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Get ready for the Oct. 8 Bowie News Pet Fair; support our local shelters

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Enjoy a day of fun with four-legged friends at the first annual Bowie News Pet Fair at 9 a.m. on Oct. 8 at The Bowie News office, 200 Walnut St.
For those who would like to have their cat or dog vaccinated for a reduced cost, or want to adopt a new family member, this is a great chance to do so. Guests from Shelter HEARTS, Lucky Paws Animal Shelter and Easy Street Animal Shelter will all be in attendance.
Fair guests will get cookies and a special treat pack for their pet. There also will be drawings for door prizes. This fair is sponsored by The Bowie News.
A clinic conducted by Montague County 4-H will start at 9 a.m. Chisholm Trail Pet Clinic will be available to give shots as part of the clinic from 9-10:30 a.m and Cross Timbers Veterinary Clinic from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The cost for canine vaccines are: Rabies, $10; DHLPP, $25; Lymes, $20; Bordetella, $15; Rattlesnake, $15 and nail trim, $5.
The cost for feline vaccines are: Rabies, $10; FVRCP, $15; FeLV, $20 and nail trim, $5.
Local pet businesses, like Waggin’ Tail Dog Ranch, will be in attendance.
The winners of the first annual Bowie News cutest pet contest will be announced at the beginning of the fair. Twelve winners were chosen from 128 entries.
The winners will be featured in the upcoming pet calendar, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the three county animal shelters. Thirteen-month calendars go on sale in November, just in time for Christmas. Watch for details and locations in your News.
Voting is still going on for the cutest Bowie News employee pet to be featured in the calendar so cast a vote at www.bowienewsonline.com.

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Christmas comes to Montague County this weekend

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Christmas comes to Montague County this weekend.
Schedule of events
Bowie
Dec. 2, 5-8 p.m., Sip & Stroll downtown
4-6 p.m., Bowie Economic Development Corporation Open House, 101 E. Pecan.
Dec. 3 – 7-10 a.m., Pancakes with Santa, fire hall.
Elf ‘N’ Magic, 8-11 a.m., Bowie Library.
Christmas Village, 3 p.m. to after parade, 104 N. Smythe.
Live entertainment on Smythe by Christmas tree, starts at 5 p.m.
Christmas tree lighting, 6:45 p.m.
Fantasy of Lights parade, 7 p.m.
Nocona
The Smalltown Christmas 4:30 -6:30 p.m. Parade downtown starts the evening with other activities at Mary Beckham Davis Park.

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Leadership Day added to youth fair

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
In an effort to grow and expand opportunities through the Montague County Fair, the fair board has added a Leadership Day on Jan. 4 that will feature public speaking and robotic contests, skill-a-thons and a barbecue cooking contest.
The 2023 Youth Fair will take place Jan. 4-7 at the Montague County Agriculture Center at the H.J. Justin Community Room and Nocona Community Center, all in Nocona. Entries opened Dec. 1 and continues through Dec. 15. Read all the rules and entry information at https://sites.google.com/view/montaguecountyyouthfair/.
Kristy Tillman, president of the youth fair, said the idea for expanding contests into areas other than livestock, home economics and shop has been discussed in recent times after seeing newer events in some of the larger stock shows.

Read the full story on the new leadership day in the weekend Bowie News.

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Bowie ISD staff feels good about where its facilities are with the safety standard

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
Texas school districts received the latest school safety standards and have begun checking the status of their buildings and how they are going to pay for the updates required by the state.
Spurred by the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde where 19 children and two adults were killed, Gov. Greg Abbott charged the Commissioner of Education Mike Morath with rule development to ensure existing school facilities are held to heightened safety standards and to determine costs of more secure facilities in schools. On Oct. 3, the governor also appointed John P. Scott as the new Texas Education Agency chief of school safety and security.

With these directives and $400 million in additional school safety funding, districts have been informed of the standards rule and state-funded grant opportunities, plus information on the silent panic alert technology grant now available.
The commissioner is proposing legislation to address school safety and ensure minimum school safety standards. It requires all school system instructional facilities have access points that are secured by design, maintained to operate as intended and be appropriately monitored.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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