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Mayor of Killeen Mayor of Harker Heights Hire the Right Photographer Cell Phone Users Targeted Texas Ranks 5th in Identity Theft

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18 ■ Neighborhoods & Communities Welcome to Killeen 20 23 24 26 27 30 32 34 36 40 41

Welcome to Killeen, Important Phone Numbers Killeen Parks & Recreation Copperas Cove Parks & Recreation Town of Copperas Cove Bella Charca Subdivision Town of Harker Heights Harker Heights Recreation Dept The Town of Belton The Village of Salado The City of Temple

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65 VETSUCCESS on CAMPUS 66 Central Texas College 73 Harker Heights Bowling Club 74 Killeen ISD 77 Copperas Cove ISD 79 Belton ISD 80 Temple ISD 81 Salado ISD

82 ■ Custom Homes Central Texas Custom Homes

88 ■ Finance/Mortgage How to prepare your kids for moving 92 93

Real Estate Terminology Making the Dream a Reality.

94 ■ Renting/Leasing Single-Family Homes

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Our Community, Our Hospital The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center 5 Reasons to Have an Eye Exam How Moving Could Affect Your Bladder and Bowels History of Bodybuilding Ruby Carter-Pikes “Living Legend”

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Civilian Jobs on Fort Hood

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erhaps one of the most recognized nicknames of any state, “The Lone Star State” comes from the symbolism of the star on the 1836 flag of the republic, the “National Standard of Texas.” The single golden star on a blue background signified Texas as an independent republic and was a reminder of the state’s struggle for independence from Mexico. The “Lone Star” can be found on the Texas State Flag and on the Texas State Seal today. When Mexico won its Independence from Spain in 1821, Mexican Texas was part of the new nation of Mexico. To encourage settlement, Mexican authorities allowed organized immigration from the United States, and by 1834, over 30,000 Anglos lived in Texas, compared to only 7,800 Mexicans. Angry at the government in Mexico City, Texans fought and won

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the Texas Revolution in 1835-36. The Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President The Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) was a pivotal General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas). All but two of the Texan defenders were killed. Santa Anna’s perceived cruelty during the battle inspired many Texans—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texan Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texans defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution. Texas now became an independent nation, the Republic of Texas.

Attracted by the rich cotton lands and ranch lands, tens of thousands of immigrants arrived from the U.S. (bringing slaves) and from Germany as well. In 1845, Texas joined the United States, becoming the 28th state. Determined to protect slavery, Texas declared its secession from the United States in 1861 to join the Confederate States of America. Only a few battles of the American Civil War were fought in Texas; most Texas regiments served in the east. When the war ended the slaves were freed and Texas was subject to Reconstruction, a process that left a residue of bitterness among whites and a second- class status for blacks in a Jim Crow system of segregation. Cotton and ranching dominated the economy, with railroad construction after 1870 a major factor in the formation of new cities. Oil was discovered in 1901, producing the “Oil Boom” permanently transformed and enriched the economy of Texas. Agriculture and ranching gave way to a service-oriented society after the boom years of World War II. Segregation ended in the 1960s, and instead of a oneparty Democratic state, Texas was first highly competitive and (after 2000), solidly Republican. Texas has continued to grow rapidly, becoming the second largest state in population in 1994, and became economically highly diversified, with a growing base in high technology. ■


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The Mayor of Killeen Mayor Timothy L. Hancock

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imothy L. Hancock is serving his second term as Mayor of the City of Killeen. He was elected in May 2006 and re-elected in May 2008 following three consecutive terms as an at-large city councilman. He served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2004 to 2006. Born in Tyler, Texas to the late Chester and Adie Hancock, he attended public school,

graduating McFarland High School in Mineola. He continued his education at Prairie View A&M University before joining the United States Army. While in the Army, Mr. Hancock served with the Infantry, Artillery, and the Ordinance and Transportation Corps, where he specialized in transportation management. He is a certified transportation industry specialist.

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Beyond the extensive professional military training he received while in the Army, he studied at Joliet Junior College, El Paso Community College, Indiana University, and Purdue University. Mr. Hancock retired from the Army in 1983 as a Command Sergeant Major. Following his retirement, he focused his energy on the transportation industry. He acquired Arrow Trailways of Texas Bus Company in 1992, which he still owns and operates. In addition to his mayoral duties, Mr. Hancock serves on the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Central Texas Chapter AUSA Board of Governors, Trailways Transportation System Board of Directors, Washington, DC, and as a founding board member of the Addie E. McFarland Foundation of Mineola, TX. Mr. Hancock is married to the former Maxine McDowell, his wife


of 51 years. They are the proud parents of three sons, Michael, Craig, and Ronald and five grandchildren.

The City of Killeen practices a Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor and Council appoint the City Manager, who serves as the Chief Administrator of the City organization. There are eight members on the Killeen City Council: one mayor and seven councilmembers. The Council is the governing

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body of the City of Killeen, Texas, consisting of three at-large and four district councilmembers, as set forth in the City Charter, and the Mayor is the presiding officer at City Council meetings and the recognized head of the City government for all ceremonial purposes. Each member serves a staggered two-year term. Thus, four of the members (district Councilmembers) are elected in odd-numbered years by voters living in the district they represent. The remaining four members (Mayor and the three at-large) are elected in even-numbered years by all voters in the city. By Charter, term limits are in place, meaning the Mayor and Councilmembers

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The Mayor of Harker Heights Mayor Ed Mullen

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Welcome to Harker Texas, a townHeights. that is quickly the community elcomeHeights, to the City of Harker We arebecoming a fast-growing communityinled which to raise a family, start a business, enjoy recreation as well as shop and dine. by proud a caring professional City our staff. Our business community provides I am extremely of and our dynamic city and exceptional quality oflife here. We opportunities for growth inpeople Harkertogether Heights in and we spacious, welcome new businesses. remain focused on the future-bringing safe, quality neighborhoods our economic strength through balance exciting outdoor We are blessed and withbuilding new schools at each level, a great publica park, andofnumerous retail, superior professional services and active service. Weregion celebrate our recreation programs. Our alliance with Fort Hoodcommunity and the cities of the has produced 50-years-young town with great hope for the future. I invite you to stop, stay and enjoy a strong and cohesive community that works together to build an excellent place to live and the "Bright Star of Texas" and all we offer. to do business. I encourage you to become involved in the life of the city and the activities of community. come byguidance City Hall and meet staff and about Council and join us in Ourour citizens led thePlease way and gave to the Cityour government our future direction. In a series of intense focus groups and seminars many citizens developed a growing this great City. vision of the City to guide our planning. During these past years, we have opened our new Library and Activities Center and a new Harker Heights Community Park with its Best Regards, playground, walking trail and ball fields. The City of Harker Heights has grown through annexation. More plans are in the works for additional parks, soccer fields and walking Ed Mullen Mayor trails. We are growing every day to make this the best city it can possibly be. The dynamic regional shopping center Market Heights has brought many new businesses to town and inspired the growth of many others. Many of our citizens are military families who have sacrificed for the nation, endured many deployments without complain, and honored us with their presence. We celebrate their service, our City of Harker Heights and our citizens, joining together to make this a wonderful place to live. Sincerely, Mayor Ed Mullen

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he Harker Heights Chamber serves as the visitor information center for the city. Residents call and visit the Chamber every day to find out about what products and services our members have to offer.

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From its earliest days, the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce had provided the city with leaders who are focused on community development and are always improving quality of life for our residential, civic and business communities. Chamber members receive a substantial return on the membership investment through valuesadded services and effective

representation before and within a wide variety of Central Texas Organizations. Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce members work as a team to advance our goals of successful enterprise, responsible citizenship and enjoyable residential living. Wide, winding streets, large shade trees, and beautifully landscaped and well-manicured lawns give Harker Heights its reputation of having some of the most prestigious home sites in the area. Harker Heights has a wide variety of restaurants, civic organizations, service clubs, convenience stores and nighttime entertainment. There are many recreational facilities that offer tennis, racquetball, golfing, swimming, boating, camping, fishing, horse back riding and much more.

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The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce

Harker Heights is located 10 miles west of Interstate 35, which connects the community to Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. Stillhouse Hollow Lake is just five miles away, just off of U.S. Highway 190. Fort Hood is only a 10 minutes drive west on U.S. Highway 190. Killeen (Harker Heights’ neighboring city) is home to a regional shopping mall, hotels, restaurants and a regional civilian/military airport (Harker Heights itself sites in a peaceful, country-like setting). The active involvement of our Chamber committees, have taken new strides to expand the horizons of our businesses and the citizens of the community. Bill Kozlik is President of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce. Our admiration for our city and the sincere efforts of the Chamber are reflected in our motto: “Harker Heights - It’s Right in the Middle of Where You Want to Be!” We think you’ll agree. For more information on things to see and do in the area, please visit the Chamber office at 552 E. FM 2410; Suite B in Harker Heights or visit www.hhchamber.com ■

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Hire the Right Photographer for Your Special Day By Richard Kitterman, Regional Director, Better Business Bureau

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edding season is here and many couples want to make sure their big day goes off without a hitch. Aside from the exchanging of rings and making sure you have a venue secured, the next most important element to a wedding and reception is making sure someone is there to capture every magical moment. Wedding photographers do receive complaints every year. The most common issues are due to pictures not being delivered in the expected time frame or disputes over the final billing. However, there are instances of some photographers never sending pictures at all, or worse, not showing up to the wedding completely. In order to help give you peace of mind, consider the following steps when selecting a photographer for your wedding: • Check with BBB. Business Reviews on photographers are available free of charge at centraltx.bbb.org. This will include the number of complaints the business has received, and more importantly, how they have responded.

• Ask questions. Schedule appointments with two or three photographers to get a feel for the types of services they offer, the quality of their work and their price

• Be specific about what you want. How many photos are included and what about reprints, enlargements and albums? What is the time frame for delivery of proofs and other products? Is there a Web site to view your images? Can you keep the proofs or negatives? What type and how many cameras will be used? Are both color and black and white photography included? What types of photographs can you expect? Formal, informal or spur-of-themoment? • Get all package details in writing. Make sure the contract details every service to be provided. This includes the name of the photographer who will shoot your event, the location, date and length of time they will be present. Also include the type of package with an itemized list of charges and the prices for additional enlargements, taxes or travel fees. The contract should also specify the cancellation and refund policy.

structure. Ask the photographer if they will be the one present at your wedding and be sure to ask for references so you can speak to their previous clients. • Understand the fees. Price should not be the only determining factor, but it is important to what fees will be charged for what services. Does the photographer work with an assistant? If so, is that included in the fee? What is the payment schedule? Is a deposit required? If so, how much and by when?

• Consider purchasing wedding insurance. This can help you protect you in the event the photographer does not show up or if the company suddenly goes out of business after you have paid a deposit. For consumer information, BBB Business Reviews on charities and businesses, to schedule a guest speaker or to file a complaint, visit Better Business Bureau online at centraltx.bbb.org or call 6990694. ■ Richard Kitterman is the Regional Director of Better Business Bureau in Central Texas.


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Cell Phone Users Targeted With Unwanted Texts

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) currently ban the practice of making or sending most unsolicited phone calls and emails. Unfortunately, scammers continue to find loopholes in the regulation and are increasingly targeting consumers through text messages, a practice termed “SMishing,” or “short message phishing.” Like traditional email phishing, SMishing scams often pose as banks, sweepstakes groups, debt relief organizations or other services prompting consumers to contact them immediately about a pressing issue. Even though most people would classify these text messages as spam, the FCC’s CAN-SPAM Act currently does not cover “short messages,” sent from one mobile phone to another because they typically do not use an Internet address.

The most common reports received for SMishing scams include the following scenarios: 1. Victims receive a text message claiming their bank account is frozen with a toll free number to call to

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clear things up. Those who call the number are generally asked to provide personal information, such as social security, debit or credit card numbers to the scammer directly or through an automated system. Any information given is used to steal the victim’s identity. 2. Messages such as “Win Cash Now!” are followed by a link to click to enter a contest or receive additional information. Like with traditional phishing scams, those curious enough to follow the link risk spreading viruses to their phone or giving the scammer access to the information stored on it. 3. Offers to reduce or eliminate debt are sent by text message along with a toll-free number to call. If you dial the number, you are connected to a representative who attempts to sell a debt relief service through high pressure tactics. Many times, the representative does not tell you who they are working for, leaving you no recourse months later if the debt relief service does not work.

To reduce the risk of falling for a SMishing scam, you should: 1. Never reply to the text message. Even if you are in debt or think your bank account may be frozen, always call your lender or bank directly to verify the information. 2. Put your number on the Do-Not-Call list. This may reduce the frequency you will receive unsolicited messages in the future. 3. Call your provider. Your cell phone provider should be able to block the number sending the text message. 4. Report the number. While current regulations do not cover spam via traditional text message, there is increasing demand for it. You can file complaints with BBB or the FCC to help report potential scams.

For consumer information, BBB Business Reviews on charities and businesses, to schedule a guest speaker or to file a complaint, visit Better Business Bureau online at centraltx.bbb.org or call 699-0694. Richard Kitterman is the Regional Director of Better Business Bureau in Central Texas. ®

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Texas Ranks 5th Highest in Identity Theft Complaints By Richard Kitterman, Regional Director, Better Business Bureau

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Ways to minimize the risk of identity theft: 1. Don’t Carry Your Social Security Card – Leave it at home in a safe deposit box until you need it. Your Social Security Number is considered the gateway to your identity. 2. Photocopy Your Account Cards – Keep a duplicate in case something happens and you need to know the identification numbers to freeze or close accounts. 3. Never Give Personal Information over the Phone – Unless you are the one initiating the phone call, you should not give your Social Security Number, driver’s license number, bank account information, etc. over the phone. 4. Steer Clear of Suspicious Links – Unsolicited e-mails and pop-up ads can be full of computer viruses designed to steal usernames and passwords from your computer. Don’t give in to curiosity, just close or delete the message.

For consumer information, Reliability Reports on businesses, reports on charities, to schedule a guest speaker or to file a complaint on a company, visit the Better Business Bureau online at www.centraltx.bbb.org or call 699-0694.

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These rankings for states and cities are based on the amount of complaints received per 100,000 consumers. Of the 384 metropolitan areas nationwide, the Killeen, Temple and Harker Heights area ranked 57th highest for identity theft complaints. With nearly 400 Central Texas residents becoming victims last, we all need to be mindful or what personal information is given out and who we give it to.

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ach year, the Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) compiles data on identity theft from BBB’s nationwide as well as from the Federal Trade Commission, Internet Crime Complaint Center and other organizations. The latest report unfortunately rates Texas as the fifth highest state in the nation for reported identity theft complaints.

Richard Kitterman is the Regional Director of Better Business Bureau in Waco and Central Texas.

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Killeen Municipal Airport, offers service for private planes. You really can get “Anywhere from Here!� Visit www.flykilleen.net for more information. Killeen also offers a wide variety of accommodations for your stay with us. The city is home to 39 hotels, most of them built in the last three years, and boast more than 2600 rooms all the amenities to make your stay comfortable. Information on all the area hotels can be found at www.visitkilleen.com. This diverse community is

home to over 125 restaurants featuring the unique flavors of the more than 40 different cultures living here. We may speak 98 different dialects in Killeen, but our favorite is Texas Friendly!

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illeen is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, due in part, to its neighbor Fort Hood, the largest military base in the free world. Founded in 1882 by the Santa Fe Railroad to serve as a shipping station for cotton and cattle, Killeen is centrally located in one of the fastest-growing economic corridors in the nation and is within a three hour drive from 80% of the state! The Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport (GRK) is a state-of-the-art, joint-use facility, servicing both military and civilian passengers. The 87,000 square foot terminal features laptop stations, internet kiosks, gift shop, food and drink services as well as national car rental companies. Regional jet service is provided by American Eagle thru service at Dallas-Fort Worth, Continental Airlines to and from Houston, and Delta Direct to Atlanta. Skylark Field, formerly

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service kitchen, loading ramp, internet connections throughout, stages, dance floors, podiums, microphones, and on site staff to ensure your event’s success! An adjacent 53,000 square foot Exhibition Hall, Rodeo Arena, and Vive Les Arts Theatre complete the complex. All can accommodate festivals, car and boat shows, 4-H events, concerts, monster trucks and more. There is also free parking for more than 1500 vehicles on site and 160 suite hotel is located right next door. From staff to space, everything you need to make any special event a success is right here at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center! ■

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ballroom, beautiful Special Events Room, Executive Board Room and six meeting rooms. Whether you are planning a banquet, showcase with exhibit space, business meeting, or wedding our experienced staff provides excellent service and can assist you with event planning from beginning to end. The Killeen Civic and Conference Center features a large Ballroom that seats 2000 theater

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n 1881, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway extended its tracks through central Texas, buying 360 acres (1.5 km2) a few miles southwest of a small farming community known as Palo Alto, which had existed since about 1872. The railroad platted a seventy-block town on its land and named it after Frank P. Killeen, the assistant general manager of the railroad. By the next year the town included a railroad depot, a saloon, several stores, and a school. Many of the residents of the surrounding smaller communities in the area moved to Killeen and by 1884 the town had grown to include about 350 people, served by five general stores, two gristmills, two cotton gins, two saloons, a lumberyard, a blacksmith shop, and a hotel. Killeen expanded as

it became an important shipping point for cotton, wool, and grain in western Bell and eastern Coryell counties. About 780 people lived in Killeen by 1900. Around 1905 local politicians and businessmen convinced the Texas legislature to build bridges over Cowhouse Creek and other streams, doubling Killeen’s trade area. A public water system began operation in 1914 and its

population had increased to circa 1,300 residents. Until the 1940s Killeen remained a relatively small and isolated farm trade center, but this changed drastically after 1942, when Camp Hood (recommissioned as Fort Hood in 1950) was created as a military training post to meet the demands of the Second World War. Laborers, construction

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military camp. Killeen suffered a recession when Camp Hood was all but abandoned after the end of the Second World War, but when Fort Hood was established as a permanent army post in 1950, the city boomed again. Its population increased from about 1,300 in 1949 to 7,045 in 1950, and between 1950 and 1951 about a hundred new commercial buildings were constructed in Killeen. By 1955, Killeen had an estimated 21,076 residents and 224 businesses. Troop cutbacks and transfers in the mid-fifties led to another recession in Killeen which lasted until 1959, when

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workers, contractors, soldiers, and their families moved into the area by the thousands, and Killeen became a military boomtown. The opening of Camp Hood also radically altered the nature of the local economy, since the sprawling new military post covered almost half of Killeen’s farming trade area. The loss of more than three hundred farms and ranches led to the demise of Killeen’s cotton gins and other farm related businesses. New businesses were started to provide services for the

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Downtown Killeen Early 20th Century - PhotoCourtesy of Gerald Skidmore.

various divisions were returned to Fort Hood. (Elvis Presley even lived in Killeen for a time during his stint in the army.) The town continued to grow through the 1960s, especially after the Vietnam War led to increased activity at Fort Hood. By 1980, when the census counted 49,307 people in Killeen,

it was the largest city in Bell County. By 1990 its population had increased to 63,535, and 265,301 people lived in the Killeen/ Temple metropolitan area. In addition to shaping local economic development after 1950, the military presence at Fort Hood also changed the city’s racial, religious, and ethnic composition. No

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blacks lived in the city in 1950, for example, but by the early 1950s the town had added Marlboro Heights, an all-black subdivision, and in 1956 the city school board voted to integrate the local high school. The city’s first resident Catholic priest was assigned to the St. Joseph’s parish in 1954, and around the same time, new Presbyterian and Episcopal churches were built. By the 1980s the city had a heterogeneous population including whites, blacks, Mexican Americans, Koreans, and a number of other foreign nationals. In 2009, Texas A&M made the decision to open a campus in Killeen adjacent to the campus of Central Texas College. A large new nursing training facility is planned for both of the campuses to share. ■


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Important Phone Numbers

COPPERAS COVE

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Information 254-287-1110 Library 254-287-4921 Military DepositWaiver Program 254-287-7807 Provost Marshall 254-287-3700 Public Affairs Office 254-287-3703 Weather 254-287-6304

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Ambulance 254-699-2688 Chamber of Commerce 254-699-4999 City Hall 254-953-5600 EMS Director/Fire Department 254-699-2688 Library 254-699-5008 Parks & Recreation 254-953-5600 Police Department 254-699-7600 Post Office 254-699-2111 Sheriff 254-634-1663

KILLEEN

Airport (Killeen-FortHood Regional) 254-501-6100 Ambulance 254-634-3131 Bell County Sheriff 254-933-5400 Better Business Bureau 254-526-2600 Central Texas College 254-526-7161 City Hall 254-501-7600 Courthouse Annex 254-634-0768 Driver’s License Department 254-634-1919 Fire Department 254-634-3131 Killeen IndependentSchool District 254-501-0000 Library 254-501-8990 Municipal Court 254-501-7898 Post Office254-634-0281 Texas A&M - Central Texas 254-526-8262 Vehicle Registration 254-634-0265

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Ambulance 254-698-6888 City Hall 254-698-6335 Community Center 254-698-3241 Fire Department 254-698-6891 Police Department 254-698-6346 Post Office 254-698-2626 Sheriff 254-698-6334

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Ambulance 254-547-2000 Chamber of Commerce 254-547-7571 City Hall 254-547-4221 Fire Department 254-547-2000 Independent School District 254-547-1227 Police Department 254-547-4272 Post Office 254-547-3605 Water Department 254-547-8718

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The City of Killeen Parks & Recreation Program On W.S. Young Drive, Killeen they host regional and national tournaments and the Community Center, which is a multi purpose facility with gym, meeting rooms and outdoors event area. On Stan Schlueter Loop, there is the Family Recreation Center and Aquatics Center at New Senior Center.

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Lions Club Park. The Family Recreation Center is called the Tommy Harris Fitness Center, as a tribute to the NFL Player, who donated the gym equipment. Tommy Harris, presently a team member of the Chicago Bears (stats and info), was raised in Killeen, and went to C.E. Ellison


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HS. Killeen is very grateful for his generous gift and proud to honor his name in this manner. On Roy Reynolds, you will find the Stonetree Golf Course. It was built in 1970 but was completely renovated in 2005. Open to the public, we hold 25-30 annual golf tournaments and host some of the major area fundraisers. The course is laid out over rolling terrain with a wide variety of trees and several small lakes with

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Copperas Cove Parks & Recreation YOUTH PROGRAMS ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Tackle Football Flag football Cheerleading Basketball Soccer Baseball Tee-ball Softball Summer Camps Swim Lessons

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Flag Football Softball Basketball Volleyball Water Aerobics

Parks & Recreation activities can be viewed online at: www.activenet.com/ copperascovepkrec

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. There is a weekly schedule of events from: Bingo, Line Dancing, Potluck lunches, Stretch and Flex and Dominoes.

THE CITY OF COPPERAS COVE HAS 7 PARKS FOR CITIZENS TO ENJOY 1. Highland Park 1203 Craig St. 2. Heritage Park 1929 Pleasant Lane

soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. The newly renovated Olympic size swimming pool features a diving well, a circular slide and a children's play area with a mushroom fountain.

3. Kate St. Park 603 Kate St.

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4. High Chaparral Park 1310 High Chaparral

Copperas Cove offers a host of activities for youth and adult programs. We are looking to expand our activities in the near future as well as bring quality programs to our residents. Parks and Recreation online registration is now available for all activities for members and previous customers. To become a member, just stop by our NEW location at the Golf Course.

5. South Park 2602 Dennis Dr-South Park has a hike/bike trail beside a local creek. One of three swimming pools is located at this park. It also has two sand volleyball courts, a children's playscape and two youth soccer fields. 6. Ogletree Gap Preserve 1878 Post Office Rd. (Hwy 190 West)- Ogletree Gap has the original stage stop at this historical town site. This is a beautiful area for exploring and walking and is the site for the annual Ogletree Gap Heritage Festival held each October. 7. City Park Complex 1206 W. Ave. B. (NW)- This is an 88-acre park with picnic areas, grills, children playscapes,

For More Information Please Contact the Office at: 254-542-2719 Or email: chudson@ci.copperas-cove.tx.us Come by the office at: 1408 Golf Course Rd. (Office is located in clubhouse)


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part of the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area. Residents often refer to the city simply as “Cove.” History The first evidence of human habitation in the Five Hills area dates back to at least 4,000 B.C. Artifacts such as skeletal remains, arrowheads, and other stone tools have been found along local creek

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opperas Cove is a town located in central Texas at the southern corner of Coryell County with city limits extending into neighboring Bell and Lampasas counties. Founded in 1879 as a small ranching and farming community, today the city is the largest in Coryell County with nearly 30,000 residents. The town’s economy is closely linked to nearby Fort Hood, making it

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The Town of Copperas Cove

beds and valley floors. These first residents were nomadic hunters, traveling in small groups following migrating buffalo herds. When the Spanish came to Texas, a small Plains tribe known as the Tonkawa inhabited the area. The powerful and aggressive Comanche controlled a vast stretch of land to the north and west, making Coryell County a hostile battleground as settlers moved into the area. In 1825, Mexico provided Stephen F. Austin with a land grant encompassing a large area including present-day Copperas Cove. Starting in the 1830s, the first white settlers came into the Five Hills region; however, the area lacked stability until after the Civil War. Substantial settlement did not arrive until the development of the cattle industry during the 1870s, when a feeder route of the Chisholm Trail was cut through the region. Settlement centered around a local general store about two miles southwest of presentday downtown. In 1878 residents

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Avenue D East of Main Street, Copperas Cove. Avenue D Original East of Main Street, Cove. Post Office &Copperas Stage Stop.

onset of the Great Depression. thebring coun dents. The population the onsetthe of the Great Depression. country dents. The population continuedcontinued to the to applied for a post office under the the company’s engineer E.F. Batte. During thethe 1930s local bank and set rapidly, reaching During the 1930s local the bank and settle in Cop increase increase rapidly, reaching almost almost name “Cove”, so chosen for the The train depot at Copperas Cove failed,businesses several businesses often re five thousand in 1960 failed, several closed, closed, often remaining five thousand in 1960 and moreand more site’s sheltered location. However served as the shipping point for manyleft people leftforto look than for doubling theirser mi than doubling each of two the next twomilitary (Hot Or Cold) and manyand people to look their each of the next “Cove” was already taken by a farmers and ranchers in the area workareas. in other 1940decades, only to divers decades, work in other Byareas. 1940 By only tothe diversifying th eventuallyeventually coming tocoming the to nearby community (now called between Cowhouse Creek and 356remained. people remained. gious co present count of During 29,592. During 356 people gious compositio present count of 29,592. Evant). Inspired by the minthe Lampasas River. Businesses In 1942 Copperas Cove this period Hoodthe al this the city limits greatly In 1942 Copperas Cove Hood altered theperiod city limits greatly eral taste of nearby spring water, opened to provide services for received new life Since m expanded, encompassing received new life when thewhen US the USexpanded, Since much of th encompassing acres acres 1905 E HWY 190 residents amended their name to these area residents, including a government located Camp Hood was acq of newly tractwith housing with government located Camp Hood was acquired by of newly built tractbuilt housing Copperas Covenext to the “Coperas Cove” (the second “p” steam gristmill-cotton gin, three next to the struggling community. and services.ernment,ernmen struggling community. busine upgradedupgraded roads androads services. being added in 1901). The post hotels, a barber shop, and an The establishment fort Cove By the cantonment time the cantonment was The establishment peras of the fortof the By the time was peras nowC office was established in March opera house. Many of the town’s drastically altered the character to Fort Hood in 1950, drastically altered the character upgradedupgraded to Fort Hood in 1950, services services for Fort 1879 with Marsden Ogletree as early buildings remain to this day, of Soldiers the city. from Soldiers from across over a thousand the the city. across the town the hadtown over had a thousand resi- ofresiand theirand familie the town’s first postmaster. The focusing around the block of Avoriginal building remains today enue D between Main Street and and is the site of the Ogletree 1st Street. By 1900, the populaGap Heritage Festival. tion reached 475, and residents Copperas Cove’s fortunes voted to form their own school olanville a cityininfew settlers. few On settlers. Onday, a clear day, the wereolanville greatly improved district. A aprivate bank opened in is a city iniswhen clear the Bell County, Texas.pioneers The 1906 pioneers could seeelected if they 1882 theCounty, Gulf, Colorado and andsee residents Bell Texas. The could forever, ifforever, they Jouett population wasinto 2,150 were facing west. There was an population was 2,150 were facing west. There was Allin their first mayor inan 1913. Santa Fe Railway expanded Monday-Thursday at the 2000 census. It is part of unbroken view as far as the eye at the 2000 census. It isresident part of Jesseunbroken far as thetoeye townas continued prosper the region. Local M. Theview 9 am -10 pm the Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood range reached. When facing east, the Killeen–Temple–Fort range reached. 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the onset of the Great Depression. During the 1930s the local bank failed, several businesses closed, and many people left to look for work in other areas. By 1940 only 356 people remained. In 1942 Copperas Cove received new life when the US government located Camp Hood next to the struggling community. By the time the cantonment was upgraded to Fort Hood in 1950, the town had over a thousand resi-

dents. The population continued to increase rapidly, reaching almost five thousand in 1960 and more than doubling each of the next two decades, eventually coming to the present count of 29,592. During this period the city limits greatly expanded, encompassing acres of newly built tract housing with upgraded roads and services. The establishment of the fort drastically altered the character of the city. Soldiers from across

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olanville is a city in Bell County, Texas. The population was 2,150 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area. Back in the 1840s, the valley along Nolan Creek was a fertile spot where native grass grew four to six feet high with only a

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the country bring their families and settle in Copperas Cove, often remaining after concluding their military service. In addition to diversifying the ethnic and religious composition of the city, Fort Hood altered the local economy. Since much of the area farmland was acquired by the federal government, businesses within Copperas Cove now largely provide services for Fort Hood soldiers and their families. ■

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onvenience – Bella Charca, located in Nolanville, is midway between Killeen-Fort Hood and Temple-Belton, and within minutes of a vast array of shopping, entertainment and dining,

world-class healthcare, education and cultural and leisure opportunities. Upon completion of Phase II, Bella Charca residents will enjoy direct pedestrian and vehicular access to Nolanville Elementary School, from inside Bella Charca.

Master-planned Community Bella Charca is master-planned for safety, security, infrastructure and leisure. The community is security gated with each home served by public streets, water, wastewater, and access to numerous parks, green space and common areas. The Home Owners’ Association works to ensure long-term value for Bella Charca homeown-

ers by enforcing community covenants and home design standards. Upon entering Bella Charca, you will notice a structure of an historic nature nestled upon a hilltop. Four families settled on this, the second oldest land-


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site in central Bell County in the late 1800’s for some of the same reasons Bella Charca exists here today; plentiful wood (for cooking and heating), clean water (from natural springs), and abundant game. The settler’s original home was actually located on the small knoll directly in front of the current standing structure. Founder John Blankenship’s vision for Bella Charca is to preserve the harmony of nature and history of this area for generations to come. The historic windmill is being preserved at the entrance for present and future Bella Charca

place to raise their kids need look no further than Nolanville. Business Week.com in 2007 named Nolanville one of the top cities in the nation to raise kids. Business Week.com conducted a study to find the top 50 cities in the U.S. to raise kids for less money, and Central Texas’ very own Nolanville took its place at number 29 on the list. Nolanville,Texas is more than a great place to live, according to Business Week.com, Nolanville is a great place to raise kids. ■

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The Town of Harker Heights base in 1955, and included the land owned by Pinckney R. Cox and Harley Kern. These two men subdivided their land in 1957 and began selling lots. By 1960, between 600 and 700 of the lots

had been developed and new residents supplied with water and other utility services. Following a petition for an incorporation election, the town was established on September 24, 1960 and Cox

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arker Heights is a city in Bell County, Texas, United States and is home to 25,000 residents. This makes Harker Heights the 3rd largest town in Bell County, after Killeen and Temple. Incorporated in 1960, the town name is derived from the name of one of the two original landowners and city founder, Harley Kern. Harker Heights is located near Fort Hood, a United States Army base that was designated a permanent military facility in 1950. As the base grew, the nearby town of Killeen also grew. Water Control and Improvement District No. 4 was established on land near the Killeen city limits and the military


The parks and recreation facilities of Harker Heights play a major role in bringing the community together. With nine outdoor leisure areas that offer excellent sport complexes, miles of trails, picnic areas and playgrounds,

families can spend their free time doing just about anything. The 34-acre Carl Levin City Park offers a swimming pool, amphitheater, ■

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scale shopping center in the area and includes a 16 screen movie theater.

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was elected mayor. Kern had died before the incorporation, and the Harker in Harker Heights was a concatenation of Harley Kern’s name as a tribute to one of the original landowners. The only major expansion of the town occurred in December, 1988, when the city annexed the Comanche Hills Utility District, adding 3,500 people to the town population. Currently Harker Heights, which is a suburb of Killeen is starting to become more independent. On February 1, 2007, ground breaking ceremonies were held for the new 675,000-square-foot (62,700 m2)

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he City of Harker Heights provides many recreational opportunities for its citizens. Whatever your desired recreational activity, you are bound to find it in our Parks and Recreation Guide. These guides are updated quarterly by the City. A copy of the guide can be obtained at the City’s Recreation Department (307 Millers Crossing) or at City Hall. The Guide also contains information about the many City Parks at your disposal. These parks are located throughout the City and support many activities including sporting events. The City is developing several new parks including a new athletic complex. You can find out more information by contacting our

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DiScover new heightS PROOF OF RESIDENCY PROGRAM SIGN-UP

The City of Harker Any person signing up for a Harker Heights Parks and Heights Parks & RecreRecreation program will be required to show proof has of ation Department residency at the time of registration to receive resident many programs and discount. events that would not be possible without the Acceptable forms of residency confirmation: current shared time and talent driver’s license, utility bill, or post marked envelope. of our exceptional volRecreation programs such as Tae Kwon Do, Belly Dancing, unteers! Join our team yoga, etc. require only one (1) registration form filled out and get involved in your per fiscal year. Any changes in residency must be kept community! For fun and up to date with the Parks and Recreation staff. rewarding volunteer opportunities, please callregistration Heather Cox atas 254-953Individual youth sports such soccer, 5493 or kickball, by emailbasketball, at hcox@ci.harker-heights.tx.us. baseball, etc. will require proof of residency registration periods. Multiple Thank youduring for your interest in giving back; wechild look discounts are available on same day sign-ups. forward to working with you!

PROOF Living OF RESIDENCY FACILITY USAGE Legacy Program

• First facility usage will be free. Memorialize a loved one • Celebrate a graduation or recognize the accomAcceptable forms of residency current plishments of an individual,confirmation: group, or organizadriver’s license, utility bill, or post marked envelope.

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• 100% ID is required to utilize Open Gym Celebrate the birth of a child • Commemorate a wedding or anniversary • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an Give that special Valentine gift • adult at all times. Proof of age may be requested at time Establish a tradition • of visit.

We have numerous locations throughout the City available for planting trees. Each tree is $125.00 RATES FOR OPEN GYM USAGE and includes a customized brick or plaque.

Resident Non-Resident Student (17 & Under) FREE $3.00 Adult (18 – 54) FREE $5.00or visit our For more information call 254.953.5657 Senior (55 & Up) FREE FREE website www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/parks The City Parks Crew plants and maintains all trees.

400 Indian Trail • Harker Heights Office: 254.953.5493 • Fax: 254.953.5461 Hours of Operation Monday – Saturday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm Sunday & Holidays By Reservation

The Harker Heights Activities Center is over 4,300 sq.

ft. of programming space and hosts four different rooms designed to meet the general informational, educational, cultural and civic needs of our community. These beautiful rooms are available to Civic organizations, government entities, non-profits, businesses and community programs supporting Harker Heights. We are excited to provide our citizens premium space that, in return, will improve the quality of life for our community. There is a small fee to use the rooms in order to keep them clean, safe and state-ofthe-art for our guests.

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Commemorate an event or loved one through the Any person interested in utilizing the Harker Heights perpetual growth of a tree. The City of Harker Heights Recreation Center’s Open Gym will be required to show LIVING LEGACY program has been designed to meet proof of residency at the time of visit to receive resident most any discount. need.

The Activities Center

Rates for the rooms are:

$30 / Hour for Businesses & Agencies $15 / Hour for Non-Profit Organizations (Tax ID # Required) Reservations must be made at least two working days in advance and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Permits for alcoholic beverages must be requested through City Council at least thirty days in advance. To reserve your space today, please contact the Activities Coordinator at 254.953.5493.

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ounded in 1850, Belton is the Bell County seat and has historically served as both the local government center of the county and as a marketplace and shipping point for area farmers and ranchers. Between 1860 and 1880, Belton was a regional center for the cattle boom and even became an important stopping point for cattle herds along the famed Chisholm Trail. Between 1880 and 1930, Belton was a processing center for the regional cotton crop which became the county’s principal cash crop during this period, particularly in the blackland prairie region in east Bell County. Belton’s long and distinctive past is evidenced by the city’s many historic homes and commercial buildings. Charming storefronts characterize the historic commercial district, the center of which is the impressive Bell County Courthouse, built in 1885. Today, Belton is home to an estimated 19,000 people. New residents continue to be drawn to Belton by outstanding schools, great parks and by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, also located in Belton. Chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845, the historic college campus provides both students and area residents with educational, cultural and recreational opportunities. Providing a natural backdrop to historic Belton are over 160 acres of parkland located throughout the city. Situated along Belton Lake, Belton is a city abounding with parks and

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Active sporting enthusiasts will be impressed with Belton’s outstanding sports fields, park complexes and water-based recreational activities. In 2006, the City of Belton received over $370,000 in grants from various state and private organizations allowing continued improvement to local parks and fields. By leveraging city funds with grants and building community partnerships with citizens and community organizations, the City of Belton continues to enhance the quality of life for all its citizens.

Come to Belton and enjoy its small town charm and natural beauty! What are you waiting for? â– Article courtesy of the Belton Chamber of Commerce

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Also available to visitors and residents is the PHOTOS COURTESY OF BELTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE T. B. Harris Community Center, a project recognized with numerous awards. The completely renovated facility features multiple rooms offering state of the art accommodations for business meetings, while at the same time providing ample space and beautiful vistas into the ten-acre park surrounding the school. The building is well suited for conferences and training events while providing an idyllic setting for wedding receptions, parties and reunions.

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recreational opportunities. The beautiful Nolan Creek meanders through central Belton where residents and visitors can enjoy a walk along the Nolan Creek Hike and Bike Trail. This unique 1.5 mile trail provides a scenic tour through three city parks. The trail offers residents and visitors beautiful views of the Nolan Creek, as well as numerous opportunities to take a break while reading about the historic Chisholm Trail in one of ten pocket parks located along the trail.

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s a Christ-centered University located in Belton. In the fall of 2009 UMHB enrolled the largest number of students in the history of the Universities 164 years of existence.

UMHB offers 66 undergraduate majors and 18 graduate degree programs including a doctoral degree in education administration. The University offers a wide range of activities from fine arts to

athletics and is open to the public. It’s been located in Belton since 1886. For more information, www. umhb.edu ■

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teeped in the Texas tradition of preservation and community, The Beltonian Theater is an iconic fixture of arts and entertainment. Recently purchased by Belton residents Wes and Aida Riddle, the unique dinner theater serves not only as a movie house, but also offers entertainment such as comedy shows, live music, talent and variety shows. In addition, the theater is available for birthday parties, corporate and private functions, religious and political events, fundraisers and even

family reunions. So come join us and be part of an exciting new time in the long history of The Beltonian Theater!

through the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 1960s. The last major renovation of the theater took place in 2008, with closure thereafter. With Wes and Aida’s purchase of the theater History in 2010, they have brought it up to Established in 1900, The Beltonian a modern state of the art standard; Theater has experienced several equipped with amazing surround incarnations including time as a sound and digital technology. church, an antique store and even a billiard hall. In the 1920s, locals www.beltoniantheater.com and soldiers from nearby Camp 219 E. Central Avenue, Hood were the primary patrons of Belton, TX 76513 the theater. It remained a popular Phone: 254-939-1230 ■ gathering place for entertainment

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The latest annual survey conducted by the national association of realtors@ indicates that despite the growing number of information sources available, home buyers continue to rely on real estate agents to help them through the house-hunting and purchasing process. Before moving to central texas, a homebuyer might want to find a real estate agent who is a relocation spectatst, a certified hesldential specialist (CRS) or an accredited buyer's agent (ABR). RELOCATION SPECIALIST Relocation specialists specialize in helping people move to a new area. Many relocation specialists are available through nationwide real estate brokerages. The buyer simply needs to call a large real estate broker he or she feels comfortable with, and the company will help find a relocation specialist in Central Texas. Many large companies offer this service as part of their relocation package. CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST (CRS) Considered to be the "CPA" of residential real estate, CRS-designated agents are a special class of real estate agents who are highly trained and possess proven track records of handling residential real estate transactions. These individuals also have advanced education in related areas such as finance, technology and marketing. The cost of services from a CRS is the same as for other Realtors速.

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ACCREDITED BUYER REPRESENTATIVE (ABR) Another option is to utilize the services of a real estate agent in Central Texas who is an (ABR) or a buyer's agent. A buyer's agent is someone who represents only the buyer's interests in the negotiations.

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After deciding on the right agent, it's important to remember to keep communication lines open, sharing any thoughts, concerns or reservations at any point along the way to ensure the best home buying experience.

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alado, located in Bell County, is a small village, with a population of around 900 people. Located 18 miles south of Temple, between the cities of Waco and Austin. Salado was an original stop for the stage lines and was home for the first coeducational college in the state of Texas. Salado was incorporated in 2003. It is part of the Killeen– Temple–Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Shopping in Salado will give you a large selection of gifts, clothing, jewelry, art, collectibles, antiques, handcrafted items and more from over 50 shops.

The town is home to the Stagecoach Inn, the oldest continuously running hotel in Texas. The Village of Salado was founded at the Old Military Road crossing of Salado Creek on October 8, 1859 coincident with the founding of Salado College. Founded by the early Scottish settlers because of its plentiful springs and rich farmland, Salado became a center for commerce and culture.

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Salado is full of Old West history. An historic, tourist town that is famous for its lodging and shopping. Salado's bed and breakfast inns are some of the finest in Texas.

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George Washington Baines, a prominent Baptist clergyman in three states and the maternal great-grandfather of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, lived in Salado in his last years. Baines' home is a national historic landmark.

Music To Wine To Local and Austin area musicians perform original music for your enjoyment either on our spacious patio or inside the tasting room, weather depending. Locally made Salado Creek Winery wine available for purchase and mobile restaurant "Chef-In-A-Box" will be onsite providing meal service. Every Saturday, starting July 23 to December 31, 6:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Salado Creek Winery & Vineyard, 227 N. Main Street Phone: (254) 947-9000

Empty Bowl and Blow Your Own Ornament UPCOMING EVENTS Participate in the Empty Bowl ProjJammin’ On The Lawn ect in Salado. We donate lovely Come enjoy a glass of Texas Wine and enjoy the music of The Leisure glass bowls that will become keepsakes! Make your bowl with us. Seekers! Create memories and keepsakes Saturdays: 4:00p - 7:00 p August 6 & 13, September 3 & 10, by bringing your family to blow their own Christmas ornaments. October 1 & 8, November 5 & 12 Tuesday, November 1st 2011 Location: Salado Wine Seller Thursday, December 22nd 2011 Information:254-947-8011 Location: Salado Arts Workshop 113 Salado Plaza Drive, Salado Chocolate and Art Festival Phone: (254) 947-0002 Thursday, September 1st Website:saladoartsworkshop.org ■ Location: Salado Arts Workshop Information: 254-947-0002


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COMMUNITY EVENTS: Temple Jazz Festival Bloomin’ Temple Festival Central Texas Air Show July4th Family Fun Fest Called the "Wildflower Capital of Besides health services, Temple Pioneer Day Texas," Temple was founded in is home to many regional distribu- Czech Fest 1881 as a railroad town. It was tion centers and headquarters to named in honor of Bernard Moore two large, multi-national compa- For more information, contact the Temple, a civil engineer and for- nies, Wilsonart International and Temple Visitors center at 254-298mer surveyor with the Gulf, Colo- McLane Company. 5418 or www.discovertemple.com rado and Santa Fe Railway Company who established the town. For ACTIVITIES & TEMPLE IS HOME TO many years it was the home of the CONFERENCE CENTERS • The Olin E Teaque VA Santa Fe Railway Company's hospiMedical Center tal for its employees. Azalee Marshall Cultural Activi- • King’s Daughter Hospital ties Center is home to the visual • Scott & White Healthcare Temple is known for its strength as and performing arts in Temple. The • Scott & White Cancer a regional medical center (this is center has five art galleries. www. Research Institute primarily due to the highly respect- cacarts.org • Cardio Vascular Research ed Scott & White Memorial HosInstitute pital). Scott & White is the largest Frank W. Mayborn Civic & Con- • Health and Bioscience employer in town with about ten ference Center hosts a variety of Institute thousand employees. With Scott & local, regional, and national trade • Temple College White, the Veteran's Hospital Cen- shows, as well as, banquets, wed- • Texas A & M Health Science ter, and other smaller clinics, Tem- ding receptions, conventions, and Center College of Medicine ple is home to more physicians per business meetings. www.maybornInstitute for Regenerative capita than any other community center.com Medicine (IRM) at Scott & in the nation. Temple is the site of White ■ one of two major campuses for the Temple Civic Theater houses the Texas A&M Health Science Center Temple Symphony Orchestra and College of Medicine. Medical stu- Temple Jazz Orchestra.

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ocated in the beautiful “Hill and Lake” country of the State of Texas, Fort Hood is approximately 60 miles northeast of Austin and 50 miles South of Waco. The base occupies an area of 340 square miles and is adjacent to the City of Killeen, Texas.

According to Maureen Jouett, three-term former Mayor of Killeen, Texas; one reason Ft. Hood is called the “Great Place” is because of the unprecedented support of the local community for the military that creates a great environment for the Fort and the members of the military and their families. Various

Commanding Officers of Ft. Hood have remarked on this special relationship over the years. It is also called the “Great Place”

Camp Hood was named for the famous Confederate General John Bell Hood, an outstanding leader who gained recognition during the Civil War as the commander of Hood’s Texas Brigade. Camp Hood was expanded in the 1940’s to accommodate the need for Troops and Tanks for World War II. The expansion meant the demise of the communities of Clear Creek, Elijah and Antelope. On April 15, 1950 Camp Hood became a permanent installation and was renamed Fort Hood.


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because of all the resources and activities available to service personnel and families on Fort Hood. Following the start of Operation Desert Storm, there was an outpouring of overwhelming support from the local community for those soldiers that were deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. Victory Corner was founded by radio personality “Big” Joe Lombardi and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Theron "Sarge" Johnson in 1991 to honor the troops returning from Operation Desert Storm. After the events of September 11, 2001 Victory Corner continues to honor the veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The CenTex Area Veterans Advisory maintains “Victory Corner” in Killeen through the volunteer services of local Veterans Associations. The elected City officials have worked closely with Ft. Hood over the years on several joint projects such as the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery located on FM195 and the Killeen Fort Hood Regional Airport. The Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce has an active Military Affairs Committee. The City of Killeen Water Utility started a program granting military deposit waivers for water hookup deposits and other Cities and utilities in the area followed suit. The relationship between Ft. Hood and the area communities dates back to the beginnings of the military base when it was founded as Camp Hood in 1942.

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the Korean War Conflict. Soldiers from Ft Hood continue to deploy to Korea to this day to help in peace keeping efforts. Following World War II and through the Cold War Years, old Killeen Base, originally used as a National Guard Base and training

facility was utilized as “Site Baker” and nuclear weapons were secretly stored in underground silos there. This part of Fort Hood is now known as West Fort Hood. Interestingly enough there were several reports over the years of UFO activity in this area. Following

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The vast expanse of land allowed for the tactical development of tank destroyers providing space for maneuvers and firing practice. The communities of Clear Creek, Antelope and Elijah long time area farming and ranching areas were displaced by Camp Hood, although the military granted the residents grazing rights, for a nominal fee, and these rights are still utilized to this day. Camp Hood officially opened on September 18, 1942. At its peak during World War II, Camp Hood was home to 95,000 troops. This number fell to 5,000 following the end of the War. Camp Hood became a permanent military installation in 1950 and was renamed Fort Hood. Shortly after, the troops were deployed to Korea to aide in

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Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored military installation in the United States and over the years has provided support for military operations in the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia and currently Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the Fort has also had more casualties than any other base in the

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is an excerpt of one report from the National Archives: March 6, 1949; Killeen Base, Camp Hood, Texas (BBU) 8:20 p.m. (AFOSI 29 & 30) Army Sgt. Hubert Vickery and PFC John Ransom on patrol at the AFSWP (Armed Forces Special Weapons Project) nuclear weapons storage site saw a blue-white oblong object about 2 ft x 1 ft in size travel S from 286째 to 279째 azimuth elevation 5째45'. Other sightings by Army patrols from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. (FOIA) Report stated that several sightings of unusual "light" phenomena in the atmosphere above Site Baker (Q Area) had been made by security personnel. Page ID (PID) NARA-PBB88-556 Collection National Archives (NARA)

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Iraq War. Currently Food Hood is home to approximately 55000 soldiers the total population is estimated at 71,000. Troops from Fort Hood have also been used in peace keeping efforts and humanitarian projects

both in the United States and most recently following the Haiti earthquake in January of 2010. Fort Hood continues to exemplify the proud traditions of the Army and provides the best in well-trained and equipped soldiers

Fort Hood Quick Facts A 340 square mile installation (214,968 acres), Fort Hood is the only post in the United States capable of stationing and training two Armored Divisions. The rolling, semiarid terrain is ideal for multifaceted training and testing of military units and individuals. Fort Hood is "The Army's Premier Installation to train and deploy heavy forces." In addition to the 1st Cavalry Division and 1st Army Division West, Fort Hood is also residence for Headquarters Command III Corps, 3d Armored Calvary Regiment, 3d Air Support Operations Group, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 13th Finance Management Center, 21st CAV Brigade (Air Combat), 36th Engineer Brigade, 41st Fires Brigade, 48th Chemical Brigade, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 89th Military Police Brigade, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BfSB), the Dental Activity (DENTAC), the Medical Support Activity (MEDDAC), U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC), and various other units and tenant organizations.

in the Fight for Freedom all over the world.

The Third Armored Calvary Regiment at Fort Hood The 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment is a regiment of the United States Army currently stationed at Fort Hood, TX. The Regiment has a history in the United States Army that dates back to 19 May 1846, when it was Constituted in the Regular Army as the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. This unit was reorganized at the start of the American Civil War as the 3rd U.S. Cavalry Regiment on 3 August 1861. Today, “3rd� has


Relocation: Programs and Services

• Individual PCS Planning - Most relocation programs offer one-on-one consultation for anyone need-

ing assistance.In particular those making their first military move, first overseas move, or those with challenging and complex situations such as special needs family members or financial problems should call the Relocation Program for an appointment.

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ach military installation provides specific relocation information, and more information is available at http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.miI. Military Homefront is the official Department of Defense Web site for reliable quality of life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers. While moving is always stressful, your stress can be drastically reduced if you take full advantage of the information, education and personal assistance provided to you by the Relocation Program.This is the place to find answers and get referral to other installation resources as well as assistance with in-transit emergencies.The most important thing you can do to ensure a smooth move is to start planning early using the many Relocation Assistance program services and tools available. These programs include:

• Military Installations and Plan My Move - For managing and planning your move, use the Web-based

relocation tools with information on over 250 installations worldwide. You can estimate expenses, find the forms necessary for housing and household goods, keep a calendar of events and take other necessary actions to ensure a successful move.

• Loan Closet- Basic household goods items are available to borrow while waiting for your personal property predeparture or upon arrival. The typical items in stock include: pots and pans, dishes,silverware, irons, ironing boards, portacribs, high chairs and infant/toddler car seats. Generally, towels and bed linens are not available, so these should be packed in your hold baggage.

• Workshops and Briefings - The classes offered vary from installation to installation, but you can generally find classes on buying, selling and renting smart, budgeting and finance, moving with children, general moving preparation and many other moving related topics.

• Pre-departure Briefings - These are sometimes called Smooth Move or PCS Briefings.These briefings provide essential information that can prevent uninformed and costly decisions before a move.

often provided or basic household items to use until your goods arrive. Overseas arrival services may include introductory language classes and cultural awareness training.

• Deployment Support - The Family Center assists unit family readiness groups and Ombudsman pro-

grams during the entire deployment cycle. Support includes services for special needs,classes on deployment preparation,managing finances, helping children adjust, family separation, return and reunion and information on resources available locally and online.

• Foreign Born Spouse Support - Whether your question concerns immigration and naturalization, learning the English language or how to take local transportation, the Relocation Program provides assistance, classes and referrals.

• Emergency Assistance - From time-to-time emergencies occur while moving, the Relocation Program office has the resources to provide emergency financial assistance and referrals.

• Transition Assistance - This is a mandatory program available to assist personnel and family mem-

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• Settling-in Services - These may include welcome wagon services, local area tours with childcare

bers when they separate from the military.The Relocation Assistance office will establish your individual transition plan and refer you to all the installation and community resources necessary to complete a successful transition.

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been replaced by the designator “3d” in the regiment’s title, and the word “armored” has been added to recognize it as a heavy cavalry regiment (equipped with M1 Abrams tanks and M3 Bradley cavalry fighting vehicles) Under various names it has

seen action during ten major conflicts: the Indian Wars, the Mexican-American War, the American Civil War, the SpanishAmerican War, the PhilippineAmerican War, World War I, World War II, the Persian Gulf War, SFOR in Bosnia, and Operation

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Iraqi Freedom. Twenty-three of the Regiment’s troopers received the Medal of Honor, all awarded for gallantry in action between 1871 and 1898. The list includes William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, whose award was rescinded in 1916 for not being a member of the military. Cody’s medal was reinstated in 1989. At present, the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment is the only heavy armored cavalry regiment in the U.S. Army. The other two remaining armored cavalry regiments, the 2nd and 11th, are organized as brigade combat teams. Ft. Hood is the home of the rd 3 ACR museum which opened in January of 2010. The Third Cavalry Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. ■


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The Texas State Veterans Cemetery The Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas serves eligible veterans and their families in a 25 County area of Central Texas serving a veteran population estimated to be 112,000. The cemetery site is approximately 174 acres and will provide veteran burials in excess of the minimum anticipated over a 20 year period. The site includes acreage that can accommodate a projected demand for as many as 60 years.

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to help organize a women's section of the Army. Although she initially refused, citing family and business obligations, she helped draw up an organizational plan. It was so impressive she was asked again to help put the plan in action, and this time she accepted. She was officially head of the Women's Interest Section, War Department Bureau of Public Relations, from 1941-1942. When America was attacked at Pearl Harbor, she made a speech in Chicago that was called "the nation's first declaration of war" by General George Marshall. Her role grew swiftly, speaking before Congress on the plans for women in the Army, and so impressed the military brass that she was made the new director of the Women's Army Corps, with the rank of colonel. By 1944, her WAACs were requested by military commanders around the world; in January 1945 she became the first woman to receive the Distinguished

Service Medal for outstanding service; in July of 1945 she had to resign from her post due to exhaustion. After a brief rest, she returned to public service: from 1946-1947 she was a board member of the Red Cross and the American Cancer Society; in 1948 she was a delegate to the United Nations. When Eisenhower became a candidate for president, she was active in his behalf; when he was elected he appointed her as the first Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, the precursor to both the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Human Services today. She was the person who legalized Jonas Salk's polio vaccine. Resigning in 1955, she spent the years afterwards as she did her earlier life, in service to her fellow men, receiving numerous honorary doctorates and awards, heading boards both charity, scholarly and business, until her passing on August 16, 1995. â–

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veta Culp was born in Killeen Texas on January 9, 1905. She was brought up with a strong sense of duty by her parents, who promoted in her a conviction in both the law and charity, and studied hard as a child. She received her degree in law from the University of Texas in 1925, and in 1931 married former Texas governor and newspaper publisher William Hobby. Working as an editor on her husband's paper The Houston Post from 1931 until 1938, when she was promoted to Executive Vice-President, she also took the reigns as president of the League of Women Voters of Texas. When in Washington DC on business concerning the radio station she and her husband had just purchased, she was approached by a representative of the War Department

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KEN RHODES - Owner & Veteran Lucille Limbrick aka “Mary Alice”a native of Jasper, Texas. She was a small town girl,entrepreneur and our Mother who believed in taking care of folks. It wasn’t much she couldn’t do when it came to Bar-B-Qing or cooking for a huge family. We vow to uphold and carry on her legacy, continuing to provide and take care of folks.


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Two Ladies from the team were invited to compete at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Fitness in Columbus, Ohio. This event is by invite only, and only the best are selected from results at National meets. Monica Sobotka, was in her first international contest, and Malinda Baum was competing in her first Arnold event. To compete in front of 5000 people was really a shocker for both. Monica got past the jitters, and got 3rd place. Monica was also the "oldest" lady competing, and this was an open class, which means she was competing against ladies half her age. Malinda is use The unusual cold weather that to competing on the International Texas had did put a damper on the level, and now she has the Arnold schedule, as the largest event we Gold medal to her long list of wins. assist; The Taylor High School meet was cancelled because of the water Having the #1 ranked 5A 165 lb., pipes bursting. Many schools had High Lifter in the state was also to scramble to adjust their sched- a plus for us. Ashleigh "Dumpule, as many lifters were trying to ling" Andrews of Copperas Cove qualify for the Regionals. High School came to train with us

last year, weeks before the State meet, which she finished 5th in 2010. This is a lifter that listens, learns, and performs. Also, she is a straight A student, and ranks 3rd in her class. During the High School season, she has continually made improvements in all her lifts, and won best female lifter in all the regular season events. As the season progressed, it was not if, she will win, but what she will do in the contest. She made the qualifying total for the Regionals, in the first event of the season. Next on her schedule, was winning the regionals, and getting to Corpus Christi, for the state meet. In 2010, at the state meet, she had a 270 lb squat, 175 lb bench press, and a 340 dead lift, which got her 5th place. As the 2011 season was coming to a close, she had lifts of 400 squat, 205 bench press, and 395 lb dead lift, and got that 1000


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Closing the meet was Jeffery "Dino" Thompson, who's training has been skyrocketing. After dropping 16 lbs, to get down to the 200 lb class, this guy has power to spare. After opening up with a 600 lb squat, the weight loss caught up with him. He also has gotten a 500 lb bench press in training, at 236 lbs, but was "only" able to get 462 lbs at the Nationals. But when it came down to the dead lift, he was in a zone. A 600 lb opener was a joke, and then he went to 650 and made it look a little harder. "Dino" closed the meet with a 672 lb 3rd attempt, and had the highest dead lift of the contest. The team came in 2nd for the Team National Title, losing to a Worldwide Airforce Team. Knowing that it took a Worldwide Team to defeat Fort Hood, has given us more power to take that title back when we have a full team again. We also beat the Worldwide Air Force team in 2010, when we had a full team. We will be back! A week after winning the Texas High School State meet, Ashleigh was again back in Corpus Christi, competing in the USA Powerlifting High School Nationals. She was now on the big stage with the best High School Lifters in the Country, and several being World Champions, or world medalist. Along with her was

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Rebekah "Lightbulb" Lampman competed in her first meet with the team, and how good is this to be crowned National Champion in your first Powerlifting event. After two weeks, you still cant get the smile off her face. She walks around looking like the "Joker" with that constant smile. Rhonda "Rudy" Clark is the 2010 World Champion, and Multi time National Champion. Winning the Military Nationals is almost a given for her, and she did it again this year. She also walked away with the best Female Lifter award, and closed out the meet with a 440 lb dead lift. Did I also mentioned she is 44 years old. She is now preparing to defend her National title at the Women’s Nationals in Atlanta, for another shot When it was Ashleigh's time to at the Worlds. shine, she did it with many bright lights. After calming her parents Juan Perez and Robert Geyer has down, wondering if Donna will be been with the team for over 10 there to help, she got on the plat- years, and constantly works at beform and did what she has been ing the best. Will 2011 be their doing all year. WINNING! Nerves, year, as that exclusive National title got the best of her, and the goal is no more. Juan walked away with was to win first, and she did, with a his National title in the 198 lb class, 390 lb squat, 195 lb bench press, and all his 3rd attempts were easy. and a 390 lb down to the dead lift. As he gets older, he has also gotOh, did I also say, STATE CHAMPI- ten stronger. Robert Geyer's goal ON. I great improvement from her has been to win the Nationals, and 5th place finish in 2010. he has completed that goal. Winning the 220 lb class was no cake Our first big event of the year was walk for Robert, but he never gave the Military Nationals in March, at up, and now he has what he’s been Brooks City Base in San Antonio. fighting for years. This was also where 2 new lifters made their debut with the team, Jim "Treetop" Carroll was the other and another competing in his first new lifter, and competing in a very Military Nationals. We didn't have competitive 275 lb class. Only bethe "Power" team we have had in ing with the team for 2 months, we the past, with several World and put him in the fire, going against National Champions, being de- the best 275 lifter in the Military ployed, injured, sitting out because from Lackland AFB. Jim did what of the World Bench Press Champi- was needed to pick up some great onships, or assisting Ashleigh. This team points, and placed 2nd. Not didn't stop our goal of trying to win a bad deal for his 1st Powerlifting the 17th National Team title in 19 event. Alexander "Ouch"

Jowett, has been with the team for almost a year, but this was his first Military National. He didn't disappoint us, winning the 198 lb Jr. Division. “Ouch" is another lifter that puts a lot of time in his training, and made some great improvements during the past year. His eyes are now on the Jr. National Title in June. A 400 lb bench press is just around the corner, as he barely missed breaking the Military record on his 3rd attempt of 385 lbs.

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lb total. At several meets, she broke the meet records, and set several regional records. After winning the Regional Championships, in Gatesville, her sights were on the State Title. Being ranked #1 in 5A, she was a target. As the state meet was scheduled, the Team was also competing the same day at the Military Nationals. This didn't effect us, as Donna Bryant, who is a multi time National and World Champion, made the trip to Corpus Christi to assist "Dumpling". I also must commend the Copperas Cove coaching staff in keeping her training on track for the State meet. They did an outstanding job, not only her, but the entire team, in the effort to qualify for the State championships. They got 5 girls to the state, and all medaled. Thanks again.

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Donovan "D Man" Flores. Donovan came to the team a week after turning 14, as we don't take anyone under the age of 14 at 132lbs, but has moved up to the 165 lb class. Because of Donov a n ' s asthma, he has missed several training sessions, but NEVER quits. His hard work has paid off, as he was in a class of 12 lifters, and finished 7th in his first National Meet. His future is very bright, even though he missed some valuable training, he achieved all personal best lifts.

pion. The highlight of this event was her invitational to compete in the 2011 Sub Jr. World Championships, to be held in September in Moose Jaw, Canada.

As this article is being written, I am currently in London, attending a Sports Conference in preparations for the 2012 Summer Games. Once again, I am honored to be selected to attend this conference, as I was the only Powerlifting Representative in the World to be invited. So many of the figures in the Olympic World are here putting plans together for these games, and also for the World Games in 2013. have the honor to train. I also want to thank the Fort Hood DFMWR, Two members of the Phantom and theRecreation Division. WithWarriors Powerlifting Team will be out their support, there would be no traveling to Denmark on April 11 TEAM. Together Everyone Achieves Ashleigh nerves came to light in to compete in the Masters World More. â– this meet, as she missed her first Bench Press Championships. We squat, but came back to make her all want to wish Paulette Calhoun, Written by: 2nd lift of 363 lbs. She missed her and Malinda Baum the best of luck JOHNNY A. GRAHAM 3rd of 402 lbs. She got a personal at the Worlds. Both medaled in Phantom Warriors Powerlifting Coach best benchpress of 209 lbs. She 2010, and I'm sure they will do it closed out the day with a new 16-17 again. age group American record deadlift of 391 lbs. She also got 2nd to the I never want to finish this article defending silver place world cham- without thanking the GREAT lifters I

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TEAM BOWMAN 3D (DRIVEN,

Bowman has forged a new Team and reunited a life long bond with the United States Army Parachute Team. The Golden Knight’s, Tandem Team Leader, SFC Michael Elliott and Bowman are combining their expertise to provide a unique opportunity to give back more than they have ever given through motivational speeches, para-

chute demonstrations and the phenomenal opportunity to have individuals experience the exhilaration of a tandem parachute jump. SFC Mike Elliott, serving in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan has logged assignments with both 82nd Airborne Division as well as its rival to fame and prestige, the 101st Airborne Division. He has earned every instructional and technical rating available in the skydiving community. Elliott has actually held the life of one of the most important men in the United States, in his hands on two occasions. Former 41st President George H. W. Bush did two tandem parachute jumps, one celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the

Dana’s passionate and inspiring speeches and presentations are supported with the actual live video footage captured on the day of the accident, which gives you the actual feeling of witnessing the event that is extremely heart wrenching. His miraculous story paves the way to a myriad of areas covering team-building, leadership development, health and wellness, overcoming adversity, mastering change, fostering a safe and positive work environment, drug and alcohol awareness, goal setting and motivation. His life altering story will help each individual audience member overcome their own challenges as well, through discipline and a deep belief in their own power to succeed. Become part of a real team! Remember, "It’s not the Disability, It’s the Ability." “TEAM BOWMAN 3D, Driven, Determined, Dedicated can provide the experience of a life time for individuals who may have never met a Soldier. Choose these men who have dedicated their lives to you and their country for aerial parachute demonstrations, tandem opportunities and a motivational speech that turns tragedy to triumph. Contact us for your event at danabowman@aol.com or 817597-1826.■

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Bowman was a Special Forces Soldier and a member of the US Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. He lost his legs in an accident during annual training in Yuma, Arizona, in 1994. Dana is the 1st double amputee to ever reenlist into the US Army. In 1996, he retired from the U.S. Army, attended the University Of North Dakota and received a Bachelor of Science degree in commercial aviation in 2000, become a seaplane certified pilot, a commercial hot air balloon pilot and a commercial helicopter instructor pilot.

Presidential library and the second time celebrating his 85th birthday.

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ergeant First Class (R) Dana Bowman and Sergeant First Class Michael Elliott are modern day warriors who have dedicated and given over 50 years of combined time to the US Army serving their country. They are now two great forces joining together forming the most Driven, Determined, Dedicated astronomical partnership available today. “Team Bowman 3D” offers the astounding diversity to challenge, motivate, unite and inspire individuals, students and companies to over come any challenge life has to offer.

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magine coming back from a deployment in the military to another hostile environment; complete with protestors and people spitting on you. You have just served your country in the United States Army and had to change out of your uniform into civilian clothes at 0200 so people wouldn’t throw bottles at you. This was the scene too familiar to those who served overseas in war in Vietnam and it is a black eye on America’s past.

Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Homelessness, Unemployment, Finance, Education and Transitional Issues. Federal, State and local agencies (including non-profit organizations), have allocated resources to support the military

Fast forward forty years and see the Vietnam Veterans active to ensure that the returning heroes get the benefits they deserve. It is a truly a great time to be a veteran and a Texan. It seems that every time you turn around, there is a Veteran Service Organization (VSO) willing to help active duty, guard, reserve, veterans and their families. families. Some of them are Federal, some are State and growing populations Two current issues that have been of them are local. identified by TexVet are: 1. Texas agencies are not reachThe problem is that there was not a ing the veterans and their famiplace that those in need to could go lies with information about their to find the help that they needed. services. Enter in Dr. Kathryn Kotrla and GEN 2. Duplication of services to veterLorie Sutton with an idea to house ans, in which resources are not the information both on the interbeing used efficiently and time net and reach out to veterans and is wasted. their families. The Solution: The Need: In order to ensure veterans and their As military personnel return to Tex- families have easy access to stateas from the global war on terror to wide resources; TexVet has develtheir Texas families, their needs are oped a Veteran Services Provider becoming increasingly clear. These Network (VSPN) in which informaneeds include Post Traumatic tion is gathered and disseminated.

This comprehensive network allows veterans and their families to save time and effort when searching for services. Through collaborative efforts the TexVet Partners also benefit by learning about like-minded programs, funding, and best practices to serve the veterans and their families. To identify partners in rural areas, TexVet has collaborated with the Department of State Health Services, Texas Military Forces, and other organizations to reach the community leaders in those areas to capture information and services to veterans and their families. The original proposal written by Kathryn J. Kotrla, M.D. to secure start-up funds and initiate the collaborative venture for early identification of and intervention for post-deployment community, occupational and family re-integration was funded by the Veteran’s Administration Central Office (VACO) through the Center of Excellence (COE). The intent of this initial funding was limited in duration to realign the program from the VA and into a non-VA agency which could solicit ongoing funding through grants, philanthropy, and other funding sources. Other notable TexVet partners include the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB), Texas Veterans Leadership Program (TVLP) through


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the Texas Workforce Commission, ArmedZilla, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), Mental Health America-Texas (MHA-T), National Alliance on Mental IllnessTexas (NAMI-Texas), the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Veterans County Service Officers Association, Bring Everyone in the Zone (BEITZ), Texas 2-1-1 and other Veterans’ Service Organizations who share the mission of serving our Veterans and their Families.

information to serve the veterans and their families. This hub is fed further by event-based activities, led throughout Texas, where we are able to connect directly with the veterans, their families and the Partners.

These stories and benefits can be found online. Maybe you have a story to share or know of benefits available in your area. Please take a moment to share them with others that may need your resources. For more information on benefits and events, please logon to www. texvet.org and help us improve the lives of Texas Heroes. ■ Article by Roxanne Fuss

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“Our success depends greatly on the Texas VSOs that are blessing the military and their families,” Stroud stated at a recent interview. We get to redefine the word “veteran” since so many returning The TexVet HUB is housed out of soldiers don’t see themselves in the Texas A&M Health Science Cen- this category. To us, anyone who ter College of Medicine campus in has served their country, whether it Round Rock, Texas. It is run on the is for 2 years or 36 years…is a vetidea of veterans helping veterans. eran. That is why former Army Senior Line Medic, Tim Stroud was such a great fit for the organization. Under his guidance, the program has gained momentum and is the “go to” for information, resources, and guidance on benefits.

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Case in point is SFC Pimental who recently returned from his second deployment from Iraq. He wasn’t aware of the multitude of organizations that have stood up to help today’s heroes. He learned that one of his guys, SSG Schill who was transitioning out of the army was eligible to get his dog trained as a PTSD companion. This training, offered through Penny’s from Heaven was very beneficial for Schill and his quality of life.

Stroud states, “Creating a Veteran Services Provider Network (VSPN) statewide will be one of the key steps in closing the gaps in veteran services in Texas.” TexVet has become the “hub” that provides vital PHOTO TAKEN BY BETTY SANDEFUR (L TO R, JAROD MYERS, TIM STROUD ANTHONY DIAZ)

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he Robertson Blood Center (RBC) is your military blood donor center at Fort Hood. A unit of blood donated through the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) can be in Iraq or Afghanistan in less than a week and can make the difference in the rest of a Soldier’s life. The Soldiers and staff at RBC are ready to make your donation a pleasant experience and ensure our troops have the supplies they need. Blood and blood products expire quickly and, since the start of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom,

the pool of available donors on Fort Hood has shrunk to a small percent of the past. ASBP only ships units into the theater of war that has been collected and tested by the military. Military blood donor centers are the only place to donate blood and ensure it reaches the front line troops. RBC has been designated as the Defense Center of Excellence for Apheresis Training. Appointments for plateletpheresis are available each morning and afternoon. Donations both validate the program and support the C.R.Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.

TEXVET Manager and Veteran Tim Stroud donates platelets at the Robertson Blood Center in October 2010.

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Access to Fort Hood is best made through the Visitor Control Center at the main gate exiting off of State Highway 190 just west of Killeen, Texas. Entering on T.J. Mills Avenue, turn left at the third traffic light and the center is up two blocks on the left, at 761st Tank Battalion Ave-

nue, near the Thomas Moore Clinic and 1st Cavalry Division Museum. RBC is routinely open from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm Monday through Friday and until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, although you may want to refer to the schedule posted at the C.R. DAMC website for updates. To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds, have a photo ID, and be in generally good health. If you take medicine or travel extensively, please bring a list of the medicines or destinations. Appointments aren’t necessary to donate whole blood but may be made online at www.miltarydonor.com/fthood or by calling (254) 287-5938. Contact the apheresis program at (254) 288-3354. ■

POC: Perry Jefferies, Blood Donor Recruiter CRDAMCRBCRecruiter@amedd. army.mil (254) 287-5938 / 285-5808


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ead Start is a comprehensive Pre-K program whose mission is to improve the lives of low income families. A whole-family approach is the heart of the Preschool/Head Start program. The dedicated and professional staff will support your family through a host of services that focus on your child’s school readiness by promoting the total wellbeing of your family. Head Start focuses on activities and experiences that improve a child’s academic skills as well as socialemotional and physical development. Children receive nutritional education, language development, exposure to children’s literature, beginning math and science concepts, and more. Your child is learning new skills everyday while building relationships with young friends and caring adults. Head Start believes that a child’s physical wellness is essential to their readiness for Kindergarten. Regular health screenings are conducted to determine their physical, dental, developmental, and behavioral needs. Special needs and mental health services and support are readily available.■

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Fort Hood Headstart is currently accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year. You can pick one up at 44812 Evans Drive Fort Hood, Texas 76544. For more information, please call (325) 372-5167 ext. 307 or (254) 628-1935.

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ring Everyone In the Zone (BEITZ) is a volunteer, Veteran/ peer-driven organization supported by professionals from academia and mental health services. Initially created by former staff and Veterans in the inpatient PTSD program at the Waco VA, BEITZ helps provide “24/7” point of contact services to Veterans and family members. These services may be educational, supportive, referral, escort or informational. Our model of referral/ linkage involves being a “travel companion” rather than a “travel agent.” We often accompany Veterans to medical and benefits appointments to provide guidance and clarification during the processes. BEITZ originated from the recognition that after treatment in the inpatient PTSD program, Veterans often felt isolated and alienated from support in their community. BEITZ was dedicated to helping Veterans and family members create mutual support groups in their own communities. BEITZ also recognized that provision of peer support services was an emerging evidenced based practice in mental health, based on the founding concept that peers who are successful in rehabilitation are excellent sources of knowledge and beacons of hope for those less far along in the process of rehabilitation. Individuals who are reluctant to access mental health services are much more likely to attend informal support/informational services and are more likely to trust one of their own who has suc-

cessfully navigated complex service systems. BEITZ trained facilitators currently provide support groups in over sixty locations throughout Texas for Veterans and family members in those communities with donated space and developed curricula. Utilizing materials from the National Center for PTSD, Dr. James Munroe (Boston VA Medical Center),and from the National Association of Peer Specialists’ training program, along with local college faculty and mental health professionals, BEITZ created a comprehensive curriculum for active duty soldiers, Veterans, family members and community at large to help educate and inform participants on the challenges and needs of Veterans, especially OIF/OEF Veterans. This curriculum also provides the foundation for a network of community support as Veterans and family members are linked in a process of mutual support and learning. The State of Texas has increasingly emphasized the needs of guard and reserve units returning from deployment, and especially those members living in rural areas remote from clinical services. BEITZ board members have provided testimony to the Texas Legislature on the needs of returning OIF/OEF Veterans. BEITZ provides peer support facilitator training emphasizing the need to establish point

of contact peer support groups in local communities. BEITZ has been identified as a model program by the Mental Health Transformation Work Group in the publication, “Behavioral Health Services for Returning Veterans and Their Families: Services, Gaps, and Recommendations” (Texas Department of State Health Services). We have conducted subsequent training in May, August and December of 2009 and February, April, May, June (2) July, and August (2), September (2), October 2010, January 2011 and will continue to do so as long as we are needed and able to provide this service. Our next trainings are scheduled for Killeen on March 29, 30, 31 and April 1 and in Fort Worth on April 5,6,7 and 8. We have fully trained over two hundred individuals and new Peer to Peer Support is happening all over the state. If you are interested in volunteering to become a facilitator or are interested in helping others trauma survivors in getting better, please check out our website for more information. The registration form for our Basic Facilitator Training Course is available on the :Preparing” tab. We can be reached at 254-681-9112 or http:// www.bringeveryoneinthezone.org. ■


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Texas A&M University-Central Texas Main Campus 1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549 North Campus – 701 Whitlow Drive, Killeen, Texas 76541 Texas A&M University – Central Texas was born in the spirit of community cooperation on September 1, 1999, as Tarleton-Central Texas and became a stand-alone university on May 27, 2009, as a member of The Texas A&M University System. A&M-Central Texas is home of the Warriors and is an upper-level institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The student population at A&MCentral Texas is diverse and growing, currently serving over 2,500 students. Classes are offered at several convenient sites, including area community colleges and Fort Hood. The university provides a wide range of flexible course schedules, including online, night, and weekend classes. The future home of A&M-Central Texas will be located on 662 beautiful acres of land at the intersection of State Highway 195 and State Highway 201 in Killeen. The land was transferred to The Texas A&M University System from the U.S. Army in

the summer of 2009. Construction on the first building began in the fall of 2010 and is scheduled to be complete by spring 2012. Full-time faculty, advisors and support staff are available to assist students with admission, financial aid, degree plans, and career planning during both day and extended evening hours. A&M-Central Texas offers undergraduate degrees in 38 areas and graduate degrees in 26 areas. As an upper-level institution, A&MCentral Texas has developed agreements with Central Texas community colleges that enable a


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seamless transfer without the loss of credits. In addition, A&M-Central Texas faculty and staff actively engage in dialog with representatives from area community colleges to monitor instructional need and to insure appropriate access to educational opportunity at all levels. A&M-Central Texas is also a member of GoArmyEd, the virtual gateway for soldiers on active duty who may at anytime request Tuition Assistance (TA) online for classroom and distance learning courses. GoArmyEd is used by soldiers as a one-stop shop to pursue and manage their postsecondary educational goals; by Army Education Counselors to provide educational guidance; and by colleges to deliver degree and course offerings and to report soldier progress.

A&M-Central Texas offers undergraduate degrees in Applied Arts and Sciences, Applied Science, Accounting, Aviation Science, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Criminal Jus-

tice, Education, History, Human Resources Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology. Graduate degrees are available

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in Business Administration, Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Criminal Justice, Curriculum and Instruction, Education, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, History, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Liberal Studies, Management and Leadership, and Mathematics. New A&M-Central Texas students are required to complete applications for admission, then make an appointment with an academic advisor to review degree plans. For current students, registration is available online. There are also programs available to assist students with academic advising, special needs, tutoring, counseling, medi-

cal needs, and career services. Association; Christian Fellowship; Counseling & Psychology Club; and In addition, A&M-Central Texas of- Student Government Association. fers support to students wishing to The Office of Financial Aid and Scholform student organizations, wheth- arships eliminates or diminishes fier they are honor societies, pre-pro- nancial barriers to students seeking fessional groups, or social clubs. an education at the university and Current organizations include the informs prospective students, parNational Association of Anorexia ents, and enrolled students of availNervosa & Associated Disorders; able resources and requirements.■Association of Texas Professional Educators; Business Professionals Texas A&M University of America; Delta Mu Delta; Phi Al- Central Texas pha Zeta Chapter; ROTC Club; Stu- 1901 S. Clear Creek Road dent Association of Social Workers; Killeen, Texas 76549 Society for Human Resource Man- 254.519.5421 agement Student Organization; Facebook.com/TAMUCT Central Texas Student Veteran’s Association (CTSVA); Criminal Justice


VETSUCCESS on CAMPUS • Information, and referrals for VA medical & mental health services • Referrals for readjustment counseling services for eligible veterans and their family members • Job placement assistance and coordination with local Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER). • Referrals to on-campus, community and VA resources to ensure academic success Your VetSuccess Counselor at TAMU-CT: Candice Lopez, M.Ed. candice.lopez@va.gov c.lopez@ct.tamus.edu 254-519-5404 Facebook.com/TAMUCT ■

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Your VetSuccess on Campus Counselor can assist you with: • Information on VA educational benefits to include the Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 30), Post 9/11 G.I Bill (Chapter 33), and other VA and non-VA educational benefits • Information, guidance and support while using your VA educational benefits • Accessing, understanding and applying for VA benefits to include Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, disability compensation, Life Insurance, Home Loan Guaranty and other benefits & services • Transition support services • Vocational exploration and career counseling services • Assistance with electing healthcare benefits through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

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The VetSuccess on Campus program is a collaborative effort between Texas A&M UniversityCentral Texas (TAMU-CT) and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the purpose of providing a supportive, on-campus environment where Veteran-students may gather to obtain assistance and peer support. The goal of the program is to assist Veteranstudents to transition to college life and to successfully complete their educational programs. The VA has placed a full-time, experienced Vocational Counselor on the TAMU-CT campus. This counselor will serve as a “one-stop liaison” for Veterans, active duty military and their eligible family members. Texas A&M University-Central Texas is only one of seven schools in the nation to have an on-campus counselor from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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in 1999 and in 2000, theand acacontinue its high school PricewaterhouseCoopers firm its demic skills programs through 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 contract 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 tradi-

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Continental Campus, newal in Europe whichthe allows us to Europe Campus, the Fort be the education providerHood to our and Service Area Campus, the soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq for the next 10and years. actually Navy Campus theCTC Pacific has East facilities in place there, along Far Campus. Of these, withCentral, the University ofand Marylandthe Fort Hood University College campus, to offer Service Area Campuses operate classroom learning in addition to within the state of Texas. While distance education for military persome likefirst-ever the Navy sonnel.campuses, CTC held its’ gradCampus, offer programs only for uation ceremony in Iraq in 2009. military personnel while others In a poll by civilians the Military enroll military, and Times “EDGE” publication, incarcerated students. CTC was ranked third among the top 50 Students enrolled in CTC most popular colleges chosen by can choose from more than 100 active-duty service members. The associate degreeon andthe certificate poll was based numbers of completion programs in of course enrollments. Among the academic, professional and CTC individual military branches, ranked first with the Army vocational/technical fields.(53,242 courses), with the Marine The newestfourth degree programs Corps (6,031 courses); are homeland securityseventh and with referred to as campuses: CTC was also awarded contract re- the Navy (5,675 courses); and ninth teaching associate degrees. the Central Campus,

invited CTC to become an delivery tional classroom, alternate educational partner theprovides new and mixed format. CTCinalso Army Universitytraining Accessin the non-credit job-related areas of English as a second Online (eArmyU) projectlanguage, for emergency medical the soldiers in thetechnician (EMT), unitStates armorer, MOS trainUnited Army. Entire ing and foreign language courses. associate degrees were available online for the In 2001, CTC was an original partfirsteArmyU time inprogram the spring ner in the which ofof 2001. CTC continues fers unprecedented access, choice expanding its distance and flexibility in online learning capabilities. CTC wasofferings also one of the education first colleges to pledge support to and delivery methods the Army’s centralized tuition manand offers 20 associate agement and tuition assistance degree programs and 20 program GoArmyEd in 2006. More certificates of completion recently, CTC initiated the Woundwhich can be earned ed Warriors Spouse Scholarship entirely Program whichonline. offers free tuition to spouses service members Today,ofCTC consists who have received a Purple Heart. of administrative units


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CTC was ranked in the top 16th in the nation and first among community colleges in Texas in the Community College Week magazine’s 100 Top Associate’s Degree Producers in 2008. CTC was rated the safest school in the Texas and the fourth safest campus in the country according to a study by StateUniversity.com. Community College Week publication rated CTC the 13th fastest growing school in the country among two-year colleges.

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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 online-only and distance education courses in 1997 and degreegranting programs in 2000. Since then, distance learning enrollments have totaled more than 212,000.

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(SOC), which guarantees those in the military who complete at least CTC was also ranked the num- 25 percent of their course-work in ber one undergraduate school for residence at CTC can continue to the number of students attend- work on their degrees at other ining and number of enrollments/ stitutions of higher learning and recourse among service members ceive a degree from CTC when all using the Department of Defense credit requirements have been sat(DoD) Voluntary Education Tuition isfied. CTC remains the top instituAssistance program. The rankings tion in the world in SOC agreements. were recently released by the DoD Continuing Education Programs The school’s distance education and showed CTC with 31,733 stu- program has experienced explosive dents and 69,701 enrollments. growth. Headcount enrollment for online courses continues to grow To further enhance its educational and topped more than 55,000 stuopportunities for the military, CTC dents in the past academic year. continued its involvement in the The college offers hundreds of Army Vocational/Technical (AVO- online courses as well as 21 onTEC) Program which is designed to line degrees and 22 certificate of provide training in high-demand ca- completion programs which can be reer fields to soldiers transitioning completed solely online. The most out of the Army. Course offerings recent additions to that growing list include professional truck driving, are two courses in computer procertified nurse assistant, pharmacy gram management and certificate technician and introduction to pe- programs in computer help desk troleum (oil industry training). CTC specialization and Web design bawas also chosen to participate in sics. According to data recently anCampuses Air Force may pilotoffer program, called the full GenEd Mobile (GEM). Through GEM, range of degree programs airmen may take their five general and services or only those education courses required for a identified through local Community College of the needs Air Force assessments. CTCa also provides (CCAF) degree in single block ofa courses through CTC. Courses wide range of education are distance educaandoffered trainingvia opportunities for tion, providing anytime, anywhere those students who do not availability. Participating students select a degree or certificate must take one three-credit class option. Committed to serving in each of the five general educaall students, CTC provides tion categories: oral communicacomprehensive programs and tion, written communication, math, services for special social sciences and populations: humanities. disability support services, single CTC is a member of support the Service parent/homemaker members Opportunities Colleges services and nontraditional

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es out to pre-college students. In 3,000 square foot, state-of-the-art credit/dual enrollment program. partnership with area high schools, culinary facility for CTC complete CTC’s dual credit program, College with brand new convection ovens, a CTC’s growth continues with the Now, provides an opportunity for large range, refrigerator and other construction of a new 85,000 high school juniors and seniors to amenities. The largest part of the square foot nursing building. CTC begin their college preparation while new building is an instruction room will share the building with Texas in their final years of high school. with 20 work stations, which hold A&M University-Central Texas and The program offers transfer-level two students each, a large produc- Metroplex Hospital thus making in 1999 and in 2000, the invited CTC to become an courses in several subjects, such tion area and a 65-inch television our nursing building a combined PricewaterhouseCoopers firmdemon-educational partner in facility. the new as English, history and science. screen to project instructor classroom and training The Army University Accessto be CTC’s Fast Track Program new building is scheduled enables high school seniors completed this year project and open Online (eArmyU) to complete the application for classes with the spring 2011 for the soldiers in the process early so they can semester. Ground was recently United States Army. Entire enter CTC upon graduation. broken for the construction of degrees werestuThe program does not coma associate new 48,000 square foot mit students to attend CTC dent center.online The new available forbuilding the but if they choose to do so, will include a dining facility and first time in the spring the paper work is already bookstore as well as numerous of 2001. CTC continues complete and they can regassembly areas. It is expected its distance ister without those delays. toexpanding be completed in the summer 2011. Construction education offerings of a CTC continues to expand not new 320-space parking lot is and delivery methods only its degree program and also underway and is expectand offers 20 associate course offerings but is camed to be completed this fall. degree programs and 20 puses as well. In January, the community college recently The college welcomes partcertificates of completion opened the doors to a new and full-time students which can be earnedto day, campus 26,659 square foot evening or online classes. Nonentirely online. facility on Fort Hood which credit and continuing educaCTCareconsists makes CTC the only college tionToday, courses also offered. in the country to have faciliContinuing Educationunits classes of administrative ties on a military base. The range in subjects from a varireferred to as campuses: new, two-story structure was ety of exercise classes to asA nice place to hang out. the Central Campus, constructed next to the existing strations to students through stra- tronomy, arts and crafts, business, Fort Hood campus. The first floor tegically-placed cameras. The Culi- home décor, self-improvement and consists of 13,744 square feet and nary Arts Dept. offers a variety of new career opportunities. The CTC house nine classrooms, four multi- courses including basic food prepa- Continuing Education Department use computer labs and one office. ration, nutrition and fundamentals now also offers a variety of online The second story is 12,885 square of baking. These and many others courses. Classes are open to the feet containing 12 classrooms. Two will be available at the new facility. entire community and usually caryears ago CTC added a new culi- Classes are held for CTC students, ry minimal costs to the students. nary arts kitchen/classroom on military cooks and civilians. High Fort Hood. What was once a Burger school students are also eligible for Beginning in the fall 2010 semesKing restaurant is now home to a culinary classes through CTC’s dual ter, CTC will implement a new emer-

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and allows for a wider variety of show offerings for a fully-immersive experience. The Planetarium offers a variety of entertainment and education shows including planetarium star shows and laser light shows. It is available for group shows, birthday parties and private screenings. The public show schedule begins Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. along with a Saturday and Sunday matinee lineup starting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively. Weekday matinees are held each Monday and Thursday at 4 p.m.

CTC is also home to The Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater. At a cost of $8.5 million, the 64,000-square-foot Planetarium and Technology Building opened in 2003. The facility houses the 184-seat Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theater, 18 classrooms, faculty learning lab, training center, For more information about CTC, conference room and a distance visit www.ctcd.edu online. ■ learning Central administrative Texas College center. offers aRe- literacy, leadership skills, foreign cently, varietythe of Planetarium professional underwent language skills and occupational a million dollar digital upgrade skills programs. ■ development and job-related which brings full-dome coverage skills programs such as basic for films, sharper, brighter images PHOTO COURTESY OF CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE

option. Committed to serving There are many for all students, CTCopportunities provides financial aid at CTC. The Central comprehensive programs and Campus Financial Aid and the Vetservices for special populations: erans Services offices assist studisability single dents in support securing services, scholarships, parent/homemaker grants and loans. Thesupport CTC Founservices andoffers nontraditional dation also thousands of dollars scholarships to CTC stucareerinsupport services as well dents each year. while earning as tutoring andAnd transportation their associate’s degree, assistance. To meet thestudents can receive assistance in the job occupational training needs, market through CTC’s Career Plan-

ning and Placement which offers comprehensive career counseling and assistance in preparing a resumé, job search techniques, online job hunts and postings. The Career Center also conducts an annual job fair each spring.

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Harker Heights Bowling Club Sweep Regional Titles

In the Boys Singles tournament, Cove’s Cedric Mayberry edged Heights’ Javon Stanford 1,148 to 1,147 to capture the crown. Mayberry started slow with a 187, but roared back by shooting 259, 225, 276, and 201. Stanford started strong with 221, 215, 235, and 279 before dropping to 197 in his final game. William Ganem of Austin Anderson finished 3rd with 1,034 while the Knights’ Tim Rackley was 4th at 1,032. Cameron Beeson of A&M Like the boys team, the Lady Knights Consolidated rounded out the top also swept all of their matches. 5 advancing to the state tournaThey took the lead over Shoemak- ment with 987. Cove’s Tyler Combs er 573missed the 560 after cut by just 1 Game 3 pin finishing and pulled 6th at 986. away for a Killeen’s comfor tAnthony able vicMorales tory. Their was 7th at 1,526 total 950, and was 183 Heights’ pins better Ryan Everthan Shoeett finished maker’s 1,343. Killeen’s Lady 8th in the 14-man field at 906. Roos will be making their first appearance in the state tournament On the girls side, it was no contest. since 2002 by finishing 3rd with One of the top bowlers in the state, 1,253. Austin Anderson (1,023) Austin N.Y.O.S. star Kiara Grant led rounds out the girls teams advanc- from start to finish to capture the

girl’s crown with a total of 1,099, topping her teammate Jessica Stoddard by 168 pins. Austin Anderson’s Daryl Cartwright finished 3rd with 928. Cove’s Brittney Wehmeier finished 4th at 917, while Killeen’s Alexis Holmes was 5th at 888, and Cove’s Stephani B r o w n came in 6th with 868. Those six will advance to the next round. Heights’ Ariana Charles was 7th at 853 while teammates Shelby O’Rourke was 9th at 835; and Lorissa Carns, 10th with 726. 13 girls competed in the tournament. The state tournament will be held on March 26-27 at AMF Euless in Euless. 36 boys teams and 36 girls teams from 10 regions will compete for the state title. Ellison and Plano East are last year’s girls and boys state champions, respectively. There will also be 65 boys and girls competing in their gender divisions at the State Singles Tournament. ■. Garry McNiesh finishing his 6th season as Head Coach, the boys are 54-6 (a winning % of .900) and the girls are 53-7 (.883). This year, the boys won the district with a 9-1 record, their 4th district title in a row; the girls won the district with a 10-0 record, their 3rd district title in a row. The girls’ have won 8 district championships in the 10-year history of HS bowling in Texas.

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The Knights, CenTex district champions, went through the 8 game tournament undefeated, but could not shake the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs until the 5th game when they took a 5 pin lead. From there, they steadily pulled away, finishing with 2,007 total pins while Cove came in 2nd with 1,898. The Ellison Eagles finished 3rd with 1,839. All three teams will advance to the state tournament in Euless on March 26-27. Other finishers were Austin Anderson, 4th with 1,765; Bellville, 5th at 1,176; Burton, 6th with 1,175; A&M Consolidated, 7th with 1,032; and Austin Charter School N.Y.O.S., 8th at 920.

ing to the state tournament. Finishing 5th was A&M Consolidated (1,006). Bellville and Brenham finished 6th and 7th with 948 and 947 respectively, while Austin McCallum finished 8th with 912.

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Killeen ISD

Dr. Robert Muller

Thank you for your interest in the district. Killeen ISD is truly committed to achieving success for every student. We believe there are few things more important than the education of children. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

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Schools: The peak enrollment for 2009-10 for KISD was 39,964. Students attend 31 Elementary Schools (grades PK-5th), eleven Middle Schools (grades 6-8), four High Schools (grades 9-12), two alternative schools, one career and technology center and several specialized campuses.

Staff: Killeen Independent School District has a total staff of 6,095. The staff is composed of 201 administrators, 528 professional support staff, 2778 teachers, 1248 secretaries and instructional aides, and 1340 classified employees. Attendance: Children’s attendance in school is an important part of their education. If a student is absent, it is important that the parent contact the school to inform them of the absence. Upon returning, parents/guardians need to send a note for the student to give to the office, as well as a doctor’s note, if appropriate. Bus Information: Killeen ISD provides bus service to many students in the district. To qualify for this service, a student must meet certain criteria. Transportation service is provided for elementary students who reside one or more miles from the home school and for high school and middle school students who reside two or more miles from the home school. You may visit our website: www.killeenisd.org, click on Students and Parents, and then click on Bus Route Information for bus schedules.

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Breakfast: Full Price ..........$1.25 Reduced ...........$0.30

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To qualify for free or reduced meals you must complete an application and meet specific criteria. Forms will be available at your child’s campus or they may be downloaded online at www.killeenisd.org under Quick Links. For a list of foods with Minimal Nutritional Value please go to www.squaremeals.org Parents may make payments, add funds or view student accounts at www.paypams.com. Viewing the account is a free service, but to add money to the account, there is a flat fee of $1.95. Menus, along with nutritional analyses, will be posted on the Killeen Independent School District website monthly.

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Audie Murphy ..............................................336-6530 Charles E. Patterson .....................................336-7100 Eastern Hills ...............................................336-1100 Haynes School Middle ...................................336-1690 Liberty Hill .................................................336-1370 Live Oak Ridge ............................................336-2490 Manor ........................................................336-1310 Nolan .........................................................336-1150 Palo Alto ....................................................336-1200 Rancier ......................................................336-1250 Smith .........................................................336-1050 Union Grove ................................................336-6580

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Career & Technical Education .........................336-0563 C. E. Ellison ................................................336-0600 Harker Heights ............................................336-0800 Haynes School High .....................................336-1700 Killeen .......................................................336-7208 Pathways Academic Campus ...........................336-0550 Robert M. Shoemaker....................................336-0900

Specialized Campuses

Career & Technical Education .........................336-0563 Haynes School High .....................................336-1700 Haynes School Middle ...................................336-1690 Pathways Academic Campus ...........................336-0550

Services for Students & the General Public

Assessment & Accountability .........................336-0319 Athletics & Special Events Ticket Office ...........336-0027 Athletics Main Number ..................................336-2672 Attendance Officers ......................................336-2839 Compensatory/Federal Programs .....................336-0208 Education Foundation ...................................336-0182 Fraud & Abuse Hotline ..................................336-0151 Guidance & Counseling .................................336-1681 Health Services ............................................336-1684 KISD-TV, Cable Channel 17 .............................336-1749 Public Information .......................................336-0065 School Nutrition Services ..............................336-0775 School Safety ..............................................336-2810 Special Education Services ............................336-0362 Student/District/Community Relations.............336-1687 Student Hearings .........................................336-2827 Student Services ..........................................336-2822 Substitute Center .........................................336-0112 Transportation Q & A ....................................336-0138

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Auxiliary Personnel.......................................336-0058 Employee Benefits........................................336-0165 Employee Relations ......................................336-0045 Media Center ...............................................336-1746 Personnel and Support Services ......................336-0049 Professional Learning ...................................336-1741

Business & Finance

Budgetary Services .......................................336-0031 Business Services .........................................336-0157 Central Warehouse ........................................336-0790 District Planning/PEIMS ................................336-0150 Facilities Services.........................................336-0074 Financial Services.........................................336-0012 Maintenance/Custodial .................................336-0192 Payroll .......................................................336-0025 Print Shop ..................................................336-0576 Property Management Warehouse ....................336-0581 Purchasing Services ......................................336-2783 Risk Management .........................................336-0068 Warehouse Annex .........................................336-0143

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Information Systems ....................................336-2747 Network Operations Center ............................336-2749 Technology Services .....................................336-2746 Telecommunications .....................................336-2749

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Killeen ISD Main District Number ....................336-0000 Office of the Superintendent ..........................336-0002 Office of the Deputy Superintendent ...............336-2780 High School/CTE/Alt Instructional Leader ........336-1738 Elementary/Middle School Instructional Leader ....336-2650 Elementary/Middle School Instructional Leader ....336-1740 Elementary/Middle School Instructional Leader ....336-1739 Office of Chief Academic Officer ......................336-0202 Office of Chief Technology Official ...................336-6894 Office of Chief Financial Officer ......................336-0157

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Bellaire ......................................................336-1410 Brookhaven.................................................336-1440 Cedar Valley ................................................336-1480 Clarke ........................................................336-1510 Clear Creek ..................................................336-1550 Clifton Park .................................................336-1580 Duncan ......................................................336-1620 East Ward ...................................................336-1650 Fowler ........................................................336-1760 Harker Heights ............................................336-2050 Hay Branch .................................................336-2080 Iduma ........................................................336-2590 Ira Cross, Jr. ...............................................336-2550 Maxdale......................................................336-2460 Meadows ....................................................336-1870 Montague Village .........................................336-2230 Mountain View ............................................336-1900 Nolanville ...................................................336-2180 Oveta Culp Hobby ........................................336-6500 Peebles ......................................................336-2120 Pershing Park ..............................................336-1790 Reeces Creek ...............................................336-2150 Richard E. Cavazos .......................................336-7000 Saegert ......................................................336-6660 Skipcha ......................................................336-6690 Sugar Loaf ..................................................336-1940 Timber Ridge ...............................................336-6630 Trimmier.....................................................336-2270 Venable Village ............................................336-1980 West Ward ..................................................336-1830 Willow Springs.............................................336-2020

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• Current proof of residency within KISD (utility bill or lease contract). For more information visit www.killeenisd.org. • Certified Birth Certificate • Immunization Records • Student’s Social Security Card • Report Card/records from Previous School Note: Student must be enrolled by parent or legal guardian (additional documentation required for other custodial arrangements). Parent or legal guardian must bring photo ID.

Pre-kindergarten Eligibility Full-day pre-kindergarten classes are available in KISD. The following guidelines must be met prior to enrollment. • Student must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2010 and • Student must meet one of the following conditions: - Speaks another language besides English at home and has a qualifying score on an Oral Language Proficiency Test - Eligible for free/reduced lunch program (income level based) - Qualifying Military Dependent – requires military ID, DEERS form or other reliable documentation to show student is a dependent of a current military member or a dependent of a prior military member who was injured, killed or MIA while on active duty; simply being a retired military member does NOT meet this qualification criteria - Homeless - Has ever been in the conservatorship (foster care) of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) following an adversary hearing. * All pre-k students must complete a free-reduced lunch application, regardless of qualifying reason (except for homeless students). For more information about the free-reduced lunch program visit: www.fns.usda.gov

Kindergarten Eligibility A child entering kindergarten must be 5 (five) years old on or before September 1, 2010. Students can be older than five, but not younger. Being enrolled in kindergarten in another district, state or country has no influence on eligibility in Texas, except for those who meet the eligibility requirements of the Interstate Compact for Military Students. Find additional information at: www.killeenisd.org.

First Grade Eligibility A child entering 1st grade must be 6 (six) years old on or before September 1, 2010. Exceptions exist for underage students that meet the requirements of the Interstate Compact for Military Students or any student who has completed public school kindergarten or been enrolled in 1st grade in a public school in another state prior to enrolling in Texas.

Immunization The State of Texas requires that students must have all their shots up-to-date before attending school. In fact, a student can be withheld from attending classes until their immunization record is brought into compliance. A list of required immunizations by grade are available from the school nurse at each campus or by calling 336-1684. Complete affidavits for exemption for reason of conscience can be presented in lieu of an up-todate shot record. This form can be obtained from the Department of State Health Services. For more information about the exemption, call (800) 252-9152, or visit www.immunizeTexas.com.


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The mission of Copperas Cove Independent School District as a caring, innovative education system in a diverse community is to provide safe, quality schools that ensure the highest level of student preparation necessary for success in a competitive, changing world.

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District Goals ● Every student will achieve high academic standards.

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Avenue E Alternative Learning Center 306 East Aveune E 7:55 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. Jimmy Shuck 254.547.9164 254.547.4039

Copperas Cove High School 400 South 25th Street 8:25 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Rick Kirkpatrick 254.547.2534 254.547.9870

Hettie Halstead Elementary School 910 North Main Street 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Mary Derrick 254.547.3440 254.547.6896

Martin Walker Elementary School 100 FM 3046 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Marla Sullivan 254.547.2283 254.547.5984

C.R. Clements/ Hollie Parsons Elementary School 1115 Northern Dancer 1120 Risen Star Lane 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Patti Monroe 254.547.2235 254.547.1902 254.547.0845 254.547.1939

Copperas Cove Junior High 702 Sunny Street 8:10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Randy Troub 254.547.6959 254.518.2620

J.L. Williams/ Lovett Ledger Elementary School 905 Courtney Lane 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Kevin Cameron 254.542.1001 254.542.3070 254.542.2794 254.542.3348

S.C. Lee Junior High 1205 Courtney Lane 8:10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Kayleen Love 254.542.7877 254.542.8103

Fairview/ Miss Jewell Elementary School 1002 Veterans Avenue 710 5th Street 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Angela Kirkpatrick 254.547.4212 254.547.4530 254.547.6980 254.547.6378

Mae Stevens Elementary School 302 Manning Drive 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Christy Slagle 254.547.8289 254.547.8325

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Welcome to Belton ISD - www.BISD.net

Belton ISD has a proud tradition of excellence in education. Our mission is to ensure that every child achieves maximum educational potential.

Belton Independent School District currently serves approximately 8900 students at twelve campuses in Belton, Texas. The District’s ethnic distribution is 61% White, 28% Hispanic, 8% AfricanAmerican, 2% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1% Native American.

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EDUCATION

Our Students

Our Schools

Our Ratings

For 2009, Belton ISD was rated Academically Acceptable by the Texas Education Agency based on students’ performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Four elementary campuses received an Exemplary rating; four received a Recognized rating; Belton High School a Recognized rating; and the remainder of our campuses were rated Academically Acceptable. Many campuses received Gold Performance Acknowledgements for individual subject areas.

Belton ISD schools:

Lakewood Elementary – 254-215-3100 Leon Heights Elementary – 254-215-3200 Miller Heights Elementary – 254-215-3300 Pirtle Elementary – 254-215-2000 Southwest Elementary – 254-215-3500 Sparta Elementary – 254-215-3600 Tarver Elementary – 254-215-3800 Tyler Elementary – 254-215-3700 Belton Middle School – 254-215-2800 Lake Belton Middle School – 254-215-2900 Belton High School – 254-215-2200 Waskow High School – 254-215-2500

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The District’s boundaries cover approximately 200 square miles in Bell County. Students attend eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and one alternative high school.

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Temple ISD - www.TISD.org Quick Facts about Temple ISD EDUCATION

• Temple Public Schools began instruction on June 13, 1883. • Temple ISD is a 5A school district with two early childhood centers (Pre-K), one elementary campus • • •

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(K-3), eight elementary schools (K-5), three middle schools (6-8) one high school (9-12) and an alternative education campus. Temple ISD serves a very diverse student body of approximately 8,400 students. Temple ISD is the fourth largest employer in Temple with approximately 1,300 employees. Through the years, Temple ISD has produced 187 National Merit Scholar Award winners, including Black Achievement and Hispanic Recognition Scholars. Temple ISD was the first District in Central Texas to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma and has, to date, awarded 100 IB diplomas. The District has exceeded state and national averages in SAT scores for 12 consecutive years and has received numerous other state and national recognition. Temple High School has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Public High Schools” by Newsweek. Temple High School has been recognized by Achieve Texas as a Best Practices high school for the Institutes of Study and Career & Technology Programs. Bonham Middle School and Western Hills Elementary School have been recognized as a “Best Public School” by Texas Monthly.

Temple Schools Cater Elementary 254-215-7444

Raye-Allen Elementary 254-215-5800

Lamar Middle School 254-215-6444

Garcia Elementary 254-215-6100

Scott Elementary 254-218-6222

Travis Science Academy 254-215-6300

Jefferson Elementary 254-215-5500

Thornton Elementary 254-215-5700

Temple High School 254-215-7000

Kennedy-Powell Elementary 254-215-6000

Western Hills Elementary 254-215-5600

Wheatley Alternative Education Center 254-215-5665

Meridith-Dunbar Elementary 254-215-5900

Bonham Middle School 254-215-6600


Salado ISD - Saladoisd.org

SISD provides over 25 career and technology courses, including horticulture, fish hatcheries, forestry, biotechnology, agriculture sciences, home economics, web mastering, and computer animation graphics. Salado ISD prides itself on provided innovative, research based programs including Grand Central Station, RALLYE reading, Texas A&M Consolidated Mathematics Curriculum, Neuhaus Reading Program, and 2 full-time English as a Second Language teachers. Salado ISD conducts pre- and post-testing to determine program success each year and publishes this in a State of the Union report.

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Salado is served by the Salado Independent School District. Salado schools are quite well-known for their UIL academics. The Eagles have had a long series of strong academic teams. Salado is also represented by a long-time winning sports program. Salado High School has won numerous state championships with its golf program, and the Baseball team won the 2008 State Championship. Salado High School won the 2008 Lone Star Cup.The Salado One Act Play (SOAP) Team are the 2010 State 2A UIL One Act Play Champions.

Our Schools

Salado High (Grades 9-12) Salado Jr. High (Grades 7-8) Salado Intermediate (Grades 3-6) Thomas Arnold Elementary (Grades PK-2)

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s more established companies move into the Central Texas area, they are attracting employees from other major real estate markets. Relocating here allows families to design their dream home that reflects their lifestyle, yet do so affordably. The custom market is very exciting in Central Texas. Sales and new starts are going well in the custom market. The prospects for new starts are excellent. Many new businesses are moving to Central Texas and creating job growth and bringing solid buyers to the area. These factors make 2010 extremely good year in the custom side of the building market.

still exists. But that pricey option is joined these days by high-volume builders that will customize a home by moving walls or adding square footage. There are even highervolume builders that offer custom options in just a few areas of the home, such as kitchens with sunrooms or kitchens as part of the family room. Remember that a custom feature is not the same as optional feature. Options usually are standard features that are perceived as adding value, such as built -in cabinetry, granite countertops, crown molding or finished basements. Custom features, however, appeal

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DETERMINING IF A CUSTOM HOME IS RIGHT FOR YOU When people hear the word “custom� associated with the home building industry, it is natural to envision a one-of-a-kind dream home Are you looking for a custom built with everything an owner could ever home? want, right down to the doorknobs, at a price reserved for people with A custom home is the perfect so- large, six-figure incomes. That might lution for people with discerning have been correct at one time, but taste. You have specific needs no more - things are changing in in mind when choosing a home the home building industry. that fits your lifestyle. Unlike tract houses, a custom home is built to Today, there are myriad custom your specifications. You, the home home options and different levowner, have control over the layout, els of custom home builders. The lot size, and amenities included in full-time custom homebuilder who your new home. builds only a few homes each year

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to personal taste and might not be appreciated by a wide audience. So the added value literally is in the eye of the beholder. This is one reason why most builders will ask clients to pay for custom features in advance.

friends and associates who have had custom homes built for them. Talk to builders’ referrals and look at their work. It is important to feel comfortable that a builder is someone whom you have faith to build your home.

By extending the definitions and boundaries of custom home building, builders have given homebuyers more opportunities to build their dream homes without starting from scratch. To customize or not to customize hinges on two things - what a customer wants and how much he or she is willing to spend. If you know what you want, have a budget in mind and do decide to customize your home, consider these four important steps at the beginning of the process.

THE LOT A builder can review a lot under consideration to evaluate positive and negative points as well as to help determine whether it will meet a homebuyer’s needs and desires. For example, a builder can help ensure that a potential home buyer budgets adequately provoked a lot and a home to be built on it.

by commenting on construction details as plans are being drawn. THE FINANCING After deciding on a builder, a lot and architectural plans, most buyers will need a construction/permanent loan in order to finance their dream home. Many banks offer attractive loans that initially finance the lot and construction and they convert automatically to a permanent loan. These construction/permanent loans make it easy to finance a custom home. But remember - banks reserve the right to approve a homebuilder.

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A dream home is within most peoTHE PLANS ple's grasp. Starting with a good Most architects are happy to in- builder will help make that dream clude builders in the process of a reality.■ planning a home. A design/build THE BUILDER team of owner, builder and architect The first step is to decide on a allow all three to contribute to the builder. Begin by interviewing sev- design process. A builder can help eral builders recommended by conserve an owner’s home budget

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ou've finally arrived at the decision to buy a home. Now you face the choice between buying a newly-constructed or a pre-existing home.

You will sell someday From an investment standpoint, it's wise to think about the future when you're buying—after all, you'll be the seller one day, and you want to get the largest possible return on your investment. What if, for example, a home is one of the first in a new subdivision. As other houses are still being built, short-term resale of a

This typically changes as the neighborhood matures and the builders clear out. That's a big closet It's not all about the investment, though—you have to live in this home. Central air, large pantries, walk-in closets, multi-car garages, more and bigger bathrooms and other contemporary amenities are more common in newer homes. There are not many 50 year-old homes featuring a master suite with a spa and two walk-in closets. New homes are also built with infrastructure tailored to modern

life, like having more electrical outlets or being pre-wired for security or Internet. Additionally, there are stricter building codes and significant advances in construction materials and techniques. These improvements result in safer and more energy-efficient homes. Also, the builder may offer customization options, like color schemes, flooring, kitchen cabinets or appliances, that allow you a degree of personalization. Existing homes were built and designed to someone else's standard and taste, which is bound to be different from yours. On the flip side, many older homes have a charm from the period during which they were built. That's not easily replicated in a new home. Some older homes sit on larger parcels of land than

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There are advantages and disadvantages to each option, so the decision may not be an easy one. No matter which way you go, you'll probably end up making a few tradeoffs. In the end, choose the type of home that makes the most sense for you, your lifestyle and your upcoming plans.

two-year old house can be difficult. Given two similar choices in the same neighborhood, most buyers opt for a brand-new house as opposed to one that's been lived in. Additionally, builder incentives can make the new home down the street more attractive to buyers.

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the lots common in most new subdivisions. You also may find an existing home that has been remodeled in a way that suits your needs perfectly. New doesn't mean perfect Home maintenance comes with homeownership. There is no house that is maintenance or defect-free ... even brand new homes. In fact, it's not uncommon to find at least one construction defect that must be addressed in a brand new house. So, if you do opt for a new home, make sure you understand the builder's warranty and the process for identifying and fixing problems. If the 'hood fits... The neighborhood should be a significant part of your decision. Think about what you value—school district, proximity to your workplace, and dayto-day convenience are common concerns for most people, but your list may vary. You'll find that many residential builders acquire large tracts of land (usually far away from the center of the city) and starting a subdivision from scratch. It's more cost-effective to lay infrastructure and build if there are no obstacles. So, if you happen to be partial to large trees lining the streets, an older neighborhood may be more your style. Some new communities also

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initially lack services like close-by grocery stores, shopping or other things that you take for granted in established areas. When can I move in? If you purchase a home before it's completed, builder delays or other holdups could prevent you from moving in on schedule. This may end up being no big deal, but if the timing is wrong, you may have to find a temporary solution

while the setbacks are resolved. This may mean delaying closing on the sale of your current home, finding a place to rent, staying with friends or family or placing your belongings in storage. Talk to someone who can help When you're deciding between a newly built home and an existing home, decide based on your needs. A Texas REALTOR® can help you sift through the options. Sit down with him or her and let them know what's important to you.■ For more information about buying and selling houses, or to find a Texas REALTOR®, I invite you to TexasRealEstate.com. Article submitted by: Jose Segarra, Fort Hood Area Association of REALTORS® Public Relations Committee and Broker of Exit Homevets Realty


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The Central Texas Relocation Guide is a twice a year newcomers guide for Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Fort Hood, Salado, Belton, Temple and surrounding cities. This high quality, full color publication is geared toward providing newcomers with comprehensive and practical information relating to moving to the central Texas area.

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If you feel stressed about moving, imagine what it’s like for your kids. You have a say in the decisions that dictate the how, when and where of your move. Your kids probably don’t.

from school, sports teams, friends and a familiar house can be traumatic, and the longer your children have been building relationships, the more upset they will likely be. Let them know that you can and will help them through the transiChildren are creatures of habit. tion. Every child is different, but Any disturbance in the routine will overall, kids are pretty resilient; prompt a reaction, whether it's a they just need time to warm up to teenager rebelling or a four-year old new ideas and get adjusted to mapitching a fit. It's normal for them jor changes in their lives. Let them to feel apprehensive and anxious— know why the family is moving and make sure they know that. put the date of your move on the family calendar for all to see. Be honest Talk to children about what to ex- All is not lost pect, answer questions, share your Remind them that moving doesn’t feelings and encourage them to mean they’re going to lose touch share theirs. Make sure they know with their friends. They can still they can come to you at any time. keep in contact via e-mail, text mesThe prospect of being uprooted sage and social networks. You may

also want to arrange a visit where your children’s friends come to the new house after you’ve settled in a bit. Be a role model Kids pick up on their parents' emotion and state of mind. If you're frantic and nervous about the move, they will be too. If you keep it together and express confidence, your kids will likely follow your lead. Concentrate on all the opportunities and emphasize all new experiences that lie ahead. This is an exciting time. Let them help If it's practical, let the kids participate during the home search. Encourage them to ask questions— sometimes kids ask the most


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Texas, a homebuyer might want to find a real estate agent who is a relation specialist, a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) or an Accredited Buyer's Agent (ABR). ■

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For more information about moving or to find a Local Realtor, visit www. fhaar.org ■ to rely on real estate ers continue agents to help them through the Article courtesty of: house-hunting and purchasing Jose L. Segarra | GRS,e-Pro,GRI process. Broker - Owner | Exit Homevets Realty Before moving to Central

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The latest annual survey conductIt also helps to get your family ed by the national association of back into a comfortable routine as Realtors® indicates that despite quickly as possible. the growing number of information sources available, home buy-

We can do it Moving can be a stressful experience for kids, but as a parent, you can alleviate some of the anxiety by being honest, answering questions and involving them in the process. Ask your Texas Realtor for advice or resources that can help ease the transition into your new community. As an expert in the real estate industry, your Realtor likely helped another family through a similar situation.

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insightful questions. Look at the notebook for later comparison house through their eyes and try among specific builders and to think of their concerns. Take exhomes Ask such questions as:their Are tra time to show them where you with your you roomhappy will be, and askhome? them toIf think about where they want had any problems, weretheir they furnifixed ture. promptly and properly? Would you buy another home from this Pick it up, pack it in builder? Packing is never fun, it treUsually, people willnor tellisyou mendously exciting.with Younger if they are pleased their kids in particular may need a little help homes, and if not, they’ll probably understanding the concept. Let tell you why. them know you’re not throwing away toys; you’re just making sure Shop for Quality that they’re packed safely away and Value and that they’ll be available when Look at new homes whenever posyou get to the new place. Let them sible. Home showson and houswrite their names theopen boxes with es sponsored by builders are good colorful magic markers or crayons. opportunities to tour homes. Model One tip and that houses can really help, noinmathomes displayed ter theshows age, often is to have a box with home are furnished just their ideas "important" to provide for usingstuff. space.This box may contain music, pictures, You also can ask a builder to see a favorite book, a stuffed animal or unfurnished homes. any other valued item. If possible, it should stay with the family during • When examining a home look the move, or if it must go with the at the quality of the construcmovers, unpack it first to create a tion features. Inspect the quallevel of comfort and familiarity on ity of the cabinetry, carpeting, the first night in the new house. trim work and paint. Ask the builder or the builder’s repWhat's it like? resentative as to many specific If you're moving a new city or questions as possible. If the state, show them where you're gogiven Also, verbally inganswers to live onare a map. use the Internet findinkid-friendly attracrathertothan writing, take tions and other information about thorough notes. your new town. Allow them to get excited, as athis may help counterChoosing act some of their nerves. Real Estate Agent

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Checklist for Loan Application

1. Copy of accepted earnest money contract (which your realtor can provide).

2. Copy of social security card and picture

Most lenders will offer homebuyers the option of "locking in" an interest rate and points or "floating." A locked loan insulates the buyers from fluctuations in The market. If homebuyers think rates will improve, or at least remain the same, they may choose to "float" the rate and points. Buyers need to have a clear and precise understanding of the rules under which the lender will lock or float the loan. This information should be provided in writing .

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identification, such as a Driver's license or military identification. Married couples must each supply their own id. 3. Residential addresses for the past two years including the landlords' addresses and phone numbers. 4. The last two years' of w-2 and 1099 forms for each person on the loan application. 5. Last pay stub(s) showing gross monthly salary and all deductions for a full month. 6. If commissions or bonuses equal 25 percent or more of total income, last two years' tax returns, complete with all schedules. 7. If self-employed (owning 25 percent or more of a business), the last two years' personal and business tax returns, complete with all schedules, and current year-to-date profit and loss statement and balance sheets for each business entity. 8. Names, addresses, account numbers and balances of all checking and savings accounts. 9. Last three statements on all checking, savings, investments, securities, retirement and other financial accounts. 10. Names, addresses, account numbers, balances and monthly payments on all open charge accounts. 11. Estimated value of all furniture, clothing, jewelry and other personal property. 12. Face value of life insurance, retirement accounts, profit-sharing accounts and available cash reserves. 13. If selling current residence, a copy of the listing agreement and contract, if available, to show equity. 14. If you've recently sold a property, the copy of your hud statement, if applicable. 15. Current mortgage statement. If mortgage is held by individual or institution that does not report a 12-month history to the credit bureau, copies of front and back of checks drawn on the purchaser's bank by the mortgage company. 16. If renting, current rental agreement, name, address and phone number of landlord or copy of both sides of previous 17. 12 Canceled checks. 18. If your automobile is less than four years old and is free and clear of liens, a copy of your title. 19. The address, present value, amount of mortgage and payment on all real estate owned. If you are renting property, copy of your current lease and a copy of your rental check for the most recent month. 20. If you have real property owned free and clear, a copy of your general warranty deed. 21. Copy of any divorce decrees, if applicable. 22. Money for appraisal and credit report.

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You can simplify your loan application process by coming prepared with all the appropriate documents. While you should ask your lender for the specifics of what they'll want to see, here's a list of the most commonly-requested items:

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Real EstateTerminology Agent – A person authorized to act on behalf of another in dealings with third parties. Appraisal – An expert judgment Exactly when, much and or estimate of thehow quality or value of realoften estatemay as ofaarental given date. how inUsually used for qualification crease be given? Also, is for there the loan amount. a ceiling on the amount of any

given increase? If so, what is

Assessed Value - The value the highest amount? placed on property for tax purposes. Does not necessarily reflect • market Under the terms of the TAA fair value.

lease, no rental increases can

Assumable Mortgage – Loan that be given until the initial lease may be passed to the next owner term has expired. After the of the property.

lease has expired, an increase

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notice prior to the effective date of of theTitle new–rental amount. Certificate A document singed by a title examiner or attorney stating that the If an apartment hasseller beenhas clear and insurable title to the of severely flooded and most property.

their personal belongings are damaged, through no fault Closing – Used to describe the of the resident, is respontime establishedwho by the mortgage sible forand replacing all of the company a title company in lost items? which the purchase takes place. Closing costs are the fees a buyer will pay to assure the loan is processed. The mortgage company will notify the homebuyer when the home purchase will close and determine the amount of money needed to complete the transaction. On the day of closing, a new owner will be given keys to the property and will be determined the “homeowner.”

Competitive Market Analysis – A method of valuing property using a study of recently sold similar

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Title – the document that indicates of ownership, control ● Forrights an overview of tenant and rights possession of property. form the Texas attorney

general, view the Web site

Title Insurance – New ownership of a www.oag.state.tx.us/ home takes place when the AG_Publications/txts/ title is passed from one person to the renter be given tenant. shtml or call the aside for the seller by the potenTitles sometimes have before is that rental another. ● Texasthe lawrent requires tial buyer upon the signing of the problems such as forgeries, liens attorney general’s consumer properties must havethat the the on the property, errors of recordconsidered late? agreement of sale to show protection hotline at devices buyerfollowing is serioussecurity about purchasing clerks and legal errors. Title 800-621-0508. ■ ing the house. Also as a insurance protects a homeowner provided at theknown owner’s deposit. from any loss incurred due to a defect in the title. ■ Equity - The money realized when a property is sold and all the • Theagainst grace period allowed claims it are paid. Thein the amount usually TAA is lease doesthe notsales referprice to when minus the present mortgage the rent is actually due. Itbalsimply ance.

refers to when the later charges will –begin. The lease Escrow Funds given to states a thirdthat partyrent to be held pending some is due and payable on the occurrence; may refer to earnest first of each month. This means money, funds collected by a lender that rents are and delinfor the payment of late uncomplicated repairs. quent on the second if not paid. How much grace Listing Agreement – Contract period (if and any) ais between a property owner before the real estate broker,given authorizing the broker to find a buyer. late charges begin depends on the Mortgage – A lien or claim against and whatto real property givenowner by the buyer the lender as security for money is stated in the borrowed. lease contract. ■

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Brokerage Fee (Commission) – of any amount (the State of Fee paid (usually by the seller) for Texas has no rentincontrol) can the broker’s services securing a be given provided the resident buyer for the property. It is commonly a percentage the a sales has been servedofwith 35 day price.

expense: a keyless deadbolt or keyless bolting device on all exterior doors; a peephole Point one glass percent of the or–clear panel onloan amount paid in a one-time lump all exterior doors; a keyed sum to the lender. deadbolt or door handle lock on a– main door; Survey A mapentry made by aali-pin locksurveyor and either handle censed whodoor measures the land its bar boundarlatchand or acharts security on ies, each improvements and relationsliding glass door; and a ship to the property surrounding it. window latch on each window.

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• The TAA/HAA lease contains clause that the ● aTexas lawwhich does states not require owner not be liable for renter'swill insurance, but almost any damages to it's thearesident's everone agrees good properties, property that filed personal or totothat idea. Thebelongings property owner's sell and other property currently insurance does notdisaster cover aocperson. Only if the on the market. renter's personal belongings. curred due to the owner's own Contract – a legally enforceable willrental the resident ● negligence All residential dwellings agreement o do (or not to do) aThe have cause for action. mustahave smoke detectors particular thing, such as buy or sell lease strongly installed by thesuggest owner. that the a home. Renters are responsible residents secure insurance Deedto – protect Areplacing formal, written document for batteries and themselves against that when executed, delivered and checking to make sure any personal losses. recorded conveys title of real propthe smoke detector works erty. A new deed is used for correctly. It is a violation each transfer. of Texas law to disable or How much grace period must disconnect smoke detector. Earnest Money –aThe money set

PITI – An abbreviation for principal, interest, taxes and insurance, often lumped together in a monthly mortgage payment.

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CREATING A HOUSING BUDGET A real estate agent can help you establish a housing budget. The budget should be based on numerous factors including income level, amount available from the lending institution, your debt and budget, the amount available for the down payment and the interest rate. The

designed to fit different lifestyles and credit records. While this has many benefits, these new programs should be viewed with caution. The attraction of interestonly loans and 125 percent financing has the potential to put buyers in over their heads. Be realistic in setting your budget before you start house-hunting.

Before applying for a home loan, it's a good idea to secure a copy of your credit report. This will eliminate any surprises when talking to a loan officer. It also will allow you to verify the information on the report and clean up any errors that might exist will also factor in taxes, insurance before applying for a loan. and any renovations (if needed) to give you a firm budget with which In addition to the dollar amount of to plan. Your agent can also help the loan, you need to pay special you budget for incidentals, such as attention to the interest rate. Lowwindow coverings, new furniture er rates enable buyers to afford a and any alterations planned for the more expensive home without behome. coming "house poor" - a condition in which the homeowner can afford FINANCING THE DREAM the house but little else. A lender will evaluate your financial situation and provide you with a If possible, you should steer clear maximum amount you qualify for of origination points, which lenders in the form of a mortgage. Before use to cover the expense of making looking at homes, consider obtain- a loan. According to www.Bankrate. ing a preapproval letter from your com. one point equals one percent lender. This lets potenttal sellers of a mortgage loan. know that financing is in place and that you're serious about the trans- To help lower the interest rate of action. your loan, you may want to "buy down" the points by paying upfront To obtain approval, the lender will for a lower interest rate. Points request a list of documents that paid are eligible for deduction from provide a snapshot of your current federal income tax for the year in economic condition. Many lenders which they are paid; however, if the have changed old rules requiring a seller pays any of the points- a pop20 percent down payment and near- ular negotiation tactic - both the perfect credit rating. The federal buyer and seller need to agree on government and lenders have even the deduction before it's taken. ■ created special loan opportunities

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You should expect your real estate agent to: • Explain how the property tax system in Texas works. • Help you create a budget. • Help you determine whether to purchase a new home or a resale home. • Show you neighborhoods and homes within your price range. • Negotiate the best possible price for the home. • Explain the contract. • Be present with you for all inspections. • Expedite the paperwork between all parties involved. It's important to find an agent you're comfortable with, and who seems accessible and willing to address all your questions and concerns.

agent will help you determine the maximum price you can afford to pay for a home. This number will probably be less than what the lending institution offers. The agent

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CREATING THE RIGHT TEAM A qualified real estate agent will be familiar with the pros and cons of neighborhoods and developments in the Central Texas area and will be able to help you narrow your search. An agent can also help you create the best team for the entire home-buying process. To purchase a home, you typically will need an agent, a mortgage company, title company, various inspectors, an insurance company and, depending on the transaction, an attorney.

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he single-family home on the rental market can range from $800 for a two-bedroom home to $2000 were significantly more for a larger home. A security deposit might equal a monthly payment. These properties often require residents to sign a one - year lease. Often renters of these properties pay all the utility bills. Potential residents need to check their leases to ascertain who pays for electricity, gas, water, sewage, garbage and cable TV. TEMPORARY/CORPORATE HOUSING Temporary or corporate housing that provides fully furnished, comfortable lodging with flexible lease terms is an economical alternative to hotel living. Temporary housing is well-suited PHOTO COURTESY OF STELLAR HOMES to people facing a variety of situations: homebuyers encountering various delays; homeowners who are renovating their homes; new residents or visitors searching for an apartment or house; tourists or business people on an extended stay; personnel who are relocating; visiting executives; or corporate clients. Today, temporary or corporate housing is available in many locations and varieties, from moderately priced compact efficiencies with all the basics to luxury, priced comparably to daily hotel rates. Telephone service usually is included, while other amenities can differ from one establishment to another. WHAT TO EXPECT After finding a suitable place to live, prospective renters usually must complete a rental application. The application normally will ask for current and former addresses, current and past employment, credit references, criminal history and other information the property owner or manager needs to determine if the prospective of resident can afford the rent and doesn't pose a security risk. In most cases, prospective residents will be charged a nonrefundable application fee to cover the cost of processing your application: running credit checks, verifying rental history, etc. Properties also might charge an application deposit which usually becomes part of a security deposit if the application is approved. If the application is declined, the application deposit usually is refunded. Most apartment communities you standard leases endorsed by the Texas Apartment Association (512 - 479-6252). Most apartment communities will require a security deposit, which only averages $200-$400 depending on apartment size and other considerations. Standard leases cover six or 12 months, though some communities now offer seven and 13 month terms. Many Apartment communities have strict policies regarding pets, often limiting them to 20 pounds and requiring a pet deposit. When outside, a pet must be kept on a leash and walked only in designated areas. Apartment communities employ full-time maintenance people to handle repairs and perform pre-

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Renting vs. Owning What Will It Cost?

What Does Home Ownership Buy? A home usually has a yard, a community pool or other amenities and more space. The owner is responsible for maintaining the yard, heating and cooling a larger space, and perhaps paying homeowner association dues.

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Are There Any Tax Advantages? Homeowners who itemize their income taxes can deduct the interest paid on a mortgage and property taxes that have been paid. A homeowner also can deduct points paid to lenders in the year that cost was incurred.

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Buying a home usually requires a substantial investment of cash for a down payment, closing costs and points paid to lenders.

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ventive maintenance, with some offering 24-hour emergency repair services. If leasing from an owner, be sure to establish responsibilities for repairs and maintenance. RESIDENTS’ RIGHTS Right to Peace and Quiet. Residents have the right to “quiet enjoyment,” meaning a landlord cannot evict a resident without cause or otherwise disturb a resident’s right to live in peace and quiet. The landlord also has a duty to see that the residents are protected from other residents’ wrongful behavior. Except in specific conditions, a landlord may not interrupt utilities to a resident except for bona fide repairs, construction or an emergency. Right to Health and Safety. The landlord must repair any condition that materially affects resident’s health and safety. Under Texas law, by renting the property, the landlord guarantees the unit will be a fit place to live. The landlord does not have to pay for or make repairs due to a resident’s negligence, carelessness, abuse or accident – unless resulting from “normal wear and tear. “ Also, the landlord must provide smoke detectors. Right to Security. Under Texas law, a dwelling must be equipped with security devices like window latches, keyed deadbolts on exterior doors, sliding door pin locks and sliding door handle latches or sliding door security bars, and/or viewers. These devices must be installed at the landlord’s expense. If such devices are missing or are defective, a resident can request their installation or repair.

Whether new residents are looking for an apartment to call home or a short-term stay until they find their dream home, the market offers unlimited array of housing opportunities that meet every price range and personal taste. ■ Sources: www.apartments.com www.apartmentfinder.com www.apartmentratings.com

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Why Buy Renters Insurance?

What would happen to your belongings if: • Your apartment building burned down?

• A thief broke into your town

house? • A guest slipped and injured himself in your kitchen? • The home you’re renting suffered water damage? Without renters insurance, you’ve got no coverage for personal property loss or damage. Fortunately, you can get affordable renters in-

surance (also called apartment as “named peril” coverage. The insurance) to protect you in situa- named perils in your renters policy tions like this. may include: • Fire or Lightning Protect Your Belongings • Windstorm Too often, people think they don’t • Smoke have enough property to make a • Vandalism or Malicious renters insurance policy worthwhile. • Mischief But take a minute to think about • Theft what you own, and what you’ve got • Accidental Discharge of Water to lose, including: clothing, furni- • Nine other common loss types ture, a television or entertainment system, a computer, an ipod, musi- Your coverage will also include liacal or sporting equipment, jewelry. bility protection, which covers injury to another person on your property. Renters insurance provides pro- If necessary, your policy may even tection if your personal property is pay for your legal defense in these damaged, stolen,or destroyed. circumstances. When Does Renters Insurance Apply to You? Your renters policy will state exactly what you’re insured against. In the insurance world, it’s known

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If you’re a renter, you may not think you need insurance at all. (Your landlord already has insurance on the building, right?) But you may not realize that your landlord’s policy doesn’t cover any of your personal property.

Additionally, your policy will include medical payments coverage that pays for medical expenses of people who don’t live with you, but who are injured on your property. ■

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About Homeowners Insurance

Shopping for Homeowner’s Insurance

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ates vary widely among companies, so it pays to shop around. Following are some useful tips to help you find the best deal for your money:

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Decide before shopping the specific coverages and coverage amounts you need. Choose the highest deductible you can afford. Your deductible is the amount you must pay your self before the insurance company will pay. Higher deductibles will lower you premium, but remember that you’ll have to pay more out of your own pocket if you have a claim. Because rates vary, ask several companies and agents for price quotes. When comparing rates, make sure they are for the same coverages. TDI publishes a homeowner’s rate guide that can help you shop. The rate guide lists companies and their annual premiums for policies with $100,000 coverage on the house,

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$40,000 on its contents, and a 1 percent ($1,000) deductible. When getting a price quote or applying for insurance, answer questions truthfully. Wrong information could cause you to get an incorrect price quote or could lead to a denial or cancellation of coverage. Consider factors other than price, including a company’s financial rating and its complaint index. Financial ratings indicate a company’s financial rating and its complain index. Financial ratings indicate a company’s financial strength and stability, while the complaint index indicates a company’s customer service record. Buy only from licensed companies and agents. You can find out whether a company or agent is licensed and learn a company’s financial rating from an independent rating organization and its complaint index by calling TDI’s Consumer Help Line at

Why Buy Homeowners Insurance? There’s no place like home. Getting high-quality home insurance is almost as easy as clicking your heels three times. Why do you need homeowners insurance coverage? For one thing, you probably can’t buy a house without it. (Most mortgage holders require you to have it.) But honestly—why wouldn’t you want home insurance? Your home is one of your largest investments. Makes sense to protect it, doesn’t it? When you’re looking for homeowners insurance, apply the Goldilocks principle—you’re looking for a policy that’s just right. (A cozy townhouse needs different coverage than a sprawling country estate.)

How Does Homeowners Insurance Protect Me? Fire, theft, accidents. . . these are the kinds of threats that might cause you to lose sleep, if you didn’t have the protection of homeowners insurance coverage. Fortunately, a homeowners policy will cover damage to your home and personal property due to a variety of causes (called “named perils” in insurance lingo.) The personal liability portion of a homeowners policy provides coverage, for example if your litigious brother-in-law slips down your steps on a rainy day and injures himself. Each home insurance policy offers different protection, but standard policies usually provide:


● Broad coverage for damage to your house and any permanent structures on your property (unless the cause of the damage is specifically excluded in your policy.)

● Limited coverage—usually $500 - $2,000—for jewelry stolen from your home. (Most policies don’t cover lost jewelry.) If you need greater coverage for your prized collection, you might need a homeowners policy endorsement. ● Coverage for personal liability exposures that arise from being a homeowner. ■

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ding gifts, new furniture or wedding rings. Make sure that all your ● Flooding ● Fire and Lighting belongings are covered under your homeowners policy, and if you ● don’t Earthquakes decide you want additional coverage, delay too long. Make ● Aircraft and vehicle ● for Termites sure you have the coverage you want your valuables. If you move ● Vandalism and malicious into amischief rental property, you may want●to Insects, considerrats, purchasing or mice renters insurance to cover your personal items as well as to provide you with ● Freezing pipes while your ● Theft liability coverage. house is unoccupied ● Explosion

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● Damage to your personal property due to causes specified in your policy. (Yep, it’s those “named perils” again!)

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● Windstorm, hurricane, and hail

● Losses if your house is vacant Staying or going? for 60 days or more Sudden and accidental If ●you’re staying in the house, you may want to review your current water damage or maintenance homeowners policy to determine if ● youWear haveand thetear coverages you want, such as: Replacement cost, Liability●coverage, Personal property Water damage resulting from coverage, Coverage for high-value articles continuous and repeated seepage

If you’re buying a new home or moving into a rental property you’ll likely want new coverage. ■

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Impact-resistant roofs Noncombustible roof Marking personal property with an identifying number (inspection required) Age of house (companies set own standards) Premises in good condition (companies set own standards) Good claims experience for three consecutive years Other policies with same company or group House insured to full replacement cost Senior citizen's discount Burglar, fire, and smoke alarm systems Automatic sprinkler systems Fire extinguishers Home security devices

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single parents have no life insurance! Who doesn’t have life insurance? Nearly seven of ten single parents with children living in their households have no life insurance. So says a recent study developed in collaboration with Gregory B. Fairchild of the University of Virginia’s School of Business.

69% of single men (of all income levels) with children living at home.

66% of single women who

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What you can do? If you are employed, you may be able to purchase life insurance through your employer. That can be a convenient, cost-effective option; however, group life plans typically have low limits, and if you lose or change your job, you may lose your coverage. Individually-owned life insurance may help fill gaps in employer-provided coverage and help provide financial security in case of cutbacks or job changes. ■


The birds are singing … Is a road trip calling? If you’re a road tripper you may be planning this year’s first adventure right now.

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● Damage to your personal ● Aircraft and vehicle beginningproperty with the engine. Check road with the awning due to causes specifieddown the ● Vandalism and malicious in your policy. (Yep,for it’sexcesthose flapping?mischief fluid levels; inspect belts Don’t let that happen “named perils” again!)

sive wear; check hoses for splits;

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● closely Limited coverage—usually and look for worn wiring. If

● Explosion are secure. Check brake lights,

$500 - $2,000—for jewelry you have stolen any questions doubts from youror home. policies about how(Most things look,don’t takecover your lost jewelry.) If you need vehicle to a mechanic. Even if RVgreater coverage for your ing is a year-round activityyou formight you, prized collection, need homeowners this “under theahood” check policy is a endorsement.

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● Sudden and accidental plenty of damage tread, and examine water

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all doors latch securely. Check

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and Metroplex Health System is the primary community healthcare provider for West Bell, Coryell and

Lampasas Counties. This mutually beneficial partnership allowed Metroplex Health System the ability to n 2008, Metroplex Health System and Scott & White Healthcare entered into a minority partnership provide specialty medical services to the communities serves. agreement. Scott & White Healthcare is one of the itlargest multi-specialty health systems in nation and Metroplex Health System is the primary community healthcare provider for West Bell, Coryell and Lampasas Counties. mutually beneficial partnership allowed Metroplex Health System abilityinterest to provide Under the termsThis of the agreement, Temple-based Scott & White Healthcare holds a 32the percent in specialty medical services to the communities it serves. Metroplex Health System while Adventist Health System, the 10th largest hospital system in the country, will retain a 68 percent ownership. From this partnership, the community will reap the benefits of specialty Under the terms of the agreement, Temple-based Scott & White Healthcare holds a 32 percent interest in medical Health physicians suchwhile as cardiologists, general surgeons and orthopedic surgeons. These physician Metroplex System Adventist Health System, the 10th largest hospital system in the country, will specialists will serve on the medical staff for Metroplex System practice full-time in the Killeen retain a 68 percent ownership. From this partnership, theHealth community willand reap the benefits of specialty medicalorphysicians as cardiologists, general surgeons and orthopedic surgeons. These physician specialists Lampasassuch areas. will serve on the medical staff for Metroplex Health System and practice full-time in the Killeen or Lampasas areas. With this partnership, Metroplex is able to share resources in the areas of quality improvement, planning for this the future, education, ncreased hospital and physician and addressing the community’s health With partnership, Metroplex is able to share resourcesservices, in the areas of quality improvement, planning Metroplex continues to maintain operational management its mission-oriented forneeds. the future, education, increased hospital and physician services, and practice addressing the community’s approach health needs. Metroplex continues to personalized maintain operational management and mission-oriented to providing compassionate, healthcare by extending thepractice healingits ministry of Christ. approach to providing compassionate, personalized healthcare by extending the healing ministry of Christ.

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Our Community, Our Hospital

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nn 1978, MetroplexAdventist Adventist Hospital opened its doors with 10 physicians to serve Bell,Medicine Coryell and Lam● Cardiology 1978, Metroplex ● Occupational Hospital opened its doors with 10 pasas counties with quality health close to home. Thirty-two years Metroplex ● care Gastroenterology ● later, Speech Pathology Health System physicians to serve continues grow Bell, withCoryell the community, with 289 physicians offering 43 specialties.

● General/Vascular/Thoracic ● Plastic Surgery and Lampasas counties with quality Surgery ● Health Podiatry care rightChristian at home. Thirty-two Ahealth not-for-profit organization, the 233-bed, multi-campus Metroplex System employs approxi● Hematology/Oncology years later, Metroplex Health System ● Psychiatry mately 1,200 area residents and cares for more than 125,000 patients each year. Supporting an exceptional continues to grow with the commu● Home Healthwith Adventist Health System, - Child staff, Metroplex operates as a community service the nation’s tenth largest nity, with 289 physicians offering 43 Adolescent healthcare organization. ● Internal Medicine specialties. - Adult ● Nephrology A not-for-profit Christian organiMetroplex Health System has introduced a number of specialties and services to the area, including: ● Pulmonary Medicine zation, the 233-bed, multi-campus ● Neurology • Pediatrics • Allergy/Immunology • Radiology ● Radiation Oncology Metroplex Health System employs ap● Obstetrics/Gynecology • Dentistry • Anesthesiology/Pain Management • Rheumatology proximately 1,200 area residents and ● Radiology • Development • Cardiology • Sleep Disorders ● Ophthalmology cares for more than 125,000 patients ● • Infectious Disease • • Rheumatology Urology eachGastroenterology year. Supporting an exceptional ● Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery ● • Sleep Disorders • Women’s Services staff,General/Vascular/Thoracic Metroplex operates as a com-Surgery • Physical Medicine & ● Orthopedic Surgery Rehabilitation munity service with Adventist Health • Hematology/Oncology - Digital Mammography ● Urology ● Otolaryngology System, the nation’s tenth largest • Occupational Medicine • Home Health - Bone Density ● Women’s Services – Digital healthcare organization. • Speech Pathology • Internal Medicine ● Pathology • Mammography, Wound CareBone & Density • Plastic Surgery • Nephrology Hyperbaric Medicine ● Pediatrics ● Wound Care & Hyperbaric Metroplex Health System has intro• Podiatry • Neurology ● Dentistry Medicine duced a number of specialties and

• Obstetrics/Gynecology services to the area, including: • Ophthalmology • Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery ● Allergy/Immunology • Orthopedic Surgery ● Otolaryngology Anesthesiology/Pain • Management • Pathology

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Metroplex Cardiac & Vascular Center The $2.8 million dollar Cardiac & Vascular Center includes the latest in technological potential thus increasing the accuracy of patient treatments. The advanced Center will allow physicians the capability to view cardiac images with the highest quality details, to focus on specific vessels through precise ultrasound imaging and obtain real-time assessment of artery blockage severity. All of these advanced capabilities aid in an increased accuracy of patient diagnosis and treatment. Computerized Physician Order Entry Metroplex Health System is on the cutting edge of technological advancements in the medical field. Fully committed to the integration of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) into current Electronic Medical Records, Metroplex Health System is in the top 4% of hospitals nationally at this level of clinical integration.

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, recently opened in the Sue Mayborn Women’s Center. The 4-bed Unit, housed in the Women’s Center Nursery, cares for newborns who require respiratory and ventilator assistance and CPAP. Scott & White Memorial Hospital has furnished an established neonatologist to oversee the unit. Neonatal nurse practitioners, specially trained in the care of infants, will provide 24-hour coverage of the NICU. Emergency Department Expansion The Metroplex Emergency Department (ED) currently serves over 50,000 patients per year. The new Emergency Department expansion project, which completed in November 2010, added 14,500 sq. ft. while renovating the current 9,500 sq. ft. The new facility is equipped to serve 65,000 – 70,000 patients annually with the latest in state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Hemingway Medical Office Building In addition, Metroplex opened the 90,000 square-foot Hemingway Medical Building. The building, located on the corner of Clear Creek and Bell Tower Rd., will house physicians in over 14 specialties including pediatrics, endoscopy, cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, gynecology and surgery. It is also the home to the new Metroplex Endoscopy Center, the most advanced Center in the area.

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Metroplex Health System also operates a number of highly valuable community services including: HomeCare of Metroplex: Winner of the Pat/Stat© Award for Distinction, and named National Best Practice Agency by Fazzi Associates, HomeCare of Metroplex provides exemplary home health services for a five-county area. Metroplex Rehabilitation Center: Providing state-of-the-art outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language pathology for children and adults. Metroplex Open MRI: The only true open MRI location between Austin and Waco, providing quality state-ofthe-art MRI services. Metroplex Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine: The only Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center between Waco and Austin, providing advanced wound treatment utilizing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Metroplex Community Wellness programs: Provides preventative and primary healthcare to Central Texans, with special emphasis on rural, low income, pediatric and senior populations including immunizations, health screenings, blood drives, CPR classes, Prime of Life (age 55 and over), BodyFlex, senior and arthritis exercise classes, childbirth classes and a number of educational courses in the areas of diabetes, asthma and smoking cessation. Metroplex Pavilion Behavioral Health Services: The Metroplex Pavilion-Behavioral Health Services is the area’s only full-service behavioral health center for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. The facility offers numerous treatment programs and has separate patient areas for children, adolescents and adults.

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n May 1, 2006, the US Army redesignated Fort Hood's Darnall Army Community Hospital as our nation's newest Army Medical Center. The Carl B. Darnall Army Medical Center is a teaching hospital affiliated with Scott & White Memorial Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Texas Health Care System in Temple, and with Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine in Bryan-College Station.

are active duty military, 52,000 are retirees and the remainder is soldiers' family members. Darnall currently averages 7 births a day. One of only three Army Hospitals with an Emergency Medicine Residency (EMR) Program, Darnall is now and has been for the last six years rated number one in the nation out of 120 civilian and military hospitals with EMR programs.

Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, contractors, and volunteers. On an average day, CRDAMC staff members fill 5,000 prescriptions, conduct 3,867 outpatient visits, perform 26 surgeries, deliver seven newborns, treat 170 patients in the emergency room, and admit 31 new patients to the facility.

Quality Staff... Darnall also trains residents in or- For the period of 2003-05, Darnall thopedics, pediatrics, general sur- was awarded the Army Superior Unit Award. One reason was progery, obstetrics, and psychiatry. viding care for more than 2,500 Darnall has combined graduate medical programs in Obstetrics This Army Medical Center designa- wounded warriors through its 24/7 and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and tion is a first step towards the ex- Operation Gentle Landing program. Medicine with Wilford Hall Air Force pansion of current facilities, and Staff for this program was also Medical Center and Brooke Army will carry over to a new 21st century recognized as the 2006 recipient Medical Center, both in San Anto- facility planned for a 40 acre tract of the Bell County Judge's Award for Meritorious Service at the Bell nio. on Fort Hood's Clear Creek Road. County Judge and Commissioners' Committee on People with DisabiliDarnall serves 163,000 military Medical Center Staff... beneficiaries in a 40 mile radius of "Team Darnall" as the Medical Cen- ties annual awards luncheon held Fort Hood. Of this number, 48,000 ter staff is called, consists of 2,500 Oct. 18.â–


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ur vision is something that is all too often taken for granted. It’s kind of like breathing in that regard…we awake in the morning expecting to be able to see, breathe, and go about our day; as long as we can see, we don’t even think about it. Therefore, scheduling a regular eye examination may not be a priority, or we put it off until later. However, even if you are asymptomatic (you have no symptoms of eye disease), or have no decline in or loss of vision, there are plenty of reasons to act now and schedule that appointment. Here are the top five

1. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension). That’s right. By

looking at the veins and arteries in the retina, an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist can accurately diagnose hypertension (HTN). I have assisted the doctor with patients who had absolutely no idea they had HTN, and who were at high risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke. One patient in particular was referred immediately to a vascular specialist, and upon examination, it was discovered she had already suffered some minor strokes (TIA’s) that the patient thought were just headaches. She

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2. Tumours. As rare as it may

be to have a tumour growing somewhere in or around the eye region, including in the brain — it still happens. I have seen two people, and know of a third, who came in for their regular eye exams and had no idea that they were walking around, each with a tumour growing inside his/her head. The situation I remember most was when I was administering the visual field test – an interactive test that requires the patient to respond — to a 12 year old boy. I noticed he would click on the indicator button each time the pattern appeared in his visual field, but his response was always delayed. In someone that young, if you reviewed the test print-out, you may think he just didn’t understand the procedure. But I mentioned my observation to the Optometrist, and as it turned out (after sending him to a neurologist), he had tumours growing in the part of his brain connected to vision and motor skills. Had this otherwise healthy, active, normal boy not had his eyes tested, these tumours could have gone undetected until it was too late.

3. Elevated Eye Pressure (Intraocular Pressure). When

you go for an eye exam, you will have your eye pressure (IOP) measured. There are two common methods to do this: Non-contact tonometry–often called the “air puff”, and aplanation tonometry, where your eye is numbed with drops and an instrument is placed directly on the cornea to measure the pressure of the internal chamber. When a person has high IOP, it can lead to damage of the op-

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had surgery just in time to clear a blockage which, without intervention, could have lead to a lifethreatening stroke.

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conditions or diseases that can exist without you having any warning signs whatsoever (or that you may just attribute to something else), but which can be detected during a thorough eye examination.

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tic nerve and retina, a condition called glaucoma, and eventually cause blindness. There are different types of glaucoma; primary open-angle, primary angle-closure, secondary, and congenital. In rare cases, people with normal IOP can develop glaucoma, although the reasons are unclear. Primary open-angle glaucoma is by far the most common, usually occurring in adults over 40 years of age (but can effect people of any age), and is the second leading cause of blindness in Canada and USA. In the early to mid-point stages, this type of glaucoma develops slowly and the patient may not exhibit any symptoms at all (or may start to notice minor diminished peripheral vision as the disease progresses). There are effective treatments for glaucoma (special eye drops or surgery), but these are most efficacious if begun at the early stages of the disease. There really is too much information to cover in this article, but I would encourage you to read up on this insidious disease, often termed “the thief in the night”. (I’ve included some links at the end of my article.)

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Macular Degeneration.

The macula is the region of your retina responsible for central vision, colour vision, and vision in highly illuminated conditions. (The peripheral area of the retina allows us to see movement, to see in low light, and gives us our peripheral (side) vision.) Because macular degeneration usually occurs in people 55 years or older, it is commonly termed Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). It is not usual for young people to develop macular degeneration, although I personally have seen two patients in their early twenties with this condition. Regardless of your age, your Optometrist will look at your macula and entire retina which can reveal any early signs of the disease. AMD causes the central vision to be lost and, once lost, cannot be regained. It is “the leading cause of blindness in the population aged over 55 years. The risk of developing some form of AMD increases with age and by age 75, the risk approaches 40%”.” (Stein, Stein, & Freeman; pg. 411, A Text for Allied and Associated Ophthalmic Personnel, Elseveir Mosby, 2006). Again, early detection is key to retarding the progression of this disease, and being aware of the risk factors will help you to prevent or delay its onset.

frequent questions asked. The answer to these two questions is rather simple. Normal decline in vision (normal meaning not occurring due to disease) happens for the most part very gradually, such that the person gets used to the change without even realizing there has been a change; it is his or her “normal”. Patients are often shocked when they can’t read the bottom three or more lines of the eye chart. This can be especially true in young children, as they may develop problems before they are able to articulate it to a parent. Sometimes only one eye is problematic (amblyopia), and the other eye “takes over”, thereby masking the fact that you may have reduced vision in that eye. Suffice it say, just because you don’t think you need your eyes tested, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Consider for a moment how your

5. Disorders Causing Re- eyes allow you to do so many things: fractive Errors. This includes to enjoy the beauties around you, myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, presbyopia, and strabismus (eyes not able to function in proper alignment with each other) As strange as it may sound, there are many people who think their vision is perfect, or at least they claim they “can see just fine”, but when tested, are required (by law if they are going to drive) to have corrective lenses. “How can this be?” and “Wouln’t I know if I needed glasses?” are very

to see joy on a loved one’s face, to function and work and play… We only have one set of eyes. Don’t delay in seeing a professional for the examination that could improve or save your vision, or even your life.■ Written by by Sharla Smith, Staff Writer at factoidz.com (Ranked #1 expert in Eye Care & Vision)


How Moving Could Affect Your Bladder and Bowels

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coffee per day – start by substituting a cup of water for ONE cup less of coffee and then try half decaf and half caf until you get down to a reasonable number of 2 cups per day. Eating junk food on the run that contains little or no dietary fiber could leave you constipated. Try increasing fiber by eating more fruit, vegetables, beans, and whole grain foods (fiber-one granola bars are good too!). Holding your bladder too long because it’s inconvenient to stop and use the restroom can lead to embarrassing and inconvenient “accidents.” If you go to the bathroom 5-8 times per day, there is no reason to consider yourself “abnormal.”

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Schedule and dietary changes during a move Bowel function is optimized with the following: eating at the same time each day, eating similar foods each day, eating healthy food with adequate fiber content (generally, more than 25g per day is recommended), and passing stool at the same time each day- preferably within 30 minutes of a meal. If the following items do not occur, you are at risk for constipation which Bladder and bowel problems can further stresses the muscles of the leave you frustrated, embarrassed, pelvic floor and can create prolapse and can occur at the most inconve- (a “bulging” of the pelvic organs). nient times. Some of the causes of bladder and bowel problems are Bladder function is optimized by physical stress, dietary changes, drinking adequate fluid (generally bad bladder habits and emotional 6-8 glasses/day is recommended), stress. urinating every 3-5 hours, and by eating/drinking items that are not Physical stress of moving irritating to the bladder. If the preThe pelvic floor muscles are posi- ceding conditions don’t occur, you tioned like a hammock at the bot- are at risk for urinary tract infectom of your pelvis. They stretch tions due to “holding” it too long from the pubic bone in front to the or by inadequate fluid intake. You tailbone in the back. When you are also at risk for developing uri“bear down” or hold your breath nary urgency/frequency due to uriwhile lifting heavy items, the forces nating “just in case” at every rest go downward, causing the lower stop or gas station and by ingesting belly and pelvic floor muscles to food/drink that is irritating to the bulge out. This can cause you to bladder. The bladder can be sensileak urine, push your pelvic organs tive to spicy foods, caffeine, dairy, “down” and/or “out” and injure citrus, chocolate as well as many the pelvic floor muscles. You can other items. avoid this type of bearing down by EXHALING WITH EFFORT, pulling Because you’re so busy, you may your pelvic floor muscles “up”, and not drink enough water, which tightening your stomach by pull- could result in a urinary tract infecing your belly button to your spine. tion. You may find yourself drinkYour muscles should function as ing a lot of caffeinated beverages an internal “corset” that holds ev- to stay awake and get more done. erything in place. If you are drinking several cups of

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hen your family is relocating to a new city and new home, you expect there to be a lot of changes to get used to. But did you know that some of the little changes combined with added stress of moving could lead to bladder and bowels problems? It’s true. You may be in otherwise excellent health, but people of all ages develop bladder and bowel problems.

Emotional stress Some people experience a stomach ache when they get stressed.

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s of your current physicians/dentist and tell them that you are moving to the Central Texas area. Ask for referrals.

2. If you already have selected physicians/dentists in the Central Texas area, ask your current physicians to forward copies of the records of each family member to your new doctors/dentists.

Like the stomach, the bladder can also become irritated or ache when you are under a lot of stress. Moving can be very stressful due to many factors including: new and unfamiliar environments, physical exhaustion and lack of sleep, family dynamics, decreased control over schedule (moving truck schedule, flight schedule, weather delays etc), financial worries (travel expenses, lodging expenses, deposits required for housing/utilities etc) as well as assisting children with acclimating to new schools/ friends etc.

3. If you have not yet selected physicians/dentists in the Central Texas area ask your current physicians/dentists to make copies of pertinent records to take with you. Pack these records in your suitcase, not in the moving van, as they will be available readily in case of an emergency.

constipation, pelvic pain, sexual pain, erectile dysfunction and many more conditions. Physical therapy offers relief with no adverse side affects, no medications to take, and no ongoing costs upon therapy 4. It is extremely important to get completion. Best of all, you’re in the immunization records of charge of your own healing. your children before you move. Most insurances cover physical therapy treatment of the pelvic floor, including Tricare, Medicare, SWHP and many others.

You cannot enroll them in local schools without these records. as well as the addresses of your children’s former schools).

5. If you are a member of a health care HMO/PPO plan or have a prescription drug card, be sure to notify the company of your move. The health care provider company should be able to provide you with a list of physicians/health care facilities in Central Texas to which you can transfer your records and access health care.

Check out additional info at: www. integrityrehab.net, www.womenshealthapta.org, or www.womenIf any bladder or bowel problems shealth.gov/faq/urinary-incontiare occur with moving and contin- nence.cfm.■ ue to persist, see your primary doctor as soon as possible. There are Written by Renee Ward, who is the Market6. If you have a special health care many types of treatments to ease ing and Communications Director of Integneed or requirement, refer to and call the health care advertisers or cure your condition. Ask your rity Rehab & Home Health in this publication to get the doctor about physical therapy (PT) information you need. as a treatment option. A physical Reviewed by Jeanice Mitchell, 7. Pack an emergency “traveling therapist specializing in the pelvic MPT, BCB-PMD floor applies the same methods of route to your new home. Include bandages, a thermometer, treatment they use on other areas painkillers or aspirin, of the body to the pelvic floor muscles. They can treat incontinence tweezers, decongestants, etc. (urinary leakage), voiding dysfunction (difficulty or painful urination),


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History of Bodybuilding

After reaching fame through his

strongman act, Sandow put on the first recorded bodybuilding show. Over 60 men competed in what was looked on as a prestigious event. Shortly after this competition, Sandow met an untimely death pulling a car out of a ditch. After this, there were no recorded bodybuilding competitions until the 1940's when the AAU sanctioned the "Mr. America" contest. Sandow's legacy lives on to this day as "Mr. Olympia" is presented a trophy made in Sandow's image. In the early years of bodybuilding contests, the participant had to do lifting events along with a posing routine. This part of the competition was gradually phased out. Other sanctioning bodies like the IFBB and NABBA began to pop

up. NABBA 's biggest show was the "Mr. Universe" while the IFBB had the "Mr. Olympia" contest. Bodybuilders like Steve Reeves and Reg Park, with their Hollywood looks and awesome physiques, helped popularize the sport of bodybuilding in the 1960's. In California a new subculture of bodybuilding started to develop. Places like the original Gold's Gym and Muscle Beach became famous for having great bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Through the 1960's and 70's, bodybuilding was viewed as a "freak show". Most coaches in traditional sports, like football and baseball, frowned on their athletes lifting weights. They believed this

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he history of bodybuilding dates back to ancient Greek times when stones were lifted in progressive weight training. The statues of those times bear witness to the physiques of the ancient lifter. In the late 19th century, professional strongman came upon the scene and would amaze and entertain crowds with feats of strength, such as; lifting dumbbells, animals, people, and bending steel. Few of these men possessed bodybuilder physiques. One individual that didwas Eugene Sandow; his rugged physique added to his show, and he would perform posing as part of his strongman act.

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would make their athletes musclebound and inhibit their movement on the field. After Arnold starred in the film "Pumping Iron", more people started to accept bodybuilding and recognized the value of being big and strong. Back in Arnold's day, there were no "mega" style fitness centers like those that abound in every major city today. The gyms that produced the champions in those days were very similar to what Metroflex Gym is today.

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The desired look of the Arnold era differed greatly from the "super freaks" of today. However, the training regimens of that era were not all that different from the routines implemented today. The main distinction is that today there is a great deal more importance placed on lower body development. Bodybuilders of yester year depended more on hard work than pharmacology.

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When bodybuilding first started getting popular in the 1960's, the emphasis was on symmetry, shape, small waistlines, big upper bodies, and moderate leg development. Immense arms and huge chests were of the utmost importance. As bodybuilding evolved into the 1970s, training techniques improved. Arnold being the prime example. His biceps, chest, and overall development set a new standard for bodybuilders. In his book, Education of a Bodybuilder, he writes that his contest weight was 227 pounds at 6' 2". Twenty-five years

later Ronnie Coleman is setting the new standard. At 5'10", he carried a competition weight of 300 pounds all while having a lower body fat percentage than Arnold. New supplements, new pharmacology, new training methods, and natural human progression have all contributed to this new look.

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n example, an icon and legend in the Female Super Master arena—Ruby Carter-Pikes is an advocate of ageless health fitness and wellness. The Grandmother of six is certified in personal training, aerobic instruction, nutrition, and competes in Fitness and muscle modeling, Pro natural fitness and as a marathon participant. This sixty plus Fitness professional possesses a penchant for details and therefore specializes in body sculpturing and customdesign fitness regimen for clients abroad regardless of age or physical challenges. She has secured numerous of awards and recognitions on a local, national and international level for the past 15 years.

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People often ask me what drives me to compete and maintain my high standard of health and fitness regimen-- even at the age of 60. Well, there are several life motivators that power my “engine” to keep moving and stay fit. It wasn’t until I was an adult and had four children that I really start to realize and recognize the devastation of my family’s poor eating habits and the effects it had on the health my love ones including my grandmother, mother, aunts, sisters, uncles, brothers, etc. For example, my grandmother died at 57 after being diagnosed with heat problem and high cholesterol; my mother fought the battle of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease; a sister leg was amputated as a result diabetes (while on dialysis). A niece was diagnosed with diabetes at the early age of 11 and was prescribed insulin shots immediately. She lived with the disease until the age of 32. Fortunately, our family was very physically active. The entire family would often gather at our grandparent’s home where we would participate in race and dance competitions, horseback riding and other games. This is where I learned to compete with both genders. In addition, I was personally diagnosed at an early age with a heart condition that would cause an interruption in my breathing and tiredness. The doctor informed me that I was born with the condition and that was little that they could do. I was treated by several doctors but the situation didn’t get any better. So I finally decided to take some responsibility of the matter by examining my life style and diet. I have always exercised and ate somewhat healthy. Therefore it was easy to make a healthier transition. At the time I was employed with Federal Government Defense Department in Chicago. The department needed a personal trainer to help employees utilize the company’s fitness center. I accepted the request and my career took off. It was easy to inspire employees, because I truly enjoyed it. Shortly

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he Department of the Army offers abundant opportunity for challenging and rewarding civilian employment in virtually all career fields and in all parts of the world. Whether you are a student, a recent graduate, a veteran, a current Federal employee, or a citizen seeking information about opportunities at Fort Hood or around the globe, this road map should help. The Army is committed to making the process of applying for jobs as easy as possible; however there are some speed bumps that we all must navigate around. Each year

web sites. These are www.cpol.army. mil and www.usajobs.opm.gov. By accessing these sites you can view current vacancy announcements. The vacancy announcement will provide a description of the work to be performed, qualifications required, salary range, whether the job is permanent or temporary, full time or part-time and information on who can apply.

The target audience for the second type of announcement is those who have never been a permanent Federal employee or are not eligible for one of the appointment authorities described in the preceding paragraph. This type of announcement is commonly used for hardto-fill jobs (such as Medical and Engineering occupations) and when

our Army Commands hire over 25,000 permanent employees, and thousands of temporary and seasonal employees.

These web sites are updated daily so you are encouraged to visit these regularly. When you locate a job that interests you, the Army’s main webpage located at www.us.army.mil, can be effectively used to learn about the organization, where the vacancy exists and about living and working in that location. Use the information highway to conduct your research.

managers choose to expand the applicant pool to the general public. Most of these announcements are restricted to U.S. citizens. This is your avenue to employment as an Army civilian.

This road map addresses some common questions: • What jobs are available? • What do I do next? • How do I prepare a resume? • How do I submit a resume? • How do I self-nominate (apply) for jobs? • How do I monitor the status of my job application? • Whom do I contact if I have questions? • What are some of the “speed bumps” on my job hunting trek? • Where is an alternate employment route? Please read on and travel down the hiring highway…. WHAT JOBS ARE AVAILABLE? The most current and reliable information is available via the Internet. The Fort Hood Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) posts vacancies on two

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WHAT DO I DO NEXT? It will be important for you to read the vacancy announcement to see if you are within the target audience as described below. The target audience for the first type of announcement is generally current permanent Army employees. However, the announcement is often open to other current and former Federal employees and those who can be appointed under various appointment authorities such as some veterans, handicapped employees, reinstatement eligibles, Executive Order 12721 eligibles, and military spouses. Additional information can be found in Army Resume Builder.

HOW DO I SUBMIT A RESUME? It is recommended that you submit a resume at the beginning of your job search. Once a resume is on file in Resumix, the Army’s automated recruitment tool, you can easily nominate yourself for vacancies by clicking on a self-nomination button from the job announcement (see below). The Army Resume Builder or the job announcement will have guidance on where to submit this resume. You may update your resume at anytime, however, it is important to remember that only the latest resume will be active. Continue on this path to get started. HOW DO I SELF-NOMINATE (APPLY) FOR JOBS? You must complete two steps to apply under a vacancy announcement - submit a resume and self nominate.


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Once you have saved and submitted your resume, you are ready to apply for specific vacancy announcements. As you see vacancies for which you want to be considered, you must apply by self-nominating. The preferred method is to go to www.cpol.army.mil and open the announcement. You will find a button, labeled “Self-Nominate”, that allows you to electronically apply for the vacancy. Please look for the text: “If your resume is currently in our central database, you may click here to Self Nominate.”

should provide enough information to determine eligibility and qualifications. When preparing your resume, start by thinking about your career goals. Focus on defining and identifying the key and meaningful skills you currently possess. Describe your experience in sufficient detail with concrete words rather than vague descriptions. Specifically identify the timeframes of prior jobs. Do not use acronyms. A wellwritten resume can put you on the right path to compete for many Army job opportunities.

Although not recommended, you may

While Army accepts resumes by e-mail

also self nominate through e-mail, surface mail or fax. Instructions for this process are in the announcement. Click on “How to Apply” and be prepared for a longer process than the automated self-nomination process online.

or regular mail, you are strongly encouraged to use Army Resume Builder. If you choose to submit an application by e-mail or regular mail it must be in the format used by the Army Resume Builder. Other resume formats will not be considered. If you choose the longer route to prepare and submit a traditional resume (not recommended), you will need to follow the instructions in the Army Job Application Kit at http://cpol. army.mil/library/employment/jobkit/ index.html.

HOW DO I PREPARE A RESUME? The Army provides “driving” instructions on how to construct your resume. Use the Army Resume Builder with the following in mind: This tool allows you to create a resume with all of the required information and to electronically save it to Army’s database. By electronically submitting your resume and/or self-nomination(s) for a vacancy, you will receive an electronic acknowledgement of receipt. This tool can be accessed from the employment tab on www.cpol.army.mil or from hyper-links within the vacancy announcement. Please look for the text: “Click here to use the Army Resume Builder to create your resume. Follow the instructions in this vacancy announcement to apply for the job.” Your resume is not intended to be a complete “working life history” but

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Please remember that all information included in your resume is subject to review and verification. Legal and regulatory penalties may be imposed on those submitting false information. Don’t lose your “license” by heading down this road!

(254) 288-2002. HOW DO I MONITOR THE STATUS OF MY JOB APPLICATION? You have easy access to real-time information on the status of your application via the Internet by using a tool appropriately called ANSWER. ANSWER is accessed at www.cpol. army.mil under the Employment tab. By following the instructions at the ANSWER web site, you create a user ID and password that will give you access to the status of your resume and self-nomination(s). You can also view the resume that you currently have on file. By using the Army Resume Builder to electronically submit resumes and self-nominations, you will receive immediate notification of your status. Resumes from applicants not permanently employed by the Department of Army will be retained in the database for six (6) months from date of last submission of resume, date last accessed, or until selected for a position. Start your journey now. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE “SPEED BUMPS” ON MY JOB HUNTING TREK? In many instances, job applicants are unaware of some of the detours a vacant position takes before it even makes it (if it makes it) to the information highway. Laws such as veterans’ preference and regulations such as the DoD Priority Placement Program serve as effective toll gates to job hunters. These are legal and regulatory requirements that all Defense Agencies must abide by and which sometimes frustrate non-veteran applicants.

WHOM DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS? If you have any questions not covered by this road map, feel free to submit an inquiry to applicanthelp@cpsrxtp. belvoir.army.mil or contact the Central Resume Processing Center at (410) 306-0137. For applicants in our local All vacant Army jobs must “cruise by” Fort Hood commuting area, please call the DoD Priority Placement Program


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NONAPPROPRIATED FUND (NAF) EMPLOYMENT The Fort Hood Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR), Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Recycle, the South Plains District Veterinary Command (SPDVC) North Texas Branch Veterinary Clinic and the Army Recreation Machine Program (ARMP) offer job opportunities under the NAF Employment Program. These jobs are varied and cover a number of professional and service occupations

primarily involved in providing a wide variety of services to Soldiers, military families, area retirees and civilians on Fort Hood. Many Fort Hood employees have found rewarding careers in these Fort Hood NAF activities.

may self-nominate at the CPOL NAF jobs website for NF-04 and above jobs. For all other jobs, applicants may submit a NAF application or resume by fax (287-0031), email hood.dmwr. cpac.naf.jobs.distro@conus.army.mil, mail or hand-carry to the CPAC buildHow do you get on the NAF career ing 4220 on 77th street for jobs that path? All interested personnel are en- they believe they qualify for that are couraged to apply. Military Spouses currently being advertised. have priority consideration for all jobs below the level of NF-04 followed by We hope you find this road map helpInvoluntarily Separated Military, DOD ful! NAF employees separated by businessbased action, current and former NAF Fort Hood Civilian Personnel employees, Outside Applicant Veterans Advisory Center and then Outside Applicant Non-veter- Building 4220, South 77th Street ans. You may go to the Employment Fort Hood, Texas 76544 tab on www.cpol.army.mil and find (254) 288-2002 a listing of available NAF jobs. These Fort Hood jobs are also posted at the Civilian Per- Civilian Jobs ■ sonnel Advisory Center, building 4220, 77th street Fort Hood, Texas 76544, phone number 288-2002. Applicants

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preference law mandates the selection of veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns, over non-veterans. This law is not intended to place a veteran in every vacant Army, or for that matter, Federal job; this would be incompatible with the merit principle of public employment. However, preference does provide a uniform method by which special consideration is given to qualified veterans seeking Federal employment. Bottom line, veterans’ preference can detour the job seeker in another direction.

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first. For the most part, this is a mandatory placement program designed to minimize the adverse effects on current DoD employees caused by actions such as reductions-inforce, base closures, realignments and contracting-out decisions. For example, a well-qualified current employee whose job has been abolished will be placed into the vacant position. This stops the recruitment process for that job.

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