KISD discusses safety, transport and Safe Place partnership in Friday’s press conference
Killeen ISD held a press conference Friday morning to announce its partnership with Safe Place, a nationwide national youth ministry, for the upcoming school year and beyond. The district also addressed community concerns about school safety, ongoing teacher shortages and expected traffic delays around the new Chaparral High School. Classes at all KISD schools start on Monday.
KISD announced that it has partnered with Safe Place, a nationwide national youth work and prevention program that provides youth in need access to immediate help and supportive resources.
After the press conference with Safe Place, Craft answered questions about the district’s security measures and what KISD is doing to increase security on campus.
Campus staff will inspect these doors and keep logs to ensure all door locks are working properly. Staff are also making sure all camera and alarm systems are operational, officials said.
Killeen Councilor OK rate increases at Stonetree Golf Club
After weeks of discussions about how Stonetree Golf Club can continue to make a profit, Killeen City Council last week approved price increases for the city’s golf course by a 5-2 vote.
Projected net revenue for Stonetree, an 18-hole golf course in northeast Killeen, is $1,965 at the end of this fiscal year. In fiscal 2023, that number is expected to reach $70,355. Any change in interest rate structure above 5% requires Council approval. Indigo Sports of Phoenix manages the course.
The focus of the price increase is the green fee membership. This fee is $1,200 per year, but increases to $1,400 for Killeen residents. A new fee — the Stonetree car fee — is $950 for city dwellers.
“Clear, concise” language was added to Killeen’s Marijuana Initiative ballot
At the urging of a Killeen City Council member, voters will see two low-level descriptions of a proposal to end marijuana crime enforcement on the ballot in November.
The voting language interim City Attorney Holli Clements presented to Council last week spells out the entire initiative in the form of a question.
This language remains on the ballot, along with a separate language proposed by Ken Wilkerson and approved by the City Council.
Under the city’s bylaws, Killeen City Council members were required to put the initiative to a vote for not accepting the initiative ordinance tabled July 26.
Police officers theorize the circumstances of a Florence woman’s death
An elderly woman found dead on a county road in Williamson County south of Florence last week may have stopped to help someone on the road.
That’s the theory of John Foster, commander of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department. Foster said in a news conference last week that detectives found 70-year-old Diana Lynn Pier of Florence had met a family member in Round Rock on August 4 and was going home.
Pier was found in the 4500 block of County Road 245 that evening after a shooting was reported around 8:45 p.m
Several agencies are battling fires near Stillhouse Hollow Lake
Several firefighters, including two water-dropping planes, battled a blaze near Stillhouse Hollow Lake Friday night.
Harker Heights City Councilman Michael Blomquist said the fire was on Broken Arrow Road off Fuller Lane on Corps of Engineer land.
All of Bell County remains under a burn ban as much of central Texas continues to struggle with unusually dry conditions.
The fire was reported 100% contained on Saturday.
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