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In Vino Veritas

Gary and Evan McKibben of Meridian’s Red Caboose Winery in the winery’s tasting room.

In Vino Veritas is Latin for “in wine [there is the] truth”. In the case of Meridian’s Red Caboose Winery, there is truth in the wine awards they win. Judges at The Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition and at the Houston Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition selected RCW wines to be among the best, not only in Texas, but world-wide.

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02
Apr
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Combining Faith & Fun

Children and their parents racing to grab the most Easter Eggs at the Bosque Bottoms last Saturday.

Easter is a holiday that combines the joys of warmer spring weather, celebrating a new sowing season, and for Christians it is rejoicing the resurrection of Jesus Christ, absolving sin. Activities in Meridian last Saturday showed that combination to a “T.” Several churches held sunrise services. The First Baptist Church of Meridian invited everyone out to a children’s Easter Extravaganza with a hot dog lunch, snow cones and all sorts of outdoor games. And there was a special sermon, reminding those present why Easter is celebrated.

Tue
26
Mar
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Leaving the school district ship shape

MISD school board President Todd Hyatt and departing Superintendent Scott Hogue.

Meridian Independent School District Superintendent Scott Hogue’s last board meeting before his departure March 31 was filled with personnel matters – teacher contract considerations, vacation guidelines and a new position. In matters of teacher contract consideration, the principals and Athletic Director make recommendations to Meridian Independent School District’s superintendent. The school board has a final say in the matter of extending or ending employee contracts.

Tue
26
Mar
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To be seated

Meridian Mayor Johnnie Hauerland returns for another term.

Seats for Meridian mayor’s position and two city council members were open. With no contenders to those who filed for office, no elections were necessary. Mayor Johnnie Hauerland will enter a second term as Meridian’s Mayor, Jeff Hicks extends his city council participation and Connie Tweedle enters the city council arena. On the eve of their renewed service to the city, the Meridian Tribune asked the Mayor and the council members to state their priorities and interests; and to re-introduce themselves to the public.

Tue
26
Mar
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State water funding approved

Proposed reservoir expansion cancelled by city council.

Hopefully for the Clifton City Council, the discontinuation of pursuing the proposed expansion of the Clifton Reservoir will not prove to be one that got away. State water funding has been a priority issue in Austin during the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature, and members of the Texas House and Texas Senate are drafting legislation to allocate money to future water projects across the state.

Tue
26
Mar
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Blossoming Into Art

Gene Aars and George Larson visit while looking over the third annual Bosque Wildflower Art Show at the Bosque Museum on Friday night.

Bosque Museum hosted a reception and awards presentation for the local artists who entered the third annual Bosque Wildflower Art Show and sale on Friday evening. The show was judged by local artist Tony Eubanks. Winning the Best of Show award for a mixed media painting entitled “Yucca Blooms,” was Jo Beck. The Best Depiction of Bosque County went to Betty Graham for “Questad Gate,” and the popular choice also went to Graham for “Thistle II.”

Tue
26
Mar
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Easter fun in the park

One knows that spring is here when the City Park is loaded with hundreds of little kids collecting Easter eggs at the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Park.

Fun for the whole family is slated Saturday, March 30, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in Clifton City Park with an old fashioned Easter egg hunt for the kids. Coordinated by Brookshire’s the event will offer lots of Easter eggs with prizes, free hot dogs and lemonade, kids visit with a fire truck, and free photos taken by Blue Cove Studios of the kids with the Easter Bunny.

Tue
19
Mar
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Thiele seated as Clifton’s interim mayor

Melissa Tergerson presenting at council meeting.

The first item on the agenda for the Clifton City Council on Tuesday was to accept Mayor Fred Volcansek’s letter of resignation and withdrawal from the May general election. The motion was made to accept the letter of resignation, with regret. The following item was to elect a mayor to replace Volcansek until the election on May 11. Mayor Pro Tem J.W. Thiele asked the council to entertain the thought of seating Richard Spitzer as mayor until the election, “seeing as he is the only one on the ballot;” however, Spitzer spoke quickly saying “I would like J.W. to consider holding the seat for the next couple of months – until my eyes are back to normal.” When Thiele said, “I’d rather not,” Alderwoman Joann Gloff said, “As Mayor Pro Tem – you’re elected.”

Tue
19
Mar
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Called to a life serving his flock

Pastor Laird Duran

Trinity Lutheran will be honoring Pastor Laird H. Duran and family with a retirement celebration on Sunday, March 24. The 10:30 worship service will be followed by a lunch at Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall. Friends and acquaintances are invited to the festivities. His last Sunday with Trinity will be Easter Sunday, March 31. Duran was born in Atlantic City, NJ to Joseph L. and Mary H. Duran. His father worked at the electric company for 35 years, and his mother was a writer for the Atlantic City Press for about 25 years. His mother was Lutheran, and his father was Episcopalian, and Duran was baptized in 1950 at St. James Episcopal in Atlantic City.

Tue
19
Mar
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Learning To Help Others

Clifton 4-Hers attending the Clifton 4-H Leaders-4-Life Skill-A-Thon at the Church under the Bridge in Waco included Grace Black, McKenzie & Jolie Whitney, Paige & Claire Condanti, Lauren Prescher, Jessica Harris and Laramie Poston, with adult leader Jason Whitney.

Clifton 4-H Leaders-4-Life Skill-A-Thon teams partnered with Brookshire’s of Clifton and Meridian, David’s Supermarket, Alco, Dynamic Family Dentistry, and Best Western Velkommen Inn, all of Clifton, Bosque Family Dental of Valley Mills, and some individuals from around the county to make hygiene bags to take to Church Under the Bridge and hand out to the homeless.

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