Killeen Independent School District plans an early release Friday to start the winter break. Campus and district offices will be closed Dec. 17 through Jan. 1.

Central Texas College’s central and Fort Hood campuses will be closed Dec. 17 through Jan. 1.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will be closed Dec. 17 through Jan. 1.

Feast of Sharing Tuesday in Killeen

H-E-B and the city of Killeen will host the fourth annual Feast of Sharing from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. The public is invited.

The Feast of Sharing highlights the ongoing effort to combat hunger by serving free holiday meals to families in our community. The evening will include free holiday meals, entertainment and activities.

For more information, call Killeen Volunteer Services at (254) 501-7878.

Citizens for Soldiers Club meets Monday

The Citizens for Soldiers Club is open to all ages and will have its monthly meeting and workday at the Belton Senior Activity Center, 842 S. Mitchell St., Belton, from noon to 4 p.m. Monday.

The monthly meeting and workday will focus on preparing care cards, packing goodie boxes and packing boxes of books to be sent to deployed troops overseas.

Anyone with an interest in supporting the troops is welcome to come.

For more information, call (254) 421-4051, (254) 939-1170 or (254) 718-1859.

Nursing information session Tuesday

Texas A&M University-Texarkana is offering its RN to BSN nursing program on the Texas A&M University-Central Texas campus.

There will be an information session from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the CTC Nursing Building in room B202.

For more information, contact Carolyn A. Prosise at (254) 519-5487 or

CTC named safest campus in Texas

Central Texas College was cited as the safest college campus according to a recent study completed by CTC ranked first in the state and fifth safest campus in the nation based on campus crime statistics accounting for the severity and frequency of crime. The statistics are based per 1,000 students. This marks the second consecutive time CTC was ranked as the safest campus in Texas. The last survey was conducted in 2009. compared crime statistics for more than 450 colleges and universities nationwide and assigned each school a safety score based on frequency and severity of crime reported. CTC earned a safety rating of 99.1 and was the only Texas school to make the top 10 in the country.

Safety ratings are determined based on the number of occurrences of aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft/larceny, motor vehicle theft and more violent crimes. These are then weighed based on the probability of each incident happening to each student. Violent crime is given more weight in the ranking system and has a greater effect on the safety rating than non-violent crime such as theft.

Health care seminar planned on Jan. 14

A free veterans benefits and health care seminar is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at VFW Post 9191.

All veterans, widows and family members are invited. This is an opportunity to learn more about eligibility for veterans benefits and medical services.

Breakfast is from 8 to 9 a.m. Requested donation is $5 per person.

Veterans Administration claims will be taken and personal assistance about veteran’s benefits and VA health care will be given by representatives from:

Texas Veterans Commission

Texas Veterans Land Board

The Waco VA Regional Office

The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

Other organizations that serve veterans.

Veterans are asked to bring any VA correspondence they would like to discuss.

This event is sponsored by VFW Post 9191 at 3307 Zephyr Road in Killeen. For more information, contact Bill Wright at (254) 338-3944.