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Belton Woman Receives Yellow Rose of Texas Award

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96-year-old Bernita Peeples has seen it all as a reporter for The Belton Journal for over 80 years.

Her favorite project was a picture book she made with readers' photos dated before 1950.

"The stories that we got from the people who sent those pictures, it was unreal," Peeples said.

She's known as the unofficial historian of Belton.

David Tuma, Publisher of The Belton Journal says he's never felt like her boss, because he's always learning from her.

"If you have a building in town, she'll tell you what that building was 20-30 years ago," Tuma said.

She started making her mark on the Belton community at a young age. It was 1930 when she started reporting for The Belton Journal and she was only a freshman in high school.

Today, she was given a Yellow Rose of Texas Award, an honor that recognizes outstanding women across the state for serving their communities.

Texas Senator Troy Fraser presented the award in a room full of her friends and biggest fans.

"The very fact of the crowd that is here today reflects the fact that the community recognizes how important this lady is," Fraser said.

But Peeples is humble about her accomplishments.

"I'm excited, having fun," Peeples said. "Wondering who all these people are, where they came from and why they're here," she laughed.

Proving she still has a sense of humor, along with her love of Belton.

She's considering retirement, but she's already done that once and ended up coming back to work.

So for now she still has a desk at The Belton Journal office, where she writes one feature per week.

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