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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.
 
Wed
16
Jul

Too many ton trucks

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

Being at a crossroads of two mayor highways, Meridian sees its fair share of heavy trucks passing through; causing a fair share of citizens’ complaints. Fuel trucks, milk trucks, hay hauling trucks, oil industry pipe trucks, lime trucks, fracking sand trucks, you name it, they come by on the state highways. Sometimes they speed. Sometimes they are overweight.
 
Wed
16
Jul

Different directions

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

Citing irreconcilable differences of opinion regarding job interpretation, David Duke tendered his resignation as the director of the Meridian Economic Development Corporation via email to all board members July 7. Since a 2002 ruling stating a verbal or written resignation for city officials and employees is effective immediately, board approval was not necessary.
 
Wed
16
Jul

Giving the green lights

By Carol Spicer.
 
During regular session of the Clifton City Council on Tuesday, July 8, the council approved a new right-ofway for ATMOS Energy to run a pipeline through Clifton City Park. The new right-of-way will run basically along the river, just west of the sewer plant, and staying well east of the fairgrounds and rodeo arena. It was noted that it would be less destructive of trees, and will be safe for the city.

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Wed
16
Jul

West inducted by Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame

By Carol Spicer.
 
Ken West of Clifton will be inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame on Friday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at the Gatesville City Auditorium. The introduction will offer some of his background which started back in the 1950’s while he was in high school in Virginia. He said he started playing old rock and roll, and it wasn’t until later that he started playing county.

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