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Getting stuck in the mud

In spite of Meridian Mayor Daniel Yguerabide’s best intentions to get this boat off the embankment, afloat and moving, the Meridian City Council representing his crew remains bogged down on seemingly petty issues, stuck in a muddy creek bed, with every step a struggle, with the danger of losing their boots to the suction of the dysfunction and quick sand of negativity.

As a result, the controversy and news coverage surrounding the Meridian City Council has more concerned citizens attending council meetings than ever before. They want to hear first hand what is really going on.

In an effort to make regular city council meetings more efficient and productive, the council held it’s first non-action, open workshop July 25 to discuss the multitude of issues that need to be decided on during the next city council meeting.

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PLEASURE PROCESS

Clifton High School’s award-winning marching band started preparing for its 2017-18 season with summer practices on Wednesday, July 26.

For the next three weeks, the student-musicians, their instructors, and boosters will set the ground work for a fun run to the finals at the UIL state marching band competition in San Antonio in November.

Much of the August session will remain the same – a lot of hard work removing cobwebs leftover from summer vacations, rehearsing new material and choreography, and orienting fresh talent into the program – all within the crucible of Central Texas.

In the early mornings, the band members will practice marching drills. By mid-morning, the drum line will hone in a class room at the middle school; woodwinds, in the cafeteria; brass, high school band hall; front ensemble, middle school band hall; and color guard, middle school gym. In late morning, the music sections will assemble for a rehearsal.

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NUMBER CRUNCHING

The Clifton Independent School District’s board of education began discussions on the district’s 2017-18 budget during a workshop after its regular meeting on Monday, July 17.

Guided by the administration, the trustees reviewed the basics of public finance for school districts in Texas and then focused on the specific funding issues that directly affect the district.

The board – with all seven members present – walked through a draft of the proposed budget as well as historical data related to property values, staffing levels, and employee salaries.

The specific funding issues related to Clifton ISD involve its decreasing enrollment as per average daily student attendance compared to previous years. Plus, the district is experiencing a decrease in revenue in its total property taxes collected, most of which is caused by the devaluation of the power plant in Laguna Park.

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DOWNTOWN CROWN

This summer, Clifton played host to a networking event geared toward devotees of historic downtown districts in Texas.

One of these devotees – Clinton Tegeler – visited the little city in Central Texas to gain inspiration from its economic development story first hand.

“Clifton is close to our size, and I wanted to get some ideas and maybe even some validation on what we’re doing,” the current mayor of Ganado, Texas, said.

Ganado is located half way between Houston and Corpus Christi, within a 30-minute drive from the shores of the Texas Gulf Coast.

Tegeler timed his information-gathering expedition in the days leading up to the Texas Downtown Association’s board of directors meeting in Clifton on Friday, July 21.

During his visit, Tegeler, a new TDA board member, networked with representatives from the Clifton Chamber of Commerce, the Clifton Main Street program, and the Clifton Economic Development Corporation.

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SUMMER SCAMS

Clifton’s senior citizens may avoid losing their money from would-be scammers by following a few easy tips.

Clifton Police Chief Trace Hendricks offered tips after a number of telephone scams targeting retired people were reported to the local law enforcement center this summer.

“These criminals will go after anybody, but their favorite target is someone who is retired,” he said. “Retired people tend to have a little nest egg built up. They have worked hard all their life and they have their savings to see them through the rest of their days, whereas younger people – we’re working towards that,” the chief explained.

Modern criminals tend to take advantage of senior citizens’ perceived vulnerabilities; one is their technological understanding; another is cultural up-bringing; a third, practical opportunities, he said.

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AIRBORNE AMBULANCE

When an injury or a medical condition is severe, critical and life-threatening, living 40 minutes away from a major trauma center or specialized hospital – like Bosque County residents - can be a problem. Luckily, Bosque County has three excellent helicopter ambulance services – Careflight in Hillsboro, AirEvac in Whitney and now – operating from the Goodall-Witcher Hospital heli pad – is Transaero.

All the licensing and paperwork were in order July 22, and the first flight was operated July 23 in the evening with a transport to Providence Hospital in Waco.

Whereas Transaero – a Colorado based firm – primarily works government contracts such as wild land fire fighting, seismic oil and gas exploration, aerial survey and construction of various types, they have recently branched out into the medical helicopter transports.

When Air Methods Medical Helicopter in Hamilton stopped their operation, Transaero grabbed the opportunity to move into Texas.

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The key of Gatlin

According to lore, Chuck Norris’ tears can cure cancer only if he would cry.

Why then Nashville has yet to induce those healing waters from the great American martial artist with a tender melody and lyric for humanity’s gain is anyone’s guess.

Country music legend Larry Gatlin, however, graced the stage at the Tin Building Theatre and left us mere mortals wet-eyed with bliss during his soul-mending performance Saturday evening, July 22.

The hour-and-a-half non-stop solo acoustic set featured the singer-songwriter’s classic hits, stories behind his classic hits, and humorous and often poignant tales about his family, friends, and songwriting partners.

It was evident from jump that Gatlin wanted the audience to participate in the show with him. Gently, he persuaded the spotlight to grab a beer and take the night off, so he could see the audience better.

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Splash Of Science

A small group of lively students gathered at the Meridian Civic Center to explore the wondrous water cycle on Tuesday, July 18.

The eight youths performed several science experiments facilitated by older teenagers overseen through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Bosque County.

The experiments – demonstrating the various features of the world’s most ubiquitous fluid and its relationships to other substances – were spread across 11 different stations set up on tabletops.

At one station, the students teamed up to create water filtration devices from cotton balls, soil, and gravel inside large soda bottles. The goal was to trap dirt particles (aka shredded paper) at the top and allow colored water to flow through the bottle.

“More cottonballs!” Brock Barrett of Cranfills Gap said. “We did it!”

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Planning for future of city parks

Two weeks ago several community agencies came together to inventory the ideas for improvement of the River Street Park area and possibly including land which will be freed when the present jail is demolished. This workshop was led by Dr. Jamie Rae Walker of the AgriLife Extension department of recreation, park and tourism sciences.

The groups have a vision of adding a community garden, a splash pad, a welcome center with storage and restrooms, walking and bicycling paths to the present parks on either side of Highway 22, west of the Bosque River bridge. In the process of finding sponsors, donors and grants, creating a master plan with all the ideas was deemed a necessity. This would make it easier to plan the work and expenses in stages.

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Chief facilitator

By Simone Wichers-Voss

Once a month the Meridian Chamber of Commerce holds a member luncheon, inviting different community members to speak about their business or work.

On July 13, Meridian Mayor Daniel Yguerabide was guest speaker at the luncheon, introducing himself to the community and explaining his plans for his upcoming term.

Yguerabide sees his task as Mayor as being the chief facilitator between Meridian residents, city employees, city council and different agencies, always keeping the best interest for the city’s residents first.

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