Price spikes not as sharp locally
Temple/Belton area has fourth cheapest grocery prices in America, and if you like bananas you are definitely in the right place!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
Meat prices are high across the country and the local area is no exception. But, according to a cost-of-living report, Temple meat prices were the cheapest in America during the second quarter of 2021.
Report: Temple has cheapest grilling meat, banana prices in America
By DAVID STONE, Our Town exclusive
Labor Day has come and gone, a sure signal that summer is coming to an end. To celebrate the end of the season — and hopefully triple-digit temperatures — many Central Texans have been firing up the grill.
But when backyard chefs head to the grocery store for barbecue essentials, they may be in for sticker shock. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains in the meat industry, and prices are soaring.
Meat prices are high across the country and the local area is no exception. But, Temple/Belton meat prices were the cheapest in America during the second quarter of 2021, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research, the company that puts together a quarterly cost-of-living index.
“The disruption in supply chains is multi-faceted,” said Jenni Allison, a spokesperson for the council. “Labor shortages and transportation issues are among areas that have affected meat production.”
The cost of living index, published since 1968, tracks data on living cost differentials among U.S. cities. Meat is one of areas that are tracked, she said.
Using 2021 Quarter 2 prices of ribeye steaks, ground beef, pork sausage and chicken, a barbecue index was constructed to determine which cities and states are the most and least expensive.
Alaska ranked as the most expensive state to purchase meat and Mississippi as the least. Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Arkansas and Georgia also were among the cheapest states in the nation to purchase meat products.
While the Temple/Belton area ranked No. 1 nationwide in the price of meats for grilling, the city was fourth in the nation in overall grocery prices for the second quarter of 2021. Temple had the nation’s cheapest grocery prices during the first quarter but is now third among Texas cities.
The cheapest grocery prices in America during April, May and June were in Kalamazoo, Michigan, followed by four Texas cities: Harlingen, Waco, Temple/Belton and Cedar Park.
To determine the rankings, the council collects prices from 258 urban areas in the United States, and the prices of 26 items are figured into the index formula.
Although the Temple/Belton area had the cheapest overall prices of barbecue meats, the cheapest city in America to buy a ribeye steak was Seguin, Texas, with an average price of $8.43 per pound. That same steak cost $16.67 per pound in San Francisco, and Temple’s average cost for ribeye was $11.45
For the second consecutive quarter, the Temple/Belton area boasts the cheapest bananas in the country at 36-cents per pound. The region also is the third cheapest in the country for sugar and fifth cheapest for bread, according to the report.
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It’s September, traditionally the last of Texas’ hot months. But what about winter? Will we see more record cold? It depends on who you ask.
Central Texans such as Dana St. John hope to get in a few more weeks of summer chilling in a pool or lake. Eventually, it’s going to cool off, but experts have mixed opinions about what winter will bring.
Chill out, Central Texas. Fall is coming
By DAVID STONE, Our Town exclusive
Temple Tammy, the weather-predicting armadillo, didn’t see her shadow on Labor Day. That means cooler weather should be in place by month’s end.
“Temperatures will start to drop as we see more cool fronts bringing drier air,” said Patricia Sanchez, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “It’s still hot, but cooler weather will gradually make its way to the Temple/Belton area. There’s no way tell exactly when, but it’s coming.”
OK, that’s not exactly big news. It’s September, traditionally the last of Texas’ hot months. But what about winter? Will we see more record cold? It depends on who you ask.
According to the 230th edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, brace for Snovid II. But according to Sanchez and the National Weather Service, winter 2021-22 likely will be above normal. That’s a big difference in predictions.
“This coming winter could be one of the longest and coldest we’ve seen in years,” said Janic Stillman, editor of the Almanac.
The coldest in years? As Scooby Doo would say: Rut ro.
Stillman and the Almanac say this winter will deal an icy combo of above-average snowfall and below-average temperatures in the New England area, the Appalachian region, the Ohio Valley and the Deep South. It also predicts a colder and snowier-than-usual winter for Texas and southern New Mexico.
Brrrr. Sounds cold, but Sanchez said that’s probably not going to happen.
“It’s still a long way off, but right now it looks like winter is going to be above normal in Central Texas,” she said. “That means Temple, Belton, Troy and Salado likely will have warmer than normal temperatures and less than normal precipitation.”
According to Sanchez, the Central Texas region averages 37.9 degrees in December, 35. 8 in January and 40.1 in February.
“Of course anything can happen, but right now it looks like a warmer overall winter than last year,” she said.
What’s happening, Central Texas?
September 7, Tuesday - Interested in learning to dance, but not sure how to get started? Be our guest and join us for a sample class, professional performances, social dancing, and hors d’oeuvres. This is a great opportunity to get introduced to Arthur Murray in Temple and finding out more about what we have to offer! Open to the public, RSVP (254) 721-9524
September 7, Tuesday - A Great Frontier Odyssey: Sketching the American West, Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, A new traveling exhibition documenting the 1873 overland journey of artists Jules Tavernier and Paul Frenzeny, on display from September 5 to November 7. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
September 7, Tuesday - The Academy HS class of 2022 is hosting a Project Celebration fundraiser at McAlister’s Deli from 5 to 10 PM. Must mention AHS ‘22 in person or use DONATEMCA when ordering online.
September 8, Wednesday - Open Mic Comedy, Corky’s. Sign up at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
September 9, Thursday - Martian Folk live band, Corky’s, 7 p.m.
September 10, Friday - Madstone live at O’Briens Irish Pub, 9 p.m.
September 10, Friday - John Henry Johnson live at Fire Base Brewing Company, 6:30 p.m.
September 10, Friday - Josh Abbott Band live at Johnny’s Steaks and Bar-Be-Que, Salado. 6 p.m.
September 10, Friday - Clint Walker Blues Band, Fire Street Pizza, Belton. 6 p.m.
September 10, Friday - First Friday Karaoke with DJ Brian Houge. 8 p.m.
September 11, Saturday - Dueling Pianos in the Park, Sam Farrow Amphitheater at Lions Park, 7-9 p.m.
September 11, Saturday - A Sami Show Arts & Crafts Market, Bell County Expo Center. 10 a.m.
September 11, Saturday - Weird Science. Explore different adaptations animals have made through presentations, fun games, and activities. Bell County Museum. 11 a.m.
September 11, Saturday - Name That Tune Bingo: All-American Songs, Fire Base Brewing Company, 7:30 p.m.
September 11, Saturday - Pink Fishing’s Reeling in the Cure, 6th annual bass tournament. Proceeds benefit breast cancer patients and cancer research. Cedar Ridge Park. 6 a.m. Call (254) 681-0102 for details.
September 11, Saturday - 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb & Ceremony. Wildcat Stadium. 7-11 a.m.
September 11, Saturday - Rescue Magazine’s Pet Adoption Extravaganza. There will almost 400 Animals up for adoption and fun for the whole family. Bell County Expo Center. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September 11, Saturday - Turn 2 Entertainment Comedy Showcase, Corky’s, 8 p.m.
September 12, Sunday - A Sami Show Arts & Crafts Market, Bell County Expo Center. 10 a.m.
September 12, Sunday - Corky’s Dart Tournament, 3 p.m.
September 12, Sunday - Rescue Magazine’s Pet Adoption Extravaganza. There will almost 400 Animals up for adoption and fun for the whole family. Bell County Expo Center. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September 13, Monday - Third House Session with State Rep. Hugh Shine, Belton Area Chamber of Commerce, 7 a.m.
September 15, Wednesday - Tiny Thinkers, Kids 5 years old and younger are invited to the museum to experience the State Fair! Bell County Museum. 10 a.m.
September 17, Friday - Matt Cearley & The Rowdy Few live at O’Briens Irish Pub, 9 p.m.
September 17, Friday - Wade Ralston live at Fire Base Brewing Company, 6:30 p.m.
September 17, Friday - Neal McCoy, Cotton Country Club, Granger. 9:30 p.m.
September 18, Saturday - The Chancers, O’Briens Irish Pub, 9 p.m.
September 18, Saturday - Night Bright Bike Ride, Pepper Creek Train off North Kegley. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to local food pantries. Trail parking is available at the Scott & White West Campus next to the hospital's parking lot. Look for green trail signs along FM 2305 and Kegley Road to direct you to the parking area. 6:30-9 p.m.
September 18, Saturday - Harvest Celebration. Bring your family and friends to enjoy grape stomping, food trucks, music, and wine. This is a ticketed event. 3 Texans Winery. 6 p.m.
September 18, Saturday - Detox/Retox Yoga, Fire Base Brewing Company, 11 a.m.
September 18, Saturday - Original Debonaires Reunion Dance, Cotton Country Club, Granger. 8:30 p.m.
September 21, Tuesday - Body of Christ Community Clinic’s Together We Heal Banquet, UMHB, Jimmy Dorrell, keynote speaker. 5:30 p.m.
September 24, Friday - Maxx Carter live at Fire Base Brewing Company, 6:30 p.m.
September 24, Friday - Belton Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival, noon to 9 p.m.
September 24, Friday - Aaron Watson, Cotton Country Club, Granger. 9:30 p.m.
September 25, Saturday - Name That Tune Bingo: Belt it Out Edition. Fire Base Brewing Company, 7:30 p.m.
September 25, Saturday - Belton Bacon, Blues & Brews Festival, noon to 9 p.m.
September 25, Saturday - Fun at the Fair! Join us at the museum to for fun at the fair! View the newest exhibit and take part in fun activities - explore symmetry by decorating a popcorn bucket, build your own mini rollercoaster, race your family in duck races, and visit our petting zoo! Bell County Museum. 11 a.m.
September 25, Saturday - Dale Watson, Texas Music Series, Cultural Activities Center. 7:30 p.m.
September 30, Thursday - TLC’s Celebration of Crazy, Sexy Cool with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Bell County Expo Center. 7:30 p.m.
September 30, Thursday - Funniest Comic in Texas semi-finals. Corky’s.
October 1, Friday - Randy Rogers Band, Johnny Steaks and Bar-Be-Que, Salado. 6 p.m.
October 5, Tuesday - Temple’s National Night Out. Anyone interested in hosting a party in their neighborhood should register by Sept. 13 at templetx.gov/nno. 6:30 p.m.
October 7, Thursday - The Spazmatics, Schoepf’s BBQ, Belton. 6 p.m.
October 8, Friday - Painting with a Twist, 3 Texans Winery. 6:30 p.m.
October 9, Saturday - Shinyribs, Texas Music Series,Cultural Activities Center. 7:30 p.m.
October 9, Saturday - Oktoberfest 2021, Barrow Brewing Company, Salado, noon to 10:30 p.m.
October 11-17 - Hocus Pocus, The Beltonian Theatre, Belton. Noon.
October 16, Saturday - Oktoberfest 2021, Barrow Brewing Company, Salado, noon to 10:30 p.m.
October 16, Saturday - Michael Salgado at Schoepf’s BBQ in Belton, 6 p.m.
October 18-23 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Beltonian, Belton. 6-8 p.m.
October 23, Saturday - Don Gregory Memorial Lions Club Golf Tournament. Sammons Golf Course. Contact Jeffrey Thigpen Thigpen.email@example.com to register or for sponsorship opportunities. 4-person scramble begins at 8:30 a.m.
October 23, Saturday - Free Movie Night. Harker Heights Community Park. 5 p.m.
October 23, Saturday - Oktoberfest 2021, Barrow Brewing Company, Salado, noon to 10:30 p.m.
October 29, Friday - Season closing event, Domestics vs Imports, Little River Dragway, 7 p.m.
October 30, Saturday - Barktoberfest, Dog costume contest at 5:30; adoptable dogs on site. Barrow Brewing Co., Salado. 1-7 p.m.
October 30, Saturday - Bulls & BBQ, Live bull riding followed by concert with Jake Worthington and Keith Braxton. Schoepf’s BBQ, Belton, Noon.
November 4, Thursday - Spur Classic Sporting Clay Shoot, Weber Shooting Range. 8 a.m.
November 6, Saturday - Chris Hillman, Texas Music Series,Cultural Activities Center. 7:30 p.m.
November 13, Saturday - Market in the Vines. Take a walk through the vines and shop with over 50 vendors! Free to the public. 3 Texans Winery. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 18, Thursday - Taste of the Holidays 2021: A Candy Cane Christmas. Mayborn Convention Center. 10:30 a.m.
December 4, Saturday - Barrow Brewing Christmas Market, Salado. Noon.
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