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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.

Wed
13
Sep

Artists cowboy up

This year marked the 32nd annual Bosque Art Classic, and according to many, the show just keeps getting better and better, thanks to the never-abating enthusiasm and dedication of the Bosque Arts Center Art Council.

The art council is a sub-group of the Bosque Arts Center dedicated to the promotion of the visual fine arts and as such sponsors several art-related events, including the annual Bosque Art Classic juried art show.

The nationally recognized art show and sale has become synonymous with outstanding original art—especially western art—it opened with a special cocktail, dinner, awards ceremony and sale Saturday.

The show featured works of over 100 talented artists, selected out of 740 entries.

Cowboy Artists of America member Teal Blake served as judge for the 2017 show - he juried in 170-plus pieces of art by over 100 artists from the nation in the media of oil/acrylic, drawing, pastel, water media, and sculpture.

Wed
06
Sep

Fry ‘em up

It is a longstanding tradition – to get some great fried catfish in Laguna Park during Labor Day weekend. This year, the tradition is in its 48th year.

The West Shore Volunteer Fire Department fundraising Fish Fry Saturday at the fire hall on Shore Acres in Laguna Park drew generous patrons from far and wide, and from close by in their golf carts and mules.

Even before the official start of serving at 5 p.m. people were lined up at the take out window and in the fire hall for their fish fix

The event brings out over 2,000 people looking for their fried fish and French fry fix and donating into the WSVFD coffers. It seems like the whole community and their families are recruited to help set up tables, wash, dry and dust the fish with corn meal, man the cookers and serve the guests.

Wed
06
Sep

Not on the same page

According to Robert’s Rules of Order - a guide for conducting meetings and making decisions as a group - you should abstain from voting whenever you have an interest in the outcome that directly affects you personally or monetarily in a manner not shared by the other members of your group. The key here is that the other members don’t share your interest.

At the Meridian City Council meeting Aug. 28, city council members Angie Buck and Cindy Wallace abstained from voting in regards to the amendment of the City Administrator duties and the city’s Social Media Policy.

An abstention is sometimes referred to as a non-vote, which is misleading. Most courts hold that an abstention is to be construed as agreeing with the majority.

Wallace adhered to the Dictionary.com meaning: to abstain means to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy; to refrain from casting one’s vote.

Wed
06
Sep

FISH & FELLOWSHIP

It is a longstanding tradition – to get some great fried catfish in Laguna Park during Labor Day weekend. This year, the tradition is in its 48th year.

The West Shore Volunteer Fire Department fundraising Fish Fry Saturday at the fire hall on Shore Acres in Laguna Park drew generous patrons from far and wide, and from close by in their golf carts and mules.

Even before the official start of serving at 5 p.m. people were lined up at the take out window and in the fire hall for their fish fix

The event brings out over 2,000 people looking for their fried fish and French fry fix and donating into the WSVFD coffers. It seems like the whole community and their families are recruited to help set up tables, wash, dry and dust the fish with corn meal, man the cookers and serve the guests.

Wed
06
Sep

Sanitary sewer

The Clifton City Council approved hiring a civil engineering firm to file an extension on submitting a sanitary sewer overflow plan to the state’s environmental agency during a called meeting on Thursday, August 31.

The City, once Walker Partners files the extension pending approval by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, may have between a few weeks to several months prepare the plan.

The plan is needed in order for the City to comply with a state initiative to fix a sewer line section on West Third Street in Clifton. This section has developed a pattern of overflowing during rain events in recent years.

Kyle Schulze, project engineer with Walker Partners based in Waco, explained to the council that the SSO plan is an alternative to paying fines to the state for continued sewer overflow violations.

Wed
06
Sep

CISD budget shortfall

The Clifton Independent School District’s Board of Education adopted a $8.8 million budget for its 2017-18 fiscal year during its called meeting on Monday, August 28.

The board also approved the district’s tax rate at $1.35 per $100 property value, $1.045 of which is for the maintenance and operation fund and $0.305 is for the interest and sinking fund.

This next fiscal year, the district’s business office projects that the district will be over-budget by $33,671, based on an estimated property tax collection rate of 98 percent and the district’s average daily student attendance.

A $105,000 shortfall in food service is projected due to a loss in federal dollars. The district’s debt service will have surplus of $157,155 for payments on the new campus constructions. . The bulk of the food service funds’ projected revenue is from federal sources at $369,000, followed by local property taxes at $96,000, and the state’s portion at $16,000.

Wed
30
Aug

River rodeo

Six C Farm & Ranch battles weather for inaugural event

For the past three years, Casey Sweat of Six C Farm and Ranch has been trying to add a rodeo event to the Bosque County calendar. Twice he wanted to hold it at the Meridian Horse Show Association Arena, and twice it had to be cancelled because of inclement weather.

Instead of being beat down, Sweat decided to go whole hog and build his own arena in his hometown Iredell – the Snuff City Arena. And with historically just a 10 percent chance of bad weather at the end of August, Sweat went ahead and organized the First Bosque River Rodeo last weekend, with roping preliminaries on Wednesday. Little could he know that Mother Nature had Hurricane Harvey up her sleeve.

But even though it rained a lot on Friday and Saturday, come show time, the area floor was fit to rodeo on and the CPRA-UPRA-WPRA co-sanctioned event finally saw the light.

Wed
30
Aug

Increased productiveness

The District Attorney is the chief prosecuting officer a Judicial District Court. Bosque County is part of the 220th district, which is comprised of Bosque, Hamilton and Comanche Counties. The District Attorney prosecutes felony cases including criminal cases, including child abuse, violent crimes, homicides, narcotics, and property crimes; motion to revoke cases and bond forfeitures.

Taking time out of their busy schedule, 220th Judicial District Attorney Adam Sibley and Assistant DA Shawn Carpenter presented a year-to-date report to the Bosque County Commissioners Court Monday.

Sibley ran unopposed for the DA position in 2016, coming into office on Jan. 2017.

At that time he set some goals for the office which included expediting case submissions and resolutions, reducing county jail costs and increase the fines collected – all processes that require collaboration with the courts and local and state law enforcement agencies.

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