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Luncheon brings history to life

Speaker Gene Blakely

Speaking at the 25th annual Bosque County Preservation Luncheon on Saturday, Gene Blakely brought history to life with tales of “The Iredell Hangings and other early tragedies.” Held at the Clifton Civic Center with about 80 guests present, the luncheon was catered by Weithorns of Valley Mills, and everyone was greeted by Allen and Betty Johannes, Chairman and vice chairman of the Bosque County Historical Commission.

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Process of Art

During a talk at the BAC on Saturday, Martin Grelle took the audience through the days of hard work that went into his painting the award winning, “Reverance.”

Martin Grelle’s “Art Talk” drew 150 Bosque Arts Center Patrons to an evening of art on Saturday, March 9. The evening opened with a social hour of hors d’oeuvres and wine, and a presentation which included a welcome by Wally Penberthy, and a talk by Mary Ellen Boren, prior to Grelle taking the stage. During his welcome to the evening, Penberthy told those in attendance that Martin had recently won the Buyers’ Choice Award at the Cowboy Arts of America’s Cowboy Crossing Show for his painting “Reverence,” and spoke briefly of his growing up in Clifton and attending Clifton High School – Mr. CHS, his beginning as an artist, and his meeting the late world renown artist, Jim Boren.

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Local VFW hears voices of students

Clifton VFW Post #8553 chaplain Bill Beck honors Lana Lentschke and Brayden Wise, along with Commander David Conrad at the Voice of Democracy dinner last week in Clifton. Lentschke received the Patriot Pen award, Wise was honored with the Voice of Democracy award.

Clifton’s Robert E. Binford VFW Post #8553 hosted a dinner for contestants in the 2013 annual Voice of Democracy essay contest and the Patriot Pen essay contest on Tuesday, March 5, at the Clifton Civic Center. Approximately 75 adults and students were on hand for the event. Commander David Conrad opened the gathering saying that he appreciated everyone for coming.

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Tough As Rawhide

220th District Judge Phil Robertson and Bob Alexander chat before the Texas Independence Week presentation on Ira Aten, Rawhide Ranger March 5.

A big six-shooter and a good horse were the only requirements for a frontier ranger; it was all he needed to execute his job intervening raiding Indians and curbing lawlessness on the Texas frontier in the latter part of the 19th century. The Bosque Collection hosted a program on March 5, by Texas Historian Bob Alexander, a veteran lawman, native Texan and natural storyteller. He spoke colorfully on the lawless days of Reconstruction and the valuable role Rangers played in those turbulent times.

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Pathfinder Peerson honored

A visitor to the Cleng Peerson memorial service last Wednesday reads the commemorative stone with the original Norwegian settlers to Bosque County.

On a perfect spring day, with soft sunshine and a slight breeze over the rolling hills around Norse, a special wanderer and pathfinder to Texas was memorialized March 6. In the heart of the Norwegian settlement to the South West, History buff and Cranfills Gap postmaster Bryan Davis paid homage to the father of Norwegian immigration to the United States, Cleng Peerson.

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Don’t try this at home

Skylar Wieber bunny-hopping over three Meridian elementary school teachers last Friday.

Some inspiration and distraction before or during a test can be helpful to boosting student confidence and lessening test anxiety; and hopefully positively influence test results. With STAAR testing coming up after Spring Break, Meridian Elementary School Principal Kim Edwards and Counselor Jill Hanson offered the MES students a unique inspirational event – a BMX bicycle stunt demonstration.

Tue
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City airport showcases renovation hanger

 

Members of the Airport Advisory Board, City Council, EDC, and others were on hand for a luncheon meeting at the Clifton Airport on Tuesday for a tour of the newly renovated hanger and talk of future projects. B.C. Bennett offered  information about the renovations, from the new skin and insulation on the inside, to the new light openings at the top, and the new Big Ass Fan that hangs below the high ceiling.
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Volcansek resigns from mayor's seat

 

Citing a desire to focus more time to personal interests, Clifton Mayor Fred Volcansek submitted a letter of resignation Monday afternoon and withdrew his name from the upcoming election. Pending the Clifton City Council officially accepting Volcansek's resignation, Mayor Pro-Tem J.W. Thiele will assume the mayor's seat until the local election May 11. Since the filing deadline to be included on the ballot closed last Friday, Alderman Richard Spitzer becomes the lone candidate for the vacated mayor’s seat. Volcansek withdrew on Monday, in time to have his name removed from the ballot.
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City debates reservoir expansion

 

At the end of a long Clifton City Council called meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27, a motion by Mayor Pro Tem J.W. Thiele was made “to retain attorney Val Perkins” to continue his legal work and lobbying in Austin for the expansion of the Clifton City Reservoir. The motion passed on a vote of three to two with Thiele and newly sworn in Alderman Tim Mayr, and Phillip Ramariz voting for; Aldermen Richard Spitzer and Joann Gloff voting “nay.”
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New chief appraiser appointed

 

The Bosque County Central Appraisal District Board of Directors met in open session Feb. 21 and appointed Marilee Greenwood as the new Chief Appraiser for Bosque County.

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