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Aug

Lady Justice takes a beating

By Simone Wichers-Voss
Through wind, rain, snow, hail, searing heat, Lady Justice holding her sword and scales, stands tall on top of the Bosque County Courthouse since 2007. But the elements have left their toll on her copper-colored 5 foot 5 inch fiberglass composite material frame. The statue’s disrepair was found during the replacement of the courthouse roof because of hail damage sustained in March 2014.

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Aug

Dealing with PTSD

By Carol Spicer

Recently a group of veterans in the post traumatic stress disorder rehabilitation program at the Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Waco, visited Clifton on a day trip out in the community. The 40 combat veterans received a tour of the museum, art gallery and lunch in downtown. The group was accompanied by Dr. David Tharp, Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve as well as the Program Manager at the PTSD Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Program (PRRP) in Waco.

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Aug

Small grain & stocker conference in Meridian

By Chelsea Dorward

The Bosque, Hamilton & Johnson County AgriLife Extension Offices will be hosting a Small Grain & Stocker Cattle Conference on August 25 at the Meridian Civic Center. This year’s presentations include: Small Grain Options and New Technology, Stocker Cattle & Re-Breeding Options, and Current Trends, Futures and Pricing Your Gain. One CEU will be offered to those holding a private applicators pesticide license.

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Wed
05
Aug

Lady Justice takes toll

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Through wind, rain, snow, hail, searing heat, Lady Justice holding her sword and scales, stands tall on top of the Bosque County Courthouse since 2007. But the elements have left their toll on her copper-colored 5 foot 5 inch fiberglass composite material frame. The statue’s disrepair was found during the replacement of the courthouse roof because of hail damage sustained in March 2014. Numerous dents and deep cracks were seen, which compromise the statue’s integrity.

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05
Aug

Raising camels in Texas

By Carol Spicer

Doug Baum, better known as the Camel man, and his son, Pecos, attended the Rotary Club meeting in Clifton to offer a program on the history of camels in Texas, and interesting facts about raising camels in Texas today. Baum said he first became interested in camels working as a Zoo keeper in Tennessee in the 1990’s. He decided to come back to Texas and after hearing the history of camels in Texas, he decided to raise a few. He started off with two, and since then he has anywhere from two to 12 on his ranch outside Cayote community.

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Wed
29
Jul

Bosque Valley Golf Club undergoing revitalization

By Simone Wichers-Voss
Dwindling membership and high maintenance costs during the past drought years caused the local nine-hole Bosque Valley golf course to make serious cut back. The Golf Course Board also decided to approach the Meridian Economic Development Corporation, the Clifton EDC, the Bosque County EDC, school districts, the county cities and the Meridian Improvement Association for financial support. A total of $37,000 was raised to buy a new water pump, paint the buildings and replace the clubhouse roof.

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29
Jul

Guardian angel riding shotgun

By Simone Wichers-Voss
Seconds before Meridian Police Officer Tabetha Harrison got broad-sided on the driver’s side along Highway 6 by a southbound one-ton Chevy Dually pick up truck hauling a trailer, she called in her response to an assistance request to the Clifton Police Department. “I was listening to the police radio, and I heard her say ‘I’m on the way to the scene,’” Meridian Chief of Police Chris Blanton said.

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Wed
29
Jul

Vacation days cash out causes budget bind

By Simone Wichers-Voss
Bosque County employees can carry over up to two years of vacation days into a following year, with a maximum of 240 hours. This is proving a problem when an employee’s contract is terminated or they decide to leave on their own accord. The issue was discussed at the Bosque County Commissioners Court Monday, but in spite of an extensive discussion no action was taken. The commissioners wanted to review the options before making a decision that would change the policy regarding cashing out on unused vacation days.

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Blood drive set at Civic Center Aug. 4

Sponsored by the Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Auxiliary, Carter BloodCare will hold a blood drive in Clifton on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Clifton Civic Center.  This August, Carter BloodCare and Fox Sports Southwest are teaming up to give Carter BloodCare donors the chance to win ticket packs for their favorite hometown pro-sports teams. Give a pint of ‘life’ and visit carterbloodcare.org for more information.
 
Wed
29
Jul

Fab Five dancing machine

A local youth clogging group known as the Fab Five recently brought home a prestigious award from the Star Quest World’s Dance  Competition in Galveston. Dancing together for the last three years, Madison Burk, Sutton Finney, Landry Cockrell, Sydney Finney and Dacey Dietiker also walked away with several other exciting plaques and trophies.  The Fab Five competed in the Regional Star Quest Dance Competition in April 2015  in Arlington where they earned a High Gold Award and qualified to move on to the Star  Quest World’s Dance Competition held in Galveston in June 2015.
 

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