47,913 Texas children in foster care need our support

By Chelsea Sanchez As a child, I intuitively understood that the “negative” behaviors of others were often a response to feelings of fear and pain. I cannot recall anyone explicitly sharing this information with me, yet this basic understanding of human behavior informed how I decided to treat others — with kindness, compassion, and hope. …

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Register with free Emergency Notification System

By the City of Waco Fall is severe weather season in Central Texas. Stay informed by signing up for free emergency notification by visiting the Heart of Texas Council of Governments website. HOTCOG, along with Bosque, Hill, Falls, Freestone, Limestone, and McLennan counties, is proud to offer this service to the public at no cost. This…

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MCC honored for COVID response

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has recognized McLennan Community College for its outstanding efforts to respond to COVID-19. MCC and nine other colleges and universities were recognized as Star Award recipients during THECB’s quarterly board meeting. MCC will be recognized again Dec. 2 during the 2021 Higher Education Leadership Conference in Austin. The annual…

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Social worker at Waco PD helping connect people to needed help

By Telawna Kirbie The City of Waco now has a full-time social worker, DeAngela Bynum, at the Waco Police Department and employed by Prosper Waco. The goal of her work is to connect community members to much-needed social resources and supports as part of PW’s Waco Connect program. Obviously, one person cannot do this for…

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Research reveals ‘racialized’ roots of financial exclusion

By Dexter Hall During my many readings about financial security and understanding how we arrived at this point in time, I have run across many articles and commentary.  An article by Rocio Sanchez-Moyano and Bina Shrimali, of the Federal Reserve Bank, sheds light on how years of financial exclusion of Black and Brown communities have…

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Chalk art obstacle courses come to life in Waco parks

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, Creative Waco, and City of Waco Parks and Recreation collaborated to create the Sidewalk Chart Art Obstacle Course Challenge. The Challenge was a community-wide project that tasked families to get outside and get creative by drawing their best sidewalk chalk obstacle course. The Health District received multiple submissions from the…

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Act Locally Waco seeking temporary communications director

By Ferrell Foster It has been a privilege serving as acting executive director of Act Locally Waco since January, but it is time for me to step aside from this volunteer leadership role. The ALW Board of Directors, I’m happy to announce, has decided to secure a paid Communications Director to work on a contract…

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Families sometimes break down

By Ferrell Foster Families come in a variety of forms, and they serve varied personal and social services. One of the key functions of family is to nurture the growth and development of children by providing for a child’s basic human needs. We all know, however, that some families become unable to provide the needed…

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