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01
Jul

More number crunching

By Simone Wichers-Voss
 
Before each budget workshop, Bosque County Judge Dewey Ratliff explained how the county was making adjustments to clear deficits and to couple expenses to revenue. He also explained that he expected most departments, beside an incorporated pay raise of about three percent, that the budgets will be pretty flat, meaning there will not be much change from the 2014-15 budget.

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Wed
01
Jul

Comissioners workshop on sheriff’s office, jail

By Simone Wichers-Voss
Before each budget workshop, Bosque County Judge Dewey Ratliff explained how the county was making adjustments to clear deficits and to couple expenses to revenue. He also explained that he expected most departments, beside an incorporated pay raise of about three percent, that the budgets will be pretty flat, meaning there will not be much change from the 2014-15 budget. When Bosque County Commissioners and representatives from the Bosque County Sherriff’s Office came together over next year’s finances for the department and jail June 18, a three percent pay increase was included in the budget which is just over $2 million.   
Wed
01
Jul

Changing proactively

By Simone Wichers-Voss
State and federal regulations under  restrictive environment for all students, including those with disabilities. Each local agency must ensure to the maximum extent appropriate, that children with disabilities are educated with children who are not disabled. Whereas the Bosque County Education Cooperation in Meridian was a safe haven for special needs students in Bosque County, the separate campus did not entirely comply with these guidelines.   
Wed
01
Jul

Emergency Only?

By Carol Spicer
Last week, the students participating in the summer reading program at Nellie Pederson Civic Library were offered a special program by a CareFlite crew. One of the many helicopters used by CareFlite to transport patients flew into Clifton for the crew to talk to the kids about safety on many levels. The EMT and Nurse both fielded questions about the helicopter, while taking the time to also ask the kids about how many of them used seat belts; who to call in the case of an emergency; and other safety questions. They then told the kids why all the knowledge of safety is important every day.  
Wed
24
Jun

Pledging duty

By Simone Wichers-Voss
The Clifton Record After pledging to uphold their offices to the best of their abilities  idney Carlisle, Anita Diebenow and Larry Denman held the firstmeeting of the newly-appointed  Emergency Service District No. 1Board June 18 at the Bosque County Commissioners Courtroom. The first order of business was to appoint the board’s officers: Carlisle accepted the role of board president, Denman vice president and Diebenow secretary. In his absence, Melvin Musgrove was made treasurer. Originally John Cunningham was named to the board, but due to changed circumstances decided against accepting the appointment. At Commissioners’ Court Monday, retired Bosque County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bob Flood was named in his place. This initial board will be in place until Jan. 2016. It has quite a checklist to complete - mostly consisting of administrative tasks like selecting a mailing address, selecting an attorney, setting up  
Wed
24
Jun

Fishing For Funds

By Carol Spicer
The Clifton Record Changing the date of the annual Womack Fish Fry benefitting the Clifton Volunteer Fire Department seems to have helped draw crowds to the hall on Saturday night. The meal used to be served up over theFourth of July weekend and Womack Lodge decided to move it forward this year – it paid off. Calvin Rueter reported that over 500 were served the all-you-can eat meal of fresh fried fish, French fries, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, and scrumptious homemade desserts. While members of the fire department all worked out back of the hall to hand-bread and cook the fish and French fries, and run a continuous line of loaded pans into the hall, volunteers from the hall served up drinks and desserts and made sure that everyone had enough to eat.  
 
Wed
24
Jun

Comissioners discuss road and bridge finance

By Simone Wichers-Voss
The Clifton Record A fundamental difference to the Bosque County budget workshops and  stablishing next fiscal year’s budget this year is relating expenses to revenue.In other words, you can’t spend money you don’t have. According to Bosque County Judge Dewey Ratliff this principal will be applied to all departments. Two budget workshops have already been held, that of Road and Bridge and the Sheriff’s Office. After that, each Monday in July through August will be reserved for departmental budget workshops. In the past, Road and Bridge functioned on a deficit budget. Last year, the deficit was $600,000, which was covered by reserve and surplus in other departments. This year, Ratliff is aiming for a balanced budget, which means that after the preliminary workshop, there are still substantial cuts to be made in the precinct budgets to achieve the same $2.2 million budget  as last year  
 
Tue
23
Jun

Booth fits bill

By Simone Wichers-Voss
With the departure of the Meridian High School principal, the Meridian Independent School District school board was set the task of finding a candidate that would fit the bill. They found what they were looking for in Paul Booth, ho was present at the school board meeting June 12 when his appointment was approved. His first official work day is June 22, but has already spent time meeting with staff and faculty.    
 
Tue
23
Jun

Commissioners discuss road and bridge budget

By Simone Wichers-Voss
A fundamental difference to the Bosque County budget workshops and establishing next fiscal year’s budget this year is relating expenses to revenue. In other words, you can’t spend money you don’t have. According to Bosque County Judge Dewey Ratliff, this principal will be applied to all departments.  
 
Tue
23
Jun

Swearing in to serve

By Simone Wichers-Voss
After pledging to uphold their offices to the best of their abilities Sidney Carlisle, Anita Diebenow and Larry Denman conducted the first meeting of the newly appointed Emergency Service District no. 1 Board June 18 at the Bosque County Commissioners Courtroom. The first order of business was to appoint the board’s officers: Carlisle accepted the role of board president, Denman ice president and Diebenow secretary. In his absence, Melvin Musgrove was made treasurer.
 

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