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02
Apr

Developing a different dynamic

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

Change is not always easy, and in a conservative community like Meridian, change is sometimes perceived as daunting. In an effort to vitalize the Meridian Economic Development Corporation’s role in the community, newly appointed president Brett Voss and vice president Ron Rieke believe that change is necessary.
 
Wed
02
Apr

Last mail run

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

After 38.5 years of Federal Service – 35 of which with the U.S. Postal Services, Meridian Postmaster David Snipes retired last Friday, much to the dismay of his loyal customers. As people came in to get their morning mail, Snipes welcomed hugs, handshakes and kind, gratifying words.
 
Wed
02
Apr

Putting it to the vote

By Carol Spicer.
 
Recently, the Clifton Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted on a bond election to be held May 10, totaling $23.3 million, to include a new elementary school and a new 750-seat auditorium at the high school. In a report on the CISD website, it notes that the current elementary facility falls short of TEA requirements such as the size and core spaces of classrooms; as well as outlasting its functional student capacity requiring the use of portable buildings.

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Wed
02
Apr

Serving Security

The Social Security Administration has launched a new initiative. They are partnering with organizations such as Nellie Pederson Civic Library to establish an icon on public use computers that takes you directly to the SSA website. The service allows you to be able to sign in or create your social security account, estimate your retirement benefits, request a replacement Medicare card, get a 1099/1042 tax form, appeal decisions on your application for benefits, apply for retirement or spouse benefits as well as disability benefits, medicare benefits and even extra help with prescription drug costs.

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Wed
26
Mar

Special session rules case closed

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

At the school board meeting last week, the Meridian Independent School District trustees had tabled extension of all elementary and secondary school teachers’ contracts pending a written report by Child Protective Services regarding alleged abuse by a member of the high school coaching staff. True to word, the board reconvened Monday, with two business agenda items: resignations and to consider, discuss and take appropriate action on the contracts.
 
Wed
26
Mar

Newly-elected Ratliff presides over first court

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

It is not certain who started the tradition of starting the Bosque County Commissioners’ Court with a prayer, but former Judge Cole Word certainly adhered to it. Freshly elected Judge Dewey Ratliff started his first Commissioners’ Court ever with a prayer, continuing the solemn and reflective custom, asking God for his guidance in the decisions the court makes for the county and its citizens.
 
Wed
26
Mar

Bibliotheca Bucks

By Simone Wichers-Voss.
 
A bibliotheca is a library; a catacomb of knowledge and learning. It conjures up visions of heavy shelves groaning under the weight of priceless, leather bound first editions with gold lettering, solely for the intellectual and erudite elite. Not so in Meridian. The Meridian Public Library is a light, welcoming retreat, where one can find anything from children’s books, to romance novels, to history books, to video’s and computer work stations.

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Wed
26
Mar

Pounding pavement, swinging for the cup

By Carol Spicer.
 
During Thursday’s Bosque County Rotary Club meeting, Cal Goerdel brought the club up to date on fundraising plans for the annual scholarships that the club hands out each year to seniors across the county. “Our goal this year is $20,000 and we’re almost a third of the way there,” sais Goerdel, adding that this is just from the Club itself.

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Wed
19
Mar

Grocery store sets opening

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

The construction is almost done, and the team is assembled. On Monday at least 30 people were in the soon-to-be-opened store, stocking the shelves, putting up fixtures, coordinating logistics and hiring new personnel. After six months, Meridian will once again have a much desired and essential grocery store in town. Brookshires Brothers is having a grand opening On Wednesday, March 26 at 10 a.m. at their new location on Highway 6 in Meridian.
 
Wed
19
Mar

Charity State of Mind

Texas: a state of mine is Meridian Public Library’s annual fundraiser theme this year, tied into the traditional and fun Jewels and Jeans gala theme, A top art item in the live auction this year, keeping with the theme, is an exquisite sculpture of a young girl in cowboy hat designed and sculpted by Bobbye Gentry.
 

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