Editor's Note: These normally scheduled events may be canceled at the time due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Runnels County 9/11 Remembrance
Saturday, September 11, Runnels County Courthouse lawn
7:45am AirMed Helicopter Landing at Ballinger High School
8:00am 1st Responders March Starting at Ballinger High School
10:00am Runnels County Courthouse lawn
Opening Prayer: Max Pratt
Raising of flag/National Anthem BHS Jazz Band Speaker: J. Lynn Lawhon D.V.M
Speaker: Todd Sanford Ret. Asst. Fire Chief Tom Green Co.
Closing Prayer: Max Pratt
A Round for Marvin
The fourth annual benefit golf tournament, A Round for Marvin, will be Monday, September 27th at Bentwood Country Club.
The four man scramble is scheduled for a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.
Registration for each four person team is $400 which includes green fees and cart, catered lunch, draft beer on the course, hole in one contest entry, 1 mulligan per player and prizes for winning teams.
All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
The tournament is in honor of long time Ballinger resident Marvin Clark who was an avid golfer and lost his battle to Alzheimer’s disease in 2014. We are excited to honor his memory with this fun community event sponsored by Bonfire Energy, Buddy’s Plant Plus, Kent Elliott Roofing, Keystone Bank and Sweetwater Steel.
To register or for more information, contact Jessicca Cason at 325-315-8556 or Mickie Hallmark at 325-895-0771.
Miles Cotton Festival
After a year's absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Miles Cotton Festival is back on track. The 44th annual event, sponsored by the Miles Preservation Authority, will be held Saturday, September 11.
Events begin at 6 a.m. with the Miles Masonic Lodge pancake breakfast in Weatherby Hall. The best cotton stalk contest starts at 8 a.m. in the Miles Young Farmers Complex. A parade will follow at 10 a.m. There will be arts and crafts booths at City Park, food booths and there will be a barbecue cook-off.
The historic 1904 Miles Opera House will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with the Miles Heritage Museum. Miles High School alumni also are invited to gather at the Opera House for visitation and fellowship. A petting zoo will be set up for children at the City Park after the parade, along with games. The Miles Public Library will hold an all-day free book give-away and downtown businesses will be open.
The festival will conclude with the Miles Cotton Queen Contest at 6 p.m. in the City Park. For more information: Cotton Stalk contest: 325-656-8922; Arts/crafts/food: 325-227-0013; Cook-off: 325-468-3501; General information: 325-227-0013 and 325-245-7059.
Cotton Field Day
What a good week after some significant August rainfall. We wanted to get the date out for our Cotton Tour. This year’s date is tentatively set for October 7th. The county cotton trial is on Aaron Colburn’s farm off of county road 341 just south of Winters. More details to come as we get closer.
St. Mary's Fall Festival
St. Mary's Fall Festival, September 12, 2021, will be serving a Brisket Meal. The Drive Thru will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dine in starts at 11 a.m. There will be games, inflatables and bingo starting at 11 a.m. Cornhole tournament is $50 per team. There will be a Bake Sale and County Store, Live Auction starts at 12:30 p.m. Come reconnect with family and friends and Let Us Renew Together!
Winters Main Street Market Days
Winters Marked Days will be Saturday, September 11, in downtown Winters. Come out for a day of shopping at local merchants and sidewalk vendors. Unique items abound! You can find more information at the Welcome to Winters Facebook page.
Runnels County Gardeners
The Runnels County Gardeners Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at The Depot at Top Tier in Miles. The meetings begin at 6 p.m. Each meeting has a guest speaker.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday September 8, at The Depot in Miles. Everyone is welcome.
The guest speaker will be assistant Runnels County Agrilife Extension Agent Kellie Morris.
An open forum Q&A session will follow the presentations.
Gardeners from all over the area are welcome. You don't have to be in Runnels County to join or attend the meetings.
Refreshments will be provided.
You can keep up with gardening events at the Runnels County Gardeners Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/runnelscountygardeners. You can also type Runnels County Gardeners into the Facebook search bar and it will take you to the page.
Ballinger Masonic Lodge
The next meeting of the Ballinger Masonic Lodge will be August 2nd at 6:30 p.m at the lodge located at 500 N. Broadway in Ballinger.
Ballinger Cares Inc., a nonprofit, has opened a Resale Center at 627 Strong Ave. Monday, May 3, 2021. It will be opened from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday to Friday. Clothing and household items will be available for sale.
1925 Runnels County Jail, Inc.
The 1925 Runnels County Jail is a 501(c)(3) formed to restore the 1925. The project is accepting donations. Contact Runnels County Clerk Julia Miller or Jail Administrator Kimberly Dunn for more information. Clerk's office: 325-365-2720
Winters ISD meals
Winters ISD will continue its policy to operate the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2021-2022 school year. Schools that qualify to operate CEP serve Breakfast and Lunch to all children at no charge and eliminate the collection of meal applications for free, reduced -priced, and paid student meals. This new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that all students receive nutritious meals.
For additional information please contact: Winters ISD; June Watson, Cafeteria Director (325) 754-5574 June.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Runnels County Historical Commission
The Runnels County Historical Commission’s latest book Stories from Runnels County Volume IV will make a great gift for someone special. The 388-page book is divided into five sections—County History, Communities, County Businesses, General Stories and Early Families. Learn about the saloons, stagecoaches, railroads, and an 1840 Indian fight in Runnels County.
Stories from Runnels County is available for $48, and shipping is an additional $7. The book is available at Ballinger Printing & Graphics and JK Hair Salon in Ballinger; the Attic, Bee's Quilting, and Heidenheimer’s in Winters; Touch of Class Beauty Shop in Rowena, or from members of the Runnels County Historical Commission. The book can be ordered from Ballinger Printing & Graphics at ballingerprinting.com, Amazon.com, or by mailing payment to Runnels County Historical Commission, PO Box 211, Winters 79567.
A set of all five Runnels County Historical Commission books is available for $140 plus $15 if shipped.
Humane Society of Ballinger
The Humane Society of Ballinger promotes responsible pet guardianship and the humane care and treatment of animals. The Humane Society takes in strays and places them in cities around the country. All donations are used for the care and placement of stray animals.
To donate, contact the Humane Society of Ballinger at 325-374-9546 or email HSBallinger14@WIX.com/HSofBallinger or HSBallinger14@yahoo.com.
Humane Society of Ballinger 8908 US Highway 67 Ballinger, TX 76821
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 www.seniorserviceamerica.org or email Tiffany Marcum@metinc.org.
Ballinger Recycling Center Recycling Center Hours
The City of Ballinger's Recycling center, located at South 7th Street and Sealy Avenue is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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@ cactomgreen.org. CASA serves Tom Green, Runnels, Concho, Crockett, Coke, Irion, Reagan, Sutton, Sterling and Schleicher counties.
Celebrate Recovery Sundays
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. www.loc8nearme.com/texas/winters/bluff-creek-cowboy-church/6101334
Cornerstone Action Agency offers Economic Impact Payment filing help
Did you know there are resources available for Veterans, Dependents and Surviving Spouses that are struggling to make ends meet during this unpredictable time. Don't allow yourself to struggle any longer. There is hope for you and your family. Now you have resources. It's your choice. You may qualify for assistance during these hard times for a family of four that makes less than $4,366 per month. To learn more about how to qualify for these resources, contact Cornerstone Community Action Agency, 114 Needham Street, Coleman, Texas offices at 325-625-4167 or email at email@example.com.
Not sure if you are getting an Economic Impact Payment and need help getting your banking information to the IRS? Just don't understand what you need to do? Visit link or give us a call and let us help you! https://www.irs.go/coronavirus/economic-impact payments. Please contact 325-399-1222 or 325-625-4167.
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.
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.
No hero left behind
Did you know there are resources available for Veterans, Dependents and Surviving Spouses that are struggling to make ends meet during this unpredictable time. Don't allow yourself to struggle any longer. There is hope for you and your family. Now you have resources. It's your choice. You may qualify for assistance during these hard times for a family of four that makes less than $4,366 per month.
To learn more about how to qualify for these resources, contact Cornerstone Community Action Agency, 114 Needham Street, Coleman, Texas offices at 325-625-4167 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballinger Noon Lions Club
The 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.
Paint Rock Masonic Lodge meeting
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 U.S. Highway 83 South.
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 325-365-2323. Wheelchairs cannot be transported.
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 325-365-3890 or Judy at 325-754-5386.
WIC open to many families
(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.
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.
Winters Food Bank & Thrift Store
The Winters Food Bank and remodeled Thrift Store located at the Samaritan House is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Winters Public Library
Open Monday-Thursday noon-6 p.m. to serve our patrons. We always have new arrivals, so come check out what's new! For more information, call 325-754-4251, or visit our website at http://www.winterspubliclibrary.org We can also be found on Facebook.
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.
Z.I. Hales Museum
Fascinated by old tractors? How about feeding that fascination and visiting the Gus Pruser Agriculture Exhibit. The exhibit is open Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Or, better yet plan to join the 'Friends of Gus' group on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. They meet at the Gus Pruser Agriculture Exhibit which is located at 217 W. Dale, Winters, TX.
The notice for Z. I. Hale Museum dues for the coming year is now done through Winters Gives. The annual family membership is $25, business is $50, and lifetime membership is $200. Please send in your dues for 2021, either through a Winters Gives envelope or mail directly to P.O. Box 211, Winters, TX 79567. It takes about $1,800 per month to operate the Museum — insurance, utilities, yard maintenance, repairs, etc. The ladies are doing less meals this year for fundraising, but we were fortunate enough to receive a $10,000 grant from Humanities Texas to help take up the slack during this difficult year. Any extra donations are also much appreciated and you may want to support some of the other organizations as well. Thank you.
The Season of Giving in Winters resulted in over $20,000 being donated through the Winters Area Foundation to benefit several local charities. Receiving funds were the Winters Child Development Center, Winters Ministerial Alliance, Winters Public Library, Winters Sports and Recreation and Z.I. Hale Museum. All of these are 501 C (3) organizations which are entitled to receive charitable donations.
Many of the donations came from former residents who still celebrate their Winters roots and want good things to continue in our city. Donations are still being accepted. Memorials are also welcomed. Donations may be made to Winters Gives, Box 211, Winters, TX 79567.