City of Waco

Act Locally Waco - Events May 31 - June 6

May 31, 2019

This week on Act Locally Waco, host Ashley Thornton brings us events around town this week including Bowen MusicFest on Sunday, June 2nd, and Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, June 1st. Thornton also highlights free music events this week as well as volunteer opportunities. 

Drivers in the Heart of Texas will see several busy roads under construction beginning the first week of June. 

The three streets in Waco beginning the reclamation process will be New Road, Bagby Avenue and Old Hewitt Road. 

(Kateleigh Mills/KWBU)

In Episode 59 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Dr. Stephen Sloan. The Director of the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University, Sloan gives an overview of local history in the area and mentions a few “green book” locations popularized by the recent Oscar-winning film.  Before that conversation, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Silent’s Spectacular Shoe Shine and Boot Care and is visited in studio by Corey McEntyre for The Chef’s Corner.

In this episode, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Waco - John Williams.  This conversation was recorded April 11, 2017 in the KWBU studio.  

Downtown Depot host Austin Meek of is joined in the KWBU studio by JB Smith, a staff writer for the Waco Tribune Herald.  JB tracks downtown business and City affairs, keeping a pulse on both the private and public people powering Waco's economy.  

How The 'Flying W' Became More Than A City Logo

Mar 3, 2017
Carlos Morales / KWBU

Drive throughout Waco and it won’t take long for you to spot some of the city’s iconic imagery. There’s the Alico building in downtown, and the century-old Cotton railroad bridge is a focal point too. But as Juliana Taylor reports, there's another image you should think of: the Flying W. 

Jill Ament

The Waco Indian tribe was driven out of Central Texas in the early 19th Century. For almost 80 years a historical marker outside Waco’s Helen Marie Taylor Museum memorialized the event. KWBU’s Jill Ament reports that Native American tribal leaders and local historians have pointed out that the information on the marker had it all wrong.

Plans to build a complex of apartments, shops and entertainment venues on the riverfront downtown have been temporarily derailed. It’s the latest development in Waco’s decades-long attempt to revitalize the riverfront between I-35 and the train tracks downtown.

The latest US job report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows only 142,000 were created in August – and the nation’s unemployment rate fell only slightly from 6.2 to 6.1 percent. 

While the August employment numbers for McLennan County and Waco won’t be released until later this month -- how is the city's job outlook fairing so far?

Jill Ament

One large debate circling around the shooting death of a black teenager, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri focuses on the racial makeup of police forces.  The Waco Police Department and community members are trying to ensure the force mirrors the city’s diverse population.

Jill Ament

Last year Waco Transit gave about 18,000 bus rides to Waco ISD students as part of the district’s Student Ride Services program. It was part of a larger effort to improve attendance across the district. But school officials say they're disbanding the effort.

The City of Waco is one of more than 130 Texas cities that are filing a lawsuit against a recent rate increase by natural gas provider Atmos Energy.

The rate increase went into effect June 1st and would be a little over 2 dollars for the average Atmos customer in Waco.