Current Edition – Fall 2018
Bell County Living Magazine is published quarterly and distributed throughout Belton, Temple, Harker Heights, Salado and Killeen. We produce each edition with exceptional quality and content to become long-lasting, coffee table-quality magazines.
The magazine is printed on high quality thick paper stock to give it a better feel and increased thickness. The spine of each publication is perfect-bound to resemble a book, and to hold together for many years to come. The covers are UV tinted to withstand exposure and maintain a quality our readers have come to expect.
Editions of each publication are proudly displayed throughout businesses, professional waiting rooms and state legislative offices around the area. Being area-specific, the content within the pages of each publication is sure not to become dated or out of style. Residents have stated that each edition is a legacy, holding information about its people and events that one can reflect on and show for years to come.
We would like to say Thank You for all those who’ve made Bell County Living possible. We look forward to bringing you many more editions for years to come. Please let us know if you have any article suggestions, or have an event you’d like featured in the pages.
Fire Street Pizza: Saving the World from Boring Pizza
Fire Street Pizza, a Central Texas destination location for one-of-kind wood-fired pizzas, local craft beer and wine, yard games, a relaxing indoor and outdoor seating area, live music and more, delights hundreds of pizza enthusiasts weekly. The establishment got its humble start as a food truck and to understand the concept and success of Fire Street Pizza, we must first delve into a story that began many years ago.
Fire Street Pizza owner, Jason Brumbalow, was born and raised in Killeen, graduated from Killeen High School in 1993, graduated from Texas State Technical College in 1997, and married his soul mate, Alis, in 1998. “I started off in restaurants at just 15 years old, then went to school in 1995 to be a 3D animator after seeing ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Jurassic Park,’ but apparently everyone had that same idea, so the job market was saturated when I got out of school. I had a rich graphic design and art background, so I went to work for a convenience store chain doing 3D models of stores in 1997,” explained Brumbalow. “During this time, Alis and I started building the building of our restaurant. We created it out of our back pockets, to that when the day came to open, we didn’t have a lease and had full ownership of the property. Owning a restaurant was in our blood, so began the dream. We saved every penny we had, to build a restaurant from the ground up. We learned to weld, pour concrete, landscape, cut metal, carpentry, and we learned to sweat!”
Pick of the Patch
With a cool, blue sky overhead and a slight chill in the air, patrons of the Robinson Family Farm’s annual Pumpkin Patch festivities dot the sprawling 200-acre property as they participate in fall and pumpkin-themed activities created to entertain people of all ages.
Every weekend in October, thousands of families from surrounding communities clamored to Temple, TX, to see what this autumn oasis had to offer.
Owners Brian and Helen Robinson first started hosting their yearly pumpkin patch five years ago when they realized there weren’t many options for Central Texas residents who were looking for quality, jack-o-lantern-worthy crops. But supplying the perfect pumpkins wasn’t an easy task.
“The first year we were somewhat naïve about what it took to grow pumpkins,” Helen Robinson said. “So, after a lot of hard work and effort, we found out that pumpkins don’t grow very well in this part of Texas. They need a sandier soil, cooler temperatures and more rain.”
Chasing the Storm
While you seek shelter and take cover, they are the ones that race out to meet Mother Nature’s fury; they are the storm chasers. Founded by Kevin Ramirez in 2015, the South Central Storm Chasers are certified storm chasers and storm spotters consisting of a sixteen-person crew with backgrounds ranging from videography, social media expertise, photography, meteorology, civil service, and public safety.
In order to become certified as a storm chaser, one must attend a SKYWARN training class as offered by the National Weather Service, which offers these classes by region. Ramirez and nearly everyone on his crew are certified.
“I’ve always had a love for storms since I was little,” Ramirez said. “What really got me into storm chasing was the Jarrell tornado back in in 1997. I remember being in school and we had to get under the desk because it was going straight down I-35. And when I got home that day and after seeing the devastation on the news and the look on people’s faces – it’s just something that’s always stuck with me. And you try to figure out how you can help.”
Un-Included from Negativity
Our options are simple when it comes to negative things going on around us – we can sit back and ignore what’s happening, or we can take action to improve the situation. Long-time Temple resident Garfield Hawk, who was tired of watching younger kids on the east side of Temple make the same bad choices that older kids were making, decided to take action! He set out to change things for the better and created the Un-Included Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and mentoring opportunities for young children and teenagers.
The definition of the word “un-included” closely relates to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition for “exclude: to bar from participation, consideration, or inclusions.” Hawk’s play on the word “included” was intentional, and the term “un-included” became the fundamental basis of the Un-Included Club.
Hawk turned over the reins of leadership to educator Doree Collins, who came on board as the Un-Included Club’s Executive Director about three years ago.