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Wed
19
Aug

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.
 
Wed
19
Aug

City approves plans for Tractor Supply

By Carol Spicer
 
During last week’s meeting of the Clifton City Council, one discussion included the plans designed for the incoming Tractor Supply Company at the former Alco building on Highway 6 north. It was explained that the tentative plan has been approved by the highway department and that engineers are working with tractor supply to make sure there are no issues with water run-off.
 
Wed
12
Aug

Suffrage ratified with movement

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Passed by U.S. Congress June 4, 1919 and ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment guaranteed all American women the right to vote. That 95th anniversary was inspiration for Bosque County Republican Chair and State Republican Executive Committeewoman Janet Jackson and Waco Tea Party President Toby Marie Walker to throw an Afternoon Tea and Style Show in celebration of that special milestone.

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Wed
12
Aug

Meridian Mini Cheer Camp marks start of school spirit

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Long before school starts, students are gearing up for the new school year. There are Future Farmer of America leadership camps, football two-a-days start, there is band practice, the color guard practice, school registration, medicals and getting school supplies. But one group learned that when in doubt, cheer it out. The Meridian YellowJacket Varsity cheerleading squad went to Grand Prairie at the end of July to brush up on their stunts, cheers and tumbles. All these skills were put to the test during Mini Cheer Camp coaching pre-K through sixth grade pupils.

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Wed
12
Aug

Getting up and running

By Simone Wichers-Voss

The creation of an Emergency Services District 1 in Bosque County officially changed long term funding and control over the ground ambulance service in the county. In one of the first ESD board meetings, the board decided to take over the ambulance funding per Oct. 1, 2015, getting the new system up and running as quickly as possible. Because the ESD is as yet without tax revenue income, the board set about finding a loan to pay for the operating costs until such time. They discovered however that, in contrast to other taxing entities, an ESD cannot pledge future tax revenue as collateral for a loan. And the banks turned them down. Their last resort was to request a loan from the county.

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Wed
12
Aug

Get up & running

By Simone Wichers-Voss
The creation of an Emergency Services District 1 in Bosque County  officially changed long term funding and control over the ground ambulance service in the county.  In one of the first ESD board meetings, the board decided to take  over the ambulance funding per Oct. 1, 2015, getting the new system up  and running as quickly as possible. Because the ESD is as yet without  tax revenue income, the board set about finding a loan to pay for the  operating costs until such time.
 
Wed
12
Aug

Starlight, Starbright

By Carol Spicer
Aubrey Brickhouse, the president of the Central Texas Astronomical Society,  kicked off the monthly Star Party on Saturday night with a brief history of the society  which began in 1993 in  Waco. “Paul Derrick started the  club in Waco, simply because of his love of studying  the stars,” said Brickhouse. “Since then, we have grown  to approximately 170 members (about 200 including  family members listed under  one name) stretching from  Waxahachie to Temple, Salado, Killeen and, of course,  Waco and the surrounding  counties.
 
Wed
12
Aug

Celebrating women’s suffrage

By Simone Wichers-Voss
Passed by U.S. Congress June 4, 1919 and ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment guaranteed all American women the  right to vote. That 95th anniversary was inspiration for  Bosque County Republican Chair and State Republican Executive Committeewoman  Janet Jackson and Waco Tea Party President Toby Marie Walker to throw an Afternoon  Tea and Style Show in celebration of that special milestone.
 
Wed
05
Aug

Outdoor Challenge delivers fun at Meridian State Park

By Simone Wichers-Voss
It takes a lot of organization to plan and execute an Outdoor Challenge day for 15 youth. Tents, life vests, camp fire stuff, kayaks, paddles, first-aid kit, water, lemonade, snacks, cups, instruction manuals, fishing gear including worms, prizes and not to forget, a positive fun approach to whatever happens. The Bosque County AgriLife Extension Office with several loyal volunteer moms and youth leaders did exactly that July 28 for the last in the Summer Fun series at the Meridian State Park.

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Wed
05
Aug

Song & dance

By Simone Wichers-Voss
Thirty-two students enjoyed a lively week of music fun at the Bosque Arts Center last week with the Civic Music Association’s Music Camp 2015. Children received instruction on the music and history of the pioneers and Native American Indians, Under the enthusiastic coaching from Vicky Ketchum and her team of instructors - Katherine Clark, Chris Pillsbury, Donna Stevens, Beth Fry, and Kelsey Bryant – the youngsters learned to play instruments, sing songs and perform dances passed down from the two groups. 

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