Looking back on 2016, we found several examples when the best part about living in Bell County was the people right here at home. Here are 9 times when the community of Central Texas played the role of hero to make our neighborhoods a better place to live and work. To look back on the full story just click the headline as it appears in the list, and you'll be taken to the full article.  Here's to a great 2017!

  • 1

    Harker Heights Community Rallies Around Teacher-Coach After Cancer Diagnosis

    Coach Rob is short for Coach Kye Robertson, a Varsity high school coach for Harker Heights baseball and also coaches on the football team. September 26, Kye was diagnosed with Myeloid Sarcoma/soft tissue leukemia – a form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia that requires a very aggressive form of chemotherapy.

    Photo courtesy of Maci Robertson
  • 2

    Monster Truck ‘To The Rescue’ During Texas Floods

    Remember back in the spring when Cole Geeo of Parker County took his 8-foot tall Monster Truck through his neighborhood to lend friends a helping hand during the recent high water? Thanks for being there for your neighbords, Cole!

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    Central Texas Community and Pizza Hut Rally to Help Taliq Davis’ Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Taliq Davis this Christmas. Taliq was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and had the world rallying around him. Even Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors developed a relationship with him over the last couple years. Taliq passed away in September.

    Courtesy of GoFundMe
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    Boy Scouts Save Leader After He Suffers Heart Attack On Lake Belton

    Remember when a group of Boy Scouts came up from Austin, Texas to train for the Houston regatta on Lake Belton? Their training was put to the test as the scout group’s leader suffered a heart attack while on board their boat.Thankfully there was a happy ending for Tex Mitchell and his son.

    TSM
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    Even Kanye Can’t Cut Lines for Texas BBQ

    Ha! That time that the Times published an article about Franklin BBQ in Austin, Texas highlighting just how long we will wait for some of the best brisket in the United States. Remember when Kanye tried to cut in line? Benjamin Jacob stood up for all his local customers by making the celebrity wait like everyone else.

    Benjamin Jacob - Franklin Barbecue's GM
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    Belton Police Got A Nice Surprise from Citizens This Weekend

    Not long after the Police shooting in Dallas this fall, the community of Belton made sure it's Police Department knew the city "backs the blue". Such great citizens!

    Belton police Department Facebook
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    Local Fire Department Gives 11-Year-Old a Birthday He’ll Never Forget

    Remember when Stillhouse Volunteer Fire took time out for a special 11-year-old boy's birthday party? This memory will be sure to leave a smile on your face. Thank you Stillhouse Volunteer F.D. for being there for our community!

    Stillhouse Fire Department
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    First Responder To Fort Hood Tragedy Describes Search

    We can't help but remember the fallen heroes at Fort Hood earlier this year when a low water crossing training accident took 9 soldiers lives when their vehicle overturned during heavy rains. Our soldiers will always be remembered by the Bell County Community.

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    Nolanville 10-Year-Old Donates Birthday Money to Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity

    We thought we'd end our list by remembering the time when the children of Moehlenbrock family set a great example by donating to charity every year on their birthdays. Of most recent memory, 10-year-old John Zachary (he’s called J.Z. for short), recently donated his birthday money to Fort Hood Area Habit for Humanity.

    Fort Hood Area Habitat For Humanity