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Wed
28
May

Chamber app to promote tourism

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

Getting more people to visit Bosque County and Meridian in particular would boost the local economy. In order to draw attention to the city, the Meridian Chamber of Commerce initiated development of a smart phone app, following Clifton’s example. At the Meridian City Council meeting May 19, the CoC requested $2150 out of the Hotel Occupancy Tax budget to finance the service.
 
Wed
28
May

Painting by music

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

When visiting Venice, composer Karl Jenkins came across a painting in an art gallery. His wife and fellow musician, Carol, remarked, that it looked like his music sounded. The artist unknowingly translated the music he was listening to onto his canvas. The music was Karl Jenkins’. With their program choice for their premiere performance as duo pianists, Michelle and Bruno Ribeiro took music and painted mind pictures for their audience in the Tin Building Theatre in Clifton May 22.
 
Wed
28
May

Forever 15 at Lake Whitney

By Simone Wichers-Voss.
 
Five different boats in the water, fire trucks, Sheriff Department vehicles, an ambulance and many other first responder vehicles with lights flashing, people either frantic or purposefully engaged. “Is he okay? Is he okay?” a mother wails. Her frantic questions are followed by a drawn-out “Oh noooo,” as North Bosque Emergency Medical Services personnel cover a 13-yearold’s drenched and lifeless body with a white plastic sheet.
 
Wed
28
May

Texas Troubadour Classic hosted at BAC

Entries for the 2nd annual Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic at the Bosque Arts Center will close June 2. Songwriters and singer/songwriters all across the nation are encouraged to enter their original compositions in this competition designed to encourage and celebrate country music. A total of $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners.
 
Wed
21
May

Resignations

By Simone Wichers-Voss.
 
It was the first Meridian Independent School District board meeting for newly elected board members Jim Carpenter and Bobby Taylor on Monday. After they were sworn in, they straight away had to dive in to discuss the plan of action to fill key positions at the district in a long closed session.

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Wed
21
May

Runoff Ruckus

By Brett Voss.
 
In a forum and a debate hosted by the Bosque County Republican Club, Republican candidates DeWayne Burns and Phillip Eby squared off for the Texas House District 58 nomination at the Meridian Civic Center last Thursday night as voters prepare to go to the polls for the statewide runoff election May 27. After State Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson decided not to seek re-election, four Republicans entered the race last year to battle in the March 4 Primary Election. Eby, a Clifton resident, collected 40.11 percent of the vote, compared to Burns, a Cleburne resident, with 30.34 percent.

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Wed
21
May

CISD trustees pass bond election vote

By Carol Spicer.
 
After considering six provisional votes to break the deadlock in voting for the proposed Clifton Independent School District bond election, the CISD trustees approved accepting one of those votes, allowing the bond to pass, 381-380, during the board meeting Monday night. During the open comment period of the meeting, five persons signed up to speak regarding the recent school bond election.

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Wed
21
May

County receives TxDOT road grant

By Simone Wichers-Voss.
 
During the Regular Session of the 83rd Texas Legislature, HB 1025 appropriated $225 million for county road repair for damages from oil and gas activity. Bosque County was one of the 191 counties that submitted a grant request, using the services of grant writers Allison, Bass and Associates, and was awarded a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone grant worth approximately $246,000.

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Wed
14
May

Voter turn out light for local election

By Simone Wichers-Voss.
 
As the norm with local elections, voter turn out in Bosque County was light Saturday. Voters elected city council members, mayors and school board trustees for their cities. In Clifton voters also voted on a bond for new construction at the school district. The outcomes are preliminary until the respective city councils and school boards canvas the votes in public meetings
 
Wed
14
May

The Price of Freedom

By Simone Wichers-Voss.
 
Retired Belgian Lt.Col. Emile Engels was but a young boy during World War II, but the sights and sounds of raging battle and artillery fire in and around his village of Warnach in the Belgian Ardennes in the Christmas week 1944, remain with him as if it were yesterday. For an audience of about 50 people, Engels recounted his very personal experiences regarding growing up during the war and specifically the “Battle of the Bulge,” in the Ardennes in his “Normandy to Bastogne, the Highway to Liberty,” presentation at the Meridian Civic Center Friday.
 

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