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Wed
23
Aug

WILD KINGDOMS

The CMS Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) camp aimed to re-enforce seventh grade life science objectives based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards.

During the last week of the summer vacation, forty students designed scale models of habitats for seven individual animals during this summer’s science skills camp at Clifton Middle School.

The young designers presented their results of the “It’s A Zoo” three-day camp in the middle school gym foyer to a large crowd of parents, grandparents, and guardians on Wednesday, August 15.

On Monday, the middle school students were split into seven teams mixing boys and girls from different grade levels in order for them to work together.

Within each team, certain roles were also designated, such as a “team leader” who represented the designers in communications with the camp’s four instructors.

Wed
23
Aug

Fine-tuned transfer

The atrium it was in, displayed it shiny exterior in the most beautiful light, but the Bosque Arts Center’s grand piano was destined to reside in better acoustic location so it could shine musically.

With the third floor auditorium’s restoration completed, the 1929 Chickering, nine-foot concert grand piano was transferred by specialty movers Saturday.

In a generous act of giving back to his community, the piano wass donated to the BAC by Clifton’s Dr. Terry Watson and Kenneth C. Long. It was meant to be used for concert performances, choral recitals, receptions, and special events.

Long and Watson donating the grand piano in honor of Watson’s parents, Orlette and Frances Watson, as well as Long’s grandfather, Porter Clay Gentry and his daughters, Paula Gentry Long and Georgia Lee Gentry Caves – “may the music live on in their memory.”

Wed
23
Aug

BINGO BONANZA

Nothing keeps the die-hard Bingo players from coming to their beloved Bingo evening of friendly competitive fun.

On Thursday, about 20 braved even braved a torrential down pour for their evening of diversion and prizes at the Bosque Arts Center.

Caller Adam Willmann sometimes had trouble having his banter and wit heard above the rain battering the Tin Building Theatre roof. Before starting the evening, Star caller Willmann jokingly expressed his worry whether his days as celebrity caller are numbered due to the fact that his family members tend to win on a regular basis. Call it chance or beating the odds or ladies luck, but again this evening his mother Karen Willmann won twice, and his wife Heather was a split winner for the $50 game.

Wed
23
Aug

City council rules on grievance

In a special called Meridian City Council meeting Monday, a large contingent of town’s people came out to especially hear the outcome of the discussion regarding City Administrator Marie Garland being put on administrative leave for a week.

Before the meeting Monday, Meridian Mayor Daniel Yguerabide contacted the Meridian Tribune to explain that the way the grievance developed needed to be clarified.

Although contrary to some details he had given the Meridian Tribune and KXXV News Channel 25 Aug. 14, Yguerabide explained that Meridian Police Sgt. Curtis Rust made him verbally aware of a complaint Aug. 9, then the mayor wrote up the official grievance himself following a conversation with the complaintant Aug. 10.

Wed
16
Aug
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Preparing financials

The fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and taxing entities are gearing up to complete their budgets for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

At the Bosque County Commissioners’ Court, budget workshops started July 24, and the budget proposal was posted July 28. This proposed budget will be tweaked in the next couple of weeks, but it comes close to what the budget is expected to be.

The county budget and subsequent tax rate is coupled to the expected income from property taxes, fines, fees and grants.

Figures released by the County Tax Assessor/ Collector Arlene Swiney show the value of total taxable property at $1,572,460,452 with tax revenue of $7,229,037. On Monday, the appraisal roll and the certified estimate of the collection rate of 98 percent was approved.

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16
Aug
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Tater Triumph

As a tribute to the pantry, and its volunteers do week in, week out, the generous citizens of North Bosque came out in big numbers to support the North Bosque Helping Hands food pantry.

It was heartwarming to see how many people show up for the annual, very popular and successful baked potato lunch and bake sale Aug. 8.

With 340 taters baked, there was more than enough for the 230 attendees. Many chose to carry out big orders of the delicious spuds, all the fixin’s and the amazing array of desserts, for the office or for the family meal at home But with all the added donations, that accompanied ticket price the proceeds made were around $4,000.

All the proceeds will be spent on supplies for the food pantry.

Wed
16
Aug
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City council stalls out

Once again, controversial issues prevented Meridian City Council from dealing with the business at hand and moving forward.

Over 50 concerned citizens had come to find out how and why City Administrator Marie Garland was put on administrative leave, to hear outcomes on important issues like amending city administrator duties, pricing for the Bosque County Sheriff ’s Office to operate the town’s law enforcement, the code of conduct and social media policy, direct deposit services, code enforcement, council meeting procedures, a tax abatement for Cypress Creek Solar, a right of way easement for private citizen access to the Fossett family cemetery and whether the city attorney can be available by phone or physically for city council meetings.

But once the City Council went into executive session, at least half left frustrated. In fact, none of those issues came to a conclusion, much to the audience’s malcontent.

Wed
16
Aug

Budget requests

The Clifton City Council reviewed staffing and equipment requests by city departments for next fiscal year’s budget during its regular meeting on Monday, August 8.

Discussion during the budget workshop involved specifically a new police investigator, cost of living adjustments for city employees, and a mower, new control panel, and two trucks for the public works department.

Clifton Police Chief Trace Hendricks and Public Works Director Brian Baumann were on hand to talk about their requests and to field questions from the city’s alderman and mayor.

Chief Hendricks explained that scams through telephones and computers – the current dominate trend in crime locally – are becoming more frequent and time-consuming to investigate.

Hendricks said that the $50,000 requested would cover only the salary and benefits for a new full-time officer, not training, equipment, or vehicles.

Wed
16
Aug

Preparing the financials

The fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and taxing entities are gearing up to complete their budgets for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

At the Bosque County Commissioners’ Court, budget workshops started July 24, and the budget proposal was posted July

28. This proposed budget will be tweaked in the next couple of weeks, but it comes close to what the budget is expected to be.

The county budget and subsequent tax rate is coupled to the expected income from property taxes, fines, fees and grants.

Figures released by the County Tax Assessor/ Collector Arlene Swiney show the value of total taxable property at $1,572,460,452 with tax revenue of $7,229,037. On Monday, the appraisal roll and the certified estimate of the collection rate of 98 percent was approved.

Wed
09
Aug

WHAT'S GOING ON

Meridian Tribune

MES gets ready for school

The 2017-18 School Year is nearly upon us.

PreK & K registration is in person at the MES campus. PreK – begins Aug. 1, Kindergarten – begins Aug.

7. This year, all returning students to the Meridian Elementary School should be registered online starting Aug. 9 online. The Meet the Teacher night is scheduled for Aug. 24 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The School Dress Code will remain the same this coming year. Please refer to the 2016-2017 student handbook online at meridianisd.org for reminders of the expectations.

MES school hours are 7:55 –3:20. All Visitors are required to check in to the office and wear a visible guest badge at all times while in the building.

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