I wanna ROCK!
Hair Metal Giants to jam Temple's Santa Fe Plaza on July 22.
Austin-based Hair Metal Giants will bring their 1980s rock show to Temple next week. Although they focus on Glam Rock bands such as Ratt, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot and Great White, their shows include music from throughout the decade.
DAVID STONE | July 14, 2022
On July 22 at Santa Fe Plaza, Glam Rock will once again raise its big-haired head.
“We’re all about 1980s rock,” said Paul Ross, lead singer and frontman for Hair Metal Giants. “Poison, Bon Jovi, Warrant, Firehouse, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe — we’ll be playing songs by the bands you love to hear. And, of course, we will have on the leather, Spandex and animal-print outfits, and that really big hair.”
“Temple is going to be a family friendly show so we will be playing our A-list,” Ross said. “We will play lots of fun songs to make you dance and move.”
According to Ross and JD DuPont, the band’s former drummer who now handles bookings through Black Hole Talent Management, today’s Hair Metal Giants has roots that go back to 2014.
“We played under a different name then, and we were a very different band,” DuPont said. “We played a lot of classic rock, pop and even some progressive country back then. We played just about everything, and it was hard to really define us.”
Ross said that prompted a big change in the band’s philosophy.
“We started thinking: ‘What really gets the crowd going and what really gets us performing at our best?’”
“When we played ‘80s rock, people had fun. They got up and they danced. Especially when we played Hair Metal.”
“We decided to be a tribute act, but instead of being a tribute to a specific band, we decided to be a tribute to the 1980s,” Ross said. “Sure, about 95 percent of what we play is Hair Metal, but we throw in some other ‘80s rock as well, such as Night Ranger, Twisted Sister, Journey and Prince songs that are heavy on guitar.”
In addition to Ross, who plays rhythm guitar and sings, Hair Metal Giants also features Jack Kittrell on lead guitar, Carlos Salinas on bass and Jungi Padilla on drums.
Padilla replaces DuPont, who is recovering from a runner’s injury.
“I love to run, and I was putting in three to five miles a day,” DuPont said. “But I blew my Achilles, and I’m about eight weeks into a six-month rehab.”
Now DuPont focuses on the business and production sides of the operation.
Hair Metal Giants shows have a unique feature: Giant screens on the side of the stage flash QR codes, and those attending the concert can access the codes through their cell phones. The link takes fans to a playlist where they can actually make requests.
“We have more than 100 songs in our catalog, and we usually play about 35 per show,” Ross said. “There’s a couple songs we like to do every time, but for the most part we can play a different show from night to night.”
The Santa Fe Plaza concert is part of the city’s Hot Summer Sounds series and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the show promises to be Nothin’ But a Good Time!
TISD to host teacher job fair
JON WALLIN | July 14, 2022
Temple Independent School District will host a teacher job fair on Thursday, July 21, at the Temple ISD Administration Building, 401 Santa Fe Way in Temple, from 4-5:30 p.m. The district is looking to hire teachers to begin working this fall.
The district is hiring teachers at all levels and all of the district’s campuses will be represented at the job fair. TISD offers a starting salary of $52,500 and competitive employee benefits. Other benefits to working for Temple ISD include exceptional training programs, First Year training at the IGNITE Academy, the Master Teacher Model at secondary campuses, a comprehensive technology program, well defined employee benefits options and stipends in critical needs areas.
There are also student loan forgiveness opportunities since all TISD campuses are Title I. Temple ISD also provides growth opportunities (both instructional and professional), a collaborative environment throughout the district and campuses and mentoring for all new teachers. To learn more, see current job openings and register for the job fair, please visit Temple - Temple ISD Teacher Job Fair - July 21, 2022 (tedk12.com).
“Temple ISD is looking for educators who believe that success is possible for every student, and the work they do on a daily basis is critical to developing future leaders in our community, our state, and our world,” said Dr. Donna Ward, assistant superintendent of human resources for Temple schools.
“We are looking for teachers who have the ability to connect with and build positive relationships with students and co-workers,” she said. “We are proud to offer a competitive salary and benefits package, opportunities for professional growth, a top-notch first-year teacher mentor program, and a Wellness Program that will be expanded to include a focus on employee physical and mental health. Teachers who work in Temple ISD stay because of the family-like environment they experience in the district. Please join us at our Job Fair if you would like to visit with our campus principals about the possibility of joining our team!”
Although the July job fair is strictly for teachers, the district is also hiring paraprofessionals and support staff and has openings in maintenance, transportation and school nutrition, as well. To find out more information or apply for those job openings, please visit Temple - TalentEd Hire (tedk12.com).
Goodridge is new BMS principal
KAREN RUDOLPH | July 14, 2022
A familiar face will take the helm of Belton Middle School this fall.
The Belton ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Timothy Goodridge as principal at BMS during a special meeting on Wednesday. Goodridge has served as an assistant principal at Belton High School for the last five years.
“Mr. Goodridge is a passionate educator whose servant leadership has already made a tremendous impact on students and families in the Big Red Community,” said Superintendent Matt Smith. “We’re looking forward to watching him build relationships with the BMS community and fostering a learning environment where students thrive.”
Education is the second act of Goodridge’s career. He went back to school to earn teacher certification after working for UPS for 21 years.
“The last 13 years in education as a science teacher and then assistant principal have been so fulfilling,” Goodridge said. “I get to help build an environment where our students can have exceptional learning experiences that prepare them to pursue their dreams and enrich their communities. There’s nothing more rewarding than that.”
Goodridge was recently recognized by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals as the Region 12 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year. In 2015, he was recognized as the Belton ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. Goodridge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and a Master of Education from Lamar University.
“I am humbled to be given the opportunity to partner with the students, staff and families at BMS in this capacity,” Goodridge said. “Together we’re going to do great things for kids.”
The Board also approved the hiring of two assistant principals — Avery Polchinski at North Belton Middle School and Ross Sproul at Lake Belton High School.
Polchinski has worked as a math teacher in Killeen ISD for five years. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M-Central Texas.
Sproul has worked in education for 26 years, including stints as a teacher, instructional coach, associate principal and principal. He most recently served as the principal at Perryton High School in Perryton, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Houston.
The Board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. on July 25 in the Pittenger Fine Arts Center, located at 400 N. Wall St. in Belton. Before the regular meeting, trustees will meet for a workshop at 5 p.m. next door in the Administration Building.
Full-time TC students may receive up to $1,500 this fall to help with education expenses
Our Town Temple | July 15, 2022
Temple College students who enroll in 12 or more hours of courses this fall will receive up to $1,500 to help with education expenses.
“It’s never been more affordable to go to college than right now,” said Dr. Christy Ponce, Temple College president. “Emergency aid funding is just one example of the many ways Temple College is helping students earn an associate degree, equip for careers or prepare students for transfer to a four-year university.”
Prospective students can learn about this funding as well as other Temple College grants, scholarships and assistance programs by attending one of three Temple College Registration and Open House events taking place at the College’s three campuses over the next two weeks.
The events are designed to introduce community members to the College as well as provide a “one stop shop” to help students apply and register for the fall.
All community members are welcome to visit and participate in one or all of the College’s upcoming Open House events, which include:
Temple Main Campus
Tuesday, July 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
2600 S. 1st Street, Temple
Tuesday, July 26, 4-6 p.m.
516 N. Main St, Taylor
Wednesday, July 27, 4-6 p.m.
1600 Innovation Blvd, Hutto
“This is a great opportunity to visit with faculty and staff and learn about our 70+ programs, and register onsite,” Dr. Ponce said. “We are here to do everything we can to make sure college and training is accessible to everyone. We are here to help students earn college certificates, degrees, and earn industry recognized credentials to help get you into the workforce.”
Each event will feature food, games, door prizes, campus tours, meet-and-greet with the Leopard mascot, and one-on-one time with faculty and advisors.
A grand prize will be given away at each event.
Learn more about Temple College’s Registration and Open House events at www.templejc.edu/openhouse.
Bob? Bob’s not here
Cattle were a very common commodity among early and mid-1800s Texas and Bell County-area settlers. Fresh milk was unheard of at local trading posts, and since refrigeration was years away, the only way to get fresh milk reliably was to have cows.
Cattle were easy to raise — native range grasses were still abundant. The big problem was keeping the big animals from wandering off.
Since barbed wire — usually pronounced “bob” wire or “bob war” — had yet to be invented, pioneer families were creative in keeping their treasured cattle at home.
The most common means of fencing in land was the split-rail fence. But some Bell County families thought well outside the box.
At the Robertson farm in Salado, Bois d’ Arc trees were planted in a double row to serve as a fence. And, a family near Troy created an earthen fence by criss-crossing layers of soil.
American historians usually credit Illinois farmer Joseph Glidden as the inventor of barbed wire, but a man named John Grinninger of Austin was making and using a spiked wire for at least 17 years prior to Glidden. The Austin man strung his creation around his own garden plot and never tried to sell or patent his idea.
In 1862, however, Grinninger was murdered and five years later, the first barbed wire patent was issued. Mysterious.
The first non-barbed wire fence was the Merriweather wire in 1854 in New Braunfels.
On this day in 1852, settlers of the Peters Colony met to protest alleged efforts of the land company to invalidate their claims. Thus began the "Hedgcoxe War" also known as the Peters Rebellion. In February the legislature had attempted to satisfy both the settlers and the land company by passing a compromise law. In May the agent of the company, Henry Oliver Hedgcoxe, issued a proclamation that contributed to the misinterpretation of the law. The meeting on July 15 accused Hedgcoxe of fraud and corruption. The next day, John Good led an armed group of 100 men to Hedgcoxe's office, seized his files, and took them to the Dallas County Courthouse. No violence was done, but Hedgcoxe was ordered to leave the colony. He fled to Austin. In February 1853 an amendment to the compromise law satisfactory to both sides was passed.
Friday, July 15
Summer Fun for Early Learners at Bell County Museum. 10 a.m. to noon. Kids 6 years and younger are invited to the museum with their families to explore the engaging interactive exhibits and participate in fun activities and crafts. Each day will have a special theme of activities: Today is Coding. The events are come and go and completely FREE!
4 hour Temple Brew Trail Tour with Tour Temple. 6-10 p.m.
Sweatin’ With The Oldies at Sammons Community Center. 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Join Kathy Patterson as she leads these extremely popular exercise sessions designed especially for those with mobility issues or who have difficulty standing while exercising. Slow stretches and comfortable balance exercises, while seated or in contact with a chair, will help tone and strengthen muscles to increase mobility and flexibility. Gradual use of hand weights and stretch bands is also incorporated. Easily adaptable for those with physical limitations. Two convenient session times to choose from. For more information, call 254.298.5403.
Summer Sounds Free Concert Series at the Sam Farrow Amphitheater at Lions Park. The Selfless Lovers. 7:30 p.m.
Noaa Rienecke live at Barrow Brewing Co. 8 p.m.
Jon Pardi concert at Bell County Expo Center. Sold out
Karaoke at Corky’s. 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 16
Amanda Brown live at Barrow Brewing Co. 8 p.m.
Cars for a Cause. A car show and fundraiser for Robb Elementary Memorial Fund in Uvalde. Live music, Food trucks, auctions. 23330 SE HK Dodgen Loop in Temple, the future home of Pustka Family BBQ. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $20 entry per car.
4 Hour Wine Trail Tour with Tour Temple. 3-7 p.m.
Cancer benefit for Ashley Autrey-Easley. Noon. Event at VFW Post 4008 (by the expo). BBQ Plates, 50/50 Raffle & Live Auction. Help raise money that will all go toward Ashley’s medical bills and expenses. Ashley was very recently diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She is in need of treatment and tests that her insurance will not cover. Any and all support would be appreciated.
Kiddo Cards at FoxDog. Temple Police will be registering kids for Kiddo Cards. The cards are beneficial to both families and officers in the event a child is lost. The card contains a current photo of the child, name, address, date of birth, eye color, hair color, height, weight, thumbprint and the child’s emergency contact information. Parents or guardians must be present the day of the event to fill out the child’s information and receive the ID. This is also an opportunity for parents to update their child’s current ID card. Please visit templetx.gov/pdevents for more information and FAQ.
Sunday, July 17
Martian Folk live at Fire Street Pizza in Belton. Noon.
Grease sing a long at The Beltonian. 5 p.m.
Summer Lecture Series at 2 p.m. at Barrow Brewing Co. Live music by Walt Wilkins from 5-7 p.m.
Monday, July 18
$1 Summer movies at The Beltonian Theatre. July 18-22. 10 a.m., 1, p.m. 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. The Lego Batman Movie
Trash to Treasure Totes, Sammons Community Center. 1 p.m. Go green and create a unique tote bag from plastic bags! Becca Bash will be teaching this fun and creative way to recycle and reuse those endless plastic grocery bags that get stashed away to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind bag that could have a variety of uses. Watch that bag evolve into your own creation. Knowledge of basic crochet stitch is encouraged. A size K crochet hook is recommended. For more information, call 254.298.5403.
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