KISD discusses safety, traffic and the Safe Place partnership at Friday’s press conference
Killeen ISD held a press conference Friday morning to announce its partnership with Safe Place, a national youth outreach program, for the upcoming school year and beyond. The district also responded to community concerns about school safety, the continued shortage of teachers, and expected traffic delays around the new Chaparral High School. Classes at all KISD schools start on Monday.
KISD announced its partnership with Safe Place, a national youth awareness and prevention program that provides access to immediate help and support resources for young people in need.
After the press conference with Safe Place, Craft answered questions about the district’s safety measures and what KISD is doing to enhance campus safety.
Campus staff will perform checks on these doors and keep records to ensure that all door locks are working properly. Staff are also ensuring that all camera and alarm systems are functional, officials said.
Killeen council members accept rate increases at Stonetree Golf Club
After weeks of discussions about how Stonetree Golf Club could continue to generate profits, members of Killeen City Council last week approved rate increases on the town-owned course by a 5-2 vote .
The projected net income for Stonetree, an 18-hole course in northeast Killeen, at the end of this fiscal year is $1,965. In fiscal 2023, that number is expected to reach $70,355. Any changes to the rate structure greater than 5% require board approval. Indigo Sports of Phoenix manages the course.
Membership of the green fee is at the heart of the rate increase. This fee is $1,200 per year, but will increase to $1,400 for residents of Killeen. A new tax – the Stonetree Trolley Tax – is $950 for residents of the town.
‘Clear and concise’ language added to Killeen’s vote for marijuana initiative
At the urging of a member of Killeen City Council, voters will see two descriptions of a proposal to end enforcement of low-level marijuana offenses on the November ballot.
Acting City Attorney Holli Clements’ ballot paper presented to council last week spells out the entire initiative in the form of a question.
This language will remain on the ballot, along with the separate language proposed by Ken Wilkerson and approved by City Council.
Under the town charter, members of Killeen Town Council were required to send the initiative to a ballot because they had not passed the initiative ordinance as filed on July 26.
Law enforcement officials theorize circumstances of Florence woman’s death
An elderly woman found dead on a county road last week in Williamson County south of Florence may have stopped to help someone on the road.
That’s the theory presented by John Foster, commander of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. Foster told a news conference last week that detectives determined Diana Lynn Pier, 70, of Florence, had already met a family member in Round Rock on August 4 and was returning home.
Pier was found in the 4500 block of County Road 245 that evening after a shooting was reported around 8:45 p.m.
Multiple agencies battle fire near Stillhouse Hollow Lake
Several firefighters, including two jets dropping water, were seen battling a blaze on Friday night near Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
Harker Heights 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 abnormally dry conditions.
The fire was reported to be 100% contained on Saturday.
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