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Area teams raise Go Texan funds in Houston

 

Valley Mills' “Smokin Bubba’s” Cooking Team represented Bosque County during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s World Championship BBQ Cookoff held on the Reliant Stadium Parking Lot in Houston Feb.23-25. The Go Texan Committee expresses their appreciation to the “Smokin Bubba’s Cooking Team” with cooking team members Saul Valdez, Adrian Valdez and Damon Patterson for representing Bosque County, making the trip and cooking their best possible barbecue.
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Walk Across Texas event kicks off

 

Do you need to kick-start your exercise habits this spring? Or maybe you need some encouragement for your New Year's resolution to exercise? Walk Across Texas is the program for you! Walk Across Texas is a free, eight-week program designed to help Texans of all ages establish the habit of regular physical activity.
Tue
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County judge, sheriff up in arms over Orr’s bill

Bosque County Judge Cole Word

Texas District 58’s Representative Rob Orr (R) has introduced a bill – 83rd Legislature House Bill 958l – which has Bosque County employees up in arms. The bill would reduce the Texas County and District retirement system annual interest rate from seven to five percent. County Judge Cole Word and Sheriff Anthony Malott have uttered their disagreement in clear, strong terms. During the regular Commissioners’ Court session on Monday, the court approved a resolution strongly opposing the passage of HB958.

Tue
26
Feb
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Chamber Honors Schafers

Bob and Marge Schafer (left) werer honored by Brian Davis when he announced the Clifton Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd annual Chamber Banquet held Saturday.

During the 43th Annual Clifton Chamber of Commerce banquet on Saturday night, Bob and Marge Schafter were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, introduced by Brian Davis. “In my many years of friendship and working with this couple, I can’t think of anyone who has given more tirelessly and unselfishly of their time and talents to this community,” said Davis.

Wed
20
Feb
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Simple Simon’s Pizza opens new business in Meridian

Colorful red and yellow banners have been waving on the sidewalk at 210 Morgan Street, across from Barker’s Pharmacy since Feb. 12, indicating to passers-by that a new restaurant in town is open. Even without a large sign advertising the Simple Simon’s Pizza establishment, many people have found their way to Jesse McClure’s pizza restaurant already. “So far we’ve already had people in from Meridian, Morgan, Iredell and Walnut Springs,” McClure said. “And the age varies from high school kids to seniors. I’d love my place to be a hangout for kids after school

Wed
20
Feb
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Mayor’s seat, two aldermen up for local election

Being an alderman or council member means serving the community by helping run the city. During a regular city council meeting, it was announced that three of the six Meridian City Council positions are up for election on May 11: the seat for Mayor Johnnie Hauerland and two council members – Jeff Hicks and Rachel Stauffer. Should a citizen want to serve the community by assisting in managing the city’s government, in

Wed
20
Feb
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Gun control? Heston said it best of all

When considering the gun control measures President Barrack Obama continues to try to force down the throats of the American people with total disregard for the Second Amendment, there’s only one question that comes to mind. What would Charlton Heston say? For starters, here’s one thing the late actor, political activist and former president of the National Rifle Association would not be saying... “They deserve a vote.”

Wed
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City concerns: water quality, code enforcement

Several items were discussed at length during the regular Feb. 11 Meridian City Council meeting, even though they were not specifically stated on the agenda. They were the city’s water quality, code enforcement and derelict properties. Mayor Johnnie Hauerland wanted to discuss the city’s proactive stance in all three matters. The past year, the Trihalomethane levels in the Meridian’s water lines exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Levels set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Even though the slightly elevated levels are not dangerous and do not pose a threat to public health, the City is obligated to inform its residents and proactively seek solutions
to lowering the levels

Wed
20
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Early meeting places in Bosque County

When settlers first came into Bosque Territory between 1850 and 1853, they settled along the lower Bosque Valley and the Steele Creek areas. This made sense because the lower valley was only two days ridefrom Waco, and Steele Creek was just across the Brazos from Fort Graham. Early meeting places were vital to the settlers, the only link of communication in remote and hostile locations. They served as churches, early schools, information and social networks; after the county was formed they served as polling places and justice courts.

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City receives audit from new firm

During regular session of the Clifton City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 12, Danny Wright of Cunningham, Shavers, Christensen & Wright, LLP, presented the fiscal year 2011-2012 audit to the council. Wright reported that everything in the audit was “materially correct,” noting that after reviewing all the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, and each major fund, along with the aggregate remaining fund information for the city, ended in conformity with the accounting principals generally accepted. However he noted that working with budgets, the city should never consider “receivables” until the money is there.

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