Bowie Booster Club launches downtown decoration contest
By ERIC VICCARO
The Bowie Booster Club is seeking to get downtown merchants more involved supporting the Jackrabbits and Lady Rabbits.
The project is the brainchild of Heartland proprietor Jessica Gresham, whose business is located in downtown Bowie.
“We are trying to become more involved with the city, and we want the city to more involved with us,” said Booster Club president Keith Weber.
All participants will be announced at every home game for the duration of fall sports.
Winners will be given spirit gear, an advertisement in the Bowie Pride program and additional recognition at the all-sports banquet in the spring.
All windows must be family friendly and supportive, and incorporate the Rabbit colors of maroon and white.
The club has also offered suggestions on how to make windows appeal to the judging panel.
Use the theme, “Get involved,” different ideas to express Bowie ISD school spirit and have a variety of organizations in the decorations (sports, band, clubs, etc.).
Registration forms are currently circulating.
Pick one up at Heartland or Main Street Bowie.
Main Street Bowie has agreed to partner with the booster club on this proud endeavor.
The registration form includes the business name, address and pertinent contact information.
Judging will take place the week of Sept. 19, and winners will be announced on Sept. 23 at the Homecoming football game between Bowie and Jacksboro.
Return entry forms to Heartland or the Main Street Bowie office at 201-A Walnut Street.
Students could turn decorating downtown into a community service project. Downtown lanterns may be adorned in ribbons. The art club and art classes at BHS also may help with the project. Get a jump on it now.
For information, call Gresham at 1-940-872-7586 or email@example.com.
Alton “Fred” Allen
March 17, 1945 – May 15, 2022
RINGGOLD – Alton “Fred” Allen, 77, longtime resident of Ringgold, passed away on May 15, 2022 in Bowie.
The family received friends from 7 – 8 p.m. on May 17 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on May 18 at Cowboy’s Last Ride Cemetery in Bowie with Richard Allen officiating.
Fred was born March 17, 1945 in Decatur to Alton “Frank” and Zula Prestwood Allen. He was a lifelong worker in the oil field and in his free time enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dick Allen and Gene Allen.
Fred is survived by his children, Lynn Allen, Ringgold and Zula Carol Dietrich and husband Steve, Petrolia; grandchildren, Blake Allen, Brady Allen, Barrett Allen, Jason Gray, Jennifer Gray, Terry Dietrich and Timothy Dietrich; great-grandchildren Cody and Kendra Harralson and Lincoln Gray; sister Zelta Baker, Bloomfield, NM and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Council facing lengthy agenda of new business
Bowie City Councilors face a lengthy agenda of new business on Oct. 25 spanning outside audit proposals, amendments to the personnel policy and six planning and zoning commission requests.
The panel will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers.
A pair of audit proposals will be reviewed from Edgin, Parkman, Fleming and Fleming, and Mathis, West & Huffines Group.
The personnel policy amendments center on paid quarantine leave and officer mental health leave.
A resolution for repayment of opioid-related expenditures and payment to abate opioid-related harms will be reviewed, along with the 2021 tax roll.
The council also will discuss the Richwood Lake Estates Park at Amon Carter Lake. This topic is a proposition on the Nov. 2 ballot.
An executive session will have the council discuss economic development negotiations on a project. Janis Crawley, executive director of the Bowie Economic Development Corporation, also will give the council an update on the recent Economic Development Administration grant that will provide $1,460,000 to the BEDC for infrastructure work at the Bowie Business Park.
City Manager Bert Cunningham will make his monthly report discussing the asset management program, the audit, search for a new finance director, a program with Honeywell that evaluates facilities on where the city can save money and an update from the Association of Rural Communities.
Public comments and the consent agenda wrap up Monday night’s council agenda.
Department of Public Safety officers are investigating a pair of multi-fatality accidents in Montague County Thursday night. One occurred at US 82 and FM 1806 and a half hour later one occurred near Star Travel Center outside Bowie. No details were available Friday but watch for updates.
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