Joel Lopez, KXXV News Channel 25

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KXXV News Channel 25

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Past articles by Joel:

Mental health advocates urge veterans to seek help

Turmoil nearly 8,000 miles away in Afghanistan is taking its toll on veterans in Central Texas. → Read More

Civic on 7th hosts live performances to encourage vaccinations

Civic on 7th is hosted by the Waco Civic Theater, thanks to a grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts, where local artists and performers will become vaccine ambassadors; hosting different kinds of arts experiences to help spread knowledge on vaccinations. → Read More

Food truck serves to train future food industry and restaurant entrepreneurs

The Triple Win Food Truck held it's grand opening Friday, serving up burgers and training high school students interested in a food industry or restaurant career. → Read More

Judge throws out lawsuit from Justice of the Peace who denied same-sex weddings

A lawsuit filed by McLennan County Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley, who refused to marry same-sex couples was thrown out this week by Judge Jan Soifer of Austin’s 459th State District Court in Travis County. → Read More

Caritas of Waco is getting ready to welcome clients back in-person

The team at Caritas of Waco is getting the final details together to welcome clients back into the building on July 12th. This after a year over-the-phone services, as well as drive-up grocery needs because of the pandemic. → Read More

Comfort Keepers Waco overcomes hurdles, in need of more caregivers

The team at Comfort Keepers in Waco is hard at work to make sure senior citizens and adults with disabilities can comfortably live day-to-day. → Read More

Police identify jet skier who drowned at Lake Waco

Authorities confirm that the body recovered Friday evening was that of 23-year-old Daylon Dixon → Read More

Marlin ISD wrapping up successful school year despite numerous hurdles

The future is looking bright for Marlin ISD as the district perseveres through a pandemic, an ice storm, even through scares that the district lost its accreditation due to poor test scores. → Read More

Severe weather leaves trail of damage throughout McGregor

Strong storms popped up throughout Central Texas Friday, with one storm bringing heavy damage to McGregor. → Read More

High schools, universities bring back graduations with in-person, outdoor ceremonies

Spring graduation marks the end of a full year for students coping with classes amid the pandemic. → Read More

Limestone County Fair raises $80K+ for Trooper Walker's family

"I'm hoping that they felt the love of our community in that moment. I hope that they know we care. Our prayers are with you, we hope you pull through this, and we will be there for whatever you need," says Burleson. → Read More

Waco enters Phase 1 of reopening as COVID-19 infection numbers continue to fall

For the first time since June, McLennan County is down to a "community spread" level of threat. → Read More

Woodway woman hopes to inspire others fighting breast cancer through photo shoot

For Rebecca Herron of Woodway, a series of photographs and videos are capturing the beginning of her battle with breast cancer. → Read More

'A monumental impact': Waco swears in city's first Black, first female police chief

The beginning of a new chapter started Friday in Waco as the city’s first female and first Black police chief, Dr. Sheryl Victorian, was officially sworn in. → Read More

Dobey Center will provide safe space for at-risk, homeless youth in Waco

WACO, TX — The Dobey Drop-in Center for at-risk and homeless youth in Waco is set to open its doors Monday March 1st from 8am to 5pm. Dobey, which stands for Drop-In Bolstering Engagement for Youth Adults, is located at 2111 Austin Ave. and will be for youth ages 18-24. "We haven't had that safe space for the transition age youth that are in that young adult hood stage that get out of high… → Read More

Continuing a legacy: High school student takes over father's business after his murder

Lizbeth Garduno learned everything she knows about repairing cars through her father. Sadly, he was murdered last year, leaving her to take over the family business while still balancing being a teenager. → Read More

Arrest made in connection to China Spring break-ins, but authorities say more suspects could be lurking

People in China Spring are on the lookout after a crime spree left cars and homes broken into. → Read More

Increase in coronavirus cases leaves Waco hospitals at capacity

The COVID-19 positivity rate is at 22% in McLennan County, much higher than the state's 14%. → Read More

Family shares son's accident to encourage wearing seatbelts

A local family is speaking out about the importance of wearing seat-belts after their son was involved in an accident. "Keep speaking to your teens about wearing their seat-belts and driving safely without distractions," says Rick Mills after his son, who was not wearing a seat-belt, was in a terrible accident that left him fighting for his life. On December 26, 2020, 17-year-old Sam Mills… → Read More

Unemployment benefits will affect 2020 tax filings

The pandemic has put millions of people and businesses in need of help, and now tax season is looming. → Read More