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Wed
06
Aug

No health hazard

By Simone Wichers-Voss.

After a baby boom in a cattle egret colony on Mary Street in Morgan, residents are concerned about young flightless birds dying and possible health hazards. “There are dead birds everywhere,” Celina Garcia said. “With the smell and the flies we are worried about our health. Dad noticed how the birds are crossing the road to the window units for water.”
 
Wed
06
Aug

Coming to terms

By Carol Spicer.

Clifton Economic Development Corporation Treasurer Drew Leigh attended the called Clifton City Council meeting on Thursday afternoon, to address the council regarding a payoff of the EDC loan to the Red Caboose Winery. With several council members not aware of the history of the original loan, Leigh explained that there were two loans, one for $50,000, then a second loan for $120,000, with the stipulation that $30,000 could be forgiven pending upping the number of employees.
 
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.
 

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