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“BOOTS AND BEADS” WILL BE THE MARDI GRAS THEME FOR NOCONA….
THE CITY OF NOCONA WILL BE CELEBRATING ITS TRADITIONAL MARDI GRAS FESTIVITIES DURING THE ENTIRE FIRST WEEK OF FEBRUARY. THIS YEAR’S MARDI GRAS THEME IS “BOOTS AND BEADS.” THERE WILL BE A VIP PUNCH CARD THAT WILL GRANT ACCESS TO MANY EVENTS AT DISCOUNTED PRICES. THIS CARD WILL ALLOW PATRONS INTO ALL THE EVENTS INCLUDING MEALS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND TAILGATING, PLUS ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS. THE COST OF THE CARD IS JUST $40, WHICH IS VALUED AT MORE THAN $100. CARDS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE VERANDA INN, SOUTHERN SWANK, GIBBS PHARMACY, AND THE VFW. ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH, THERE WILL BE A FISH FRY AT THE VFW, THEN ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, THERE WILL BE A CRAWFISH BOIL AND THE GEORGE GUERIN BAND WILL PERFORM IN CONCERT. THEN WRAP UP THE WEEK ON SATURDAY EVENING WITH A GUMBO MEAL AND CONCERT BY THE RANDY BROWN BAND. ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS, THE CARD ALSO INCLUDES ALL-WEEK ACCESS TO THE MARDI GRAS PARTY TENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE NOCONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AT 940-825-3526.

“UP THE CHISHOLM TRAIL” PROGRAM COMING TO TALES ‘N’ TRAILS….
“UP THE CHISHOLM TRAIL” IS A PRESENTATION OF THE TALES ‘N’ TRAILS MUSEUM, HIGHLIGHTING THAT HISTORIC MOVEMENT OF MILLIONS OF CATTLE AND MONTAGUE COUNTY’S CLOSE TIES TO THE EVENT. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE MUSEUM, 1522 EAST U. S. HIGHWAY 82, ON JANUARY 31ST AT 10 A.M. ALAN SCHLEGG FROM THE DENTON COUNTY MUSEUM WILL PROVIDE A DISCUSSION ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS CATTLE TRAILS OF ALL TIME WHICH CROSSED THE RED RIVER 7 ½ MILES NORTHWEST OF NOCONA. BOOT MAKING HISTORIAN AND MUSEUM CONTRIBUTOR JOHN GLAZE WILL CONDUCT A BOOT MAKING DEMONSTRATION BEGINNING AT 1 P.M., DEMONSTRATING THE TECHNIQUES THAT BOOT MAKERS SUCH AS H. J. JUSTIN USED TO BUILD AN INDUSTRY AROUND A NECESSARY TOOL FOR WORKING IN CATTLE COUNTRY. ADMISSION TO “UP THE CHISHOLM TRAIL” IS $10 IN ADVANCE, OR $15 AT THE DOOR. TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE TALES ‘N’ TRAILS MUSCUM. MUSEUM MEMBERS GET IN FREE WITH ADVANCE RESERVATIONS.

MONTAGUE COUNTY BAND STUDENTS ADVANCE TO ALL-STATE....
THREE MONTAGUE COUNTY BAND STUDENTS WILL ADVANCE TO THE ALL-STATE BAND FOLLOWING THEIR PERFORMANCE AT THE RECENT AREA COMPETITIONS. EMMALY LAWLER OF BOWIE HIGH SCHOOL WAS SELECTED FIRST CHAIR IN AREA B FOLLOWING COMPETITIVE AUDITIONS AT REGIONAL AND AREA LEVELS. EMMALY IS THE DAUGHTER OF GINA LAWLER AND RAY LAWLER. LAWLERS JOINS BRANDON TAUL, ALSO A MEMBER OF THE BOWIE HIGH SCHOOL BAND PROGRAM, WHO QUALIFIED LAST MONTH FOR THE ALL-STATE JAZZ BAND. ZACH RODGERS EARNED FIRST CHAIR IN THE 3A BAND CONTEST PLAYING TRUMPET, AND MACY NELSON WAS NAMED THIRD CHAIR CLARINET. ZACH IS THE SON OF KATHY RODGERS AND MACY IS THE DAUGHTER OF SCOTT AND LISA MELSON.

LOANS FOR DROUGHT LOSSES AVAILABLE....
JANUARY 30TH IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE IF YOU SUFFERED QUALIFYING DISASTER RELATED LIVESTOCK OR GRAZING LOSSES BETWEEN OCTOBER 1, 2011 AND DECEMBER 31, 2014. THE LIVESTOCK INDEMNITY PROGRAM AND THE LIVESTOCK FORAGE PROGRAM WERE RE-AUTHORIZED BY THE 2014 FARM BILL TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO RANCHERS IMPACTED BY DROUGHT, BLIZZARDS AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS. YOU HAVE JUST A FEW MORE DAYS, UNTIL THAT JANUARY 30TH DEADLINE, TO VISIT YOUR LOCAL FARM SERVICE AGENCY OFFICE TO FILE AN APPLICATION FOR PAYMENT/COMPENSATION. LEARN MORE ON THE WEB AT disaster.fsa.usda.gov OR CALL YOUR LOCAL FSA COUNTY OFFICE.

ART ASSOCIATION NAMES “ARTIST OF THE MONTH”….
THE CHISHOLM TRAIL ART ASSOCIATION HAS NAMED DON McLAUGHLIN AS “ARTIST OF THE MONTH” FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY. A LOCAL RANCHER AND FORMER BUSINESSMAN, McLAUGHLIN BEGAN HIS PAINTING CAREER AFTER HE RETIRED. INSPIRED BY THE DETAILS OF ORDINARY LIFE, DON LIKES TO PAINT IMAGES THAT REVEAL EMOTION AND EXPRESSION. HE PARTICULARLY LIKES WORKING IN OILS, AS WELL AS GRAPHITE FIGURE DRAWING AND SKETCHING. WORKING FROM BOTH LIVE MODELS AND PHOTOGRAPHS, DON CAPTURES THE INNER THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS OF HIS SUBJECTS AND IN FINDING THE BEAUTY IN EVERYDAY THINGS. McLAUGHLIN IS INVOLED IN A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, IS A MEMBER OF THE WFAA AND GAVA, AS WELL AS ACTING PRESIDENT OF THE MONTAGUE INSTITUTE OF ART. HE OWNS “THE GALLERY” IN NOCONA, WHERE HE ALSO TEACHES PAINTING AND DRAWING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS. HIS WORK CAN BE SEEN ALL OVER NORTH TEXAS AS WELL AS ON HIS WEBSITE, www.mclaughlinranch.com.

MAIN STREET BOWIE PLANNING APPRECIATION DINNER….
MAIN STREET BOWIE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THEIR ANNUAL COMMUNITY APPRECIATION DINNER ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND FROM 6 P.M. UNTIL 7:15 P.M. IN THE CITY OF BOWIE COMMUNITY ROOM, LOCATED AT 307 NORTH MASON STREET. THIS ANNUAL EVENT ALLOWS MAIN STREET BOWIE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY “THANK YOU” TO ALL VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORS, AND MERCHANTS INVOLVED IN THE MAIN STREET EFFORT. MAIN STREET PRESIDENT DEBRA FAIN WILL ALSO PRESENT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THEIR 2014 PROGRAM. OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS FOR 2015 WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE MEETING AND EVERYONE WILL BE ABLE TO SIGN UP FOR DIFFERENT MAIN STREET COMMITTEES WHICH ARE THE CHICKEN AND BREAD DAYS HERITAGE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE, DESIGN COMMITTEE, ECONOMIC RESTRUCTING COMMITTEE, ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE, AND THE CHRISTMAS PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE. THEY WILL ALSO BE PRESENTING MAIN STREET’S ANNUAL SPIRIT AWARDS AND MERCHANT APPRECIATION AWARD. DINNER WILL BE SERVED, AND WHILE THERE IS NO FEE, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. PLEASE RSVP AT MAIN STREET BOWIE, 940-872-6246, OR BY EMAIL TO sskiles@cityofbowietx.com BY TUESDAY, JANUARY 20TH.

KEEP NOCONA BEAUTIFUL ENCOURAGES RECYCLING....
THE NOCONA VFW LADIES AUXILIARY WILL BE MANNING THE “KEEP NOCONA BEAUTIFUL” RECYCLING CENTER EACH SATURDAY FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH OF JANUARY. THE CENTER, LOCATED UNDER THE WATER TOWER, WILL BE OPEN FROM 8 A.M. UNTIL NOON. KNB PRESIDENT SYDNEY NOWELL SAID YOU CAN BRING YOUR RECYCLABLES – PAPER, PLASTIC, OR GLASS. THE ITEMS ARE TAKEN TO McKINNEY WHERE THEY HAVE PEOPLE HIRED TO SORT THE ITEMS BY TYPE. CITIZENS OF THE NOCONA COMMUNITY ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING THOSE ITEMS TO THE CENTER FOR RECYCLING INSTEAD OF PUTTING THEM IN THE TRASH.

MONTAGUE COUNTY GRAND JURY REVIEWS 19 CASES….
THE MONTAGUE COUNTY GRAND JURY CONVENED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 12TH, AND WAS PRESENTED WITH 19 CASES. OF THE 19 CASES, 4 WERE NO-BILLED, AND ONE INDICTMENT WAS SEALED PENDING ARREST OF THE NAMED SUBJECT. MATTHEW ALLEN BENNETT, 37, OF MONTAGUE, WAS INDICTED ON ONE COUNT OF INDECENCY WITH A CHILD BY SEXUAL CONTACT. HIS BOND WAS SET AT $10,000. ROBERT ALLEN BROWN, 28, OF MONTAGUE WAS INDICTED ON 3 COUNTS OF CREDIT CARD OR DEBIT CARD ABUSE WITH BOND SET AT $1,500. SCOTT CAMBRE, 28, OF MONTAGUE WAS INDICTED ON ONE COUNT OF MURDER WITH BOND SET AT $1 MILLION. DONA LEE CARROLL, 56, AND FLESHA CARROLL DESOZA, 29, BOTH OF MONTAGUE, AND JOE TODD SMITH, 51, OF BOWIE, WERE INDICTED FOR ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. BOND FOR EACH WAS SET AT $20,000. TIMOTHY AARON EASTLACK, 38, OF NOCONA WAS INDICTED FOR ASSAULT, WITH BOND SET AT $20,000. KENNETH McDONALD, 56, OF BOWIE, WAS INDICTED ON ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON. BOND WAS SET AT $12,000. MARTIN BENTLEY SMITH, 27, OF MONTAGUE WAS INDICTED ON ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE UNDER 4 GRAMS. BOND WAS SET AT $5,000. JASON TALLY, 36, OF JACKSBORO WAS INDICTED FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A FELON. HIS BOND WAS SET AT $3,500. FERNANDO TREJO, 55, WAS INDICTED ON ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE UNDER 1 GRAM. BOND WAS SET AT $2,000. AND, FINALLY, AMBER NICOLE WALLACE, 28, OF NOCONA WAS INDICTED ON ONE COUNT OF BURGLARY OF A BUILDING. HER BOND WAS SET AT $2,500.

COUNCIL WANTS TOWN HALL MEETING FOR CITY AUDITORIUM….
TUESDAY EVENING FOUND ANOTHER “STANDING ROOM ONLY” CROWD AT BOWIE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, MOST OF WHOM WERE THERE TO SUPPORT THE RENOVATION OF THE HISTORIC CITY AUDITORIUM. AFTER OVER AN HOUR OF DISCUSSION AND A PRESENTATION TO THE COUNCIL BY SHANNON SKILES OF THE MAIN STREET OFFICE, THE COUNCIL INSTRUCTED SKILES AND CITY MANAGER RICKY TOW TO SCHEDULE A TOWN HALL MEETING TO INFORM CITIZENS OF THE IMPACT OF THE RENOVATION PROJECT. AFTER THE TOWN HALL MEETING, A REFERENDUM WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR VOTING ON THE PROJECT. IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE COUNCIL APPROVED TWO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE PLANNING COMMISSION, ONE WHICH WOULD ALLOW LESS RESTRICTIVE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING AND THE OTHER WHICH WOULD ALLOW A NEW SUBDIVISION NEAR THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE LIBRARY BOARD REQUESTED APPROVAL OF THEIR RECOMMENDATION OF THREE LADIES TO SERVE ON THE BOARD - DEBBIE ECKEBERGER, CINDY HENRY, AND REBECCA SIKES. THE HOSPITAL BOARD RECOMMENDED JIM CAMPBELL TO SEAT 3 ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. BOARD APPOINTMENTS WERE APPROVED FOR THE BOWIE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND BOWIE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

PLANS FOR RELAY FOR LIFE BEGIN THIS MONTH….
IT IS JANUARY AND THAT MEANS IT IS TIME TO GET ROLLING WITH RELAY FOR LIFE. THE MONTAGUE COUNTY RELAY BENEFITTING THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY WILL BE IN SAINT JO AGAIN THIS YEAR AND ORGANIZERS ARE HOPING FOR A RECORD YEAR. SHERI REEVES OF THE EVENT COMMITTEE SAID THERE WILL BE A KICK-OFF MEETING AT 6:30 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14TH IN THE SAINT JO SCHOOL LIBRARY. IF ANYONE WANTS TO BE A PART OF RELAY, PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND THIS MEETING AND GET SIGNED UP. THERE IS A PLACE FOR EVERYONE. THE GROUP IS LOOKING FOR TEAMS, INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND CLUBS AS THEY BEGIN TO PLAN AND GET READY FOR THIS YEARS RELAY EVENT THAT WILL BE HELD IN MAY. FOR QUESTIONS, CALL REEVES AT 940-443-0008 OR TINA SWIRCZYNSKI AT 940-727-1399.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS INCREASE IN CALLS AND ARRESTS....
THE MONTAGUE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTED RECEIVING 66 CALLS FOR SERVICE LAST WEEK, INCLUDING 4 CALLS FOR AGENCY ASSIST, 2 CALLS FOR DISTURBANCE IN PROGRESS, AND 7 CALLS FOR LIVESTOCK OUT. DURING THE WEEK, 19 PERSONS WERE BOOKED INTO THE MONTAGUE COUNTY JAIL. CHARGES INCLUDED: FAILURE TO APPEAR, CRIMINAL TRESPASS, MOTION TO REVOKE PROBATION, DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, MINOR IN POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL, PAROLE VIOLATION – BLUE WARRANTY, UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, EVADING ARREST, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, UNLAWFUL CARRYING OF A WEAPON, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, PUBLIC INTOXICATION, THEFT OF PROPERTY OVER $500 BUT LESS THAN $1500, AND FORGERY.

BOWIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR YEARLY AWARDS….
JANUARY 9TH IS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS FOR THE BOWIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2014 FRANCES BRITE OUTSTANDING CITIZENS AND FOR THE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD. CRITERIA FOR THE NOMINATION IS ONE CITIZEN WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED A COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS, HAS A RECORD OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY, HAS HAD SUCCESS IN PROMOTING, ADVANCING, OR SERVING THE COMMUNITY, OR HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR THE COMMUNITY SERVICE AND HAS A DOCUMENTED ACHIEVEMENT. WHEN CONSIDERING NOMINATIONS FOR BUSINESS OF THE YEAR, THE BOWIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RECOGNIZES THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF BOTH SMALL AND LARGE BUSINESSES AND THE IMPACT THEY MAKE ON THE BOWIE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARDS, BUSINESSES MUST HAVE A STRONG PRESENCE IN BOWIE, POSSESS SOUND BUSINESS STRATEGIES AND PRACTICES, AND SHOW LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS AMONG OTHER ELEMENTS. NOMINATIONS MUST BE POST-MARKED BEFORE JANUARY 9TH, TO 1616 EAST WISE STREET, SUITE C, BOWIE, TEXAS 76230, OR THEY MAY BE DROPPED OF AT THE CHAMBER OFFICE.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
The Management and Staff would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas Holiday!
Charley Henderson
Pam Henderson
Chad Henderson
Morgan Henderson
Wendy Hill
Bobby Brown
Lester Boyd
Scott Weber
Brant Farris
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS TO BE SWORN-IN ON 1/1/2015....
A SWEARING-IN CEREMONY IS BEING PLANNED FOR NEWLY ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS. THE SPECIAL CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 1ST, AT 9:00 A.M. THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE COUNTY COURTROOM AT THE MONTAGUE COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX. THE ANNEX IS LOCATED AT 11339 HIGHWAY 59 NORTH IN MONTAGUE. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY, SO SET THE ALARM AND GET UP EARLY ON NEW YEAR’S DAY TO ATTEND AND CONGRATULATE THE NEW COUNTY OFFICIALS.

BOWIE LIONS CLUB TO CONDUCT CHRISTMAS BOX FOOD DRIVE....
THE BOWIE LIONS CLUB WILL BE COLLECTING FOR THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BOX FOOD DRIVE THIS WEEKEND – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19TH AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20TH. MEMBERS WILL BE STATIONED AT LEGEND BANK AND AT JACKSBORO NATIONAL BANK TO COLLECT DONATIONS FROM 9:00 AM UNTIL BANK CLOSINGS.

ROTARY CLUB OF BOWIE ACHIEVES 100% ....
AT THE BOWIE ROTARY CLUB’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY, ROTARY DISTRICT 5790’S GOVERNOR LARRY PETRASH PRESENTED A BANNER MARKING THE CLUB’S ACHIEVEMENT AT BEING A 100% PAUL HARRIS FELLOW CLUB, ONE OF THE VERY FEW OF THE DISTRICT’S 65 CLUBS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS STANDING. THE PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP WAS CREATED IN MEMORY OF ROTARY’S FOUNDER, PAUL HARRIS, AS A WAY TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FOUNDATION’S CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. A PAUL HARRIS FELLOW IS SOMEONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED OR HAS HAD $1,000 CONTRIBUTED TO THE FOUNDATION IN THEIR NAME. EVERYONE IN THE BOWIE CLUB IS NOW A PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AND SEVERAL HAVE BECOME FELLOWS MORE THAN ONCE.

OLD JAIL MUSEUM OFFERS UNIQUE CHRISTMAS GIFTS....
THE OLD JAIL MUSEUM AT MONTAGUE WILL BE OPEN ON FRIDAY FROM 12:00 TO 5: P.M. AND ON SATURDAY FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M., DECEMBER 19TH AND 20TH. DOME AND RAILROAD COINS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SHOPPERS WITH BUDDING OR CONFIRMED HISTORICAL INTERESTS. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DISTINCTIVE, MEMORABLE, AND INEXPENSIVE, ($5 & $8), THEY ARE A GREAT FIND. COINS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE COUNTY JUDGES OFFICE IN MONTAGUE, AND AT THE TAILS ‘N TRAILS MUSEUM IN NOCONA. THE OLD JAIL ALSO HOUSES OTHER MERCHANDISE OFFERED BY THE MONTAGUE COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION, SOLD TO SUPPORT THE PRESERVATIVE AND PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL HISTORY. THIS COLLECTION INCLUDES BOOKS AND HISTORICAL PAMPHLETS BY LOCAL HISTORIANS, AFGHANS TO CUDDLE IN WHILE READING, AND OFTEN A SURPRISE FIND BY MR. MAX BROWN, WHO HAS MANNED THE MUSEUM SINCE IT HAS BEEN REGULARLY OPENED TO THE PUBLIC.

FLU SEASON IS HERE -- GET THAT FLU SHOT!....
THE ANNUAL SEASON OF COUGHING, SNEEZING AND FEVERS HAS BEGUN WITH A VENGEANCE AND A BIT EARLIER THAN USUAL. HOWEVER, EXPERTS WARN THE FLU VACCINE MAY NOT GIVE FULL PROTECTION THIS YEAR. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THIS YEAR’S FLU VACCINE IS LESS EFFECTIVE BECAUSE THE DOMINANT FLU VIRUS CIRCULATING RIGHT NOW HAS CHANGED AND MUTATED. BUT LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS STILL SAY AN INFLUENZA SHOT IS YOUR BEST PROTECTION AGAINST THE FLU BUG. DESPITE THE LESSENED EFFECTIVENESS OF THE FLU VACCINE, HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY ENDURING A LITTLE PAIN IS WORTH THE GAIN OF PROTECTING YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR COMMUNITY AGAINST SEASONAL FLU.

YOUTH FAIR ENTRY DEADLINE NEARS….
TIME IS RUNNING OUT – NOT ONLY FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, BUT ALSO THE ENTRIES FOR THE 2015 MONTAGUE COUNTY YOUTH FAIR. THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 15TH. COUNTY AG EXTENSION AGENT, JUSTIN HANSARD SAID THE FAIR IS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 8TH – 10TH. MORE THAN 1,000 TOTAL ENTRIES ARE ANTICIPATED FOR MORE THAN 300 STUDENTS FROM ACROSS MONTAGUE COUNTY. THEY WILL COMPETE IN ANIMAL JUDING AS WELL AS SHOP AND HOME ECONOMICS DIVISION. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE YOUTH FAIR MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE AT 940-894-2831 OR STUDENTS CAN CONTACT THEIR 4-H CLUB LEADERS FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Posted 12/12/14

VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT HOSTS TOY DRIVE….
THE CITY OF BOWIE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL BE HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL TOY DRIVE THIS YEAR. THEY WILL BE SET UP AT THE BOWIE WALMART ON FRIDAY FROM 6 TO 10 PM, AND AGAIN ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL 2 P.M. THE DEPARTMENT HAS A BIG LIST THIS YEAR AND WILL NED YOUR HELP TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE ON THAT LIST IS COVERED ON CHRISTMAS MORNING. TOYS, CLOTHES, AND MONETARY DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED. THEY WILL ALSO TAKE GENTLY USED ITEMS AS WELL. IF YOU CAN’T CATCH THEM AT THE WALMART LOCATION, YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR GIFTS OR DONATIONS AT THE FIRE STATION AT 203 WALNUT STREET IN BOWIE, OR LEAVE THEM WITH ANY MEMBER OF THE BOWIE FIRE DEPARTMENT. AS ALWAYS, ANY DONATIONS RECEIVED WILL STAY IN AND AROUND THE BOWIE AREA, HELPING LOCAL CITIZENS.

Posted 12/12/14

NOCONA CHAMBER TO HOST REVEAL PARTY – TONIGHT!....
THE NOCONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL HOST A MEMBERS' REVEAL PARTY TONIGHT AT THE VFW AT 6 PM. ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS ARE INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. THEY WILL HAND OUT THE 2015 DIRECTORIES. THE DIRECTORIES WERE PRINTED AND ARE FREE THIS YEAR AS A THANK YOU FOR BEING A CHAMBER MEMBER. THEY WILL ALSO BE REVEALING FUTURE PLANS FOR PROMOTING YOUR BUSINESS AND THE TOWN OF NOCONA. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. THERE WILL BE PULLED PORK SANDWICHES AND SIDES, AND HAPPY HOUR PRICES AT THE BAR.
12/2/14

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES OPENS SATURDAY….
YOU WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOP AN EXQUISITE COLLECTION OF UNIQUE GIFTS, HOME DÉCOR, ART PIECES AND ACCESSORIES AT “TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES” IN BOWIE, BEGINNING SATURDAY MORNING. THE INTERNATIONAL GIFT FESTIVAL WILL OPEN AT 9 A.M. AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL 4 P.M. THE “TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES” SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AT 300 WEST NELSON STREET. LUNCH WILL BE SERVED FROM 11 A.M. UNTIL 2 P.M. WITH A MENU OF SOUP, SALAD, & DESSERT. THERE WILL ALSO BE A BAKE SALE AND A PORCH SALE. PROCEEDS FROM THE PORCH SALE WILL BE DONATED TO THE BOWIE ANIMAL SHELTER AND PROCEEDS FROM THE VILLAGES FESTIVAL WILL BE DONATED TO THE MONTAGUE COUNTY CHILD WELFARE BOARD. THE SALE WILL CONTINUE AT THE CHURCH UNTIL NOVEMBER 16TH, FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL 5:30 P.M. DAILY.

LEGEND BANK GETS CITY APPROVAL FOR EXPANSION....
WITH ONLY TWO ITEMS ON TUESDAY NIGHT’S AGENDA, THE OPEN SESSION OF THE BOWIE CITY COUNCIL FOUND MEMBERS IN AGREEMENT WITH THE NEW PROJECT ON THE DRAWING BOARD FOR LEGEND BANK. THE BANK HAS BEEN TO THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION WITH THE PLANS FOR A NEW BUILDING AND CHANGES TO THE 300 BLOCK OF MASON STREET, GOING ACROSS TO SMYTHE STREET. THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE RECOMMENDATIONs FROM THE PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION TO CLOSE THE ALLEY BETWEEN MASON AND SMYTHE STREETS IN BLOCK 36 OF THE COWAN ADDITION TO ALLOW FOR THE NEW DEVELOPMENT.
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ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN FOR MONTAGUE COUNTY RACES….
WHILE THE RESULTS OF TUESDAY’S ELECTION WILL NOT BE OFFICIAL UNTIL CANVASSED BY COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S COURT OR SCHOOL BOARDS INVOLVED, THE RESULTS ARE IN. THE ONLY CONTESTED COUNTY RACE WAS FOR COMMISSIONER, PRECINCT 2 WITH REPUBLICAN MIKE MAYFIELD WINNING THE SEAT WITH 1,369 VOTES TO LEWIS WILSON’S 196 VOTES. GOLD-BURG ISD WILL HAVE FOUR LADIES AT THE TOP OF THE LIST TO FILL BOARD POSITIONS. THE RESULTS FROM TUESDAY’S ELECTION SHOWS BRANDY HAMILTON WITH 120 VOTES, B. J. RAINEY WITH 110 VOTES, DEBRA FAIN WITH 104 VOTES, AND REBECCA HORTON WITH 103 VOTES. THEY WERE FOLLOWED BY WELDON DUFF WITH 91 AND ROBERT BARZANO WITH 59. FORESTBURG ISD WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING ON THEIR BOARD FOR THE UPCOMING TERM; AUDI HAYES CAME IN WITH 201 VOTES, HOYT MANN WITH 183 VOTES, AND BILLIE POIROT WITH 129 VOTES. DIANA HICKS CAME IN CLOSE WITH 92 VOTES.

GET OUT AND VOTE – TODAY!....
TODAY IS ELECTION DAY AND YOUR VOTE COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE. EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT AND PRIVILEGE TO VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATES OF YOUR CHOICE. POLLING PLACES IN MONTAGUE COUNTY ARE LOCATED AT THE BOWIE PUBLIC LIBRARY, CITY OF BOWIE COMMUNITY ROOM, TALES ‘N’ TRAILS MUSEUM, NOCONA COMMUNITY CENTER, RINGGOLD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SAINT JO CIVIC CENTER, VALLEY VIEW BAPTIST CHURCH AT SPANISH FORT, MONTAGUE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, SUNSET FIRE HALL AND THE FORESTBURG COMMUNITY CENTER. THIS YEAR IT WILL BE MUCH MORE CONVENIENT TO CAST YOUR VOTE AT THE LOCATION NEAREST YOUR JOB OR HOME AS YOU CAN GO TO ANY VOTING LOCATION THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY TO VOTE. MONTAGUE COUNTY HAS ONLY ONE CONTESTED RACE AS LEWIS WILSON AND MIKE MAYFIELD GO HEAD-TO-HEAD FOR POSITION AS PRECINCT 2 COUNTY COMMISSIONER. FORESTBURG ISD HAS THREE PLACES OPEN ON THE BALLOT FOR BOARD MEMBERS. RUNNING FOR THOSE SPOTS ARE INCUMBENT, AUDI HAYES; BILLIE POIROT, DIANA HICKS, AND HOYT MANN. GOLD-BURG ISD HAS FIVE PLACES ON THE BALLOT FOR BOARD MEMBERS. INCUMBENTS SNAKE ALLEN, WELDON DUFF, B. J. RAINEY, AND ROBERT BARZANO HAVE FILED FOR THESE POSITIONS. NEWCOMERS DEBRA FAIN AND REBECCA HORTON HAVE ALSO THROWN THEIR HATS IN THE RING THIS YEAR.

ESCAPEE ARRESTED IN BOWIE!!....
BRIAN KING, 32, OF ALVORD WAS APPREHENED LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON ON HUDSPETH STREET IN BOWIE. ASSISTANT CHIEF KENT STAGG OF THE BOWIE POLICE DEPARTMENT TOLD KNTX THAT THEY RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM DPS THAT KING WAS RESIDING IN BOWIE. THE MONTAGUE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, DPS TROOPERS, BOWIE POLICE AND THE GAME WARDEN ALL RESPONDED AND CAUGHT KING AS HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO LEAVE THE HOME. AFTER A BRIEF FOOT CHASE, HE WAS CONFRONTED BY BOWIE POLICE CHIEF GUY GREEN, WHO CONVINCED KING TO SURRENDER. WISE COUNTY AND MONTAGUE COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR KING SINCE HE EVADED OFFICERS AND AN ARREST ON OCTOBER 21ST IN CHICO. KING RAN FROM LOCAL OFFICERS WHO TRIED TO STOP HIM ON HICKORY STREET IN CHICO AFTER FOLLOWING HIM FROM SUNSET. HE JUMPED FROM HIS VEHICLE WITHOUT PUTTING IT IN PARK, AND THE VEHICLE STRUCK AN OFFICER'S VEHICLE. HIS ESCAPE LED TO A CITY-WIDE MANHUNT IN CHICO. OFFICERS WERE PURSUING KING IN THE SUNSET AREA ON WEDNESDAY, BUT WERE UNABLE TO LOCATE HIM AND MAKE AN ARREST. KING HAS BEEN ARRESTED NUMEROUS TIMES IN WISE COUNTY AND CURRENTLY HAS A FELONY WARRANT OUT OF MONTAGUE COUNTY FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

ANGELS IN THE INFIELD SCHOLARSHIP TO HONOR PLAYERS….
WITH THE OUTPOURING OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND REQUESTS TO ASSIST THE FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE TRAGIC LOSS OF FOUR PLAYERS ON FRIDAY NIGHT, THE NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE SOFTBALL BENEFIT FUND HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED. IN ADDITION, THE NCTC “ANGELS IN THE INFIELD” SCHOLARSHIP HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF BROOKE DECKARD, JAIDEN PELTON, MEAGAN RICHARDSON, AND KATELYNN WOODLEE. THE NCTC SOFTBALL BENEFIT FUND HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO ASSIST FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE EVENT OF SEPTEMBER 26TH. THIS FUND WAS SET UP BY NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE AT THE FIRST STATE BANK. THOSE WISHING TO DONATE MAY CLICK ON THE NC LOGO AT NCTC.EDU, OR YOU MAY MAIL YOUR CHECK TO THE NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE WITH A NOTATION - SOFTBALL BENEFIT FUND. YOU MAY ALSO MAKE A DONATION IN PERSON AT ANY FIRST STATE BANK GAINESVILLE, DENTON, OR MUENSTER LOCATION. THESE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO ESTABLISH THE NCTC “ANGELS IN THE INFIELD” SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF THE FOUR PLAYERS LOST IN THE SEPTEMBER 26TH TRAGIC ACCIDENT. ALL FOUR OF THESE PLAYERS WERE INFIELDERS FOR THE NCTC LADY LIONS SOFTBALL TEAM. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE PLEASE CLICK ON THE ANGELS IN THE INFIELD LOGO AT THE NCTC WEBSITE OR MAIL YOUR CHECK TO THE NCTC FOUNDATION WITH A NOTATION - ANGELS IN THE INFIELD. THESE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE GIVEN TO NCTC SOFTBALL PLAYERS TO ASSIST THEM WITH THEIR EDUCATIONAL COSTS.

BOWIE MEMORIAL HOSTING DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM....
FAMILIES AND TEENAGERS WITH DIABETES NEED TO UNDERSTAND AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ABOUT DIABETES AND ITS MANAGEMENT. BOWIE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IS SPONSORING A FREE EDUCATIONAL EVENT ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14TH AT 6PM. COME AND JOIN IN THIS INTERACTIVE EDUCATION SESSION. YOU MAY BRING A WEIGHT OR THERABAND IF YOU WISH.
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ELEANOR ROOSEVELT FAMILY TO CONDUCT REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM AT SAINT JO….
ELIZABETH ROOSEVELT KELLY AND CHANDLER ROOSEVELT LINDSLEY WILL BE CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND EXPERIENCE OF THEIR VERY SPECIAL “GRANMERE”, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT. FIRST PLANNED LAST FEBRUARY, THIS DELIGHTFUL OPPORTUNITY WAS “ICED OUT” TWICE. THE CENTURY CLUB PROUDLY INVITES THE PUBLIC TO JOIN THEM ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3RD AT 6:30 P.M. IN THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN SAINT JO.
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ACCIDENT CLAIMS THE LIVES OF 4 NCTC SOFTBALL TEAM MEMBERS….
STUDENTS, FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS OF FOUR MEMBERS OF THE NCTC SOFTBALL TEAM HAVE BEEN TRYING TO COPE WITH THE FRIDAY NIGHT DEATHS OF THE FOUR GIRLS. HEAD COACH VAN HEDRICK WAS DRIVING 15 PLAYERS SOUTH TO GAINESVILLE AFTER A SCRIMMAGE AGAINST SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY IN BETHANY, OKLAHOMA, WHEN THEY WERE HIT BY A NORTHBOUND SEMI NEAR TURNER FALL AROUND 9 P.M. ON FRIDAY NIGHT. OKLAHOMA HIGHWAY PATROL CAPTAIN RONNIE HAMPTON SAID THE BUS ROLLED AND LANDED ON ITS SIDE. THE SEMI KEPT GOING UNTIL IT LANDED IN A GROVE OF TREES ABOUT 100 FEET OFF OF THE INTERSTATE.
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WESTERN HERITAGE ROUNDUP IN MONTAGUE TO BENEFIT CHILD WELFARE BOARD….
THE SIXTH ANNUAL THREE-DAY WESTERN HERITAGE ROUNDUP AND RANCH RODEO BEGINS TODAY AND RUNS THROUGH 5 P.M. SUNDAY. THIS YEAR, THE EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE MONTAGUE COUNTY COWBOY CHURCH AND COVERED ARENA. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE MONTAGUE COUNTY CHILD WELFARE BOARD. THE MONTAGUE COUNTY CHILD WELFARE BOARD’S PRIMARY PURPOSE IS TO HELP ABUSED AND NEGLECTED KIDS IN THE COUNTY BY MEETING THEIR NEEDS FOR HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE. EXTENSIVE TRAINING AND COUNSELING IS PROVIDED AT OUR CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER/PATSY’S HOUSE IN BOWIE FOR THE KIDS, PARENTS, AND FOSTER PARENTS. YOUR DONATION WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THEIR MANY PROGRAMS PROVIDING BASIC NEEDS, SHELTER, COUNSELING, AND TRAINING TO MEET THESE KIDS’ HEALTH, EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS. DETAILS OF THE WESTERN HERITAGE EVENTS MAY BE FOUND ON FACEBOOK AT WESTERN HERITAGE ROUNDUP AND AT www.montaguechildren.com.

BOWIE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL NAMES NEW CHIEF….
BOWIE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HAS NEW LEADERSHIP WITH A NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER. THE HOSPITAL’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS NAMED INTERIM CEO MICHAEL McEACHERN WITH THE NEW TITLE. McEACHERN HAS BEEN THE INTERIM CEO SINCE MID-APRIL. HE SAYS HE’S BEEN HONORED AND HUMBLED TO LEAD THE HOSPITAL INTO THE FUTURE AND IS CONFIDENT THAT THE HOSPITAL AND ITS’ STAFF WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE PROVIDING CARE. IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR, A NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN BOWIE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND UNITED REGIONAL HEALTHCARE BECAME OFFICIAL. THE HOSPITAL APPROVED A CLINICAL AFFILIATION WITH UNITED REGIONAL TO BETTER ASSIST THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.

BOWIE ROTARY HEARS FROM SCHOOL PRINCIPALS....
ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH, THE BOWIE ROTARY CLUB HEARD FROM AMY MURPHEY, BOWIE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, AND SEAN MCBEATH, BOWIE INTERMEDIATE PRINCIPAL, AS BOTH UPDATED THE CLUB ON THEIR RESPECTIVE CAMPUS ACTIVITIES AND PLANS. BOTH PRINCIPALS HAVE BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE INVOLVED HOMECOMING ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK AND WILL ATTEND THE DISTRICT-WIDE PEP RALLY FRIDAY AT THE BOWIE HIGH SCHOOL GYM. THE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL WILL KICK OFF ITS’ BIG KAHUNA FUNDRAISING PROJECT ON SEPTEMBER TODAY, WHILE THE JUNIOR HIGH IS IN THE MIDST OF UNIVERSAL SCREENING FOR READING AND MATH. BOTH SCHOOLS ALSO HAVE A WATCH DOGS (DADS OF GREAT STUDENTS) PROGRAM, WHICH WILL BE GETTING UNDERWAY.

COMMUNITY CHOIR TO BEGIN PRACTICE FOR WINTER BENEFIT CONCERT….
IF YOU LOVE TO SING AND SPREAD THE WORD OF GOD’S LOVE, THEN YOU WILL ENJOY SINGING IN THE BOWIE COMMUNITY CHOIR. THIS CHOIR MADE ITS FIRST DEBUT AT “HYMNS FOR THE HUNGRY” IN JULY, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF CANDACE LITTLE. THEY WILL BE SINGING AGAIN AT THE 2ND ANNUAL “WARMTH FOR THE WINTER” ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH. THE EVENT IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD AT THE BOWIE COMMUNITY CENTER FROM 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. AND WILL BENEFIT THE BOWIE MISSION BY TAKING DONATIONS TOWARD THEIR “UTILITIES FUND.” IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE COMMUNITY CHOIR, THE FIRST PRACTICE WILL BE FROM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH FROM 7-8 P.M., AT THE VICTORY CHURCH, 516 HUTCHINSON STREET, IN BOWIE. THEY ASK THAT YOU CONSIDER THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW FRIENDS, GREAT MUSIC, AND SPREADING GOD’S WORD IN SONG. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL JOHN LITTLE AT 682-300-8804, OR JARAE SCRUGGS AT 940-841-1212.

GOLD-BURG ISD ANNOUNCES HOMECOMING ROYALTY....
GOLD-BURG STUDENTS HAVE ELECTED THEIR HOMECOMING COURT FOR 2014. THE KING AND QUEEN WILL BE CROWNED ON SEPTEMBER 26TH DURING HALF-TIME OF THE VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME AGAINST FOUNDERS CLASSICAL ACADEMY. ALUMNI AND VISITORS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. THE GOLD-BURG HIGH SCHOOL 2014 HOMECOMING COURT NOMINEES ARE: FRESHMEN KILEY JONES AND KALEB MCGEE; SOPHOMORES CHRISTINA AREVELO AND RAYGE GARDNER; JUNIORS KASEN ALLEN AND BECCA CRAWFORD; AND SENIORS BRAYDEN PAYNE, MEGAN EDWARDS, MARIAH REAVES AND COLT RAINEY.

CITY OF BOWIE TAX RATE INCREASED JUST OVER 5%....
WHEN THE BOWIE CITY COUNCIL MET ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, ONE OF THE ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WAS TO APPROVE THE NEW PROPERTY TAX RATE OF $0.473 PER $100 OF MARKET VALUE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 5.11% AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $23. THE NEW RATE WAS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY BY COUNCILORS PRESENT AT TUESDAY’S MEETING.
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LOCAL MAN HONORED FOR HELPING OTHERS....
David Fenoglio, Montague County Child Welfare Board Member, was recently honored at a luncheon for the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards. “David was honored by receiving the Texas State Volunteer of the Year Award”, reported Lorra Lierly, Chairman of the Montague County Child Welfare Board. David has been an outstanding member of the Montague County Board raising thousands of dollars in order to provide support to the abused and neglected children in the county who are involved in CPS care.
The Montague County Child Welfare Board is composed of volunteers who help abused and neglected kids in the county by meeting their needs for health, education, and welfare. Because of the successful fund raising efforts, extensive training and counseling is able to be provided at Patsy’s House/Child Advocacy Center in Bowie for the kids, parents, and foster parents. Lorra Lierly, Board Chairman, added “Without the support and help of our county’s citizens and board members like David, we would not be able to provide the extent of services we give these kids. There is an epidemic of documented cases of abuse and neglect in our county, and our friends and neighbors have been fantastic in supporting our efforts to fight the drugs, abuse, and neglect that so sadly impact these kids.”


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