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Wed
13
Jul

Helpful brothers

By Justin Green

The Masonic Lodges in Valley Mills and Clifton recently changed leadership positions within their organization. On Saturday, the Clifton Lodge inducted Robin Hill as the Worshipful Master. They also inducted Justin Nichols, Harold Leigh, Justin Tergerson, Earl Curlee, Mike Prescher, Tom Nichols, Terry Bekkelund, and Jimmy Gumm into new positions, Hill said.

 

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Wed
13
Jul

Dedicated until the very end

By Simone Wichers-Voss His life’s fire had burned bright and strong, but life’s last ember faded so quickly and too soon. From the moment he discovered he was terminally ill early this year, Bosque County Judge Dewey Ratliff cherished every breath like the deeply spiritual man he was, cherished every moment he had surrounded by his dear family, comforted in the knowledge that he would soon be meeting his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

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Wed
06
Jul

Paddler paradise

By Justin Green

Water worthy rafts hit the river early Saturday morning during the Bosque River Raft Races in Iredell. The event was open for everyone who wanted to join in the fun. Raft contests were held in the past but have not been hosted for over thirty years, the sponsors were trying to reintroduce the event to the city, said Hillarie Phillips, office manager of LoneStar Pipeline Contractors.

 

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Wed
06
Jul

Illegal agriculture weeded out

By Simone Wichers-Voss

The location seemed remote enough; the dense brush provided excellent cover. But still they were busted, all because of a chance survey. On June 30, the Bosque County Sheriff ’s Office and the Meridian State Park Police received information about a marijuana grow operation on property across from the State Park. A state environmentalist who conducts regular, standard surveys around state parks had stumbled upon marijuana plants in a field along Bee Creek.

 

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Wed
06
Jul

Taking pride

By Simone Wichers-Voss

It’s not called Red, White and Proud for nothing. The Civic Music Association’s annual Fourth of July celebration in the Tin Building Theatre Monday combined the patriotic, with golden oldies, and good sing along songs with merriness – all with the goal to leave the audience feeling happy and proud to be American. The Civic Music Association has hosted this free community-wide event since 2011 with the help of many friends at the arts center.  

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Wed
06
Jul

Soulful echoes

By Simone Wichers-Voss

The program promised harp, percussion and singing, but that could mean so many things. American-born, French-living musical duo Megan Metheny and Rebekah West’s American Echoes tour came to the Jones Gallery in Clifton June 28, giving the audience a unique, thought-provoking evening of music.  

 

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Wed
06
Jul

Red, White & Proud

By Justin Green

The Fourth of July marks a joyous day for all throughout our great nation. From cities to rural communities, regardless of the community size, Americans – and Texans in particular - are a patriotic group of people. Valley Mills was one of those rural communities, and they are known for their Independence Day parade and fireworks.

 

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Thu
30
Jun

Keeping it safe

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Safety with fireworks so we can have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day is everybody’s responsibility. Different organizations like the Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Fire Protection Agency and Bosque County Emergency Management all ask people to keep their neighbors and their own safety and property in mind before lighting fireworks and to use caution at all times.

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Thu
30
Jun

Friends Indeed

By Simone Wichers-Voss

The Order of the Sons of Hermann in the state of Texas - also known as Hermann Sons - was the largest fraternal insurance benefit society headquartered in Texas. The lodge system is a unique part of Hermann Sons. When a certificate of insurance or an annuity is purchased, the buyer can also apply to become a member of the organization. Lodge members are encouraged to choose a non-profit 501(c)3 organization to support by hosting an event to raise funds for that organization. The funds raised are matched by the Grand Lodge up to $500. 

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Thu
30
Jun

Precious pets on display

Dogs, birds and even a bearded dragon showed up. And they were accompanied by a turtle, sugar gliders, goats, chickens, a dove and a rabbit. On June 18, Lutheran Sunset Ministries hosted its Second Annual Community Pet Show at the Sunset Home - the long-term care program of the ministry. “This was a fun opportunity for the community and our staff members to show off their furry, feathered and scaly friends to some of the best judges in town … our residents!” Marketing and Community Relations Director Andrea Hikel said. “Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to all of our winners!” 

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