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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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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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Stepping on up

By Simone Wichers-Voss

After a long process in which six candidates were interviewed, the Meridian Independent School District board unanimously selected Meridian Elementary School Principal Kim Edwards as new superintendent. Edwards is taking the place of resigning superintendent Dr. John Horak.

The announcement was made at a specially called meeting April 27.

When MISD board President Payton Wallace was asked that if he could select just two qualities a candidate had to posses he named “Someone who had the best interest of our school and students at heart,” and “someone who would be a large part of the community.”

 

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God’s country

By Nathan Diebenow

A retired couple presented a photo travelogue of the national parks they recently visited at the Bosque County Rotary Club (Clifton) at the Clifton Civic Center on Thursday, April 20.

Jim and Connie Merrill – relatively new residents of Bosque County – explained that their road trip to the American Southwest in the winter of 2017 enabled them to practice landscape and wildlife photography. It also allowed them to escape Central Texas’ cedar pollen, they joked.

 

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Nor-Tex Hospitality

By Nathan Diebenow

Warm and festive Norwegian- Texan hospitality was on full display at the historic Ringness House Museum on Saturday, April 29.

Guests for the museum’s spring social came from all around Texas, but primarily from its neighboring towns and enclaves in Bosque County.

The social – the second in as many springs – consisted of several delicious homemade foods in addition to a selection of savory wines in a relaxed, rustic atmosphere.

 

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Protecting landowners

Burns files legislation to protect property owners from eminent domain abuse

AUSTIN – State Representative DeWayne Burns filed legislation taking aim at eminent domain abuse. House Bill 2684 will help level the playing field for property owners when they faceoff with government entities and corporations with infinitely greater resources. Rep. Burns said that it was his personal experience with eminent domain that prompted him to file the bill.

“I know first-hand the burden that the eminent domain process places on landowners,” Burns said. “That is why I am fighting to ensure property owners are in the best possible position when faced with the taking of their property. In Texas, private property rights are a sacred principle, and I believe this legislation will help preserve that right without adversely affecting the businesses that are helping to grow our economy.”

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Jacket Dome Rumble

Main Event Wrestling returns to Meridian

By Elizabeth Schlumpf

Main Event Pro Wrestling claims to be one of the largest and most successful professional wrestling companies in the country, so Bosque residents were excited to learn that they would be able to attend a unique fundraiser at the Jacket Dome - the Meridian High School gym.

The event hosted by the Meridian Youth Baseball and Softball Association, packed the Jacket Dome with people on Saturday night as some of the biggest names in Main Event took to the ring for the Meridian Association’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

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Divine vocal drama

Bosque Chorale pulls off challenging Mendelssohn oratorio

By Simone Wichers-Voss

In romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah, first performed in 1847, he depicts events taken from the Old Testament books 1 Kings and 2 Kings. The religious “opera” essentially proclaims the message that those that have faith will be rewarded - faith triumphs.

The Bosque Chorale’s performance of selections from this popular two-part oratorio April 20, exuded faith – the chorale’s faith that under David Anavitarte’s direction they would perform their best; Anavitarte’s faith in his chorale and orchestra to bring the dramatic story alive; the people of Israel’s return to faith in God which would lead them out of the drought; Elijah’s faith in God that ultimately transports him to heaven and the audience’s faith that “their chorale” would amaze them once more with their talented performance.

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Giving It All

Rotary’s Run For The Hills breaks fundraising goal

By Nathan Diebenow

It was the perfect day for a perfect run through Clifton City Park.

A bunch of families took advantage of the community atmosphere offered by the 4th Annual Run For The Hills 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, April 22.

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Blooming beauty

Museum Wildflower Show & Sale

By Simone Wichers-Voss

The array of wildflowers decorating the county’s roads and pathways signal true spring and bring a palette of color and smiles after the monotone grey of winter.

Walking along the exhibited works featuring flowers and landscapes, visitors to the Bosque Museum Wildflower show and sale opening reception April 20 had many a aha-moment, as in “aha- I’ve seen those blooms along the road, or aha, I have those flowers in the back of the property, and now I know what they’re called.” Many of the county’s beautiful blooms decorated the museum’s hall.

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