Cassie L. Smith, Waco Tribune-Herald

Cassie L. Smith

Waco Tribune-Herald

Waco, TX, United States

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Past articles by Cassie:

County commissioners again reject move to change road and bridge oversight

McLennan County Judge Scott Felton again tried unsuccessfully to gain the support of his fellow commissioners court members for taking a step toward merging the county’s precinct-based road and bridge → Read More

Waco Family Y closes hot tub amid Legionnaires' investigation

As health authorities investigate two local cases of Legionnaires’ disease, the Waco Family Y has closed a hot tub area where exposure to the Legionella bacteria may have occurred. → Read More

Hewitt employee sues city, alleging sexual harassment by mayor

The city of Hewitt's No.2-ranking staffer has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city, centering on the behavior of the mayor and a former councilman. → Read More

Magnolia to branch out with downtown coffee shop

After winning the hearts of shoppers at Magnolia Market at the Silos and the brunch crowd with Magnolia Table, Chip and Joanna Gaines are moving into the downtown Waco coffee → Read More

Highway 84 interchange at Speegleville Road ahead of schedule

A $20.5 million project to convert a section of West Highway 84 around Speegleville Road into a freeway design is about three months ahead of schedule, officials said. → Read More

Some classic Waco service stations fade as others find new life

McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara took off his cowboy hat to slide on an old red cap and recall the stories of when his father put down the pistol and → Read More

State: All 366 on local list of potential noncitizen voters are citizens

By the time local elections officials downloaded a list of 366 registered voters the Texas Secretary of State's Office initially said may not be citizens, the office had called to → Read More

Flu cases spike in McLennan County

The annual spike in reported flu cases has hit McLennan County, and it is not too late to get a flu shot, health officials said. → Read More

Former Woodway city manager to represent Bellmead

Former Woodway City Manager Yost Zakhary will start a new gig Wednesday as Bellmead’s interim city manager. → Read More

Homeless numbers dwindling, housing options still a problem in Waco area

The number of homeless people in McLennan County decreased in 2018, continuing a decade-long trend, according to the latest government figures. → Read More

New Year brings another hike, same flooding struggles at Mother Neff

Flood damage still haunts a portion of Mother Neff State Park, but visitors can still take in much of the scenic stretch along the Leon River by hiking the limestone → Read More

State campaign aims to stop 18-year streak of daily traffic deaths

Robert Melendez is more than a statistic, but his death highlights a vicious 18-year streak of daily Texas tragedies, one that leaders hope to bring to a screeching halt. → Read More

TxDOT seeks $8 million more from local board to offset I-35 overrun

The project to rebuild and widen the northern section of Interstate 35 through Waco is $40 million over budget, and state officials are asking the Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization to → Read More

Leaders consider local dollars for I-35 expansion

Greater Waco transportation leaders will soon decide whether to devote $60 million of their state transportation funding allocation toward Interstate 35 construction in hopes of preventing a four-year project from → Read More

TSTC Waco hosts Journey to Mars event

As the world continues to celebrate the success of NASA’s InSight lander exploring the inner core of Mars, Texas State Technical College is planning a special event Saturday to capitalize → Read More

Hewitt council votes to hire city manager away from Bellmead

Hewitt will have a new city manager, pending contract negotiations, after the city council voted 5-1 Tuesday to hire Bo Thomas, who has worked as Bellmead’s city manager for the → Read More

Erosion damage closes another county bridge

McLennan County engineers are evaluating a bridge near Old Lorena Road after closing it because of erosion from the creek below. → Read More

First woman elected as McLennan County commissioner ready to hit ground running

With the campaign season finally over and voter rolls certified, it's slowly starting to sink in for Pat Chisolm-Miller. → Read More

Hewitt runoff set for Dec. 15, early voting starts next week

The Hewitt City Council on Monday set Dec. 15 as the date of a runoff election between two candidates for the vacant at-large council seat, with early voting starting next → Read More

Hewitt council candidates Bruce, Orton headed for runoff

Hewitt City Council candidates Erica Bruce and Betty Orton are headed to a runoff election after none of the eight candidates secured at least 50.01 percent of the votes. → Read More