Copperas Cove Leader-Press (Copperas Cove, Tex.), Vol. 119, No. 44, Ed. 1 Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Page: 1 of 10
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M SPOKTS +OUTDOORS"*
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Sergeant Martin Ruiz
completes LEM IT
Take 190 West draws
crowd to Killeen.
Dawgs win three in
improve to 6-3-1.
The annual Copperas
Cove Independent School Dis-
trict luncheon will take place
this Friday at 11: 30 a.m. in the
Copperas Cove Civic Center.
Olga Pena, public
infomiation officer for the
district, said the purpose of the
luncheon is for the public to
hear the State of the District
address from Superintendent
In addition, the luncheon
serves as a way for the district
to honor members of the city,
Chamber, Fort Hood and vol-
unteers who dedicate their time
and services to CCISD schools.
Police Blotter............. 2
One Tough Cookie
Trisha Bonilla tries to catch her breath after finishing sixth overall in the 10th annual Tough
Cookie race Sunday morning. BELOW: Contestants try to stay warm prior to the start of the
race that was cut from a duathlon to just over a 5K race Sunday. More than $3,000 was
raised in by the race.
Cold front cuts
annual duathlon into
5k race Sunday.
By LYNETTE SOWELL
Despite temperatures in the thirties,
rain and wind on Sunday morning, about 83
women completed Sunday’s Tough Cookie
Duathlon at Copperas Cove’s South Park.
However, due to weather and road
conditions on Sunday morning, the event
became a 5K race and the decision was
made to cancel the 10-mile bicycle race
portion of the event.
“I got together with the race com-
mittee and the race timer, and we decided
it wasn’t safe with the wet road and the
wind,” said Tzatzil LeMair, race coordina-
tor. “We have a lot of beginners and some
of them are nervous.”
At first, LeMair’s concern had been
thunderstonus, but the temperatures
dropped more quickly than any of them
LeMair said two laps around the trail
in South Park is approximately the length
of a 5K event, so they decided to keep the
event inside South Park.
“It was either cancel, or get creative,”
she added. “We offered the choice to stay or
go. I was so surprised many chose to stay.”
Sherri Fox participated in the Tough
Star Group Veterans Helping Veter-
ans president Jonathan Haywood
shakes hands with members of the
Copperas Cove Chamber of Com-
merce after the grand opening cer-
emony and ribbon cutting Thursday
By CORRISA PETERSON
Camaraderie and a sense of ac-
complishment filled the air as the Star
Group Veterans Helping Veterans held
its official grand opening and ribbon
cutting ceremony last Thursday eve-
ning at 202 South Fourth Street in
Jonathan Haywood, president of
the organization has been working for
more than a year to transform the for-
mer Copperas Cove Police Station to a
building that will provide services and
community to veterans in the Central
The Star Group Veterans Help-
ing Veterans organization plans to
work with veterans who may need as-
sistance filing claims for disability or
who need some community, said ex-
ecutive director Sheila Timmons.
In addition, the organization helps
out in the community with different
activities, such as providing a Thanks-
to get insured,
BY JOHN MICHAELSON
Special to Leader-Press
AUSTIN- A major deadline
looms for those Texans who want to
get health insurance this year through
the new ACA Marketplace. Open en-
rollment for plans under the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) ends on March 31.
Those who fail to get coverage by then
will have to wait until mid-November
for another chance to enroll, warned
Trey Bemdt with A ARP Texas.
“People should know that if they
enroll before March 15, the coverage
can start by April 1, and if they enroll
by the March 31 deadline, the coverage
will start May 1. What AARP hopes
is that everybody who hasn’t gotten
insured will go shop the marketplace
Enrollment in the marketplace
insurance plans is available online at
Bemdt said a majority of the issues
that plagued the website upon launch
have now been fixed, and more than
200,000 Texans have already signed up
“Many of those have been able to
get help with cost of their coverage. A
Vol. 119, No. 44
2210 E. Hwy. 190
H-E-B celebrates Texas Independence with TexFest
Primo Picks: Quest for
Texas’ Best launched
at local store.
By CORRISA PETERSON
H-E-B is celebrating Texas In-
dependence with its fourth annual
TexFest Cully Reding, operations
manager at the Copperas Cove H-E-
B Plus!, said
“A lot of our products are Tex-
as-based and exclusive to H-E-B,”
Reding said. “We feel the need to
The company cares about Tex-
as, Reding added.
“We care about their health and
we care about the quality of food
we’re putting on their table,” he
The celebration began Feb. 26
and continues until March 11, Red-
ing said. During this time the store
is offering meal deals and Combo-
Loco deals where store patrons can
receive one or more free item if they
purchase a specific item, he added.
“H-E-B just felt the need to do
something for our customers, he
said. “I guess it is a holiday.”
In addition, the company is giv-
ing local food and beverage suppli-
ers a chance to submit their Texas-
made products in a competition to
win cash and a spot on the H-E-B
shelves during the first-ever “Primo
Quest for Texas’ Best,” accord-
ing to a press release from the com-
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