News & Events in 2011

Christmas Card Recycling
Posted December 23, 2011

Once again, the Wilmarth's are collecting used Christmas cards (and any other used greeting cards) on behalf of St Jude's Ranch for Children in Texas and Nevada.

The children of St Jude's participate in making new cards by removing the fronts of the cards and attaching a new back made with recycled paper.

If you would like to help, you can drop off any used cards you have at the Wilmarth home. You can cut off the backs and drop off just the fronts, or you can drop off the entire card and they will remove the backs. Greeting cards with handwriting on the back side of the front of the card cannot be used.

The address to drop off the cards is 46010 White Bluff Dr. It is a gray stone house just past the condos. If no one is home, there will be a box to the right of the front door where you can leave them. Please drop off your cards by the middle of January.

For more information on the program, email Linda Wilmarth or call her at 694-4236, or go to the St Jude's greeting card recycling program website.

WB Men's Bible Study
Posted December 23, 2011

The White Bluff Men's Bible study group will be studying the book of Hebrews this spring. The study will begin on January 19th and will meet each Thursday at 4pm. The Hebrews study will be 13 weeks in length and meet in participating men's homes. We will be using a study guide by John MacArthur ($8) and an optional commentary ($10) by Steven Ger.

The first meeting will be at Ron Quiggins' home at 27046 Stonewood Drive. All men are invited and encouraged to attend. Call Ron at 694-1512 for more details or questions.

TV Christmas Concert features WB Residents
Posted December 15, 2011

The Vocal Majority Christmas Special, "Christmas with the Vocal Majority", will be broadcast on the Daystar Channel on December 21 at 8 am, 11 am, and midnight. The Vocal Majority is a Dallas-based men's chorus of over 150 singers, billed as "America's Premier Pops Chorus." They are part of the Dallas Metro chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Two White Bluff residents, Tom Reedy and John Upchurch, are members of the group.

Daystar Channel is available on DISH at channel 263 on DirectTV at channel 369. If you have any questions or need further information, contact John Upchurch (254-694-8575) or Tom Reedy (254-694-6906).

WB Author Releases New Book
Posted December 15, 2011

White Bluff resident Leonard Critcher has just released his first novel, titled "Drawing the Line". The book explores a single year in the life of a college freshman during the tumultuous 1960's. The first two chapters are available to be read on the book's website, as well as a summary of the book and information about the author.

The book is available on Amazon, or signed copies can be purchased directly from Leonard. You can email Leonard or call him at 694-5394 or 214-616-4177 to arrange a time to pickup the book locally, if you prefer.

Makes a great Christmas present any "boomer" would enjoy, or even boomers' children!

Holidays at White Bluff
Posted December 15, 2011

The Lighthouse Restaurant will offer short 20-30 minute "hay rides" down to the marina and back with a stop at the fire pit on Friday and Saturday night, Dec 16-17. Young and old can make s'mores or just sit around the fire. The rides will start at the Lighthouse around 7 pm. Complimentary hot chocolate will be available as well as all the fixings for the s'mores.

Both pro shops and golf courses will be closed on December 25. The courses are available for walking that day.

Missing Dog
Posted November 28, 2011

Anna O'Neil lost her shih tzu named Holly on Wednesday, November 23. She may have drifted over into the north section of White Bluff. If you know of her whereabouts and/or have her, please call Ted O'Neil at 817-657-8257.

WB Deer Survey
Posted November 28, 2011

Milt Bergman and a team of volunteers have completed the 2011 White Bluff deer survey. On average, they counted 310 deer on each of the four evenings that they conducted the survey.

The count in 2009 was 261, and the count in 2010 was 255. For more details, click to see the entire 2011 White Bluff Deer Survey report.

Smoke on the Water
Posted November 28, 2011

Warm water and cool fall air in the early morning combine to create what appears to be smoke on the water, actually just localized fog. In the fall, it frequently appears to flow down the Brazos into the north end of Lake Whitney.

Bosque Chorale Christmas Concert
Posted November 28, 2011

Following the great success of the "American Salute II" Veterans Concerts in Clifton and White Bluff, the Bosque Chorale will present its Christmas Concert entitled "A Glorious Christmas" on Friday night, December 9, 2011, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clifton.

Featured will be the “Vivaldi Gloria” and selected traditional Christmas carols and popular Christmas songs with the Forte Strings orchestra.

Location:  Trinity Lutheran Church, 803 West Third Street, Clifton, Texas

Date:        Friday December 9, 2011

Time:        7:00 pm

Tickets:     Adults $10, Students $  5

Tickets are available at the door or the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton, 254-675-3724. White Bluff and Whitney area residents may also contact John and Caroline Upchurch 694-8575, Charlie and Chris Whisenand 694-8838, or Mac McClary 694-7978 for tickets.

Bake and Wreath Sale
Posted November 16, 2011

The Lake Whitney Area Garden Club will be sponsoring a bake sale and wreath sale on Tuesday, November 22. The sale will be held, rain or shine, at the vacant gas station property, at the stop light in downtown Whitney, across from the Whitney Museum. People can come shop for Thanksgiving baked goods and Christmas presents/ decorations at the same time, and have a place to park. The sale begins at 9am and runs until they are sold out.

Boat Winterizing
Posted November 16, 2011

For those boats still on lifts in the marina, winterizing your inboard or I/O engine may be especially important this year. With water levels extremely low in the marina, both the water and localized air temperatures could be lower than normally experienced, providing an increased risk of freezing.

Also, give the boat battery (and the trolling motor battery) a good charge before the freezing weather approaches; a full charge is the best protection against battery damage over the winter.

Walking for Our Racks
Posted November 16, 2011

Congratulations and recognition to four of our White Bluff ladies Crystal Dudley, Lisa McCoy, Julie Britt and Yvonne Curtis for participating in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for the Cure in Dallas the first weekend in November. The walk was 60 miles (20 miles each day) and there were 2,476 walkers. They also played and supported the Rally for the Cure in White Bluff in October. They are to be commended for this great effort and said they wouldn't mind doing it again (they must have already forgotten the blisters at the end of the third day).

The team "Walking for Our Racks" has already raised $7,661 for the benefit and can still turn in contributions until Dec 7. Anyone wishing to contribute and support this worthy cause can call Crystal at 694-6892.

WB Homeowner's Insurance Price Reduction
Posted November 7, 2011

The White Bluff VFD, along with White Bluff Resort, is constantly working to improve the delivery of fire suppression systems within WB. Over a year ago, they contacted the ISO (Insurance Services Office) in Austin, regarding our classification. A detailed on-site study was conducted in 2010. Prior to this effort, we had been classified 8/9 (out of 10); now our classification has been reduced to 5.

This means that all homeowner's should see a noticeable reduction in the cost of their homeowner's insurance, effective at the time of their next annual renewal. If your insurance does not drop next time you renew, talk to your agent and make sure they are using the new ISO rating of 5 for White Bluff.

Covered Bridge Repairs Begin
Posted November 7, 2011

Replacement of the wooden planks on the Covered Bridge has begun. This work is expected to be completed by Thursday, November 10.

Detour signs have been setup to direct traffic. For detailed detour directions, click here.

Veteran's Day Concert
Posted November 7, 2011

This is a reminder that this year's Bosque Chorale Fall Concert will feature patriotic songs and WWII-era popular music. It will be held on Saturday, Nov 12, at 7pm at the White Bluff Chapel. The concert is open to all members of the community. Admission is by donation, and refreshments will be served afterwards.

For more information, click here.

Trick-or-Treat at "Trunk or Treat"
Posted October 20, 2011

White Bluff children are invited to Trick or Treat at "Trunk or Treat" on Saturday, October 29 from 5-6 p.m. at the White Bluff Chapel parking lot.

Volunteers, dressed as Biblical characters, will be handing out treats from their trunks and SUV tailgates. They will share their character's story through conversation, activities and music. The chapel event is timed to precede the Whitney Downtown Merchants Halloween event.

WB VFD BBQ & Street Dance a Success
Posted October 20, 2011

The White Bluff VFD would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2011 Street Dance a big success. Through the generosity of WB property owners and many others, they were able to raise just over $12,000 to help with the operation of the fire department.

New this year was a raffle quilt donated by the WB Quilting Bee, which generated a lot of interest in the community. The group is already planning on making a second quilt, to be raffled off in 2012.

Over 200 people attended this year's event, and many more who could not attend contributed donations. The kids enjoyed a special storytime and entertainment just for them.

Rally for the Cure® Golf Event
Posted October 20, 2011

White Bluff Resort held a Rally for the Cure®  Golf Event on Monday, October 17.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Rally for the Cure program works to spread awareness about breast health and breast cancer in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

There were 52 ladies who played in the White Bluff golf event. The format was a four lady team scramble. Many other ladies and men contributed resources and their time by assisting with behind the scenes organization. Rounds of golf were donated by one of the twelve breast cancer survivors who live in White Bluff. Entry fees, activities and many generous donations raised $1,925 that was sent to Susan G Komen for the Cure.

Click to see more photos of the event, including a backyard along the course decorated with pink hats for breast cancer survivors.

The organizers would like to thank everyone in the community for their support in this important cause.

Updated Emergency & Bridge Closing Information
Posted October 20, 2011

White Bluff has updated the Evacuation Map that was originally published last month. The new map is more accurate and easier to follow. Click to see the new evacuation map.

In addition, the article posted earlier this month on the temporary closing of the covered bridge has been updated with detailed driving directions to help with the detour during this time. White Bluff will be posting signs to help with this also. See the updated article on the bridge closing.

Community Picnic on Oct 22
Posted October 20, 2011

White Bluff Chapel will be sponsoring a Community Picnic on Saturday, October 22, at 5pm at the Chapel.

Everyone in White Bluff is invited. The chapel will be furnishing the brisket, and each person attending is asked to bring either a salad, vegetable, baked beans or dessert.

To signup, you can either email the Chapel Office by October 17, or call Glenna Bodeker at 694-7060, or stop by the Chapel and fill out the sign-up sheet.

Fall-o-Ween Festival
Posted October 14, 2011

Bosque Resort Motel is hosting an event on October 29 from 2pm - 11 pm, with the proceeds benefitting the West Shore VFD and other fire departments that assisted with the recent fires.

There will be Weiner Dog / Chihuahua races, along with costume contests for kids, pets and adults. In addition, there will be kids events, a BBQ, an auction, vendor booths, and live entertainment.

See the event poster for more information.

Whitney Car Show
Posted October 14, 2011

On Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10am to 5pm, there will be a "Discover Downtown Whitney" event along with a Classic Car Show.

The entry fee is $15, and applications can be picked up at the Lake Whitney Chamber offices, 102 W Railroad Ave, from Oct 17-19 and from Oct 25-28. The car show will run from 10-1, with judging at 1 pm, followed by the awarding of trophies in many categories.

Call Diana Reed at the Chamber for 254-694-2640 for more information.

Beverage Can Recycling Comes to WB
Posted October 14, 2011

The White Bluff Volunteer Fire Dept has started an aluminum can recycling program. With your help, this could be an ongoing fund raising effort to help offset the expense of repairs and maintenance on equipment.

A large blue barrel has been placed outside the fire station and it is requested that only beverage cans be deposited to prevent varmints from visiting. Hopefully this convenient location will add to the program participation.

For more information, email Steve Short.

2nd Annual WB Property Owners Cook-Off
Posted October 10, 2011

John and Yvonne Curtis will be hosting the 2nd Annual White Bluff Property Owners Cook-Off on Saturday, October 15, at their home at 1669 Highland Dr. All entrants MUST be White Bluff property owners. Categories are brisket, pulled pork, and pork ribs.

Beans, potato salad, and tea will be provided. Covered dishes are welcome. A television will be setup to watch sports that afternoon.

Judges are also needed, and all residents of White Bluff are welcome to stop by and visit during the day.

  • You must bring your smokers/grills and set-up, cooking your meat choices on site.
  • You can begin cooking at 6pm on Friday. Judging will be at 3pm on Saturday.
  • There is a $20 entry fee per meat choice.
  • Entries are limited to the first 15. Winner receives 70% of pay per category, 2nd place receives 30%
  • You must provide proof you are a residents of White Bluff - your membership card will be your proof.
  • Bring chairs and coolers with drinks of choice.
  • If you are a smoker, bring a can to dispose of cigarette butts...the Curtises do not want these on the lawn.

Plates will be served beginning at 4:00 pm for $10.00 a plate - all you can eat.

Crystal Dudley, Julie Britt, Lisa McCoy and Yvonne Curtis are walking in the Susan G Komen in Dallas on November 4th, 5th, and 6th. All the money raised will go towards their goal and team "Walking for Our Racks".

For more information, email Yvonne Curtis or call her at 694-0829. Contact Chrystal Dudley at 694-6892 to sign-up to cook, or to be a judge.

Knitting Classes
Posted October 10, 2011

Believe it or not, at some point it WILL get cold here at White Bluff. So if anyone is interested in learning how to knit, this might be a good time for you to also learn how to knit.

WHEN: The class will be held at 10am to 11am over three Mondays: October 31st through Monday, November 14th 2011. Depending on the number of interested people and the desires of the group, we can add a session to learn more complicated knitting stitches and/or projects after Thanksgiving week.

WHERE: White Bluff Chapel


CLASS SIZE: Class will be held if at least 3 people are interested. Class size will be limited to no more than 10 people.

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR CLASS: Size 10 or 12 knitting needles. I will provide the yarn, instruction sheets, etc. for you to keep.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: At the end of the class you will know how to read and understand a basic knitting pattern, know how to "cast on, Knit, Perl, and learn some unique pattern stitches, such as the cable stitch, popcorn stitch, and so on. With this information you'll be able to knit basic scarves and Afghans. The ultimate joy of knitting for me is that it’s a great way to “mentally” escape (especially during TV commercials!), and it is so fun to give knitted gifts to loved ones. My mother made an afghan for every one of her 6 children, 33 grandchildren and great grandchildren. They cherish these as a gift from her forever

WHO DOES NOT WANT TO LEARN TO KNIT: If you want to finish a project quickly (such as a crocheted hat or afghan), knitting may not be for you. Knitting takes more time and patience than crocheting. For example, I just recently completed an afghan, and it was a complicated pattern. It took over 80 hours of work to complete the 15 individual panels and crochet it together. Similar to the time it takes to complete a needlepoint … but in this case, you don’t need exceptional eye sight!

PLEASE RSVP NO LATER THAN October 21 if you want to take this class, via email to Marcia K. Kane, or call her at 694-9914.

Deer Survey
Posted October 10, 2011

A group of White Bluff residents have volunteered to do a deer survey within WB. This is the third time this has been done. The spotlight survey will be done between the approximate hours of 7pm and 11pm on Wednesdays. You can expect to see vehicles driving the roads, shining spotlights into the woods in order to count the deer.

The first survey was done on Wednesday, October 5. It is expected to be repeated in each of the following three weeks.

Rally for the Cure® Golf Event Rescheduled to Oct 17
Posted October 10, 2011

The Rally for the Cure® Golf Event has been rescheduled for Monday, October 17. Because of the rain this weekend, the golf course was not playable on Oct 10, when the event was originally scheduled.

If you wish to signup for the Oct 17 event, email Linda Yeary or call her at 694-2044. For more information on the event, click here.

Women's Conference
Posted October 10, 2011

The 3rd Annual Open Range Cowboy Church "Cowgirls for Christ" conference will be held on October 22, 2011 at the church, located at 582 FM 1713 in Whitney.

The event will be held from 9am - 4pm. There will be door prizes, booths for shopping, and lunch will be provided. The conference speaker is Michelle Carson. Local singer Brenda Johnson will perform, along with the ORCC Singers and the Open Range Cowboy Band.

RSVP  to or call 254-622-3566 or 254-694-6600.

Line Dancing at WB
Posted October 5, 2011

The Line Dancing exercise class at WB will resume on Thursday, October 6. Classes will be held every Thursday from 2:30 - 3:30 at the Chapel. Cost is $2 per class.

It will be a fun group - no previous dance experience required. It's great exercise - so come on and join us. Remember what they say: your heart and body will thank you!

Covered Bridge Closing Temporarily
Posted October 5, 2011, updated October 10, 2011

On Monday, November 7th the covered bridge will be closed to allow the repair and replacement of the wooden planks. WB hopes to reopen the bridge by Thursday, November 10th.

In the interim, the "boxcar gate" off of Steiner Valley County Road will be used for entrance into and exit out of WB. This county road runs east/west and separates Steiner Valley Ranch from White Bluff Resort.

If you are leaving White Bluff, turn north on Rolling Oaks Drive, which is the road just west of the covered bridge. Drive 0.6 miles. At the "T", make a right onto Westmeadow Dr. Drive about 0.1 miles. Just past Oakdale Dr, you will see the exit on your left. If you get to the point where Westmeadow makes a right turn and becomes Sandy Creek Dr, then you have gone too far.

If you are entering White Bluff, the turn off from State Highway 933 to County Road 1145 is approximately one mile north of the entrance to White Bluff. The "boxcar gate" is approximately 0.8 miles down 1145.

The temporary entrance/exit will be manned 24/7 and will be lit at night. The "boxcar gate" is one of the emergency exits to be used in case the main entrance is not usable. For those unfamiliar with this gate this temporary inconvenience will be a good excuse to learn the route. Detour signs will be on White Bluff Drive and Trailwood Drive.

Emergency Evacuations at White Bluff
Posted September 28, 2011

White Bluff Resort has recently published an evacuation policy and evacuation map, to be used in case of emergencies such as fire.

In addition to the main exit to FM 933 on White Bluff Drive, the map shows three other exits that can be used if use of the White Bluff Drive exit is impractical.

Hill County "Reverse 911" will be used to notify residents of the emergency. If you are not already receiving these calls for recent warnings such as local thunderstorms, see the previously posted article on how to add your name to this list.

FEMA has information online regarding evacuation plans. The American Red Cross has information on home fire preparation.

For more information on the White Bluff evacuation map and policy, email the POA office or call them at 694-9276.

Line Dancing Fun
Posted September 28, 2011

Have you ever thought how much fun it would be to line dance?!? Not only is line dancing fun, it's a great way to exercise and improve your health.

We are hoping to start up a class soon, but we need participants. The class will be held on each Thursday from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at White Bluff Chapel. A donation of $2.00 per class is requested for utility use.

If you are interested, please email Dottie Redding or call her at 694-8053 so that she can determine if there is enough interest to hold the class.

Bosque Chorale coming to White Bluff on Nov 12
Posted September 28, 2011

This year's Bosque Chorale Fall Concert will feature patriotic songs and WWII-era popular music. It will be held on Saturday, Nov 12, at 7pm at the White Bluff Chapel. The concert is open to all members of the community. Admission is by donation.

The Chorale, now in its third season, is composed of 40 singers who volunteer their time and purchase their own music.  Several of these singers are White Bluff residents.

Other concerts in this year's season include "A Glorious Christmas" featuring traditional Christmas carols and Vivaldi's "Gloria" on Friday, Dec 9, and "Gifts and Blessings" featuring choral music on Friday, April 20. Both of these will be held in Clifton.

For more information on all of these concerts, email John & Caroline Upchurch or call them at 694-8575, or click here.

Free Movie Night on Oct 30
Posted September 16, 2011

The Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring a family movie night on Sunday, Oct 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm. "The Grace Card", starring Michael Joiner, Michael Higgenbottom, and Louis Gossett Jr, will be shown at the First Church of the Nazarene.

Take a look at the poster for more information.

Chili Cook-Off on Nov 12-13
Posted September 16, 2011

The Ladies Auxillary to the Whitney VFW is hosting a Chili Cook-Off at Harbor Master Marina in Whitney on Staurday and Sunday, Nov 12-13. Proceeds will benefit Veteran's aid, family support, scholarships, and VA hospitals.

All cooks are welcome. For more information, see their poster.

WB VFD Raffle & Auction Donations
Posted September 16, 2011

The WB VFD is looking for items to be donated for the annual raffle and auction which they hold in conjunction with the street dance. In the past, they have had donations of gift certificates, gift baskets, motor scooters, paintings, and similar items.

The donation is tax-deductible, and the VFD can furnish receipts. If you have anything that you think might be appropriate, please email Scotty Scott or call him at 694-5738.

Rally for the Cure® Golf Event
Posted September 12, 2011

The annual golf event to support breast cancer research will be held on Monday, October 10, at the Old Course. This year's format is a 4 lady team scramble. Registration begins at 8 am, with a shotgun start at 9 am. Wrap-up should be around 1:30 pm.

Form your own teams or sign up individually and teams will be formed. Any lady is welcome, so invite guests from outside of White Bluff to participate. The event is supported by WBLGA but not sponsored by WBLGA, so no handicap is required.

The Rally entry fee is $20, and all proceeds will be sent to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. A jar for donations will be at the golf course – donations are accepted from everyone (men, too)!! Each individual is responsible for their own golf (free rounds are available – pay cart fee).

To signup by October 1, or for more information, email Joan Grubbs or call her at 694-8559, or email Linda Yeary or call her at 694-2044.

Bridge Out and Road Closed
Posted September 12, 2011

If you are heading to/from the metroplex and typically use FM 934 between the town of Itasca and Texas 171, you should be aware that there is a bridge being rebuilt there and that the road is closed. It is expected to be closed for at least several months.

An alternative, heading south, is to take I35-W Exit 12 for "FM 67, Covington", about 4 miles north of the FM 934 exit. Then take FM 67 west (right) for 7 miles to Texas 171. Take 171 south (left) for 4 miles, then head east (right) onto FM 934 and continue as usual.

Pioneer Day
Posted September 12, 2011

This year's annual Whitney celebration, Pioneer Day, will be held on Saturday, October 1. This is the largest festival in Whitney, attracting thousands of people for the carnival, arts & crafts, parade, live entertainment, and more.

White Bluff will have a booth this year and have drawings for free golf, rooms, and catfish dinners at the Trophy Grille. There will be a putting challenge, and the Spa will offer $1 per minute neck massages, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the WBVFD.

VFD BBQ Tickets on Sale Tuesday, Sep 6
Posted September 2, 2011

Don't forget to get your tickets to this year's WB VFD BBQ and Street Dance at any of the mailboxes on Tuesday, September 6, from 1pm - 6pm.

The event will be held Saturday, September 24. Tickets are $35 per couple ($18 singles) and the proceeds will go to help pay for the newly-acquired fire truck which will be on display at the dance.

For more information, click here.

"Lose for Good" to Benefit "Our Daily Bread" Food Bank
Posted September 2, 2011

For the third year, Weight Watchers "Lose For Good" program will support "Share Our Strength", a national organization working together to make sure no family goes hungry.

Our local WW's group in Whitney will be donating food to the Whitney food bank, Our Daily Bread, from now until October 15. They encourage everyone to participate by donating non-perishable food items.

For more information, please email Carolyn Hook, call her at 694-5713, or go to

Labor Day Trash Pickup
Posted September 2, 2011

IESI drivers will be observing the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 5, 2011.  Trash pickup for White Bluff residents will be on Tuesday, Septemebr 6.

If you have additional questions, you may contact IESI at 254-840-4060 or 800-250-3142. 

What Happens When You Call 911 in WB
Posted August 22, 2011; revised September 20, 2011

In case of any medical emergency at White Bluff, you should always call 911.

The White Bluff VFD will be first responders to the scene, typically arriving in just a few minutes.  Richard Ashley of the VFD is an EMT, and the other members of the VFD receive monthly medical training from a paramedic with the Lake Whitney EMS (Emergency Medical Services).

At the same time that your 911 call is forwarded to the WB VFD, the closest available ambulance will be dispatched.   A certified Emergency Medical Dispatcher will continue to get more information from you, even as the ambulance is on its way.

White Bluff is located within Emergency Services District (ESD) #2. The nearest ESD #2 ambulance location is on 933 about 3 miles south of White Bluff, just behind the Country Club Retirement Center. The ambulance will typically arrive at WB within 5 minutes after you call 911, on its way to your location within WB.

Once the ambulance arrives, control of the situation is turned over to the paramedics.  If it is determined that a helicopter transport is needed, the fastest available helicopter service will be called.  Both CareFlite and Air-Evac helicopters are close enough to be at the scene within 15-20 minutes of the call; Air-Evac provides the majority of air responses within White Bluff.

A flight to Waco or Burleson costs between $15,000 and $20,000. To reduce these costs, if your insurance does not cover this, you can join Air Evac for an annual fee of approximately $50 per household.  The ESD#2 Board pays for membership in Care Flite air service for all White Bluff residents.

For more information on Air Evac, call 800-793-0010 or go to . Click here for a 1, 3, or 5 year application (this format includes a Hilco-sponsored discount on the 1-year application).  If you prefer an online application, you can find that at

For more information on Care Flite, call 877-339-2273 or go to .  If you have not already signed up for this membership, click here for the form that you should fill out to do so.

Model Jet Aircraft Show
Posted August 22, 2011

On September 8-11, the Heart of Texas Model Aircraft Club (HOTMAC) will host its 29th Greater Southwest Jet Rally. This annual event brings model jet aircraft and their pilots from a multi-state area to Waco for 4 days of model jet aircraft exhibition flying and fun.

The planes have real turbine engines and reach speeds of over 200 mph. The aerobatic flying is exceptional and many of the model pilots are commercial pilots.

The event  runs Thursday-Sunday  and is unstructured;  exhibition flying takes place pretty much all day long.   The largest number of participants are present Friday and Saturday from 11am-6pm. 
The event and parking are free, supervised children are welcome and food concessions are on site.  The paddock area is covered, but  sunscreen and a hat are a good idea.   Earplugs are strongly recommended.   

For directions to the airstrip and more information, click here.

WB VFD BBQ & Street Dance Tickets on Sale at Mailboxes, Tuesday, Sep 6
Posted August 15, 2011

Tickets to this year's WB VFD BBQ and Street Dance are now available from any VFD member. Additionally, they will be sold at all of the mailboxes on Tuesday, September 6, from 1pm - 6pm.

The dinner and dance will be held Saturday, September 24, from 5pm - 9pm, at the firehouse. Tickets are $35 per couple or $18 for singles (kids $5 at the door) and the proceeds will go to help pay for the newly-acquired fire truck which will be on display at the dance. Chief Bob Kruse will talk about the improvements that the fire department has made, which should result in lower home insurance rates beginning this fall.

This year's menu will feature BBQ brisket and sausage, beans, potato salad, drink and dessert. Dinner will be served from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. The Total Strangers band (formerly Cherokee Rose) will once again perform at the street dance, from 6pm - 9pm.

As in the past, there will be a cash pot drawing, and a raffle of items donated by local businesses. The "Christmas Miracle" quilt, which was handmade by the WB quilting group, will be part of this raffle. This year's Cash Pot winner is expected to keep the proceeds - not to donate them back to the VFD. The VFD also expects to have an Emergency Services helicopter and an ambulance on display.

The kid's program is being expanded this year. Held from 7pm - 8pm, it will include face painting, storytime, puzzles, videos, and games. Rides on one of the fire engines will be available at the end of the program.

Bring your own chairs. Alcohol not permitted.

For more information, click here, email Linda Wilmarth or call her at 694-4236.

CPR Certification Class at WB on Wed, Sept 7
Posted August 15, 2011

Lake Whitney EMS will be teaching a CPR class at White Bluff on Wednesday, September 7, from 6:00 pm until approximately 9:00 pm. The class will cover CPR training, and the use of AED's (Automatic External Defibrillators). The instructor will also discuss heart attacks – recognizing the different symptoms in both men and women, and what you can do for someone having a heart attack

After successful completion of this class, you will receive a certification in CPR.

The cost of the class is $10 per person, payable the evening of the class to the instructor. Everyone who attended the August 9th class on Heat-Related Illnesses at the WB Conference Center is automatically registered for this class. Anyone else who wishes to attend should call White Bluff at 694-4000 to register for the class. It will be held at the WB Conference Center.

Movie Premiere
Posted August 6, 2011

The premier of the movie based on the book "Seven Days in Utopia: Golf's Sacred Journey", will take place at the Starplex Galaxy 16 in Waco on Wednesday, August 31, around 7:00 pm. Many people in White Bluff have read this book.

Ben Hagins is organizing a group to attend the premier. If enough people are interested, he will be able to purchase group rate tickets for $5 per person. If you are interested, email Ben or call him at 501-984-0606 before Thursday, August 18.

If you cannot make this date, the film will continue to be shown at the theatre from 9/2 - 9/8.

Emergency Services Class on Aug 9
Posted August 6, 2011

White Bluff has set up an Emergency Services Class for property owners. This class will cover Heat Related Illnesses, Introduction to CPR/AED and First Aid. It will be held at the Conference Center on Tuesday, August 9, at 6:00 pm.

You will be able to sign up for a certified class on CPR/AED to be held at a later date.

Call 694-4000 for more information, or to RSVP if you plan to attend.

Amelia's Too Closing Temporarily
Posted August 6, 2011

Amelia's Too, a popular restaurant in Whitney, is relocating to the Carver Mansion. The current location will be closing effective Friday, August 12.

It will re-open in the Fall, probably for 3-4 days per week, at the Carver Mansion on Highway 22, east of the current location. In the meantime, groups can continue to order catering by calling 694-8068.

POA Meeting Minutes
Posted August 4, 2011

Minutes from the annual POA meeting that was held on May 21, 2011 have been released. The minutes are posted on this website for you to review.

Grief Support Group Forming
Posted August 4, 2011

Bridgeway Hospice in Hillsboro will be starting a grief support program on Tuesday, August 9, and continuing each Tuesday for 8 weeks. They will meet at 4 pm at the Bridgeway Hospice Office, 122 West Elm, in Hillsboro.

Call 254-580-1100 for more information.

Whitney Area Museum
Posted August 4, 2011

If you are looking for something to do indoors during all this heat, try the Whitney Area Museum. It features local historical exhibits, including displays on the building of the Whitney Dam, and the tourism that soon followed. There is also a copy of the Life magazine detailing the famous Whitney "Battle of the Benches".

The museum, located in the old post office building at the light in downtown Whitney, features a mural painted in 2001 by local artist Ray Istre on the south side of the building. It is typically open Saturdays from 9:15 am - 2:00 pm, spring through fall. Call 254-694-6595 for more information.

RV Trip to Kerrville in October
Posted July 10, 2011

The White Bluff RV Club will be taking their next trip to Kerrville, Texas for 4 nights, beginning Monday, October 24th. Please email Cheryl Robinson or call her at 694-5736 by Friday, July 15, if you are not already on their email list and would like to join them!

Quilt Raffle to benefit WB VFD
Posted June 13, 2011

The White Bluff VFD will be raffling a Christmas quilt as part of its annual fundraiser. The quilt was sewn by the local White Bluff quilting group.

Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. The drawing will be Saturday, Sept 24, at 8:00 pm during the Street Dance. You need not be present to win.

Click here for a larger photo of the quilt. Tickets will be available for sale at the June 14 POA potluck dinner, held at the Rustic Pavilion at 6:30 pm.

Email Pat McGinnis, or call her at 694-9693, to purchase tickets or for more information.

Electronics Recycling
Posted June 13, 2011

HILCO is once again sponsoring a free recycling program for your old electronics. They can be dropped off at the Itasca location, 115 E Main St, on June 29-30, from 8 am to 5 pm. Call HILCO at 254-687-2331 if you have any questions.

Last Call for VBS
Posted June 13, 2011

White Bluff Chapel superheroes urge anyone who has not registered a child who would like to attend our 2011 Vacation Bible School to do so now! Opening events begin at the chapel at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19.

Parents and grandparents can enroll children this week by contacting the White Bluff Chapel office at 694-7060 or Kay Lea Scott at 694-5738. Enrollment stands at 80 with room for more.

Click here for more information.

Marina Safety
Posted June 2, 2011

White Bluff has placed small orange floats at several spots in the marina. The floats mark the location of large concrete anchors for the piers. The average water depth in the marina is approximately 5 feet, but it is only about 3 feet above these concrete anchors. It is recommended that you avoid these when you are navigating in the marina basin.

Summer Kids & Teens Programs
Posted June 2, 2011

The Lake Whitney Public Library will once again present a summer program for kids ages 4-14. Along with a daily "art cart" with a selection of crafts, and a summer reading club, there will be a program presented on 6 consecutive Thursdays, starting June 16, through July 21. The programs will feature puppets, firemen, balloon fun, animals, and magic.

There will also be a teens' craft program on Thursdays, from 2 pm-3 pm, beginning on June 16. It will feature unusual ways to work with paints, clays, and tiles.

For more information, you can call the library at 694-4639.

June POA Covered Dish Picnic
Posted June 2, 2011

This month's POA dinner will be a picnic on Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rustic Pool Pavilion. Hot dogs, buns, condiments, tea, and water will be provided by the POA.

Please bring a side dish or a dessert, and have a fun evening with your neighbors.

Free American Flags Available
Posted May 23, 2011

The Fort Graham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, has used 5' x 8' American flags available for anyone who wants to fly them. They have flown over the Veterans' Hospitals in Waco and Temple and are slightly weathered, but still of very good quality.

These flags are collected and sorted by DAR member, Carlene Gribble, and her husband, Jerry, a veteran. Fred Molson has offered to distribute the flags through the White Bluff Administration Office. Some of the flags are in need of repair. If mending is needed on the flag you select, instructions will be provided for you when the flag is picked up, or the DAR ladies will arrange for the repair to be done for you.

These flags have been flown as an honor to our veterans and should be treated with respect. They should never be used as drapery or clothing.  When the blue field and stars of white are separated from the 13 stripes, it is no longer considered to be a flag; however, the pieces should be destroyed in a dignified way, by burning.

Volunteers willing to repair the tattered edges of the flags need only to be able to use a sewing machine, trim the flag edges and turn a shirttail hem. Those interested in contributing their time to this patriotic effort should email Carlene or call her at 694-2355.

2011 Annual POA Meeting
Posted May 23, 2011

The 2011 annual POA meeting has held on May 21 at the New Course pavilion.

There are currently 624 residences in White Bluff. For the years ending in May:

  2009 2010 2011
Permits issued 9 11 6
Homes completed 19 10 13
Under construction 11 12 3
$/sq ft A/C space 110 95 105
Square feet 3500 3200 3500

There are 60 miles of roads within White Bluff. Compared to prior years, over the past 2 years the roads have deteriorated at a more rapid pace. The age of the roads (many are now 15-20 years old) and last spring's flooding contributed to this. The POA recognizes that road repair is a big concern, and they have hired a consultant to provide them with a multi-year plan to help prioritize repairs.

The WB VFD had several items for discussion:

  • Recently, the VFD has increased medical training for its volunteers, and there is now an EMT within WB. This has cut 3-4 minutes in response time for medical emergencies, which can be significant.
  • Our ISO rating, which had been an 8/9 (out of 10) is expected to be improved to a 4/5 in the next 3-4 months. This should mean about a 10% reduction in insurance premiums, depending on your company.
  • The WB VFD was instrumental in preventing damage to structures within The Cliffs Resort at Possum Kingdom during this spring's wildfires. Mike Ward presented a plaque to Fire Chief Bob Kruse. Earlier this month, both Double Diamond and the Cliffs POA presented checks to thank the VFD for its efforts.
  • Bob asked everyone to consider volunteering to become a fire fighter and/or member of the medical response team. Adequate staffing of the department is a major concern now.

Of the six POA directors, two of them (Mike Ward and Fred Curran) had terms that were expiring this year. George Collins nominated each of them to another term. There were no nominees from the floor, and both were re-elected to three year terms.

A review of the annual financial statement was presented by the auditors. Copies of the entire statement can be obtained at the White Bluff Admin building.

There has not been any progress on obtaining a closer AT&T cell tower in the past year. A complaint has been filed with the FCC, and Rob Tennison is currently waiting for a response to that.

Memorial Day Trash Pickup
Posted May 23, 2011

There will NOT be trash pickup on Monday, May 30. Instead, trash will be collected within White Bluff on Tuesday, May 31.

Vacation Bible School at White Bluff Chapel
Posted May 23, 2011

White Bluff Chapel will be holding its Vacation Bible School this year from June 19-24. This year's theme is Super Heroes, and children ages 3-13 are welcome. Kids 10-13 will participate in community service field trips during the week.

The Hero Herald newsletter has more information about this event. If you have any questions, email Kay Lea Scott or call her at 694-5738.

Estate Sale Opportunity
Posted May 13, 2011

Note: Sale CANCELLED due to lack of participation.

Tricia Shelton is looking for people who like her have too much good stuff to just give away and would like a cool place to have a one-time only sale. We can have the use of the old Frugal's. It is large; it has electricity and is AIR CONDITIONED; it has shelving; it is covered, and therefore, protected from the elements; it has fabulous visibility right in the middle of Whitney.

However, it does cost to run the electricity, and she wants to get a large banner to put on the fence, some signs to put on the road, and put it in about 4 of the small area papers. IF SHE CAN GET INTEREST FROM about 40 families (more or less), then she can proceed.

Tricia is asking a fee of $40 to help pay the expenses for a Friday evening (open 4-7 pm - set up that morning); Saturday (8 AM - 5 PM); and Sunday (11 AM - 5 PM). Looking at weekend of June 10-12.

Please email Tricia or call her at 325-658-1343 to tell her if you are interested. Crafters, artists welcome- this doesn't have to be old stuff. Great time to showcase your work. We'll advertise it!! With many families participating, we can get much more interest going.

Spring Fest
Posted May 5, 2011

The annual Spring Fest sponsored by King Memorial United Methodist Church will be held on the grounds and in their new Family Life Center (next door to the Thrift Store) on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 starting at 7:00am each day.  Note that the dates have changed from what you may have seen earlier in the Lakelander.

The event will feature:

  • Huge Rummage sale
  • Silent Auction
  • Country Store
  • Big Boy's toys
  • Jewel Box & Crafts
  • BBQ Dinner - $8.00 per plate.  Takeouts available.  Served Saturday, May 21 from 11:00a.m. to 1:00pm
  • Raffle - New Shotgun & New LCD TV w/DVD player. Tickets are available now at the church office and during the festival. Drawing will be Saturday at 1:00p.m.

If you would like to donate anything for sale at this event, please call the Church at 694-2599 for details regarding drop off, pickup, etc. and any questions about the event.

White Bluff Blood Drive
Posted May 5, 2011

A blood drive conducted by Carter Blood Care will be held at White Bluff Chapel on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A sign-up sheet in the Chapel Fellowship Hall will allow you to reserve a scheduled time and be assured of not having to wait.

Stop by the Chapel weekdays from 9am - noon to sign up, or to see the packet of information provided by Carter Blood Bank.

Save the Date - WB VFD Street Dance, Sat, Sep 24
Posted April 26, 2011

The 5th annual White Bluff VFD Street Dance will be held this year on Saturday, September 24, from 5 pm - 9 pm at the fire house. This year's dinner, served from 5:00-6:30, will feature BBQ brisket, sides, beverage and dessert.

There will be organized kids' activities, followed by rides on one of the fire trucks. A Christmas-themed quilt, made by the White Bluff quilting group, will be raffled off that night.

Tickets will go on sale on May 21 at the WB POA meeting. Make plans now to attend this annual neighborhood event.

Lunch with Lisa Wingate
Posted April 26, 2011

Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, and a national bestselling author of sixteen books.  She will be at Our Lady of the Lake Episcopal Church in Laguna Park on Tuesday, May 3, at 11 am.  Join the group there for lunch as Lisa thrills all with her stories, and signs copies of her books.

For more information, call Kathy at 694-0264 or Marian at 622-2472.  An RSVP by April 30 is appreciated.

Hill County Emergency Notification System
Posted April 18, 2011

Some people at White Bluff have received phone calls regarding weather alerts, etc. from the Hill County Emergency Notification System.  (There was a call on Friday, April 15, 2011 regarding air quality because of the fires in Texas.)  There is no explanation why only some of the phone numbers within White Bluff are receiving these notifications. 

If you have not received any of the phone calls, in order to get your phone number into the system, you will need to submit your name, address, and home phone number to one of the following (you may also submit a cell number and/or email address):

  • Visit the website at and complete the form at the bottom of the page, OR
  • Email your name, complete address, and phone number to Tim Hemrick, who is with the Emergency Management System in Hillsboro.

Cleburne to take Water from Lake Whitney
Posted April 18, 2011

Last week, the Lakelander reported that Cleburne will begin taking 4 million gallons of water per day from Lake Whitney, starting around 2018. While this seems like a large amount, because of the size of Lake Whitney, this will actually lower the lake level by only about 2.3" per year.

WB VFD Needs a Few Good Men to Fill These Boots
Posted April 18, 2011

The White Bluff VFD has a real need for additional firefighters. No experience is needed - training is provided.

Job Description: Hot, dirty work. Erratic hours. No salary. Some night work. No retirement benefits.

Saving a life or protecting a neighbor's property - PRICELESS!!!

For more information, email Chief Bob Kruse or call him at 694-3089, or email President Guin McGinnis or call him at 694-2187.

The firefighter's support group also needs men and women volunteers. Come to one of their regular monthly meetings on the second Monday of the month at the fire station at 7pm, and find out how you can help.

Friday Easter Egg Hunt
Posted April 18, 2011

Coldwell Banker will be holding a big Easter Egg Hunt at their White Bluff real estate office on Good Friday at 6:15. Refreshments will be provided, and the kids will be divided in age groups. There will be lots of eggs to hunt for.

Kids should bring their own baskets. You can call the Coldwell Banker office at 694-5374 if you have any questions.

Monarch Butterfly Festival in Whitney on Sat, April 30
Posted April 14, 2011

Come enjoy the butterflies and the wildflowers at this Certified Texas Wildscape. Artists display their works, and booths explain butterflies, birds, fossils, and wildlife. There will be a scavenger hunt for the kids, and barbecue provided by Hooten' & Holler'n.

Admission is free. Live entertainment and door prizes. Sponsored by Cherokee Village Resort and Nature Center in Whitney. See the Festival Flyer for more information.

Last Supper Quilt on display in White Bluff, Thursday, April 21
Posted April 14, 2011

Measuring over 15 feet wide and almost 6 feet high, a Waxahachie dentist, Dr. Don Locke, pieced this quilt as he was beginning to ease into retirement. It was done by piecing 51,816 half-inch squares of cotton fabric together with over 350 different colors represented, many of them hand-dyed. Construction time was over 1,200 hours, done in a 2 1/2 year period.

The quilt was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper," painted 500 years ago on the wall of a Dominican cloister in Milan, Italy.

It will be on display starting at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 21, at the White Bluff Chapel. The public is welcome to come view the quilt. A church service beginning at 7:30 is also open to anyone who wishes to stay.

For more information on the quilt, you can visit the quilt's website.

POA Covered Dish Dinner on Tuesday, April 12
Posted April 11, 2011

Need a new idea for dinner this Tuesday night? Come out to the monthly POA Covered Dish Dinner held at the Chapel Fellowship Hall. Starts at 7pm - usually done around 8 or a bit after.

Just bring something to share -- dessert, salad, side dish, casserole -- whatever works for you. Great group for meeting new people and reconnecting with those you haven't seen for awhile.

This potluck dinner is always held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, and always an enjoyable evening!

White Bluff Garage Sale on April 16
Posted April 11, 2011

Champions Real Estate, located across the street from the White Bluff entrance, will be starting up their monthly Garage Sales again on Saturday, April 16. This is an opportunity for White Bluff residents to sell their items without a lot of effort. Any White Bluff resident may setup a table there for free.

The sale will run from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm. You are welcome to setup anytime before then. Bring your own tables and cash box.

Call 694-1010 or stop by the Champions office ahead of time to sign up, or if you have any questions.

Book Signing at White Bluff on April 30
Posted April 11, 2011

Shirley Dobbins Forgan is the wife of Major General David W. Forgan, USAF Retired, and recently became the published author of "Earning My Wings – Adventures of an Air Force Wife", a story about her family life during her husband's thirty-four years in the air force. She was also the oldest participant to complete the 3Day 60Mile Walk for the Cure of Breast Cancer in 2007 in Dallas, raising almost $12,000.

Fran McGraw met Shirley when they were both beginning to market their books. Fran says Shirley has had quite a life and is quite interesting to talk to. Fran is sponsoring a book signing of Shirley's book at the White Bluff Chapel on Saturday, Apr 30, at 2pm.

For more information, email Fran McGraw or call her at 694-8811, or click to read more about Shirley Dobbins Forgan and her book.

Schubert & Sherbet on April 8
Posted March 24, 2011

The Bosque County Chorale will present their Spring concert on Friday, April 8, at 7pm at the First Baptist Church in Clifton, TX.  Tickets cost $5 and are on sale at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton, or by calling 254-675-3724.

The concert is titled "Schubert and Sherbet (there will be an ice cream social afterward), and will feature the Chorale performing Schubert's "Mass in G" plus two other choral selections accompanied by the Forte Strings who will also present Corelli's "Concerto Grosso in G Minor".

The Chorale contains 5 members from White Bluff and 2 other singers from the Whitney area. You can get tickets locally from either the Upchurches at 694-8575 or the Whisenands at 694-8838 . The poster for the event has more information.

Bluebonnet Invitational on May 2
Posted March 24, 2011

The WBLGA presents the 10th annual Bluebonnet Invitational on Monday, May 2, at the Old Course. Registration and a breakfast buffet will begin the event at 8:30am, followed by a 10:00 shotgun start, and concluding with a luncheon at the Lighthouse. Entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2011.

Check out the Event Flyer for more information, and for the registration form. For more information, you can call Debbie Ford at 694-1917.

Gala Event Planned by DAR on May 14
Posted March 24, 2011

The Fort Graham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is proud to announce their fund-raiser event at WB Ranch on Saturday, May 14. Supporting historic preservation projects in Hill County, the “Hats for History Mad Hatter’s Gala” will feature a cocktail hour with gourmet appetizers, a classic Texan buffet dinner, program, large-item silent auction, a small-item voices prize table, cash bar, optional 45-minute hayride tour of the ranch, with the evening ending in music and dancing.

Tickets are $60 per person, and the optional hayride ranch tours run $10 additional. The Gala is scheduled for 6 to 9:30pm, but the hayride will depart at 5:30pm. Appetizers will be served at 6:30 and dinner at 7:30.

Dress for the event is casual chic. Historic and/or creative hats are encouraged but not required. Click on the Event Flyer for more information. To reserve your tickets, contact Candice Haverkorn at 254-694-9772 or any member of the Fort Graham Chapter TSDAR. Tickets are also available at Eubank Drug in Whitney.

Memories in the Making®
Posted March 24, 2011

The Alzheimer's Association is offering a painting program to area residents with memory loss, and their care partners. The classes are free and will be held on Wednesdays beginning on April 6, in Waco. For more information, see their Event Flyer.

Whitney on the Web
Posted March 6, 2011

There is a newly released website with lots of information about the Whitney area. has an Events Calendar, a section for History Buffs that includes numerous interesting items about the area, and a section to find businesses in the area that are members of the local Chamber of Commerce. It also has information on area dining, lodging, and shopping in its “Where To” guides. 

Next time you are having company, you might want to look at the  “Where to Play” guide on the website.   There’s information on boating, fishing, swimming, bird watching, horseback riding, star gazing parties, and more.

"Alexis Hats" Group Growing
Posted March 6, 2011

"Alexis Hats" is going strong!  They have around 10 ladies who are learning about, "chain one, double crochet----oops,"  pull it out and start over again.  They meet on Monday mornings at 10:00 in the children's Sunday School room at the Chapel. 

These hats are going to Children's Hospital and M.D.Anderson in honor of Alexis Buckland.  The group has also received a request for hats to go to Cook's Children's Hospital in Fort Worth!  So grab a "G" or "H" crochet hook and come help us! 

Couples Golf Tournament
Posted March 6, 2011

The first couples' golf tournament of the season will be held on March 16 at the New Course. It will be a man/lady blind draw format, with a pitch-in dinner afterwards at the Log Cabin Pool.

Email Linda or Marshall Snyder or call them at 694-2744 to signup, or for more information.

Central Texas Ceramic Expo Mar 12-13
Posted March 6, 2011

The town of West, Texas, will host a judged ceramic and porcelain show. Besides the works of art on display, the show includes ceramic and porcelain supplies for sale, booths, make-and-take projects, demonstrations, door prizes and more.

Hours are 10 to 5 Saturday Mar 12 and 11 to 3 Sunday Mar 13. The show will be held at the West Fraternal Auditorium, 1000 N. I-35, in West. Admission is $2 for adults. Email for more information.

Cars, Antiques, Crafts & Wine
Posted February 24, 2011

The Outlets at Hillsboro will host a free Classic Car Show, Antique & Craft Show, and Wine Tasting on Saturday, March 12. The car show runs from noon – 6 pm, and the antique show runs from 10 am – 6 pm (Sunday also for just the antique/craft show). The wine tasting is sponsored by Lone Oak Winery of Burleson.

Bridge Lessons
Posted February 24, 2011

Thomas McMillin will be teaching an intermediate bridge class. The class is open to everyone, and will meet at White Bluff Chapel on Monday evenings. The classes will begin on Feb 28 and last until May 2  (10 meetings)  from 6:30 - 9:30pm.

The cost will be $20 plus $5 for the book. If you are interested, email Thomas or call him at 694-4110 and plan to come on the 28th.

Beware of Skunks
Posted February 15, 2011

Over the past week, two skunks have been spotted with unusual behavior within White Bluff. Security was notified, and they had the Game Warden come out. In both cases, the game warden shot the animals.

One animal was by the Ash Pool; the other was around holes 3-4 of the Old Course. Keep your eyes open, and call security if you notice anything unusual.

Hill County Paw Pals Volunteer Event/Picnic
Posted February 11, 2011

Sunday, February 13 -- 1:00 p.m.

1500 South Abbott Ave, Hillsboro -- next to high school.

The Paw Pals committees have been working nearly six years to coordinate the opening of a Pet Adoption Center. The interior construction of this rehabbed building is complete, but a thorough interior cleaning is needed before opening this spring. 

If you can help, come out this Sunday -- bring a potluck dish to share -- along with some cleaning supplies. Meet the folks who have worked so hard to get unwanted pets off our country roads and into the  homes of loving people who will truly care for them.

Beverages will be provided, so e-mail if you will attend -- they need a head count to purchase the beverages.

Want to carpool?  Tish Robinson can take several people. You can call her at 694-8231 or email her at Check out the Website as well.

Local School Needs Typewriter
Posted February 11, 2011

The library at Whitney Intermediate School is in need of an electric typewriter. If anyone has one to donate, please contact Jane Osborn at 694-1461.

Want to Learn to Crochet?
Posted February 11, 2011

Here's your chance, with fellowship and service to boot! The Critter Ladies will meet at the Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 10:30AM to learn to crochet.

Come for a crochet lesson and to make chemo hats for the children at Childrens Hospital in Dallas and M. D. Anderson. This is a project that you can do at home, without coming to regular Critters meetings. Everyone is invited.

Free BP Screenings
Posted February 11, 2011

February is Heart Health Awareness Month. Come to Eubank Drug for free blood pressure screenings every Thursday during this month from 10:00 - 12:00. Lake Whitney Home Health and Hospice of the Heart are partnering with Eubank Drug on this project.

Want to Sing?
Posted February 11, 2011

Since its beginning in 2009, The Bosque County Chorale has performed four times – a spring concert, a fall patriotic concert, and two Christmas concerts.  This spring, they plan a concert on April 8, with an orchestra.

The Chorale is inviting anyone high school age or older to join their organization, based in Clifton. Rehearsals for the spring concert will be Tuesday nights from 7pm – 9pm.

For more information, you can email the director, Austin Daniel or call him at 254-798-0556, or you can contact the Secretary of the association, Caroline Upchurch or call her at 254-694-8575.

International Tenors to Perform Free Concert
Posted January 26, 2011

The International Tenors will perform on Thursday, February 24, at 7:30 pm at Hill College in Hillsboro. The group brings everything you could hope to hear in a three tenor concert - opera, musical theater, operetta, and pop - performed as only three tenors can, with authenticity and a little humor!

For more information on this free concert, click here.

Souper Bowl of Caring
Posted January 26, 2011

In conjunction with the national campaign, "Souper Bowl of Caring", local residents are taking donations of canned goods for the Whitney Food Bank. The Food Bank is appreciative of all donations, but in particular is in need of mixed vegetables and canned beans, such as baked and ranch.

Collections boxes are at all of the mailbox areas, and in the Fellowship Hall at White Bluff Chapel, through February 7th. Thanks for helping to feed the hungry in the Whitney area.

Ladies Tee It Up
Posted January 18, 2011

You are cordially invited to the Tee-It-Up-Social hosted by the White Bluff Ladies Golf Association. It will be held on February 19, 2011, at 10 am at White Bluff Chapel.

Please come and join us for the kick-off event to a great year of golf at White Bluff Resort. If you know someone who is a golfer and is not a member of the WBLGA, please bring them with you and encourage them to join the association for a fun-filled year of golfing on our regularly scheduled playdays.

There are playdays for those wishing to play 18 holes and those choosing to play 9 holes. A social membership is available for ladies who do not play golf but enjoy being a part of the organization.

For more information, email Kay Miller or call her at 694-5506.

WB Men's Golf Association
Posted January 18, 2011

The White Bluff Men's Golf Association will play the third Saturday of each month beginning in March.

For more information on membership and events, email  Steve Short, the 2011 WBMGA President, or call him at 694-8342.

Bible Study Group
Posted January 18, 2011

The Women's Neighborhood Bible Study started a study of I Peter on Friday, Jan. 14th at 10:00 a.m.
For more information, please email Susie Quiggins or call her at 694-1512.

Adorable Puppies
Posted January 18, 2011

These two female Lab puppies were dumped on the side of a country road the morning that the frigid weather came in. A wonderful young woman has taken them to her home and is taking care of them. However, she already has 4 rescued dogs, several horses (some rescued as well), 3 children and a full time job. She cannot take on 2 more dogs.

Please email Jane Osborn or call her at 694-1461 if you, or anyone you know, would be willing to offer a home.  

Laptop Needed
Posted January 18, 2011

There is a very needy middle age lady who is going to college. She has to do her homework over the internet.

If anyone has a laptop that they could donate to her, please email Garry Parvin or call him at 694-9782.

New WB Dining Schedule
Posted January 6, 2011, updated January 18, 2011 to add Sunday hours

During the slower winter season, both the Trophy Grille and the Lighthouse will be closed Monday, and Tuesday. The Trophy Grille will be open Wed-Thurs and Sunday, 7am-8pm, and Fri-Sat 7am-5pm. The Lighthouse will be open Fri-Sat 6pm-9pm for dining.

Battle of the Benches
Posted January 6, 2011

Have you heard about the famous Whitney "Battle of the Benches"?

In 1949, Whitney was featured in an issue of Life magazine, when an election was held to determine if elderly gentlemen, known as the "spit and whittlers", could continue their pastimes while sitting on a long bench in downtown Whitney, or whether the more genteel ladies of the town, who were offended by the men's spitting and language, would prevail.

The bench is still downtown, on the west side of Brazos Street in downtown Whitney, just south of Washington Avenue.

The rest of the story follows:

In 1922, D. Scarborough, a local druggist, placed a long cedar bench in downtown Whitney for elderly gentlemen to sit, whittle, chew tobacco and discuss news of the day.

In 1949, some ladies asked Mayor Fred Basham to remove the bench, complaining about the spitting and language used by the old men.  The Mayor complied by having the Chief of Police move the bench into an alley nearby.

The "spit and whittlers" were outraged.  They brought nail kegs to sit on where the bench had been. The city removed the kegs.

Upset senior citizens presented a petition to the City Council requesting their bench be returned "where it belonged."  The City called a special election, which was held in August, 1949. The old men won 124 to 67, and the Mayor announced the outcome while standing on a nail keg. 

New benches were built on the Brazos Street site, and a water fountain added.  The benches have been refurbished, and all are welcome to have a seat themselves, where history was made.  They are on the west side of Brazos Street in downtown Whitney, just south of Washington Avenue.

"Battle of the Benches" received nationwide publicity and really put Whitney, the best town by a dam site, on the map.  Life magazine, in its August 15, 1949 issue, ran a picture spread and other magazines and newspapers carried articles.  The Life magazine article is now on display at the Whitney Area Museum in town.

Mayor Basham survived the criticism and lived to be an "old man" himself, enjoying retirement in Whitney.

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