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Wed
13
Jan

Whitney Power Plant makes operation changes

Upgrading both turbines improves service
 
FORT WORTH– Recently the Whitney Power Plant, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, completed a rehabilitation of both turbines. Due to the upgrade, operational changes have taken place in order to reap the benefits of the rehabilitation. With the new turbine capability, the units can now release about 3,000 CFS each and operate in a mode referred to as Responsive Reserve Service.

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Wed
13
Jan

Elementary Solution

Committee input formulates plans for MES
 
By Simone Wichers-Voss
 
Getting 10 people to agree on an issue is difficult enough. The architect contracted to coordinate plans for the Clifton Elementary School has taken up the challenge of getting a 50-person community committee to agree on what to do about the campus’ future.

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Wed
13
Jan

Plumbing predicament

Bosque County jail’s clay pipes deteriorating to disastrous point
 
By Simone Wichers-Voss 
 
Under the Bosque County jail lies a time bomb in the form of old clay sewage pipes. It is not a matter of “if,” but a matter of “when” the pipes will collapse. During the Bosque County Commissioners’ Court Monday, Jail Administrator Mary Farley once again brought the jail’s reoccurring problem plumbing to the commissioners’ attention again. With the jail regularly at near-full capacity, the aging sewage system is unable to cope with the amount of sewage passing through them.
 
Wed
06
Jan

Starting site selection

By Simone Wichers-Voss
 
With an architect under contract, the next step in the renovation or creation of a new Bosque County jail is to review possible locations and their pros and cons. Aided by digital layered maps – which included 100 year flood planes, roads, city limits and even street views – provided by Bosque County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Jeske, the commissioners and architect Jeff Heffelfinger discussed several options.

 

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Wed
06
Jan

Catch the train

By Simone Wichers-Voss
 
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Railroad announced the finalists of its Catch the Train Photo Contest, all of whom will be featured in the Railroad’s 18-month 2016-2017 calendar. In addition, voting is now open to the public via the Alaska Railroad Facebook page to choose the grand prize winner, who will receive the honor of the Alaska Railroad calendar’s cover, $1,500 and roundtrip rail travel for four.

 

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Wed
06
Jan

Road runner Eary

Barney Gene Eary started running 30 years ago when his daughter Krist challenged him. She was going to a run and asked him to join her. She then said “You probably can’t do it.” 

 

Wed
06
Jan

Back To The Future

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Bosque County is always in motion, and 2015 was no exception. Moving forward The Bosque Museum expanded and offered several special programs throughout the year. The Clifton Economic Development Corporation offered a $125,000 grant to complete the project. 

 

Wed
06
Jan

Be it resolved...

By Elizabeth Devereaux

The first day of 2016 found folk engaged in differing activities and sharing similar themes of hope that 2016 will be a better year. Kopperl resident Paul Martin, together with his two sons Jacob and Zachary and good friend John Defee, relaxed after a hearty meal at Johnny’s in Clifton. “I’m not going to make a resolution this year because they’re too hard to keep,” said the senior Martin. “And, I figure I’m doing something right because my feet are on the right side of the dirt.” “No, none,” Martin’s son Jacob succinctly said, echoing his father’s sentiments on New Year’s resolutions. 

 

Wed
30
Dec

Endearment

By Melinda Routh
 
Where do you start when talking about a couple that has been married seventy five years? Billie Joe Fouts was born July 26, 1921 and Jewel McDone was born November 8, 1920. They could not know, that almost 95 years later, in Iredell the town where they met, ran a grocery store business for eighteen years and raised their son and daughter through high school their love would be celebrated 75 years later on Christmas Day.
 
Wed
30
Dec

Citizens show chief support

By Simone Wichers-Voss
 
Judging by the extensive agenda, the last Meridian City Council meeting of the year was to be a long session regarding all manner of “normal” city business. It was therefore unusual that the Fire Hall was filled with people Dec. 21. Several had asked to speak in Public Forum. Due to time constraints, Mayor Johnnie Hauerland requested to select a spokesperson, which was met with considerable agitation. Each had wanted their own three minutes to address the council.
 

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