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STORMS LEAVE MONTAGUE COUNTY BRIDGES DAMAGED....
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL, A REPORT FROM MONTAGUE COUNTY COMMISSIONER MARK MURPHEY IN PRECINCT 3 INDICATES THAT SEVERAL ROADS ARE STILL IMPASSIBLE. THE CARDWELL ROAD BRIDGE, CRAIN ROAD BRIDGE, AND PANTHER CREEK BRIDGE ON WEST HANCOCK ROAD WERE ALL CONDEMNED ON TUESDAY BY THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THE DAMAGE TO THE BRIDGES WAS CAUSED BY THE RECENT STORMS AND EXCESSIVE RAIN. NO DEFINITE REPAIR DATES HAVE BEEN DETERMINED.

WISE COUNTY MAN RECEIVES LIFE SENTENCE FOR MURDER....
IT TOOK A WISE COUNTY JURY LESS THAN 20 MINUTES FRIDAY MORNING TO DELIVER THEIR SENTENCE OF LIFE IN PRISON TO KRIS RAU FOR THE MURDER OF HIS GIRLFRIEND. THE JURY ALSO ASSESSED A $10,000 FINE. BOTH WERE THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE THAT COULD BE GIVEN FOR THE CHARGE OF MURDER. FOLLOWING THE TRIAL, THE CHILDREN OF THE VICTIM, LIANNE MURRAY, WERE GIVEN A CHANCE TO MAKE STATEMENT DIRECTLY TO RAU. MURRAY DIED AT HER BOONSVILLE HOME IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR.

PREVENT VEHICULAR HEATSTROKE DEATHS IN CHILDREN....
THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY IS REMINDING TEXANS THAT AS SUMMER TEMPERATURES INCREASE, SO DO DOES THE POTENTIAL FOR VEHICULAR HEATSTROKE DEATHS IN CHILDREN. EVERY YEAR, CHILDREN DIE FROM HEATSTROKE AFTER BEING LEFT IN A VEHICLE OR ENTERING A VEHICLE UNNOTICED. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, TEMPERATURES INSIDE A CAR CAN RISE MORE THAN 20 DEGREES IN ONLY 10 MINUTES; AND EVEN WITH AN OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE OF 60 DEGREES, THE TEMPERATURE INSIDE A CAR CAN REACH 110 DEGREES. LEAVING WINDOWS PARTIALLY ROLLED DOWN DOES NOT HELP. IN ADDITION, YOUNG CHILDREN ARE PARTICULARLY AT RISK SINCE THEIR BODIES HEAT UP FASTER THAN AN ADULT. DPS OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TIPS FOR PREVENTING VEHICULAR HEATSTROKE DEATHS AND INJURIES:

• ALWAYS CHECK THE BACK SEATS OF YOUR VEHICLE BEFORE WALKING AWAY.

• ESTABLISH REMINDERS THAT HELP ENSURE YOU REMOVE CHILDREN FROM THE VEHICLE.

• IF A CHILD GOES MISSING, OPEN THE DOORS AND TRUNKS TO EVERY VEHICLE IN THE AREA. ONE-THIRD OF ALL OF THE DEATHS OCCUR WHEN A CHILD ACCESSES A PARKED CAR UNNOTICED.

• TEACH CHILDREN NOT TO PLAY IN VEHICLES AND MAKE SURE TO PLACE THE KEYS OUT OF REACH WHEN NOT BEING USED.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.safercar.gov/parents



JIM BOWIE DAYS KICKS OFF THIS YEAR WITH YOUTH RODEO….
DUE TO THE TORRENTIAL RAINS THAT HIS MONTAGUE COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY AND MORE FLOODING AT AMON CARTER LAKE, THE BASS TOURNAMENT WAS POSTPONED, SO THE YOUTH RODEO WILL HAIL THE BEGINNING OF JIM BOWIE DAYS THIS YEAR. THE YOUTH RODEO WILL START AT 7 P.M. ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK AT THE BOWIE RODEO ARENA.
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RED CROSS READY TO HELP DISASTER VICTIMS....
REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE AMERICAN RED CROSS WILL BE AT THE CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH, 710 WEST WISE STREET, IN BOWIE TO OFFER ASSISTANCE TO THOSE WHOSE HOMES WERE GREATLY AFFECTED BY THE FLOODS. THEY WILL BE THERE TODAY UNTIL 4:00 P.M., AND TUESDAY FROM 9 A.M. UNTIL 4 P.M. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND ON THOSE DAYS, GIVE AMERICAN RED CROSS A CALL AT 903-271-4587 TO MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS.

Vashti Community Center to Hold "FAREWELL BID"....
The Vashti Community Center will be hosting its last “Farewell Bid” on Saturday, May 16th at 5:00 p.m.

Please come out and join us for food, fun, and fellowship. We will be able to share memories of the old community center and learn about the upcoming plans for the new one. This will be the last time to look at the old community center before it is torn down the following week.
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RECEPTION TO BE HELD FOR LOCAL BOWIE ARTIST....
FRIENDS OF THE BOWIE PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL HOLD A RECEPTION FOR LOCAL ARTIST LEE TISDALE, THURSDAY MAY 14TH FROM 5 P.M. TO 6:30 P.M. LEE AND HER HUSBAND, DAN, MOVED TO BOWIE IN 1980 WHERE SHE OPENED AN ART STUDIO AND TAUGHT VISUAL ARTS PRIVATELY AND ALSO TAUGHT AT MONTAGUE SCHOOL. LEE HAS ALSO PAINTED MURALS FOR THE BOWIE MAIN STREET PROJECT AND BOWIE REALTORS. SHE HAS BEEN A VERY ACTIVE PROMOTER OF ART SHOWS IN THE BOWIE COMMUNITY AND HAS BEEN A JUDGE FOR VARIOUS LOCAL YOUTH ART EVENTS.
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STORMS LEAVE SEVERE ROAD DAMAGE….
MONTAGUE COUNTY HIGHWAYS SUSTAINED SOME SERIOUS DAMAGE DURING FRIDAY NIGHT'S STORMS. FM 1806 SOUTH OF BOWIE LAKE WASHED OUT AND WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WATER WASHED OUT AROUND A BRIDGE ON GILMORE-STONE ROAD NEAR THE RAILROAD TRACK, LEAVING IT IMPASSIBLE. RESIDENTS ON OLD VASHTI ROAD REPORTED ROAD WASHING THAT MADE IT IMPASSIBLE AS WELL, BUT BY MONDAY MORNING IT HAD BEEN REPAIRED BY THE MONTAGUE COUNTY PRECINCT RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT AREA. MEANWHILE, US 81 BETWEEN STONEBURG AND RINGGOLD WAS ALSO CLOSED FOR A WHILE ON SATURDAY. TXDOT WAS FORCED TO SHUT IT DOWN UNTIL UNTIL WATER RECEDED. ADDITIONAL TXDOT PERSONNEL WERE BROUGHT IN TO THE COUNTY TO HELP WITH THE CLOSURES. FM 677, FIVE MILES NORTH OF ST JO WAS CLOSED DOWN TO JUST ONE LANE FOR BOTH DIRECTIONS TO SHARE. MANY OF THE COUNTY ROADS HAVE SUSTAINED DAMAGE WITH WASH-OUTS. LARRY SMITH, SUPERINTENDENT OF SAINT JO SCHOOLS TOLD KNTX THAT, DUE TO FLOODING CONDITION, SAINT JO SCHOOLS HAD TO OPEN LATE ON MONDAY MORNING AND BUS SERVICE WAS NOT SAFE.

ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN....
SEVERAL TOWNS IN MONTAGUE COUNTY HELD ELECTIONS ON SATURDAY AND HERE ARE THE ELECTIONS RESULTS OF THE CONTESTED RACES. RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS ARE CONSIDERED UNOFFICIAL UNTIL BALLOTS ARE CANVASSED. FOR THE BOWIE SCHOOL BOARD, DEBBIE LEONARD GARNERED 178 VOTES TO GUY GREEN’S 159 VOTES. IN THE BOWIE CITY COUNCIL ELECTION, FOR PRECINCT ONE, JIM GRAHAM WILL REPLACE INCUMBENT LAURA SPROLES AFTER RECEIVING 178 VOTES TO SPROLES’ 35 VOTES AND RANDAL HEUGATTER’S 78 VOTES. IN PRECINCT TWO, WAYNE BELL RECEIVING 162 VOTES TO INCUMBENT MARY OWENS’ 26 VOTES AND TERRY GUNTER’S 111 VOTES. IN THE NOCONA HOSPITAL DISTRICT ELECTION, THERE WERE FOUR PLACES OPEN WITH FIVE CANDIDATES RUNNING. THE RESULTS WERE: CHRIS KECK WITH 378 VOTES, FOLLOWED BY KENNETH KOONTZ WITH 326, MISSY MURPHEY WITH 310, AND CHARLIE BROWN WITH 275. TRENA HENLEY HAD 176 VOTES.

ART RECEPTION TO BENEFIT CHILD WELFARE BOARD....
TEXAS TRAILS ART GALLERY WILL HOST A RECEPTION FOR INTERNATIONALLY NOTED ARTIST LAURIE JUSTUS PACE FROM ROANOKE. PACE HAS BEEN A PROFESSIONAL MODEL, MUSICIAN, AND GRAPHIC ARTIST, TURNED FINE ARTIST, WHO SPECIALIZES IN COLORFUL PALLET KNIFE PAINTINGS. THOUGH SHE PAINTS A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS, HORSES IS ONE OF HER FAVORITES. ART COLLECTORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE DISCOVERED HER SPONTANEOUS AND COLORFUL STYLE. THE RECEPTION WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY EVENING FROM 5 P.M. UNTIL 7 P.M. AT THE GALLERY. PART OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF PACE’S ARTWORK MADE ON THAT DAY WILL BE DONATED TO THE MONTAGUE COUNTY CHILD WELFARE BOARD. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND THIS SPECIAL RECEPTION. TEXAS TRAILS ART GALLERY IS LOCATED AT 601 EAST HIGHWAY 82 IN NOCONA.

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET COMES TO BOWIE….
MAKE SURE TO PLANT YOUR GARDENS THIS YEAR AND PLAN ON A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST. MAIN STREET BOWIE IS PLANNING THEIR SECOND DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET AND THEY ARE SEARCHING FOR VENDORS! FRUITS, VEGETABLES, HOMEMADE JAMS AND JELLIES, HONEY, YOU NAME IT! HAVE A UNIQUE CRAFT AS WELL? THE MARKET WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 3RD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM MAY TO JULY. VENDOR SPACES WILL BE 10X10 AND A FEE OF $20. VENDOR APPLICATIONS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE MAIN STREET BOWIE OFFICE, LOCATED AT 201-A WALNUT STREET. FOR QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, CALL 940-872-6246. COME AND SHARE YOUR HARVEST WITH THE SHOPPERS OF DOWNTOWN BOWIE.

BOWIE ROTARY PREPARES FOR “DRIVE 4 UR COMMUNITY” EVENT….
THE BOWIE ROTARY CLUB, FORD MOTOR COMPANY, AND PATTERSON FORD OF BOWIE WILL BE HOSTING A “DRIVE 4 UR COMMUNITY EVENT. THE EVENT IS FUNDED BY FORD MOTOR COMPANY, WITH A LOCAL FORD DEALERSHIP PROVIDING THE VEHICLES, AND A LOCAL SERVICE CLUB HOSTING THE EVENT AS A FUND RAISING PROJECT FOR THEIR CLUB. THE ROTARY CLUB IS PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT TO RAISE MONEY FOR THEIR BOWIE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. THE ROTARY CLUB WILL RECEIVE $20 FOR EVERY PERSON TAKING A TEST DRIVE OR TEST RIDE ON SATURDAY, MAY 9TH, FROM 9 A.M. UNTIL 4 P.M. DURING BOWIE SECOND MONDAY. VEHICLES WILL BE LOCATED ON THE SECOND MONDAY TRADE DAYS GROUNDS AT THE “DRIVE 4 UR COMMUNITY” TENT. CURRENT PLANS ARE TO HAVE THE ALL NEW 2015 FORD F150 WITH THE ALUMINUM BODY AVAILABLE FOR A TEST DRIVE, AS WELL AS A 2015 FORD FUSION, FORD EXPLORER, AND FORD EXPEDITION. IT WILL BE A PERFECT TIME TO VISIT SECOND MONDAY, TAKE A TEST DRIVE, SUPPORT THE BOWIE ROTARY CLUB, AND FIND OUT ABOUT THE 2015 FORD PRODUCTS.

MAY IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY & AWARENESS MONTH....
AS PART OF MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AND AWARENESS MONTH IN MAY, THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY IS REMINDING DRIVERS TO USE EXTRA CAUTION AROUND MOTORCYCLES ON ROADWAYS. IN 2014, 455 PEOPLE DIED ON TEXAS ROADWAYS WHILE RIDING MOTORCYCLES AND SCOOTERS, REPRESENTING A NINE PERCENT DECREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. HOWEVER, THOSE DEATHS ACCOUNTED FOR APPROXIMATELY 13 PERCENT OF ALL TRAFFIC DEATHS IN THE STATE LAST YEAR.
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EARLY VOTING HAS BEGUN….
ELECTIONS FOR THE BOWIE CITY COUNCIL, BOWIE SCHOOL BOARD, AND NOCONA HOSPITAL DISTRICT WILL TAKE PLACE ON MAY 9TH. EARLY VOTING BEGAN ON MONDAY AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY, MAY 5TH. VOTERS IN THE CITY ELECTION CAN CAST BALLOTS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8 A.M. UNTIL 5 P.M. AT THE CITY OFFICE. ON THE FINAL TWO DAYS OF EARLY VOTING, MAY 4TH AND MAY 5TH, VOTERS CAN CAST BALLOTS FROM 7 A.M. UNTIL 7 P.M. THE MAYOR’S RACE AND SOUTH WARD COUNCIL POST ARE BOTH UNCONTESTED. THREE CANDIDATES ARE VYING FOR THE NORTH WARD SEAT. EARLY VOTING FOR THE BOWIE ISD SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION WILL BE HELD FROM 8 A.M. UNTIL 4 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES. THE ONLY CONTESTED RACE IS FOR PLACE TWO WITH ONLY TWO CANDIDATES RUNNING. VOTING FOR THE NOCONA HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION WILL BE HELD FROM 8 A.M. UNTIL 4:45 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT THE NOCONA CITY HALL. THE BALLOT HAS FIVE CANDIDATES VYING FOR FOUR PLACES ON THE BOARD.

GOLD-BURG SOCIAL STUDIES TEAM ADVANCES TO STATE....
THE GOLD-BURG UIL SOCIAL STUDIES TEAM IS ADVANCING TO STATE COMPETITION. THE TEAM SWEPT THE 1A REGION 3 CONTEST HELD AT TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH. TEAM MEMBERS INCLUDE SENIORS CHELSEA GERLACH AND HANCE WININGHAM ALONG WITH FRESHMEN RACHAEL TINERELLA AND SHELBY HORTON. THEY PLACED 1ST OUT OF NINE. HANCE WININGHAM ALSO EXCELLED IN INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION, PLACING 1ST OUT OF 43.
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GILL RECEIVES $20,000 BEF SCHOLARSHIP….
BOWIE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR LILY GILL HAS BEEN SELECTED AS THE 2015 RECIPIENT OF THE BOWIE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP. GILL WILL RECEIVE A $20,000 FOUR-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP PAID OUT AT $2,500 PER SEMESTER.
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APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH....
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS MONTH AND, TO BRING THAT ISSUE TO THE PUBLIC’S ATTENTION, THERE WILL BE A KICK-OFF EVENT, “PINWHEELS FOR PATSY’S HOUSE,” AT THE MONTAGUE COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON APRIL 11TH. PATSY’S HOUSE, WHICH OPERATES A SATELLITE OFFICE IN BOWIE, JOINS WITH THE MONTAGUE COUNTY CHILD WELFARE BOARD TO PLACE 195 PINWHEELS IN THE GROUND AT THE COURTHOUSE PRIOR TO THE EVENT WHICH WILL RUN FROM 11 A.M. UNTIL 1 P.M. THE 195 PINWHEELS REPRESENTS CONFIRMED CHILD ABUSE CASES IN MONTAGUE COUNTY. FOR EACH DONATION OF $20, A PINWHEEL WILL BE PULLED OUT OF THE GROUND. MISTY SPRING, MANAGER OF THE BOWIE OFFICE, SAID THE GOAL IS TO REMOVE EVERY PINWHEEL, SYMBOLICALLY PUTTING AN END TO CHILD ABUSE – ONE PINWHEEL AT A TIME.

NCTC PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY GRADUATES STILL FINDING JOBS DESPITE INDUSTRY DOWNTURN….
LOWER GASOLINE PRICES ARE MUSIC TO THE EARS OF CONSUMERS, BUT NOT SUCH A GOOD THING FOR THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. THE RECENT DOWNTURN IN THE INDUSTRY HAS LED TO LAYOFFS ON THE EXPLORATION END, BUT NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM COORDINATOR STEVE BURNETT SAYS THAT COMPANIES ARE STILL HIRING ON THE PRODUCTION END. BURNETT SAYS THAT OIL COMPANIES ARE NOW LOOKING FOR A NEW KIND OF EMPLOYEE TO FILL THEIR NEEDS.
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TRAGEDY STRIKES AT “REDNECKS” EVENT….
A 10-YEAR OLD BOY WAS KILLED IN AN ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON SATURDAY IN SAINT JO. NICHOLAS TORRES DIED OF “MULTIPLE TRAUMATIC INJURIES” SUSTAINED IN A COLLISION, ACCORDING TO THE TARRANT COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER. TORRES WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT A FORT WORTH HOSPITAL. ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION RELEASED BY THE MEDICAL EXAMINER, THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT AN OFF-ROAD VEHICLE EVENT PUT ON BY A GROUP CALLED “REDNECKS WITH PAYCHECKS” IN MONTAGUE COUNTY, NEAR THE TOWN OF SAINT JO. THE 1,200 ACRE CAMPUS FOR REDNECKS WITH PAYCHECKS HAS OVER 20 CAMPGROUNDS AND THE FOUR-DAY OFF-ROADING FESTIVAL INCLUDES CONCERTS AND OTHER EVENT. THE MONTAGUE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING THE FATALITY ACCIDENT.

BRIDGEPORT WINS SEMI-FINAL GAME
FINAL SCORE IN TODAYS GAME:
BRIDGEPORT 68
MADISON 60
BRIDGEPORT ADVANCES TO THE FINAL
GAME SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7:00
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SUNSET PARK BOARD HOSTING GARAGE SALES....
THE SUNSET COMMUNITY PARK BOARD IS HOSTING A FUNDRAISER THIS WEEKEND. ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 13TH & MARCH 14TH, THE BOARD WILL BE SERVING BREAKFAST BURRITOS AND HAMBURGERS AND BRISKET SANDWICHES AT THE SUNSET FIRE HALL DURING A HUGE GARAGE SALE EVENT. ANYONE WHO WANTS A FREE BOOTH CAN CALL HAILEY HATCHEL AT 940-232-2968. THE FIRE HALL WILL BE OPEN THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT 2 P.M. TO SET UP. BOOTHS ARE FREE, BUT THE PARK BOARD IS ASKING FOR A 10% DONATION FROM SALES FOR THE PARK. THERE WILL BE A HOST OF BOOTHS – FROM FIDDLES TO FOOD – AND A LOT OF THINGS IN BETWEEN. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 8 A.M. BOTH DAYS.

THE CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN – DURING SPRING BREAK….
THE NOCONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL WELCOME THE KELLY MILLER CIRCUS TO TOWN FOR A NEW SHOW ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO COME OUT AND WATCH THE ANIMALS BEING UNLOADED AND FED, ALONG WITH WATCHING THE BIG TOP BEING RAISED. A SPECIAL TIGER MEET AND GREET WILL FOLLOW. ACTIVITIES BEGIN AT 7:30 A.M. AND THE TENT WILL BE RAISED AT 9:00 A.M. GUIDES WILL BE FURNISHED FOR SCHOOL GROUPS AND ANYONE ATTENDING. THE TRADITIONAL “OLD STYLE” CIRCUS WILL HAVE PERFORMANCES AT 4:30 P.M. AND 7:30 P.M. AT THE CHISHOLM TRAIL RODEO GROUNDS. THIS YEAR’S SHOW FEATURES ELEPHANTS, TIGERS, ZEBRAS, CAMELS AND A CAST OF INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS STARS UNDER A BEAUTIFUL CIRCUS BIG TOP. THE KELLY MILLER CIRCUS IS CELEBRATING IT’S 77TH YEAR OF ENTERTAINING. ADVANCE TICKETS ARE $12 FOR ADULTS AND $6 FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12. ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE AT THE NOCONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE VERANDA INN, GIBBS DRUG STORE, AND ONLINE AT www.kellymillercircus.com.

SPRING BREAK IS HERE...BE CAREFUL !!!.....
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols from March 7 – March 22, which coincides with one of the busiest Spring Break periods in Texas. During this effort, DPS troopers will focus on DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent and in areas with high concentrations of Spring Break activity. The enhanced patrols that target intoxicated drivers are funded by a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant. During last year’s Spring Break enforcement period, DPS troopers made 1,389 DWI arrests, and approximately 170 were the direct result of the increased patrols funded by the grant. DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 18,886 speeding citations, 3,343 seat belt/child safety seat tickets and about 23,600 other citations. In addition, troopers made 861 fugitive arrests and 728 felony arrests during this time period. The drinking age in Texas is 21, and any driver under that age with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system can be charged with breaking the law. DPS offers the following tips for safe travel on Texas roadways during the Spring Break holiday:
• Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
• Eliminate distractions while driving, including the usage of mobile devices.
• Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
• Don't drive fatigued, and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
• Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
• Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.
• Slow down or move over for tow trucks and police, fire, EMS and TxDOT vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law.

HISTORICAL COMMISSION SEEKING SCHOOL HISTORIES….
THE MONTAGUE COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION IS COLLECTING INFORMATION FOR A PICTURE STORY BOOK OF THE COMMON SCHOOL AREA FROM 1858 TO 1958. MONTAGUE COUNTY COMMISSIONER RECORDS LIST MORE THAN 108 COMMON SCHOOLS DURING THIS 100-YEAR PERIOD. A COMMON SCHOOL MAY BE DESCRIBED AS A RURAL SCHOOL IN A ONE- OR TWO-ROOM BUILDING WITH ONE OR TWO TEACHERS. GRADES ONE TO SEVEN WERE TAUGHT. SCHOOLS WERE TYPICALLY LOCATED NO MORE THAN FOUR MILES APART SO THAT STUDENTS WOULD WALK NO MORE THAN TWO MILES TO SCHOOL. THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION THROUGH THE COMMON SCHOOL SHOULD BE PRESERVED AS PART OF MONTAGUE COUNTY’S HERITAGE. THE BOOK ALSO MAY BECOME AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL FOR SCHOOLS AND A REFERENCE FOR HISTORICAL POINTS AROUND THE COUNTY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 940-872-2521, OR MAIL A WRITTEN STORY TO: MCHC, P. O. BOX 161, MONTAGUE, TEXAS 76251. YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL TO mcschoolstories@yahoo.com.

STORM SPOTTER TRAINING PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR MONTAGUE COUNTY….
BY NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS STANDARDS, 2014 WAS AN EXTREMELY QUIET SEVERE WEATHER SEASON. FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THREE YEARS, APRIL 3RD WAS THE BIG DAY, WITH TORNADOES AND EXTREMELY LARGE HAIL FROM DENTON TO NEAR SULPHUR SPRINGS CAUSING OVER 500 MILLION DOLLARS’ WORTH OF DAMAGE. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH WANTS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR THE 2015 SEVERE WEATHER SEASON. TO HELP GET YOU READY, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL BE OFFERING A FREE CLASS AT THE SKYWARN SEVERE WEATHER PROGRAM ON THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH, FROM 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM. THE PROGRAM WILL BE HELD AT MONTAGUE COUNTY ANNEX IN MONTAGUE AND IS HELD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MONTAGUE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. THIS CLASS IS FREE OF CHARGE AND NO PRE-REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY. THIS CLASS IS FOR OFFICIAL STORM SPOTTERS AS WELL AS ANYONE WITH AN INTEREST IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER. THIS IS A PART OF AN AREA-WIDE SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN, WHICH WILL INCLUDE SPOTTER TRAINING SESSIONS ACROSS 46 COUNTIES IN NORTH AND CENTRAL TEXAS. THE MONTAGUE COUNTY ADVANCED SEVERE WEATHER PROGRAM IS ONE OF OVER 60 TRAINING SESSIONS THAT THE FORT WORTH NWS OFFICE WILL CONDUCT BETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH 2015. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH PROVIDES FORECASTS, WARNINGS, AND WEATHER SERVICES FOR 46 COUNTIES IN NORTH AND NORTH-CENTRAL TEXAS.

BOWIE SCOUTS VISIT "BATTLESHIP TEXAS"....
BOWIE BOY SCOUTS TROOP 116 RECENTLY RETURNED FROM A TOUR AND OVERNIGHT STAY ON THE U. S. BATTLESHIP TEXAS. THE TOUR INCLUDED ALL ASPECTS OF THE SHIP AND ITS WAR HISTORY. THE BOYS SPENT THE NIGHT ON THE SHIP, SLEEPING IN THE SAME BUNKS THAT CREW MEMBERS USED DURING THE SHIPS DEPLOYMENT. THE BOWIE JACKRABBIT MAROON AND WHITE SCHOOL FLAG WAS HOISTED OVER THE SHIP AND REMAINED THERE FOR TWO DAYS. THOSE ATTENDING THE TOUR WERE DAMION GREENROY, TANNER HOOTEN, GAGE DAVIS, BRENNON MARTINEZ, CALEB COX, BRENDON CRAWFORD, CORBIN CRAWFORD, MATTHEW ADAMS, GARRETT ADAMS, RUSTY TASKER, ZANE CAMPBELL, J. D. DESTRATIS, AND COLBY BENTLEY.

NCTC CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES….
AN ANNUAL EVENT THAT SHOWCASES THE TALENTS OF AREA WRITERS AND POETS IS NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE IS ONCE AGAIN HOSTING THE NCTC CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST. THE CONTEST OFFERS ASPIRING AMATEUR WRITERS OF ALL AGES IN TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA THE CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR WORK CRITIQUED BY PROFESSIONALS, TO HAVE IT PUBLISHED AND POSSIBLY EARN THEM SPECIAL RECOGNITION AND CASH PRIZES. SPONSORED BY THE NCTC ENGLISH, SPEECH AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT, THE POPULAR CONTEST USUALLY DRAWS UP TO 600 OR MORE ENTRIES FROM THROUGHOUT THE REGION.
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MONTAGUE COUNTY CHILD WELFARE BOARD DEDICATES PLAQUE AT CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER….
ON MONDAY EVENING, THE CHILD WELFARE BOARD PLACED A PLAQUE AT THE CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER ON HULME STREET IN BOWIE TO HONOR SEVERAL GENEROUS DONORS. NOW, FORENSIC INTERVIEWS ARE CONDUCTED AT THE CENTER, ALONG WITH FAMILY VISITATIONS, PARENTING CLASSES, AND FAMILY FUN NIGHTS, PUT ON BY MISTY SPRING, MANAGER OF THE BOWIE EXTENSION OF PATSY’S HOUSE. THE BOARD ALSO PROVIDES COUNSELING SERVICES 3 DAYS PER WEEK FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN THE VICTIMS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT. THE BOARD IS A GROUP OF 15 VOLUNTEERS WHO SUPPORT THE ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN OF MONTAGUE COUNTY.
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THORNBERRY SUPPORTS TAX RELIEF ACT....
AREA CONGRESSMAN MAC THORNBERRY VOTED LAST FRIDAY FOR THE “AMERICA’S SMALL BUSINESS TAX RELIEF ACT OF 2015” TO MAKE THE SECTION 179 DEDUCTION OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE PERMANENT, WHICH WILL ALLOW FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO WRITE OFF, OR EXPENSE, UP TO $500,000 A YEAR ON EQUIPMENT PURCHASES.
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DIRECT FROM IRELAND, BROCK MCGUIRE BAND COMING TO NCTC….
FANS OF IRISH MUSIC ARE IN FOR A TREAT IN MARCH WHEN ONE OF IRELAND’S TOP BANDS PERFORMS AT NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE IN GAINESVILLE. THE BROCK MCGUIRE BAND WILL PERFORM A FREE CONCERT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH, AT 7:30 P.M. THE CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT THE FIRST STATE BANK CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. A SPECIAL FREE LECTURE FEATURING THE BAND IS SCHEDULED FOR 4 P.M. ON THE SAME DAY. BROCK MCGUIRE BAND IS FRONTED BY TWO OF IRELAND’S MOST CELEBRATED TRADITIONAL MUSICIANS: BUTTON ACCORDIONIST AND MELODEONIST PAUL BROCK AND FIDDLER MANUS MCGUIRE. THE BAND ALSO FEATURES GARRY O’MEARA ON BANJO, MANDOLIN AND VOCALS; AND ACCLAIMED PIANIST, COMPOSER AND ARRANGER DENIS CAREY.
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SHOOTING SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED….
THE MAN WHO TRIED TO ESCAPE FROM POLICE IN SOUTHERN MONTAGUE COUNTY, AND WHO SHOT AND KILLED A K-9 OFFICER FROM THE WISE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS ALAN LANCE ALVERSON, 45, OF GRANBURY, ACCORDING TO WISE COUNTY SHERIFF DAVID WALKER. AFTER ALVERSON OPENED FIRE ON THE DOG AND OFFICERS, FIVE OFFICERS RETURNED FIRE, KILLING ALVERSON. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND MID-AFTERNOON WEDNESDAY NEAR SUNSET. WALKER SAID HAS AN EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL HISTORY TO INCLUDE A TOTAL OF 23 ARRESTS DATING BACK TO 1990. CHARGES RANGE FROM ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY TO CARRYING A PROHIBITED WEAPON AND POSSESSION CHARGES. ALVERSON WAS BEING SOUGHT ON WARRANTS FOR VIOLATION OF PROBATION IN WISE COUNTY, AS WELL AS FELONY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE OUT OF TARRANT COUNTY. THE WISE COUNTY K-9 OFFICER, PEPPER, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SAVING THE LIVES OF 5 DEDICATED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND DID EXACTLY WHAT HE HAD BEEN TRAINED TO DO. A MEMORIAL SERVICE IS BEING PLANNED AT THE GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH IN PARADISE FOR PEPPER NEXT WEEK.

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.

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.

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.
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