Lifestyle

Tue
17
Jan

Prescribing psychologists

HB 593 aims to grant psychologists prescriptive authority Meridian Tribune What’s Going On

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Mental health is as important and as essential to physical health. Yet in Texas, the amount of psychiatrists and psychologists is reducing. Bosque County is one of the 207 out of 254 counties in Texas that has been identified as a Mental Health Shortage Area, as stated in the Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health Workforce Shortage in Texas report, February 2014.

Representative Dustin Burrows of Lubbock filed HB 593, which would increase availability of services in those areas where no psychiatric physician is now practicing. People seeking mental health care are often put on waiting lists for three-four months.

Tue
10
Jan

Trying to fix broken system

TASB says new school accountability system remains flawed

AUSTIN – The 84th Legislature passed House Bill 2804, changing the Texas school accountability system so that every campus and district receives one of five ratings from A-F. The ratings will be issued for the first time in August 2018.

The law requires the Texas Education Agency to present a preliminary work-in-progress report noting potential grades by domain to be issued to the legislature by Jan. 1, 2017.

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Tue
10
Jan

Tin Building Theatre brings more comedy

The Bosque Arts Center Tin Building Theatre has provided family-oriented comedy, drama and musicals for appreciative Central Texas audiences for over 30 years.

This spring they are bringing another side-splitting offering from the writing team of Jones, Hope, & Wooten to Clifton.

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Tue
03
Jan

Fun with food

By Kate Whitney+

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bosque County will offer accredited Food Handlers courses in August to help food retail locations meet the requirements of the Texas Food Establishment Rules. The Texas Food Establishment Rules are in place to safeguard public health and provide consumers food that is safe and honestly presented. All food retail establishments in Texas are required to follow these rules, including recent revisions went into effect on October 1, 2015. A major change in the revision rules is a requirement that all food employees must complete an accredited food handlers training program within 60 days of employment, effective September 1, 2016. The Food Handler’s Certificate is also required for anyone who wishes to sell food under the Cottage Food Law

Tue
03
Jan

Resolutions?

By Kate Whitney+

Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year is always a wonderful time to begin new things. This year, start the year off right by incorporating some of these healthy habits. Eat healthier. Make sure you eat balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. Stay on a budget. This year, plan out your spending for each month and try to stick with it. Credit card debt or compulsive shopping can get you in trouble in a hurry. Try saving your pennies for the future.

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Tue
27
Dec

Sweetie, the water lady

Cranfills Gap and Mustang may be small communities, but they are home to an icon as well-known as Fort Worth. After 41 years of service to Mustang Valley Water and to her community, Ruth Tucker has decided to retire. Everybody knows her. Just ask anyone around; they have all heard that friendly voice saying, “Sweetie, this is Ruth, your water lady.” Join a grand celebration to honor Ruth on Jan. 7, from 2-4 p.m. at the Cranfills Gap Community Center. It’s a “Come & Go,” but don’t go too soon. Bring a few stories about Ruth. There are plenty of those.

 

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Tue
27
Dec

Celebrating Norwegian heritage

What better place and time to hold a family reunion than in Clifton, the Norwegian Capital of Texas, during the Norwegian Country Christmas tour? The Burreson Family - descendants of Börre Larsen and Annie Jorgensdatter met to visit with family and introduce the younger family members to their Norwegian Heritage Dec. 3.

 

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Tue
20
Dec

Celebrating comfort care

By Simone Wichers-Voss

When curative measures have been exhausted and a terminally-ill patient’s pursuit of treatment changes to the desire for care, support and freedom from pain, aggressive treatment, hospital beds and distress, hospice care is viable choice. In Bosque County, the Lutheran Sunset Hospice has been around for 10 years – a milestone worth celebrating. On Dec. 15, at the former Bella Veta building in Clifton, Santa came to visit, to add to the festive occasion, there was a table filled with goodies and the chance to sit down and chat with care givers, management or with friends.

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Tue
13
Dec

Cermonial Induction

By Simone Wichers-Voss

The National Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

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Tue
13
Dec

Bosque County

Bosque County 4-H members help out serving during the Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet Dec. 5 at the Meridian Civic Center (top left); Santa’s helper Tiffany Teeter had her 9-week old dabbled dachshund riding shotgun with her during the ride from McGregor to Meridian Nov 20 (top right); Kenneth Radde drove one of the tractors with three classes of kindergarteners in tow from Clifton around his tree farm on Dec. 2 (top middle left); The Clifton High School Jazz Band performed Christmas tunes with the CMS Jazz Band at Citizens State Bank Dec. 8 (top middle right); Clifton Middle School jazz saxophonist Faith Allen performed Christmas tunes with the CMS Jazz Band (above left); Connie Terry, branch manager at Citizens State Bank in Clifton, serves refreshments to the CISD Jazz Bands after their Christmas performance in the bank lobby (above); Over 200 bikers rolled into Meridian Nov.

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