Bell County headlines of 2010
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Temple First Baptist Church fire
On Jan. 19, Temple Fire and Rescue officials were called out to the First Baptist Church for a three alarm fire. The fire destroyed the church sanctuary and damaged surrounding buildings on the church campus. The water and smoke damage eventually led the church to close their daycare.
About a week later, an investigation by Temple Fire and Rescue as well as ATF found the fire at the church was intentionally set.
Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, Operation New Dawn begins
President Barack Obama officially marked the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom on Sept. 1, signaling the beginning of Operation New Dawn.
The transition effectively ended combat operations for U.S. troops in Iraq.
Troops continue to maintain a presence in the country, however, they are there to serve an "advise and assist" role.
On the day of the transition, more than 4,000 soldiers of the First Cavalry Division's Fourth Brigade prepared for a deployment to Iraq.
The group was the first brigade combat team to deploy since the start of Operation New Dawn.
Storm causes flooding
Tropical Storm Hermine dumped heavy rain across Central Texas, including Bell County.
As a result, area creeks rose dangerously high, causing flooding in Belton and Salado.
With all of the damage suffered in Bell and surrounding counties, Gov. Rick Perry applied for a federal disaster declaration to receive aid.
That request and a subsequent appeal was denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Fort Hood shooting anniversary
Nov. 5 marked the one-year anniversary of one of the biggest stories of 2009.
The community gathered to remember and honor the 13 people killed, and the more than 30 who were wounded in the Fort Hood shooting.
An award ceremony was held in the morning to recognize those who went above and beyond on the day of the shooting.
In the afternoon, a special memorial ceremony was held for those who were killed that day.
November also marked the end of the Article 32 hearing for accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan.
The prosecution rested its case in October, after 56 of their witnesses took the stand over a period of eight days.
Following a three-week break, both the prosecution and defense returned to court on Nov. 15.
The defense rested its case within minutes without presenting any witness testimony.
The investigating officer later recommended the case proceed to a trial, with the possibility of Hasan facing the death penalty.