Runnels County Meet and Greet Feb. 21


The third Runnels County Meet and Greet meeting will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 and following at 2 p.m. is a meeting for anyone that wants to be a delegate to the state convention. All city and county officials encouraged to attend and greet Runnels county residents. This is the third monthly meeting to help Runnels County citizens and elected officials to understand and correct any concerns. So come prepared to enjoy the exchange over coffee and refreshments. The meeting of Jan. 28, had about 50 in attendance and was opened with a prayer by Myron Halford and the pledge of allegiance. Also thanks to Becky Ferguson and Anita Betty's assistance. The meeting will be at Sylvia's Cafe, 807 Hutchins, Ballinger. Come early to enjoy Sylvia's lunch special, (for menu and prices, contact Sylvia.)


St. Joseph Parish Hall spaghetti dinner Feb. 23


Spaghetti dinner, bake sale and prize drawings will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Rowena. Dine in or drive thru will be available. Adult plates and plates to go will be $8, children $4. Tickets available for $1 or six for $5 for drawings for various prizes. This event is sponsored by Daughters of the Americas, Court Our Lady of Grace #1734.


Woman's Club Potato and Salad Luncheon March 3


The Woman's Club annual Potato Bar and Salad Luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 3 at the First Baptist Church Life Center. Dine in or drive thru available for $8 per person. Funds are for Senior Scholarships and Carnegie Library.


Remodeled Winters Food Bank, Thrift Store now open


The Winters Food Bank and remodeled Thrift Store located at the Samaritan House is now open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. Super Sale Saturday is the first Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. until noon.


New books available at Carnegie Library


Several new books are available at the Carnegie Library in Ballinger. New adult fiction books and children's books are arriving weekly. Some of the new adult books include: Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich; Clock Dance by Anne Tyler; Cemetery Road by Greg Iles; and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. We are accepting book donations for a book sale later in the Spring. The libary's Facebook page is: Carnegie Ballinger.



Celebrate Recovery Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m.


Celebrate Recovery takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays at Bluff Creek Cowboy Church, located at 3802 FM 2405 in Drasco. Call Bobby at (325) 214-0304 or Beverly at (325) 214-0611 for more information. Everyone is welcome.



Ballinger Food Pantry open Monday-Friday


The Community Food Pantry, located at 508 Strong Avenue, Ballinger, Texas, invites you to come shop for clothing and household items. Monthly food provided to eligible households with identification and proof of address. A CTO representative is here each Wednesday to provide utility assistance, case management and housing for Texas Heroes, a veteran’s program. Hours are 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.


Friends of Seniors of Winters Friday Night Games


Senior citizens are welcome to join us for “Pot Luck” and Friends of Seniors of Winters Friday Night Games starting at 5:50 p.m. at 601 Wood Street Winters Senior Activity Center.


Recycling Center Hours


The City of Ballinger’s Recycling Center, located at South 7th Street and Sealy Avenue, is open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Senior Citizen Lunch


The First United Methodist Church in Ballinger will provide a free lunch to Ballinger senior citizens on the second Tuesday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center. The meal will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The doors will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to make time for seniors attending to have time for visiting and fellowship. Anyone who needs a ride to the lunch, please call 365-2323. Wheelchairs cannot be transported.


Participate in the Flag Project


Ballinger Noon Lions Club wants to thank all businesses who participate in the Flag Project. The club would like to invite new businesses to join our Flag Project. On all major holidays members place flags out and pick them up. The annual cost for this service is $24. Anyone interested please contact Lanada Driskell at 325-234-7842. We would be proud to put you on our list. These funds are used for scholarships and many community services.


Carnegie Library Hours


The Carnegie Library in Ballinger is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The library is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


WIC open to many families, incomes


Women Infants and Children, (WIC) is located in the First United Methodist Church on 1501 N. Broadway Street, phone number is 325-365-5925. WIC is open Monday and Wednesday only from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.


Winters Tai Chi


The Winters Tai Chi group meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the First Baptist Church Jones Hall. Slow stretches and breathing exercises are suitable for senior citizens. Benefits include improved balance and agility. Cost is free. Participants should bring along water.


Baby Boomers wanted


Baby Boomers 55 years or older are needed for a special project. Local nonprofit organizations need your help. Do you need to increase your income? Are you unemployed, having trouble making ends meet? Let SCSEP/MET INC. pay you while you provide support to local NON profit Agencies. For more information go to or email Tiffany


Meals on Wheels volunteers needed


Do you want to do something to help your fellow community members? Volunteers are needed as new clients have been added to the Meals on Wheels Plus program in Runnels County. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To volunteer call Gene Roggenkamp in Ballinger at 325-280-0042 or Lupe Vasquez in Winters at 325-665-9341.


RCHC books available


The latest book titled “Volume III Historical Markers of Runnels County and Post Offices of Runnels County” is available at Ballinger Printing & Graphics and JK Hair Salon in Ballinger; The Attic, Bee’s Quilting, and the Z. I. Hale Museum Gift Shop in Winters; Beverly Teplicek in Rowena or from members of the Runnels County Historical Commission. The book can be ordered from Ballinger Printing& Graphics at,, or by mailing payment to Runnels County Historical Commission, PO Box 211, Winters 79567. “Volume I The Organization of Runnels County” is also available for $25 or $31 if shipped, and “Volume II Schools of Runnels County” is available for $30 or $37 if shipped.


Visit 'Friendly Neighbors'


The Texas Extension Education Agency “Friendly Neighbors” invites everybody in the Runnels County area who is interested in learning about cooking, gardening, arts and crafts and other useful subjects to meetings at 2 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month (except during the summer). Meetings will alternate between the Runnels County Extension Office on the corner of south 7th Street and Sealy Ave. in Ballinger and the Winters Public Library at 120 N. Main St. in Winters. If you are interested and would like to find out more about this group, call Martha at 365-3890 or Judy at 754-5386.


CASA volunteers wanted


The Children’s Advocacy Center of Tom Green County, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteers. Currently CASA serves 60 percent of the children in foster care. To sign up, call 325-653- 4673 or email mblue@ CASA serves Tom Green, Runnels, Concho, Crockett, Coke, Irion, Reagan, Sutton, Sterling and Schleicher counties.


Ballinger Masonic Lodge meetings


The Ballinger Masonic Lodge #643 meets on the first Monday evening of each month at 7 p.m. at the lodge at 500 North Broadway. A meal will be served following each meeting. All District 105 Masons and those in the area, are encouraged to attend and meet for fellowship.


Wingate Masonic Lodge meetings


The Wingate Masonic Lodge 1042 A.F. & A.M., meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month, at the Wilmeth Lodge.


Paint Rock Masonic Lodge meetings


The Paint Rock Masonic Lodge No. 613 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Supper will be provided after the meeting held at the Masonic Lodge building located at 360 South Roberts on Highway 83 South.