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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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Wed
13
Jul

In with the new

By Justin Green

Meridian Independent School District said goodbye to multiple teachers at the end of the last school year. Recently, those empty positions were filled just in time to start the school year.

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Wed
13
Jul

Date change

By Simone Wichers-Voss

With many organizations and interests involved, changing the date of a major county happening is complicated. At a called general meeting July 5, the CTYF board once again offered the members a choice of dates – leave the fair date on June 7-15, or amend the date to the first week of June or move to July to coincide with the Rodeo.

 

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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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