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Nocona officials warn citizens of phone scam

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Officials with the City of Nocona are warning citizens of a phone scam, with the caller claiming to be with the city.

The scammer placed calls on Monday and Tuesday informing business owners their utility bill was past due and attempted to collect payment over the phone. They claimed the business’s water would be shut off if they refused to pay.

None of the businesses contacted gave the caller any money.

Revell Hardison, city secretary, wants to remind citizens the City of Nocona will never call and ask for payment over the phone.

“We may call with a friendly reminder that you bill is past due,” said Hardison. “But we will never call and ask for payment. We are not capable of accepting payment over the phone with the current card system we have in place.”

If you receive a call from the scammer, please contact the Nocona Police at 940-825-3281 or the city office at 940-825-3282.

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Game warden reminds holiday boaters, fishermen to be prepared to meet rules

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Memorial Day weekend is considered the first official holiday of the summer, which means if the weather cooperates people will be taking to the lakes for fishing and boating, as well as swimming.
Preston Kleinman, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden for Montague County, said conditions look good for the holiday week at the two mains lakes, Amon G. Carter outside Bowie and Lake Nocona. The forecast predicts mild rain chances.
“Both lakes are nearly full, but boaters should still watch for any possible underwater hazards such as logs. At Amon Carter those hazards vary depending on which side you are on, be cautious around the Rock Island in that lake. Lake Nocona is not quite full, but the same safety precautions apply,” said the warden.

Kleinman said law enforcement will be working the highways as well as the lakes across Texas to help ensure it is a safe holiday for all those out and about. He reminds boaters to make sure they have all their safety equipment in order such as appropriate-sized life jackets for all those traveling in the boat along with required lighting and boat registration information.
Fishermen need to make sure and have their license on their person whether they are on a boat or on the creek or lakeside.
All these violations can carry tickets with fines. The warden emphasized caution with alcohol use while boating, noting driving while intoxicated also applies to boaters and can result in a an arrest.
Regulations for boating and fishing are available at tpwd.texas.gov.

Read the full story in your weekend Bowie News.

CORRECTION – There is an error in the print edition. DWI while boating can result in an arrest, it is not a ticketed offense.

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Bowie proclaims EMS Week, gets updates on several city projects

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
The Bowie City Council proclaimed EMS Week and learned the city received a portion of a grant to fund three generators with a possibility of more.
Councilors met Tuesday night and accepted the proclamation recognizing the work of its EMS team. Several members of the fire department were present to receive the proclamation. Theme for the week is: “Where Emergency Care Begins.”
The only action item was approval of a new board member to the Bowie Community Development Board. Jakob Bullard was recommended by the board.
Bowie Library Director Beth Hiatt also reviewed the upcoming Summer Reading program that begins June 6 and continues each Tuesday through July 25. It will be at 10 a.m. at the Bowie Community Center, except for June 13 when there is a field day at the soccer fields.
City manager report
Bert Cunningham said he had good news on several projects. The city’s grant application to fund the Mill Street railroad bridge project has been received by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which he said “Is in itself a milestone” due to the long-drawn-out process for the application.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

Mayor Gaylynn Burris presented a proclamation for EMS Week to members of the City of Bowie Fire Department at Monday night’s city council meeting. EMS staff attending were Jay Ward, Matthew Fonner, Michael Dulceak, Kyle Hoffman and Chief Doug Page. The theme is “Emergency Care Begins Here.” (News photo by Barbara Green)

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Bowie seniors visit all campuses

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Members of the Bowie High School graduating class took their senior walk through all four campuses Wednesday getting congratulations from students and teachers. Pictured: Walking through Bowie Elementary. The Jackrabbits will graduate in ceremonies Friday night. Watch for more photos from the walk in the mid-week edition. (Photo by Barbara Green)

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