By DANI BLACKBURN
The current Nocona High School was built in 1952; a time when telephones had just made their way into American homes, children road in their mother’s lap in the car and a gallon of gas could be purchased for 20 cents.
The world has transformed since the first students graced the halls of the current high school, and now some of those student’s grandchildren sit in the same classrooms.
While the needs for a new high school may be understandable, the financial impact of building such a facility is raising concerns among Nocona taxpayers.
Nocona Independent School District officials will ask voters for a second time this year to approve a bond package to build a new high school.
The $16.8 million bond is $1.7 million higher than the original proposal presented in May, which failed 552-426.
The tax impact of the bond proposal is anticipated to be 0.437 cents per $100 value. The total tax rate is expected to be $1.477, with the current maintenance and operation rate at $1.04. Nocona ISD currently has no debt.
Read the full story on the tax impact connected with approval of this bond issue in your Saturday News.
Courthouse, annex to close Tuesday
Based on the forecast of overnight inclement weather and hazardous road conditions, the Montague County Courthouse and annex offices will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 31.
CLAY COUNTY CLOSINGS
The Clay County Courthouse, Annex, Library, and Extension offices will be closed on Jan. 31 reports County Judge Mike Campbell. .
County, appraisal offices close early; tax deadline extended due to inclement weather
Tax Montague County Judge Kevin Benton said at noon Tuesday, the county offices will be closing at 1 p.m. today. Kathy Phillips, county tax assessor said due to inclement weather conditions and the necessity to close the County Tax Office, all penalties and late fee deadlines will be extended through Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 at 5 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Montague County Tax Appraisal District also is closing its offices at 1 p.m. Monday and the same deadline will apply for those payments coming to that entity. All penalties and late fee deadlines will be extended to 5 p.m. on Feb. 2.
DOCKET CANCELLED –
Due to current weather conditions, the County Judge has decided to cancel the Misdemeanor Arraignment Dockets on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please help spread the word.
School delays and closures
Bowie ISD – Due to deteriorating road conditions, BISD will release all campuses at 11:30 a.m. today.
Bellevue ISD reports due to worsening road conditions schools will close at 10 a.m. today. Busses will leave at that time. Ball games that had been rescheduled for tonight have been canceled as well.
Saint Jo ISD will be closed Monday due to anticipated icy road conditions.
Montague ISD will dismiss at noon today due to anticipated icy road conditions. Please stay safe and warm. They will look to reschedule the basketball game at a later date.
Tonight’s Bowie basketball games and senior night have been postponed. Makup times and dates will be announced at a later time.
Nocona ISD will release today at 11:30 a.m.
Nocona has canceled Monday’s basketball game against Seymour that was initially scheduled for 2 p.m. today.
Forestburg ISD is releasing immediately with busses running at 10:25 a.m.
Forestburg has rescheduled Tuesday’s home varsity basketball game against Gold-Burg to 6 p.m. on Thursday.
North Central Texas College – Bowie and Graham campuses will be closed today due to weather.
OTHER CLOSURES OR DELAYS
Nocona Senior Citizens Center staff reports the dining room is closed today it will reopen Thursday due to weather conditions.
The Jan. 31 Bowie Project Graduation spaghetti dinner has been moved to Feb. 7.
Jackrabbit/Lady Rabbit basketball games tonight have been postponed. Coaches will announce the make-up date and time when determined.
BHS Senior Night activities will be next Tuesday (Feb 8th) Bowie vs. Vernon.
The Gold-Burg varsity basketball games against Forestburg are postponed due to inclement weather. The district game will be rescheduled as soon as time is available.
Bowie Library – Due to weather conditions we will extend all due dates to Friday, February 3rd. If you have questions please call 940-872-2681. The library will be open at regular hours but we are also canceling all programs for the week.
The Bowie Project Graduation spaghetti dinner set for Jan. 31 has been moved to Feb. 7 due to the weather.
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