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Feb

Raising The Roof

Meridian VFD chili supper fundraiser tops record

By Simone Wichers-Voss

There are people out there who will enter an area hotter than an over, go where it is darker than midnight, control their fear to help a stranger and do all of that with over 35 pounds of gear – they are called firefighters and they are our every day heroes.

In Bosque County every fire department, including the Meridian Volunteer Fire Department is made up of volunteers, with the departments being dependent on donations, grants and subsidies to protect the citizens.

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Tue
21
Feb

Branding time

Meridian organizations ponder cattle drive marketing possibilities in April

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Research shows that small, rural towns need a “story,” an iconic image to attract business and tourism. Like Clifton’s “Norwegian Capital of Texas,” Meridian hopes to maximize on its Chisholm Trail history.

Over twenty people from all civic groups and businesses came together Feb. 16 in Meridian to discuss the possibilities of promoting Meridian and its role in the Chisholm Trail history during a cattle drive planned from Salado to Red River to commemorate the 150th year of the cattle drives of yesteryear. This would enhance the town’s “branding” for the long term.

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Tue
21
Feb

In the race

Local elections take shape

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Candidates expressing their candidacy for several open seats on the Meridian city council and Meridian Independent School District school board had until business closing on Friday to issue their applications.

Barring last minute write-ins, candidates for two city council seats are Elizabeth “Liz” Davis, Luke Giesecke, Eric Hooks, Ryan Nieuwenhuis and Tammy Ogle Whitlow. Incumbent Mayor Johnnie Hauerland and Daniel Yguerabide have signed up to run for Mayor.

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Tue
21
Feb

Taking Whipple steps together

City council sides with county on historic bridge replacement

By Nathan Diebenow

The City of Clifton and Bosque County took another step toward replacing an historic bridge over the Bosque River near Clifton.

The Clifton City Council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing transfer of a right-of-way easement to Bosque County and a construction/maintenance agreement on city property near the Whipple Truss Bridge.

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Tue
21
Feb

Always a hero to me

Valentine’s for Vets honors area veterans

By Simone Wichers-Voss

When you ask area Vietnam veterans who their sweetheart is, many will answer Martha West. A kindergarten teacher at Kopperl Independent School District and wife of a Vietnam veteran, West has a remarkable enthusiasm, energy and drive for anything that support veterans in general.

For the fourth year, West and mascot Sammy Bear organized a heart-warming Valentine’s for Vets event Feb. 14, at the Kopperl school gym. The event was sponsored by the school’s 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War Partnership Committee. West calls the Valentine event “A Day of Gratitude and honor.”

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Tue
21
Feb

Barkin’ Twenties

BARK Gala breaks attendance, fundraiser records

By Nathan Diebenow

The 1920 were called “roarin’”, but the gala for Bosque County’s abandoned dogs waiting for adoption was a barkin’ success.

Many blessings rained on the Bosque Animal Rescue Kennels at the Bosque Arts Center on Saturday, February 18.

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Tue
14
Feb

Full backpack

Ministerial Alliance helps to weekend hunter among youth

By Simone Wichers-Voss

At the Meridian campuses nearly two-thirds of the students come from economically disadvantaged families. These students are eligible for free or reduced cost lunches, thus ensuring them of at least two meals a day.

But during the weekends and in during the summer months, these same students might not have access to regular meals.

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Tue
14
Feb

Something old, something new in the park

Meridian State Park host Sweetheart Dance prior to Valentine’s Day

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Sometimes bringing back things from the past can be a good thing.

Over 150 people celebrated the history of Saturday night dances at the Meridian State Park refectory building with a Sweetheart dance as the sun set over the lake.

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Tue
14
Feb

My America

VFW awards Patriot Pen Awards

Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8553, holds a VFW Patriots Pen contest. On Feb. 4, the post held its annual Young Patriots Awards Banquet at Abuelita’s Mexican Restaurant in Meridian to recognize participants and present awards to the Bosque County contest winners.

Patriot’s Pen is a nationwide VFW sponsored youth essay competition for students in the 6th-8th grades that gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy and freedom.

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Tue
14
Feb

Wildflower Virtues

Master gardener presents exhibit at museum

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Clifton resident of Norwegian descent and artist Gurine Nilsen was painting wildflowers long before Lady Bird Johnson brought the public’s attention to Texas wildflowers.

The Bosque Museum opened a special exhibit about wildflowers using Nilsen’s paintings Sunday with a well-attended introduction by master gardener Eric Vanderbeck.

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