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Wed
26
Aug

Having a blast

By Simone Wichers-Voss
Fundraisers tend to be a dinner sometimes with a theme, speaker or extra attraction, a bake sale, a live or silent auction. With their inaugural Sporting Clays event, the Bosque Museum found a unique way to combine quintessential Bosque County rural elements like  hunting, natural beauty, fellowship, and generosity with raising much needed funds to operate the county’s gem of a museum. By offering gun sportsmen, and women a chance to hone their  shooting skills in a fun, sporting fundraising event at the Clifton Archery Grounds Saturday morning, the event exceeded all expectations and pulled more money than previous events.  
Wed
26
Aug

Meridian back to school brings new rules, regulations

By Simone Wichers-Voss
New students. New teachers. New rules. Everything seemed new, spruced up and improved for the first day at school at the Meridian Independent School District campuses. The changes on campuses  are led by the principals, district- wide changes are decided and voted upon by the MISD board of trustees. 
Wed
26
Aug

New emergency services district sets tax rate

By Simone Wichers-Voss
The initial Emergency Services District board has quite a task ahead of them. They are in process of creating the ESD, and 99 percent of their work has to be completed before Sept. 31, otherwise the creation of the ESD will have to be postponed for another year. Besides all the clerical and legal  steps of setting up an ESD, proposing a preliminary budget and subsequently setting the property tax rate for this new county agency is what Bosque County citizens are anxious to hear.
Wed
26
Aug

Time to turn on Friday night lights

By Brett Voss

Are you ready for some football? Bosque County high school football, that is? Before you head out to the game this weekend, be sure to check out the comprehensive 2015 Friday Night Lights: Bosque County High School Football Preview Guide, published by The Clifton Record and Meridian Tribune included in this week’s editions of both newspapers.

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Wed
26
Aug

Making history

By Carol Spicer

Bosque County history was made at the Clifton Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for Dist. 58 Rep. DeWayne Burns as he opened his new Clifton office in the chamber building last week. Representative DeWayne Burns opened the district office to serve the people of Bosque County. This marks the first time in county history that a state officeholder has provided a brick-and-mortar office to make it more convenient for area residents to seek help with a state agency, to voice a concern or just to ask for information about the Texas House of Representatives or state government in general.

Wed
26
Aug

CISD budget approval on hold

By Melinda Routh & Simone Wichers-Voss

Every year taxing entities hold budget workshops and public hearings in the name of transparency of their revenues and expenditures and subsequent tax rates to the local taxpayers. Texas public school finance is complicated and on Aug. 17, Clifton Independent School District’s school board tabled approval of the preliminary budget pending adjustments and transfers between accounts necessary to be able to set 2015-16 property tax rate. An extra special meeting was set for Aug. 24 to definitely approve the preliminary budget and set the tax rate.

Wed
19
Aug

BARKing up the right tree

By Melinda Routh

When the family dog has found an escape through the backyard fence, there may be a chance Bosque Animal Rescue Kennels may have it. But they also provide housing, help and service for unwanted or lost dogs. At the Meridian Chamber of Commerce membership meeting Thursday, BARK spokesperson Whitney Smith addressed those present on the important work they do and shared the progress and needs for the non-profit organization.

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Wed
19
Aug

The best policy

By Simone Wichers-Voss

The Meridian Civic Center is one of the few county facilities that is large enough for big celebrations and allows alcoholic beverages to be served. This has made it popular for Quinceañeras and large family reunions. If the organizers expect alcoholic beverages to be present, it has been the city’s unofficial policy to request two-man security during the festivities. Besides the $750 deposit, the security would add another $300-350 to the tab.

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Wed
19
Aug

Tight, balanced budget

By Simone Wichers-Voss

After a record 11 budget workshops, Bosque County commissioners and judge finalized a balanced, tight 2015- 16 budget at a public hearing Monday. Of the $11 million county budget, around 7 million is generated by property tax revenue, the rest is collected in fines and fees. To finance the 8.35 percent increase in budget, a 0.475 property tax rate – which translates to a 8.82 percent tax rate increase - was approved unanimously. The rate stays under the roll back rate of 0.485829.

Wed
19
Aug

Dowden honored as Eagle Scout

The Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Shelden Dowden was held Saturday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m. in Holy Angels Catholic Church hall at 1915 W. 5th Str., with a reception following. All current and former Eagle Scouts are invited to attend, along with all current or former scouts, and the community.
 

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