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Wed
06
Aug

Army Strong

By Carol Spicer.

Maj. Micah Bell, son of Betty Murdoch of Clifton, received a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel during a ceremony on July 20 at Patriot Hall Auditorium Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Arkansas. The oath of office was given by Col. Robert Smothers, followed by special remarks from Lt. Col. Bell. The pinning and epaulets were presented by Mrs. Jamie Bell, Owen Bell and Zane Bell.
 
Wed
30
Jul

Mosquito-borne viruses on the rise

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

Everybody will have noticed that the warmer temperatures and rainy weather have brought out a variety of insects. The Texas Department of State Health Services has been reporting for two mosquito-borne viruses, Chikungunya and West Nile. On July 7, confirmed the first case of the viral chikungunya disease in Texas.
 
Wed
30
Jul

Too little, too much

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

In June, Bosque County received over 11 inches of rain in a very short period. It caused significant damage to the county’s gravel roads in particular. Two roads were completely washed out. Bosque County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Jeske informed the Bosque County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, he had documented the damage and submitted a report requesting disaster relief at the Governor’s office for approximately $160,000 to repair the roads to the pre-existing state.
 
Wed
30
Jul

Apocalypse Then

By Carol Spicer.

Local author and veteran, Mike Burns, brought an information filled program to the Rotary Club last week talking about the history of the United States in Vietnam – and some of his personal stories of his service there. Burns has written two books based on the stories of Bosque County veterans who served in Vietnam and says, “It is one of the most important projects I’ve ever undertaken.” Not only are the stories of local veterans found in the second book, but there is a lot of the history of Vietnam, and the war, found in the work.
 
Wed
30
Jul

County EMC informs Commissioners about road damage, drought

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

In June, Bosque County received over 11 inches of rain in a very short period. It caused significant damage to the county’s gravel roads in particular. Two roads were completely washed out. Bosque County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Jeske informed the Bosque County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, he had documented the damage and submitted a report requesting disaster relief at the Governor’s office for approximately $160,000 to repair the roads to the pre-existing state.
 
Wed
23
Jul

Quarantine, test or what?

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

While rabies is not common, it remains prevalent in wildlife populations throughout central Texas, primarily in skunks, raccoons, bats, coyotes and foxes. Feral cats and stray dogs can also form a risk to humans. Hamsters, possums and squirrels can carry rabies, but are considered low risk species. Bosque County Sheriff ’s Department Captain Larry Betik and Chief Deputy Clint Pullin arranged a special presentation to increase rabies awareness among the county’s law enforcement personnel and first responders.
 
Wed
23
Jul

Virtual Reality

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

“Two-oh-four, be advised a sawed-off shotgun was used,” dispatcher and TAC driving simulator specialist Don Courtney says to Meridian Reserve Police Officer James Burkman over the radio about an armed robbery of a convenience store. “A purple vehicle was seen driving off at Ninth and G Street. What’s your 20?” “Two-oh-four in pursuit,” Burkman answers after putting on his siren and lights. “No tag number yet.”
 
Wed
23
Jul

MISD board business gets ready for year

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

It’s summer. School’s out. But the Meridian Independent School District administration and school board were all present at the Monday meeting to primarily discuss resignations and new hires in closed session. Hires that were officially approved were Kathryn Roberts as assistant principal.
 
Wed
23
Jul

Honoring Necessary

By Carol Spicer.
 
A full-house was on hand at the Bosque Museum on Saturday for the special presentation of the DAR Distinguished Citizen Award honoring Specialist Justin Necessary, U.S. Army, for his service while serving in Afghanistan. The colors were presented by Ricky Richards, John Stone and Eugene Jarisch, along with David Conrad, of the Clifton VFW Post 8553. The invocation offered by DAR Regent Sue Fielden. The opening ritual, including the Pledge of Allegiance, the American’s Creed, and the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States were lead by Vice Regent Liz Caraway. The National Anthem was lead by Mary Lou Wickman.
 
Wed
23
Jul

Ranger’s surprise visit to Reading Program

U. S. Army Corp of Engineers stopped by the Nellie Pederson Civic Library’s summer reading program on Thursday, July 10, when Ranger Justyss Esquivel and her water dog “Bobber,” Ranger Lynden Wood, came by to instruct the children on proper use of life vests and water safety. She asked for volunteers to put on life vests and demonstrated what can happen if your life vest is too big or too little. Ranger Justyss encouraged everyone to wear a life vest especially if swimming at a lake.
 

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