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Wed
27
Jul

Be Zika safe

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Reports on the Zika virus and its effects on unborn babies in South and Central America might not seem very relevant to Central Texas residents. But the threat is starting to edge in and people should be aware of the effects and take precautions to avoid getting mosquito bites. Illness caused by Zika is usually mild with symptoms similar to those accompanying a flu like fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, which last for several days to a week.

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Wed
27
Jul

Filling the gap

By Simone Wichers-Voss

With the illness and demise of Bosque County Judge Dewey Ratliff, the Commissioners’ Court could choose to go either of two routes: appoint a temporary judge or leave the position open until the Nov. 8 general elections. Following the Texas Association of Counties advice, and looking at the projects needing decisions and completion soon – the workshops regarding a new jail and the 2016- 17 county budget - , they decided to appoint an interim judge Monday. Their choice out of three capable candidates was Meridian resident and retired engineer Don Pool.   

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Wed
27
Jul

Let the number crunching begin

By Simone Wichers-Voss

 After going through all the county departments’ budget items with a fine tooth comb last year, preparing the next fiscal year’s budget is expected to be a quicker process, with projections being closer to the actual expenses. The county’s new accounting software is also expected to complete the necessary reports for the budget easier. On top of that, the budget process has never started up so early.  

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Wed
20
Jul

Joint effort

By Simone Wichers-Voss

What started the fire was not known. But at 7:36 a.m. on July 13, the Meridian Volunteer Fire Department was called to a structure fire in the 200 block of North Hill Street, across from the First Baptist Church. The residence was occupied at the time the fire started, but all occupants were able to get out safely.

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Wed
20
Jul

Fore-raiser

By Just in Green

For the 18th year in a row, the Bosque County 4-H club held their Lucky Clover Golf Tournament fundraiser to support students throughout the year. The money goes to help 4-H students scholarships, it also helps students attend to, camps, trips and conferences. The money also helps support programs like the Summer Fun Days the county Extension office offers to local youth during the summer.

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Wed
20
Jul

Getting community spirit going

By Simone Wichers-Voss

There seems to be a swell building to spruce up Meridian’s image. To that effect the Meridian chamber of Commerce reinstated the Civic Improvement Association. “There is so much beauty in Meridian,” CIA Chair Liz Davis said at the chamber members luncheon Thursday. “Downtown and the surrounding scenery is just gorgeous. We could rival GlenRose easily. We need to get it as polished and neat as possible. Our goal is to get businesses, city council and other agencies involved and working together.”

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Wed
20
Jul

Finding funds

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Starting mid-June, the Clifton City Council started discussions on the next fiscal year’s budget. With several large projects expected to weigh heavily on the city finances, increasing the tax rate and the base water rate was discussed. Even with a three–four cent tax increase, a $2 raise in the base water rate, and an expected increase in sales tax from both Tractor Supply and Shopko, paring down of costs still have to be considered.

 

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Wed
20
Jul

Wild West Show

By Justin Green

The rodeo was in town! And Clifton cowboyed up with the Red, White and Blue flying, the spurs jingling and the bling belt buckles glistening in the evening sun. You could even imagine the Bonanza theme drifting through the air. The Clifton Chamber of Commerce’s Rodeo Parade in downtown on Friday evening kicked off the activities of the 65th Annual Clifton Horse Show Association Rodeo. The parade featured horse riders, police cars, fire trucks and classic tractors. 

 

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Wed
20
Jul

Bosque County’s true blue tribute

By Simone Wichers-Voss

True, vibrant blue and white is what the mourners wore - their hearts were saddened for the loss of their friend, husband, father, brother, colleague but their minds celebrated a life well lived, honored a worthy man, a good and faithful servant. At a memorial service next to the Bosque County courthouse where he was county judge to his last days on this earth, over 150 people paid tribute to George Dewey Ratliff Saturday. They knew it was his adamant wish that Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird would be the backdrop to the slide show of his life and applauded the spirit of the much respected community leader who lost the battle against cancer July 11. “Every great man is assigned one crazy, out-of-control, lame-brained friend,” Bob Barkley said, recounting personal stories on how Ratliff savored life, how he overcame pain and suffering thanks to his faith. “God spared me for that split second Dewey needed a friend.” 

 

Wed
13
Jul

Backing The Blue

By Justin Green

When the structure of society is threatened, Bosque County residents are quick to rally together, and pray. The Meridian community gathered around courthouse to pray and show support for all Texas police officers at noon on Friday after the vicious slaying of law enforcement officers in Dallas the night before.

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