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According to those who knew him, retired Gen. Colin Powell, who reportedly died of COVID-19 complications Monday, was a leader so beloved by his troops they were so excited to meet him they clapped for him instead of saluting.

John Loyd of Southlake raises his bicycle above his head in triumph recently after completing the Hotter Than Hell 100 mile bike ride in Wichita Falls. John and his wife, Courtney, both grew up in Troy and graduated from Troy High School. John’s parents still live in Troy.

Spc. Cinthia Ramirez was among one of the first women to be able to serve in a combat unit in the Army. “For me, I got really lucky to be in a company, a battalion, to have leadership that respected me, cared for me and wanted to see me grow,” she said.

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The Temple Symphony Orchestra is bringing a world-class musician to Central Texas. Pianist Daniel Hsu will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center in Belton