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Ministerial Alliance helps to weekend hunter among youth

By Simone Wichers-Voss

At the Meridian campuses nearly two-thirds of the students come from economically disadvantaged families. These students are eligible for free or reduced cost lunches, thus ensuring them of at least two meals a day.

But during the weekends and in during the summer months, these same students might not have access to regular meals.

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Something old, something new in the park

Meridian State Park host Sweetheart Dance prior to Valentine’s Day

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Sometimes bringing back things from the past can be a good thing.

Over 150 people celebrated the history of Saturday night dances at the Meridian State Park refectory building with a Sweetheart dance as the sun set over the lake.

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VFW awards Patriot Pen Awards

Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8553, holds a VFW Patriots Pen contest. On Feb. 4, the post held its annual Young Patriots Awards Banquet at Abuelita’s Mexican Restaurant in Meridian to recognize participants and present awards to the Bosque County contest winners.

Patriot’s Pen is a nationwide VFW sponsored youth essay competition for students in the 6th-8th grades that gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy and freedom.

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Wildflower Virtues

Master gardener presents exhibit at museum

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Clifton resident of Norwegian descent and artist Gurine Nilsen was painting wildflowers long before Lady Bird Johnson brought the public’s attention to Texas wildflowers.

The Bosque Museum opened a special exhibit about wildflowers using Nilsen’s paintings Sunday with a well-attended introduction by master gardener Eric Vanderbeck.

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Remembering our pioneer women

Preservation Luncheon honors early Bosque County female settlers

By Nathan Diebenow

You may have heard the line, “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.”

Now, instead of a dancing machine, picture Fred as a pioneer traveling by horse-drawn wagon from Bosque County on his way to pick up supplies in Waco.

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Cub to Cowboy

by Brett Voss & Simone Wichers-Voss 

Before proud family, friends, school faculty and fellow students in the high school gym on National Signing Day Feb. 1, Clifton Cub Clayton Caniford beamingly signed a national letter of intent, committing himself to study at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

During his studies, Caniford will be part of the university’s Cowboys football team and hopes to get a shot at being a receiver.

“My heart swells with pride in this prestigious moment for Clayton,” Clifton High School Principal Becky Burnett said to the crowd. “This is a young man with a ‘Can Do’ personality; always giving 150 percent. And that smile is always there. I am so proud of you.”

 

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Veni, Vidi, Fishy

by Nathan Diebenow 

They crossed the Bosque River, carted their upright bass and banjo onto the stage, and reeled in the hearts and minds of kids young and old at the Tin Building Theatre on Thursday, February 2.

Musicians Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet have performed together for 40 years, though this was the first time the duo have trod to the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton.

“I usually don’t say nice things

 

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Sound finances save funds

by Simone Wichers-Voss 

Receiving a good rating from the bond rating agency was important to the county. It would mean receiving favorable rates regarding the bonds issuance for the new construction of the county’s law enforcement center.

At the Jan. 23 Bosque County Commissioners Court, County Auditor delivered the good news that the county received a preliminary “double A minus” rating from the bond rating agency.

Thanks to this rating, Bosque County will save over $760,000 in debt service costs over the life of the loan for an AA rating over an A rating.

 

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Courthouse closed for safety, security training

by Simone Wichers-Voss 

Throughout the week, there are many comings and goings at the Bosque County Courthouse – from jurors, inmates, clerks, county employees and citizens.

On Feb. 3, for the third time, the courthouse was closed to the public to provide the courthouse employees an eight-hour training in security and safety. The training was important for new employees, but for those who had participated before the training got a refresher course and new information.

According to Bosque County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Jeske, who initiated and organized the training, the day focused on county employees, the citizens they serve and their own safety.

 

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Changing colors

by Brett Voss & Simone Wichers-Voss 

On the football field and on the track, he was known for his exceptional speed. And thanks to that speed, coaches from universities had an eye on the Meridian High School senior.

On National Signing Day Feb. 1 before proud family, school faculty and fellow students, MHS senior Dallas Anderson beamingly signed a national letter of intent, committing himself to study at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.

“We are so proud of him,” mother Pam Anderson said. “He had some really tough decisions to make, and he weighed the options and made the decision on his own.”

 

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