Around the County: Briefs of recent events Around Runnels County

Runnels County Register

Ballinger Park Board hosts Easter egg hunt

BALLINGER - The Ballinger Park Board held their first Easter Egg on March 27. According to park board member Chad Hardy, it was the first event of this nature in Ballinger in approximately 20 years.

Hardy commented on the work that went into the event, "It was organized by City Park Board, supported by local business sponsors and individuals. We had approximately 9000 candy-filled eggs and gave away 9 bikes and scooters, plus other toys and prizes. Board members spent two evenings, about 3 hours each, filling eggs with candy. The girls scouts also helped fill eggs. Rotary Interact students helped hide eggs as well. Approximately 200 kids showed up ages 0-12. Many families stayed afterwards to enjoy some time playing in the park"

Children who were given bicycles by the Ballinger Park Board at their Easter Egg hunt on March 27.
A young girl holds up gifts given to her by the Ballinger Park Board while a young man shows off the bicycle that he was given by the park board.

Golden Trowel awarded in Paint Rock lodge #613

PAINT ROCK - Paint Rock Lodge # 613 in  Paint Rock, Texas is a Fraternal Lodge helping  Communitys in  this area since  1885.  On March 4th, 2021 , our lodge bestowed an honor upon on of our own members who  has contributed, not only to  Concho and Runnels County Communitys, but to his own Lodge as well ,thru his dedication to its  existance and place in the Community. Bro.  Tanner Steve Schlittler was awarded the  Masonic  "Golden Trowel" award for  spreading the cement that holds our Fraternal organization in bond.  Please take time to consider this  news worthy  item to be placed in Your next publication. If any  further information is needed, please contact me @ 325-365-3413 or email me here  @ < luther11148@yahoo.com

On March 4th, 2021, Paint Rock Masonic Lodge # 613 was honored to present to Bro. Tanner Steve Schlittler, the distinguished "Golden Trowel" award for  his contributions to his Lodge and the surrounding  Community ,at large.  (Pictured L to R) is Brother Tanner Steve Schlittler, recipient and  WM Ricky Don Donaldson, Master of the Lodge in Top Hat, presenting the award.

Grants awarded to volunteer fire departments

Pictured from (L to R): Bob Fuchs, board member of Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Coleman County Electric Cooperative; Jason Gully, Rowena VFD fire chief; John Nitsch, Rowena VFD treasurer; and, Tyler Wright, Rowena VFD secretary.

ROWENA — The Community Involvement Committee (CIC) of Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Coleman County Electric Cooperative (CCEC) are giving back to local communities with a cumulative donation of $4,800 to 16 volunteer fire departments, including the Rowena Volunteer Fire Department.

A check presentation took place Friday, March 26, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Rowena Volunteer Fire Department firehouse. Bob Fuchs, Golden Spread and CCEC board member, presented the donation to Jason Gully, Rowena VFD fire chief; John Nitsch, Rowena VFD treasurer; and, Tyler Wright, Rowena VFD secretary. The Golden Spread donation coupled with CCEC’s $500 donation and Bob and Puggy Fuchs $500 donation will be used to purchase Wild Lands vests to fight grass fires.

“We enjoy supporting the volunteer fire departments,” said Jennifer Bobbitt, vice chairperson of the CIC committee. “It typifies one of Golden Spread’s operating principles, caring and giving. Our goal is to support a VFD in each of our Member territories each year. I am thankful to be a part of an organization that prioritizes community investment.”