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Tue
03
Jan

Out With The Old, In With The New

By Simone Wichers-Voss

A New Year is a time to look forward to what the next year will bring and make plans, but also to assess the past year, learn from experiences and maybe resolve to make some changes. This year in review shows the multitude and diversity of activities within Bosque County - small as it may be compared to other counties. What stands out is that most events have a fundraising function and with that shows the compassion and dedication people have for others and for a variety of causes and organizations; reaching out through the churches. And as in any small town, the education and the school are highly significant, and with it all the activities like sports, band, Future Farmers of America livestock shows, academic achievements and such. And for a rural area, agriculture, the AgriLife Extension Service news, including 4-H activities also take up a large part of the hometown newspapers.

Tue
03
Jan

Back to the future vows

By Nathan Diebenow

Lots of things were promised in the last six decades. While some have yet to come true, others have. Immortality serums, teleportation devices, tractor beams, force fields, Marian colonies, anti-gravity belts, and time-travel machines all remain fiction. But, the Chicago Cubs did win another World Series – finally; people may now communicate with one another via cameras on their wristwatches; and robots are performing more and more labor once expected of humans

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Tue
27
Dec

Report cards

By Simone Wichers-Voss

The school report card (SRC) combines accountability ratings, data from the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), and financial information to give a broad view of campus performance. The Texas Education Agency recently released the 2015-1016 report cards.

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Tue
27
Dec

Snowman Silliness Simone

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Governing the county is a very serious business. But every once in a while, there is and should be room for some fun. At the Bosque County employees Christmas lunch Dec. 21 – besides the meal – the best part was the fun competition between departments.

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Tue
27
Dec

The water lady, sweetie

Cranfills Gap and Mustang may be small communities, but they are home to an icon as well-known as Fort Worth. After 41 years of service to Mustang Valley Water and to her community, Ruth Tucker has decided to retire. Everybody knows her. Just ask anyone around; they have all heard that friendly voice saying, “Sweetie, this is Ruth, your water lady.”

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Tue
27
Dec

Sparking safety

By Simone Wichers-Voss

 

While fireworks are the most iconic and festive way to celebrate our country’s independence, there are definitely dangers involved if fireworks are used improperly. During a drought the Bosque County Commissioners Court has the ability to restrict the sale and use of fireworks with sticks and missiles with fins in the unincorporated areas of the county. But with recent rains and the average Keetch- Byrum Drought Index for the county between 200 and 300, restrictions are not applicable this New Year

 

 

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Tue
27
Dec

Railroad museum stays on track

By Nathan Diebenow

 

Clifton’s railroad museum is on track The Clifton City Council during its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 12, formalized an agreement for the creation and maintenance of a railroad museum using city property. The contract outlined the legal relationship between the City and Steven Olsen with regards to the Edwin Olsen Railroad Museum.

 

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Tue
27
Dec

Winners Take All

By Nathan Diebenow

 

Clifton Middle School won the 2016 3A District 19 UIL Academic Meet in Clifton on Tuesday, December 13. The Clifton Cubs were down 19.5 points to McGregor’s team leading up to its one-act play performance. In the last event on the last day of the meet, the one-act play team earned 40 points to put the Cubs over the top for a final score of 729.5 accumulated by students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades participating in 46 academic events. The one-act play cast and crew included Hanna Abel, Berit Bizzell, Brooks Bizzell, Gehrig Booth, Katy Cockrell, and Leyton Hewitt, with Jessica Houser directing.

 

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Wed
21
Dec

Bosque County’s new deputy dog

Sheriff’s office retires canine officer Buck, welcomes Ace By Simone Wichers-Voss On average dogs live to be about 10 to 13 years, so retiring at 10 years old after a full life of service is pretty darn acceptable. Recently the Bosque County Sheriff’s Office retired their canine officer Buck, certified and with honors. He will be able to live out the rest of his life in his handler Danny Ragsdale’s family home. Thanks to a generous donation by Clifton’s Dr. Trotter the BCSO was able purchase a new deputy dog – a one-and-a-half year old young gun – Ace. Like Buck, Ace is a black and tan brindle Dutch Sheppard. Like Buck, Ace is a dual service dog, trained to be a drug dog and serve as protection for his handler. He is trained to sniff out the most common drugs like marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. Ace is about the same size as Buck, maybe a bit bigger, but he will be able to utilize the protective vest purchased for Buck last year.

Wed
21
Dec

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

CHS band performs Christmas concert Dec. 12

 

By Nathan Diebenow

 

It began to sound a lot like Christmas in Clifton on the evenings of Monday, December 12, and Thursday, December 15.

That’s because the award winning Clifton High School and Middle School bands performed their annual Christmas concerts.

The high school cafeteria was packed with parents, grandparents, students, teachers, friends, and perennial band supporters for generous helpings of holiday music.

The incredible high school concert on Monday opened with “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson, arranged by Robert W. Smith.

The student-musicians effortlessly blended a medley of long-time favorite Christmas carols: “Hark! The Harold Angels Sing,” “Deck The Halls,” “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen,” “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and “Joy To The World.”

 

 

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