The Bellmead Chamber of Commerce celebrated its annual Membership Banquet May 4 at the Bellmead Civic Center recognizing community leaders and La Vega High School graduates for their achievements.
The Bellmead Chamber of Commerce awarded nine scholarships May 4, 2017 at its annual membership banquet.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Feb. 18 | Bellmead Civic Center
Bellmead residents only. Provide a copy of utility bill. No commercial or business accounts.
Tires, trash, household chemicals, metal and household furniture will be accepted.
The 14th Annual Bellmead Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will be at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. Proceeds will provide scholarships to La Vega High School seniors in 2017.
The event was attended by the Bellmead Chamber of Commerce and supporters.
The newly renovated store sells clothing, household goods, Baylor spirit items and seasonal decor.
Gently used and new items are donated to be resold with profits going to support the mission of Caritas.
Caritas of Waco is a non-profit charity organization founded in 1967 by the Austin Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church but has been an independent ecumenical agency since 1979.
Caritas offers food, clothing, household items and travel to anyone, regardless of race, age, sex, ethnicity or location.
Caritas is supported through various faith, civic and service organizations, charitable foundations, area businesses and individuals.
Community volunteers are vital to the making Cartias a fully functioning organization that reaches the community in several levels.
“The volunteers help us save money and put money back into helping others,” said Don Taylor, retail operations manager at the Caritas store in Bellmead.
“We’re becoming more of a variety of store, and we are gearing ourselves into more concise categories of ceramics, furniture, antique, clothing, artwork and décor,” he said. “We’re trying to be more of cross store that a little bit of everything—electronics, TVs, boom boxes, VCRs. H-E-B donates some of this stuff to us.”
The store strives to provide quality merchandise at a good price, added Taylor.
“We have good deals, good prices and all of our items are checked and cleaned before we put them out for sale.”
Recent changes to the store include a new point-of-sale system and new signs throughout to clearly mark merchandise for shoppers.
“We repainted the store and added 40 new display tables. We revamped the stock rooms and the bathrooms with new vanities, toilets and floors,” said Taylor.
The ramp for deliveries was rebuilt, and the all the light fixtures redone.
The store is part of the Caritas system by supporting the main warehouse with clothing.
“We sometimes help people with their electricity bill and their rent and provide vouchers for clothing. Everything is funneled back into the programs,” he said.
“Anything we do in the thrift stores directly goes back into everything caritas does in the community. We’re tyring to help the community in any way we can.”
The food pantry at 15th Street and Mary Avenue in Waco is a major part of of the services that Caritas provices.
“We have a vegetable program. They actually have a day where people can come through and they just give it away to them. They don’t have to go through the system. They offer this when they have the stockpiles,” said Taylor.
They main system is based on the non-perishable foods.
Caritas is also planning a Christmas in July at the Franklin Avenue and Bellmead locations and the warehouse in Robinson.
“We have a lot of Christmas stuff. We’re going to put out Christmas stuff and have Santa Claus and sno cones July 19 at Bellmead, July 18 at 3116 Franklin Ave. and July 20 at the warehouse in Robinson 620 N. Robinson Drive.”
Items for sale will include decorations, trees and lights.
“We’re going to decorate it up. We’re going to have tables of just Christmas stuff and Christmas music playing,” said Taylor. “We have pre-lit trees, and we even a huge eight-foot wreath. We go to a lot of the estate sales. We have a lot of the older stuff like Snoopy lights. Some of them are antiques.”
The store is also planning to hold a sale each month.
All three Caritas locations accept donations, but the preferred drop off point is the warehouse in Robinson.
“It’s just a huge opportunity to help everybody,” said Taylor.
The LEAD program is a business and education partnership sponsored by the Greater Waco Chamber. The program pairs Waco High School, University High School, Rapoport Academy, La Vega High School, Midway High School and Harmony Science Academy students with business leaders to foster mentoring relationships that educate and expose students to various business fields.
LEAD Mentors are committed to the development of students with leadership potential who need guidance and encouragement towards the pursuit of higher education and career goals, which in turn ensures greater employability and quality of life.
LEAD mentors are expected to meet with their students at least twice monthly with at least one of these meetings at a business tour that the chamber coordinates. Students are mentored by business professionals with similar aspirations and interests.
Seniors in the program can apply for the Bradley Ray Hulse $20,000 Memorial Scholarship that is awarded at the annual scholarship banquet.
The LEAD program will begin its ninth year in August 2015 and is proud of its 100 percent graduation rate with all students having gone onto some form of higher education. Currently 141 students and 71 mentors are in the program.
“With the addition of La Vega High School this summer our hope is to find mentors in close proximity to the school,” said LEAD director Rachel Martinez.
For more information about the program, to become a mentor, open the doors of your business for a tour or become a sponsor, contact Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 757-5633.
Caritas will host a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. June 19 at 3016 Bellmead Drive.
When Duane and Lisa Hoxworth moved to Bellmead 25 years ago, they didn’t realize the community would become their home, a place to raise their family and grow a church.
Connect Church, then known as Praise Temple Assembly of God, has thrived under their leadership serving the surrounding area with music and ministry.
“In moving to Bellmead 25 years ago, Lisa and I discovered a loving church family and community that have made this a wonderful place to live and the place where we wanted to stay,” said Duane.
He is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University, loves hunting and working on his 1965 Mustang. Lisa works at Baylor University, leads the children’s department and enjoys gardening in her spare time.
Senior Pastors Duane and Lisa have two adult children, Dr. Nicole McAninch and Richard Hoxworth. They are also grandparents to Catelin, Callie and Caleb.
The church honored Duane and Lisa with a celebration earlier this year.
Their son, Richard, is lead pastor and has been serving at Connect Church since he first became the Youth Pastor in 2007. Richard received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 2012 and continues his theological studies at Truett Theological Seminary with a master’s in Christian Ministry.
Richard is a lifelong musician, Apple enthusiast and enjoys studying history and running the Bear Trail to 1980s music.
Senior Worship Pastors Bobby Hoxworth, Duane’s brother, and his wife, Pat, are in their 25th year of serving as the senior worship pastors at Connect Church.
Bobby graduated from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor with a bachelor’s degree and earned his MBA from Baylor University. Bobby has been a banker for more than 30 years and is active in a number of community organizations.
In addition to heading up the worship ministry at Connect Church, Bobby also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Bobby is a gifted photographer and enjoys bike riding with Pat in their spare time.
Duane said Connect Church is committed to encouraging believers in their faith.
“Our church’s mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ,” he said. “To accomplish this, the church’s new name, Connect Church, also reflects a new vision where we create environments where people are encouraged to pursue intimacy with God, build relationships and community with others and be involved in positively influencing the community and world around us.”
Duane also said that a vibrant church is an active church that reaches out to the community.
“We are working to help people enjoy a close relationship with God, as well as close relationships with others,” he said.
“We don’t want to be the church simply sitting, and waiting for people to walk through our doors. You will find us out and around the community looking for opportunities to serve others. In the past few weeks, we’ve offered a free car wash for Bellmead citizens, and free hamburgers, chips and soft-drinks in the park.”
Connect Church is located at 1201 N. I-35, Waco, TX 76705. For more information, call (254) 799-2517 or visit ConnectWaco.com.
The Heart of Texas Airshow is proud to announce the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds military jet demonstration team will bring the red, white and blue to the skies over Waco Saturday and Sunday June 6-7 at Texas State Technical College Waco airport in their first performance in Waco and Central Texas in 23 years.
“We are thrilled to bring the USAF Thunderbirds to Waco,” said Airshow President Debby Standefer. “Only a few places in the country receive this honor, and we are so proud to share this patriotic opportunity with the people of Central and North Texas as well as those throughout the state and to further our mission to honor our military services and inspire our youth to be involved in aviation. TSTC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and L-3 Platform Integration in Waco has its 30th. What a way to celebrate these great entities!”
“The Thunderbirds are looking forward to showcasing the pride, precision and professionalism of the U.S. Air Force at the Heart of Texas Airshow,” said Maj. Darrick Lee, Thunderbird 12. “We plan to put on a safe, entertaining performance with our F-16s. But more importantly, we want to make a connection with people as demonstrate what Airmen can do.”
The USAF Thunderbirds are internationally known for their hard-charging demonstration of precision formation flying while pushing their F-16 Fighting Falcons to the limit. This is the first time that the Thunderbirds will appear at the Heart Of Texas Airshow. Known as “America’s Ambassadors in Blue,” the Thunderbirds have traveled throughout the world performing before millions of spectators. Their distinctive red, white and blue F-16 Falcon jets along with their precise routines make the Thunderbirds a must see! The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, which will be demonstrated at 2015 Heart of Texas Airshow, represents the full range of capabilities possessed by the Air Force’s front-line tactical fighters. This highly maneuverable, multi-role fighter has proved to be one of the world’s best precision tactical bombers and air-to-air combat aircraft. The only modifications needed to prepare aircraft for air demonstrations are a smoke-generating system and the addition of Thunderbird colors.
TSTC Waco interim president Rob Wolaver said, “Texas State Technical College Waco was established in 1965 on the former James Connally Air Force Base, and we are proud to welcome the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds back home to perform at the 2015 Heart of Texas Airshow. The Thunderbirds have a rich and interesting history, much like TSTC. The team represents hundreds of thousands of brave and dedicated Airmen, and we are thrilled they could be a part of TSTC’s 50th year.”
The Heart of Texas Airshow is not just an air show; it is an experience that will affect all of the senses with something to offer every age. The Heart of Texas Airshow promises to provide something for everyone in an action packed day of fun. Experience thrilling entertainment with USAF Thunderbirds, Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, jets, helicopters, warbirds, airplanes and more in the sky and on terra firma. With June 6 the anniversary of D Day, the airshow will provide World War II bombers and aircraft in a commemoration of this important day in history. Flights will be available to the public in helicopters and historic warbirds. Don’t stay on the ground, get in the Air! Wander through concessions of delicious foods, exhibits, vendors and activities for kids of all ages. Bring the whole family, introduce them to the vast wonderful world of aviation and become involved.
Debby Standefer said, “We are exited to return to Texas State Technical College and their incredible airport, previously James Connally AFB, with a tremendous event this year and to show off the TSTC state of the art Aviation and Aerospace Division (they have a champion flight team of their own) as well as many of the departments and programs TSTC offers. Baylor University Aviation Sciences will be on hand and has signed its third year of sponsorship with the airshow. Waco is strongly focused on aviation with its own Aviation Business Alliance. We are proud to be able to bring attention to and support aviation in Waco.”
The airshow honors our military. Many exhibits guests can experience include the debut of the new Air Force Performance Lab interactive exhibit with its F-16 and static aircraft from the Texas Air National Guard. Opening ceremonies at the start of the airshow will be action packed including honor guards, fly-bys, the Golden Knights and more.
The Trojan Phlyers Demo Team with their astounding formation aerobatics will keep guests on the edge of their seat.
Piloted by highly decorated combat veteran pilots performing exciting precision close formation aerobatic routines demonstrating the cutting-edge performance of the Trojan T28 warbird and the flying expertise acquired in formal military training, the Trojan Phlyers demonstrate high speed action with the roar of the big engines as they fly their historic aircraft rich in military history in a unique and thrilling performance and salute the veterans or our great nation and the men and women who continue to serve and protect us today.
The famous B-17, B-25, A-26 World War II bombers will be on hand with more to be added.
Follow the Heart Of Texas Airshow on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and visit HeartofTexasAirshow.com, for information updated continuously. Discounted tickets are available online, and many area hotels have special rates for air show attendees.