entry way can be acquired at $100 each. The bricks are inscribed to show the name of the donor. A part of the Central Texas Library System, the Cove Library is one of 10 libraries in the system which was created by the state legislature.

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COVE Work is under way on the new Texas A&M-Central Texas campus where Clear Creek intersects with Hwy. 195 south of Killeen. The new campus is scheduled to open this summer. n May 27, 2009, a new stand-alone university was born just beyond the gates of Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas as the home of the Warriors, Texas A&M University Central Texas. This upper-level, military friendly institution offers dozens of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students take classes at several convenient campus locations, including sites at community colleges and Fort Hood. The university’s flexible course scheduling offers weekday, night, weekend, and online classes to accommodate the needs of the expanding student population. The Warrior Corps program at A&M Central Texas is a unique part-

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nership between area community colleges and the university that allows students to make a seamless transfer of course credits in obtaining an affordable bachelor’s degree. As a GoArmyEd partner, the university provides a virtual gateway for active-duty soldiers seeking tuition assistance for classroom, distance learning, and eArmyU college courses. In addition, A&M Central Texas is one of only eight universities in the country to offer the VetSuccess on Campus program. The program is a collaborative effort between the university and the United States Department of Veteran Affairs that provides comprehensive assistance to Veteran-students during their transition into college life—ensuring a higher

success rate. The university’s close proximity to Fort Hood makes the program a necessity and helps to properly serve the most diverse student body within The Texas A&M System. The new A&M Central Texas campus, located on 662 beautiful acres of land that was transferred to the Texas A&M System from the U.S. Army, is scheduled to open its doors in the summer of 2012. As the campus and enrollment numbers continue to expand, the university takes pride in preparing students for lifelong learning through excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship—cultivating determined and successful Warriors for wherever life’s next chapter may take them.

CTC Central Texas College (CTC) is a public, two-year community college, with its central campus located between Killeen and Copperas Cove, just off Highway 190, adjacent to Fort Hood. The school broke ground in 1965 and opened its doors in 1967 to about 1,800 students. Since then, a typical semester brings an average of 11,000 Texas students enrolled at the central campus in Killeen and various local sites including Fort Hood and Gatesville. Recent data showed the Fort Hood campus experienced more than 10,500 classroom enrollments and awarded nearly 300 associate degrees and certificates of completion. CTC offers more than 100 as-


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dents in the past academic year. The college offers hundreds of online courses as well as 21 online degrees and 21 certificates of completion programs which can be completed solely online. The most recent additions to that growing list are two courses in computer program management and certificate programs in computer help desk specialization and Web design basics. According to data recently compiled by U.S. News and World Report, CTC ranks fifth in the nation among colleges and universities with the most students enrolled in degree-granting online programs. CTC first began offering credit-granting onlineonly and distance education courses in 1997 and degree-granting programs in 2000. Since then, distance learning enrollments have totaled more than 212,000. CTC was ranked in the top 30 in the nation among community colleges in the Community College Week magazine’s 100 Top Associate’s Degree Producers last year. The central campus of CTC and its surrounding sites make up just one piece of the CTC pie. The

college has evolved into a unique institution serving students in area communities and on military installations to include more than 50,000 students around the world, taking courses at one of CTC´s more than 150 locations. CTC was once again named to the Top 20 MilitaryFriendly Colleges and Universities by KMI Media Group and Military Advanced Education publication. CTC has served active and retired military and family members for more than 40 years and offers associate degrees and certificates designed for the military student via face-to-face and distance learning options and provides maximum credit for military education and training. With campuses across the continental United States, the Pacific Far East to include mainland Japan, Okinawa and Korea, locations across Europe as well as deployed locations in Southwest Asia, CTC also offers classes on ships at sea and online to civilians and the military through the Army´s eArmyU program, MarineNet and the Navy´s PACE program. In addition to on-site operations in de-

ployed locations, CTC has developed various other educational delivery methods such as classes on CD-ROM, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and ipods for military personnel who are unable to attend classes and do not have regular Internet access. CTC was recently awarded two five-year military contracts by the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) to continue providing education services to the military and their dependents. The contracts included all Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps institutions in Korea, mainland Japan, Okinawa, Guam, Thailand, Kwajalein Atoll, Australia, Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and Singapore. The first contract calls for CTC to continue its high school and academic skills programs through its American Preparatory Institute (API). Both programs utilize an individualized, self-paced modularized curriculum which has been approved by the Texas Education Agency and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The agreement’s second con-


Soldiers gather outside the CTC Fort Hood campus located on Tank Battalion Avenue. tract involves undergraduate and technical/occupational programs. CTC offers associate degree programs in the following areas of study: applied management/technical, microcomputer applications, food services management, aviation maintenance technology, law enforcement, legal assistant, office management, fire protection technology and early childhood professions. The courses will be offered in a variety of media including traditional classroom, alternate delivery and mixed format. CTC also provides non-credit job-related training in the areas of English as a second language, emergency medical technician (EMT), unit armorer, MOS training and foreign language courses. In 2001, CTC was an original partner in the eArmyU program which offers unprecedented access, choice and flexibility in online learning capabilities. CTC was also one of the first colleges to pledge support to the Army’s centralized tuition management and tuition assistance program GoArmyEd in 2006. More recently, CTC initiated

the Wounded Warriors Spouse Scholarship Program which offers free tuition to spouses of service members who have received a Purple Heart. CTC was also awarded contract renewal in Europe which allows us to be the education provider to our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq for the next 10 years. CTC actually has facilities in place there, along with the University of Maryland-University College campus, to offer classroom learning in addition to distance education for military personnel. CTC held its’ first-ever graduation ceremony in Iraq in 2009. In a poll by the Military Times “EDGE” publication, CTC was ranked third among the top 50 most popular colleges chosen by activeduty service members. The poll was based on the numbers of course enrollments. Among the individual military branches, CTC ranked first with the Army (53,242 courses), fourth with the Marine Corps (6,031 courses); seventh with the Navy (5,675 courses); and ninth with the Air Force (5,701

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ASSEMBLY OF GOD First Assembly of God - 2205 FM 3046, 547-3724 - Mark Kelsay, pastor Five Hills Assembly of God - 302 E. Ave. D, 547-9155, Brian Cranfils, Min. BAPTIST Full-Gospel Baptist Church Call for location 254-634-0940 Pastor-Prophet Phil LaShomb Living Hope - 329 FM 3046, Copperas Cove, TX 76522 Jery J. Jewell – Pastor Pidcoke Baptist Church - On FM 116 in Pidcoke - Bruce Mercer, Pastor Bible Way Missionary Baptist 2306 S. FM 116, 542-2153 - Shannon D. McMullen, Min. Clear Creek Baptist - 2657 at FM 3046, 547-2006, Thomas Edwards, Pastor Eastside Baptist - 1202 M.L. King Dr, 5473401 Faithful Independent Baptist - Baptisten Geminde, 515 S. 11th St, 542-8060, Ray Gregory, Pastor Fairview Community - 1202 Veterans Ave, 547-3421 Paul Wrightsman, Pastor First Baptist Church of C.C. - 300 W. Ave. B, 547-3717 First Baptist Church of Kempner W. Hwy 190 - 512-932-3195 - Pastor Don Casper Oak Hill Baptist Church - Boys Ranch Road & FM 2657, Andy Papson, Rev. Robertson Ave. Baptist - 305 E. Robertson Ave, 547-3155 - Jody Jones, Min. Southern Hills Baptist - South FM 116, 547-0009, Barry Maxwell, Pastor. Unity Missionary Baptist - 903 North 1st, 547-7500, Rev. Richard Lewis Victory Baptist - 502 W. Hwy 190, 547-9501, Mickey Robinson, Pastor Westview Missionary Baptist Church ABA - 1102 W. Main, Gatesville, TX , David Dawson, Pastor CATHOLIC Holy Family Catholic - 1001 Georgetown Rd, 547-3735 CHURCH OF CHRIST Church of Christ - 306 W. Ave. E, 547-3509, Tom Allen, Minister Kempner Chruch of Christ - 309 County Rd 3300, PO Box 194, Kempner, TX 76539 (512) 932-3300 CHRISTIAN Shekinah Glory Worship Center 205 S. 2nd at Ave. E - Copperas Cove, 542-6100, Pastor Lawrence W. James, Sr Copperas Cove Christian Church Disciples of Christ - 1908 Morrow Dr, 547-2486, Frank Somera, Jr. Pastor Crestview Christian - 2608 S. FM 116, 547-4013, Scott Smith, Minister Corinthian Christian Church - Rt. 2 Box 645-D, Copperas Cove 547-3755, Pastors Joe Roach and John Birchfield

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EPISCOPALIAN St. Martin’s Episcopal - 1602 S. FM 116, 547-0331. INTER-DENOMINATIONAL Christian House of Prayer - 916 W. Hwy 190, Bishop Nate Holcomb 5473348 North Pointe Church - 1115 North Main, 547-7470, Billy Sanders Min. JEHOVAH’S WITNESS Jehovah’s Witness - Copperas Cove, Pecan Grove Dr., 547-2816 JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS Church of Jesus Christ of LDS 1502 Virginia Ave., 547-0878, 1st Ward: Bishop Bradford Nelson, 2nd Ward: Bishop F. Wendell Jones LUTHERAN Immanuel Lutheran - 922 Lutheran Church Road, Rev. Robert Wagner, 5473498 Trinity Lutheran - 518 E. Hwy 190, 547-2225, Rev. Bernard J. Schey METHODIST Kempner United Methodist Church Hwy 190, Kempner, 512-932-3011 - Dr. Thomas Loftin, Pastor Grace United Methodist - 101 W. Ave F, 547-3729, Stephen Schmidt, Pastor Hillside Evangelical Methodist - 2602 FM 116, 547-3349, Pastor Russ Cochran Pidcoke United Methodist - Pidcoke Rev. Jim Crews, Pastor. www.pidcoke.orgTopsey United Methodist - Topsey, 554-6554 Rev. Robyn Young NAZARENE First Church of the Nazarene - 964 West Hwy 190, 547-4032, Gary Hocker, Pastor PENTECOSTAL The Pentecostal Experience Holiness - 309 W. Ave. F, 547-5012 Saints Center - 801 Industrial, 5423211 United Pentecostal - 1302 Pecan Cove, 547-2264, Pastor, Charles Knight PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian - 704 M.L. King Dr, 542-4884, Rev. Elizabeth Parker Pang NON-DENOMINATIONAL For Whosoever Will - Hwy 190, Kempner, 512-932-2716/3996, David Shaver, Pastor. Trinity Worship Center - 1802 M.L. King Dr, 547-8604, Kirby Lack, Minister United Faith Church - 1101 N. 1st St, Copperas Cove, 547-8604, Pastor Clarence Drummond Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship 1726 Morgans Point Rd, (254) 780-1008 Belton Cowboy Church - Services at Oxbow Steakhouse in Belton, Mon night 7pm, (254) 780-2459 Five Hills Fellowship - 205 Ave. E, 458-2510, Brian Hawkins, Pastor

A CIVIC ORGANIZATION

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS – Meets every weekday at 8 p.m. in the Education Center of Holy Family Catholic Church. ALTRUSA CLUB OF COPPERAS COVE – Meets second and fourth Tuesdays at noon at Giovanni’s. For information, call President Lisa Ruiz at 547-1744. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS (AARP) – Meets the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church downtown. For information, call Eva Motsinger at 5474745. AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION (ABWA) – Five Hills Charter Chapter meets the third Tuesday of each month at various Copperas Cove locations. Call 547-9009. AMERICAN LEGION POST 582 – The post meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the legion hall at 910 Industrial Blvd. For more information, call the acting commander, Andy Demstremp, at 547-4455. AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY POST 582 – The auxiliary meets at the same time as the post in the legion hall. For more information, call 547-4455. AMERICAN RED CROSS – The Mid-Tex chapter is located in Belton at 1640 South Wall Street, Belton, TX 76513; (254) 933-3081. BACKYARD HERBAL CLUB OF THE GREATER CENTROPLEX – Meets the second Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. in different locations. Call Vice President Josefa OblakCornept at 542-1103 for information and locations. There is food at every meeting and plant and seed exchanges. BLUEBONNET MODEL A FORD CLUB – Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at Lil’ Tex Restaurant at 7 p.m. For information, call President Bob Bunell 547-6889. BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA – Meets at different times depending on the individual pack or troop. Programs start in first grade. For more information, call the Boy Scout office at 254-772-8932. BROWNING COMMUNITY GARDEN CLUB – Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Clear Creek Baptist Church. For more in-

formation, call Doris Magnor at 5475645. COPPERAS COVE GIRL SCOUTS, BLUEBONNET COUNCIL – Available for students, kindergarten through 12. Adult volunteers needed. For information, contact Angela Wagner, 254-634-0683. COPPERAS COVE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Located at 204 E. Robertson. For more information, call 547-7571. COPPERAS COVE 4-H CLUB – Meets every third Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church. For information call Cheryl Palumbo at 542-6689. COPPERAS COVE GARDEN CLUB — Meets the third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. at varying locations. For more information, call President Myrna Schulze at 547-4735. COPPERAS COVE LIONS CLUB – Meets the second and fourth Tuesday at noon at Hillside Church. For more information, contact Tracy Welch at 547-4111. COPPERAS COVE MOOSE LODGE – Meets the second Tuesday of the month at the lodge, located on So. FM 116 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the lodge at 547-2680. COPPERAS COVE PISTOL CLUB – Meets the second Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Deemer Range Facility. COPPERAS COVE RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION – Contact Ed Thompson at 547-4881. COPPERAS COVE SADDLE CLUB – Meets every Tuesday night at the club’s arena and the first Saturday of each month at the arena. For more information, call 547-6901. COVE GOLF ASSOCIATION – Open to all golf enthusiasts. Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. For more information, call the Hills of Cove Golf Course at 5472606. COVE TRAIL RIDERS – Meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., at Lil’ Tex Restaurant. Contact Frankie Young, 547-6636. DIVORCE CARE GROUP – Meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Robertson Avenue Baptist Church. DOUBLE C’S SQUARE DANCE CLUB – Meets the second and fourth Fridays at the VFW Post 8577 from 8-10:30 p.m. For more information, call 547-0742. EXCHANGE CLUB OF COP-


PERAS COVE – Meets Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. at the Lil’ Tex Restaurant, 502 S. Main. For information, call James Rudd at 547-1227. EXCHANGE CLUB (NOON) OF COPPERAS COVE – Meets second and fourth Fridays at noon at Cove Rice. Call Mike Blount at 518-4149. EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM – Open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Rivers Building, building 121. For information, call 287-6070. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY – Meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Copperas Cove Public Library, except during July and December. For more information, call the library at 547-3826. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – Council meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the K of C Hall on FM 2657. The Assembly meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 547-1492. LONESTAR CLOGGERS OF COPPERAS COVE – Meets every Monday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 911 Industrial Blvd. Advanced cloggers who would like to audition are invited to talk to the members. MID-TEX CHAPTER OF THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS – A selfhelp support group of bereaved parents and siblings. Meets the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Copperas Cove. MOUNT HIRAM MASONIC LODGE No. 595 – Meets the second Tuesday each month. Dinner, 6:30; meeting, 7:30. For more information call Gary Paris at 547-8436. OPTIMIST CLUB – Meets first and third Thursdays of each month at the Hills of The Cove Golf Course at noon. The thrift store is located at 332 Cove Terrace Shopping Center. For more information, call President Terry Hickman at 680-7057. ROTARY CLUB OF COPPERAS COVE – Meets each Thursday at noon at Grace United Methodist Church. For more information, call Teresa Chavez at 702-5747. TOPS TX 429 – Weight loss group meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Copperas Cove Christian Church, 1908 Morrow Dr. Pre-teen to adult, men and women are welcome. TOPS TX 1645 – Weight loss group meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall between Cove and Kempner. Pre-teen to adult, men and women are welcome. VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 8577 – Meets at the VFW on Veterans Avenue third Mondays each month. Hall available for rent. For more information on the VFW and auxiliary, call 547-3973. Want to add your group for the next Hills edition in October: Email your information to:

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The Boys and Girls Club offers activities throughout the year. This year, kids were able to spend Spring Break doing crafts at the club.

ACTIVITIES FOR COVE’S

from 10 to 11 a.m. Yoga is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Mondays from 5:30 to 7 pm. A child watch program is available for parents with children between 6-months and 6-years-old. Child watch is available from 8 a.m. to noon and from 5 to 8 p.m. Membership fees are $25 a month for a single membership with a $30 one-time registration fee or $50 a month for families with a $50 one-time registration fee. All eligible active duty military are offered membership at half price, but they must visit the center eight times a month. The ASYMCA is located at 501 Clara Drive. For more information, call 542-2851. The Boys and Girls Club of Copperas Cove implements several programs for school-age kids after school and in the summer. The programs follows Copperas Cove Independent School District’s academic schedule. The Boys and Girls Club recently opened two centers at both of the junior high schools in the city. Homework assistance is offered in addition to programs for character development, leadership, healthy habits and the arts and field trips are offered during the summer. Membership is $25 annually or free for active duty military. Hours are from 3 to 7 p.m. during the school year and from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the summer. The club is located at 2777 F.M. 2657. For more information, call (254) 547-5578.

YOUTH here are two major youth programs in Copperas Cove geared towards the city’s youth: the Armed Services YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club. The ASYMCA offers a range of activities and services from the Biddy Sports program for children 4-7 years old to 5th Quarter dances and its fitness center. Biddy Sports allows children to compete in sports like soccer, baseball, basketball and newly-added flag football in a non-competitive environment. The program helps children develop skills related to the sports and promotes physical activity. The program is run in six-week sessions and is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. At the end of the program, participants receive t-shirt and trophy. The center’s 5th Quarter dances give something for high school students to do following home football

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games. Each dance is free for members and $1 for nonmembers and is held until midnight. While participating in programs, activities or using the facilities, members and guests at the ASYMCA can grab a bite to eat at the center’s kitchen, which serves hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, snacks and beverages at a low cost. The ASYMCA is open during the week from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. The ASYMCA’s fitness center offers an alternative to gym memberships. The facility offers cardio machines, resistance training machines, free weights, personal training and fitness classes. The fitness center offers Zumba and Yoga classes and recently added a Zumba toning class Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Zumba classes are held Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays

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HISTORY FOR COVEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S

The historic Coryell County Courthouse in Gatesville. Opposite page, downtown Copperas Cove circa 1900.

quartered near Fort Gates, just east of the present county seat of Gatesville and north of Fort Hood. Originally a part of Milam County, the Leon River Valley and Five Hills area were later incorporated with Bell County. On Feb. 1, 1854, the Texas Legislature created a new county out of Bell and McLennan counties. Governor Elisha Pease signed the legislation Feb. 4, 1854. It was one month later during an election at Fort Gates, a former military outpost southeast of Gatesville that had been set up to protect settlers from hostile Indian raids, that O.T. Tyler was named chief of Justice. Tyler was later known as county judge. On March 15, 1854, the elected officials held their first meeting and Tyler began the move to organize into a separate county. The Texas Legislature authorized the organization of the 1,057 acres, which would eventually become

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hough he never lived here, Coryell County was named for James Coryell, who rode into the Leon River Valley in 1834 with a surveying group out of Austin. Coryell found the area so beautiful that he planned to settle here, but he was killed and scalped by ambushing Indians near Fort Milam while trying to save his friends. At the end of the Mexican War in 1849, members of the eighth U.S. Infantry were sent to Central Texas to protect the settlers from Indians. The infantry was

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Coryell County. A county judge, treasurer, clerk and tax assessor were elected. Gatesville, located on the Leon River, became the center of county activity and trade largely because it offered one of the few crossings over the river â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a swinging bridge. At that time, it was also the largest community, with 2,500 population. The first courthouse was contracted in 1872. As the county grew and more officials were needed to operate it, a bigger courthouse became necessary. It was built in 1897, along with a county jail. The picturesque courthouse, voted one of the most beautiful in Texas, still stands today on the square in Gatesville. Between 1986 and 1988, it underwent an extensive restoration at a total cost of $1.1 million. A sculpture of what James Coryell could have looked like is on display inside the County Courthouse. Jon and Michael Brown made the sculpture in 1998 depicting his moment of death. Marsden Ogletree began the Copperas Cove

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he Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport (GRK) is centrally located in the heart of Texas – adjacent to Fort Hood – and offers direct, non-stop air access to Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Atlanta airports. The state-of-the-art facility is the first to feature glass walled aircraft boarding bridges in the United States. The bridges aesthetically complement the facility, leaving the passengers with an unobstructed view

HISTORY, From Previous Page settlement after receiving a land grant in 1878. He built a combination family home, stage stop and post office at what is now called Ogletree Gap (just off West Highway 190). The building served as a stopping place for the Belton to Lampasas stagecoach. Copperas Cove started growing in 1882 when the railroad came through. The center of the city, including the post office, relocated alongside the railroad tracks. The city incorporated in 1913 and Jouett Allin was elected the first mayor. The home he and his wife built still stands in Copperas Cove and is now an historic site. The next big boost in population came when

The Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport offers non-stop flights to DFW, Houston and Atlanta.

of the airfield and a one-of-akind experience. Inside the terminal travelers find a comfortable setting for travelers that includes restaurants, a gift shop and car rental agencies. Many fourlane highways also make travel to and from Austin, San Antonio and Waco relatively simple and worry-free. The Flightline Services Fixed Base Operation offers a full range of services for the corporate aviation community.

Transportation Available to numerous lodging and dining facilities located just minutes away in Copperas Cove, Killeen, Fort Hood, Harker Heights, and surrounding communities.

Internet Access Take advantage of the state-of-the- art terminal building with laptop stations and internet access kiosks.

Convenient Location Centrally located and just a short drive from any of the surrounding cities in Central Texas.

Parking

Flight Service

All parking spaces are a quick walk from the terminal building.

The airport offers 21 daily flights that can take travelers anywhere.

Camp Hood was established in 1941. The original camp has grown into the nation’s largest military installation and is named Fort Hood. Other than Fort Hood and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Gatesville, major employers in the county include Central Texas College, east of Copperas Cove; the Copperas Cove Independent School District and GC Services in Copperas Cove. In the Gatesville area, agriculture plays a large part in business. Wheat, beef cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, horses and pecans are the main agricultural products. Coryell County is governed by a county judge and four commissioners, all of whom are elected to four-year terms.

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BEST RUNS IN CENTRAL

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otorcycling enthusiasts will find plenty of asphalt to cover in the Copperas Cove area if they're looking for a scenic ride. Riders can start on Highway 190 in Copperas Cove and head west toward Lampasas, where two more highways intersect with the town. Take 281 South, and you'll head directly into the Texas Hill Country, with plenty of rolling hills and views to keep you pushing the accelerator. Travel about 54 miles on Route 281 and stop in Marble Falls to take in the lakefront views, then continue on 23 miles to Johnson City, near the LBJ Ranch. From Johnson City, follow Route 290 west to charming Fredericksburg surrounded by fields of vineyards, then catch Highway 16 north to the town of Llano, where you'll meet up with Route 29. Going east on 29 will take you past the scenic Buchanan Dam and bring you around to Route 281 and the town of Burnet. Head north on 281 to Lampasas, then take Highway 190 back to Copperas Cove to finish your full day trip in the Hill Country. If heading south to Austin is more to your liking, take Highway 190 west just outside town and turn left on F.M. 2657. Head south for approximately 20 miles, where 2657 stops at the town of Briggs. But careful, 2657 follows a winding path. Once in Brig-

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gs, head south on Route 183 and you'll end up in Austin. Another Route 281 excursion heads north from Lampasas to the town of Hico. Continuing through Hico will bring you to Glen Rose, where you can stop at Dinosaur Valley State Park. Motorcyclists can enjoy riding as individuals, but there are plenty of local motorcycle groups that plan events, rides, and festivals throughout the year. Many motorcycling events support local charities as well. For example, the recent Ride for A Child event was sponsored by the Exchange clubs civic organizations from Copperas Cove, Gatesville, Temple and Killeen. The event helped raise close to $30,000. More than 190 cyclists participated in the event, which began at Copperas Cove's Ogletree Gap, then on to Gatesville, Temple, ending in Nolanville with a barbecue and live music. Local motorcycling fans call the Centex area unique because of so many different motorcycling groups in one place, but all find plenty of room to share the roadways of central Texas and work together for worthy causes. On this Page: Motorcycles line up in preparation for the annual Toy Run from Temple to Copperas Cove.


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