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Costly telecommunications

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Over the past few weeks the Bosque County Commissioners discussed the necessity for improved telecommunications at the courthouse and at the Bosque County tax office.

At the June 26 court, they approved a $39,000 lease contract for 13 new DSR-2 ANT radar for the Bosque County Sheriff ’s Office. They are single-zone directional Stalker radars. The full-service lease contract replaces all present 12-year-old radars and covers replacement should a radar malfunction.

At the July 10 court, new servers and software for the tax office were approved. Dell and Microsoft could no longer support their present server, making it susceptible to viruses and ransomware. The server holds the tax data base, and the software updates the programs, provides new functionalities and updates applications. Including installation the package costs nearly $18,000.

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Sewing students

Sewing students – Rebekah Tyler (from left), Sophia Neumann, Abigail Ketchum, Gareth Schulte, Isabella Riley, and Sarah Tyler created pillows, washable surgical masks, and animal dolls during the sewing camp the week of July 11 at the Bosque

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No Train, No Gain

By Nathan Diebenow

Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger.

Those four words could be title of your favorite summer jam. It could also be the motto of the Clifton ISD Athletic Department’s speed and power camps. Or both.

Clifton Athletic Director Chuck Caniford said that the camp has – thus far – been comparable to last June’s in terms of attendance of the student-athletes.

There’s one big difference from the previous four summers: the student-athletes’ self-motivation.

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Aging agency offers chronic disease workshop

Texas is facing a healthcare crisis – nine out of 10 older adults suffer from at least one chronic illness with 75 percent having at least two chronic conditions that are often unmanaged. To provide relief for this crisis experienced by our rapidly aging and disabled population, the Area Agency on Aging of the Heart of Texas is offering free Chronic Disease Education programs throughout the six-county region; Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, and McLennan.

The Heart of Texas AAA has received training in the Stanford Patient Education Chronic Disease, Diabetes, and Chronic Pain Self-Management Programs. Workshops are ongoing in all three programs. Different workshops will be offered every month or two in various locations throughout the Heart of Texas region. Participants also receive a free workbook and relaxation CD along with the free course. If you are interested in a program, call (254) 292-1855 to be placed on the waiting list for the next workshop.

Wed
05
Jul
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Gold ribbon BBQ bucks

National Championship Barbecue Cookoff awards two $1,000 scholarships

By Simone Wichers-Voss

When the National Championship Barbecue Cookoff was established over 25 years ago, its main objective was to raise funds for local charities. Over the years, the board has added scholarships to the goals.

Both valedictorians, Meridian High School senior Darcy Wyatt and Iredell High School senior Lana Lentschke are the 2017 NCBC scholarship recipients out of 11 applicants.

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BAC welcomes youth for Imagination Factory - a four-day creativity camp

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Creativity is a wild mind, and a disciplined eye; because creativity involves breaking out of established patterns, in order to look at things a different way – seeing what others don’t see, thinking what others don’t think.

In short, creativity is the ability to connect things that are seemingly unconnected.

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Wed
28
Jun
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Mother Goose secrets revealed

Rotary speaker presents history behind classic nursery rhymes

By Nathan Diebenow

Some children’s stories are more than what they seem.

Sarita Ellis revealed the (almost) secret history behind “Mother Goose” nursery rhymes during the Bosque County Rotary Club meeting at the Clifton Civic Center on Thursday, June 22.

The lyrics and songs the Rotarian noted in her presentation were descriptions of specific events that happened in Anglo-European history dating back, in some cases, to 16th century Europe.

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Wed
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Kids & cows

Clifton’s Nellie Pederson Library summer youth program focuses on dairy farming

By Simone Wichers-Voss

The first thing the youngsters and their caretakers saw was a massive trailer being backed up into the parking lot behind the library. And driving the Southwest Dairy rig containing Katy Belle the milk cow, was Kayler Campbell.

It would prove to be an exciting day for those attending the Clifton Nellie Pedersen Library in Thursday, with Holstein Katy Belle stealing the show by just being her cute black and white, big wet-eyed self.

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Making the state pay the price

Constitutional amendment banning unfunded mandates one step away

By Simone Wichers-Voss

According to the Texas association of counties, Texas counties have long faced unfunded and underfunded mandates from both the state and federal governments. These costly mandates may be unintentional on the part of legislators when bills are originally passed but end up costing local taxpayers once they are implemented.

On May 11, Rep. DeWayne Burns’ proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution restricting the state legislature’s ability to impose mandates on counties and municipalities passed the Texas House by a vote of 127 to 18. House Joint Resolution 73 would require that any state directive to local governments be accompanied by a full appropriation from the legislature or force the state to reimburse counties or cities for the costs they incur implementing it.

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21
Jun
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Horrifyingly Tragic

U.S. Rep. Williams, aide injured in baseball practice shooting

By Brett Voss

What began as a fun and friendly preparation for the 80th Annual Congressional Baseball Game suddenly turned horrifyingly tragic during the Republican practice last Wednesday morning at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia.

With U.S. Representative Roger Williams of Texas’ 25th District serving as coach and three other Texas lawmakers – U.S. Reps Joe Barton, Kevin Brady, Mike Conaway and Williams – on the team attending practice, a lone gunman armed with a rifle and a handgun opened fire, seriously wounding four. The gunman was shot and killed at the scene after police returned fire.

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