There was confusion within the Bowie City Council Tuesday night as members defeated a motion rejecting a request to close a portion of Rock Hill Road, and then some members said that was not what they meant to do.
In December, Machelle and Jeff Mills approached the council on their request to close a .7-acre action of the road. The planning and zoning commission had recommended approval while the city staff recommended it be denied due to possible limitations on future development. The item was tabled on Dec. 13.
The Mills told the council a large lift station had been installed on a portion of their property after they had approached the city for city service after the area was annexed. However, the couple says they were never asked about a location and it was placed in an area that is blocking where they wanted to build a storage building.
City officials in December said the large lift station could serve up to 100 homes and was selected for the potential of new development in the area. At this time the Mills are the only ones served by the station. There were questions about right-of-way width, a city easement and access for other property owners to the station if the road was closed.
After an executive session, Councilor Jim Graham made a motion back in open session to reject the recommendation to close the road, seconded by Wayne Bell. Graham said he has concerns about needing the road in the future. Although the motion failed, with that action the recommendation was accepted.
Read the full story in the weekend News.
Fantasy of Lights Festival welcomes the arrival of the Christmas season
Downtown Bowie shined brightly this weekend as the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Festival heralded the start of the holiday season.
“Winter Lights” Sip and Stroll With Me opened the festival Friday night with a total of 31 vendors participating in the popular festival Friday night. Moderate fall-like temperatures made it a great evening for strolling and the downtown parking was filled throughout the evening as guests went from store to store to enjoy refreshments, learn about what they had to offer and even do a bit of shopping. Local student performers also sang holiday music.
Cindy Roller, executive director for Bowie Community Development, said Sip and Stroll continues to grow and grow with each outing and those attending really seem to enjoy it no matter the time of year.
Saturday morning’s Pancakes with Santa served up some 300 meals of free pancakes at the city fire hall, followed by holiday crafts at Elf ‘N’ Magic at the library. That evening after the community Christmas tree was lit, the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade rolled through downtown heralding the holiday season. The Bowie High School cheerleaders won the sweepstakes prize with its sparking snowflakes float.
Read about all the winners and see their photos in the mid-week Bowie News.
Bowie Chamber seeking nominations for its top community awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the business and volunteer awards presented by the Bowie Chamber of Commerce with a deadline of Jan. 9, 2023.
These awards will be presented at the Jan. 23 chamber banquet, which has a theme of “Denim & Diamonds.” Chamber members also are invited to decorate a table for the banquet where the best decorated will win a prize.
Public nominations are sought for the three major awards presented by the chamber: The Frances Brite Award for volunteerism; 2022 Business of the Year and 2022 Community Support Award. The board also will select a member for the membership award.
Nomination forms for the three main awards are located on the chamber webpage at bowietxchamber.org, and they can be dropped off to the office at 101 E. Pecan. Call the chamber at 872-1173 with any questions.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.
MSU readies Dec. 10 graduation ceremony
More than 600 students are expected to walk the stage during Midwestern State University’s commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Dec. 10 at Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls.
Students graduating with the highest grade point averages from each of the six academic colleges will be honored with the President’s Medal for Excellence. Recipients will receive their medals from MSU Texas President JuliAnn Mazachek.
Graduates will hear words of encouragement from MSU Texas leaders and alumni. The December ceremony includes students who graduated in August.
The Faculty Award recipient also will be announced. This honor is given by MSU Texas faculty to a full-time faculty member for teaching excellence and service to the university. The first recipient of the Faculty Award was Arthur F. Beyer in 1977.The winner is selected by the faculty at large and kept secret until commencement.
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