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Connections

The Bosque Museum is dedicated to protect and preserve Bosque County’s historic and prehistoric resources for use, education, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future Bosque County citizens.

In that vein, the museum board organized an Educator’s Night at the Museum with a dinner and drinks Sept. 12.

The museum sent out invitations to all 265 educators spread over eight school districts in Bosque County, of which over 35 showed up to see what their local museum had to offer.

“We hoped that we would have 10 percent of the teachers be present, so we have surpassed our goal,” Bosque Museum Interim Director Barbara Aars said. “With this evening we hope to help the educators realize the resources meeting TEKS and STEM goals they have at their local museum; right in their own backyard. And we hope that those present spread the word. We also want to hear from them what we can do for them.”

Wed
20
Sep

Stepping up, step down

Stepping up to the challenge in a difficult situation sometimes evokes the gratitude and respect of others.

With no police chief and Sgt. Curtis Rust’s recent absence serving the Texas Guard in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and his subsequent resignation, Meridian patrol officer Brian Wallace stepped up to the plate and singlehandedly took over a multitude of tasks, just to keep the Meridian Police Department running and to keep the city’s citizens as safe as possible.

In the city council meeting Monday, the council approved promoting him officially to sergeant, effective immediately. In his new role, Wallace will be responsible for the day to day performance of patrol officers, reporting to the Police Chief and he will have more administrative duties like scheduling, assignments, evaluations, setting up trainings and receiving and generating reports.

Wed
20
Sep

Citizens, agencies continue efforts in hurricane aide

Capitol Highlights

AUSTIN — Help-is-on-the-way announcements from the governor’s office came last week as residents of hard-hit counties of the state labored to pull themselves out the watery mire and windblown nightmare of Hurricane Harvey.

On Sept. 14, Gov. Greg Abbott spotlighted Texas Department of Transportation contractors’ efforts to remove debris along state roadways in the Coastal Bend, the area that took a full frontal assault from the deadly storm that plowed ashore and battered Texas in late August and early September.

“The cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is a job that will take months for Texans to complete,” Abbott said, “but our state agencies have been poised and ready to begin the work of clearing our roads and public spaces of the oftentimes dangerous debris left by this storm.”

Wed
20
Sep

CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS

The Bosque Museum is dedicated to protect and preserve Bosque County’s historic and prehistoric resources for use, education, enjoyment and economic benefit of present and future Bosque County citizens.

In that vein, the museum board organized an Educator’s Night at the Museum with a dinner and drinks Sept. 12.

The museum sent out invitations to all 265 educators spread over eight school districts in Bosque County, of which over 35 showed up to see what their local museum had to offer.

“We hoped that we would have 10 percent of the teachers be present, so we have surpassed our goal,” Bosque Museum Interim Director Barbara Aars said. “With this evening we hope to help the educators realize the resources meeting TEKS and STEM goals they have at their local museum; right in their own backyard. And we hope that those present spread the word. We also want to hear from them what we can do for them.”

Wed
20
Sep

Dipping into oils

As you walk into the classroom, painter/artist Samuel Shelton is explaining how to make oil paint – with natural and mineral pigments, walnut oil and a lot of attention. How does this relate to the portrait class he offered at the Bosque Arts Center over the past six weeks?

Shelton believes in “building a painting” and that building of layers starts with mixing your color palette. His preferred color palette is that of the renaissance and baroque – carmine, ultramarine, vermillion, ochre, burnt sienna, malachite and leadwhite.

Wed
20
Sep

Who’s in charge?

The Clifton City Council approved the hiring of a new municipal court judge and the appointments of three members to the city’s economic development board of directors during its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 12.

Jeff Hightower is to serve as the City of Clifton’s new part-time municipal judge. He is currently the municipal judge for the City of Meridian and Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1.

The municipal judge’s responsibilities are to hear class C misdemeanor and other fine-only cases. His magistrate duties include arrest warrants, search warrants, mental health warrants, and jail magistration.

The council also accepted the request of Paul Phillips to remain the city’s municipal court judge working part-time. Phillips will continue to serve in the City’s building inspector.

Hightower and Phillips are to each receive $350 a month with no other employee benefits for their part-time work as municipal court judges.

Wed
13
Sep

Touching tribute

What started as a day of prayer and remembrance for the over 3,000 victims of the horrific terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C 16 years ago on Sept. 9, has evolved into Patriot’s Day, a day to additionally honor the heroes, the first responders that have fallen in the line of duty.

Quiet introspection, hand on heart and a lump in one’s throat typified the Patriot Day tribute on the Meridian Courthouse lawn Monday.

“Today marks 15 years we have held a memorial service her at this courthouse for the brave men and women who lost their lives that day,” Bosque County Judge Don Pool said in his word of welcome. “Our focus has been on all casualties, but specifically on the lives of first responders. A day that changed our world forever.”

In the 9/11 attacks 2,996 people lost their live - 403 of which were first responders. Since 9/11/2001, 4,076 first responders have laid down their lives in the line of duty – 395 last year alone.

Wed
13
Sep

It’s a Gap thing

It’s a Gap thing – Septemberfest. And more and more people from far and wide come to enjoy that “Gap Thing.”

As always the all-day “fun, food, and fellowship for the entire family” festivities of the 40th Annual Septemberfest in Cranfills Gap kicked off with a parade Satuday.

The incredible amount of the candy dished out along the short route down Main Street was the real winner of the parade, undoubtedly filling family candy jars for a while, and leaving the kids and adults very happy.

Wed
13
Sep

Police Sgt. Rust resigns

After another lengthy executive session, the Meridian City Council emerged split on accepting Sgt. Curtis Rust’s resignation during the regular meeting Monday evening.

Rust is presently deployed with the Texas National Guard to the hurricane-stricken area. He tendered his resignation by phone, requesting a termination date of Sept. 20.

Apparently the lengthy discussion at the Meridian City Council meeting Monday was to determine the date of termination. Council members Liz Davis and Ryan Nieuwenhuis motioned to accept the resignation effective immediately, with appreciation of his service.

Council members Shawn Stauffer and Angie Buck opposed. Stauffer felt that because Rust was deployed serving the state, an immediate termination was not proper.

Wed
13
Sep

TOUCHING TRIBUtE

What started as a day of prayer and remembrance for the over 3,000 victims of the horrific terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C 16 years ago on Sept. 9, has evolved into Patriot’s Day, a day to additionally honor the heroes, the first responders that have fallen in the line of duty.

Quiet introspection, hand on heart and a lump in one’s throat typified the Patriot Day tribute on the Meridian Courthouse lawn Monday.

“Today marks 15 years we have held a memorial service her at this courthouse for the brave men and women who lost their lives that day,” Bosque County Judge Don Pool said in his word of welcome. “Our focus has been on all casualties, but specifically on the lives of first responders. A day that changed our world forever.”

In the 9/11 attacks 2,996 people lost their live - 403 of which were first responders. Since 9/11/2001, 4,076 first responders have laid down their lives in the line of duty – 395 last year alone.

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