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Tue
16
May
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Mr. Ball goes to D.C.

Clifton Middle School principal discusses education with members of Congress

Clifton Middle School principal Andy Ball visited Washington, D.C. recently to encourage Texas’ members of Congress to pass laws that build up the nation’s public schools.

The visit was part of the annual Advocacy Conference, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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Tue
16
May
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Future farmers

Clifton FFA honors achievements

By Nathan Diebenow

The Clifton Chapter of the Future Farmers of America honored students, parents, sponsors, volunteers, and alumni at its 80th Annual Clifton FFA Banquet at the high school cafeteria on Wednesday, May 10.

The banquet participants recognized the Clifton FFA program’s achievements as individuals and teams and as a group in the 2016-17 year and swore-in new officers for the next year.

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Wed
10
May
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Mix of old & new

South Bosque County elections return incumbents, welcome new faces 

 

by Nathan Diebenow 

Voters selected a mix of new faces and incumbents to fill contested seats in Clifton’s municipal and school district elections on Saturday, May 6.

Elected to the Clifton Independent School District’s Board of Education were newcomer Courtney Mayfield (207 votes) and incumbents Skylar Bizzell (200 votes) and Damaris Neelley (167 votes).

Newcomer Les Davis (136 votes) was not far behind in the election for the school board’s three seats for three-year unexpired terms.

 

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Wed
10
May
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Clifton’s new Olsen Railroad Museum dedicated

by Nathan Diebenow 

For the first time in over six decades, a passenger train made a scheduled stop to drop off travelers in Clifton on Saturday, May 6.

The special event took place in conjunction with the opening dedication ceremony of Clifton’s new Edwin Olsen Railroad Museum.

Over 50 passengers returned to historic downtown Clifton via an Amtrak passenger train after they traveled by chartered bus to tour the railroad museum in Temple.

 

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Wed
10
May
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Lush-ious ladies

Tin Building Theatre’s bittersweet Savannah Sipping Society resonates 

 

by Simone Wichers-Voss 

Picture a soft yellow house with a veranda – a porch here in Texas - surrounded by jasmine and planters overflowing with multi-colored pansies. In the classically beautiful white wicker chairs, four middle-aged women sip on a variety of Friday afternoon happy hour concoctions.

This is the exceptionally beautiful backdrop for the Tin Building Theatre’s spring production, the Savannah Sipping Society which opened with a dinner theatre Saturday. The bittersweet comedy opened to great success, as the group marked its 35th year.

The four Southern women in the play, all kicked to the curb by life – a widow, a divorcee, a fired career woman and a roamer – are thrown together by fate. Each for her own reasons came to live in the mighty fine Savannah of Spanish Moss, magnolias, horse-drawn carriages and legendary hospitality.

 

Wed
10
May
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Election still hangs in the balance

Yguerabide elected mayor, final city council seat remains deadlocked 

 

by Simone Wichers-Voss 

In last week’s hotly-contested local elections with voters calling for change, Meridian got just that with a new mayor and new city council member.

But with two city council seats up for grabs and five candidates on the ballot, the final spot remains undecided.

Voter turnout for local elections historically is much lower than for national elections.

 

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Wed
10
May
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Hear us pray

Bosque County observes National Prayer Day on courthouse lawn

 

by Simone Wichers-Voss 

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

Thousands of individuals, churches, and communities heeded the 66th national call to prayer May 4. Bosque County Judge Don Pool, and assisted by Pastor Daniel Hawkins, led a group in prayer at the Meridian Courthouse Square that day.

Wed
10
May
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Bosque Farmer’s Market opened new season

by Simone Wichers-Voss 

From getting produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. To name a few: local farmers and consumers both benefit from improved access to fresh, healthy, local food and a farmers market helps boost income for small farmers and overall increases the quality of life in a community.

A collaborative group of Bosque County residents initiated the Bosque Farmers Market last year, which is open Saturday mornings from May to October from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday heralded the start of a new Bosque Farmers Market season, at a new location – the River Street Park, complete with music and games.

 

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Tue
02
May
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Code enforcement

By Simone Wichers-Voss

City codes encompass more than just keeping lawns mowed and junked cars removed. It is about providing citizens with a safe, healthy and attractive work and home environment.

Code enforcement is a recurring topic at Meridian City Council meetings, as it was during the April 24 meeting.

For the civic organization Meridian Grassroots, an attractive, wellkept town is a calling card for everyone passing through or living here.

 

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Tue
02
May
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Local elections devisive

By Brett Voss

In light of the City of Meridian facing what many argue will be the most important local election in years, the Meridian GrassRoots, Inc. hosted a political forum at the Meridian Civic Center April 20 that drew all seven candidates on the ballot for the open mayor’s seat and two vacated city council positions.

Meridian’s incumbent Mayor Johnnie Hauerland, 76, will be seeking his third term while attempting to hold off challenger Daniel Yguerabide, 27, in what has turned into a hotly-contested race. With two seats on the city council open, five candidates -- Elizabeth Davis, 37, Luke Giesecke, 35, Eric Hooks, 41, Ryan Nieuwenhuis, 21, and Tammy Whitlow, 41 -- will be in a battle for those places.

 

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