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Public meeting on U.S. 82 options set in Nocona Feb. 1

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A Feb. 1 public meeting in Nocona will explore plans to extend a divided four-lane highway from Nocona west to Henrietta along U.S. Highway 82.
The meeting, presented by the Texas Department of Transportation, will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Nocona Community Center, 912 W. U.S. Highway 82.
TxDOT officials will be present at the meetings, which has an open house come-and-go format.
Some of the options in the plans include a bypass around Nocona and Henrietta. A public hearing was conducted in Henrietta on Tuesday.
Montague County Commissioners have sent a letter urging TxDOT to drop any bypass option around Nocona.

Nocona entities including the city, school board and economic development corporation, are preparing similar letters.
At a preliminary meeting with local elected officials, TxDOT staff said this is the best chance for funding the highway project since the early 1980s when the first half of the highway was done.
The original proposal was a four-lane highway from Gainesville to Henrietta; however, once it got through the Nocona city limits it stalled and never started again.

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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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