Around the State: HPU wins at moot court

Eight HPU students recently competed at the Southwestern Regional Moot Court Championship at Baylor University Law School, with four advancing to the national championships in January. Left to right: Elizabeth Rogers, champion; Katie Rose Bonner, champion; Cayden McDonald, quarterfinalist; and Christopher Mitchell, quarterfinalist.

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Howard Payne University captured the Southwestern Regional Moot Court championship. The HPU team defeated the top team from Texas A&M University in the final round to capture the title. Katie Rose Bonner from Lytle and Elizabeth Rogers from Grand Junction, Colo., were named Southwestern Regional champions and received an automatic invitation to the national championship of Intercollegiate Moot Court at the Sandra Day O’Connor of Law at Arizona State University. Cayden McDonald of Whitehouse and Christopher Mitchell of Pecos advanced to the quarterfinals, and they later also received an invitation to the national competition.

Gene Wilkes will be inaugurated as the second gene wilkes102Gene Wilkespresident of the B.H. Carroll Theological Institute Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the worship center of First Baptist Church in Arlington. A reception will follow.

Buckner Children and Family Services will present a free foster care and adoption information meeting Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at 5200 Buckner Boulevard, Dallas. Participants will receive an overview of foster care and adoption options in Texas, including foster-to-adopt, Waiting Texas Children and domestic infant adoption programs. For information or a reservation to attend, email

Wayland Baptist University administrators, faculty, staff and students donated more than $6,000 in food supplies and gifts for 13 organizations to benefit needy people during the Christmas season.


Joe Burke, 10th, as pastor of First Baptist Church in Mineral, Jan. 4.


First Baptist Church in Temple will open its new campus Jan. 19, exactly four years after the day the church burned. The church will dedicate the new facility Jan. 26. Ronny Marriott is pastor.

First Baptist Church in Center will hold its annual Joy Seekers Conference for Women Feb. 15. Humorist and life coach Sheri Rose Shepherd is the featured speaker. Registration is $30. For more information, call (936) 598-5605.

Humorist, vocalist and preacher Mark Lowry will speak at First Baptist Church in Abilene Feb. 15. The event raises funds for renovations at Big Country Baptist Camp. A preshow dinner will be held at 5 p.m. for an additional cost. The main event begins at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here. (

First Baptist Church in Canton will host its seventh annual Legacy of Love event Feb. 21-22. Kathy Peel will be the featured speaker. The weekend retreat is for single mothers and “married singles”—women whose husbands are in the military or who travel extensively. Participants will polish their business skills, take a cooking class, learn a new craft, get legal advice, learn to live abundantly on a dollar and learn tips for strengthening relationships. The retreat begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and continues until 9 p.m. Saturday. Dinner on Friday evening and lunch and dinner on Saturday are provided. Complimentary childcare for newborns through fifth grade is available during the retreat. Registration is $30, and financial assistance is available. To register, call (903) 567-4157. Registration deadline is Feb. 14.


Bedias Baptist Church, Bedias; Jan. 19-25; evangelist, Jerald Brown; pastor, Nathan Hoke.

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