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TEMPLE – When we first moved to the Fort Hood area two years ago, we were looking for a “forever” home. After 20+ years in the Army, my husband is ready to retire and we found the perfect home in west Temple. Anyone who has purchased a house knows to also take the surrounding areas into cons…

Soldiers from across Fort Hood came to have fun, see friends and most importantly, smash the competition. The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program hosted its annual Super Smash Bros. tournament Saturday at BOSS Headquarters.

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The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Center is in the Copeland Soldier’s Service Center, Bldg. 18010, in Room B308.  The SFL-TAP Center is open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5.p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You can obtain more information by calling the Admin De…

The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Center is in the Copeland Soldier’s Service Center, Bldg. 18010, in Room B308.  The SFL-TAP Center is open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5.p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You can obtain more information by calling the Admin De…

Movies and Concerts

That's Entertainment

A while back, my friend, Zane Varney, convinced me to sit down and finally participate as a player in the table top game, “Dungeons and Dragons.” From there, I created a dwarven druid, Dagnabbit Morbooze, that soon became a staple in other games I picked up. I’ve spoken in the past about how…

“Hanna” immediately stuck out to me as I navigated all that Amazon Prime has to offer. I remember seeing advertisements for it that made me believe that it was a story about a young girl who was raised to be tough and resourceful during her fight for survival.

Of all the low tier characters that ever existed, Dan Hibiki from the “Street Fighter” series remains one of the top contenders for “worst” character ever. Originally developed as a parody, a joke character, Dan has gained an avid following despite his inability to trade blows with other com…

Ages ago, while visiting my dad’s collection of books, I picked up James Clavell’s samurai epic “Shōgun.” Despite the insanely long length, I did finish the book and sustained interest in samurai-inspired stories set in feudal Japan. Sure, I’ve scoffed at many Hollywood interpretations, “47 …

Ages ago, my brother and I invested much of our time into “Halo” games. Multiplayer reigned supreme — from pistol-only skirmishes in the first game, to the eventual energy sword vs hammer melee saga in later games — "Halo" remained the go-to first-person shooter of choice.

I think it’s safe to say that Netflix is the most popular streaming platform out there. I’ve never had more suggestions from friends and coworkers about shows or movies to stream on any of the other platforms I have covered.

Traveling Soldier

BELTON — For the past few months, every other week, I have been spotlighting a Texas State Park that is within an hour’s drive of Fort Hood. While I have had a blast exploring these, and they are all worth visiting, there are some closer options that I have ignored until now. This week, I re…

WACO — This week, I once again headed up the interstate to the city of Waco to check out the Cameron Park Zoo. I’ve spent more time this year in Waco exploring the city, and I must say, I have not been disappointed. It’s a cool city with its own personality. I would normally be exploring Aus…

WACO — When deciding where to go for this Traveling Soldier feature, I always try to keep in mind the military family, and now the travel restrictions that Soldiers have here at Fort Hood. My five-year-old grandson just recently watched the movie “Ice Age,” and I happened upon an announcemen…

BURNET — When I was first stationed at Fort Hood, the flora and fauna threw me off. Part of that was the fact that I got here on a cold day in February and everything was dormant and brown. It was so different from where I grew up in the Ozarks and my then previous duty station of Fort Meade…

TEMPLE — I’ve been fascinated by trains for as long as I can remember. I have fond memories of receiving a large train set for Christmas when I was 5, and still pause to look at them when they pass as an adult. Museums evoke a far less enthusiastic response from me. So, it was with mixed emo…

MCGREGOR — Not far off of Highway 36 between Temple and Gatesville and along the Leon River lies another hidden jewel for families to visit and experience the great outdoors of Texas.